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Conference Program


Time Monday
July 13th (Workshops)
July 14th
July 15th
July 16th
08:30 - 10:00 MHC - Session I
SF - Session I
Keynote I
Dr. Michael J. Ackerman, (NIH)
Keynote II
Prof. Srinivasan Keshav, (UW)
Mobile Tools and Applications
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee
10:30 - 12:00 MHC - Panel I
SF - Session II
Mobile Social Networks Proximity Context Awareness
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 MHC - Session II
SF - Session III
13:30 - 15:00 MHC - Panel II
Security WIP (Work-in-Progress Session) Conference Concludes
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Coffee Posters
15:30 - 17:00 MHC - Session III Wireless Infrastructure
17:00 - 17:30
18:15 - 21:15 Banquet Dinner

*MHC - Mobile HealthCare Workshop
*SF - SensorFusion Workshop


Keynote I

Title: Health Untethered

Speaker: Michael J. Ackerman, National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health (NIH)

Abstract: Telemedicine may be defined as "the use of electronic communications to provide or support healthcare at a distance". It originated when an unknown patient somewhere called an unknown doctor for advice. For the last almost hundred years, mainstream telemedicine was traditionally associated with videoconferencing. In the last ten years the internet and wireless mobile communications technology has radically changed our concept of telemedicine, its value in healthcare and its use by the average person, so much so that we are now referring to it as telehealth. The technologies being used to support telemedicine will be explored, and the possible changes they are enabling in healthcare will be described. But there are technical, legal and business challenges which must be dealt with in order to arrive at our vision of the future.

Bio: Michael J. Ackerman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation he served as a research physiologist in the Hyperbaric Medicine and Physiology Department, Naval Medical Research Institute, where he studied the effects of the hyperbaric environment on neurophysiology and behavior. He later became head of the Institute's Biomedical Engineering and Computing Branch responsible for the application of computers to real time medical data analysis and the control and monitoring of diving systems. Dr. Ackerman came to the National Library of Medicine in 1987. He served as the Chief of the Educational Technology Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, applying interactive technology to medical education, and as the Associate Director for Specialized Information Services responsible for the Library's non-bibliographic data bases. He is currently NLM's Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications, providing guidance for NLM's telemedicine, distance collaboratory, advanced networking and imaging interests. He holds academic appointments as an Associate Professor in Computer Medicine at George Washington University and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has published a book, and over 200 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Ackerman is active in the field of medical informatics. He was a charter member and served as Treasurer of the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Symposium for Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) from 1976 to 1988 and served as its President. He was the Program Chair for the 9th SCAMC and Finance Chair for Medinfo'86. He is a founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and served as Treasurer, Secretary, chair of the Meetings Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Secretary. He was co-chair of the 1992 Health Science Communications Association (HeSCA) Annual Meeting, a consultant to the Radiological Society of North America's Electronic Communications Committee, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel on the Resource Center for Research and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's Advisory Panel on Consumer Interest and Health Education. He was elected a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 1992 and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 1985.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Telemedicine & e-Health and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Ackerman's work has been recognized through numerous awards including the 2008 National Library of Medicine Board of Regents Award, the1998 Johns Hopkins University Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award, 1997 Government Technology Leadership Award, 1996 National Institutes of Health Director's Award, the 1996 Friends of the National Library of Medicine Public Service Award, the 1996 Satava Award for Medical Applications of Virtual Reality, the 1995 Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, the 1994 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Dedicated Service Award, the 1993 and 2003 American Medical Informatics Association President's Awards, the 1993 Health Sciences Communications Association Special Achievement Award, and the 1992 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit. His work on the Visible Human Project was nominated as a finalist for a 1995 Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation in Software and a 1996 Smithsonian Award for Information Technology.

