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The Second International Workshop on Sensor Networks for Supply Chain Management


August 19 - 24, 2012 - Rome, Italy

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This workshop is part of SENSORCOMM 2012.


Publishing Information:

Published by IARIA XPS Press

Archived in the free access ThinkMindTM Digital Library
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a IARIA Journal
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

ISBN: 978-1-61208-144-1

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Submit a Paper:

First, fill out the submission form with information about your paper. Please, fill it out only once for each paper, and do not resubmit it. Contact the address below if you run into any difficulties.

As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing the paper ID. The information in the email will allow you to submit your paper.

If you have some problems send your paper via this e-mail (please report your paper ID in the text of your mail AND the name of the conference).

The conference staff will contact you only if the paper does not print properly or has other problems.

You can change information about your paper, submit brief corrections, view an email trail, and even edit your personal information by following the link in the initial confirmation email.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, SENSORCOMM 2012.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.

Call for Papers:

With the growing pressure from regulations to enhance security, while needing to control and lower the costs, Supply Chain Management (SCM) has to face an end-to-end problematic: the proper modeling of complete supply chain, while including relevant security requirements, and leveraging real world information to both assess the security level and enforce the security requirements. In this context, sensors and RFIDs appear as an important assets for securing and optimizing of Supply Chain Management Systems. We have already identified important challenges that need to be addressed, and this will allow us to drive this workshop towards a constructive outcome, as listed on the topics (not limited to):

These challenges require identified experts from fields which are not necessarily correlated (SCM and WSNs). Our workshop will close this gap. These issues are also inline with the EU roadmap, with their planned call for proposals in 2012 for a 40 M euros research demonstration project on this topic.

The workshop will provide a constructive environment to reach a stimulating and productive interaction between researchers and industrial partners who work on very different aspects for the integration of WSNs and RFIDs for secure SCMs. The workshop intends to identify issues, methodologies and directions for future research, together with experience of industrial partners and encourage cooperation in this areas.

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics are open to both research and industry contributions.


  1. Privacy: Collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment is an approach aimed at achieving accurate demand forecasts and improving supply chain operations by sharing demand relevant information between trading partners in the supply chain. In this way, the actors of the SCM are meant to share confidential information. In order to protect their privacy, there is a clear need for privacy preserving mechanisms.  In this context, sensor or RFIDs can be seen as a secure mediator for information sharing in a secure matter.
  1. Accountability: Accountability or Responsibility can be defined by the requirement to provide a justification for one’s action to whomever one answerable. In supply chain context, it means defining the responsibility, for example damaged goods, between supply chain partners. The increasing collaboration between different heterogeneous entities requires this kind of measure to protect the supply chain actors. Sensor or RFIDs can ease tracking over the whole chain, and support identification of faulty actors in the chain.
  1. Dynamic Risk Assessment: Supply Chain Management system aims at preventing and detecting on early stage any accidents within the Supply Chain. Supply Chain are subject of a large spectrum of accidents, from damaged pallet in warehouse to explosion of chemical products while shipping. Sensor and RFID are good candidate in order to capture and detect risk of accident in the Supply Chain. Their capabilities to track and to capture good’s context enable Supply Chain to early detect incident, and make proper decision in order to mitigate identified risks.
  1. SCM Quality of Service: In supply chain management, it is crucial to ensure a certain level of quality of service to fulfill customer expectation. From the production of raw material, to the distribution of finished products to the end-customer, including transformation, transportation of products, supply chain involves several actors. Each of them is meant to be evaluated based on identified performance quality of indicators (e.g., fill rate, confirmed fill rate, response delay, stock, delay). WSAN and RFID would track activities during the Supply Chain in order to dynamically evaluate the quality of service within the supply chain. In addition, it would give to the Supply Chain Management System an indication for optimization.



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) April 5, 2012 April 24, 2012
Notification May 23, 2012 May 29, 2012
Registration June 7, 2012 June 13, 2012
Camera ready June 7, 2012 June 20, 2012

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the Conference Publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,


Workshop Chair

Laurent Gomez, SAP Labs France - Mougins, France

WSNSCM 2012 Technical Program Committee

Omar Gaci, Institut Supérieur d'Etudes Logistiques, France
Mehdi Khalfaoui, EUROCOM, France
Annett Laube, Bern University of Applied Science, Switzerland
Maryline Laurent, Institut Telecom / TELECOM SudParis - Evry, France
Jean-Frederic Myoupo, University of Picardie-Jules Verne, France
Joachim Possega, Universtät Passau, Germany
Wilfrid Real, IBM La Gaude, France
Gabriel Serme, EUROCOM, France
Alessandro Sorniotti, IBM Research Zürich, Switzerland
Slim Trabelsi, SAP Labs France - Mougins, France


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.

Camera Ready:

The link below contains the details on how to upload the final version of your paper to the publisher. The upload should be done after registering your paper via the Registration Form.[pdf]

Publication Site for WSNSCM 2012

Note that the paper page limit as well as the cost per extra page may not be specified at the above link. These details are in the Call for Papers, namely "Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost". The costs of additional pages are on the Registration Form.[pdf]

If you have any questions about the paper upload process, please contact the proceedings production editor, Sandra.

Registration Form:

One registration form covers the registration of the paper and the participation of one presenter.

If an author has two (or more) accepted papers, each paper must be registered with a separate form.

Every participant must register separately. (if two co-authors attend, they each must register)

There are a limited number of prebooked hotel rooms. We suggest you reserve yours at the same time with the paper registration. The flight information can be sent at a later date.

Registration form download:

Note: If you attend but do not have a paper to present, use paper number "0" on your registration form.

The registration form in RTF format can be found here. [pdf version]


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, SENSORCOMM 2012.


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