Call for Papers

Internet of Things, smart cities and edge/fog computing are representative examples of modern ICT paradigms that aim to describe a dynamic and global cooperative infrastructure built upon objects intelligence and self-configuring capabilities; these connected objects are finding their way into vehicles (smart-cars), urban areas (smart-cities), and infrastructure (smart-grid).

Objects need to be smart, with enough intelligence to perform required operations. On the one hand, the objects should be able to deal with the possibly unpredictable and intense mobility and can wirelessly communicate with each other in a reliable and secure way. On the other hand, these objects must be socially aware, as we have witnessed a big growth in provisioning social network services including messaging, gaming, advertising, recommending, commercing, and content sharing on mobile objects.

The HotSALSA workshop focuses on experiences with the design, implementation, deployment, operation, and evaluation of novel systems for smart objects and the social aspects of these systems in the emerging cooperative environments. We are seeking for original, previously unpublished work, addressing key issues and challenges in the social and mobile connected smart objects arena.

Topics of Interest

  • App concepts and algorithm design for mobile social applications and systems
  • Drone coordination and aerial communication
  • Interaction between mobile devices and cars
  • Location- and tracking-based mobile services and social networking
  • Measurement of social aspects in mobile systems and applications
  • Mobile centric social networking
  • Mobile edge/fog computing and networking
  • Mobile online advertising and payment
  • Pervasive and ubiquitous mobile social services
  • Playful social interaction: game, entertainment, and multimedia in mobile applications
  • Reputation, incentives, and economics in mobile systems
  • Security and privacy in mobility-aware mobile social networks
  • Sensors and data collection for social networking applications
  • Smart cities and urban applications
  • Social aspects of Mobile AR/VR
  • User behavior analysis in mobile applications
  • Wearable devices and computing


Authors are encouraged to submit papers describing original and unpublished research, not currently under review in other venues, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all aspects of mobile computing, social networks, or the intersection of both. In particular, innovative, early-stage ideas and preliminary results are welcome. The length of the paper must be no more than 6 pages in the IEEE double-column format, including references. The first page must contain an abstract, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). Each submission will receive at least three independent, single-blind peer reviews from the program committee. At least one of the authors of every accepted paper must register and present the paper at the workshop. The program committee will select one paper for the Best Paper Award. Selected papers will be invited to IEEE Multimedia Communications - Frontiers, special issue on Social and Mobile Connected Smart Objects.

Import Dates

  • Submission deadline: December 30, 2018 January 24, 2019 (Firm)
  • Notification of acceptance: February 22, 2019
  • Camera-ready due: March 10, 2019



General Co-Chairs

Pietro Manzoni
UPV, Spain
Claudio E. Palazzi
University of Padua, Italy

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Lin Wang
VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stephan Sigg
Aalto University, Finland

Publications Chair

Armir Bujari
University of Padua, Italy

Publicity Chair

Daniele Ronzani
University of Padua, Italy

Steering Committee

Yang Chen, Fudan University, China
Mario Gerla, UCLA, USA
Pan Hui, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lei Jiao, University of Oregon, USA
Yang-Dar Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Pietro Manzoni, UPV, Spain
Max Mühlhäuser, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Jörg Ott, TU Munich, Germany
Claudio E. Palazzi, University of Padova, Italy
Alessandra Sala, Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland

Technical Program Committee

Mónica Aguilar Igartua, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Syed Hassan Ahmed, Georgia Southern University
Andrés Arcia-Moret, University of Cambridge
Luca Bedogni, University of Bologna
Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna
Armir Bujari, University of Padua
Carlos Calafate, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Claudia Campolo, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria
Juan-Carlos Cano, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Claudio Casetti, Politecnico di Torino
Aaron Yi Ding, Delft University of Technology
Huber Flores, University of Helsinki
Anna Förster, University of Bremen
Yacine Ghamri-Doudane, University of La Rochelle
Enrique Hernández-Orallo, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Ahmed Khaled. Northeastern Illinois University
Valeria Loscrí, INRIA Lille-Nord Europe
Daniel Macedo, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Dario Maggiorini, University of Milano
Johann Marquez-Barja, University of Antwerpen - imec
Silvia Mirri, University of Bologna
Antonella Molinaro, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria
Edjair Mota, Federal University of Amazonas
Michele Nitti, University of Cagliari
Riccardo Petrolo, Rice University
Ionnis Psaras, University College London
Nicholas Race, Lancaster University
Weixiong Rao, Tongji University
Giuseppe Ruggeri, University of Reggio Calabria
Ridha Soua, University of Luxembourg
Anna Maria Vegni, Roma Tre University