Keynote II

Title: Design Principles for Robust Opportunistic Communication

Speaker: Srinivasan Keshav, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Abstract: By exploiting transient communication opportunities a mobile device can increase throughput and dramatically reduce energy and monetary costs in return for higher algorithmic complexity and larger variations in message delivery delays. I argue that such a mode of communication will play a significant role in future mobile communication systems. In this talk, I will motivate the need for opportunistic communication by presenting some non-trivial application contexts. I will outline the Opportunistic Communication Management Protocol, developed over the last four years at the University of Waterloo, that meets (most of) these requirements. I will then focus on ten design principles for robust opportunistic communication, drawing from experiences from my research group in developing several practical systems. I conclude with a survey of some areas for future research in this area.

Bio: S. Keshav is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. Earlier in his career has was a researcher at Bell Labs, an Associate Professor at Cornell, and a co-founder of Ensim Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup. Keshav received a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Delhi in 1986 and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, both in Computer Science.


  • Mobile HealthCare Workshop

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    Session I

    • Paper 1: Mobile-based Patient Compliance System for Chronic Illness Care
      G. Chen, B. Yan, M. Shin, D. Kotz, and E. Berke, U. of Massachusetts and Dartmouth College, USA
    • Paper 2: RFID-Based Information System for Preventing Medical Errors
      J. Youn, H. Ali, H. Sharif and B. Chhetri, University of Nebraska, USA
    • Paper 3: Ad-Hoc Association of Pre-determined ZigBee Devices
      P. Seeling, J.Starren, University of Wisconsin and Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation

    Panel I

    • Title: Humanitarian Technology Challenges and Interoperability
      Moderator: Tsong-Ho Wu, Telcordia Technologies, USA
      Harold Tepper, IEEE
      George Collier, Telcordia Technologies, USA
      Brian Gould, The Information Advantage Group, USA
      Arif Minhas, CGI, Canada

    Session II

    • Paper 4: FASH: Detecting Tiredness of Walking People Using Pressure Sensors
      K. Yonekawa, T. Yonezawa, J. Nakazawa, H. Tokuda, Keio University, Japan
    • Paper 5: MobiDiagnosis: A Mobile Headache Characterization System
      D. Correal, D. Ramirez, T. Hernandez, N. Diaz, University of Los Andes, Colombia

    Panel II

    • Title: How can Mobile 2.0 make a Fundamental Difference in Medical Care?
      Moderator: Josephine Micallef, Telcordia, USA
      Steven Keller, New Jersey Medical School, USA
      George Collier, Telcordia Technologies, USA
      Russell Fischer, Telcordia Technologies, USA

    Session III

    • Paper 6: How to Interact: Evaluating the Interface between Mobile Healthcare Systems and the Monitoring of Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure
      S. Sultan, P. Mohan, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Paper 7: Visual and Interaction Design Themes in Mobile Healthcare
      B. Falchuk, Telcordia Technologies, USA
  • SensorFusion Workshop

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    Session I - Routing and Communication

    (Session Chair: Yskandar Hamam)
    • TreeDMA: a Hybrid MAC/Routing Solution for Small-Scale Wireless Networks
      Clement Kam, UCSD, USA
    • Analysis of Cross-Layer Routing Protocols for Quality of Service in Real-Time Wireless Ad Hoc Sensor Networks
      William Hortos, USA
    • A Multi-Layer Approach for Cross-Technology Communication in a Pervasive Community
      E. Dressler, R. Zender, U. Lucke, D. Tavangarian, Rostock, Germany

    Session II - Event-based Mechanisms

    (Session Chair: Rajani Muraleedharan)
    • A Scheme for Efficient Tracking of Dynamic Event Region in Wireless Sensor Networks
      Yang YANG, Hiroshima University, Japan
    • Adaptive pruning of event decision Trees for energy efficient collaboration in event-driven WSN
      Steffen Ortmann, IHP Micro Electronics, Germany
    • Sensor Fusion-based Event Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks
      Majid Bahrepour, University of Twente, Netherlands

