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PerHot: The 1st International IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Pervasive Computing and Communication.

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. 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? Are approaches like e.g. cyber-physical systems changing our understanding of Pervasive Computing or are they just a different view on the same vision? Should we stop citing the Weiser paper? We specifically call for early ideas, demo systems, and well-reasoned attacks on the status quo of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. Papers will be judged on their ability to generate discussion and encourage brainstorming among workshop participants.

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 focus of this workshop is on how sensor networks can be employed to achieve the vision of pervasive computing, and our goal is to provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers and professionals from industry and academia.

SESOC: Worshop on Security and Social Networking.

The problems of security and privacy are becoming more and more crucial while designing new communication systems, as they become more and more dynamic, open and heterogeneous. The emerging pervasive communication systems which with high chances face lack of connectivity to central services, cannot rely on any a-priori knowledge, on any pre-established trust relationship and on any security infrastructures. They therefore are calling for new and dedicated security and trust solutions.Moreover, future pervasive communication systems aim at supporting social and collaborative communications: the evolving topologies are expected to resemble the actual social networks of the communicating users and information on their characteristics can be a powerful aid for any network operation. Social networking services (facebook, linkedin, xing, ...) in consequence are able to provide additional information on contacts and their relations based on the containing online identities and the information they share. However, this information consists of highly sensitive data at the same time, a fact that leads to a high risk of misuse or abuse. New emerging technologies using some information on the social characteristics of nodes raise entirely new privacy concerns and require new reflections on security problems such as trust establishment, cooperation enforcement or key management. The aim of this workshop is to encompass research advances in all areas of security, trust and privacy in pervasive communication systems, integrating the social structure of the network as well.

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.

PerCol: Workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking.

The rapid rise of online social communities has created a new paradigm for personal networking. In a logical - and rapid progression - many social communities are now going mobile, using smart phones or other wireless devices, often in parallel to stationary PCs. A recent com study revealed that in 2009 already 30% of smartphone users accessed social networks via their mobile devices. As a result, Collaboration and social networking functionality is more and more tied together and creates a new social interaction experience for the participants. This experience becomes more and more pervasive since social networking platforms and applications are available on a large set of computing devices, being usable at any time and any place. The aim of the PerCol workshop is to bring together researchers from the areas of mobile and pervasive computing, social networking, and collaboration to explore the research challenges, potentials and business perspective of future pervasive interaction based on social networking technology.

PerEL: Workshop on Pervasive Learning, Life and Leisure.

The workshop series on PervasivE Learning, Life, and Leisure (PerEL) aims to address the issues of pervasive computing in combination with new types and methodologies of learning, entertainment, and assistive systems. Highly mobile, context-aware, and pro-active services provide significant benefit to the users in terms of simplicity, comfort, transparency, and finally quality of our everyday activities. PerEL 2012 covers both technical as well as non-technical aspects. It aims at an examination of future visions in that areas. Papers can be submitted in two categories: scientific papers, and demos/case studies.

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.

PWN: Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Networking.

Wireless connectivity, mobility support, location awareness, and integration of wireless networks to the Internet are important enabling technologies for pervasive computing and communications. With the advent of inexpensive wireless solutions, such as WiMesh, WiFi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee, a number of challenges arise when these protocols are applied to wireless PAN, home networking, wireless LANs, and wireless sensor and mesh networks. This workshop seeks papers describing significant research contributions to the theory, practice, and evaluation of wireless networks for pervasive computing.

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, 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.

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.

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

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 2012: 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 organising the emergency operation. This workshop focuses on pervasive networked sensing and decision making, both wired and wireless, geared towards emergency management. PerNEM 2012 addresses leading edge research in these areas through the use of sensing, communication, decision support, simulation tools and modelling methods with focus on system design, optimisation and experimental evaluation.

SIPC: Workshop on Social Implications of Pervasive Computing.

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.

SeNAmI: Workshop on Sensor Networks and Ambient Intelligence: Enabling Novel Concepts of Things, Interfaces and Applications in Smart Spaces.

Smart spaces, pervasive computing and ambient intelligence are different terms to allude to the capabilities of ‘adaptation’ and ‘responsiveness’, to provide the right service in a timely, unobtrusive and friendly manner. When conceiving a smart application, it is key to define how to seamlessly, effectively and securely interact with the user both to gather the appropriate information and to provide the required service. To date, most practical interaction strategies in smart spaces have relied in the use of mobile devices as mediators (e.g. mobile augmented reality). Recently also a number of methods based on “natural” interfaces (such as tangible ones in smart objects) have been proposed and demonstrated. This workshop focuses on advances in technologies and concepts enabling novel interaction models to link the physical and virtual world layers in smart spaces, to create innovative applications which make intensive use of ambient and personal information to deliver value to their users. Our goal is to organize a forum for attendees to share experiences and discuss novel ideas for easy, friendly and effective interaction in smart spaces.

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