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Call for Pervasive 2011 Workshop Papers

The accepted workshops for Pervasive 2011 - the 9th International
Conference on Pervasive Computing - can be found below.

The list of workshops is also available online at:

Important dates:

- Paper submission deadline: February 4, 2011
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 11, 2011
- Workshops: June 12, 2011

The following workshops have been accepted:

W1: Third International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Spontaneous 
Interaction and Mobile Phone Use

Website :

Mobile devices in general, and mobile phones in particular, present unique 
challenges not only in terms of user interface, battery life, and form factor, 
but also in terms of ensuring their users' privacy and security. Privacy and 
security are often in conflict with another and have been the topic of many 
research projects. Emerging mobile payment and ticketing solutions require the 
secure transmission and storage of financial information, while electronic 
health records or access certificates/tokens might imply the use of highly 
sensitive personal information on such devices. Securing the potentially 
massive amount of interactions using mobile devices is difficult, because 
typically there will be no a priori shared information such as passwords, 
addresses, or PIN codes between the phone, its user, and the service they want 
to use. Additionally, mobile devices often lack powerful user interfaces to 
support classical authentication methods.

The 3rd International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Spontaneous 
Interaction and Mobile Device Use (IWSSI/SPMU'2011) provides a forum to 
discuss these challenges and to put forward an agenda for future research. The 
workshop is intended to foster cooperation between research groups and to 
establish a highly connected research community. Authors of selected workshop 
submissions will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue 
in a renowned international journal.

    * Rene Mayrhofer
    * Marc Langheinrich
    * Alexander De Luca


W2: First International Workshop on Frontiers in Activity Recognition using 
Pervasive Sensing

Website :

Activity recognition (AR) emerged as a key area of research in pervasive 
computing and plays a central role in the field's vision of developing context-
aware systems and interaction. The general objective for current activity 
recognition systems is to analyze continuous sensor data streams and to detect 
and discriminate certain activities of interest, and to reject portions of 
sensor data that cover unknown or idle activities. A wealth of algorithmic 
approaches to activity recognition have been developed that employ state-of-
the-art signal processing and machine learning techniques. Reviewing the 
current literature in the field may give the impression that the general 
problem of activity recognition has almost been solved. State-of-the-art AR 
systems achieve recognition rates of well beyond 80 or 90 percent across 
tasks. This opens up the question which other - more challenging - activity 
recognition problems should be addressed in the future. More generally 
speaking, this also relates to the question how a future AR system should look 
like. What will be the challenges of AR that go beyond the aforementioned 
classification approach and could, for example, comprise a quantitative measure 
of the quality of performing an activity rather than only detecting an 

IWFAR 2011, a satellite workshop of Pervasive 2011, is supposed to focus on 
new "frontiers in activity recognition using pervasive sensing" in the 
aforementioned sense. We want to stimulate and explore the creativity of the 
community regarding new applications and approaches to AR. The latter could 
comprise radically new procedures like, for example, biologically inspired AR 
methods or rigorously exploiting general time-series analysis approaches (e.g. 
from the financial domain). Recent publications in the AR community represent 
quite promising starting points (cf. e.g. time-delay embedding for the 
analysis of repetitive activity patterns, which was inspired by the physics of 
complex systems). IWFAR 2011 provides a forum for researchers and 
practitioners to gather and present new ideas, and discuss aspects related to 
applications and techniques that go beyond classic activity recognition. 
Covering a more or less "emerging" field, expected contributions would also 
cover more speculative ideas that are too specific for the broader audience of 
the main conference. We solicit high-quality technical papers that shall be 
presented orally while leaving enough time for discussions.

    * Thomas Ploetz (Newcastle University, UK)
    * Daniel Roggen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
    * Andreas Bulling (University of Cambridge and Lancaster University, UK)


W3: First Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA)

Website :

Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has 
produced an unprecedented wealth of information. Handheld electronics, 
location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags 
and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various 
aspects of urban life. For urban planners and designers, these accumulations 
of digital traces are valuable sources of data in capturing the pulse of the 
city in an astonishing degree of temporal and spatial detail. Yet this 
condition of the hybrid city – which operates simultaneously in the digital 
and physical realms – also poses difficult questions about privacy, scale, and 
design, among many others. These questions must be addressed as we move toward 
achieving an augmented, fine-grained understanding of how the city functions – 
socially, economically and yes, even psychologically.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss 
and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the 
pervasive computing paradigm to urban spaces. We are seeking multi-
disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life 
and exploit the digital traces to create novel urban applications that benefit 
citizens, urban planners, and policy makers.

