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Double success at UbiComp 2016

Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards for Abhinav Mehrotra and Mirco Musolesi

Double success at UbiComp 2016

From more than 500 submissions, Abhinav Mehrotra and Mirco Musolesi (UCLGeography), with Robert Hendley (University of Birmingham) received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp’16). This is the flagship conference in Ubiquitous Computing of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), held in Heidelberg, Germany on September 12-15. Abhinav Mehrotra also received the Gaetano Borriello Best Student Award for this work.

The paper, PrefMiner: Mining User’s Preferences for Intelligent Mobile Notification Management’, presents the design, implementation and evaluation of a novel interruptibility management solution to the problem of receiving excessive and irrelevant mobile phone messages. This learns users’ preferences for receiving notifications based on the automatic extraction of rules through the mining of their phone interactions.

The goal is to build a system that is intelligible for users, i.e., not just a “black-box” solution.

Rules are presented which they may accept or discard at run-time. The design of PrefMiner is based on a large scale mobile notification dataset and its effectiveness is evaluated by means of real world, “in in-the-wild”, deployment.

The paper is part of Abhinav Mehrotra’s PhD work. He is studying models for designing intelligent systems that are able to send the right information to people at the right time and place through mobile devices.



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