The 5th Cloud-of-Things Workshop (CoT’18)


Call for Papers

We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper to the 5th “Cloud of Things” (CoT18) workshop in conjunction with the 14th International Intelligent Environments Conference in historic City of Rome, Italy, 25-28 of June 2018.

This workshop will to explore the synergy offered by combining the user-centric approach to Internet of Things, Web services, Cloud Computing, Smart Sensing and embedded computing which are often discussed separately, each at their own specialist conference. However, practical deployments of these systems are likely to be applying combinations of techniques from these hitherto separate research areas; the Cloud-of-Things workshop is an opportunity to bring together researchers from these areas to enable them to discuss the issues in a more holistic way so as to identify possibilities for synergy and cross-fertilization.


The next wave of Internet applications, will move beyond managing data to empower people to  interact with the physical world which forms the essential fabric of our lives. It promises to facilitate connecting everything in a person’s life from bathroom scales through cookers to cars (facilitating smart-homes and cities), through environmental sensing (enabling government, company and citizen led enterprises) all of which have the potential to have a massive impact on society as a whole. There are formidable challenges in delivering this vision that vary from technology to sociology and political issues. The key technology enablers of this new wave of internet applications are the Internet of Things, Cloud/Fog/Edge Computing, networks, Web Services, Intelligent Environments and heterogeneous embedded devices, which are often research as separate topics. In order to provide an opportunity for researchers from the often  diverse research communities involved to meet and explore research synergy, we have organized this workshop which we have labelled the “Cloud of Things“.

Concerning financial drivers,  some estimates suggests that this market could be worth between 22 billion and 50 billion dollars (made up of some 16 billion connected devices) by 2020. These figures seem plausible as there are already said to be of the order of 8 billion embedded-processors and around 1 billion smart phones produced each year, Thus, we believe this workshop is timely and invite you to join us in historic City of Rome to share knoweldge and discuss the opportunities for research that this these exciting developments offer. This year we will be focusing on three broad areas, namely IoT sensing and networks, data analytic and IoT Intelligent Systems.  As such the coverage of these areas is relatively broad, we encourage submissions to any area that has relevance to the CoT (but not limited to):

    • Special Track: Sensing and Networks
      • IoT Sensor array data – sensing,  processing and mapping
      • Data centric approach: Intelligent networks with SDN/NFV for energy efficiency
      • Energy Efficient and Harvesting systems
      • Cloud, Fog, Edge Computing ecosystems
      • Nework Middleware and Management
      • Virtual Overlay Networks
      • Trust, Privacy and Security on Personal Area Networks
    • Special Track: IoT and Big Data Analytic:
      • Data optimisation and Machine Learning algorithms
      • Big Data on Hadoop and Spark
    • Special Track: IoT and Intelligent Systems:
      • Intelligent Iot automation systems
      • IoT, Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) and Micro Aerial vehicles (MAV)
      • Innovative Personalised IoT applications
      • User-Centric Ubiquitous Healthcare Applications
      • End-user programming techniques and IoT applications
      • Software Tools
      • Virtual and mixed realities
      • Disaster resilience systems
      • Natural hazards and health care systems
      • Disaster recovery and reconstruction

Workshop Co-Chairs

Prof Vic Callaghan
University of Essex
vic  at
Jeannette Chin
Anglia Ruskin University
jeannette.chin at
Alin Tisan
Anglia Ruskin University
alin.tisan at

Special Track Chairs

Shabnam Sadeghi-Esfahlani Anglia Ruskin University
Nebil Achour  Anglia Ruskin University
Kamal Ahmed University of Peshawar

Proceedings: all papers accepted in the Workshops program will be published as a volume of the Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series by IOS Press, and made electronically available through ACM Digital Library. These Proceedings will be submitted for indexation by the Conference Proceedings Citation Index from Thomson Reuters (CPSI-S).

CoT18 best papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a Special Issue on IEEE Transactions journal (to be confirmed soon).

Important Dates

      • Submission deadline: 1st March 2018
      • Notification of acceptance: 5th April 2018
      • Final Version Submission: 15th April 2018

Format of Submissions

Your paper should be no more than 10 pages (for full papers) or 6 pages (for short papers).  Workshops Proceedings published by the Open Access Book Series “Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments” are indexed in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index by Thomson Reuters (CPSI-S).  The format of the papers should adhere to the IOS publication guidelines.

Papers should be submitted to online system


The Venue

CoT’18 will be a workshop of the International Intelligent Environments conference, IE’18, located in the beautiful historic city of Rome.

More information on the venue, including tourism, travel and hotels  can be found on the main conference website (