Workshops Workshops at Ubicomp 2018

Workshop Overview and Schedule

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Overview

Workshop 1

PURBA 2018: The 7th Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Santi Phithakkitnukoon, Teerayut Horanont, Sourav Bhattacharya, Yoshihide Sekimoto

PURBA-2018 is the seventh in this series building upon the successful previous PURBA workshops. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive computing paradigm to urban spaces. We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel urban applications that benefit citizens, urban planners, and policy makers. Preliminary and on-going research work are welcomed.

Workshop 2

Mobile Human Contributions: Opportunities and Challenges (MHC’18)

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Niels van Berkel, Simo Hosio, Jorge Goncalves, Katarzyna Wac, Vassilis Kostakos, Anna Cox

UbiComp/HCI researchers are increasingly using smartphones and other mobile devices to collect human- labelled data 'in the wild'. While this allows for collecting a wide range of interesting data in authentic settings and surroundings, humans are notoriously inconsistent in the quality of their contributions. Despite the fact that research findings rely on the underlying quality of the participants' contributions, the accuracy of human labelled submission through mobile data collection remains a surprisingly underexplored area. In this workshop, we raise the question: "How to increase data accuracy in mobile studies?" This could be either prior, during, or following data collection. MHC’18 aims to contribute to a better understanding of human accuracy in mobile data collection, and thus provides not only a set of real-world examples how data quality can be improved but also a useful methodological contribution to the field of ubiquitous computing.

Workshop 3

Ubiactivity 2018 – International Workshop on Integrating Physical Activity and Health Aspects in Everyday Mobility

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Maximilian Schrapel, Anne Finger, Jochen Meyer, Michael Rohs, Johannes Schöning, Alexandra Voit

Smartphones and wearables such as smartwatches opened up the possibility of easily monitoring one's everyday life and providing feedback on individual levels of daily physical activity. Mobility, which is ensured by various passive and active means of transport, can contribute to achieving daily health recommendations. However, in general everyday mobility does not involve substantial levels of physical activity. There are sometimes structural reasons or a lack of motivation and time that impede realizing an active lifestyle in the context of mobility. This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle that can cause various diseases. The goal of this workshop is to investigate ways to integrate physical activity into everyday mobility in accordance with widely accepted health recommendations. We aim to explore wearable and ambient systems that sense and support active navigation as well as conceptual aspects from a variety of perspectives, such as persuasive technologies, and thus invite researchers from different disciplines to contribute their point of view by means of position papers, posters, and demonstrations. One planned outcome of this workshop is a set of design guidelines for navigation systems that explicitly consider health aspects.

Workshop 4

Workshop on Mood Sensing In-the-Wild

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Sarah Clinch, Greg Wadley, Oludamilare Matthews, Simon Harper, Jorge Goncalves

Mood sensing in-the-wild is a hot topic in the Ubicomp community due to the rapid proliferation of ubiquitous and wearable technologies, and the usefulness of this information (e.g., better user experience, smarter technology). This workshop seeks to understand the current state of the art of mood sensing using ubiquitous and wearable technologies under in vivo settings by bringing together researchers of this thriving research agenda.

Workshop 5

WellComp'18: 1st International Workshop on Computing for Well-being

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Tadashi Okoshi, Jin Nakazawa, JeongGil Ko, Fahim Kawsar, Susanna Pirttikangas

We have been experiencing that much of the influence from ubicomp technologies are both contributing better quality of life (QoL) of our individual and organizational lives, and causing new types of stress and pain at the same time. The term “well-being” has recently has gained attention as a term that covers our general happiness and even more concrete good conditions in our lives, such as physical, psychological, and social wellness. Active research in various ubicomp research areas (systems, mobile/wearable sensing, persuasive apps, behavior change, HCI etc.) are needed towards drawing the big picture of “computing for well-being” from different viewpoints and layers of computing. We will share the latest research in such various areas related to users’ physical, mental, and social well-being.

