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Deadline for call for papers to ACRID 2017 is extended

ACRID 2017 EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation, and Development for Africa will take place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on  20-21 June 2017.

The conference seeks to bring together academics, researchers, and industrialists across many disciplines, in particular, those that have the most impact in Africa’s Development.  Most events on the continent have covered limited subjects, and therefore the opportunity has been lost sharing information, results, and knowledge in a way which can solve the many contentious issues, most of which can be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach.

The Conference welcomes papers from areas of Electronics, Communications and Computer Systems, Energy and Power Systems, Multi-discipline approach to the solution of problems and application of innovation in industrial production, mining, transportation, Engineering Education and participation of youth and women in Engineering and Technology.

For detailed information about the tracks see the Technical Session Tracks Section or click the following links to access the 6 Tracks of the Conference Call:

Mining, Transportation, and Manufacturing
Electronics Application
Process and Motion Control for Industry
Energy and Sustainable Development
Information and Communication Technology
Engineering Education, Science & Mathematical Modelling

ACRID 2017 is proud to welcome Gertjan van Stam, research fellow, affiliated with the Zimbabwean government’s Science and Industrial Technology Development Centre (SIRDC), as a keynote speaker.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world’s largest scientific libraries. Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the Best Papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through one of the EAI Endorsed Publications.

Important dates:

Short, poster and demo paper submission deadline: 6 March 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15 March 2017
Notification and Registration opens: 14 April 2017
Camera-ready deadline: 5 May 2017

Check out the official conference website to get more information!


'The moment for IoT market is really hot!' Dr. Carnevali, IOT360 Summit 2015

Claudio Carnevali created his first hardware company, design and manufacturing, when he was only twenty-four years old; now he is co-founder and CEO of openPicus and Smartables. Dr. Carnevali will be keynote speaker at IOT360 Summit 2015, the Second International Summit on Internet of Things, which will take place in Rome, Italy on October 27-29. He talked to us about the delicate balance between research and market in IoT.

IOT360 has arrived to its second edition. What can we expect from the Summit this year?

The moment for IoT market is really hot so I expect much more involvement from Government and Corporates in general. Everybody is aware that IoT is going to create a revolution in any sector. Smartphones and connected devices are changing people’s expectations about services and the way they interact with the cities for example. In one word: IoT has to make life easier so I hope that the Summit this year will focus on real applications and applied research.

“Success Stories” will be an important panel of the Summit. What are the main obstacles to transferring research outcomes into concrete and successful products?

claudio carnevali
Dr. Claudio Carnevali, keynote speaker at IOT360 Summit

This is a big question. I can speak about Italy only. What I see is that the academic and research world is still too far away from the people and businesses needs. I think both worlds will benefit from a better integration, but sometimes the main issue is the different timescale. Companies have to be fast to compete in today’s market and we measure time and deadlines in days or weeks. Research as not this kind of constrains normally so their timescale is measured in months. I don’t know if it is possible to fill this gap, for sure a good way is to make easier the integration of the researchers into companies in order to have a stronger exchange of experiences and methods.

Which role does IOT360 effectively play in order to promote a healthy cooperation between research and industry?

At least putting together the different actors is a good beginning, but for sure is not enough. I think that the Summit can lead also European funds to drive those money into real projects that are involving companies and researchers. So the Summit can act as a facilitator and as a trust for this kind of activities.

Would you give us your idea of a balanced model able to cross-check research results, business plan and citizens’ needs?

Companies normally have small budgets for market research, especially in a new market that is going to be created almost from scratch. So the first benefit for everyone is that research focuses much more on understanding what citizens appreciate the most, so basically what they are ready to pay for. This is the most important starting point, if there is no will to pay there is no business and the technical research is almost useless. Then once those economic data are collected I expect task forces made by research and companies (with proven experience on this market) in order to speed up the creation and distribution of IoT devices. There is a weak point on IoT that almost nobody is talking about: those devices need a Cloud service that has a monthly cost. Is the end user ready to pay a fee on each devices? How much? Can it become a new business for TelCos?



