Pervasive Sensing for Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Buildings

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IEEE PerCom 2018 - International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications

Athens, Greece, Monday, March 19, 2018

In order to achieve the ambitious energy and climate targets for 2050 as part of the decarbonisation goal for the European economy, significant reductions in energy usage in buildings are required. Today, the rates of construction of new buildings, as well as the rates of the renovation of existing buildings are both very low. At the same time, an outstanding activity is taking place not only in research but also in commercial areas where ICT is increasingly being embedded into the physical world. Mobile phones, smartphones, NFC, RFID, GPS, and, at a lesser scale, networked sensors, which were placed market-wise until recently as niche products, are now familiar items in our everyday lives.

In this workshop, we look into how to design, develop and evaluate systems where such devices operate in continuous interaction with their owners to identify energy inefficiencies in buildings and achieve energy gains based on intelligent management. We wish to study on how to develop eco-systems of embedded devices by fully integrating them into the Web so that citizens are guided to achieve a change in behavior and consumption practices. The interaction of such systems with social networking platforms also promises to lead to novel and exciting results.

The aim of this workshop is to collect from academic and industrial players, papers reporting original, previously unpublished research, which addresses this important field. It is evident that the creation of an innovative IT ecosystem involves significant developments in a broad range of topics, from foundational topics regarding the organization and analysis of information to papers presenting novel technological platforms for interconnecting smart sensors and intelligent devices to pilots reporting recent developments in real-world deployments. In addition, novel approaches combining advances in IoT, Fog and Cloud technologies, with techniques such as gamification to stimulate engagement and behavior change are also in the scope of this workshop.

The research being presented can come from any topic area relevant to pervasive sensing for sustainable smart cities and smart buildings including, but not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Data management and knowledge extraction
  • Novel network infrastructures
  • Fog computing and network architectures
  • 5G as an enabler for energy efficiency in Smart Cities
  • 5G communication architecture and pervasive sensing applications
  • Smart metering infrastructures
  • People-centric systems and solutions
  • Wide area management and monitoring systems
  • Networking protocols for low-power devices
  • Methodologies for studying and analyzing smart buildings’ performance
  • Optimization approaches for Big Data analytics
  • Pilot applications and experiences in both public and private buildings
  • Distributed learning for IoT
  • IoT-based gamification for behavioral change towards energy efficiency
  • Applications of gamification in IoT settings
  • IoT for Energy-related issues in Education
  • Testing methodologies for large-scale IoT experimentation
  • IoT Security and Trust Labelling

Technical Program

Session 1 (09:00 - 10:00): Towards energy savings in cities through gamification

  • A Socio-Technical System Based on Gamification Towards Energy Savings. Piero Fraternali; Francesca Cellina; Sergio Herrera; Stelios Krinidis; Chiara Pasini; Andrea Emilio Rizzoli; Cristina E.M. Rottondi; Dimitrios Tzovaras
  • ChArGED: Implementing a framework for improving energy efficiency in public buildings through IoT-enabled energy disaggregation and serious games. Nikos Dimitriou; Anastasia Garbi; Kostas Vasilakis; Manolis Nikiforakis; Sarantis Kotsilitis; Anthony Schoofs; Amr Taha; Fabian Pursche; Nikolay Deliyski; Dimosthenis Kotsopoulos; Thanasis G. Papaioannou; Cleopatra Bardaki

Coffee Break (10:00 - 10:30)

Session 2 (10:30 - 12:00): Novel applications and trends in smart cities

  • Digitizing energy savings in sustainable smart cities: Introducing a virtual energy-currency approach. Vangelis Marinakis; Christina Nikolopoulou; Haris Doukas
  • UDEPLOY: User-Driven Learning for Occupancy Sensors DEPLOYment In Smart Buildings. Roufaida Laidi; Djamel Djenouri
  • Smart Grid: a demanding use case for 5G technologies. Helen Leligou

Lunch Break (12:00 - 13:15)

Session 4 (13:15 - 15:00): Analysis of Real-world Data in Smart City applications

  • Enhancing Community Detection for Big Sensor Data Clustering via Hyperbolic Network Embedding. Vasileios A Karyotis; Konstantinos Tsitseklis; Konstantinos Sotiropoulos; Symeon Papavassiliou
  • Managing nonuniformities and uncertainties in vehicle-oriented sensor data over next generation networks. Dimitris Bitzas; Christos Tselios; Stavros Nousias; Olivier Orfila; Samantha Jamson; Pablo Mejuto; Dimitrios Amaxilatis; Orestis Akrivopoulos; Ioannis Chatzigiannakis; Aris S. Lalos; Konstantinos Moustakas
  • On Mining IoT Data for Evaluating the Operation of Public Educational Buildings. Na Zhu; Aris Anagnostopolous; Ioannis Chatzigiannakis
  • Evaluating Retailers in a Smart-buying Environment using Smart City Infrastructures. Dimitrios Amaxilatis; Kalliopi Giannakopoulou


Contributions can be analytical, empirical, technological, methodological, or a combination of these. Papers reporting strong systems engineering contributions backed by solid and appropriate evaluations are strongly encouraged. The impact of the contributions should be demonstrated in the context of pervasive computing and communications. Papers applying known techniques from other fields must clearly demonstrate substantial novelty or pervasive computing impact.

Submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication. Also, they must show a significant relevance to pervasive computing and communications. Submitted papers will undergo a rigorous review process handled by the Technical Program Committee. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered.

The IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as formatting instructions, can be found here.

Maximum of 6 pages including references, formatted in accordance with the IEEE Computer Society author guidelines.

Each accepted workshop paper requires a full PerCom registration (no registration is available for workshops only). Workshop papers will be included and indexed in the IEEE digital libraries (Xplore).

Papers can be submitted through the EDAS system

Important Dates

Paper submission: November 11, 2017 November 18, 2017

Notification: December 23, 2017

Camera Ready: January 12, 2018

Workshop Chairs

Ioannis Chatzigiannakis, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Georgios Mylonas, Computer Technology Institute & Press, Greece

Technical Program Committeee

Angelos Antonopoulos, CTTC, Spain

Athanasios Bamis, Seldera LLC, USA

Carlos L. Bento, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Fernando Boavida, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Amílcar Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Ugo Maria Colesanti, INTECS, Italy

Juan Manuel Corchado, University of Salamanca, Spain

Edward Curry, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

Cathal Gurrin, Dublin City University / Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland

Alex Gluhak, Digital Catapult, UK

Antonio Jara, UBIQUITOUS, Switzerland

Elli Kartsakli, IQUADRAT, Spain

Eli Katsiri, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Aris Lalos, University of Patras, Greece

Christos Laoudias, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Hellen C. Leligou, Technological Educational Institute of Sterea Ellada, Greece

Dimitrios Lymberopoulos, Microsoft Research, USA

Irene Mavrommati, Hellenic Open University, Greece

Paulo Novais, University of Minho, Portugal

Federica Paganeli, CNIT, Italy

Apostolis Papageorgiou, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany

Nearchos Paspalis, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus

Paolo Petta, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria

Dennis Pfisterer, DHBW Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Mannheim, Germany

Antonio Skarmeta, University of Murcia, Spain

Stefan van der Spek, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Panagiotis Trakadas, ADAE, Greece

Marco A. M. Veloso, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Andrea Vitaletti, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Artemis Voulkidis, Power-Ops, Greece

Theodore Zahariadis, Technological Educational Institute of Sterea Ellada, Greece