Call For Papers

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. Crowdsensing/crowdsourcing 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 without requiring the purchase of specialized sensors or the installation and maintenance of network infrastructure. Data collected using such applications may come from unexpected yet interesting and valuable sources and may allow for collecting data in previously inaccessible locations and contexts.

This new data collection paradigm introduces several research challenges. Privacy is a primary concern for users that are contributing sensitive or identifying data. Incentive mechanisms for participation may be needed to encourage people to volunteer their resources to collect data. Methods are needed for processing large-scale, user-generated data sets into meaningful information, and for assessing and understanding the quality of information to help guide decision-making. Approaches that involve the crowd in such data analysis tasks, with humans serving as a source of semantic information, interpretation, and evaluation of crowdsensing/crowdsourcing data, can also help to build an understanding of the physical, computational, and socio-technical environment.

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion, debate, and collaboration focused on ideas, trends, techniques, and recent advances in crowdsensing/crowdsourcing. We invite original research contributions that advance the state of the art as well as position papers that pose a new direction or present a controversial point of view. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Algorithms to handle, process, and visualize large-scale crowdsensing/crowdsourcing data sets
  • Data integrity, security, privacy, and provenance for crowdsensing/crowdsourcing data
  • Determining and assessing Quality of Information for crowdsensing/crowdsourcing data
  • Crowd-assisted (human-in-the-loop) approaches to analyzing crowdsensing/crowdsourcing data
  • Context modeling and reasoning in crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications
  • Incentive mechanisms for participation in crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications
  • Supporting crowdsensing/crowdsourcing in heterogeneous networks
  • Crowdsensing/crowdsourcing for pervasive systems
  • Novel use of sensors for crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications
  • Energy-efficient mechanisms for crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications
  • Programming abstractions and middleware for crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications
  • Novel large-scale crowdsensing/crowdsourcing applications

Submitted papers must be original contributions that are unpublished and are not currently under consideration for publication by other venues. Submissions are limited to a maximum length of 6 pages and must adhere to IEEE format (2 column, 10 pt font). Templates are available via the Submission Details website. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE PerCom Workshop Proceedings. Note, that each accepted paper requires a full PERCOM registration (no registration is available for workshops only)!


Important Dates

  • Paper submissions: November 26, 2014

  • Paper notifications: January 9, 2015

  • Camera ready submissions: January 28, 2015

  • Workshop date: Friday, March 27, 2015