[hpc-announce] CFP - WF-IoT Special Session on IoT for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery (deadline Jan 3rd, 2020)

Tortonesi Mauro mauro.tortonesi at unife.it
Tue Dec 17 10:21:36 CST 2019


                    IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
                 5-9 April 2020 – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

     Special Session on IoT for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

                               CALL FOR PAPERS


Natural and manmade disasters can occur unpredictably and range in severity
from something locally manageable to large scale events that require external
intervention. Smaller scale events typically involve local law enforcement and
emergency responders. On the other hand, when large scale disasters occur, they
can cause widespread damage and overwhelm the ability of local governments and
authorities to respond. In such situations, Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)
is essential for a rapid and robust response.

Across the spectrum of these operations, IoT, Smart Cities, and Smart
Environments can significantly improve the ability of emergency responders to
quickly understand the situation and conditions (also known as developing
Situation Awareness). IoT can help with assessing potential damage that has
been caused (e.g., to the city infrastructure, communications and power grid,
road conditions, transportation services, etc.). Application of IoT to supply
chain management can provide very rapid insights into the logistical situation
and result it faster resupply of critically needed materials. User-centered /
peer-to-peer IoT services can enable victims to help each other, thereby
accelerating the recovery effort. Finally, pervasive deployment of IoT in the
context of hospitals and medical services can improve triage and care for those
in need.



The scope and technical topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  * Smart city monitoring and leveraging services in smart city environments
    for disaster response and other activities.
  * Integration of IoT capabilities into Emergency Response Centers.
  * Requirements, examples, and use cases for deployment of IoT for disaster
    relief and emergency response.
  * IoT data analytics and visualization for emergency response.
  * Service-oriented computing, standards and standardization of APIs for IoT
    and smart cities.
  * Applications of IoT for logistics and supply chain management, especially
    in the context of disaster relief.
  * Applications of IoT for emergency medical response, including monitoring of
    hospital conditions (availability of space, supplies, and needed expertise
    / equipment).
  * Novel integration of IoT-based physiological monitors and emergency
    responders for triage.
  * IoT to monitor critical infrastructure, including power grid,
    transportation, and communications.
  * Challenges and solutions to deploying and using IoT in degraded
    environments (e.g., when infrastructure, communications, and electrical
    power may be limited).
  * Architectural aspects of bridging civilian and military IoT infrastructure,
    including federation, security, information, and communication
    architectures, work flow / business processes, interoperability and
    Integration of disparate technologies.
  * Information management challenges for military application of IoT –
    trustworthiness, pedigree, provenance, and enabling military commanders and
    missions to benefit from IoT generated information.
  * Examples of physical instantiations of military IoT systems built from
    commercially available elements and architectures.
  * Security challenges related to co-existence and interconnection of military
    and civilian IoT networks.
  * Resilience to adversarial security attacks and misuse / abuse of IoT
    infrastructure and capabilities.
  * Challenges related to reliability and dependability, especially when IoT
    becomes mission critical.
  * Zero-configuration or other approaches to simplify the deployment and
    configuration of IoT, especially in coalition settings where disparate IoT
    resources need to coexist and interoperate.
  * Knowledge discovery, including semantic and syntax discovery of information
    provided by IoT.
  * Challenges related to actuation of IoT devices, especially with real-time
  * Power challenges for tactically deployed IoT devices.



Paper Submission Deadline:
January 3rd, 2020

Acceptance Notification:
January 26th, 2020

Camera Ready Submission:
February 27th, 2020



Submit papers at:




Dr. Niranjan Suri
US Army Research Laboratory
Adelphi, MD

Dr. Konrad Wrona
NATO Communications and Information Agency
The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr. Frank T. Johnsen
Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Kjeller, Norway

Mauro Tortonesi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Distributed Systems Research Group
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Ferrara

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