List of Workshops

C3: Workshop on Cognitive Computing and Communications

"Cognitive" design is very important in pervasive computing, communication as well as systems. Typically it is based on the utilization of machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. This international workshop aims to bring researchers together to exchange ideas on the applications of cognitive computing and communications (C3) for designing smart pervasive systems. Examples of these systems include cognitive radios, biomedical systems, structure health monitoring, smart grid, robots, GENI, and others. The workshop will include around 15 presentations, posters, demos, and a panel discussion.

CoMoRea: Workshop on Context Modeling and Reasoning

Context information is a key issue in building pervasive and adaptive applications. This workshop's aim is to advance the state of the art in context modeling and reasoning and also discuss fundamental issues in context processing and management. The goal is to identify concepts, theories and methods applicable to context modeling and context reasoning as well as system-oriented issues related to the design and implementation of context-aware systems. CoMoRea will provide a forum for researchers to present and discuss recent research results and ongoing work. We also include open discussion rounds in our program.

IQ2S: Workshop on Information Quality and Quality of Service for Pervasive Computing

Complementing "traditional" provisioning of Quality of Service (QoS) with Quality of Information (QoI) for pervasive computing is challenging and difficult due to the resource-constrained, dynamic and distributed nature of the system, the weakness under security attacks, and the lack of a design approach that takes into account the different types of resources and their inter-dependencies. Novel mechanisms are required in pervasive computing which should integrate QoI, network QoS, computational QoS, security, and a user's Quality of Experience (QoE), which will be influence by the application goals and the pervasive environment in which the application is utilized. The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum to exchange ideas, present results, share experience, and enhance collaborations among researchers, professionals, and application developers in various aspects of QoI and QoS in wireless sensor networks for pervasive computing.

MP2P: Workshop on Mobile Peer-to-Peer Computing

Mobile P2P is a cross-disciplinary research involving networking, information dissemination, databases, and security. The main goal of the workshop is to gather scientists from these areas together to foster collaboration and sparkle discussion on various aspects of mobile P2P, including but not limited to, mobile users' scenarios and usage cases, overlay design, development and deployment, mobile data dissemination, mobile database management, and location-based information services. The workshop also aims to discuss mobile P2P in various networking environments such as vehicular, cellular, heterogeneous, and/or mobile cloud networks.

MUCS: Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services

Ubiquitous Communications and Services, as evidenced in pervasive computing and smart space applications, present significant management challenges for successful delivery of highly adaptive services across heterogeneous networks, mobile networks, ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, middleware, applications and devices. Such challenges include: managing user centric services and context services, extreme distribution and scalability, extensive system & network & semantic heterogeneity, ad hoc formation and disassociation of systems and services, intelligent support for user centric applications. Today's management systems need to keep pace with the complexity, heterogeneity and automation required by the pervasive computing vision. The MUCS workshop provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to explore the theoretic, technological and organizational challenges, and to present advances in management techniques and technologies, for pervasive computing and smart space applications.

PerCol: Workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking

The 4th workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking (PerCol) addresses the research field at the intersection of pervasive computing and social computing. We are interested in various types of human-to-human interaction with pervasive devices like mobile social networking, crowdsourcing, collaborative apps, location-based games or interaction with public displays. While this is an application-driven research field, we also welcome research on the foundations of Pervasive Social Computing like middleware and development methods, rich presence, pervasive social context, social signal processing and robust and energy-efficient communication in the pervasive scenario.

PerHot: Workshop on Hot Topics in Pervasive Computing

Pervasive Computing has matured significantly in the two decades since the first Mark Weiser papers. Rather than continue to mine the space of his ideas, we think it’s time to explore new wild and crazy—“hot”—ideas. The goal of PerHot is to discuss such new and controversial ideas in the whole of Pervasive Computing and Communication. We specifically call for early ideas, demo systems, and well-reasoned attacks on the status quo of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. No idea or model is sacred. Is pervasive middleware dead? Do we really need another context paper? How come there are no “real-world” pervasive systems? In addition, this year, PerHot will include a “reflection session” on existing frameworks; we solicit papers describing designs and implementations of applications that utilize and configure resources in a smart living room.

