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The 4th IEEE International Workshop on Sensing, Networking, and Computing with Smartphones
held in conjunction with IEEE BigDataSE-15

August 20-22, 2015, Helsinki, Finland

Smartphones have now truly become a ubiquitous computing device, a computer that the late Mark Weiser envisioned in his ubiquitous computing manifesto. Many applications that could only have been dreamed of, have now become a reality due to the high computing resources, display and networking capabilities of smartphones. With applications ranging from productivity, entertainment, enterprise, social networking, communications and mixed reality, the smartphone is the "swiss army knife" of it all. With the real-time, online connectivity of smartphones to the internet and cloud to enable integration of online and offline, smartphone data is now contributing to big data and cloud computing and creating a footprint of our user behavior. This brings many new and different challenges, such as data and service integration, user privacy, enabling a good user experience, maximizing networking performance, and providing real-time and relevant data analytics. In this workshop, we will explore how smartphones can help enable cyber-physical computing, that bridges the gap between the physical and the virtual world through big data and cloud computing, and also enables social computing by creating mobile social networks, social networks that are built around the interactions of mobile phones.

The IEEE PhoneCom 2015 workshop is an international forum for researchers and practitioners to present innovative ideas and results on all aspects of social media and big data with smartphones, including theoretical foundations, techniques and methods, tools and platforms, prototypes, evaluation, practical implementations and applications. The workshop aims to attract and discuss the system, application and data mining issues of using big data and cloud computing with the smartphone as the bridge between the physical and virtual worlds, and how these can be solved by creating models, frameworks, and analytics. We want to bring together context-aware computing, mobile computing, social computing, big data mining and cloud computing researchers along with engineers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds interested in 1) exploring different approaches to modeling physical, spatial, temporal and social context from the smartphone for cyber-physical interactions, 2) the different types of applications that can be enabled from integrating big data and cloud computing with smartphone data to create cyber-physical and social interactions and track user behavior, and 3) issues of integrating the cyber, physical and social data from cloud services and smartphones into user interface and creating a better user experience. The workshop will be a full day workshop. Besides research paper presentations, the workshop will feature an Invited Talk (keynote) and a Panel Discussion session.

Scope and Interests

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Social media/big data analytics with smartphones
  • Mining the cyber-physical world with data collected and generated by smartphones
  • Integrating/mining social context in cyber-physical and social media with data collected/generated in smartphones
  • Cloud-assisted computing, storage and delivery for smartphones
  • Data security, privacy, trustworthiness and analytics of big data generated from smartphones and from the cloud
  • Scalability and network performance integrating the smartphone with the cloud
  • Novel cyber-physical systems that use big data, cloud and the smartphone
  • Innovative recommendations and user behavior for smartphone users enabled from smartphone data, big data and cloud computing

Submission Instructions

Papers submitted to the workshop should be written in English conforming to the IEEE Conference Proceedings Format (8.5" x 11", Two-Column). The paper should be submitted through the workshop submission system at the workshop website. The length of the papers should not exceed 6 pages + 2 pages for over length charges.

Accepted and presented papers will be included into the IEEE Conference Proceedings published by IEEE CS CPS and submitted to IEEE Xplore and CSDL. Authors of accepted papers, or at least one of them, are requested to register and present their work at the conference, otherwise their papers will be removed from the digital libraries of IEEE CS after the conference. Distinguished papers presented at the conference, after further revision, will be recommended to special issues of reputable SCI/EI-indexed journals.

Submitting a paper to the workshop means that, if the paper is accepted, at least one author should attend the workshop and present the paper.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: May 10, 2015
Authors notification: May 31, 2015
Camera-ready due: July 1, 2015
Registration: July 1, 2015

Program Co-Chairs

Alvin Chin, BMW Group, USA
James She, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Feng Xia, Dalian University of Technology, China

PC Members

Ning Wang, Oxford Internet Institute
Zhi Wang, Tsinghua University
Pin-Han Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada
Wai-ho Mow, HKUST, Hong Kong
Xiaojun Hei, HUST, China
Yan Xu, HKUST, Hong Kong
Nan Zhang, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


Please email inquiries concerning the workshop to the organizer.

Aalto ELEC