Welcome to ACM WPA'18, the fifth Workshop on Physical Analytics. The workshop is co-located with MobiSys 2018, and it will be held in Munich, Germany, on 15, 2018. Our goal is to bring together researchers from both academia and industry to present research ideas, results, and challenges on systems and technologies that enable understanding the behavior and interactions of people (individuals or groups) within the physical world
Call For Papers

The 5th Workshop on Physical Analytics (WPA '18), collocated with MobiSys 2018, solicits submissions broadly related to technologies, experiments and practical applications that center on the capture and understanding of the physical behavior of individuals, groups, and crowds in the physical world. Activities that people perform in the physical world— e.g., travelling to places (commuting to/from work using public or private transport), dwelling and engaging in various activities at various locations (e.g., exercising in the gym, eating at restaurants and food courts), interacting with various physical objects and artefacts (e.g., touching or picking up products at a retail store, or browsing through books and magazines at a library), being subject to various audiovisual stimuli (e.g., listening to announcements at transit hubs, watching advertisements on public displays or movies on TV) and interacting with other people (in groups, as part of crowds or one-on-one)—contain a wealth of information about user behavior, preferences, attitudes and interests. Such information is increasingly being proposed for novel services and applications across diverse industries, such as healthcare, telematics and retail. This workshop focuses on exploring how various technologies and capabilities, such as multimedia sensing, localization, wearable computing, activity recognition and privacy, can be harnessed holistically to build workable or plausible solutions that can capture real-world physical behavior of users.

Topics of interest:

  • Internet of things for gaining insights into and using behavior of people in physical spaces
  • Wearable & mobile computing for physical analytics
  • Augmented/Virtual reality applications that help towards physical analytics
  • Indoor localization applied to physical analytics
  • Infrastructure to support physical analytics (e.g., BLE, RFID, NFC, cameras, and others)
  • Crowdsourcing for physical analytics
  • Algorithms for analyzing physical signals (including location, video, audio) and physiological signals (breathing, heart rate, emotions)
  • Novel applications of machine learning to physical analytics
  • Ethical and Privacy requirements, primitives & APIs for physical analytics
  • Using online/social analytics to augment physical analytics
  • Domain-specific Physical analytics (e.g., retail, healthcare, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Emerging applications of physical analytics
  • Authentication & Trust mechanisms for physical analytics


All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. While the workshop will accept papers describing completed work as well as work-in-progress, the emphasis is on early discussion of novel and radical ideas (potentially of a controversial nature) rather than detailed description and evaluation of incremental advances. Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length and must be a PDF file. Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission. Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines at http://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/submission

Please submit your papers through the following link: https://mobisys18wpa.hotcrp.com
The deadline for submissions is April 10th April 13th, 2018 11:59pm, Eastern Time.