Special Issue on Domestic Pervasive Computing

Submission deadline: 1 July 2015
Publication date: April–June 2016

Pervasive computing crosses many domains, but perhaps none as complex or important as the home.
Households are spaces full of challenges and opportunities for technologies and applications. These include setup and ease of use, multiple occupants with different needs and expertise, critical privacy and security concerns, and a wide range of social scenarios and variations in deployments.

The aim of this special issue is to explore technologies and applications related to all aspects of pervasive computing pertaining to domestic situations. This includes work that comes under many synonymous or overlapping fields for pervasive computing, such as ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, the Internet of Things, and intelligent environments. Relevant topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Applications addressing practical domestic problems — for example, in household routines/management—and also those addressing emotional or social needs and desires.
  • Pervasive computing topics pertain to families or other domestic units, even for scenarios not rooted in physical dwellings (for example, mobile, crossing work and home life, and so on).
  • Novel hardware relevant to domestic pervasive computing — for example, for sensing or actuation.
  • Methods of gaining insight into household activities/occupants—for example, location or context sensing.
  • New applications of pervasive computing in domestic environments, including specific spaces such as the kitchen, living spaces, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
  • Pervasive computing applications related to more complex households/dwellings, such as shared houses, dormitories, apartments, mobile dwellings, or even hotels/motels.
  • Deployment-based research providing insight into the performance of specific hardware or applications in domestic environments.
  • Toolkits or methodologies related to domestic pervasive computing.
  • Experiences with research into domestic computing, leading to more generalizable insights into pervasive computing in the home.
  • Important domestic domains such as healthcare, elder care, education, physical security, energy efficiency, and so on.
  • Communication-related applications such as social networking, or long-distance relationships, such as for couples or families.
  • Security and privacy aspects of domestic pervasive computing.
  • Visions for the future of domestic environments and how technologies will adapt and change.
  • Approaches for making technologies adapt to the particular challenges of the domestic environment—for example, to multiple stakeholders, to being repurpose-able or appropriate-able, coping with the differences between homes, and so on.
  • Work addressing differences across geographical or cultural boundaries or social groups.

The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to the focus topic is clear and emphasized. Review or summary articles — for example critical evaluations of the state of the art, or an insightful analysis of established and upcoming technologies — may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance.

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • A. J. Bernheim Brush, Microsoft Research, US
  • Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University, US
  • James Scott, Microsoft Research, UK

Submission Information

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be single-blind anonymously reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications. For more information, contact the guest editors at pvc2-2016@computer.org.

To present works-in-progress directly to the community, visit our Reddit community: www.reddit.com/r/pervasivecomputing.

For general author guidelines or submission details: www.computer.org/web/peer-review/magazines or email pervasive@computer.org.

To submit your article directly to our online peer-review system, go directly to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pc-cs.