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The Eighth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications


November 16 - 20, 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

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The SENSORCOMM 2014 (The Eighth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications) is a multi-track event covering related topics on theory and practice on wired and wireless sensors and sensor networks.

Sensors and sensor networks have become a highly active research area because of their potential of providing diverse services to broad range of applications, not only on science and engineering, but equally importantly on issues related to critical infrastructure protection and security, health care, the environment, energy, food safety, and the potential impact on the quality of all areas of life.

Sensor networks and sensor-based systems support many applications today on the ground. Underwater operations and applications are quite limited by comparison. Most applications refer to remotely controlled submersibles and wide-area data collection systems at a coarse granularity.

Underwater sensor networks have many potential applications such a seismic imaging of undersea oilfields as a representative application. Oceanographic research is also based on the advances in underwater data collection systems.

There are specific technical aspects to realize underwater applications which can not be borrowed from the ground-based sensors net research. Radio is not suitable for underwater systems because of extremely limited propagation. Acoustic telemetry could be used in underwater communication; however off-the-shelf acoustic modems are not recommended for underwater sensor networks with hundreds of nodes because they were designed for long-range and expensive. As the speed of light (radio) is five orders of magnitude higher than the speed of sound, there are fundamental implications of time synchronization and propagation delays for localization. Additionally, existing communication protocols are not designed to deal with long sleep times and they can't shut down and quickly restart.

In wireless sensor and micro-sensor networks energy consumption is a key factor for the sensor lifetime and accuracy of information. Protocols and mechanisms have been proposed for energy optimization considering various communication factors and types of applications. Conserving energy and optimizing energy consumption are challenges in wireless sensor networks, requiring energy-adaptive protocols, self-organization, and balanced forwarding mechanisms.

As a multi-track event, SENSORCOMM 2014 will serve as a forum for researchers from the academia and the industry, professionals, standard developers, policy makers and practitioners to exchange ideas. The topics could be on techniques and applications, best practices, awareness and experiences as well as future trends and needs (both in research and practices) related to all aspects of information security, security systems and technologies.

The conference has the following independents tracks:

  • APASN: Architectures, protocols and algorithms of sensor networks
  • MECSN: Energy, management and control of sensor networks
  • RASQOFT: Resource allocation, services, QoS and fault tolerance in sensor networks
  • PESMOSN: Performance, simulation and modelling of sensor networks
  • SEMOSN: Security and monitoring of sensor networks
  • SECSED: Sensor circuits and sensor devices
  • RIWISN: Radio issues in wireless sensor networks
  • SAPSN: Software, applications and programming of sensor networks
  • DAIPSN: Data allocation and information in sensor networks
  • DISN: Deployments and implementations of sensor networks
  • AIS: Atmospheric Icing and Sensing
  • UNWAT: Under water sensors and systems
  • ENOPT: Energy optimization in wireless sensor networks

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. 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 and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

APASN: Architectures, Protocols and Algorithms of Sensor Networks

Network planning, provisioning and deployment
Network Architectures for Sensor Networks
Network Protocols for Sensor Networks
Structural design
Distributed Sensor Networks
Dynamic sensor networks
Scalable and heterogeneous architectures
Hierarchical clustering architectures
Group-based Architectures
Network topologies
Mesh networking
Device centric sensor networks
Distributed coordination algorithms
Topology construction
Routing protocols
Routing Metrics
Distributed Algorithms
Attribute-based named nets.
Mobility and Scalability
Attribute-based named Sensor Networks
Query optimization
Self-organization and self-configuration algorithms
Time Synchronization
MAC protocols for sensor networks (801.11, 802.15.4, UWB, etc)
Location and time service
Integration with other systems
Distributed inference and fusion
Cross-layer design and optimization
Complexity analysis of algorithms
Sensor networks and the Web
Integration with other systems (e.g., Web-based information systems, process control, enterprise software, etc.)
Target tracking
RFID tags
Traffic scheduling

MECSN: Management, Energy and Control of Sensor Networks

Energy models
Energy optimization
Energy management
Power-aware and energy-efficient design
Power sources in sensor networks
Battery technology
Power management
Algorithms and theories for management
Communication strategies for topology control
Algorithms and theories for supervisory control
Sensor tasking and control
Distributed control and actuation
Location and mobility management
Bandwidth management
Distributed networked sensing
Resource provisioning
Resource management and dynamic resource management
Schemes to maximize accuracy and minimize false alarms
Online self-calibration and self-testing
Handoff and mobility management and seamless internetworking
Distributed actuation and control
Topology control

RASQOFT: Resource Allocation, Services, QoS and Fault Tolerance in Sensor Networks:

Algorithms to support quality of service in sensor networks
Protocols to support quality of service in sensor networks
QoS/SLA in sensor networks
Provisioning of QoS in terms of bandwidth and delay assurance
System services and distributed services in sensor networks
Delay tolerant networks and opportunistic networking
Failure resilience and fault isolation
Information assurance in sensor networks
Fault tolerance and reliability
Admission control
Resource allocation and fairness
Real-time resource scheduling
Scheduling and optimisation
Capacity planning

PESMOSN: Performance, Simulation and Modelling of Sensor Networks

Performance measurement of sensor networks
Performance evaluation and analysis of sensor networks
Performance comparison on capacity, coverage and connectivity
Modelling techniques of sensor networks
Validation of sensor network architectures
Simulation and theoretical analysis
Simulation software tools and environments
Theoretical performance analysis: complexity, correctness and scalability.
Design, simulation and optimization tools for deployment and operation
Platform modelling and analysis tools
Analytical, mobility and validation models
System debugging and testing

