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M4IoT 2020 : 7th International Workshop on Middleware and Applications for the Internet of Things


When Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020
Where Delft, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline Sep 2, 2020
Notification Due Sep 28, 2020
Final Version Due Oct 16, 2020

Call For Papers

7th International Workshop on Middleware and Applications for the Internet of Things (M4IoT 2020)
At the 21th ACM/IFIP International Middleware Conference
December 7-11, 2020 | Delft, The Netherlands

- Paper submission: September 2, 2020 (AoE, GMT-12)
- Author notification: September 28, 2020
- Camera-ready copies: October 16, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating new services and applications across various domains, including smart electricity grids, intelligent transportation, healthcare, smart homes, and energy management. As a consequence, a complex ecosystem of interconnected applications, services, and physical/virtual devices, with a high degree of heterogeneity, emerges. Such heterogeneity can be addressed by middleware platforms to abstract away the specificities of these devices, promote interoperability among them, and leverage the development of services and applications. In this ecosystem, enabled by middleware, devices share contextual data or receive control commands; services consume, process, and/or provide data; and applications leverage services and devices to fulfill users' needs.

The International Workshop on Middleware and Applications for the Internet of Things - M4IoT focuses on two fundamental components in such ecosystems, namely (i) the middleware to compose applications, services, and devices and (ii) the applications built atop such middleware. Central topics of interest include the design, implementation, and operation of these components and how they process data and communicate with each other.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to.:
Abstractions and API composition for IoT applications
- Design and specification of views, abstractions, and APIs for IoT applications, sensors, and devices
- Middleware concepts enabling end-users to interconnect devices and applications
- Architectural concerns for building IoT applications
- Integration of IoT devices with cloud and edge resources as well as ensuing interaction patterns
- Composition and interoperability of IoT services

Software Engineering for IoT applications
- Development methodologies, tools, and experience
- Speed of prototyping and ease of deployment of user-programmable content

Services and infrastructure for IoT applications
- Cloud-, edge-, fog-, and mobile cloud-based services for IoT
- Data management for IoT (storage and analytics)
- Design of IoT platforms and experience of using IoT platforms
- Distribution of services and applications over sensors, mobile devices, edge, fog, and cloud resources
- Semantic Web services for IoT
- Discovery and capability matching services
- Simulated IoT infrastructure and testbeds

Processing paradigms and services
- Stream processing and distributed event-based systems
- Complex event processing for IoT
- Intelligent data transformation services

Quality aspects
- Security and privacy
- Quality of Context capabilities
- System-wide quality concerns, such as performance, availability, and dependability
- Energy-awareness and Green IoT

M4IoT 2020 seeks two kinds of paper submissions:
- Regular research papers (up to 6 pages) describing original, substantial contributions in research and/or practice
- Position papers and experience reports (up to 4 pages) describing emerging results, lessons learned, and open problems from concrete applications or novel ideas and perspectives on research

The page limits include abstract, all figures, tables, and references.
Along with the paper, authors are encouraged to submit additional material (e.g., a link to a YouTube video) on a separate page which will not be published as part of the proceedings.
All papers should follow the ACM Standard Proceedings Template ( for formatting and be submitted in PDF format via the HotCRP submission system (

All submitted papers should describe original work and not be published or under review anywhere. The papers will be judged on the basis of their clarity, relevance, originality, and contribution. All accepted and presented papers will appear at the M4IoT 2020 Proceedings, which will be available at the ACM Digital Library. Proceedings of previous editions of the M4IoT workshop are available at

Important: The COVID-19 situation is being closely monitored. Following the lead of Middleware 2020, all accepted papers will be published. The workshop itself may either run as an in-person event in Delft or as a virtual event.

Workshop Co-chairs
- David Bermbach (TU Berlin, Germany)
- Everton Cavalcante (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
- St├ęphane Delbruel (Leuven University, Belgium)
- David Eyers (University of Otago)

Program Committee
To be defined

Any inquiries or further information can be found at or via e-mail to

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