in conjunction with the 5th IEEE Conference on Smart Computing (SmartComp)

June 12, 2019 

Washington D.C., US


A smart city represents an improvement of today’s cities both functionally and structurally, that strategically utilizes many smart factors, such as information and communications technology (ICT), to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while ensuring citizens’ quality of life and health. Cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” with which citizens interact daily: street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. Moreover, a continuous monitoring of a city’s status occurs through sensors and processors applied within the real-world infrastructure.

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept imagines all these objects being “smart”, connected to the Internet, and able to communicate with each other and with the external environment, interacting and sharing data and information. Each object in the IoT can be both the collector and distributor of information regarding mobility, energy consumption, air pollution as well as potentially offering cultural and tourist information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities, including but not limited to:

  • computing and sensing infrastructures
  • cost (of node, energy, development, deployment, maintenance)
  • communication (security, resilience, low energy)
  • adaptability (to environment, energy, faults)
  • data processing (on nodes, distributed, aggregation, discovery, big data)
  • distributed data collection and storage in Smart Cities
  • self-learning (pattern discovery, prediction, auto-configuration)
  • deployment (cost, error prevention, localization)
  • maintenance (troubleshooting, recurrent costs)
  • applications (both new and enjoying new life)
  • smart users experience
  • trust and privacy
  • crowdsourcing, crowdsensing, participatory sensing
  • cognition and awareness
  • cyber-physical systems
  • smart tourism

Technical Program

08:00AM – 08:30AM    Registration

08:30AM – 09:00AM    Opening Remarks

09:00AM – 10:00AM    Keynote

Connecting Dots for Health and Security” – Prof. WenZhan Song

10:00AM – 10:30AM    Coffee Break

10:30AM – 12:00AM    Technical Session 1

Manuel Mazzara, Ilya Afanasyev, Smruti Ranjan Sarangi, Salvatore Distefano, Vivek Kumar and Muhammad Ahmad – 
A Reference Architecture for Smart and Software-defined Buildings

Antonio Arena, Alessio Bianchini, Pericle Perazzo, Carlo Vallati and Gianluca Dini –  BRUSCHETTA: An IoT Blockchain-Based Framework for Certifying Extra Virgin Olive Oil Supply Chain

Giuseppe Tricomi, Giovanni Merlino, Francesco Longo, Salvatore Distefano and Antonio Puliafito – Software-Defined City Infrastructure: a Control Plane for Rewireable Smart Cities

12:00PM – 13:00PM    Lunch

13:00PM – 14:00PM    Technical Session 2

Marco Ferdinandi, Mario Molinara, Gianni Cerro, Luigi Ferrigno, Claudio Marrocco, Pino Di Meo, Carmine Bourelly, Roberto Simmarano and Alessandro Bria – A novel embedded smart system for contaminants detection and recognition in water

Riccardo Di Pietro, Domenico Giacomo Campanile and Salvatore Distefano – Virtual Study Partner: A Cognitive Training Tool in Education” 

14:00PM – 15:00PM    Discussion and Networking Session

15:00PM – 15:30PM   Coffee Break

15:30PM – 17:00PM   Panel

How to build Smart and Connected Communities: Challenges and Approaches                     Panel Organizer: Dr. Gurdip Singh                                                                                          Panelists: TBD


Submission Guidelines

Paper submissions should be no longer than 6 pages with a font size of 10 using the IEEE conference template. Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files. All submitted papers will be subject to single blind peer reviews by Technical Program Committee members and other experts in the field. All presented papers in the conference will be published in the proceedings of the conference and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Authors are requested to first register their submissions and submit their manuscripts in PDF format via EasyChair (please, select the “Workshop on Sensors and Smart Cities” track during submission process). Note that at least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the workshop to present the paper. Failure to present the paper at the workshop will result in the withdrawal of the paper from the Proceedings.

Important dates

Paper Submission: 10 March 2019 extended to 24 March 2019 (firm deadline)
Acceptance Notification: 10 April 2019 extended to 16 April 2019
Camera-ready submission: 28 April 2019

Organizing Committee

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Dario Bruneo, University of Messina, Italy

Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy

Publicity Chair:

Fabrizio De Vita, University of Messina, Italy

Technical Program Committee:

Arianna Brutti, ENEA, Italy
Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia
Michele Colajanni, University of Modena, Italy
Riccardo Di Pietro, University of Catania, Italy
Essia Hamouda Elhafsi, California State University San Bernardino, USA
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, France
Antonio Jara, HES-SO & HOP Ubiquitous, Switzerland
Olivera Kotevska, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Luca Ferretti, University of Modena, Italy
Francesco Longo, University of Messina, Italy
Mirco Marchetti, University of Modena, Italy
Giovanni Merlino, University of Messina, Italy
Roberto Morabito, Ericsson, Finland
Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Riccardo Petrolo, KMLE, Italy
Carlo Puliafito, University of Pisa, Italy
Jovan Radak, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Francesca Righetti, University of Pisa, Italy
Op Vyas, Indian Institute of Information Technology- Allahabad, India