    Session III - Distributed Techniques

    (Session Chair: Steffen Ortmann)
    • A Distributed nodes’ localisation approach in Wireless Sensor Networks
      Yskandar Hamam, F'SATI at TUT, South Africa
    • Secure Self-Adaptive Framework for Distributed Smart Home Sensor Network
      Rajani Muraleedharan, Lisa Osadciw, Syracuse, USA
    • Energy-efficient Task Allocation for Data Fusion in Wireless Sensor Networks
      Zhigang Li, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China


Mobile Social Networks

(Session Chair: Chris Gniady)
  • #32 Social Context: Supporting Interaction Awareness in Ubiquitous Environments
    Authors: Minh H Tran (Swinburne University of Technology), Jun Han (Swinburne University of Technology), Alan Colman (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • #35 Multi-Layered Friendship Modeling for Location-based Mobile Social Networks
    Authors: Nan Li (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Guanling Chen (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
  • #101 "I Can't Lie Anymore!": The Implications of Location Automation for Mobile Social Applications
    Authors: Sami Vihavainen (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT), Antti Oulasvirta (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT), Risto Sarvas (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT)


(Session Chair: Shoshana Loeb)
  • #30 Security for Pervasive Medical Sensor Networks
    Authors: Oscar Garcia-Morchon (Philips Research Europe), Thomas Falck (Philips Research Europe), Tobias Heer (RWTH Aachen University), Klaus Wehrle (RWTH Aachen University)
  • #31 EagleVision: A Pervasive Mobile Device Protection System
    Authors: Ka Yang (Dept. of ECpE, Iowa State University), Nalin Subramanian (Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University), Daji Qiao (Dept. of ECpE, Iowa State University), Wensheng Zhang (Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University)
  • #41 Hash-Based Sequential Aggregate and Forward Secure Signature for Unattended Wireless Sensor Networks
    Authors: Attila Altay Yavuz (North Carolina State University, Computer Science Department), Peng Ning (North Carolina State University, Computer Science Department)


(Session Chair: Gabriel Scalosub)
  • #46 Adaptive Wireless Services for Augmented Environments
    Authors: Xing Liu (Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany), Tansu Alpcan (Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany), Christian Bauckhage (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • #66 MOBIX: System for managing MOBility using Information eXchange
    Authors: Jhoanna Rhodette Pedrasa (UNSW, NICTA), Aruna Seneviratne (UNSW, NICTA)
  • #87 Extracting Co-locator Context
    Authors: Swaroop Kalasapur (Samsung Electronics R&D Center, USA), Henry Song (Samsung Electronics R&D Center, USA), Doreen Cheng (Samsung Electronics R&D Center, USA)

Wireless Infrastructure

(Session Chair: Mahdi Lotfinezhad)
  • #37 Implementation and Evaluation of a Mobile Tetherless VoIP/PSTN Gateway
    Authors: Jui-Hao Chiang (Computer Science Department, State University of New York at Stony Brook), Tzi-cker Chiueh (Computer Science Department, State University of New York at Stony Brook)
  • #56 Model-based Fault Diagnosis for IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs
    Authors: Bo Yan (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Guanling Chen (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
  • #88 On Real-time Capacity of Event-driven Data-Gathering Sensor Networks
    Authors: Bo Jiang (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech), Binoy Ravindran (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech), Hyeonjoong Cho (Department of Computer and Information, Korea University)
  • #118 EcoPlex: Empowering Compact Wireless Sensor Platforms via Fast Handoff and Protocol Bridging
    Authors: Chih-Hsiang Hsueh (National Tsing Hua University), Chih-Hsuan Lee (National Tsing Hua University), Pai H. Chou (University of California, Irvine)

