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

Special Session on Mobile Edge Computing for Consumer Internet of Thing

Call for Papers


The current activities in Internet of Things (IoT) are focused on architectures & protocols for efficient interconnection of things, infrastructure deployment and creation of value-added services. These activities are largely aided by cloud computing platforms which supports data analysis, management, repository, middleware, APIs etc. But cloud based IoT deployments faces challenges for supporting real time IoT services and providing better consumer experience. Responding to these consumer needs, we have started witnessing a paradigm shift. The capabilities of cloud computing platforms are being pushed to the edge of the networks paving way for Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). Due to dense geographical distribution, proximity to end-users, support for high mobility and open platform, MEC can support applications and services with ultra-low latency and improved QoS. Thus MEC is becoming an important enabler of consumer centric IoT applications and services that demand real-time operations. Standard development organizations like ETSI have also recognized the benefits IoT & MEC can bring to the consumers. Potential applications for MEC enabled IoT include smart mobility, emergency response, smart cities, video and location based analytics, edge caching and environmental monitoring. This session is proposed and organized by IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Future Directions Committee on IoT.

Within its scope, the special session solicits research and industry papers identifying research and engineering challenges in MEC enabled IoT and their solutions on following topics

  • Current and future trends in mobile edge computing (MEC)
  • Resource allocation and management challenges in MEC and IoT
  • Distributed mobile applications utilizing MEC and IoT
  • Performance evaluation of IoT and MEC test beds
  • Consumer centric IoT applications and services using MEC platforms
  • M2M data processing, management and storage at MEC platforms
  • Virtualization of MEC functionalities
  • Security, privacy and trust in IoT and MEC
  • Standards for IoT and MEC

Organizing Committee


Technical Program Committee

  • Soumya Kanti Datta, Eurecom, France
  • Peter Corcoran, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Coughlin, IEEE CE Society, USA
  • Thinagaran Perumal, UPM, Malaysia
  • Bob Frankston, IEEE CE Society, USA
  • Lee Stogner, IEEE CE Society, USAMore TPC members will be added letter.

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 26, 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2016
  • Camera-Ready: October 31, 2016

Special Session Keynote


Dr. Thomas M. Coughlin
President of Coughlin Associates

Keynote: The Memory of Cars

Abstract:  Automobiles are becoming rolling applications platforms needing computing power, networking to other cars and the cloud as well as digital memory and storage.  This talk will look at the requirements for memory as well as digital storage in automotive entertainment and navigations systems, including expectations for cars with driver assist features, security features and autonomous driving.  The evolution of memory and storage technology are key drivers for creating the deep learning capabilities required for the car of tomorrow and will create new storage hierarchies in automobiles, in edge networks and in the cloud.

Biography:  Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant.  He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with multiple engineering and management positions at high profile companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which was published by Newnes Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE (he is Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society where he is chairman of the Future Directions Committee) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (, a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.  He is a Senior member of the IEEE, Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to