ACM WearSys 2017

The 3rd ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications

Niagara Falls, June 19, 2017


The 2017 ACM WearSys workshop, in conjunction with the 15th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), focuses on advances and discussions on how wearable technologies can shape mobile computing, systems and applications research. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum to bring together researchers and design experts to discuss how wearable technologies have, and can, complement mobile systems research, and vice-versa. It also aims to provide a launchpad for bold and visionary ideas for wearable systems research. The 2017 ACM WearSys workshop comes at a critical time-juncture where wearable devices are proliferating commercially, and when mobile systems research is increasingly adopting wearable devices; mostly for primary and auxiliary sensing. The off-the-shelf availability of wearable devices today has only improved and shaped new directions for mobile and wireless systems research. This is an exciting time where wearables are seeming to spearhead advancements in technology through inter-disciplinary research among a broad spectrum of disciplines such as wireless systems, health, fashion, energy - to name a few. We hope that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for advancements in mobile and wearable systems technology as well as present a clear sense of direction for the research community to proceed in this space.

This year we are privileged and happy to have Prof. Santosh Kumar, Director of NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), Univ of Memphis, USA, and Prof. David F. Kotz, Director of the Core on Emerging Technologies and Data Analytics, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth College, USA to give keynote speeches at WearSys.

Dr. Santosh Kumar

Dr. Santosh Kumar is the Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Memphis. He is also the Director of the NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K). Dr. Kumar's research is funded by NIH, NSF and many other funding agencies. His work seeks to define new frontiers in the newly emerging discipline of mobile health (mHealth). The decade-long work conducted by him and his collaborators has involved collecting mobile sensor data from 100+ human volunteers for 25,000+ hours in their natural environments as part of various scientific user studies. From these real-life sensor measurements, they have developed robust models to detect several important biomarkers from mobile sensor data, including estimating stress and craving (from physiological sensor data), and detecting smoking (from smartwatch and respiration data), cocaine use (from heart rate data), and conversation (from respiration data).

Dr. David Kotz

David Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences for six years and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. He served on the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee from 2013-17. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 130 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $65m in grant funding. He leads a five-university team investigating Trustworthy Health & Wellness technology (see, a collaborative effort to develop the Amulet wearable computing platform (see, and a collaborative team developing the Auracle wearable for eating detection (see He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty. For more information see