The First International Workshop on Pervasive Smart Living Spaces | PerLS 2017

16 March 2017
The organizers would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all TPC members, reviewers, authors, presenters, and attendees in their help in making the First International Workshop on Pervasive Smart Living Spaces a memorable event.

If you would like to help arrange next year’s issue of PerLS, please don’t hesitate to contact anyone of us.

Thank you again! See you in Athens!

Andreas Jacobsson, Malmö University, Sweden (
Mohan Kumar, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

In conjunction with IEEE PerCom 2017 | March 13–17 | Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Credit Flickr user Luca Biada, CC:BY.

PerLS aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with an interest in pervasive computing intended for the smart home, smart car and/or other smart living spaces.
The workshop is organized as a part of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom) held in Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, USA, on March 13–17, 2017.

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» Program Committee
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» Hotel and Venue Information



Allocated time for each paper is 30 minutes (25 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes Q&A).

Monday, March 13, 08:30–10:00
PerLS-S1: Smart Spaces
Room: Keauhou IV
Chair: Andreas Jacobsson (Malmö University, Sweden)

The Smart Object Description Language: Modeling Interaction Capabilities for Self-Reflection
Daniel Burmeister (University of Lübeck, Germany); Florian Burmann (Universität zu Lübeck, Germany); Andreas Schrader (University of Lübeck, Germany)

Understanding Ride-on-demand Service: Demand and Dynamic Pricing
Suiming Guo (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Yaxiao Liu (Shenzhou UCar, P.R. China); Ke Xu (Tsinghua University, P.R. China); Dah Ming Chiu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Integration of Smart Home Technologies for District Heating Control in Pervasive Smart Grids
Radu-Casian Mihailescu and Paul Davidsson (Malmö University, Sweden)

Monday, March 13, 10:30–12:00
PerLS-S2: Identification Systems
Room: Keauhou IV
Chair: Nirmalya Roy (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Personal Identification System Based on Rotation of Toilet Paper Rolls
Masaya Kurahashi (Kobe University, Japan); Kazuya Murao (Ritsumeikan University, Japan); Tsutomu Terada and Masahiko Tsukamoto (Kobe University, Japan)

The Carpet Knows: Identifying People in a Smart Environment from a Single Step
Bo Zhou (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany); Monit Singh, Sugandha Doda and Muhammet Yildirim (TU Kaiserslautern, Germany); Jingyuan Cheng (TU Braunschweig, Germany); Paul Lukowicz (DFKI and University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)

A User Identification Method Based on Features of Opening/Closing a Refrigerator Door
Akane Ishida (Kobe University, Japan); Kazuya Murao (Ritsumeikan University, Japan); Tsutomu Terada and Masahiko Tsukamoto (Kobe University, Japan)

Monday, March 13, 13:00–14:00
PerLS-S3: Activity Recognition
Room: Keauhou IV
Chair: Paul Lukowicz (DFKI and University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Toward Real-Time In-Home Activity Recognition Using Indoor Positioning Sensor and Power Meters
Eri Nakagawa, Kazuki Moriya, Hirohiko Suwa and Manato Fujimoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan); Yutaka Arakawa (Nara Institute of Science and Technology & NAIST, Japan); Keiichi Yasumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

TransAct: Transfer Learning Enabled Activity Recognition
Md Abdullah Al Hafiz Khan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA); Nirmalya Roy (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Monday, March 13, 14:00–15:00
PerLS-S4: Security in Smart Systems
Room: Keauhou IV
Chair: Kazuya Murao (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

Securing Vulnerable Home IoT Devices with an In-Hub Security Manager
Anna Simpson, Franziska Roesner and Tadayoshi Kohno (University of Washington, USA)

An Analysis of Malicious Threat Agents for the Smart Connected Home
Joseph Bugeja, Andreas Jacobsson and Paul Davidsson (Malmö University, Sweden)

Monday, March 13, 15:30–17:00
PerLS-S5: Panel: Privacy Challenges in Pervasive Living Spaces
Room: Keauhou IV

Improving safety and security, energy efficiency, work productivity and supporting a sustainable quality lifestyle are the main objectives of pervasive living spaces (PerLS). However, the use of ubiquitous smart things and data in PerLS are significantly impacting user privacy. On the other hand, privacy considerations impact Accuracy, Attitudes, Autonomy, Cost, Data ownership, Efficiency, Intrusiveness, Performance, Policies and Technology. Addressing these challenges will be key to the advancement of PerLS applications and their deployment. This panel will consider these issues and others, and attempt to identify the main challenges and explore possible solutions.

Panel Moderator
Mohan Kumar, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Tentative List of Panelists
Claudio Bettini, University of Milan, Italy
Paul Lukowicz, Universität Passau
Brent Lagesse, University of Washington, USA
Delphine Reinhardt, University of Bonn, Germany


Paper submission deadline: November 21, 2016 November 11, 2016
Author notification due: December 23, 2016
Camera-ready deadline: January 13, 2017
Author registration deadline: January 13, 2017
Workshop date: March 13, 2017


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
  • 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:


Giuseppe Anastasi, University of Pisa, Italy
Martin Boldt, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Jiannong Cao, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Franca Delamastrom, National Research Council, Italy
Anna Fensel, TI Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Peizhao Hu, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington, USA
Peter Krogh, Aarhus University, Denmark
Per Linde, Malmö University, Sweden
Alessandra De Paola, University of Palermo, Italy
Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland, USA
Luca Zappaterra, Philips Lighting Research, USA
Karim Djemame, University of Leeds, UK


Andreas Jacobsson, Malmö University, Sweden
Mohan Kumar, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA


See PerCom’s website.

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