Second UK Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Systems Research Symposium

1st-2nd July 2019, Dept of Computer Science, University of Oxford, UK



Mobile, wearable and ubiquitous systems have a pivotal role in today’s society and daily life. Research and innovation in these domains has the potential to unlock important new applications and open the door to a better understanding of their use.

Building on the success of the first symposium in Cambridge last year, the venue this year supports discussion and presentation of research within the UK for the mobile, wearable and ubiquitous systems community.

We solicit submission of 1 page presentation abstracts. The work described can range from mature published recent ideas to more preliminary contributions on the following general topics:

  • Mobile, Wearable, Sensing and Ubiquitous Systems
  • Applications and implications of Mobile, Wearable, Sensing and Ubiquitous Systems
  • Emerging Mobile Technologies: Augmented Reality, Self-driving Cars, etc.
  • Privacy and Security of Mobile, Wearable, Sensing and Ubiquitous Systems
  • Resource-efficient machine learning for embedded and mobile platforms
  • Experiences and evaluation of Mobile, Wearable, Sensing and Ubiquitous Systems
  • Mobile and Spatial Analytics and Pervasive Data Science
  • Innovations in learning algorithms and models for sensor perception and understanding
  • Mobile and Wireless Networking
  • Edge computing and its implications for mobile systems
  • Holistic design of mobile systems for performance and energy optimisation
  • Mobile systems in the Internet of Things ecosystem
  • Mobile systems and applications for the developing world

Submissions of one page presentation abstracts will not be peer reviewed and will be selected for oral presentation on a first come, first-served basis (giving preference to early career researchers in case of over-submission) and based on scope as indicated above. All presented submissions will be published on the programme website.

Invited Speakers

Suman Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Title: The Roaming Edge

Bio: Suman Banerjee is a Sheldon Lubar Professor in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the founding director of the WiNGS laboratory which broadly focuses on research in wireless and mobile networking systems. He has published more than 100 technical papers in leading conferences and journals. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT Kanpur, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. He is the inaugural recipient of the ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar award and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation Career Award. His research has received paper awards from conferences such as ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNEXT, and IEEE Dyspan, and technology awards such as the grand prize in the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan competition and an award at the Interdigital Innovation Challenge. He served as the chair of ACM SIGMOBILE from 2013 to 2017.

Romit Roy Choudhury (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

Title: Earables: Wearable Computing around the Ear

Bio: Romit Roy Choudhury is a Jerry Sanders III AMD Scholar and Professor of ECE and CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He joined UIUC from Fall 2013, prior to which he was an Associate Professor at Duke University. Romit received his PhD in the CS department of UIUC in Fall 2006. His research interests are in wireless networking, mobile sensing, and embedded systems. Along with his students, he received a few research awards, including the MobiSys Best Paper Award, UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award, ACM Sigmobile Rockstar Award, Hoffmann Krippner Award, etc. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2018. More info at Romit's at Systems Networking Research Group (SyNRG).

Tanzeem Choudhury (Cornell University)

Title: Mindless Computing: Designing Technologies to Subtly Influence Behavior

Bio: Tanzeem Choudhury is an associate professor in Computing and Information Sciences at Cornell University and a co-founder of HealthRhythms Inc, a company whose mission is to add the layer of behavioral health into all of healthcare.. At Cornell, she directs the People-Aware Computing group, which works on inventing the future of technology-assisted wellbeing. Tanzeem received her PhD from the Media Laboratory at MIT. She has been awarded the MIT Technology Review TR35 award, NSF CAREER award, TED Fellowship, Kavli fellowship, ACM Distinguished Membership, and Ubicomp 10 year Impact Award.

Markus Hofmann (Nokia Bell labs)

Title: Creating a Reality beyond the Real

Bio: Markus Hofmann joined Bell Labs, Nokia’s research organization, in 1998, where he transitioned from individual researcher, to department head, and research executive. His work has focused on multimedia communications, cloud, Internet, content networking, IoT, AI systems, and more. He is commonly known for his pioneering work on reliable multicasting over the Internet and for defining and shaping fundamental principles of content networking. In his current role, Markus is heading Nokia Bell Labs’ software and platforms research program, leading a global team of researchers in inventing and creating disruptive technologies in the software platforms space - from project inception all the way through business transfer. Markus has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.

Andrew Mundy (ARM)

Title: Machine Learning on the Edge – challenges and opportunities

Justin Philips (Google UK)

Title: The Challenge of Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring from Wearables

Amanda Prorok (University of Cambridge)

Title: When Robots Hit the Road: New Challenges in Multi-Vehicle Coordination

Bio: Amanda Prorok is a University Lecturer in Cyber-Physical Systems at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, UK. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she worked on networked robotic systems. She completed her PhD at EPFL, Switzerland, where she addressed the topic of localization with ultra-wideband sensing for robotic networks. Her dissertation was awarded the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) award for the best thesis at EPFL in the fields of Computer Sciences, Automatics and Telecommunications. Further awards include Best Paper Award at DARS 2018, Finalist for Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper at ICRA 2017, Best Paper at BICT 2015, and MIT Rising Stars 2015.


  • Alastair Beresford (University of Cambridge)
  • Sarah Clinch (University of Manchester)
  • Nigel Davies (University of Lancaster)
  • Christos Efstratiou (University of Kent)
  • Katayoun Farrahi (University of Southampton)
  • Nic Lane (University of Oxford)
  • Mahesh Marina (University of Edinburgh)
  • Cecilia Mascolo (University of Cambridge)
  • Mirco Musolesi (University College London)

Programme & Registration

Abstract Submission: Via Easy Chair on or before 1st April 2019
Notification of Presentation Slot: 1st May 2019
Registration: Via Oxford University (closes at 23:59 BST on Friday 21st June)
Programme: Session schedule
Accommodation: Organise yourself (e.g. with University Rooms)
Symposium Dates: 1st-2nd July 2019


Department of Computer Science, Oxford

The Symposium will be hosted and supported by the The Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford and based in the Wolfson Building. Please come to the entrance on Keble Road (not the main entrance on Parks Road). The Keble Road entrance is displayed clearly on Google Maps; you may also wish to take a look at the photograph of the entrance.


Attendees should book their own accommodation in a local hotel, bed & breakfast or at one of the Oxford Colleges.

Symposium Dinner

There will be a dinner in the Hall of Balliol College, Oxford on the evening of 1st July 2019. Reception will commence at 7pm with dinner starting at 8pm. Please head to the Porters’ Lodge entrance of Balliol College. Google recommends a suitable 10-minute walk from the conference venue; you may wish to take a look at a photograph of the entrance.

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