CoWPER - Toward A City-Wide Pervasive EnviRonment

Important dates

Abstract Registration: April 11th, 2016
Submission deadline: April 18th, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 25th, 2016
Camera Ready: May 11th, 2016
Program: June 1st, 2016

Accepted papers will be published on IEEE Xplore


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 a potentially 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 the their execution to more powerful nodes in the infrastructure or at the network edge.

At the same time, end-user mobile devices are becoming more and more pervasive. In many countries, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions greatly overcomes the current population (even more than +150%). Furthermore today’s smartphones/devices are provided with increasing sensing/communication/computation capabilities and they are capable to produce fine-grained context-information by properly analysing/mining the data produced by embedded sensors, such as accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, etc.

In this futuristic scenario the citizens with their smartphones, tablets and portable devices, will assume the very special role of information prosumers (PROducers and conSUMERS). In fact, they will be constantly connected with whatever surroundings them and they will be formidable information consumers. 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, fully exploiting, managing and accessing that ecosystem are still far to be fully viable and their fulfillment surely poses a formidable challenge.

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 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 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
  • Business model to promote users collaboration and resources sharing in smart cities ecosystems
  • Testbed demonstrating the feasibility of Smartphone based networks and interaction with Cyber physical Systems
  • Applications, Business, Standards, and Social Issue
  • Cooperative Smart Objects supporting Wireless Networks Interoperability and Management
All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Submission Instructions

Prospective authors are invited to submit original technical paper by the deadline of 27th March 2016. Submissions will be accepted through EDAS ( All submissions must be written in English and be at most six (6) printed pages in length, including figures.

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

(Potential) TPC Members

Davide Adami - CNIT-University of Pisa, Italy
Luca Bedogni - Univesity of Bologna – Italy
Orazio Briante - University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Cristina Cano – Inria Lille – Nord Europe, France
Duquennoy Simon, Inria Lille – Nord Europe, France
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
Stefano Giordano - University of Pisa, Italy
Xiping Hu - The university of British Columbia, Canada
Antonio Iera - Universityof Reggio Calabria, Italy
Hao Liang - University of Alberta, Canada
Anna Maria 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 - Universityof Reggio Calabria, Italy
Enrico Natalizio - Compiegne Technology University, France
Sema Oktug - Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Al-Sakib Khan Pathan - International Islamic University (IIUM),Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tahiry Razafindralambo - Inria Lille-Nord Europe / FUN, France
Pratap Kumar Sahu - University of Montreal, Canada
Anna Maria Vegni - Universityof Roma Tre, Italy
Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad - EWI – TU Delft, The Netherlands
Yusuf Yaslan - Istanbul Technical University, Turkey