Special Sessions

Special Session proposals are invited; these should include title, synopsis, at least one confirmed attendee (who will have to cover their conference registration and travel costs). Special Sessions typically have an extended introduction or overview presentation. Proposals should be sent to the attention of the Special Session Chair.

Special Sessions Chair:
Alessandro Depari

Deadline: September 15, 2017

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Special Session #1: Sensing technologies for a Smarter City

Organizers: Stefano Rinaldi, Ph.D. (University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy): stefano.rinaldi@unibs.it

Synopsis: A Smart City is a set of strategies based on the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for improving the management of city assets. Smart cities should be considered as systems of people interacting each other through flows of energy, materials, services and funds to achieve sustainable economic development, resilience, and high quality of life. These flows and interactions become smart through a strategic use of ICT infrastructure and services in a process of transparent urban planning and management that is responsive to the social and economic needs of society. The target is to create a widespread network of sensors that can be used to measure, control and manage the flows of energy, people and services in Smart Cities, using existing technologies and infrastructures. The relevant challenges include device interoperability, data integrity, cyber-security, node identification, network self-organization and management, user privacy, user interface, data storage, and data processing. 

The aim of this Special Session is to investigate the challenges of sensing technologies for Smart City applications, including (but not limited to) urban security, smart energy and smart grids, smart buildings, smart metering, intelligent transportation systems, and environmental monitoring.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Cloud-based computing for control system
  • Distributed computing and fog computing
  • Ambient assisted living
  • Smart sensors
  • Cognitive Buildings
  • Communication infrastructure for sensors
  • Applications of sensor networks to smart cities
  • Wake-up Radios (WUR)
  • Network self-organization
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Traditional and e-vehicle communications: vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communication system


Special Session #2: Special Sensing Applications and Innovative Industrial Sensing

Organizers: Marco Mugnaini, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, marco.mugnaini@unisi.it
Ada Fort, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, ada.fort@unisi.it
Valerio Vignoli, University of Siena Dept. of Information Engineering and Mathematics, Italy, valerio.vignoli@unisi.it 

Synopsis: Industrial development is experiencing an incredible push by means of the introduction of sensing technologies present in different exploitation fields and bended to new contexts. This new path has forced researchers to modify sensing technologies for new challenges developing new physical-chemical models and to study additional sensors failure modes.  

This special session will welcome any contribution concerning the description of new industrial sensing technologies even inherited from different application fields and opportunely customized to satisfy new contexts requirements. Additionally (but not limited to), reliability safety and maintenance criteria or studies are welcome.       

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Sensing industrial applications 
  • Sensing chemical modeling 
  • Sensing reliability availability and safety
  • Sensing Physical modeling
  • Harsh sensing systems
  • Multiple technologies application sensing 
  • IOT sensing


Special Session #3: Printed sensors: device, techniques, and applications

Organizers: Mauro Serpelloni, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy mauro.serpelloni@unibs.it     

Synopsis: Printed sensors represent a growing market. In the future, a high demand for sensors integrated on any substrate with arbitrary size and shape is envisaged. In this regards, printed technologies are a viable solution for the design and fabrication of sensors on several substrates. Printed sensors are adopted in many applications, from human-machine interfaces to biomedical sensing. These sensors benefit from the latest materials and technologies in printed electronics enabling the possibility of obtaining an integration of sensors and electronics.

Accordingly, this special session focuses on physical, chemical, biological, etc., sensors that can be fabricated on 2D or 3D substrates that could be flexible or stretchable by a printing technology such as screen printing, inkjet printing, aerosol jet printing, etc. 

Papers reporting works about printed sensors applications, printing technologies, smart sensor devices, sensor fabrication/printing and testing for industrial, biomedical or other fields are invited.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Printed sensor applications
  • Flexible/stretchable electronics
  • Biocompatible sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Printed sensor system
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Screen printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Aerosol jet printing
  • Hybrid printed electronics

Special Session #4: Sensor network based on Low Power Wide Area Networks 

Organizers: Prof. Seung Ho Hong , Hanyang University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea
Prof. Paolo Ferrari, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

Synopsis: Thanks to Internet of Things many new technology are rising in the last years. Among them, the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies are gaining a huge popularity because of their extreme scalability. The realization of private distribute measurement infrastructure is now a concrete possibility and systems with millions of nodes are foreseen. Moreover, transparent connection of LPWAN to internet will open new scenarios for the implementation of feature extraction from data sent by intelligent sensors. 
The session will bring together all the innovative ideas and technologies about Low Power Wide Area Network applied to sensor, sensor systems, distributed measurements systems in the field of civilian and industrial applications.. 

