IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
12-14 December 2016 // Reston, VA, USA

Special Session on Emerging Technologies for Software Defined Internet of Things: Challenges and Expectations

Call for Papers

IoT is confidently seen as a transformation to our everyday life, attributable to the recent advancement in sensing, communication, networking and big data technologies, etc. This introduces new devices to be potentially deployed broadly and at extremely large scale. Due to this, there has been a tremendous growth in data traffic coupled with high adoption rate of mobile devices in recent years. This has introduced numerous problems and challenges such as the heterogeneity, complexity of data and device managements, QoS and QoE support, scalability and security issues etc. Traditional network management approaches and Network Management Systems (NMS) have a few shortcomings in relation to the new demands of IoT and can hardly overcome these challenges. Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) can be seen as emerging technologies to tackle the large number of heterogeneity and complexity in IoT. All these emerging technologies have become an important enabler for IoT applications and services that require real time operations e.g. in industrial automation, connected vehicles etc. However, synergizing IoT with these technologies introduces many challenges.
This special session examines the evidence of the emerging technologies growth, the challenges it poses, as well as the consequent perspectives from which solutions need to be considered. The session aims to bring together representatives from various network operators and key vendors, experts from various multidisciplinary industries and academia to share their views on the challenges and expectations of the emerging technologies for SD-IoT.
The technical topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • SDN/NFV architectures, applications, and use cases
  • IoT enabling technologies and protocols
  • IoT and MEC applications and services
  • Use cases for SDN/NFV and IoT
  • Theoretical foundations of SDN/NFV networks
  • SDN/NFV based service orchestration
  • Softwarization of IoT devices
  • Current and Future trends in IoT
  • Reliability of virtualized network functions
  • Virtualization of MEC functionalities
  • Performance evaluation metrics IoT, SDN, NFV and MEC
  • Deployment challenges in MEC and IoT
  • Resource allocation and management challenges in SDN, NFV and IoT
  • Standardization efforts and initiatives for SDN, NFV, MEC, IoT


Organizing Committee


  • Stefano Giordano, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece

Technical Program Committee>

  • Baek-Young Choi,  University of Missouri,
  • Chan, Mun Choon, National University of Singapore,
  • Rajeev Shorey, TCS Innovation Labs,,
  • Inseok Hwang, Austin Research Laboratory,
  • Alex Sprintson, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A&M University,
  • Sonia Fahmy, Purdue University,
  • Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia, University of Toronto,,
  • Junehwa Song, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
  • Bahk, Saewoong, Seoul National Universtiy,
  • Ravinder Shergill, TELUS Communications Inc.
  • Jeffrey D. Tew,Chief Scientist, TCS Innovation Labs – Cincinnati
  • Patrick Hung,, Faculty of Business and Information Technology
  • Philip Brighten Godfrey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
  • Nick McKeown, Stanford University,
  • Andreas Terzis, Johns Hopkins University,
  • Zhenzhong Chen, Wuhan University, china,
  • Abdur Rahim, Create-Net, Italy
  • Antonio Manzalini, Telecom Italia,
  • Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna, paolo.
  • Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan,
  • Kostas Choumas, University of Thessaly, Greece,
  • Giacomo Morabito, University of Catania
  • David Lake, Cisco Systems Inc,
  • Eduardo Jacob, University of the Basque Country,
  • Josep Mangues, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC),
  • Siamak Azodolmolky, Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG),
  • Tina Tsou, Huawei,
  • Nick Feamster, Princeton University,
  • Thierry Turletti, INRIA,
  • Shui Yu, Deakin University
  • Alex Galis, University College London
  • Akram Hakiri, ISSAT Mateur
  • Cintia Borges Margi, Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Raj Jain, Washington University
  • Ramon Casellas, CTTC
  • Peter Mueller, IBM Research – Zurich
  • Min Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.,
  • Ashar Ganjali, University of Toronto,
  • Eliezer Dekel, Huawei ERC.

Paper Submission Guidelines

All final submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages. See conference web page for instructions here>>


Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2016 August 25, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2016
  • Camera-Ready: October 31, 2016