A Survey of User Interaction for Spontaneous Device Association

Ming Ki Chong, Rene Mayrhofer, Hans Gellersen

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In a wireless world, users can establish ad hoc virtual connections between devices that are unhampered by cables. This process is known as spontaneous device association. A wide range of interactive protocols and techniques have been demonstrated in both research and practice, predominantly with a focus on security aspects. In this article, we survey spontaneous device association with respect to the user interaction it involves. We use a novel taxonomy to structure the survey with respect to the different conceptual models and types of user action employed for device association. Within this framework, we provide an in-depth survey of existing techniques discussing their individual characteristics, benefits, and issues.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera8
Number of pages40
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Device association
  • Pairing
  • Spontaneous interaction
  • Survey
  • Taxonomy
  • User interaction
  • Wireless


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