TCPS Special Issue on Internet of Things – Call for Papers


ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS)

Special Issue on Internet of Things

Guest Editors

Wei Zhao, University of Macau

Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to become a global networking infrastructure for cyber-physical systems. Technically, the IoT is an emerging paradigm that seamlessly integrates through a large amount of smart objects interlinking the physical and the cyber worlds and keeping them in a tight and continuous interaction. As such, while the envisioned paradigm will need to address significant complexity, the IoT is an exciting, broad, and nascent area spanning a multitude of scientific research communities as well as several areas of applied industrial research and development. With the introduction of this exciting new paradigm, a variety of new problems and challenges present themselves. Traditional Internet approaches are insufficient to solve these unprecedented issues.

This special issue focuses on the technical issues we face when designing, engineering, deploying, and maintaining the IoT. We seek high-quality and unpublished papers that push research in all the facets of the IoT. Contributions may present and solve open technical problems, integrate novel solutions efficiently, and focus on the performance evaluation and comparison with existing standards. Both theoretical and experimental studies are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following broad categories in IoT research and development:

  •     Intelligent sensors and actuators for homes, buildings and infrastructures
  •     Real-time control and optimization
  •     Distributed, networked and collaborative systems
  •     Big data and real-time data processing
  •     Communication protocols and implementation
  •     Design-time synthesis and verification
  •     Modeling and analysis of physical components and environment
  •     Modeling, analysis and integration of human activities
  •     Security and privacy issues
  •     Fault tolerance in critical buildings and infrastructures
  •     Energy efficiency in homes, buildings and infrastructures
  •     Practical deployment and case studies

Submissions on how (proposed) IOT technology supports practical cyber-physical systems are also encouraged.


  •     Full paper submission deadline: July 1, 2016
  •     First author notification: November 15, 2016
  •     Revised paper due: January 15, 2017
  •     Final author notification: February 28, 2017
  •     Expected publication: Summer, 2017

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