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**CFP: **The 9th IEEE Annual Information Technology, Electronics & Mobile
Communication (IEEE IEMCON 2018) Special Session on*

*Human Interactions for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things*

*   Paper Submission Deadline: August 20, 2018

*    Vancouver, Canada, November 3, 2018

*    Three-hour session full of paper presentation, panel discussion and
interaction with many renowned researchers in the field

*    Organizers:  Uttam Ghosh, Sayan Sarcar

It’s been over two decades since the Internet of Things (IoT) term was
first coined, and of late, the field is entering a new phase of rapid
expansion in all areas of business, industry, domestic and personal
gadgets. Comprising of the large diversity of interactive networked devices
as well as embedded sensors, its ability to be uniquely identifiable and
communicate and interact with other devices, objects and humans is
profound. The combination of research and development efforts both in
academia and industry in IoT has opened up new avenues of research on how
the ubiquitous connectivity can enhance our every-day lives.

Besides, cyber-physical systems comprise with software components and
physical objects which are deeply intertwined, each operating on different
spatial and temporal scales, exhibiting multiple behavioural modalities and
interacting both with each other and with users. They can interact with
data and access services using a myriad of ways that change with their
context of use. Smart grids, global environmental and disaster monitoring
systems, medical and homeland security systems as well as autonomous
transportation and automatic pilot avionics are the main applications of
cyber-physical systems. These systems are being facilitated by emerging
technologies such as the OGC’s Sensor Web Enablement (SWE), which is a
standard for enabling developers to make sensors and sensor data
repositories discoverable and accessible via the Web.

According to researchers, although the infrastructure for communications
improves, issues such as how people could interact with these technologies,
and how human agency is configured remain largely still unexplored. For
example, it becomes difficult for the network and infrastructure engineers
to figure out how the end users expect to interact with networked objects
(e.g., cars, home appliances) efficiently.  Also, it is reported in
literature that modelling interaction behaviour with IoT and cyber-physical
objects still remains difficult and fundamentally different from
human-computer interaction models developed so far. Thus, designing and
validating such interactions as well as designing effective user interfaces
to improve the usability and usefulness of such devices are particularly

This special session at IEEE IEMCON 2018 conference (
aims to shed light on aforementioned issue and articulate three main design
challenges with humans in the loop: (i) the need for a comprehensive
understanding of the complete spectrum of the types of interaction
modalities, (ii) the need for extensions to system identification or other
techniques to derive design models from human experiences, and (iii)
determining how to incorporate such models into the HCI design
methodologies, but also the engineering of the underlying interactions
between the physical and software components.

This special track will provide a forum for researchers and user experience
designers to share recent research results on the convergence of
human-centered design, Cyber-Physical System and IoT, ranging from
overviews, proof-of-concepts, modelling interactions, to UI designs.

Topics include, but not limited to:

·        HCI design theories and methods and how they apply to
cyber-physical systems

·        Interaction with networked physical objects with embedded sensors

·        Human-data interaction with IoT objects; smart city apps and
services; machine-learning algorithms

·        Innovative approaches to smart city services design in the context
of IoT and cyber-physical systems

·        User research and empirical studies on interactions with
cyber-physical systems

·        Examples of cyber-physical systems and smart services from
automotive systems, aerospace systems, digital health information systems,
manufacturing and industrial control systems (e.g. smart factory, Industry
4.0), farming and agriculture, energy systems, playable cities

·        Novel interaction technology and models for cyber-physical systems

·        Interactions and visualization of data in the physical space (e.g.
data physicalization)

·        Ethical, privacy and usability concerns around interactions
between humans and cyber-physical systems

We are also currently finalizing agreements with a journal publisher for a
special topics issue on this special session theme. A selected set of
accepted top quality position papers may have their authors invited to
submit full papers to that special issue. Details will be finalized before
the IEEE IEMCON 2018 conference.

*Session Chaired and Organized by *

Dr. Uttam Ghosh, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA,
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Dr. Sayan Sarcar, University of Tsukuba, Japan, [log in to unmask]

*Submission Paper Categories *

*Regular* Paper – 7 pages maximum (3 additional pages allowed but at an
extra charge)

*Short* Paper (Work-in-Progress) – 6 pages maximum (2 additional pages
allowed but at an extra charge)

*Poster* – 5 pages maximum

Regular papers should present novel perspectives within the general scope
of the conference. Short papers (Work-in-Progress) are an opportunity to
present preliminary or interim results. Posters are intended for ongoing
research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial
applications/projects presentations.  The IEEE templates in Microsoft Word
(US Letter) and LaTeX format can be found at :

*Important Dates *

Full Paper Submission: 20th August 2018

Acceptance Notification: 3rd September 2018

Final Paper Submission: 17th September 2018

Presentation Submission: 20th October 2018

Session: 3rd November 2018


At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the session and all
participants must register for the conference.


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