    * Francesco Calabrese, MIT
    * Santi Phithakkitnukoon, MIT
    * Dominik Dahlem, MIT
    * Giusy Di Lorenzo, MIT


W4: First Workshop on Hybrid Pervasive/Digital Inference

Website : TBA

Two different lines of research have developed around the topic of making 
inferences from data. One line arises from the analysis of physical data 
captured directly by sensors of real-world behaviors. These data include 
streams of GPS and WiFi sensors, accelerometers, compasses, gyroscopes, audio, 
and video, which are often processed to infer location, motion, co-presence, 
and identity. Another line arises from data captured about online behaviors. 
These include email messages, web browsing histories, application traces, and 
keystroke loggers, online calendars, document repositories, tagging databases, 
and social networks. Analysis of online data sources is performed to infer 
topics of interest, retrieve information, and enhance collaboration.

We see these two data stream types coming together in the near future. 
Smartphones have made it easy to collect physical data about people. Web 2.0 
technologies have encouraged users to curate more information online. 
Together, these colliding trends will inferences more accurate, more detailed, 
more "24-7" than ever before, and will make completely new kinds of inferences 

    * Kurt Partridge
    * Oliver Brdiczka
    * Judy Kay
    * Bob Kummerfeld
    * Paul Lukowicz


W5: Second International Workshop on the Web of Things

Website :

The world of embedded devices has experienced radical changes; real-world 
objects such as home appliances, industrial machines and wireless sensor and 
actuator networks embed powerful computers which often can connect to the 
Internet. Likewise, more and more common objects are being tagged with RFID 
tags or barcodes. Considering the recent progress in mobile communications 
(increased bandwidth for cell phone networks, as well as urban wireless 
broadband networks), Internet access will very likely become a commodity 
accessible from most real-world devices. This convergence of physical 
computing devices (wireless sensor networks, mobile phones, embedded 
computers, etc.) and the Internet provides new design opportunities and 
challenges, as digital communication networks will soon not only contain 
virtual data (images, text, etc.), but also real objects. While the "Internet 
of Things" has become a well-known brand for a set of research issues in the 
pervasive and ubiquitous computing communities, the focus of this research 
theme has been on establishing connectivity in a variety of challenging and 
constrained networking environments.

Our hypothesis is that the "Web of Things" is the next logical step in the 
ongoing evolution of how pervasive and ubiquitous computing have enabled new 
applications and provided new opportunities. The Web of Things takes the next 
step from establishing connectivity and thus the ability to communicate with 
Things, to a vision where Things become seamlessly integrated into the Web, 
not just through Web-based user interfaces of specific applications, but by 
simply blending into the information space created by the Web and its 
architectural principles. The "Web of Things" solicits contributions in the 
areas of architectures for a Web of things, decentralization, services, Web-
scale applications, as well as questions of user interface and interaction 
design, where a Web of Things requires application designers to think beyond 
standard Web browsers and embrace alternative clients such as mobile devices 
or even more constrained environments.

    * Dominique Guinard (ETH Zurich / MIT Auto-ID Labs)
    * Vlad Trifa (ETH Zurich / MIT)
    * Erik Wilde (UC Berkeley)


W6: First Workshop on Emerging Mobile Sensing Technology, System, and 

Website :

Mobile sensing is rapidly gaining attentions in research and industry due to 
the proliferation of mobile devices equipped with increasing number of 
sensors, and widespread of sensor based mobile applications. Mobile sensing 
applications have penetrated into many application domains such as 
fitness/health, gaming and entertainment, security and privacy, navigation, 
mobile search and advertising, by taking advantages of the availability of 
multiple sensors on state-of-the-art mobile devices. In the era of 
breakthroughs on intelligent pervasive and mobile computing, practitioners and 
researchers have to address new challenges and requirements in order to meet 
the ever-growing demands for pervasive intelligent computing systems, and 
context aware mobile devices.

MobiSense is intended to bring together researchers, developers, and 
practitioners from academia and industry, to share practical 
implementations/experiences related to emerging mobile sensing technologies, 
mobile sensing systems/platforms, and novel sensing applications, and to 
discuss future trends in research and applications.

    * Larry (Weidong) Shi, Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto
    * Jun Yang, Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto
    * Yingen Xiong, Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto


W7: First International Workshop on Smart Mobile Applications

Website : TBA

Mobile computing is a related area of pervasive computing. Mobile applications 
are rapidly developing and becoming more and more important.

Currently, smartphones with more advanced computing capabilities and 
connectivity than classic mobile phones offer more functionalities and run 
smarter applications. Mobile platforms comprise an increasing number of 
different sensors such as photosensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes etc, thus 
allowing sophisticated contextualized applications. In addition, users as well 
as developers benefit from an increasing number of market places and online 
stores for mobile applications. The concept of a mobile "app" that can be 
purchased via centralized hubs is already very common among the growing number 
of users.