Mobile Tools & Applications

(Session Chair: Ramiro Liscano)
  • #36 DiaSim: A Parameterized Simulator for Pervasive Computing Applications
    Authors: Wilfried Jouve (INRIA Bordeaux), Julien Bruneau (INRIA Bordeaux), Charles Consel (INRIA Bordeaux) Contact: Wilfried Jouve >< [Act as]
  • #52 flockfs, a moderated group authoring system for wireless workgroups
    Authors: Surendar Chandra (University of Notre Dame), Nathan Regola (University of Notre Dame)
  • #64 Temporal Addressing for Mobile Context-Aware Communication
    Authors: Lars Geiger (Universität Stuttgart), Ronald Schertle (Universität Stuttgart), Frank Dürr (Universität Stuttgart), Kurt Rothermel (Universität Stuttgart)

Context Awareness

(Session Chair: Surendar Chandra)
  • #28 Trajectory Enabled Service Support Platform for Mobile Users' Behavior Pattern Mining
    Authors: Yanfeng Zhu (IBM China Research Lab), Yibo Zhang (IBM China Research Lab), Weixiong Shang (IBM China Research Lab), Jin Zhou (IBM China Research Lab), Chun Ying (IBM China Research Lab)
  • #38 Mining Emerging Patterns for Recognizing Activities of Multiple Users in Pervasive Computing
    Authors: Tao Gu (University of Southern Denmark), Zhanqing Wu (State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University), Liang Wang (State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University), Xianping Tao (State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University), Jian Lu (State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University)
  • #78 Understanding and Minimizing Identity Exposure in Ubiquitous Computing Environments
    Authors: Feng Zhu (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Sandra Carpenter (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Ajinkya Kulkarni (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Chockalingam Chidambaram (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Shruti Pathak (University of Alabama in Huntsville)

Work in Progress

(Session Chair: Andres Lagar-Cavilla)

    Work-in-Progress Session Presenters

  1. Pau Giner, Presto: A pluggable platform for supporting user participation in Smart Workflows - Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
  2. Chen-Hsiang Feng, UPS: Unified Protocol Stack for Wireless Sensor Networks - University of Rochester
  3. Seong Hoon Kim, Description Lookup based UPnP Extension for Wireless Sensor Networks - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  4. Jo Agila Bitsch Link, SimBetAge: Utilizing Temporal Changes in Social Networks for Delay/Disconnection Tolerant Networking - RWTH Aachen University
  5. Rajani Muraleedharan, Secure Communication in Heterogeneous Sensor Networks - Syracuse University
  6. G. Perbellini, A SystemC-centric Approach for Simulation and Generation of WSN Applications Targeted to ZigBee - EDALab, Networked Embedded Systems, Verona, Italy
  7. Surjya Ray, ADV-MAC: Advertisement-based MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks - University of Rochester
  8. Andreas Riener, Distance Encoding in Vibro-tactile Navigation - Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  9. Salys Sultan, MediNet: A Mobile Healthcare Management System for the Caribbean Region - The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
  10. Sami Vihavainen, Automation Not Automatically Good in Mobile Social Applications - Helsinki Institute for Information Technology


When: Tuesday July 14th 6:15 pm to 9:45 pm

Where: The Torontonian, Queen’s Quay Terminal

Directions: Turn right out of the hotel, walk about 5 minutes along Queen’s Quay West (from A to B below), turn right at the pier (Pier 6) to the Torontonian at the very end of the pier.

Note: We will be on the lake, please bring a jacket or sweater as it may get cool during the evening.

Dining options for other evenings (Monday, Wednesday, etc) include:

  • Pier 4, just south of the hotel along Roberson Crescent at the end of the pier
  • Il Forello, at the south end of Queen’s Quay Terminal, ground floor (where the Torontonian docks)
  • It is also a short walk to more restaurants along Front Street and elsewhere downtown

Dates & News

Workshop proposals
January 20, 2009
January 30, 2009

Paper registration

March 20, 2009

Paper submission
March 20, 2009
March 27, 2009

Notification of acceptance
May 20, 2009

Camera-ready version
June 5, 2009

Discounted Hotel Registration
June 12, 2009.

Conference dates
July 13-16, 2009