IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking
11-13 June 2018 – Hong Kong

Call for Papers

CoWPER – Toward A City-Wide Pervasive EnviRonment


The increasing availability of smart objects will radically change our cities. It is in fact a common opinion that, in the near future, our cities will be populated by an incredibly higher number of devices that actively participate to the execution of pervasive and advanced services. Being massively distributed into the environment, such devices may generate, collect, exchange and process big data, provide distributed services, offer computational resources, and cooperate to perform some tasks locally, as well as to delegate their execution to more powerful nodes in the infrastructure or at the network edge.


At the same time, citizens roaming around the city may be considered as mobile probes that, by making uses of cyber and physical data accessible by smartphones, will analyze the situation and will produce reports to the community. Furthermore the citizen’s smartphones will actively contribute in creating the communication infrastructure by forwarding data coming from surrounding devices thus partially relieving the communication infrastructure from the heavy burden of the huge amount of data produced in the envisioned scenario.


All in all, cities are going to become a new complex ecosystem which has the potentiality to offer many amazing features and support innovative application. Unfortunately, we are still far from the full exploitation of the potentialities offered by such an ecosystem. The communication systems so far developed are mainly conceived to connect people, and they hardly adapt to connect devices. So that, Massive Machine Type Communications represents one of the use cases for the development of the forthcoming 5G cellular system. Also, since every day, new heterogeneous devices are added  to and removed from our cities, it is mandatory to develop some framework capable to  manage such an  high-dynamic systems. In addition, such systems are required to be capable to evolve their functionalities over time, according to changes in their finalities. As a consequence, they should support the possibility to add, update, and remove functionalities depending on the available devices and services.


The CoWPER workshop aims to solicit contributions on novel algorithms, methodological studies and experimentations on how to enable the formerly described ecosystem. Specifically, on how devise a city-wide networking and management  infrastructure capable to efficiently guarantee communication in the new envisaged ecosystem, to manage the complexity of heterogeneous devices and access technologies, and to guarantee robust, ubiquitous, and secure connectivity over the urban environments.


In line with such objectives, original contributions are solicited in topics of interest including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Models of network components’ interactions on a smart-city
  • Self-organizing wireless networks for pervasive urban access;
  • Distributed Sensing and Control in Smart Cities;
  • Mobile-aware cloud computing models, infrastructures, and approaches for smart cities
  • Smartphone-based sensing systems, tools, applications in Smart City environments;
  • Smartphone and mobile systems and applications;
  • Cyber-physical interactions with smartphones;
  • Crowd sourcing in smart cities;
  • IoT architectures and middleware for smart cities;
  • Novel communication protocols for M2M/MTC Communications;
  • Device-2-Device Communications (D2D);
  • Dynamic trust management models for Smartphone based networks and applications;
  • Cooperation incentive models for Smartphone based networks and applications;
  • Reliability, Security, Privacy and Trust in smart cities ecosystems;


Submission Instructions


Prospective authors are invited to submit original technical paper by the deadline of March 10th 2018. Submissions will be accepted through EDAS(Paper submission link: All submissions must be written in English and be at most four (4) printed pages in length, including figures.


Accepted papers will be published on IEEE Xplore.


Keynote Speech:  “A Social-IoT enabled networking paradigm for future IoT ecosystems”

Prof. Antonio Iera


TPC Co-Chairs


Valeria LOSCRI, Inria Lille-Nord Europe, FUN, France

Giuseppe RUGGERI, Universityof Reggio Calabria, Italy

Zhengguo SHENG, University of Sussex, UK

Athanasios, VASILAKOS, Lulea University of Technology Sweden

Ivan W. H. Ho, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


TPC Members


Luca Bedogni – Univesity of Bologna – Italy

Marica Amadeo – University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Marcos Fagundes Caetano – Universityof Brasilia, Brasil

Claudia Campolo – Universityof Reggio Calabria, Italy

Marco Di Felice – University of Bologna,Italy

Hassan Ghasemzadeh – Washington State University, USA

Xiping Hu – The University of British Columbia, Canada

Antonio Iera – University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Hao Liang – University of Alberta, Canada

Annamaria Mandalari – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

Pietro Manzoni – Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Liang Ma – IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA

Nathalie Mitton – Inria Lille-Nord Europe / FUN, France

Antonella Molinaro – University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Enrico Natalizio – Compiègne Technology University, France

Sema Oktug – Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Al-Sakib Khan Pathan – International Islamic University (IIUM),Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pratap Kumar Sahu – University of Montreal, Canada

Anna Maria Vegni – University of Roma Tre, Italy

Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad – EWI – TU Delft, The Netherlands

Yusuf Yaslan, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


Important dates

Abstract Registration: March 10th, 2018. (Extended to March 17, 2018)

Submission deadline: March 17th, 2018. (Extended to March 24, 2018)

Notification of acceptance: April 17th, 2018

Camera Ready: April 30th, 2018

Program: May 15th, 2018