PerMoby: Workshop on Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Applications

The key components of many pervasive systems and applications are already deployed in the form of ubiquitous commercial products carried by humans. Human mobility makes it possible for such key components to interact, promoting cooperation and sharing of content, services and resources. Smartphones, tablets, and other personal devices act as mobile computing elements able to gather information about the surrounding environment according to the mobility of users. In other situations these devices operate as mobile nodes of the computing and/or networking infrastructure, where interaction and communication occur opportunistically. The goal of PerMoby is to explore the impact of human mobility on the achievement of the pervasive computing vision. The focus is on pervasive applications, systems, and protocols where mobility plays an active role in achieving the end goals.

PerNEM: Workshop on Pervasive Networks for Emergency Management

The events that took place on 11 September 2001 have brought to the forefront the unique challenges that occur during a crisis, which require effective sensing, communications and decision making with demanding time constraints in highly dynamic environments. Pervasive systems address these requirements by providing decision support to rescuers and evacuees, guaranteeing communications and collecting information that is vital for planning and organizing the emergency operation. This workshop focuses on pervasive networked sensing and decision making, both wired and wireless, geared towards emergency management. PerNEM 2013 addresses leading edge research in these areas through the use of sensing, communication, decision support, simulation tools and modeling methods with focus on system design, optimisation and experimental evaluation.

PerSeNS: Workshop on Sensor Networks and Systems for Pervasive Computing

Wireless sensor networks collect sensing measurements or detect special events, perform node-level processing, and export the combined data from their sensing nodes to the outside world. Sensing, processing and communication are three key elements whose combination in one small device gives rise to countless applications. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of sensor networking and contributing to the advancement of the field of pervasive computing. The objective of the PerSenS 2013 is to provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers, professionals, and application developers both from industry and academia.

SEnAml: Workshop on Smart Environments and Ambient Intelligence

A smart environment is a digitally augmented physical world where pervasive and non-invasive instrumented objects and spaces are intelligently perceptive and responsive to the state of the environment and its inhabitants. Enabling such a smart environment are rapid technological advances in embedded sensing, actuating, computing, and networking technologies. This workshop seeks to provide a cross-disciplinary approach to smartization, through a multi-sided view of the current research accomplished at different technological layers: sensors, software, data fusion and services. Together with the traditional technological lines of interest (e.g. architectures, data fusion or sensors), the workshop includes topics such as: end-user creation, light processing, social and participatory sensing and user evaluation of smart applications and infrastructures.

SESOC: Workshop on Security and Social Networks

Social Networking Services have made the step to a mobile app and currently are becoming the primary ubiquitous networked service. They increasingly contain personally identifiable information beyond profile and friendship data: installed on mobile phones they are capable of providing detailed location and communication traces of their users. This situation yields benefits and threats: leveraging the information may give rise to new approaches for almost any networking and security services, yet, the extremely personal character of the processed data demands addressing the evolving privacy issues at highest priority. The fifth Workshop on Security and Social Networks SESOC solicits novel contributions that address the whole spectrum of topics in this context, ranging from solutions enhancing SNS, over approaches leveraging the social information, to new methods to protect the privacy and security of their users.

SIPC: Workshop on Social Implications of Pervasive Computing

*** 12/12/12 Update: SIPC Workshop cancelled/postponed until 2014 ***
The technology associated with Pervasive Computing is progressively approaching levels of sufficient accuracy, dependability and suitable cost. As a result, we will soon see a shift from implementations in controlled research laboratories to implementations in real world everyday applications. The benefits of this technology are numerous and wide ranging, but alongside this are the implications of the technology, brought about by the scale of Pervasive Computing and its use. Research into the social aspects of his new technology has thus far generally focused on its positive applications, with insufficient discussion of its potential high impacting social consequences. The SIPC workshop aims to focus on and explore the social implications of Pervasive Computing, and from this to develop theories, methods and guidelines to encourage the technology to achieve maximum benefit, with minimal consequence.