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CPSCOMHISCPS 2019 : Human Interactions for Softwarized Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSCOMHISCPS)


When Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019
Where Atlanta, USA
Submission Deadline Apr 14, 2019
Notification Due May 12, 2019
Final Version Due Jun 2, 2019

Call For Papers


12th IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing

Special Session on
Human Interactions for Softwarized Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSCOMHISCPS)



Cyber-physical system (CPS) refers to the next generation of engineered system that requires tight integration of cyber world (computation and communication systems) and man-made physical world to achieve stability, security, reliability, robustness, and efficiency in the system. The manmade physical world includes buildings (homes, schools, offices, factories, etc.), utility networks (electricity, gas, water, etc.), transportation networks (roads, railways, airports, harbors, etc.), transportation vehicles (cars, rails, planes, etc.) healthcare systems, information technology networks, and so on.

With the proliferation of new services, programmability and reconfigurability, resource efficiency, and security posture makes a revolutionary improvement in networking. In light of that Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) together assure unprecedented improvements in database and distributed applications, emerging beneficiaries are the enterprise and carrier networks, both wired and wireless.

Although the infrastructure for communications has improved a lot, issues such as how people could interact with these technologies, and how human agency is configured still remain largely unexplored. It is reported in literature that modeling interaction behavior with cyber-physical objects remains difficult and fundamentally different from human-computer interaction (HCI) models developed so far. Thus, designing and validating such interactions as well as designing effective user interfaces to improve the usability and usefulness of such devices are particularly challenging.

This special session at The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyber Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom-2019) ( aims to discuss various topics across multiple abstraction levels as well as specific implementation approaches. Additional focus will be given to areas related to the role of data mining and machine learning in modeling and deploying secure and trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems. Furthermore, it will shed light on articulating three main design challenges with humans in the loop: (i) the need for a comprehensive understanding of the complete spectrum of the types of interaction modalities, (ii) the need for extensions to system identification or other techniques to derive design models from human experiences, and (iii) determining how to incorporate such models into the HCI design methodologies, but also the engineering of the underlying interactions between the physical and software components.

Given the strong interest in both industry and academia in the softwarization of CPS, this special session aims to provide a forum for researchers and user experience designers to share recent research results on the convergence of human-centered design and CPS software, ranging from overviews, proofs of concept, modeling user tasks and interactions, to testing UI (User Interface) designs.

Topics include, but not limited to

- HCI design theories and methods and how they are applied to CPS
- User interaction with networked physical objects with embedded sensors
- Modeling human-data interaction in CPS using machine-learning
- User research and empirical studies on interactions with CPS
- Examples of CPS and smart services from automotive systems, aerospace systems, digital health information systems, manufacturing and industrial control systems farming and agriculture, energy systems, playable cities
- Design methods and processes of Cyber-Physical System interfaces
- Novel interaction strategy and models for softwarized CPS
- Interactions and visualization of data in the physical space (e.g. data physicalization)
- Ethical, usable privacy, usability and user experience concerns around interactions between humans and CPS interfaces
- Availability and resilience of virtualized software-defined systems
- Supporting adaptation and flexibility in softwarized networks
- Dynamic resource scaling based on user mobility in SDN- and NFV-based systems
- Policy based management in SDN or NFV systems
- QoS/QoE management and control in softwarized networks
- Applying Blockchain technologies for softwarized networks
- Software-defined Mobile Ad Hoc Networks with Trust Management
- SDN framework for wireless network virtualization
- Wireless virtualization controller design for mobile devices

Journal Publication

We are also currently finalizing agreements with a journal publisher for a special topics issue on this special session theme. A selected set of accepted top-quality papers may have their authors invited to submit full papers to that special issue. Details will be finalized before the IEEE CPSCOM 2019 conference.

Session Chaired and Organized by

Uttam Ghosh, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA,
Sayan Sarcar, University of Tsukuba, Japan,
Al-Sakib Khan Pathan, Southeast University, Bangladesh,

Submission Paper Categories

Regular papers should present novel perspectives within the general scope of the conference. Short papers (Work-in-Progress) are an opportunity to present preliminary or interim results. Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/ projects presentations. The IEEE templates in Microsoft Word (US Letter) and LaTeX format can be found at:

Please submit your paper via the submission site and select the special session of "Human Interactions for Softwarized Cyber-Physical Systems" marked with "CPSComHISCPS".

Paper submission is also considered as a declaration that the same paper has not been accepted or published before or has not been submitted elsewhere for review. Original papers with sufficient technical merit are sought.

Important Dates
Paper Submission Due: Feb 01, 2019
Acceptance Notification Due: Apr 01, 2019
Final Manuscript Due: Jun 01, 2019


At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the session and all participants must register for the conference.

Please send your inquiries to: or or

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