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LastMileS 2020 : Workshop on Last-mile Challenges and Standardization Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure


When Jan 7, 2020 - Jan 7, 2020
Where Bengaluru, India
Submission Deadline Nov 8, 2019
Notification Due Nov 29, 2019
Final Version Due Dec 13, 2019
Categories    smart infrastructure   standardization   communications   networking

Call For Papers

Workshop on "Last-mile" Challenges and Standardization Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure

Workshop Date: Tuesday, 7th January 2020


The world is undergoing an unprecedented pace of urbanization; and if present trends continue, the world urban population will rise at a phenomenal rate in the next few years. This rapid scale of urbanization will need smarter, sustainable cities based on smart infrastructure that are able to effectively and efficiently manage city utilities and services for its citizens. Electric grids, water distribution systems, transportation systems, communication infrastructure, waste treatment plants, commercial buildings, hospitals, homes, and education centers are existing vital facilities and infrastructure components that shape the liveability standard of a city. In the future, newer infrastructures and services will also bring benefits and create opportunities of added value to its citizens. An efficient and effective management of these existing and new city-wide systems’ requires digital transformation ​and harmonization ​of its traditional infrastructure.


The 3rd edition of LastMileS workshop, ​to be held in conjunction with ​COMSNETS 2020, is a cross-cutting forum where technology, techno-commercial and governance aspects will converge under the overarching theme of “Last-mile Challenges and Standardization Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure​”. LastMileS will bring together researchers, practitioners, smart-city stakeholders and thought-leaders, in a collaborative discussion mode, to present their latest innovations in the area of an appropriate “last-mile” communication, networking, and data transfer framework; with a deep focus on enabling digital transformation and harmonization of smart infrastructure to help bring down the CAPEX and OPEX in the upcoming smart cities deployments around the world.

The workshop format will include invited talks and peer-reviewed paper presentations. Hence, we welcome submissions that provide a systems approach to smart infrastructure; which address the complex interplay of various technical aspects within the “last-mile” service delivery purview at large scale​. While the work may not necessarily be addressed at large scale, however, the scope of the idea and solutions must be able to address the last-mile problems at large scale. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on experimental results of deployed systems, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, and innovative applications; with a clear focus on standardization elements.

Topics of interest include, but are not strictly limited to:

- Practical experiences from “large-scale, city-wide” deployments, measurements, case studies, and applications
- System design/architectural nuances and best practices for “large-scale city-wide” deployments
- Interoperability and harmonization challenges in “large-scale city-wide” systems, and standardization models
- “Last-mile” system (i.e., device, network, topology, data, configuration, mobility, and fault) management and troubleshooting at “large-scale”
- Programming and debugging methodologies at “large-scale”
- Dependability, adaptation, intermittency, and assembly methodologies at “large-scale”
- Trust, security, privacy, and authentication methodologies at “large-scale”
- Energy harvesting/scavenging methodologies and best practices for “decade long” operational life-time
- Middleware design methodologies for “large-scale” systems
- Edge-driven computing models and light-weight virtualization for heterogeneous data traffic and QoS requirements

Two types of submissions are solicited:

Full papers: ​Maximum length of 6 pages, including title, author list, abstract, all figures, tables, and references. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper.

Vision abstracts: Extended abstract that offers a future vision for a research and standardization direction in this space, of maximum length of 3 pages. The abstract should include title, author list, narrative (the vision statement), and references. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the workshop and participate in a future visions session. The session will include short talks by authors of accepted abstracts, followed by discussion.

Submission Guidelines

- LastMileS invites submission of original work not previously published, or under review at another conference or journal.
- Submissions (including title, author list, abstract, all figures, tables, and references) must be no greater than 6 pages in length for Full papers​, and must be no greater than 3 pages in length for Vision abstracts​. A minimum number of 3 pages are required.
- Reviews will be single-blind​: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission.
- Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines as given on IEEE Website; and those that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed.
- All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the LastMileS workshop submission site on EDAS.
- All workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) will appear in conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Papers can be submitted through EDAS:

Important Deadlines

Submission Due 8th November 2019, 11:59 pm AoE
Notification of Acceptance 29th November 2019
Camera Ready Due 13th December 2019
Mock Presentation 21st December 2019
Workshop 7th January 2020

TPC Members

Ravishankar Chamarajnagar, VMWare, USA
Arpan Chattopadhyay, IIT Delhi, India
Sumit Darak, IIIT Delhi, India
Susan Elias, VIT Chennai, India
Mohammad Asadul Hoque, East Tennessee State University, USA
Shubham Jain, Old Dominion University, USA
Paul Mitchell, University of York ,UK
Mukulika Maity, IIIT Delhi, India
Smruti Ranjan Sarangi, IIT Delhi, India
Rajshekhar Sunderraman, Georgia State University, USA
Bernd-Ludwig Wenning, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

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