Call for Papers: LocWeb 2010

Third International Workshop on Location and the Web
Tokyo, Japan, November 29, 2010
Co-located with Internet of Things 2010 (IoT 2010)
Twitter: @LocWeb2010

The Third International Workshop on Location and the Web (LocWeb 2010) focuses on research and development that targets the intersection of location-aware devices and technologies with Web technologies and Web architecture. The rapid rise of multi-sensory mobile devices, network-enabled things and sensors and an ubiquitous connectivity open new possibilities provide the technologies to capture, share and use Web services and applications. We will have to bridge the physical world and the Web space, and location is one of the major connecting links. When Web services will surround us, we have to address the challenges of scalability and interoperability of the Web, and we also have to look at policy, regulatory, and legislative responses to the privacy and security challenges created by something as sensitive as location information.


  • September 22, 2010: Submissions deadline for full papers, demos and short papers
  • October 4, 2010: Notification of accepted papers, short papers, and demos
  • October 14, 2010: Accepted authors have to register and submit the final version
  • November 29, 2010: LocWeb 2010 workshop in conjunction with IoT 2010


Program Committee

  • Petri Selonen, Nokia, Finland
  • Daniela Nicklas, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Andreas Henrich, University of Bamberg, Germany
  • Mor Naaman,Rutgers University, USA
  • Vanessa Murdock, Yahoo! Labs Barcelona, Spain
  • Ross Purves, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Dominique Guinard, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Puneet Kishor, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Antonio Krüger, DFKI GmbH, Germany
  • Keith Cheverst, Lancaster University, UK
  • Eric Kansa, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Brent Hecht, Northwestern University, USA
  • Martin Raubal, UC Santa Barbara, USA
  • Max Egenhofer,University of Maine, USA
  • Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Xing Xie, Microsoft Research Asia, China
  • Jiahui Liu, Google Inc., USA
  • Peter Fröhlich, Telecommunications Research Center, Austria


With simple global connectivity and a constantly dropping price for services and hardware, the Internet of Things — the Internet connectivity of everyday objects — has become a reality. This means that computing systems are and will be surrounding humans and also many entities such as pets, cars, goods, or household appliances — wherever we go, wherever we are, at all times. Independent of the discussion whether ubiquitous computing systems will be invisible or not, connected things will always be located somewhere. Internet-enabled things will typically have a physical reference to some place, where they are or where they offer their affordances/services to the world: Pets are moving around, we drive in our cars, goods are stored and transported, household appliances have their place and function at some place in the home. And they are forming the bridge to persons and things who and that are are located at some place. This location often is crucial important contextual information for the computing systems involved. In consequence, we will have more and more ubiquitous computing systems that will have to find, use, and visualize localized information. Applications increasingly embed location as fundamental means for providing information and interactive services to a user. The biggest source of potentially localized information is clearly the World Wide Web. Early papers in the Web context assume that 20 percent and more of the Web is content that is related to a physical location. The involved refers to location by tagging content with places and regions and of course objects, by adding GPS positions to user generated content. Beyond the more explicitly embedded localized content Web scale geo-content mining and mobile search are sources of relating the digital Web to physical locations and objects. This workshop aims to address the research questions and challenges at the border between the localized information wealth of the Web and the local ubiquitous computing systems.


The authors are not limited to this list and focus on other topics relevant for the LocWeb community.

  • Designing interaction for mobile users to interact with the environment
  • Spatial awareness, location as context
  • Sensing and applying user location for ubiquitous applications
  • Beyond location — models for user mobility intention
  • Analyzing mobility data to understand and predict users mobility behavior
  • Ubiquitous search
  • Extract and rank Web information on the basis of mobility detection of hot physical places from the Web


The ubiquity of Web information becomes more and more possible as communities in geographic information retrieval are putting much effort into understanding location aspects in the unstructured Web. Also activities are there to make the more structured and semantic. Microformats are a small field but to be noted that tell about location aspects of Web content. The semantic Web activities and linked data will also aim to include location information. The same do new Web 2.0 sources such as Twitter which aims to make the location of the Tweet available. The challenge is to

  • mine spatio-temporal aspects of Web content and Web 2.0 content related to Internet-enabled things,
  • prepare, index, filter the relevant content that matches the current and local information demand,
  • prepare Web content such that it can augment the situation and provide a localized information sphere around things and humans,
  • match the context of Internet-enabled things with localized Web content,
  • exploiting Web knowledge for providing more targeted services to user/owners of things,
  • make the Web accessible for a potentially mobile user, and to
  • visualize on embedded displays, be it tiny or large, personal or shared displays.


We are soliciting position papers from researchers and practitioners in the fields described above. These papers should focus on current projects and work areas as well as on future work items and collaboration opportunities. We accept original and unpublished papers that are not under review somewhere else. Each position paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee, based on quality, relevance and balance of contributions to the workshop. All position papers will be published in the LocWeb 2010 electronic proceedings, which are published through ACM's AICPS series in the ACM digital library (AICPS ISBN: 978-1-4503-0412-2). It is planned to publish revised versions of selected papers in a special journal issue such as Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

We accept long papers (8 pages), short papers (4 pages), and demos (2 pages).

Interested researchers should submit in the ACM SIG proceedings style (templates are available on the workshop Web site) to the EasyChair Workshop management system.

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