Workshop 6

UbiTtention 2018: 3rd International Workshop on Smart & Ambient Notification and Attention Management

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Dominik Weber, Anja Exler, Alexandra Voit, Niels Henze, Sven Gehring, Tadashi Okoshi, Veljko Pejovic

In the advancing ubiquitous computing, users are increasingly confronted with a tremendous amount of information proactively provided via notifications from versatile applications and services, through multiple devices and screens in their environment. Thus, human’s attention has been getting a new significant bottleneck. Further, the latest computing trends with emerging new devices including versatile IoT devices, and contexts, such as smart cities, smart mobility including vehicles, are even accelerating this situation. In such situations, “attention management”, including attention representation, sensing, prediction, analysis and adaptive behavior in the computer systems, are needed in our computing systems. Following the successful UbiTtention 2016 and UbiTtention 2017 workshops, the UbiTtention 2018 workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to explore the management of human attention and smart and ambient notifications with versatile devices and situations to overcome information overload and overchoice. In this workshop, we want to focus on a larger understanding of the different roles notifications can play in a wide variety of computing environments including the office, the home, in cars, and other smart environments.

Workshop 7

CPD 2018: The 1st Workshop on Combining Physical and Data-Driven Knowledge in Ubiquitous Computing

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Shijia Pan, Xinlei Chen

Real-world ubiquitous computing systems face the challenge of requiring a significant amount of data to obtain accurate information through pure data-driven approaches. The performance of these pure data-driven systems greatly depends on the quantity and `quality' of data. In ideal conditions, pure data-driven methods perform well due to the abundance of data. However, in real-world systems, collecting data can be costly or impossible due to practical limitations. Physical knowledge, on the other hand, can be used to alleviate these issues of data limitation. This physical knowledge can include 1) domain knowledge from experts, 2) heuristics from experiences, and 3) analytic models of the physical phenomena. With the physical knowledge, we can infer the target information 1) more accurately compared to the pure data-driven model, or 2) with limited (labeled) data, since it is often difficult to obtain a large amount of (labeled) data under various conditions. In recent years, researchers combine this physical knowledge with traditional data-driven approaches to improve the computing performance with limited (labeled) data. We aim to bring researchers that explore this direction together and search for systematic solutions across various applications.

Workshop 8

HASCA 2018: 6th International Workshop on Human Activity Sensing Corpus and Applications

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Kazuya Murao, Yu Enokibori, Hristijan Gjoreski, Paula Lago, Tsuyoshi Okita, Pekka Siirtola, Kei Hiroi, Philipp M. Scholl

The recognition of complex and subtle human behaviors from wearable sensors will enable next-generation human-oriented computing in scenarios of high societal value (e.g., dementia care). This will require large-scale human activity corpuses and much improved methods to recognize activities and the context in which they occur. This workshop deals with the challenges of designing reproducible experimental setups, running large-scale dataset collection campaigns, designing activity and context recognition methods that are robust and adaptive, and evaluating systems in the real world. We wish to reflect on future methods, such as lifelong learning approaches that allow open-ended activity recognition.
Unique this year, HASCA will welcome papers from participants to the Sussex-Huawei Locomotion and Transportation Recognition Competition ( in a special session.
The objective of this workshop is to share the experiences among current researchers around the challenges of real-world activity recognition, the role of datasets and tools, and breakthrough approaches towards open-ended contextual intelligence.

Workshop 9

Ubiquitous Chatbots: Workshop on Wearable and Embodied Conversational Agents

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Leonardo Angelini, Maurizio Caon, Jacky Casas, Federica Cena, Amon Rapp, Omar Abou Khaled, Elena Mugellini

Human-computer interaction is progressively shifting towards natural language communication determining the rise of conversational agents. In the context of ubiquitous computing, the opportunities for interacting with new services and systems in a conversational manner are increasing and, nowadays, it is common to talk to home assistants to interact with a smart environment or to write to chatbots to access an online service. This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from academia and industry in order to establish a multidisciplinary community interested in discovering and exploring the challenges and opportunities coming from the ubiquity of conversational agents.

