International Workshop on Pandemic Mobile Services and Apps

To be held with
The 18th International Conference on Mobile Systems and Pervasive Computing (MobiSPC 2021)

Conference Date:
August 9-12, 2021, Leuven, Belgium



Mobile apps and services have garnered particular attention in the 
context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially apps that are utilized 
for contact tracing purposes have been extensively discussed. On the 
one hand, they can be a suitable instrument to get better information 
about how a virus proliferates. On the other hand, contact tracing 
apps may constitute a fundamental challenge in the light of data 
privacy and data security. Beside contact tracing, many other 
approaches have been identified, which can be helpful during a 
pandemic. To mention only a few, diaries, tipp apps, or symptom checker 
have been implemented in a rather short period of time. However, less 
insights exist which of these approaches are actually useful on the one 
hand. On the other, less experiences and results have been reported what 
aspects actually improve the acceptance of these apps so that many users 
utilize them on a frequent basis. For the COVID-19 pandemic, only those 
apps and mobile services can reveal new insights and eventually help if 
enough and representative data can be gathered. Recently, many literature 
reviews were presented on the development and use of pandemic apps. 
Interestingly, less papers can be found that cope with technical issue and 
development insights in the context of pandemic mobile services and apps. 
Therefore, this workshop seeks for papers and results in the context of 
pandemic mobile services and apps, with a special focus on technical 
issues and insights that emerged during the pandemic of COVID-19.

This workshop will serve as a forum to present and discuss original 
contributions, including theoretical and empirical evaluations, as well as 
practical and industrial experiences, with emphasis on results that solve 
open research problems when combining services and smart mobile device 
technology to deal with challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the 
other, the workshop encourages researchers to submit position papers that 
pose a new direction or present a controversial point of view on these 
subjects and related fields.


Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Particular Pandemic Issues:
* Evidence
* Acceptance
* Legal Issues
* Regulatory Issues

Mobile Service Infrastructures:
* Cross-platform Aspects
* Execution Middleware
* Monitoring
* Quality of Service
* Governance
* Cloud Aspects
* Offline-Management
* Reliability
* Recovery
* Availability

Mobile Crowdsensing Services:
* Social Sensing
* Medical Sensing
* Vital Signs
* Environmental Issues
* Incentive Managament
* Collaborative Learning

Mobile Service Data Collection Procedure:
* Data Quality
* End-user Involvement
* Data Visualization
* Collection Instrument
* Mining and Analytics
* Addiction Management
* Recommender Systems
* Gamification Aspects
* Change Management
* Pattern Recognition
* Multilingualism
* Data Validity
* Interaction Patterns
* Sensor aspects
* Wearables

Mobile Service Engineering:
* Model-driven Issues
* Interface Design
* Scalability
* Performance Issues
* Versioning
* Evolvement
* Cross-platform Aspects

Mobile Service Security:
* Security
* Privacy
* Trust
* Anonymization
* Pseudonymization


Submission Deadline: March 19, 2021
Author Notification: May 17, 2021
Paper Registration Due: June 15, 2021
Camera Ready: June 15, 2021
Conference Date: August 09-12, 2021

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