Dr. Artemenko, ‘Best Paper’ at ADHOCHNETS 2014: ‘Design of innovative solutions'

Dr. Oleksandr Artemenko is a postdoctoral researcher at the Technische Universität Ilmenau (Ilmenau, Germany). His research interests include Computer networks security Information and Communication Technology. He won the ‘Best Paper’ award at ADHOCNETS 2014, the International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks that took place in Rhodes, Greece. In our interview, he talked to us about the biggest challenges in Ad Hoc Networks and in which way his paper contributes in his research field.

In your opinion, what were the most innovative issues discussed at ADHOCHNETS 2014?

Oleksandr Artemenko, 'Best Paper' author at ADHOCNETS 2014
Oleksandr Artemenko, ‘Best Paper’ author at ADHOCNETS 2014

The conference is very focused on ad hoc networking. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see how broad and diverse the research applications presented at ADHOCNETS 2014 are. The talks, given by the participants, touched many open research questions feeding our discussions during and after technical sessions. However, one important issue was present in almost every topic raised during the conference, whether in vehicular mobile networks or smart grids, in routing or cognitive radio: complex, flexible, dynamic networks of mobile users with unpredictable and unstable behavior represent the most challenging issues. Such networks cannot be controlled by a single entity anymore and thus require self-organization, autonomy, distributed decisions and implicit coordination. With a continuous growth of the number of devices and user demands, this problem will motivate researchers around the globe to look for innovative and groundbreaking solutions.

What is the biggest challenge for researchers in your research field nowadays?

As many academic researchers work on networks of unmanned aerial vehicles, our group is focusing on the design of innovative solutions that can support the society in various ways – monitoring, safety, rescue, entertainment, etc. However, it is a challenge to keep up with the up-to-date trends in the technology. This doesn’t necessarily mean staying behind the progress but rather being sometimes too innovative for the current industry standards. To be successful, you need to find a fine balance, a “golden ratio” between theory and practice. To support the applicability of own solutions, researchers need to invest a lot of time in testing and evaluating their approaches on real hardware platforms. However, the current unmanned aerial vehicles available on the market do not offer many opportunities. Often scientists have to develop their own platforms, which can be very time consuming.

Your paper won the Best Paper Award at ADHOCNETS 2014. What was the main contribution of ‘Validation and Evaluation of the Chosen Path Planning Algorithm for Localization of Nodes Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Disaster Scenarios’ to the field?

Our paper represents one of the first attempts to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the performance of the well-known trajectory planning approach for the path planning of flying vehicles using not only simulations but real experiments. The main contribution is represented by the unique scenario conditions (e.g., tight time constraints, walls between emitters and receivers) defined by a disastrous event as well as by the simulative and experimental evaluation using a real unmanned aerial vehicle. Furthermore, having a long time experience in working with different types of flying vehicles, we always make the raw data that we collect in our experiments publically available to provide other researchers an opportunity to test their algorithms using real data ( We hope that our example will inspire other researchers to share their experience and data with the community that can result in a fruitful collaboration.

Call for papers

CloudComp 2015 is calling for papers!

The 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing will take place in Daejeon, South Korea on October 18-20, 2015. CloudComp 2015 is now calling for papers. Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers reporting results on activities related to cloud computing. Examples of cloud services include, but are not limited to, IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).

Previously unpublished papers in English, up to 10 pages long, can be submitted through Confy by 1 June 2015. The papers must comply with the SPRINGER format.

The CloudComp Conference Proceedings will be available both in book form and via the SpringerLink digital library, one of the largest digital libraries online. Selected papers will be considered for publication in MONET (SCIE-indexed), and may be offered the opportunity to be published  in EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems.


Full Paper Submission deadline: 1 June 2015

Notification and Registration opens: 1 July 2015

Camera-ready deadline: 1 August 2015