MOBIQUITOUS 2015: the way to foster research collaboration in Ubiquitous Computing

The 12th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MOBIQUITOUS 2015) is to take place in Coimbra, Portugal on July 22–24, 2015.

Despite the considerable research effort in the area of Ubiquitous Computing in the past decade, and the maturity of some of its base technologies, many challenges persist. The goal of the Twelfth Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MOBIQUITOUS 2015) is to provide a forum for presenting and discussing high-quality research in the field at international level, involving practitioners and researchers from diverse backgrounds. MOBIQUITOUS 2015 will thus foster research collaboration through focused discussions, interaction and exchange of experiences that will designate future research efforts and directions. Areas addressed by the conference include systems, applications, social networks, middleware, networking, data management and services, all with special focus on mobility and ubiquitous computing.

Topics of the Conference will be:

  • Wireless Access Technologies;
  • Networked Sensing and Applications;
  • Mobile Device Architectures;
  • Mobile Systems and Applications;
  • Mobile Data Management and Analytics;
  • Mobile Multimedia;
  • Mobile User Interfaces and Interaction Technologies;
  • Mobile User Experience;
  • Toolkit and Languages for Mobile Computing;
  • Energy Aware Mobile Computing;
  • Mobile Cloud Computing;
  • Semantic Web Technologies;
  • Localization and Tracking;
  • Internet of Things – Systems, Data Analytics and Applications;
  • Crowdsourcing – Platforms and Applications;
  • Participatory Sensing;
  • Social Network Applications to Mobile Computing;
  • Context and Location Aware Applications and Services;
  • Wearable Computing;
  • Body Area Networks;
  • Security and Privacy;

Furthermore, Workshop on Wireless Communication Security at the Physical Layer (WiComSec-Phy 2015) and the Second International Workshop on Web Intelligence and Smart Sensing (IWWISS’15) will be co-located with the Conference.

Are you ready to meet leaders of innovative technology in Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems? Get involved!

For further information about MOBIQUITOUS 2015, the co-located workshops and the keynote speakers, please click here.


TRIDENTCOM 2015: a must for experts in testbeds and research infrastructures

Another International Conference not to be missed: the 10th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities (TRIDENTCOM) will take place in Vancouver!

The Canadian city will host the 10th edition of the conference on June 20-23. TRIDENTCOM 2015 ensures to bring a high-level contribution to the field and aims to bring together top technical experts and researchers from academia, industry and government from all over the world to discuss testbeds and research infrastructures for:

  • advanced networking
  • cloud computing
  • cyber physical systems
  • connected vehicles.

What is the main focus of the conference? The conference will focus on experimentation through a variety of topics of interest including testing, verification, deployment, integration, management and federation of testbed facilities and  experimental research based on testbed implementation of novel schemes on research testbeds. Specifically, TRIDENTCOM 2015 will focus on research testbeds for cyber physical systems & applications, research testbeds for ICT infrastructure and research testbed methodologies, techniques and tools.

Who should attend the conference? Tridentcom is a must event for those interested in or responsible for the design, operation or application of network testbeds and research infrastructure!

Why to attend the conference? Tridentcom 2015 will serve as an international arena where researchers, practitioners, providers and users will exchange their knowledge and know-how, their needs and visions for establishing the convergence of advanced networking and cloud computing!

Furthermore the conference will be chaired by relevant experts on the field such as Prof. David G. Michelson – University of British Columbia (General Co-Chair), Prof. Alberto Leon Garcia –  University of Toronto (General Co-Chair), Prof. Wei-Bin Zhang – University of California-Berkeley (General Co-Chair), Prof. Justin Cappos – New York University (TPC Co-Chair), Prof. Mohamed El Darieby – University of Regina (TPC Co-Chair) and Michael Hrybyk – President & CEO, BCNET (Network Infrastructure Chair).

Discover more about TRIDENTCOM here.

Call for papers

SGAMES 2015: hurry up to submit your paper!

Serious Games focus on the design, development, use and application of games for purposes other than entertainment. Education and training represent the main areas of application of Serious Games but they have been used, with success, for health, research, emergency planning, advertisement and military purposes. The most striking effect in the use of Serious Games is an increased motivation and engagement. As such, Serious Games require specific design, recreating real scenarios through interactive and/or immersive environments.

