1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications

Research Article

The MobiSoC middleware for mobile social computing: challenges, design, and early experiences

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2893,
        author={Cristian  Borcea and Ankur  Gupta and Achir  Kalra and Quentin  Jones and Liviu  Iftode},
        title={The MobiSoC middleware for mobile social computing: challenges, design, and early experiences},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={MOBILWARE},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Mobile social computing middleware smart phones},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2893}
    }
    
  • Cristian Borcea
    Ankur Gupta
    Achir Kalra
    Quentin Jones
    Liviu Iftode
    Year: 2010
    The MobiSoC middleware for mobile social computing: challenges, design, and early experiences
    MOBILWARE
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2893
Cristian Borcea1,*, Ankur Gupta1,*, Achir Kalra1,*, Quentin Jones2,*, Liviu Iftode3,*
  • 1: Dept. of Computer Science, NJIT, Newark, NJ 07102, USA.
  • 2: Dept. Of Information Systems, NJIT, Newark, NJ 07102, USA.
  • 3: Dept. Of Computer Science, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA.
*Contact email: borcea@cs.njit.edu, ag59@njit.edu, ak95@njit.edu, qjones@njit.edu, iftode@cs.rutgers.edu

Abstract

Recently, we started to experience a shift from physical communities to virtual communities, which leads to missed social opportunities in our daily routine. For instance, we are not aware of neighbors with common interests or nearby events. Mobile social computing applications (MSCAs) promise to improve social connectivity in physical communities by leveraging information about people, social relationships, and places. This paper presents MobiSoC, a middleware that enables MSCAs development and provides a common platform for capturing, managing, and sharing the social state of physical communities. Additionally, it incorporates algorithms that discover previously unknown emergent geosocial patterns to augment this state. To demonstrate Mo-biSoC's feasibility, we implemented and tested on smart phones two MSCAs for location-based mobile social matching and place-based ad hoc social collaboration.