[ISS4E] ISS4E/CrySP Talk on Privacy, Rajesh Krishna Balan, Apr 24, 2:30pm, DC 1304

S. Keshav keshav at uwaterloo.ca
Thu Apr 10 10:02:15 EDT 2014

We will have a combined ISS4E/CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy talk on 
April 24. The speaker will be Rajesh Krishna Balan from Singapore 
Management University. Please let me know if you'd like to meet with 


Title: The LiveLabs Urban LifeStyle Innovation Platform : Opportunities, 
Challenges, and Current Results

Thu Apr 24, 2:30-3:30pm, DC 1304

A central question in mobile computing is how do you test mobile 
applications, that depend on real context, in real environments with 
real users? User studies done in lab environments are frequently 
insufficient to understand the real-world interactions between user 
context, privacy, environmental factors, application behaviour, and 
performance results. I will introduce LiveLabs, a 5 year project that 
started at the Singapore Management University in early 2012. The goal 
of LiveLabs is to convert four real environments, the entire Singapore 
Management University campus, a popular resort island, a large airport, 
and a popular shopping mall, into living testbeds where we instrument 
both the environment and the cell phones of opted-in participants (drawn 
from the student population and members of the public). We can then 
provide 3rd party companies, and researchers the opportunity to test 
their mobile applications and scenarios on the opted-in participants -- 
on their real phones in the four real environments described above. 
LiveLabs will provide the software necessary to collect network 
statistics and any necessary context information. In addition, LiveLabs 
will provide software and mechanisms to ensure that privacy, proper 
participant selection, resource management, and experimental results and 
data are maintained and provided on a need-to-know basis to the 
appropriate parties.

I will describe the broad LiveLabs vision and identify the key research 
challenges and opportunities. In particular, I will highlight our 
current insights into indoor location tracking, dynamic group and queue 
detection, privacy, and energy aware context sensing for mobile phones. 
I will also share our current status (we have gone live at our 
university campus) and some of the non-obvious challenges that arise 
from deploying these systems in real environments.

Bio: Rajesh is an associate professor at Singapore Management 
University's School of Information Systems. He received his Ph.D. in 
computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and has over 15 years 
of research experience in the broad area of mobile systems and software. 
Some of the diverse areas that he has worked on include infrastructure 
support for multiplayer mobile games, improvements to public 
transportation networks, understanding and improving the software 
development process in outsourced environments, and developing and 
testing novel retail-focused mobile applications.

Rajesh is also a director of the new LiveLabs Urban LifeStyle Innovation 
Platform. The goal of this platform is to allow mobile applications and 
services to be tested with real users on real phones in real-world 
environments. Currently, LiveLabs has been deployed at a university 
campus with further deployments at an airport, a resort island, and a 
large mall planned for the near future. More details about LiveLabs can 
be obtained at http://www.livelabs.smu.edu.sg

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