However, in spite of the existing evidence of success, there is still a limited use of Serious Games. This has mainly to do with social concerns and stereotypes about the relation of games and serious purposes. Other issues relate to physical and cost barriers, hardware and license cost, access (for online games), maintenance and support. But this limited use is also related to the lack of extended evidence of effective application.

SGAMES 2015 is the 5th International Conference on Serious Games, Interaction and Simulation. The Conference, chaired by Prof. Carlos Vaz de Carvalho, will take place in Novedrate, Italy on September 16–18, 2015 and will focus on research, theory, application, practice and validation in the field of Serious Games.  It will cover areas such as cognition, psychology, technology-enhanced education, evaluation and assessment, multimedia and information technology.

Important dates for your submission

Full Paper Due: 11 May 2015
Acceptance Notification: 15 June 2015
Camera-ready Due: 06 July 2015
Would you like to know more about the call?
Check SGAMES website here.
Call for papers

MOBICASE 2015 is calling for papers!

MobiCASE, the International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, is a confluence between academia and industry on mobile applications and services research.

Now in its seventh edition, MobiCASE has become a leading scientific forum for dissemination of cutting-edge research results in the area of Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services.
As in previous years, MobiCASE 2015 is scheduled to include high-quality paper presentation sessions revealing the latest in mobile computing research, to demo industry’s most exciting mobile applications and services, and to engage participants in hands-on projects and tutorials. The Conference will take place in Berlin, Germany on November 12–13, 2015 and will be chaired by Dr. Stephan SiggGeorg-August-University Goettingen, Germany.

The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Important dates

Submission deadline: 3 August 2015

Notification deadline: 6 September 2015

Camera-Ready deadline: 20 September 2015

 See the full Call for papers on the Conference website.


Dr. Sigg, MobiCASE 2015: ‘Join us in Berlin, collaborate and have fun!’

An expert on the design, analysis and optimisation of algorithms for distributed and ubiquitous systems, Dr. Stephan Sigg, currently working at the Computer Networks Group of Georg-August-University in Goettingen,  is also interested in problems related to context prediction, collaborative transmission in wireless sensor networks, context-based secure key generation, device-free passive activity recognition, and computation of functions in wireless networks at the time of transmission. He is optimistic about the future privacy in the age of pervasive computing, and positive that MobiCASE 2015, of which he is the General Chair, will be an excellent event in the perfect place. Read our recent interview to find out why.

What are your expectations of the next edition of MobiCASE?

Focusing on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services, MobiCASE 2015 will take place in Berlin, Germany, from November 12th to November 13th 2015. The two-day format is very nice for focused, constructive discussions and collaboration, and Berlin with its two strong universities, a multitude of renowned research institutes, internationally-operating companies, fresh startup culture, as well as its open and interdisciplinary attitude, is the perfect place for this event. We are happy that so many outstanding scientists and industry leaders have agreed to join the Technical Program Committee to help us establish a high quality programme. I am looking forward to exciting novel developments in Mobile Computing, Applications and Services, long constructive discussions with research and industry leaders, and new cooperations. Join us in Berlin for scientific discussions, collaborate and have fun!

Dr. Stephan Sigg, General Chair of MOBICASE 2015
Dr. Stephan Sigg, General Chair of MOBICASE 2015

What would you say are the most exciting research topics and questions  within the field of mobile computing, applications and services right now?

For me, context-based and usable security hold great potential for the next years. Related to this is the exploitation of the tremendous amount of data which is available via all kinds of environmental-, smartphone- and on-body-sensors. There is a great potential in this data, especially regarding indirect reasoning of non-directly observable information.

In your opinion, how will privacy fare in the age of pervasive computing?

I believe that we will see a society which is very much aware of the value of their personal information. People will consciously decide which information to share, and ponder what they give and what they get for it in return. It will become more difficult for companies to collect personal data, as people will ask what monetary benefits they can expect in return. For instance, there is a StartUp called TwoSense, which aims to act as a mediator between the people who own and sell their personal data, and companies who buy it. I am convinced that we will see a lot more exciting developments in this direction, and I am very positive  that privacy will be much better guarded than it has been in the past.


