At UbiComp 2015, Osaka, Japan (September 8)

The workshop program and the details of the keynotes are available now. Click Program for details!

Smartphones and IoT devices are opening unprecedented opportunities to conduct social science studies in large-scale and longitudinal fashions. They enable unobtrusive collection of rich behavioral dataset such as physical sensory readings and on-line application use patterns. Also, smartphones can be used as 24/7 gateways for real-time intervention and feedback. Such powerful capabilities can facilitate larger-scale and timely social studies in a cost-effective way beyond traditional study methods such as self-reports, interviews, surveys, and observations under laboratory settings, etc. Many exploratory works have proven that mobile phones are a promising computational platform upon which we plan, develop, and conduct various experimental studies related to social science disciplines.

We are facing multi-lateral challenges to truly take advantage of such opportunities, which cover various issues in mobile systems, data analytics, application and UI design for social studies, etc. More detailed challenges include: (1) Modern smartphones are undoubtedly powerful to collect the users’ real world behavior; however, the data collection should be carefully conducted in symbiosis with the user experience with the device in terms of battery life and responsiveness. (2) Increasing concerns about user privacy highlights the importance of secure and privacy-aware sensing. (3) Collected data by mobile devices are often massive, erroneous, primitive, and limited in ground truth. Understanding the users’ true behaviors and intent poses a number of computational problems and requires groundings with social insights. (4) Beyond such technical issues, a large number of new applications and designs of application-based systems are expected in many social science disciplines, e.g., human communication, economics, political science, psychology, epidemiology.

The goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers working or interested in mobile systems for social analysis and applications. We wish to build a lively forum to share and discuss recent advances, radical ideas and, hands-on experiences in creating and evaluating this new class of mobile applications and systems. Diversity of research perspectives and collaborations among them will be essential to nourish this workshop to be vibrant and innovative. Especially, we will welcome highly innovative and/or controversial contributions, debunking or confirming existing methodologies, experimental system designs, and inspirational hands-on experience with specific social context, populations, or applications.

MCSS 2015 will be a one-day workshop and include paper and keynote presentation from social scientists. Please contact if you have any suggestions or questions about submission or attendance.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission due : June 12, 2015 June 19, 2015 (5:00 pm PDT)
  • Notification of acceptance : July 3, 2015 July 6, 2015
  • Camera Ready submission : July 10, 2015July 13, 2015
  • Workshop : September 8, 2015

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