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Efficient design and implementation of scalable sensor systems based on LPWAN
  • Supporting service level virtualization for LPWAN sensor networks
  • Integration of LPWAN into sensor systems with heterogeneous network architecture
  • LPWAN for robust and predictable sensor systems in Industrial IoT applications oriented to Industry 4.0
  • Enabling of predictive maintenance by means of sensor with LPWAN communication
  • Fault tolerant systems based on LPWAN backup sensors mechanism
  • Distributed measurement systems based on LPWAN infrastructure
  • Case studies of LPWAN based sensor systems or measurement systems

Special Session #5: Sensors and systems for biomedical applications

Organizers: Cécile Belleudy, University of Nice, Nice, France, cecile.belleudy@unice.fr
Alessandro Depari, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy, alessandro.depari@unibs.it

Synopsis: In the last decades, an increasingly demanding population required the provision of better and better health services. Advances in integrated circuit technology and sensing techniques allowed a pervasive use of sensor systems in different fields of modern biomedical engineering, such as measurement and monitoring devices, bio-signal processing, system control and so on, leading to the concept of eHealth. More recently, the large success of smart devices (smartphones, wearables…), incorporating sensors and computational/communication capabilities, was the key point for the development of a wide broad of applications for healthcare, ranging from simple fitness activity loggers to more complex systems for vital sign monitoring and physical rehabilitation assessment. These technologies, referred as mHealth, are already contributing to reduce the costs of healthcare systems as well as to improve the citizens’ quality of life.
The purpose of this special session is to gather works in the very wide field of eHealth, mHealth and IoT (Internet of Things) applied to healthcare, in order to provide and share updates on research progress.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Transducers and electronic interfaces for the acquisition of physiological signals
  • Signal processing algorithms for health parameter evaluation
  • Wearable, implantable, and miniaturized smart devices
  • Healthcare telemetry and telemedicine
  • Mobile computing for health status monitoring and remote diagnosis
  • Smart device applications for health and wellness
  • IoT and M2M advances in healthcare
  • Industrial and clinical applications of measurement in medicine

Special SESSION #6: Power-efficient sensors systems for Smart Sensing

Organizers: Prof. Alain Pegatoquet, University of Nice, Nice, France, alain.pegatoquet@unice.fr•    
Dr. Michele Magno, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, michele.magno@iis.ee.ethz.ch

Synopsis: Today sensors technologies are gaining popularity, with people surrounded by many sensor devices. Low power sensing devices, pushed by the wave of Internet of Things (IoT), are becoming increasingly complex systems that combine hardware, microcontrollers, sensors, memory, energy, and data storage, software, firmware, and connectivity in a myriad of ways. For this reason sensors devices are becoming more and more "smart" processing the data close to the sensors self rather than send the raw data remotely. Low power design aims to build power efficient sensing systems to provide continuous data monitoring, acquisition, processing, and classification of the data in-site. This Special Session emphasizes the challenges, issues, and opportunities in the research, design, and engineering of energy efficient sensing, focusing on techniques, strategies, and algorithms applied to real-application achieving intelligent sensors; also, this Special Session welcomes contributions in deployments, in-field tests, and measurements of low-power devices. All submissions must be original and not previously published.

Submissions are welcomed on (but not limited to):

  • Power management algorithms for energy harvesting smart sensing systems
  • Experiences of real-world sensing applications and in-field deployments
  • Innovative mobile sensing applications
  • New hardware and sensing platforms for logging data in real application scenario
  • Reprogrammable and reconfigurable sensing systems especially smart cameras
  • Low-power machine learning for sensors data, video processing and context recognition
  • Semantic technologies for interoperability and context awareness
  • Smart-X applications involving sensing and control
  • Ultra-low power communication and wake up radio devices for energy efficient sensors devices
  • Experiences from real-world low-power IoT applications and deployments


To submit to a Special Session, click here and select the Special Session you would like to submit to as your Topic.