Research updates on Mobile Communications and Applications

The EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications is a scholarly archival journal that is committed to the timely publication of high-quality original research papers on all aspects of mobile communications theories, technologies, systems, and applications. The journal explores mobile cellular networks, modulation and coding techniques, wireless sensor networks, WiMAX networks and many more. The Fifth Issue of the journal has been published on the European Union Digital Library.

Find all details about EAI journals here.

Conferences News

MobiQuitous 2014: the 11th edition successfully ended in London

Researchers, practitioners, industry representatives, and all others interested in mobile and ubiquitous system gathered at the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous 2014) held on December 2-5 in London (UK).
The conference provided a meeting point for practitioners and researchers from various disciplines to discuss and exchange research results and ideas pertaining to various areas in mobile and ubiquitous systems such as applications, social networks, middleware, data management, and many others. The discussions have taken various forms – from the eight regular sessions and two keynote lectures to three workshops and poster and demo presentations.
IMG-20141204-WA0012 Social event at MobiQuitous 2014
The keynote lecturer Nigel Davies (Lancaster University) talked about the role of infrastructure in memory augmentation highlighting that the creation of new systems for memory augmentation raises serious challenges for mobile and ubiquitous researchers. The other keynote speaker Konstantina Papagiannaki (Telefonica Research and Innovation) from the industry point of view covered the topic of location based services focusing on the creation of the zero energy location sensor.
MobiQuitous 2014 featured three co-located workshops: the First Workshop on Cloud and Server Support for Wearable Computing ; CFP: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services; and Indoor/outdoor Location Based Services with their own speakers, keynote lecturers, and paper presentations.
MobiQuitous conferences do not end here: the next year’s edition chaired by Pei Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University) and Jorge Sá Silva (University of Coimbra) will be held on July 22-24, 2015 in Coimbra, Portugal. Moreover, potential participants can already check the preliminary calls for papers, workshops, and tutorials.
Stay tuned for MobiQuitous 2015!


SAGE2: the next generation of collaborative SRSD middleware

How many times were we wondering how to improve group work collaboration? Of course, all of us are thinking about web-based collaboration systems such as the well-known Skype or Google Hangouts. According to the next generation data complexity, innovative collaboration systems are required to improve the cooperation among users.

SAGE, an open-source middleware that allowed groups to work in front of large displays to access, display, and share the large amount of information and data, was built in 2004.

Considering all the technical changes in web server and applications, eight researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago and one from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa proposed to redesign the tool, developing SAGE 2, which perfectly fits the original SAGE but is made to expand the community.

The research was presented at CollaborateCom 2014, where Thomas Marrinan, Jillian Aurisano, Arthur Nishimoto, Krishna Bharadwaj, Victor Mateevitsi, Luc Renambot, Lance Long, Andrew Johnson,  from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Jason Leigh from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa won the Best Paper Award for their study. The group of researchers built this powerful tool for group work, as a next generation Scalable Resolution Shared Displays (SRSD) collaborative platform that integrates cloud-based and web browser technologies into an environment suited for data intensive problem solving in authentic scenarios.

SAGE2 is built to enlarge the user community thanks to its advanced support for development and integration of multi-user applications and the minor barrier to entry. As affirmed by the researchers, this is the main reason to “invite the community to use SAGE2 as a platform to develop multi-user applications for devices ranging from a standard desktop to a cluster-driven tiled display wall.

The paper provides design challenges, explains benefits of data collaboration and presents a range of use cases to demonstrate the value of the developed tool.

What will be the next step for the future development? Research linking content and remote collaboration, as confirmed by the authors: “We plan to explore the possibilities of creating links between applications in order to exchange data, such as the ability of a mapping application to plot the locations of all photos that are geotagged on the SRSD. We will also be exploring various techniques to improve remote collaboration where the technologies at each site are heterogeneous. We plan to synchronize applications across multiple sites and provide a window into a remote site’s SRSD to give a visual overview of their content arrangement.”

Would you like to learn more about SAGE2? Click here for the full version of the paper.