Call: Workshop on “The Social Car” (socially-inspired C2X interaction)

WORKSHOP “The Social Car” (socially-inspired C2X interaction)

Portsmouth, NH, USA; October 17th 2012
colocated with AutomotiveUI 2012 (

Workshop website:|
Submission deadline extended to: September 3rd, 2012 (firm)


This workshop aims at discussing the potential of cars’ socializing one with the other (similar to how humans are exchanging information), and not just translating the Internet of things (IoT) paradigm into the car domain. With the introduction of the concept of “social cars” we attempt to make a blueprint of next generation in-vehicle technologies.

This is different from what the Internet of things (IoT) community is talking about in the sense that IoT is sufficient if it has its own ID that could be passively identifiable, whereas social cars have more autonomous capability, so they could serve as a more active and even interactive social being.

The central objective is to provoke an active debate on the adequacy of the concept of socializing cars, addressing questions such as who can communicate what, when, how, and why? To tackle these questions we would like to invite researchers to take part in an in-depth discussion of this timely, relevant, and important field of investigation.

Workshop Themes

Potential topics to be discussed at the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Social norm in the automotive domain
  • Relevant parameters to identify/describe social status or behavior of a car (incorporate the driver?)
  • Modeling techniques for handling social interaction behavior, e.g., traffic superorganism, pheromones, stigmergic behavior
  • Benefit assessment: why should cars (maybe drivers) disclose their ‘social status’, ‘social relationships’?
  • Understanding the potentials of socially inspired C2C communication
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Driving as a “collaboration” with either passengers or an agent
  • Implementation of agents/robots for improving V2V communications
  • The subject of V2V communications (driver to driver, passenger to passenger, driver to passenger, driver to agent, or agent to agent?)
  • Authentication for in-vehicle social services
  • Privacy, safety, and/or security issues related to in-vehicle social services
  • Plausible types of information in in-vehicle social services
  • Cultural differences in in-vehicle social services
  • V2V communications as a personal broadcasting station (or system)
  • Other than V2V, including V2I (vehicle to infrastructure using road-side units) or V2B (vehicle to broadband cloud (network))
  • Optimal protocols for social cars (802.11p, Wimax, NFC, Bluetooth,..)

Please submit your position papers (2-6 pages in length, ACM SIG format template; <>) using the workshop paper submission system available at <>

Workshop website: <>
Contact: <>

Important Dates for the Workshop

  • Submission deadline: September 3rd, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: September 17th, 2012
  • Camera ready version due: September 30th, 2012
  • Early registration deadline: September 26th, 2012
  • Workshop date: October 17th, 2012 (morning)

Please feel free to contact the organizers at any time.

Andreas Riener, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Myounghoon Jeon, Michigan Technological University, USA
Andrea Gaggioli, University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

For more details see the workshop website!


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