Advance Program Schedule at a Glance

Day 1 and 2 of ASSET will take place at the Suntec Convention Center (i.e., the main conference venue). Check here for instructions on getting there.

Day 3 of ASSET will take place at the Singapore Management University (SMU) and attendees will be transported back and forth for a site-visit. Visit here for instructions on getting to SMU.


Friday, June 24, 2016: Tutorials by Distinguished Speakers

  • Prof. Nigel Davies (Lancaster University)

    Title: Pervasive Open Display Networks: A Communications Medium for the 21st Century [slides]

    Abstract: Pervasive display networks that integrate mobile devices with ubiquitous large displays could emerge as a new communications medium for the 21st century, but this transformation can only occur if the technology moves from its current, closed model to a new, open one. Most public displays deployed today literally disappear: people have become so accustomed to their low utility that they have become highly skilled at ignoring them. In contrast to Mark Weiser's influential vision of the Computer for the 21st Century, however, public displays of the 21st century should not disappear. Rather they should become the backbone of a new global communications medium that provides valuable information to viewers who are motivated to actively embrace the technology. In this talk I will argue that the transformation of public displays to this new communications medium requires significant innovation that can only occur through opening display networks to applications and content from a wide range of sources, such as city officials, local residents, and visitors. Based on this idea I will discuss our work in creating the building blocks to realise this vision and reflect on 16 years worth of experiences of creating experimental public display systems that include both fixed and mobile components. The lessons learned should be of value to anyone thinking of deploying mobile and pervasive computing systems in the wild.

    Bio: Nigel Davies is a Professor in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and co-director of Lancaster’s new multidisciplinary Data Science Institute. His research focuses on experimental mobile and ubiquitous systems and his projects include the MOST, GUIDE, e-Campus and PD-NET projects that have been widely reported on in the academic literature and the popular press. Professor Davies has held visiting positions at SICS, Sony's Distributed Systems Lab in San Jose, the Bonn Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, CMU and most recently Google Research in Mountain View, CA. Nigel is active in the research community and has co-chaired both Ubicomp and MobiSys conferences. He is a former editor-in-chief of IEEE Pervasive Magazine, chair of the steering committee for HotMobile and one of the founders of the ACM PerDis Symposium on Pervasive Displays.

  • Prof. Romit Roychoudhury (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Title: Understanding Smartphone Positioning Systems: From GPS, Cellular, WiFi to RFIDs and Sensors

    Bio: Romit Roy Choudhury is an Associate Professor of ECE and CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He joined UIUC from Fall 2013, prior to which he was an Associate Professor at Duke University. Romit received his PhD in the CS department of UIUC in Fall 2006. His research interests are in wireless networking, mobile sensing, and mobile computing. Along with his students, he received a few research awards, including the 2016 UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015 ACM Sigmobile Rockstar Award, 2015 IBM Faculty Research Award, NSF CAREER Award, the Google Faculty Award, best paper at Personal Wireless Communications conference, Hoffmann Krippner Award for Engineering Innovations, etc. Visit Romit's Systems Networking Research Group (SyNRG) at

  • Prof. Suman Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    Title: Edge Computing and its Applications [slides]

    Abstract: The notion of edge computing introduces new computing functions away from centralized locations and closer to the network edge and thus facilitating new applications and services. This enhanced computing paradigm is provides new opportunities to applications developers, not available otherwise. In this talk, I will describe various approaches to implement edge computing functionalities, and use specific examples from different domains -- smarter homes, sustainability, and intelligent transportation -- to illustrate the new opportunities around this concept.

    Bio: Suman Banerjee is an Professor in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison where he is the founding director of the WiNGS laboratory which broadly focuses on research in wireless and mobile networking systems. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT Kanpur, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. He is the inaugural recipient of the ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar award and a recipient of the NSF Career Award. He is a recipient of multiple award papers at various conferences, such as ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNEXT, and IEEE Dyspan. He is currently serving as the chair of ACM SIGMOBILE.

  • Prof. Lin Zhong (Rice University)

    Title: The Sciences of System Building: a Case Study [slides]

    Abstract: The practical aspect of system building is well known and many build systems in order to meet a practical need. This talk, however, wishes to highlight the scientific process of system building research. That is, by building a novel system, one makes testable discoveries that may be useful for building other novel systems. Rather than the usefulness of the built system, this process emphasizes the value of the discoveries. The talk will use the evolution of a research project about device drivers to illustrate this scientific process of system building.

    Bio: Lin Zhong is currently an Associate Professor with Rice University. He received his B.S and M.S. from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been with Rice University since September 2005. At Rice, he leads the Efficient Computing Group to make computing, communication, and interfacing more efficient and effective. He and his students received the best paper awards from ACM MobileHCI 2007, IEEE PerCom 2009, and ACM MobiSys 2011, 2013 and 2014, and ACM ASPLOS 2014. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Duncan Award from Rice University, and the RockStar Award from ACM SIGMOBILE. More information about his research can be found at

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • Prof. Steven Miller (Singapore Management University)

    Chair, CRA-Deans Group, Computing Research Association
    Vice-Provost (Research), Singapore Management University

    Title: The Next Decade of Computing RnD [slides]