Call for papers

FABULOUS 2015 deadlines extension!

The First International Conference on Future Access Enablers of Ubiquitous and Intelligent Infrastructures (FABULOUS 2015) will take place in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia on September 23–25, 2015Chaired by Prof. Chlamtac (Create-Net President and University of Trento, Italy) and Prof. Liljana Gavrilovska (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia), FABULOUS 2015 aims to gather prominent researchers from academia and industry, innovators and entrepreneurs in the broad areas of future wireless networks, ambient and assisted living and smart infrastructures in order to interact, exchange ideas, expertise, experience and know-how and discuss the latest results and achievements in the aforementioned topics of interest.

The International Conference will focus on a wide variety of topics of interest such as  5G access networks, Energy efficiency and green solutions, M2M communications, MmW and cmW bands for future access, Dynamic spectrum access and many more. Special emphasis will be put on the analysis of practical use-cases and business opportunities in different parts of the world showcasing the social influence of the ICT.

Many experts within the field will keynote the conference: Prof. Petri Mahonen, RWTH, Aachen, Germany, Prof. Luiz da Silva, Trinity College, Ireland (Track 1: Future access networks), Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Cantabria, Spain (Track 2: Enablers of future smart infrastructures), Prof. Alberto-Leon Garcia, University of Toronto (Track 3: Emerging networking aspects), Prof. Mischa Dohler, KCL, UK (Track 4: Practical use-cases).

FABULOUS 2015 solicit original and previously unpublished papers targeting research challenges, advances and business opportunities towards a world of smart environments enabled by broadband and pervasive communications. We expect original work, not currently under review by another conference or journal, which describes theoretical work validated by simulation or experimental studies. Developed proof-of-concepts and testbeds are of particular interest.

Accepted papers will be published in the FABULOUS Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via the SpringerLink digital library, which is one of the largest digital libraries online and covers a variety of scientific disciplines. The proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: DBLP, Google Scholar, Thomson Scientific ISI Proceedings, EI Elsevier Engineering Index, CrossRef, Scopus, as well as ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL). Morover, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through one of the following EAI endorsed publications: Transactions on Ubiquitous EnvironmentsTransactions on Ambient Systems

Important dates

  • Full Paper Due 15 May 2015
  • Acceptance Notification 25 June 2015
  • Camera-ready Due 5 August 2015

See more info at the conference website.


IOT360, Prof. Catarci: 'The future of a country lies in youth, education, research, and innovation.’

Tiziana Catarci is a professor of Information Processing Systems at the Sapienza University of Rome, and president of the Infosapienza Center. Her research interests span from human-computer interaction to databases. She has published over 150 articles on these subjects, and has also been a consultant to large organisations, both private and governmental. Prof. Catarci, also speaker at our IOT360 Summit, gave us a talk about the changes introduced by IoT in the relationship between human and devices. We also discussed the gap between researchers and the industry in IoT.

What was your overall impression of the IOT360 Summit? Which issues relating to the world of the IoT should be discussed at the next year’s edition?

Prof. Tiziana Catarci, IOT360 Speaker
Prof. Tiziana Catarci, IOT360 Speaker

IOT360 presented a very interesting and various mix of research, technology, applications and creative companies. This mix should be enlarged for the next edition, in particular through:

  • Further emphasis on interdisciplinarity; having more speakers coming from areas other than ICT and social sciences (e.g. biotech, energy, cognitive sciences, etc.).
  • Discussion of relevant case studies with an emphasis on PA applications and involving local and national government officials.
  • Some debate on the effects of IoT on the job market – Is it creating new jobs? Is it killing existing ones? – considering also the “traditional” job market, not only incubators and start-ups.

How can industry and academia work together to further develop the IoT? Are there any obstacles to this collaboration?

Academia should nourish innovative ideas through the combination of teaching and research, experience and youth, rigor and imagination. Academia should offer multidisciplinary courses and research labs to foster cross-fertilization among different areas. All this should then be transferred to industry to be transformed into concrete services and products, for example in the IoT. Industry, in turn, should provide real needs and scenarios for new solutions, in a virtuous cycle that could be implemented through joint labs, student internships, joint initiatives, incubators, spin-offs and so on.

Unfortunately, at least in Italy, this virtuous cycle has not been established yet. Academia and industry very often cooperate on a sporadic, project-driven basis. Academia does not seem to really believe in the relevance – and high dignity – of multidisciplinary research and education, and does not effectively support student placements. Part of the academia, whose average age is definitely too high, is also frightened by new technologies, such as IoT, that cannot be fully understood or controlled. On the other hand, the industry does not believe in research. It is often conditioned by short-term plans, lack of vision, and scarcity of resources.

I do hope that this changes soon, and will, personally, do the best I can to make it happen, since the future of a country lies in youth, education, research, and innovation.

How has the relationship between users and devices been changed by the IoT? What are the new challenges for the future?

One of the big changes introduced by the IoT in the relationship between the user and the device is the fact that devices aren’t passive objects anymore. They are active, have an identity, may act autonomously, and engage the users in a variety of complex interactions. Devices could even overcome the users, make decisions, and implement a complete M2M interchange – M2M interaction is really booming nowadays. Users mostly experience IoT when smart devices explicitly enter their everyday life – for instance, think about cars, houses, and healthcare. In order for them to manage and control the devices, the interfaces have to be really adaptable and easy to use. A single interface already owned by the user, such as a smartphone, should perhaps become the overall controller, so that the user does not feel at mercy of the technology.

The coming years will probably see a growth of consumer applications, such as wearable technologies and smart services in cities and homes. As IoT keeps offering more and more advanced solutions, the majority of users are getting less reluctant to exploit them. However, security and privacy of the individual’s data (and the perception of privacy and security) are the users’ main concerns. The best trade-off between such issues and personalized/optimized services has not been found yet, and represents the key challenge for the next years.