SEMOSN: Security and Monitoring of Sensor Networks

Security and privacy in sensor networks
Reliability aspects in sensor networks
Monitoring distributed sensor networks
Mechanisms for authentication
Secure communication in sensor networks
Encryption algorithms for sensor networks
Sensor secure management
Data integrity
Trustworthiness issues in sensor networks
Trade-off analysis

SECSED: Sensor Circuits and Sensor Devices

Methods for sensor deployment
Instrumentation and models for deployment of sensors networks
Sensor architecture
Abstractions for modular design
Design and deployment of embedded system platforms
Embedded architectures and tools
Embedded processors
Embedded chip design
Micro and Nano devices
Optical sensors
Smart sensors
Acoustic Sensors
Microwave sensors
Middleware design
Sensor Prototypes
Sensor node components
Sensor interfaces
Independent Component Analysis
Design of cost effective and economical sensors
Smart Material Applications to design sensors
Microfabrication Technologies for Microsystem Integration
Integration of sensors into engineered systems
Hardware platforms
Test-beds incorporating multiple sensors
Operating system and middleware support

RIWISN: Radio Issues in Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless Sensor Communications
Network connectivity & longevity
Tracking objects
Geo-location problems
Network coverage
Algorithms for sensor localization and tracking
Detection, classification and estimation
Physical layer impact on higher level protocols
Directional and smart antennas for sensor networks
Coverage maintenance
Transceiver and antenna design
Ubiquitous wireless connectivity

SAPSN: Software, Applications and Programming of Sensor Networks

Applications and demonstrations of sensor networks 
Software platforms and development tools
Architectural design and optimization tools for sensor nodes
Computation and programming models of sensor networks
Languages and operating systems of Sensors
Programming and Interfacing
Programming abstraction
Programming models for sensors
Programming methodology for sensor environments
Intelligent sensor theory and applications
Machine learning applications to sensor networks
Wireless sensor applications
Applications for sensor network management.
Software tools for chip programming
Application requirements
Application evaluation and comparison
Demos and prototype testing

DAIPSN: Data Allocation and Information Processing in Sensor Networks

Techniques for the interpretation and use of sensor data in decision-making processes
Distributed data processing
Distributed signal processing
Array signal processing
Statistical signal processing
Distributed query processing
Distributed information processing
Distributed algorithms for collaborative information and signal processing
Task allocation, reprogramming and reconfiguration
Coding and information theory
In-network processing and aggregation
Data analysis and visualisation
Data storage in sensor networks
Data retrieval
Data dissemination
Data compression and aggregation
Data transport in wireless sensor networks
Data gathering and fusion in wireless sensor networks
Theories and models on fundamental information and communication aspects of sensor networks

DISN: Deployments and Implementations of Sensor Networks

Methods for sensor networks deployment
Practical implementations and real-world experiences
Real-life deployments
System implementation
End-user aspects
Operational experience and test-beds
Industrial and commercial developments and applications
Measurements from experimental systems, test-beds and demonstrations
Intelligent sensors, body sensors and their utilisation
Analysis of real-world systems and fundamental limits
Smart Sensors for building surveillance
Sensing in health care
Games using sensor networks
Peer-to-peer, overlay, and content distribution wireless sensor networks
Use cases (e.g., Automotive, Battlefield, Defense, Construction, Disaster recovery, Environmental, Medical, Security, Biomedical, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, etc.)
Sensor networks for Rural and Agricultural environments
Sensors for railway systems
Pattern Recognition
Machine Intelligence
Sensor-equipped Smart Environment
Deployments in Harsh Environments
Potential application areas

AIS: Atmospheric Icing and Sensing

Design aspects of atmospheric ice sensor (Control circuitry, winterization,  power supporting system, embedded systems, power converters, interface and data links, communication, material ,quality control, practical implementations, real time development, end user aspects)
Atmospheric ice sensing techniques (Capacitive ice sensors, infrared ice sensors, load cell based ice sensors, vibrating probe based ice sensor, ultrasonic ice sensors)
Applications of atmospheric ice sensor (Ice sensors for wind energy/resource assessment, ice sensors for offshore structures, ice sensors for road applications, ice sensors for power transmission, ice sensors for aviation, ice sensors for communication sector)
Experience from field measurements in cold regions  (system maintenance , remote sensing, logistics & accessibility, human efficiency while maintenance, system health monitoring, anticipation to unforeseen errors, synchronization and delays in operation).

UNWAT: Under water sensors and systems

Protocols for underwater sensor networks
Underwater hardware
Underwater wired systems
Underwater wireless sensor networks
Underwater sensors for neutrino telescopes
Acoustic and radio underwater communication
Aquatic environments and applications
Unmanned underwater exploration
Underwater localization and knowledge acquisition
Scalable underwater monitoring and measurement systems
Fixed and mobile underwater wireless sensors
Aquatic surveillance applications
QoS/Performance in underwater communication
Surface-floating and underwater sensor communication
Access control in underwater networks
Latency effects for critical applications and synchronization
Synchronization and delays in underwater sensor networks
Localization in underwater sensor networks
Advanced underwater sensor-based applications

ENOPT: Energy optimization in wireless sensor networks

Energy supply, lifetime and transmission power
Energy efficiency
State-driven energy optimization
Power consumption models
Energy-aware adaptive low power
Optimal energy-aware clustering
Lifetime-oriented energy provisioning
Sensor placement and accessibility
Random sensor deployment and density function
Fixed and adjustable transmission power
Traffic and energy consumption rate
Energy-efficient topology control
Energy optimization in multi-hop communications
Energy harvesting for autonomous sensors



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) June 20, 2014 July 28, 2014
Notification August 28, 2014
Registration September 15, 2014
Camera ready September 24, 2014

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

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

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. Latex templates are also available.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the 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.

We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

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

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/industrial/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 proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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