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8th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services (MUCS 2011)

The 8th IEEE MUCS Workshop intended to concentrate on the management of ubiquitous devices, communications, and services. And the program has shown that the context management as well as the managing behavior was selected out of that field as the major, based on those paper topics accepted. Thus, the major intentions of MUCS had been implemented. While the relevant papers and their topics are accessible via the URL, the major findings of the key note are summarized here. In addition, Table 1 shows in a very specific point of view the socio-economic facets of all of those presentations.

Table 1: Presentation Relations to Socio-economic Aspects (Mentioned vs. Addressed)


Social aspects mentioned

Economics mentioned

Social aspects addressed

Economics addressed

Session 1, #1

User behavior




Session 1, #2

User-specific behavior changes the outcome


Partially in modeling utility function alternatives


Session 1, #3

Taxis drives, but not considered as a social facet!

No, even though implicitly assumed that they can increase their revenues


Implicitly assumed by proposing the respective strategies and their advantages

Session 1, #4





Session 1, Keynote

Partially (privacy, risks)

Partially (costs for data collection)


Minimalistic (addressed by cost-savings in algorithms)

Session 2, #1

User behavior in terms QoE


QoE outcomes discussed


Session 2, #2

Ease of modification


SCXML-based descriptions


Session 2, #3

The mobile phone user

Comparison of voice vs. text (SMS)


CDRs show that LA commutes 1.5 times further than NY

In terms of the key note, John Krumm revealed that behavioral priorities are the key information to be determined in case of users. At the same time, application-specific risks, e.g., minimizing the death of fatality accidents in a map-based routing application in use, become critical, way beyond the pure technology and application operated. Furthermore, mainly with respect to the privacy of data and location information, the obfuscation measures in use today do not work very well, except for the case, where the adding of very many noise can be considered partially successful. Of course, except for all those people, who do not care about their location information being revealed, obfuscation is needed strongly, Finally, John sees that different social groups of users and providing input to any application or data analysis approach need to be considered in detail, assuring that relevant social statements can be made (e.g., women’s new driving destinations decline faster over time compared to men’s driving destinations).

The IEEE MUCS workshop did not make any decisions wrt the socio-economics core concerns SESERV is tackling. Thus, the majority of social facets as well as economic considerations in such ubiquitous environments have been partially mentioned (meaning that their relevance have been acknowledged in discussion, such as privacy concerns, location data sensitivity, or economic efficiency), however, a full-fledged investigation of those did not happen, but some of them had been addressed (cf. Table 1).
Summarizing the one day IEEE MUCS workshop shows that in the ubiquitous communications area as well as their management the social aspects are mainly driven by the users’ point of view and behavior. While almost all papers mention such a necessity, only a minimal number of those really address such social facets. In terms of economics and their investigations it is even smaller in numbers. Therefore, the original set of ideas of SESERV to tackle and address a socio-economic investigation across domains is considered even more important.