Tentative Program Schedule

8.00 - 8.50 AM : Welcome Coffee/Tea/Snacks

8.50 - 9.00 AM : Welcome from WearSys Chairs

9.00 - 10.00 AM : Keynote: David Chu, Google

Title: Wear is Mobile Virtual Reality Going: Getting to Visual Quality, Responsiveness and Mobility for Virtual Reality Head-Mounted Displays

Virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs) are attracting users with the promise of full sensory immersion in virtual environments. Creating the illusion of immersion on HMDs requires high framerate, low latency, and high visual quality --- a tall order for mobile device-based VR approaches. In this talk, I will discuss two systems we have built to overcome the inherent limitations of mobile VR. The first, Outatime, focuses on compute offload via app streaming, an emerging app execution model in which remote rendering servers stream interactive video to thin clients. While servers dwarf mobile devices in compute power, the key challenge is coping with network latency. I will discuss how we have employed speculative execution to overcome this challenge on high-quality VR games. The second system, Flashback, aggressively precomputes all possible images that a VR user might encounter well ahead of time. During runtime, Flashback indexes into the device's storage hierarchy to quickly lookup images that the user ought to be seeing. Flashback not only works for static scenes, but also for dynamic scenes with moving and animated objects. We observe substantial improvements in framerate, latency and energy consumption. In some cases, it even delivers better framerate and responsiveness than a tethered high-end computer.

David Chu recently joined Google where he is starting a new R&D group on mobile virtual reality. Before joining Google, David was with Microsoft Research USA. His research interests are in mobile systems, cyber-physical systems, ubiquitous computing, applied machine learning and virtual reality. The main thrust of David's current work is toward low-latency perception-aligned mobile systems. He received the Best Paper award in MobiSys 2015, the Best Paper nomination in MobiSys 2012, the Best Demo award in MobiSys 2014, and the Best Demo nomination in SenSys 2011. David's research has appeared on multiple occasions in sources such as TechCrunch, PC Magazine, GameSpot, Ars Technia, Slashdot, The Verge, Engadget, Yahoo and Wired. At Microsoft, David has contributed to Windows and Windows Phone, Xbox and HoloLens. David received his B.S. from the University of Virginia in 2004; and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and 2009, respectively, while an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

10.00 - 10.30 AM : Break

10.30 - 11.45 AM: Session 1 : Systems
  • MiHub: Wearable Management for IoT
    Kirill Varshavskiy (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); Albert Harris (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); Robin Kravets (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

  • Invited speaker: Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, Microsoft Research
    Capacitive Sensing and Communication Opportunities for Mobile Systems

12.00 - 1.30 PM: LUNCH BREAK

1.30 - 3.30 PM: Session 2: Sensing and Architecture
  • In-ear Biosignal Recording System: A Wearable for Automatic Wholenight Sleep Staging
    Anh Nguyen (University of Colorado, Denver); Raghda Alqurashi (University of Colorado, Denver); Zohreh Raghebi (University of Colorado, Denver); Farnoush Banaei-Kashani (University of Colorado, Denver); Ann Halbower (University of Colorado, School of Medicine); Thang Dinh (Virginia Commonwealth University); Tam Vu (University of Colorado, Denver)

  • DeepSense : A GPU-based Deep Convolutional Neural Network Framework on Commodity Mobile Devices
    Nguyen Loc Huynh (Singapore Management University); Rajesh Balan (Singapore Management University); Youngki Lee (Singapore Management University)

  • CryptoCoP: Lightweight, Energy-efficient Encryption and Privacy for Wearable Devices
    Robin Snader (Athetized Networks); Robin Kravets (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); Albert Harris (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

3.30 - 3.45 PM: Closing by WearSys chairs


  • Wireless Smartphone Keyboard for Visually Challenged Users - [Video-recorded Presentation Available]
    Cecil Dsilva (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham); Vickram Parthasarathy (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham); Sethuraman Rao (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)