List of Workshops

CoMoRea: The 11th Workshop on Context and Activity Modeling and Recognition, March 23, 2015
Context and activity information are key in building pervasive and adaptive applications. The aim of this workshop is to advance the state of the art in activity/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 activity/context modeling and 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 innovative ongoing work.

IQ2S: The 7th International Workshop on Information Quality and Quality of Service for Pervasive Computing, March 23, 2015
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 on various aspects of QoI, QoE, and QoS for pervasive computing in network contexts including wireless, mobile and sensor networks.

MUCS: The 12th IEEE Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services, March 23, 2015
Ubiquitous communications and related services have experienced a rapid increase in interest and development over the past decade. As the pace of this growth continues to accelerate, both everyday users and service providers face significant management challenges. Important challenges range from the heterogeneous networks over which these services must operate to the need for semantic interoperability of services, even of those developed by different providers. MUCS 2015 will provide a venue for researchers and practitioners to present advances in managing these communications and services and to attempt to derive a path for addressing emerging challenges in the near and long terms.

PerCol: The 6th International Workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking, March 23, 2015
Pervasive collaboration is a crosscutting concern in many of today’s pervasive infrastructures and systems. Addressing the challenges of the manifold approaches to collaboration requires interdisciplinary research considering pervasive computing, context awareness, embedded systems, Internet of Things, and social networks. The sixth workshop on Pervasive Collaboration and Social Networking (PerCol) aims to bring together researchers from the areas of pervasive computing and social computing to explore the possibilities and challenges of future Pervasive Social Computing applications. While the primary focus is on pervasive technologies for human-to-human interaction, we also welcome contributions on machine-to-machine (M2M) interaction and coordination, opening a perspective of new technologies and applications for Pervasive Social Computing among humans and smart devices/things.

PerEnergy: The 1st International Workshop on Pervasive Energy Services, March 23, 2015
A wealth of unexplored knowledge exists in the power data collected from smart meters and smart plugs. Analysis of the data may be used to provide context-based services (e.g., presence detection), but also serve as the foundation for novel services (e.g., automated recommendations for energy savings). One of the most important research challenges in smart energy systems is the creation of value-added services that exploit the information content in energy generation and consumption data in a such a way that they can inspire new functionalities and context models. The aim of this workshop is to bring together practitioners and researchers from both academia and industry for discussion and technical presentations on the recent advances in the innumerous opportunities opened up by the use of energy data in context-aware systems.

SmartE: The 2nd International Workshop on Smart Environments: Closing the Loop, March 23, 2015
Smart Environments provide an important application domain for pervasive computing. Smart environments require sensing information from the environment; reasoning over the data to infer events, context, activities, behavior, phenomena etc.; and acting or actuating to change the environment or the user behavior in order to achieve specific goals. Many researchers have focused on one of these three aspects (sensing, reasoning and acting), but little attention has been given to the challenges in integrating each aspect into a coherent whole, or “closing the loop”. The SmartE workshop will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of novel research ideas or actual deployments focused on closing the sense-reason-act loop.

CASPer: The 2nd International Workshop on Crowd Assisted Sensing Pervasive Systems and Communications (formerly CROWDSENSING, March 27, 2015
With phones in their pockets, millions of people have access to sensing, computation, and connectivity, making it possible to harness the power of the crowd to collect and share data about their surroundings and experiences on a massive scale. Crowd-assisted sensing is a novel data collection paradigm that leverages this vast mobile sensor network, making it possible to expand the scope of research endeavors and address civic issues. This new data collection paradigm introduces several research challenges, including the need for usable and transparent privacy controls, incentive mechanisms, and approaches that transform large-scale user-generated data sets into meaningful information. This workshop provides a forum for discussion, debate, and collaboration focused on ideas, trends, techniques, and recent advances in crowdsensing and crowdsourcing.

PerNEM: The 5th International Workshop on Pervasive Networks for Emergency Management, March 27, 2015
The fifth workshop on Pervasive Networks for Emergency Management (PerNEM) will address the unique technical and scientific challenges of emergency and crisis management, which require effective sensing, communications and decision making with stringent time constraints in dynamic environments. Pervasive systems can provide decision support to rescuers and evacuees, collecting information that is vital for the emergency operation. This workshop will focus on pervasive networked sensing and decision making, both wired and wireless, for emergency management, including advances in sensing, communication, decision support, simulation tools, modeling methods and experimental evaluation.

PerMoby: The 4th International Workshop on the Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Applications, March 27, 2015
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 human mobility plays an active role in achieving the end goals.

WristSense: Workshop on Sensing Systems and Applications Using Wrist Worn Smart Devices, March 27, 2015
The main goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to share innovative ideas, discuss challenges, and brainstorm potential solutions to open research problems related to the domain of wrist worn smart devices. Using sensors, computation resources, and communication interfaces available on smart watches and smart bands, it is possible to capture information about the device user, perform computation to infer the user’s activities and their context, and communicate these to a smartphone or the cloud. These wrist worn smart devices represent a perfect platform to conduct research on human activity and behavior. They introduce opportunities for exploring new research problems, such as efficient classification and computation on the wearable device, offloading of computation from the user’s watch to the phone or the cloud, enhancement of user experience, smart notification management, physical activity sensing, behavior modeling, and data analysis.