Workshop 10

UPA’18: 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Christian Meurisch, Philipp M. Scholl, Usman Naeem, Veljko Pejovic, Florian Müller, Elena Di Lascio, Pei-Yi (Patricia) Kuo, Sebastian Kauschke, Muhammad Awais Azam, Max Mühlhäuser

Advancements in ubiquitous technologies and artificial intelligence have paved the way for the recent rise of digital personal assistants (so-called IPAs, such as Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon's Alexa) in everyday life. However, digital personal assistants are still in their infancy and far from being able to support humans unobtrusively and based on humans' intents and goals, or the way human personal assistants are able to. Ubiquitous personal assistance (UPA) refers to the next era of digital personal assistants, refining and completing the concept of IPA.

The 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Personal Assistance (UPA'18) aims to share experiences of current researches on digital personal assistants in order to understand the extent of how such digital helpers can unobtrusively guide and support users in their daily and professional life. We invite the submission of papers in the emerging, interdisciplinary research field of ubiquitous personal assistance, which focus on the understanding, design, and development of such digital helpers. We also welcome contributions that investigate human behaviors, underlying recognition and prediction models; conduct field studies; as well as propose novel HCI interfaces and techniques to provide personal support.

Workshop 11

AppLens: Mining and Learning from Smartphone Apps for Users

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Gang Pan, Sha Zhao, Zhiwen Yu, Anind Dey

Smartphone applications (abbr. apps) are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday life. Apps on smartphones can sense users’ behaviors and activities, providing a lens for understanding users, which is an important point in the community of ubiquitous computing. In UbiComp 2018, we would like to run a workshop on mining and learning from smartphone apps for users (AppLens). It seeks for participants interested in understanding users from their use of smartphone apps, such as mining user attributes and discovering life patterns, discovering cultural and social phenomenon by analyzing app usage, such as social event detection, recognizing app usage behaviors, such as app overuse detection, and studying smartphone apps, such as app categorization and app popularity prediction. This workshop will include paper sessions, two invited talks, a panel session, and Best Paper Award, so as to keep participants engaged to make the workshop more interactive. It provides a forum for the participants to communicate and discuss issues to promote the emerging research field. Moreover, we will select a few accepted papers to be extended and published in a prestigious journal special issue.

Workshop 12

Unlocking Performance Right Now: Through Better Air Quality and Human Movement

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Stephen Snow (University of Southampton), Amy Jenkins (Swansea University), m.c. schraefel (University of Southampton)

This workshop brings together designers and researchers working in fields related to air quality and/or human movement/exercise. The purpose is to share ideas and discoveries on the relationship between these factors and cognitive performance, especially at work. Together we will identify potential design touch-points around air quality and movement, and co-design solutions that leverage these factors toward increasing performance at work. The focus is on the creation of solutions that people can achieve -Right Now- i.e. within the context of their own (perhaps sub-optimal) workplaces. We will produce initial prototypes of possible solutions; and develop actions towards establishing a community of practice dedicated to designing for air quality and movement as complementary factors in workplaces.

Workshop 13

CLaw: Fourth workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and Pervasive Computing (IoT)

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Jat Singh, Julia Powles

We are moving towards realising the broader visions of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. At the same time, we see technology subject to increasing public commentary, political scrutiny and regulatory attention. Regulatory and governance regimes -- such as the highly topical GDPR -- often mean that end-users of applications have certain rights that must be respected, while those developing, providing, offering and using technology bear various degrees of responsibility. Managing these rights and responsibilities is becoming increasingly complex, both technically and legally, as is enabling broader goals of transparency and accountability. CLaw 2018 facilitates an interdisciplinary exploration of the technical and legal challenges of emerging technology, with a particular focus on its increasingly pervasive and ubiquitous nature.

