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With smart-phones in their pockets, more than 1 billion people now have immediate access to sensing, computation, and connectivity, and this makes it possible to harness the power of the crowd to collect and share data about their surroundings and experiences on a massive scale. Crowdsensingl crowdsourcing is a novel data collection paradigm that leverages this vast mobile sensor network, expanding the scope of research endeavours and allowing civic issues to be addressed, without the need to purchase specialized sensors or install and maintain network infrastructure. Data collected using such applications may come from unexpected yet interesting and valuable sources, supporting sensing in previously inaccessible locations and contexts.

This new data collection paradigm introduces several research challenges. Privacy is a primary concern for users that are contributing sensitive or identifying data. Incentive mechanisms for participation may be needed to encourage people to volunteer their resources to collect data. Methods are needed for processing large-scale, user-generated data sets into meaningful information, and for assessing and understanding the quality of information to help guide decision-making. Approaches that involve the crowd in such data analysis tasks, with humans serving as a source of semantic information for, or interpreting and evaluating, crowdsensed/crowdsourced data, can also help to build an understanding of the physical, computational, and socio-technical environment.

In response to the growing interest in this area of research, we are pleased to introduce the Third International Workshop on Crowd Assisted Sensing, Pervasive Systems and Communications (CASPer), held in conjunction with PerCom 2016. CASPer 2016 succeeds CROWDSENSING 2014 at PerCom 2014, and CASPer 2015 at PerCom 2015. The objective of CASPer is to provide a forum for discussion, debate, and collaboration focused on emerging ideas, trends, and recent advances in crowdsensing/crowdsourcing. In this year, the workshop includes a keynote, a panel, and 7 papers on a diverse collection of topics, including system architecture, incentive structures, and a wide range of applications.

This workshop would not be possible without the contributions of many colleagues. We would like to extend our thanks to the members of the Technical Program Committee who shared their expertise and insight, providing thoughtful and timely paper reviews. We also would like to thank the authors who selected this workshop as the venue for sharing their ideas and the attendees for their contributions to the discussion of important topics in crowdsensing/crowdsourcing.

Welcome to CASPer 2016!

Imre Lendak, University of No vi Sad, Serbia Zhiwen Yu, Northwestern Poly technical University, China CASPer 2016 General Chairs

Luke Dickens, University College London, UK Tony Tie Luo, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore CASPer 2016 Programme Chairs



Programme Chair

Luke Dickens (University College London, United Kingdom)

Tie Luo (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

General Chair

Imre I Lendák IV (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

Zhiwen Yu (Northwestern Poly technical University, P.R. China)

Publicity Chair

Waldir Moreira (COPELABS, University Lusofona, Portugal)

Steering Committe Chair

Karoly Farkas (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)

Steering Committee Member

Luke Dickens (University College London, United Kingdom)

Miguel Labrador (University of South Florida, USA)

Emil Lupu (Imperial College, United Kingdom)

Jamie Payton (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)

Thomas Silverston (University of Tokyo, Japan)



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