The off-the-shelf availability of wearable devices and the commercial proliferation of wearable gadgets are shaping new directions for mobile and wireless systems research. Mobile systems and applications research is increasingly adopting wearable devices for primary and auxiliary sensing. This is an exciting time where wearables are also seeming to spearhead advancements in technology through inter-disciplinary research among a broad spectrum of disciplines apart from mobile wireless, such as health, fashion, energy, just to name a few.

The 5th ACM Workshop on wearable systems and applications, WearSys, is focused 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. 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.

Call for Submissions

The ACM Workshop on wearable systems and applications (WearSys) is focused on wearable technologies that can shape mobile computing, systems andapplications research. WearSys will provide a venue forpresenting current research and technology trends, and debating future research agendas of wearable technology. It will provide a forum for discussing innovative ideas that have potential for significant impact. We solicit papers of six or fewer pages that present preliminary research in prototyping a wearable system, experience in designing a novel wearable technology, or survey of useful tools for designing interdisciplinary wearable systems and applications. We also encourage position papers that propose new directions for research or advocate disruptive design ideas and project applications. We also encourage submissions that can help bootstrap exploration of the wearable design space by the broader mobile systems community. The focus areas include, but not limited to:

  • Smart Glass, wearable imaging, projection devices
  • Wearable fashion (Smartwatch, wristbands, amulets, body suits)
  • Capacitive sensing and On-body communication
  • Wearable health and fitness activity tracking
  • Batteryless sensing and systems for wearables
  • Novel energy management solutions (e.g., swappable batteries, solar harvesting)
  • Ubiquitous Input Devices
  • Context sensitive notification delivery
  • Wearable biometrics for payment and authentication
  • Haptics and cognitive prosthetics
  • Body energy harnessing
  • Brain-interfaces
  • Electromyography (EMG) interfaces
  • Novel combinations of 3D printing and wearables (e.g., integration with custom 3D printed sensors/enclosures)
  • Wearable infrastructure and toolkits
Workshop papers will be included with the MobiSys proceedings and posted in the ACM Digital Library.
All accepted papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award and we will award one at the conference.

Submission Guidelines

We solicit submissions of ongoing and works with preliminary results that can generate significant interest and discussions at the workshop. Full paper submissions must be limited to 6 pages including references. Any topic related to Wearable systems and its Applications is in scope and is welcome for submission. We solicit two types of submissions:

Full Papers: Full paper submissions should be limited to 6 pages including references.

Position papers: We seek short descriptions (2 pages incl. references) of early-stage research ideas in general, but in particular those that point to future directions for the field, novel applications (especially novel applications/designs for wearables), or identify technologies that are ready for market adoption. The last case can be thought of as pitching a startup idea and making arguments for market adoption, though not a full business plan. Submission's title must be prefixed with "Position:".

All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. In accordance with MobiSys guidelines, WearSys will follow a double-blind submission policy. Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines at

Your submission must be in PDF. We will not accept the papers in any other format.
Submission link:

Important Dates

Submission deadline (paper, position): April 7th, 2019 (11:59:59pm AOE)
Notification of acceptance: April 27th, 2019
Camera-ready workshop papers: May 1st, 2019
Workshop date: June 21st, 2019


Fahim Kawsar (Nokia Bell Labs, UK and TU Delft, Netherlands)

Chulhong Min (Nokia Bell Labs, UK)
Akhil Mathur (Nokia Bell Labs, UK)
Ashwin Ashok (Georgia State University, USA)

Alessandro Montanari (Nokia Bell Labs, UK)

Jie Liu (Microsoft Research)
Suman Banerjee (University Wisconsin Madison)
Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Carnegie Mellon University)
Mi Zhang (Michigan State University)
Kaspar Jansen (TU Delft)
Aswin Ashok (Georgia State University)

Utku Gunay Acer (Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium)
Inseok Hwang (IBM Research, USA)
Kleomenis Katevas (Imperial College London, UK)
Youngki Lee (Seoul National University, South Korea)
Robert LiKamWa (Arizona State University, USA)
Cecilia Mascolo (University of Cambridge, UK)
Abhinav Mehrotra (University College London, UK)
Archan Misra (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
Tadashi Okoshi (Keio University, Japan)
Tauhidur Rahman (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Nirupam Roy (UMD College Park, USA)
Akira Uchiyama (Osaka University, Japan)
Kristof Van Laerhoven (Universty of Siegen, Germany)