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The 2nd Workshop on Physical Analytics (WPA-15), collocated with Mobisys 2015, solicits submissions broadly related to technologies, experiments and practical applications that center on the capture and understanding of the physical behavior of individuals (and groups) 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 (NOT an exhaustive list):

  • Wearable & mobile computing for physical analytics
  • BLE, RFID, Wi-Fi, NFC, cameras, and other infrastructure to support physical analytics
  • Indoor localization applied to physical analytics
  • Crowdsourcing for physical analytics
  • Algorithms for analyzing physical signals, including location, video, and audio
  • 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 The deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2015 11:59pm EST.