Specifically, we solicit original research contributions in the following 
    * App concepts and technologies for different mobile platforms
    * Context-Matching, Context-Aggregation and Reasoning
    * Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Mobile Applications
    * Mobile Social Networks
    * Ensuring Privacy and Security for Enterprise Applications
    * Cross-Platform Software Design and Development

    * Claudia Linnhoff-Popien (LMU Munich, Germany)
    * Stephan Verclas (T-Systems International GmbH, Germany)


W8: Intelligibility and Control in Ubicomp

Website :

Due to the proactive and complex dynamics of pervasive computing applications, 
it is important that systems are intelligible to allow end-users to understand 
“what the systems know, how they know it, and what they are doing”. 
Furthermore, these systems should put end-users at the center of control by 
empowering them to better co-ordinate, control, and personalize pervasive 
systems. Intelligibility and control are crucial to improve the usability of 
these novel, and possibly unintuitive, systems and to help users understand, 
appreciate, trust, and ultimately adopt them. With this workshop, we seek to 
provide a forum for exchanging design principles, programming techniques, 
toolkits and insights derived from real world studies towards building 
intelligible and user-controllable pervasive computing systems. Drawing upon 
the state-of-the-art, our goal is to refine existing and identify new 
directions for research in intelligibility and control for pervasive computing 
that will foster further work in the community.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    * Novel applications in pervasive computing highlighting intelligibility 
and/or user-driven control.
    * Programming techniques (e.g., design patterns, models), algorithms, 
architectures and toolkits to support intelligibility and/or control.
    * Interaction techniques and user interfaces to support intelligibility 
and/or control, including information visualization techniques to help users 
better interpret explanations from pervasive computing applications.
    * User studies exploring design principles to build intelligible pervasive 
    * Intelligible smart objects.
    * Evaluation metrics and methods to assess support for intelligibility and 
control in pervasive computing systems.

We intend to communicate the results of the workshop to the larger pervasive 
computing community by submitting an article to a magazine (e.g., IEEE 
Pervasive). If the papers and discussions reflect sufficient progress and 
cohesiveness, we will try to work toward producing a special issue of a 
journal or possibly an edited book.

    * Jo Vermeulen, Hasselt University, Belgium
    * Brian Y. Lim, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
    * Fahim Kawsar, Bell Labs, Belgium and Lancaster University, UK


W9: 2nd Workshop on Programming Models for Mobile and Pervasive Systems.

Website :

Pervasive mobile computing is here, but how these devices and services should 
be programmed is still something of a mystery. Programming mobile and 
pervasive applications is more than than building client-server or peer-peer 
systems with mobility, and it is more than providing usable interfaces for 
mobile devices that may interact with the surrounding context. It includes 
aspects such as disconnected and low-attention working, spontaneous 
collaboration, evolving and uncertain security regimes, and integration into 
services and workflows hosted on the internet. In the past, efforts have focused 
on the form of human-device interfaces that can be built using mobile and 
distributed computing tools, or on human computer interface design based on, 
for example, the limited screen resolution and real estate provided by a 
smartphone. Much of the challenge in building pervasive systems is in bringing 
together users' expectations of their interactions with the system with the 
model of a physical and virtual environment with which users interact in the 
context of the pervasive application.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in programming 
languages, software architecture and design, and pervasive systems to present 
and discuss results and approaches to the development of mobile and pervasive 
systems. The goal is to begin the process of developing the software design 
and development tools necessary for the next generation of services in dynamic 
environments, including mobile and pervasive computing, wireless sensor 
networks, and adaptive devices.

    * Dominic Duggan, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ
    * Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews UK


W10: 4th Workshop on Pervasive Advertising

Website : TBA

The overall topic of the workshop is the application of Pervasive Computing 
technologies for advertising purposes. This topic is of particular interest at 
this time because advertising is considered by multiple researchers as one 
main business models for pervasive computing and has recently been called the 
"Killer application for the 21st century". The market is rapidly growing, and 
major companies (Apple iAd, JCDecaux, Wall, ClearChannel, Google etc.) are 
invested in pervasive advertising projects. The main hinderance today is that 
advertisers lack the technological skills, and pervasive computing researchers 
and practitioners lack the advertising knowledge and experience. Furthermore, 
these groups rarely talk to each other.

Based on the success of previous workshops we envision to continue and further 
establish the workshop series as a prime venue bringing together people from 
academia and practice, hence driving forward research in the field of Pervasive 
Advertising. We believe that our research community has a responsibility to 
contribute towards a joint understanding of how pervasive advertising of the 
future will look like. To this end, this workshop looks at the future of 
advertising from the perspective of pervasive computing. It aims to provide a 
foundational structure for the field and will attempt to sketch a roadmap for 
further research and deployment challenges in this domain.

    * Jörg Müller, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
    * Florian Alt, University of Duisburg-Essen
    * Daniel Michelis, Anhalt University

Dr. Andreas Bulling
Research Fellow

University of Cambridge
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

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