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PerCrowd 2018 : 1st International Workshop on Context-Awareness for Multi-Device Pervasive and Mobile Computing (co-located with IEEE PerCom 2018)


When Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 19, 2018
Where Athens, Greece
Abstract Registration Due Oct 21, 2017
Submission Deadline Oct 29, 2017
Notification Due Dec 23, 2017
Final Version Due Jan 12, 2018

Call For Papers


IEEE PerCrowd 2018 – 1st International Workshop on Context-Awareness for Multi-Device Pervasive and Mobile Computing
Co-located with IEEE PerCom 2018, March 19-23
March 19, 2018 Athens, Greece



Pervasive and mobile systems are constrained by energy and performance issues when they operate in isolation. Yet, several studies have shown that smart devices are frequently co-located in proximity to at least one other device throughout the day, suggesting that devices can potentially collaborate to reduce the effort of resource intensive tasks, e.g., sensing, offloading, networking, storage, etc. However, merging the resources of multiple devices to work together is a tough challenge as it requires a common understanding of the context of each device. In addition, since smart devices function in multiple roles, understanding what really constitutes context becomes difficult as different types of contexts need to be modeled depending on the type of task.

Context information is critical in multi device setups, e.g., for the formation of collaboration groups, and for negotiating responsibilities between the devices. Any misunderstandings in context can thus be extremely counterproductive for the collaboration between devices. Consider, for example, a computational task, e.g., game puzzle, whose execution can be accelerated by dividing computations between two or more devices. To distribute the task, we first need to understand the processing capacity of each device to ensure devices with insufficient resources are not harnessed for this task as they would turn into bottleneck for execution. By detecting the context for harnessing collaborative and opportunistic resources in proximity, it is possible to reduce the cost of executing tasks in the constrained resources of smart devices, and to diffuse the presence of smart devices beyond their existing computing isolated behavior.

The goal of PerCrowd 2018 is to explore the impact of context in collaborative and opportunistic computing.  More in detail, the goal of this workshop is to explore the use and effect of contexts on multi-device settings, whose computational behavior can be propagated within a community of devices for optimizing their energy and performance.

Original papers addressing theoretical, practical, and technical aspects of opportunistic and collaborative self-organization of devices are solicited. Papers describing prototype implementations and deployment of such applications and systems are particularly welcome. The submission of informative surveys of the state of the art as well as position papers on controversial issues is also encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Context-aware collaborative systems and applications
- Resource extension of pervasive and mobile applications
- Opportunistic context modeling
- Pervasive computing applications harnessing multiple devices
- Data-driven techniques for community formation
- Self-organizing community construction and evolution
- Crowdsensing and crowdsourcing models for data acquisition and fusion
- Applications of crowdsensed models, e.g., incentive models, decision making models, and privacy models.
- Infrastructure, architectures, and platforms for collaborative systems
- Lessons and experiences of evaluating multi device context-aware systems and applications
- Emerging applications for multi device environments.


Papers should contain original material and not be previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts must be limited to 6 pages in IEEE 8.5x11 conference format, and formatted in accordance with the IEEE Computer Society author guidelines.

Accepted papers will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press in the combined PerCom 2018 Workshop Proceedings and will appear on IEEE Xplore. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the workshop to present the paper. There is no workshop-only registration. An oral presentation at the workshop is strictly required. Failure to present the paper at the workshop will result in the withdrawal of the paper from the Proceedings as well as from the IEEE Xplore.


Abstract Registration: October 21, 2017
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2017
Acceptance Notification: December 23, 2017
Camera Ready due: January 12, 2018
Workshop: March 19


Program Committee Chairs
- Huber Flores (University of Helsinki, Finland)
- Pan Hui (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
- Vassilis Kostakos (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Workshop Web Chair
- Rajesh Sharma (Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Estonia)

Publicity Chairs
- Aaron Yi Ding (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
- Chu Luo (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

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