PerHot 2013

The 2nd International IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Pervasive Computing
March 18, 2013 at IEEE PerCom 2013 in San Diego, California, U.S.A.


Mark Weiser first proposed Pervasive Computing two decades ago and we’ve explored the space of his ideas in that time. It’s time to explore new wild and crazy — “hot” — ideas! The goal of PerHot is to discuss such new and controversial ideas in the whole of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing.


PerHot is divided into two sessions: a paper presentation session starting at 8:30 in the morning and a discussion session ending at noon.

Paper Session

  1. Clome: The Case for a Cloud-based Smart Home
    Zubair Nabi (University of Cambridge, Pakistan); Atif Alvi (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)
  2. Eywa: Crowdsourced and cloudsourced omniscience
    Murat Demirbas (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA); Yavuz Selim Yilmaz (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA); Muhammed Fatih Bulut (University at Buffalo, USA)
  3. A preliminary investigation of user incentives to leverage crowdsensing activities
    Nicolas Haderer (University Lille 1 & INRIA Lille – Nord Europe, Project-team ADAM, France); Romain Rouvoy (University Lille 1, France); Lionel Seinturier (University of Lille, France)
  4. Social relationship classification based on interaction data from smartphones
    Deyi Sun (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Wing Cheong Lau (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Roundtable Discussion

Open discussion of the workshop and future directions in Pervasive Computing.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:Monday, November 12, 2012
Acceptance Notification:(Early January, 2013)
Camera Ready Copy:January 25, 2013
Workshop Date:March 18, 2013

Topic Areas

Call for New Ideas

We specifically call for early ideas, demo systems, challenges papers and well-reasoned attacks on the status quo of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. Papers will be judged on their ability to generate discussion and encourage brainstorming among workshop participants as well as their technical quality and presentation. Example areas for paper submissions include but are not limited to:

  1. New directions in platform and system research in Pervasive Computing
  2. New abstractions and architectural models for Pervasive Computing beyond context-awareness and “pervasiveness”
  3. New user interface paradigms and models for Pervasive Computing
  4. New programming models and languages for Pervasive Computing
  5. Experience papers from deployment or development of existing Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing systems
  6. The convergence of systems models, e.g., Pervasive Computing and Augmented Reality Systems or Pervasive Computing and Mobile Computing
  7. Challenges of previously published approaches and why they do or do not work
  8. Overlooked problems and evolving challenges facing the PerCom community
  9. Social, ecological, and economic impact of Pervasive Computing

Ideas presented at PerHot need not be fully built or evaluated; they need only provoke discussion.

Call For Experience

A number of frameworks for the development of Pervasive Applications exist. Although many approaches motivate the same scenarios, they tend to end up with different abstractions. So far, there is no systematic discussion of the suitability of different abstractions.

PerHot 2013 will include a special session reflecting on experience using existing Pervasive and Ubiquitous frameworks. We solicit a discussion how the JustPlay application (IEEE, local copy) could be realized with your middleware. You can model or even implement the application. Let us know what worked out well and what did not. The ultimate goal of this session is a joint journal or conference paper summarizing the discussions and experiences encountered in the special session.


Submissions of papers are solicited in the IEEE 8.5x11 conference format and should be 4-6 pages. Papers must be original prior unpublished work and not under review elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected based on their originality, merit, and relevance to the workshop.

Paper submissions will be handled through EDAS.

Accepted papers must be presented at the workshop, and will appear in the IEEE PerCom workshop proceedings and the IEEE Digital Library. At least one author must have a full registration for the conference (there is no workshop only registration) and present the paper. Failure to do so will result in the paper not being included in the IEEE Digital Library.


Workshop Organizers

Technical Program Committee


If you have any questions regarding the workshop, feel free to contact us at: