Call: IEEE Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (SIPC ’14)

Call for Papers

The Third IEEE International Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (SIPC ’14)

in conjunction with the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications – PerCom 2014 (

Budapest, Hungary
March 24-28

Sponsored by IEEE


The mobile, sensory and embedded technologies associated with pervasive computing are progressively approaching levels of sufficient accuracy, dependability and suitable cost for real world deployment and entry into everyday life. The potential as well as the implications of such technology are significant, with applications in almost all public, personal and commercial aspects of our daily routines. Among these application areas, a topic that has recently gained significant/growing interest among researchers of pervasive systems is sustainability, or to be precise, the challenges brought by achieving sustainable living through pervasive technologies. Sustainability is so pervasive already in our everyday lives from healthcare and well being, to energy and architecture, that it lends itself particularly well to benefit from advancements in pervasive technologies. Consider the exciting ways in which a fully connected internet-of-things might support the home where appliances (heating for energy, fridge for dietary) and the home itself (architecture) co-interact towards creating a sustainable lifestyle for its residents.

It also presents specific challenges affecting societal implications, which raises the issue: is pervasive computing for sustainability ‘socially straightforward’?

Hence, research exploring the intersection of pervasive computing and sustainability is timely. While many technologies have already been developed quite successfully from a technological perspective, their social impact and adoption are still understudied. A main reason being that the pace of current technological development is often much faster than the exploration of the societal impact, which takes longer to manifest. This leads us to a number of key questions and drivers:

  • Is applying pervasive computing technologies to sustainability as clear as we expect?
  • What are the societal implications of current research efforts in pervasive computing for sustainability?
  • What issues need to be addressed, and how, to ensure that pervasive computing for sustainable living is in itself socially sustainable?

In light of this, the intention of this workshop is to focus on and explore the social implications of pervasive computing for sustainable living. By examining this area, we aim to develop theories, methods and guidelines to encourage the technology to achieve maximum benefit, with minimal consequence. This will lead to guidance for the wider pervasive computing and sustainability communities, and provide sufficient time to consider the impact of the technology being designed and developed.

Topics of Interest

The workshop aims to discuss the social implications of pervasive technology used to support or facilitate a number of multi-disciplinary areas for sustainable living, including (but not limited to):

  • Energy Consumption, Management and Generation
  • Personal Health Care and Wellbeing
  • Education, Learning and Games
  • Life-Logging and Tracking of Objects
  • Architecture, Urban Design and Transport
  • Nature, Rural and Urban Lifestyles
  • Communal and Organisational aspects
  • Domestic, Work and Recreational Activities
  • Governance, Justice and Accountability
  • Trust and Privacy
  • Information Accuracy and Dependability

Within these areas, the workshop also invites papers which adopt different approaches and outcomes, including:

  • Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks/Models
  • Guidelines, Design Principles and Lessons Learnt
  • Social, Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Completed Projects, Works-in-progress and First Steps
  • System Assessment and Evaluation
  • Experimental Design
  • Ethnographic Observations/Studies
  • Position and Review Papers


Potential workshop attendees are invited to submit papers of up to 6 pages that addresses at least one relevant social implication of pervasive computing and discusses how researchers can influence the direction of development. In order to submit a paper, please proceed to the conference management system and follow the link ‘Authors’ in the upper menu. You will receive a confirmation email after finishing your submission. The papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the programme committee, and chosen according to their relevance to the scope of the workshop, the quality and originality of the submission, and their ability to stimulate and balance discussions. The organizers will try to consider as many submissions as possible to help assemble a large community of researchers interested in the social challenges of pervasive computing. Papers will be included and indexed in the IEEE digital libraries (Xplore), showing their affiliation with IEEE PerCom.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:  October 30, 2013
Notification:  December 21, 2013
Camera Ready Papers:  January 27, 2014
Workshop:  24th or 28th March, 2014

Co-Ordination Committee

Stuart Moran (University of Nottingham, UK)
Irene Lopez de Vallejo (IK4 Tekniker, Spain)
Katina Michael (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Programme Committee

Khaled Bachour (University of Nottingham, UK)
Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands)
Prof. Terrence Fernando (University of Salford, UK)
Alun Foster (ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, Belgium)
Shin’ichi Konomi (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Vassilis Kostakos (University of Oulu, Finland)
Hyowon Lee (University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
Ewa Luger (University of Nottingham, UK)
Clara Mancini (The Open University, UK)
Antoni Martínez Ballesté (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
Katina Michael (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Stuart Moran (University of Nottingham, UK)
Keiichi Nakata (University of Reading, UK)
Prof. Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan)
Nadia Pantidi (University of Nottingham, UK)
George Roussos (University of London, UK)
Katie A Siek (University of Colorado, USA)
Irene Lopez de Vallejo (Tekniker IK4, Spain)
Isaac Wiafe (School of Technology, Ghana)


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