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

Workshop on User centric security, privacy and interoperability in the context of Internet of Things and Smart Cities

Call for Papers

Internet of Things (IoT) enables close interactions between humans and machines. As the boundary between machines and humans gets blurry, more focus is needed in order to provide security and privacy solutions that could be used by users and IoT devices in a holistic way. IoT technologies, if they are not designed and applied in a secure and safe way, can be vulnerable to many types of attacks, which can cause serious problems in the physical world. Since IoT devices are not only monitoring, e.g., through sensors, but also controlling physical objects, e.g., through actuators, the impact of security attacks can be devastating including serious safety impacts, as in the case of connected vehicles and smart healthcare. Thus, the IoT brings new challenges regarding security, privacy and mainly “trust” in case of smart cities. Having a large number of devices installed in homes, offices, busses, on the street, etc., monitoring the everyday activities of citizens raises issues regarding the privacy of the citizens and the access to sensitive information.

Moreover, Trust in the IoT world is also a challenging issue that only recently has attracted the attention of the research community. There are many open questions regarding “how trustworthy are the IoT systems in smart cities?”, “why should I trust a smart city application?”, “are the devices providing reliable information?”, “when I need to get some information from a smart city application, and how can I be ensured that this information is timely and accurate?”, “will my private information be openly distributed to anyone without my consent?”. It can be easily seen that citizens may be reluctant to use smart city systems because they do not trust them. Thus, IoT-based systems have to prove their trustworthiness to the citizens and provide the citizens clear and visible indicators of trust. In addition, which design approaches should be proposed and adopted to enhance the secure interoperability and trust among the many different systems and services, which compose a smart city?


Securing IoT devices and communication is nevertheless challenging due to the tangled involvement of human factors and interoperability issues. Together they create a unique and challenging problem space. In this workshop, we intend to discuss the security issues in IoT, particularly taking into account user centric solutions, involving usability and interoperability.


This workshop aims to encourage innovative cross-domain studies that address the challenges of secure IoT networks and applications in the presence of non-security-savvy users and devices with diverse capacities. We encourage papers that identify, model, or address the complex interplay between security, privacy, usability, and interoperability in the context of Internet of Things.


The technical topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Security and privacy challenges of interoperable and usable IoT
  • Lightweight IoT security protocols and architectures
  • Privacy enhancing and anonymization techniques in IoT
  • Trust and identity management in IoT
  • Identity Management and IoT
  • Privacy data protection in Smart Cities applications
  • Secure discovery and authentication in IoT
  • IoT Security Life cycle
  • Data Governance on IoT
  • Security and Privacy Framework for IoT Platforms
  • Access control for shared data and IoT devices
  • Case studies of new or existing IoT security technology
  • Novel architectures, protocols, or applications that achieve both security and interoperability (usability)
  • Testbeds, and experimental results in IoT domains



This workshop is supported by EU projects SMARTIE, RERUM, ARMOUR and the IEEE CSIM SIG on “Optimization of Networking Technologies for the Internet of Things”


Organizing Committee

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Technical Program Committee

  • Dr. Vangelis Angelakis, Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Henrich C. Poehls, University of Passau, Germany
  • George Oikonomou, University of Bristol, UK
  • Gyu Myoung Lee, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Dr. Mirko Presser, Alexandra Institute, Denmark.
  • Dr. Ernoe Kovacs , NEC Europe
  • Dr. Raffaele Giaffreda , CREATE-NET.
  • Dr. Domenico Rotondi. Fincons Group
  • Dr. Pedro Malo Uninova.
  • Charalampos Doukas, CREATE-NET, Italy
  • Di Yuan, Linkoping University, Sweden,
  • Ilaria Malancini, Alcatel Lucent, Germany,
  • Marios Kountouris, Huawei Technologies, France,
  • Michal Pioro, Lund University, Sweden,
  • Panagiotis Vlacheas, University of Piraeus, Greece,
  • Septimiu Nechifor, Siemens SRL, Romania,
  • Dr. Tao Ban, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
  • Cristina Basescu, ETH, Switzerland
  • Dr. Lin Chen, University of Paris.Sud 11, France
  • Pin-Yu Chen, University of Michigan, USA
  • Dr. Cheng-Kang Chu, Huawei International Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Dr. Chun-Ying Huang, National Chiao Tung University
  • Dr. Yue-Hsun Lin, Samsung Research America, USA
  • Dr. Tatsuya Mori, Waseda University, Japan
  • Dr. Pawel Szałachowski, ETH, Switzerland
  • Dr. Wenbo Shen, Samsung Research America, USA
  • Dr. Lei Wang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
  • Hao Wu, UIUC, USA
  • Dr. Shusen Yang, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
  • Dr. Fernando Terroso-Saenz, University of Murcia, Spain.
  • Jose L. Hernandez-Ramos, University of Murcia, Spain.

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


Workshop Keynotes



Dr. David Kravitz

Vice President – Crypto Systems Research, DARKMATTER


Dr. David Kravitz is Vice President of Crypto Systems Research at DarkMatter. He is involved in the provision of valuable research insights on a variety of cyber security topics including Public Key Infrastructure and developments in blockchain. He also has experience in authentication, authorisation and accounting (AAA) services.

Dr. Kravitz’s 35-year experience spans an extensive range of technological and cyber security related domains including cryptography, algorithms, protocols and systems design and evaluation. Prior to joining DarkMatter, Dr. Kravitz was a Research Staff Member with IBM Research where he was an architect of identity management, audit, and transaction privacy systems. He also oversaw the development of cryptographic constructs for next-generation ultra-high- definition content protection.

Dr. Kravitz began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA), where he “combined his exceptional skills in protocol and algorithm design with his evaluation capabilities to profoundly enhance the security posture of Communications,” as stated in the  Certificate of Achievement he was awarded by the Director of the NSA.

Subsequently, Dr. Kravitz held a position as Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, providing information surety of nuclear command & control and electronic commerce. He also held the position of Fellow of  technical Staff at Motorola, and as Principal Member of Technical Staff at BlackBerry.

Dr. Kravitz was the principal architect of blockchain Fabric Membership Services for the open-source Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, and acts as Advisory Board Member to Federal Guardian LLC, a cyber security consolidation platform.

He was Chief Scientist at Wave Systems Corp., at  Sparta Inc., and at Digital Video Express, where he was responsible for multiple designs in the areas of security system infrastructure and cryptography suitable for smart cards, content metering, compliant playback, security token keying, and watermark-based conditional access. As Vice President at Bankers Trust Electronic Commerce/CertCo, Dr. Kravitz designed a comprehensive internet payments and digital goods distribution platform.
He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering Systems from University of Southern California, and a Masters in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. During his 11-year tenure at NSA, Dr. Kravitz invented the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA), which forms one of the dozens of issued and pending patents in his name.