Workshop 14

Sensors & Behaviour '18: From Mobile Sensors to Measuring Activity and Behaviour

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Aku Visuri, Niels van Berkel, Yuuki Nishiyama, Vassilis Kostakos, Kennedy Opoku Asare, Elina Kuosmanen, Denzil Ferreira

Our world is increasingly interconnected via a wide variety of computers, IoT, wearable and mobile devices. The information provided collectively through these devices offers insightful information on our everyday lives, daily patterns, and behaviour on both an individual and group level. The SaB’18 (Sensors & Behaviour) workshop brings together researchers interested in collecting and augmenting context to understand device specific behaviour and routines. The outcomes of this workshop are new tools, methodologies, and potential collaborations at the boundary of behavioural studies and sensing technologies.

Workshop 15

Ubiquitous Emotion Recognition with Multimodal Mobile Interfaces (UERMMI)

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Shaun Canavan, Marvin Andujar, Lijun Yin, Anton Nijholt, Elizabeth Schotter

Recently, the use of mobile devices has become increasingly popular in the field of emotion recognition. With the creation of large spontaneous multimodal databases, there has been a recent push towards using multimodal data for affect recognition. Along with this push, BCI technologies are becoming more ubiquitous and affordable, which has allowed researchers, designers, and developers to extend affective BCI research in human-computer interaction with an emphasis on multimodal interaction. By leveraging different measurement tools, such as cameras and physiological sensors we will be able to more accurately classify emotions. Investigation into this can help us advance how these measurements obtained in mobile devices and be used for user feedback for self-regulation. Considering this, the purpose of this workshop is to spark a conversation on how to advance such measurements, specifically for emotion recognition and not mood, with mobile devices and wearables.

Workshop 16

Mental Health and Well-being: Sensing and Intervention

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Saeed Abdullah, Jakob E. Bardram, Sandra Servia, Akane Sano, Elizabeth L. Murnane, Tanzeem Choudhury, Mirco Musolesi

Mental health issues affect a significant portion of the world's population and can result in debilitating and life-threatening outcomes. To address this increasingly pressing healthcare challenge, there is a need to research novel approaches for early detection and prevention. Toward this, ubiquitous systems can play a central role in revealing and tracking clinically relevant behaviors, contexts, and symptoms. Further, such systems can passively detect relapse onset and enable the opportune delivery of effective intervention strategies.

However, despite their clear potential, the uptake of ubiquitous technologies into clinical mental healthcare is rare, and a number of challenges still face the overall efficacy of such technology-based solutions. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in identifying, articulating, and addressing such issues and opportunities. Following the success of this workshop in last two years, we aim to continue facilitating the UbiComp community in developing a holistic approach for sensing and intervention in the context of mental health.

Workshop 17

EyeWear 2018 - 2nd Workshop on Eye Wear Computing

Schedule: October 8, 2018

Organizers: Benjamin Tag, Olivier Augereau, Christian Holz, Yuji Uema, Paul Lukowicz, Kai Kunze

Intelligent glasses, head-mounted displays, egocentric vision devices, and similar “smart eyewear” have recently emerged as interesting research platforms for a range of research fields including, ubiquitous computing, computer vision, and social sciences. As most of the human senses are situated on the head, we believe that these types of devices have significant potential as a research and product platform for a wide range of wearable assistive systems in human computer interaction. While early prototypes were too bulky to be worn on a regular basis in daily life, new devices, such as Google Glass, Holo Lense and J!NS Meme, look more and more like normal glasses, are light-weight, and allow for long-term use enabling new interaction paradigms. This workshop will bring together researchers from a wide range of computing disciplines, such as mobile and ubiquitous computing, eye tracking, optics, computer vision, human vision and perception, privacy and security, usability, as well as systems research.

Workshop 18

Broadening Participation Workshop

Schedule: October 12, 2018

Organizers: Hwajung Hong, Nova Ahmed, Pin Sym Foong, Nivedita Arora, Meera Radhakrishnan

The 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp/ISWC 2018) will host the Broadening Participation Workshop for student and early career researcher participants. This workshop aims to connect emerging researchers with experienced ones, creating a support system and network of researchers. This event is intended to increase the involvement of women, all researchers from developing countries, as well as underrepresented minorities, including persons with disabilities, in the field of ubiquitous and wearable computing.