Call for Papers

We are pleased to invite you to the 3rd “Cloud of Things” (CoT16) workshop in conjunction with the 12th International Intelligent Environments Conference in London, United Kingdom on 12th September 2016. This workshop will continue to explore the synergy offered by combining the Internet of Things, Web services, Cloud Computing, Smart Sensing and Environments and embedded computing which are often discussed separately, each at their own specialist conference. However, practical deployments of these system are likely to be 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, Web services, Cloud Computing, Intelligent Environments and embedded computing 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 vibrant London to discuss the opportunities for research that this these exciting developments offer.

As such the coverage of this workshop is relatively broad and covers topics such as (but not limited to, we encourage submissions to any area that has relevance to the CoT):

  • Personalisation techniques
  • End-user programming techniques
  • Pervasive health applications
  • Software Tools
  • System framework architectures
  • Digital Ecosystems
  • Virtual and mixed realities
  • Social issues
  • Business models
  • Education
  • Internet-enabled Embedded systems


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

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). Selected authors will be invited to submit expanded papers to the free Open Access EAI Transactions on Future Intelligent Educational Environments. The format of the papers should adhere to the IOS publication guidelines. If you are interested some other type of submission, please contact the organizers.

Proceedings (Papers)

The workshop is IN COLLABORATION with CS’16 consisted of 6 peer-reviewed papers and 2 SciFi-Prototypes published by IOS Press. The six papers are available as follows:

  1. “StemXel: Interactive Structure for Adaptive Design” – Basak Sakcak, Hankun Zhang, Edoardo Giancola, Martin Huba, Alejandro Reya, Pier Alessio Rizzardi (TCA Think Tank, The Condition of Architecture Research Group, STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism Magazine, l’ARCA International, Zarcola Studio – Italy)
  2. “Dark Future Precedents: Science Fiction, Futurism and Law” – Michael Bennett, Brian David Johnson (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law & The Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University)
  3. “From Imagination to Innovation: A Creative Development Process” – Hsuan-Yi Wu, Vic Callaghan (National Taiwan University & The University of Essex, UK)
  4. “i-Ribbon: Social Expression through Wearables to Support Weight-loss Efforts” – Nan Yanga, Gerbrand van Hout, Loe Feijs, Wei Chen, Jun Hu (Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Obesity Centre, Catharina Hospital, Netherlands & the Department of Electronic Engineering, Fudan University, China)
  5. “Diegetic Innovation Templating” – Ping Zheng, Vic Callaghan (Canterbury Christ Church University & The University of Essex, UK)
  6. “Creative Prototyping as an Inter-Dimensional Portal Between Disciplines” – Tiina KYMÄLÄINEN (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) *KEYNOTE TALK*

The Venue

CoT’16 will be a workshop of the International Intelligent Environments conference, IE’16, located in the beautiful vibrant city of London.

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

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