The Second International Workshop on Pervasive Smart Living Spaces | PerLS 2018

In conjunction with IEEE PerCom 2018 | March 19–23 | Athens, Greece

The PerLS workshop brings together researchers, industry practitioners, and the community interested in pervasive computing for smart living spaces.
The workshop is organized as a part of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom) held in Athens, Greece, on March 19–23, 2018.

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Paper submission deadline: November 27, 2017
Author notification due: December 23, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: January 15, 2018
Author registration deadline January 15, 2018
Workshop date: March 23, 2018


Friday, March 23, 08:50 – 09:00
PerLS Opening
Chairs: Andreas Jacobsson (Malmö University, Sweden), Mohan J Kumar (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA), Delphine Reinhardt (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Friday, March 23, 09:00 – 10:00
Chair: Andreas Jacobsson (Malmö University, Sweden)

Rubbinput: An Interaction Technique for Wet Environments Utilizing Squeak Sounds Caused by Finger-Rubbing
Ryosuke Kawakatsu (Graduate School of Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan); Shigeyuki Hirai (Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan)
Rubbinput, a user interface for wet environments, utilizes the squeaky sounds made when rubbing a smooth, wet surface with fingers. Rubbinput analyzes squeaks, interpreting “duration time,” “reciprocating motions,” and “number of rubbing fingers,” converting them to user interface events. Harmonic structures of squeak caused by each finger are utilized to detect events with low latency. In this paper, we describe Rubbinput use cases and analyze user interface detection processes and performance. Specific applications and uses accompanied by user evaluations, are also described.

Prototyping the Internet of Things with Web Technologies: Is It Easy
Bo Peterson and Bahtijar Vogel (Malmö University, Sweden)
The objective of this paper is to understand the benefits of Web Technologies for Prototyping the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly JavaScript. We conducted an exploratory case with our students in introductory programming course on JavaScript. Scrum methodology and rapid prototyping is utilized to guide the students final project work. This work was conducted as a part of an ongoing research project on Smart Homes. Within five weeks the students developed fully working prototypes. The results show that students could easily use the JavaScript knowledge both for web and physical IoT-device programming. Additionally, Scrum methodology and rapid prototyping aspects provided a more structured process that helped the students in making quick design decisions, an important aspect specifically considering the constantly emerging IoT technologies. In conclusion, we believe that by simply leveraging well known mechanisms and architectures that Web already has in stake today we can easily build and deploy smart things in the IoT area.

Friday, March 23, 10:30 – 11:30
Chair: Delphine Reinhardt (University of Göttingen, Germany)

An Investigation of Vulnerabilities in Smart Connected Cameras
Joseph Bugeja (Malmo University, Sweden); Désirée Jönsson (ADBSafegate, Sweden); Andreas Jacobsson (Malmö University, Sweden)
The Internet of Things is enabling innovative services promising added convenience and value in various domains such as the smart home. Increasingly, households, office environments and cities, are being fitted with smart camera systems aimed to enhance the security of citizens. At the same time, several systems being deployed suffer from weak security implementations. Recognizing this, and to understand the extent of this situation, in this study we perform a wide-scale vulnerability assessment using the Shodan search engine and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database. This is done to detect smart connected cameras exposed on the Internet alongside their sensitive, potentially private, data being broadcasted. Further- more, we discuss whether the discovered data can be used to compromise the safety and privacy of individuals. The results indicate that a significant number of smart cameras are indeed prone to diverse security and privacy vulnerabilities.

Enabling the Smart Home Through a Semantic-Based Context-Aware System
Atieh MahrooDaniele Spoladore and Enrico Caldarola (National Research Council, Italy); Gianfranco Modoni (CNR-ITIA, Italy); Marco Sacco (National Research Council, Italy)
This paper describes CasAware, a context-aware system allowing domestic distributed devices to interoperate and collaborate with each other exploiting the Internet of Things. CasAware’s main purpose is to improve inhabitants’ level of comfort and well-being, enforcing their safety, while optimizing time and energy consumption of appliances. The envisioned system leverages combined exploitation of various technologies ranging from Cloud Computing to Semantic Web technologies. In particular, it takes advantage of ontological modelling techniques to formalize the knowledge of different domestic domains (house, appliances, sensors and the pieces of information they share) and exploit semantic reasoning techniques to infer new insights from already known facts. Although the potential of semantic approach has been investigated in many recent researches, various challenges have to be faced in order to make it feasible on a large scale. These challenges are analyzed through three different motivating scenarios, which also contribute to elicit the requirements of the CasAware system.

