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The 13th annual IEEE SECON conference will provide a unique forum to exchange innovative research ideas, recent results, and share experiences among researchers and practitioners in wireless networks, mobile systems and the Internet of Things. The focus of IEEE SECON is novel communication technologies and emerging applications and services, involving mobile sensing and communication, and ubiquitous and pervasive computing. In addition to the traditional topics published in IEEE SECON, this year the conference would like to especially encourage papers in new applications and services in areas related to Internet of Things, practical energy neutral operation (ENO), communications for actuation and control in Cyber-Physical Systems, and the practical understanding of convergent and emergent behaviours of such systems.

Papers describing original, previously unpublished research work, experimental efforts, practical experiences, and industrial and commercial developments in all aspects of sensor networks, mobile devices, and wireless communication are solicited. Within this domain, particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Experience with deployment of mobile apps, networks and systems
  • Software Defined Networking for mobile and wireless networks as well as 5G, small cells etc.
  • White space, cooperative and cognitive communications
  • Network management for mobile devices, including data consumption, energy consumption, and performance
  • Wearable computing
  • Novel smartphone-based sensing systems, tools, applications and experiences
  • Novel applications: cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, distributed mobile computing
  • New communication technologies, such as NFC, visible light, underwater communication
  • Low power and energy limited sensing and communications, including energy-harvesting and energy neutral operation (ENO)
  • Cellular communications and data networks, such as cellular small cells and 5G
  • Measurement of wireless and sensor systems, and novel experimental testbeds
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of mobile, wireless and sensor systems
  • Survivability, network management, and fault tolerance
  • Application protocols and cross-layer design


Papers should neither have been published elsewhere nor currently under review by another venue. All papers for IEEE SECON 2016 must be submitted via the conference submission page. Papers must be no longer than 9 pages and in font size no smaller than 10 points. Papers that violate the format guidelines will be rejected without review.

To be published in the IEEE SECON 2016 Conference Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore®, an author of an accepted paper is required to also provide a one-minute-video of the work and make presentation slides available with the paper. Further they are required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference unless the TPC Chairs grant permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 3 papers. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE 2016 Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore® as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

The organizers of IEEE SECON 2016 as well as our attendees expect accepted papers to be presented at the conference. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Registration: 21st December 2015, 5pm US EST (extended)
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 21st December 2015, 5pm US EST (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification: 14th March 2016
  • Camera Ready: 11th April 2016
Researchers from both academia and the industry are encouraged to submit full papers for review, and to observe the following paper submission policies that will be strictly enforced in IEEE SECON 2016.


Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere will be considered. Technical Papers must be submitted via the HotCRP Conference Management Software.

Double blind submission

All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Common sense and careful writing will go a long way towards preserving anonymity. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review.

Minimally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

  • Remove the names and affiliations of authors from the title page.
  • Remove acknowledgments of identifying names and funding sources.
  • Remove project titles or names that can be used to trace back to the authors via a web search engine.
  • Use care in naming your files. Source file names (e.g., "Alice-n-Bob.dvi") are often embedded in the final output as readily accessible comments.
  • Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work by another author. For example, instead of "In prior work [3], we presented a routing protocol that ...," sentences in the spirit of "In prior work, Smith and Clark [3] presented a routing protocol that ..." should be used. With this method, the full citation to Smith and Clark can still be given, such as "[3] J. Smith, A. Clark, "Analysis of...", and it is not acceptable to say "[3] Reference deleted for double-blind review."
  • Papers with the same title and abstract should not be posted on a public website, such as, or transmitted via public mailing lists.
We allow the use of an anonymous Dropbox link for the reviewers to download an extended version of the submitted manuscript with details of mathematical proofs. An anonymous Dropbox link will look like the following:
Of course, the extended version of the submitted manuscript will need to be anonymized, following the guidelines above. The reviewers, however, are not obliged to read the extended manuscript when evaluating a submitted paper.