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SPAN 2017 : SPAN 2017-The Four International Workshop on Sensor, Peer-to-peer and SociAl Networks


When Jan 26, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017
Where Silicon Valley, CA
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2016
Notification Due Sep 30, 2016
Final Version Due Oct 20, 2016
Categories    sensor networks   peer-to-peer (p2p) networks   social networks.

Call For Papers

SPAN 2017
The Four International Workshop on
Sensor, Peer-to-peer and SociAl Networks

In conjunction with The 2017 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications
ICNC 2017, Silicon Valley, USA, January 26-29, 2017

Workshop Paper Submission Link:

Workshop Scope

SPAN 2017 aims to attract attention from the research community to the interplay of algorithmic tools and techniques in the collective fields of Sensor, P2P and Social Networks. Smart, wireless, networked sensors will soon be all around us, collectively processing vast amounts of previously unrecorded data to help run factories, optimize farming, monitor the weather and myriad other applications. It is clear that wireless sensor networks will become as important as the Internet, capable of routing application-specific data across a wireless mesh, ad hoc peer-to-peer network in which they organize themselves and assist each other in transmitting data. These advances made in the area of sensor networks will naturally have a profound impact on our understanding and operation of traditional Peer-to-peer (P2P) systems which are widely used in today's Internet. The confluence of ideas driving sensor and P2P systems is expected to be intensified by social networks. By attracting more than half a billion users worldwide, social networks provide a new venue of innovation with many challenging and practical research problems. In particular, as time evolves, P2P and future sensor network applications will necessarily need to involve social information to enhance the user’s experience.

SPAN 2017, aptly named for its goal, is organized with the objective of bringing together researchers working on the intersection of Sensor, Peer-to-Peer (P2P), and Social Networks to present and discuss their latest research results and ideas, thereby promoting the development and SPANning the evolution of this combined body of knowledge. All submissions enabling cross-pollination of ideas on P2P, Sensor and Social Networks related to design, simulation, security, analysis and measurement are welcome. We highly encourage novel and innovative previously unpublished work, even reporting work in early stages. Topics revolve around the interplay of algorithms, tools and techniques applicable in sensor, p2p and social networks and include, but are not limited to:

- Social network analysis techniques applied to P2P, Sensor and distributed computing systems
- Socially informed Sensor/P2P infrastructures
- Social Network-inspired systems and designs for P2P and Sensor
- P2P and Sensor Network-based social networking architectures
- Socially Aware Sensor/P2P Overlay architectures and topologies
- Evolution of P2P and social communities and systems
- Reputation, incentives, and economics in P2P/Sensor/Social systems
- Mobile P2P and social networking systems
- User behavior analysis and modeling in Social Networks and applications to P2P and Sensor networks
- Cloud and Big Data issues related to SPAN
- Decentralized Social Networks Applications
- Graph theoretic analysis of Sensor, P2P and Social networks
- Security, privacy and anonymity issues in SPAN
- Policy enforcement, participation incentives, trust, and reputation
- Cooperation, incentives, and fairness in SPAN.
- P2P, sensor and social network economics

Papers accepted for the SPAN 2017 workshop will be, after being presented at the workshop, included in the proceedings to be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore and indexing by EI Compendex.

Important Dates:

When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017
Where: Silicon Valley, USA
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016
Notification Due: September 30, 2016
Final/Camera-Ready Version Due: October 20, 2016

Organizing Committee:

Narasimha Shashidhar, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA,
Lei Chen, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, USA,

Tentative List of Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members

Dr. Peter Cooper, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Yuan Feng, Ocean University of China
Dr. Feng Hong, Ocean University of China
Dr. Chris Kadlec, Georgia Southern University
Dr. Chadi Kari, Bridgewater State University
Dr. Lixin Li, Georgia Southern University
Dr. Qingzhong Liu, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Hassan Takabi, University of North Texas
Dr. Rakesh Verma, University of Houston
Dr. Shaoen Wu, Ball State University
Dr. Ming Yang, Kennesaw State University
Dr. Qing Yang, Montana State University
Dr. Shengli Yuan, University of Houston-Downtown
Dr. Lian Liu, University of Kentucky
Dr. Hayden Wimmer, Georgia Southern University

