PAP 2018:
Personal Analytics
and Privacy

2nd International Workshop on Personal Analytics and Privacy
(In conjunction with ECML PKDD 2018)

Dublin, Ireland, Monday 10th September 2018

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

In the era of Big Data, every single user of our hyper-connected world leaves behind a myriad of digital breadcrumbs while performing her daily activities. Nowadays, a simple smartphone enables each one of us to browse the Web, listen to music on online musical services, post messages on social networks, perform online shopping, acquire images and record our geo\-graphical locations. This enormous amount of personal data can be exploited to improve the lifestyle of each individual by extracting, analyzing and exploiting user's behavioral patterns like the items frequently purchased, the routinary movements, the favorite sequence of songs listened, etc. Up to now, the highly valuable personal patterns able to predict human behavior can only be extracted by big companies, which employ this information mainly to improve marketing strategies. This organization-centric model does not empower to take full advantage of the possibility of knowledge extraction offered by personal data, mainly because each company has only a limited view on individuals that is restricted to the type of data for which the company provides services. Moreover, users have a very limited capability to control and exploit their personal data. Although some user-centric models like the Personal Information Management System and the Personal Data Store are emerging, currently there is still a significant lack in terms of algorithms and models specifically designed to capture the knowledge from individual data and to ensure privacy protection in a user-centric scenario.

Personal data analytics and individual privacy protection are the key elements to leverage nowadays services to a new type of systems. The availability of personal analytics tools able to extract hidden knowledge from individual data while protecting the privacy right can help the society to move from organization-centric systems to user-centric systems, where the user is the owner of her personal data and is able to manage, understand, exploit, control and share her own data and the knowledge deliverable from them in a completely safe way.

The purpose of this workshop is to encourage principled research that will lead to the advancement of personal data analytics, personal services development, privacy, data protection and privacy risk assessment. The workshop will seek top-quality submissions addressing important issues related to personal analytics, personal data mining and privacy in the context where real individual data (spatio-temporal data, call details records, tweets, mobility data, social networking data, etc.) are used for developing a data-driven service, for realizing a social study aimed at understanding nowadays society, and for publication purposes. Papers can present research results in any of the themes of interest for the workshop as well as application experiences, tools and promising preliminary ideas. However, papers dealing with synergistic approaches that integrate privacy requirements and protection in personal data analytics are especially welcome.

Authors are invited to submit original research or position papers proposing novel methods or analyzing existing techniques on novel datasets on any relevant topic. These can either be normal or short papers. Short papers can discuss new ideas which are at an early stage of development and which have not yet been thoroughly evaluated. Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Personal model summarizing the user's behaviors
• Personal data and knowledge management (databases, software, formats)
• Personal data collection (crawling, storage, compression)
• Personal data integration
• Personal Data Store and Personal Information Management Systems models
• Parameter-free and auto-adaptive methodologies for personal analytics
• Novel indicators measuring personal behavior
• Individual vs. collective models
• Privacy-preserving mining algorithm
• Privacy-preserving individual data sharing
• Privacy risk assessment
• Privacy and anonymity in collective services
• Information (data/patterns) hiding
• Privacy in pervasive/ubiquitous systems
• Security and privacy metrics
• Personal data protection and law enforcement
• Balancing privacy and quality of the service/analysis
• Case study analysis and experiments on real individual data

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Electronic submissions will be handled via Easychair.

Full submissions will be accepted until Sunday, July 2 July 8, 2018 (deadline extended!)

Papers must be written in English and formatted according to the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) guidelines. Authors should consult Springer's authors' guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form, through which the copyright for their paper is transferred to Springer.

The maximum length of a papers is 16 pages in LNCS format, i.e., the ECML PKDD 2018 submission format. Overlength papers will be rejected without review (papers with smaller page margins and font sizes than specified in the author instructions and set in the style files will also be treated as overlength).

Authors who submit their work to PAP2018 commit themselves to present their paper at the workshop in case of acceptance. PAP2018 considers the author list submitted with the paper as final. No additions or deletions to this list may be made after paper submission, either during the review period, or in case of acceptance, at the final camera ready stage.

Condition for inclusion in the post-proceedings is that at least one of the co-authors has presented the paper at the workshop. Pre-proceedings will be available online before the workshop.

All accepted papers will be published as post-proceedings by Springer and included in the series name Lecture Notes in Computer Science. The proceedings of the past edition of PAP are available through SpringerLink.

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All papers for PAP2018 must be submitted by using the on-line submission system via: EasyChair.

The authors of the best paper will be awarded with a voucher, which can be exchanged on Springer books worth of 250 Euro!

Important Dates

Important Dates

Paper Submission deadline: Sunday, July 8, 2018 (deadline extended!)

Accept/Reject Notification: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Camera-ready deadline: Monday, August 6, 2018

Workshop: Monday, September 10, 2018






Workshop Overview

Invited Talk: Identification (and Obfuscation) in the Smartphone Era
Mirco Musolesi

10:00Exploring Students Eating Habits through Individual Profiling and Clustering Analysis
Michela Natilli, Anna Monreale, Riccardo Guidotti and Luca Pappalardo



11:00Privacy Preserving Client/Vertical-Servers Classification
Derian Boer, Zahra Ahmadi and Stefan Kramer
11:30Privacy Risk for Individual Basket Patterns
Roberto Pellungrini, Anna Monreale and Riccardo Guidotti
12:00Ontology-based Negotiation and Enforcement of Privacy Constraints in Collaborative Knowledge Discovery
Lauri Tuovinen and Alan Smeaton



Invited Talk: Responsible Personal Data Analytics
Anna Monreale

15:00A differential privacy workflow for inference of parameters in the Rasch model
Teresa Anna Steiner, David Enslev Nyrnberg and Lars Kai Hansen




Venue: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland

Additional information about the location can be found at
the main conference web page: ECML PKDD 2018


All inquires should be sent to

This workshop is partially supported by the European Community H2020 Program under the funding scheme INFRAIA-1-2014-2015: Research Infrastructures, grant agreement 654024 SoBigData.

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PAP past edition link