Friday, March 23, 11:30 – 12:15
PerLS Keynote TBA
Chair: Mohan J Kumar (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)

People-centric computing and communications: a middleware approach
Franca Delmastro (National Research Council, Italy)
The extremely pervasive nature of mobile technologies and the continuous interaction of the users with their personal devices, strengthen the need for a people-centric approach in the design and development of new communication and computing solutions. Nowadays users are not only consumers of technology, but they actively contribute to its evolution by taking two key roles: they act as humans, by sharing contents and experiences, but they also act as virtual sensors, by moving freely in the environment with their personal devices and collecting heterogeneous context information. The ability of personal mobile devices to efficiently analyse, process, and share context data allows services and applications to highly improve and characterize the users experience through personalised features. To this aim, we propose a context-aware middleware solution, able to integrate people-centric computing paradigms, like opportunistic networking and opportunistic sensing, with pervasive recommender systems, in order to support the development of Mobile Social Network applications. The talk will present the middleware platform and the building blocks supporting the networking and computing paradigms, with particular attention to practical issues and research challenges in this area.

Franca Delmastro is a researcher of the IIT Institute of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Her research interests are in the field of Future Internet and Cyber-Physical systems, working on communication protocols for wireless and opportunistic networks, mobile middleware solutions, recommender systems for online and mobile social networks, context and social-aware mobile ap- plications and personalized m-health solutions. She published several works on international journals, conferences and book chapters in the pervasive and mobile computing area. She participated in the organization of several international conferences. She served as TPC Vice Chair of IEEE PerCom 2017, Workshops co-Chair of IEEE PerCom 2014, and General Chair of some international workshops. She is currently member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences (IJCNS) and she has been Guest Editor of Special Issues for Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal e Computer Communication Journal.


Pervasive computing is moving beyond the personal devices to everyday ‘things’ with embedded technology getting smaller and more powerful than ever before. This ubiquitous computing paradigm, commonly also referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), will provide pervasive access to resources and services, facilitating smart living at homes, offices, cars, buses, schools, and other places. The connected smart things are often intended to improve safety and security, energy efficiency, work productivity, etc., for users in their living spaces, but they also often aim at supporting a sustainable lifestyle by the use of, for instance, pervasive applications and systems intended to promote health, nutrition, comfort, social relationships, and entertainment.

From both industrial and academic stand points, a strong interest has evolved in research on pervasive applications and systems intended for smart living. This, in combination with crucial topics, such as, middleware methodologies, privacy and security technologies, wearables and user interaction, software architectures, data processing and analytics, context-aware service-provisioning, etc., frame the scope of the intended workshop.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and the community interested in pervasive computing for smart living spaces. Original papers addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of pervasive smart living are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel applications, tools and devices
  • Sensor technologies and systems
  • Middleware methodologies
  • Software architectures and systems
  • Wearables and user interaction
  • Context-aware service provisioning
  • Data processing and analytics
  • Distributed approaches for mobile context data sharing
  • Data and situation visualization
  • Social network applications and analysis
  • Risk evaluation and threat agent modelling
  • Security, trust, and privacy
  • Multi-device collaboration involving wearable devices, smartphones, etc.
  • Pervasive content sharing and media distribution
  • Application and service interoperability issues


Authors are invited to submit regular six-page papers for presentation at the workshop, describing original, previously unpublished work, which is not currently under review by another workshop, conference, or journal. Regular papers should present novel perspectives within the general scope of the workshop.

All accepted papers will be included in the PerCom proceedings and published by the IEEE.

Papers may be no more than 6 pages in length. Papers in excess of page limits shall not be considered for review or publication. All papers must be typeset in double-column IEEE format using 10pt fonts on US letter paper, with all fonts embedded. The IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as related information, can be found at the IEEE Computer Society website. Submissions must be made via EDAS.

It is a requirement that all authors listed in the submitted paper are also listed in EDAS. The author section of EDAS will be locked after the workshop submission deadline to ensure that conflict-of-interest can be properly enforced during review. If the list of authors differs between the paper and EDAS, the paper may not be reviewed. The authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper must be registered at full rate for that paper to appear in the proceedings and to be scheduled for presentation.

Each accepted paper will require a full PERCOM conference registration (no registration is available for workshops only).

Submission link:


Dr. Martin Boldt, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Ms. Alessandra De Paola, University of Palermo

Dr. Franca Delmastro, IIT-CNR

Mr. Karim Djemame, University of Leeds

Dr. Peizhao Hu, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Peter Krough, Aarhus University

Dr. Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dr. Carlo Vallati, University of Pisa

Dr. Luca Zappaterra, Philips Lighting


Andreas Jacobsson, Malmö University, Sweden
Mohan Kumar, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Delphine Reinhardt, University of Bonn and Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany


See PerCom’s website.

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