Submission Guidelines

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format via the SPAN 2017 Workshop portal on the EDAS paper processing submission website. IEEE templates for LaTeX and Microsoft Word, as well as related information, can be found at the IEEE Digital Toolbox web page. Authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another workshop, conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all areas of Sensor/P2P and Social Networks. The organizing committee of ICNC reserves the right to not review papers that either exceed the length specification or have been submitted or published elsewhere. Papers should be submitted as PDF files, using the IEEE Computer Society proceedings format (two column, 10 point, single-spaced, US Letter, no margin smaller than one inch). The maximum length of the papers should be 5 pages including tables and figures with up to 2 over-length pages. Extra pages are charged $150 per over-length page. Each submission will receive at least three independent blind reviews from the TPC. All submissions will be evaluated using a double-blind review process. To ensure blind reviewing, papers should be anonymized by removing author names and affiliations, as well as by masking any information about projects and bibliographic references, etc. that might reveal the authors' identities. Papers that are not properly anonymized will be rejected without review. Submitted papers should describe original and previously unpublished research and are not allowed to be simultaneously submitted or under review elsewhere. Specifically, all paper submissions will receive between 3 and 5 reviews each; while all papers will receive at least 3 reviews, papers of sufficient quality will undergo a second reviewing phase. To be published in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented at the workshop. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 2 papers.

Author Instructions

Please follow the author guidelines at

Workshop papers should be submitted via EDAS at the workshop page:

If you have any questions or concerns, please write to us at or

Contact Information for Workshop Organizers:

Narasimha Shashidhar
Sam Houston State University, P.O. BOX 2090
Huntsville, TX, USA
Phone: (936) 294 – 1591
Fax: (936) 294 – 4312

Lei Chen
Georgia Southern University, P.O. BOX 8150
Statesboro, GA, USA
Phone: (912) 478-4848
Fax: (912) 478-7883

The format for the workshop, accepted papers and the invited speaker will be announced soon. Please let us know if you need any further information from us. We look forward to your contributions!

Short biography of Workshop Organizers

Dr. Narasimha Shashidhar received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from The University of Madras in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 2004 and 2010, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. His research interests include Cryptography, Information Hiding, Steganography, Electronic Voting and Security, Peer-to-Peer/Sensor Networks and Context-aware pervasive communication. He was a part of the Voting Technology and Research Center (VoTeR) at the University of Connecticut where he advised the State of CT on the security and deployment of electronic voting machines. He has over 25 conference/journal publications and also serves in the editorial advisory/review board and the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of a number of books, journals and conferences.

Dr. Lei Chen received his B.Eng. degree in Computer Science and Applications from Nanjing University of Technology, China, in 2000, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Auburn University, USA, in August 2007. He joined the Department of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University in 2007 as Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in August 2013. He was also the Graduate Coordinator for all three master programs offered by the department. Dr. Chen joined the Department of Information Technology at Georgia Southern University in August 2015. Dr. Chen's research interests focus on network, information, cloud, and Big Data security, digital forensics, and mobile, handheld and wireless security. His extended research reaches the areas of computer networking, multimedia networking, network routing, and artificial intelligence. He was a graduate research assistant for 5 years at Auburn University and worked as Vodafone Research Fellow during his Ph.D. study. He has authored/co-authored more than 85 peer-reviewed scholarly works as journal papers, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers. His edited book "Wireless Network Security: Theories and Practices", published by Springer (U.S.) and Higher Education Press (HEP), was released in May 2013. He has secured more than $150,000 to support his research.

Planned Format for the Half-Day Workshop


9:00 am

Introduction to the workshop
Workshop goals and process
Introduction of participants

9:15 am
Session 1 (3 presentations)
10:30 am
Coffee break
10:45 am
Session 2 (3 presentations)
12:00 pm

Workshop Adjourn

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