November 16, 2020, Yokohama, Japan

2nd ACM Workshop on Device-Free Human Sensing

A Buildsys 2020 Workshop



The advent of human sensing has enabled many applications in smart buildings and cities, including healthcare, energy management, and marketing. Considerable work has been done in the recent past to sense humans using devices which they carry or wear, such as smartphones and wearables. These approaches, although potentially accurate, have high installation and maintenance requirements which limit their applications in some real-life scenarios. For example, in eldercare monitoring, requiring the elderly to wear or carry a device at all times is an important limitation. This calls for research for device-free human sensing. Specifically, we need to 1) develop device-free sensing hardware and 2) design data-driven, physics-based, or physics-guided data-driven algorithms to extract meaningful information about human status, activities, and behavioral patterns.

This full-day workshop solicits technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, pertaining to Device-Free Human Sensing, including sensing systems and algorithms. It provides a forum for a broad range of unsolicited high-quality scientific research papers that meet the criteria of originality, presentation quality, and topic relevance. Submissions should clearly identify how they relate to topics under consideration in this workshop. Contributions describing an overall working system and reporting real-world deployment experiences are particularly of interest.

Device-free topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • - Indoor occupant localization/navigation
  • - User identification
  • - User authentication
  • - Indoor activity recognition
  • - Occupancy estimation
  • - Occupant health monitoring
  • - Occupant and customer behaviour tracking
  • - Mood and emotion assessment
  • - Human-building and Human-computer interaction
  • - Human sensing in hazardous environments
  • - In-vehicle human health, mood, and emotion monitoring
  • - New platform or sensing modalities for device-free human sensing
  • - Device-free heterogeneous sensing
  • - Learning algorithms and models for perception, understanding, and adaptation to deployment variation

Paper Types

We solicit original notes papers for oral presentation (4 pages). The shorter length of the papers aims to encourage the younger researchers and industry experts to submit their papers in this workshop. Further, they aim to attract novel and multi-disciplinary research topics which are not yet fully developed and can incite discussion in the workshop audience.

Important Dates

  • - Submission deadline: September 18 2020 September 29 2020, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • - Notifications: October 6 2020 October 9 2020, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • - Camera ready: October 16 2020, 11:59:59pm AOE
  • - Workshop: Nov 16, 2020

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Paper submissions must be at most 4 single-spaced US Letter (8.5"x11") pages, excluding references and appendices. All submissions must use the LaTeX (preferred) or Word styles found here. Latex submissions should use the ‘sigconf’ document class. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions by (1) using the "anonymous" option for the class and (2) using "anonsuppress" section where appropriate.

All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). The final papers should be submitted through the following link: