HotPlanet 2015 - 6th International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-Scale Measurement

In Conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2015, September 7, Paris, France

Download the Call for Papers: hotplanet2015.pdf

The last decade has seen a rapid, planet-scale growth in deployment and usage of smart mobile devices, ambient sensors, smartphone applications and advanced communication technologies. This era has prompted for large-scale, planet-wide data collection, storage, processing and dissemination technologies, advancing our knowledge about human behaviour and interactions at a planetary scale. Evolution of such technologies and methodologies, in addition to the high investments in Internet of things (IoT) deployments, has inherently led to a number of security, privacy and ethical issues as well as new systems, networking, and application challenges.

This 6th HotPlanet workshop will bring together networking, wireless, mobile computing and systems research to understand the challenges ahead and advance the dialogue on topics related to large-scale measurements and big data analytics centred on individuals. It aims to attract publications on data collection and analysis, such as knowledge-discovery methodologies, large-scale data mining, and big social media data and location traces analytics, but also on deployment challenges, such as innovative real-world measurement technologies, end-user applications, large-scale deployment experiences, and innovative large-scale mobile sensing systems. Topics of interest include:

Technical Program

14:00 - 14:10Welcome Message
14:10 - 14:45Keynote
Repeatable Experiments - Challenges and Opportunities for Networking Researchers
Prof Aruna Seneviratne, NICTA, Australia.

Abstract: Data is being collected from different vantage points in current distributed systems: at the end devices, the network and at the information sources. This is data collection is becoming a necessary requirement for the monetization of the services being offered and managing the performance of the systems that are offering the services. Two of the fundamental challenges for developing new theories and techniques for using the data that is being collected are (a) the verifiability of the data and the ability to carry out repeatable experiments, and (b) using the data that is collected without impacting the users' security and privacy. This talk will present an overview of the work being done to address these two issues, using our experience in developing a set of tools for conducting repeatable experiments and collecting smartphone data, and highlight the challenges and opportunities developing tools and extending them especially to cellular mobile networks.

About the speaker: Professor Aruna Seneviratne is currently the leader of the Networks Research Group at NICTA Australian Technology Park Laboratory, in Sydney, Australia and the Foundation Chair of Telecommunications, at the University of New South Wales. He has held academic appointments at the University of Bradford, UK, Curtin University, University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Pierre Marie Curie, Paris, and INRIA and been a consultant to numerous organizations, including Telstra, Vodafone, Inmarsat and Ericsson. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath, UK and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
14:45 - 16:15Session I: Data Collection and Network Measurement
  • Deriving Cellular Network Structure From Inferred Handovers in a Cellular Association Trace
    Brenton Walker (SICS Swedish ICT) and Anders Lindgren (SICS Swedish ICT).
  • An Early Look at Multipath TCP Deployment in the Wild
    Olivier Mehani (NICTA), Ralph Holz (NICTA), Simone Ferlin (NICTA, Simula Research Laboratory), and Roksana Boreli (NICTA).
  • Mobile Data Network Analysis Platform
    Alexis Sultan (Telecom SudParis), Farid Benbadis (Thales Communications and Security), Vincent Gauthier (Telecom SudParis), and Hossam Afifi (Telecom SudParis).
16:15 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 18:00Session II: Graph and Social Analytics
  • L-Graph: A General Graph Analytic System on Continuous Computation Model
    Weixiong Rao (Tongji University).
  • Clustering Large Undirected Graphs on External Memory
    Qin Liu (Tongji University), Jiakai Xiao (Tongji University), and Weixiong Rao (Tongji University).
  • Modeling Social Interactions in Real Work Environments
    Salvatore Vanini (SUPSI), Dario Gallucci (SUPSI), Kamini Garg (SUPSI), Silvia Giordano (SUPSI), Victoria Mirata (FFHS), and Marco Bettoni (FFHS).

Submission instructions

Submissions are now open. Click on the following link to submit your paper:

The TPC accepts original submissions that are not under review, or published at, previous workshops, conferences, or journals. Submissions may not exceed 6 pages double column, including figures, tables, references, and appendices. Authors are required to use the ACM template for submissions:

All submissions will be evaluated via a single-blind review process: please include author names and affiliation in the submission.


General Chair:
Pan Hui (HKUST/T-Labs, Hong Kong)

TPC Chairs:
Fehmi Ben Abdesslem (SICS Swedish ICT, Sweden)
Weixiong Rao (Tongji University, China)

Steering Committee

Technical Program Committee


Contact: Fehmi Ben Abdesslem (fehmi[@]