EarComp 2019

1st International Workshop on Earable Computing

In conjunction with UbiComp 2019, September 10, 2019, London, UK


Sensory earables are increasingly becoming a mainstream compute platform with a promise to fundamentally transform personal-scale human sensing applications. Over the past few years, a number of research efforts in the ubiquitous computing domain have sought to achieve useful, engaging, and sometimes ambitious behavioural analytics with sensory earables including studies of the human face; of emotion and stress; continuous monitoring of cardiovascular function; oxygen consumption and blood flow; and tracking eating episodes as well as dietary and swallowing activities. At the same time, we have started seeing commercial efforts such as Bragi's The Dash, Bose SoundSport, Jabra Elite Sport, and Sony Xperia offering music experience augmented with sensory services including fitness tracking, real-time translations and conversational agents. Naturally, earables are becoming an intense interdisciplinary area of study with many and diverse applications including HCI, empathic communication, behavioural science, health and wellbeing, entertainment, education, and security.

However, as of today, earable computing lacks an academic forum to bring together researchers, practitioners, and design experts from academia and industry to discuss, share, and shape this exciting new area of research. We are organising this very first workshop on Earable Computing with a hope that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for advancements in sensory earable technology as well as present a clear sense of direction for the research community to proceed in this space.

As a launchpad, we aim to leverage the Open Earable Platform, eSense, from Nokia Bell Labs. These devices are being shared with 50+ academic institutions to accelerate the research in this space. In particular, we expect the very first workshop will include participants from these institutions reporting on their research with sensory earables to bootstrap this community.

Call For Papers

In this first edition of the workshop, we will only accept contributions from academic research groups that are working with the eSense computing platform. We will solicit two categories of papers.
  • Full papers (up to 6 pages including references) should report a reasonably mature work with earables, and is expected to demonstrate concrete and reproducible results albeit scale may be limited.
  • Interactive poster papers (up to 2 pages including references) are encouraged to report early stage work with earables or describing a well curated and labelled dataset collected with the eSense earable (eventually accompanied by the dataset). Full research papers will be in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format and the accepted papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library. All papers will be digitally avialable through the worshop website, and the UbiComp adjunct proceedings. For each category of papers we will offer a "Best Paper" and "Best Dataset" awards sponsored by Nokia Bell Labs.

    Topics of interest (NOT an exhaustive list):
  • Acoustic Sensing with Earables
  • Kinetic Sensing with Earables
  • Multi-Modal Learning with Earables
  • Multi-Task Learning with Earables
  • Active Learning with Earables
  • Low-Power Sensing Systems for Earables
  • Authentication & Trust mechanisms for Earables
  • Quality-Aware Data Collection with Earables
  • Experience Sampling with Earables
  • Crowd Sourcing with Earables
  • Novel UI and UX for Earables
  • Auditory Augmented Reality Application with Earables
  • Health and Wellbeing Applications of Earables
  • Emerging applications of Earables
  • Submission & Timline

    All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. While the workshop will accept papers describing completed work as well as work-in-progress, the emphasis is on early discussion of novel and radical ideas (potentially of a controversial nature) rather than detailed description and evaluation of incremental advances. Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages for Full Papers and 2 pages for Interactive Posters in length and must be a PDF file. Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission. s

    Submission Site: TBA

    • Submission Deadline: Aug 15, 2019 (AoW)
    • Acceptance Notification: Aug 25, 2019
    • Camera Ready Deadline: Aug 30, 2019
    • Workshop: Sep 10,2019


    Program Chairs
    Fahim Kawsar, Nokia Bell Labs
    Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge

    Local Arrangement
    Chulhong Min, Nokia Bell Labs
    Jovan Powar, University of Cambridge

    Web, Publicity and Publication
    Alessandro Montanari, Nokia Bell Labs
    Akhil Mathur, Nokia Bell Labs

    Program Committee TBA