14:00 - 14:05: Openning

Chairs: Pietro Manzoni, Claudio Palazzi, Lin Wang, Stephan Sigg

14:05 - 15:00: Keynote

Title: Towards Millimeter-scale Human Activity Sensing with Wi-Fi Signals: Theory and Applications
Speaker: Prof. Daqing Zhang (Télécom SudParis and CNRS, France)
Abstract: In this talk, I will introduce the Fresnel zone model as a new theoretic basis for non-intrusive human sensing with Wi-Fi signals. Different from the traditional pattern-based and learning-based approaches for contactless human sensing, the proposed Fresnel Zone Model based sensing theory not only explains why any object motion in physical space would lead to wavelength-scale variation patterns in the received wireless signals, but also reveals the sensing limit of wireless signals. Building on the Fresnel Zone Model and the frequency diversity of WiFi signals, millimeter-scale human activity sensing could be achieved. Various applications such as human respiration monitoring, gesture recognition and human vitality tracking have been implemented to demonstrate the power of the proposed theory.
Bio: Daqing Zhang is a full professor at Institut Mines-Télécom/Télécom SudPais, and CNRS, France and a Fellow of IEEE. He initiated and led the research in Smart Home, Healthcare/Elderly care and context-aware computing from 2000 to 2007 at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. He was the founding head of Connected Home Lab (2003-2004), the founding head of Context-Aware Systems Department (2004-2007) at I2R, Singapore. Dr Zhang’s research interests include context-aware computing, mobile computing, big data analytics and pervasive elderly care. He has published over 260 technical papers in leading conferences and journals, where his work on context model is widely accepted by pervasive computing, mobile computing and service-oriented computing communities. His research work got over 13,500 citations with H-index of 55 (according to Google Scholar as of March 2019). He is the winner of the Ten Years CoMoRea Impact Paper Award at IEEE PerCom 2013, the Honorable Mention Award at ACM UbiComp 2015 and 2016, the Best Paper Award at IEEE UIC 2015 and 2012 and the Best Paper Runner Up Award at Mobiquitous 2017 and 2011. He served as the general or program chair for 15 international conferences, giving 22 keynote talks in various international events. He is the associate editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, and the Proceeding of ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT). He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy in 1996.

15:00 - 15:30: Session 1

IoT Services Deployment over Edge vs Cloud Systems: a Simulation-based Analysis
Claudio Savaglio and Giancarlo Fortino (University of Calabria, Italy); Giuseppe Di Fatta (University of Reading, UK); Giuseppe Campisano (University of Calabria, Italy)
Learning with Vertically-Partitioned Data, Binary Feedback, and Random Parameter Update
Le Nguyen Ngu Nguyen and Stephan Sigg (Aalto University, Finland)

15:30 - 16:00: Break

16:00 - 17:00: Session 2

Engaging Communities in Public Safety via Social Media
Shafaq B Chaudhry and Murat Yuksel (University of Central Florida, USA)
Art Scene Investigation: discovering and supporting cultural heritage conservation through Mobile AR
Irina Rosete Polyakova, Giulia Maglieri, Silvia Mirri, Paola Salomoni and Rocco Mazzeo (University of Bologna, Italy)
On exploiting acoustic sensing and citizen science in a game for biodiversity monitoring and awareness
Catia Prandi (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute & University of Bologna, Italy); Jardim Nunes (University of Madeira, Portugal); Valentina Nisi (University of Madeira, Italy); Pedro Loureiro (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Crowd-sensing Images to Understand Citizens' Emotions, Issues and Interests
Roberta De Michele, Marco Furini and Manuela Montangero (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

17:15 - 17:45: Session 3

Beam Alignment and Tracking for Autonomous Vehicular Communication using IEEE 802.11ad-based Radar
Guillem Reus Muns (Northeastern University, USA); Kumar Vijay Mishra (Technion, Israel); Carlos Bocanegra (Northeastern University, USA); Yonina C. Eldar (Technion, Israel); Kaushik Chowdhury (Northeastern University, USA)
A Secure, Lightweight, and Privacy-Preserving Authentication Scheme for V2G Connections in Smart Grid
Kuljeet Kaur and Sahil Garg (École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada); Georges Kaddoum (ETS Engineering School, University of Québec, Canada); Francois Gagnon (Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada); Syed Hassan Ahmed (Georgia Southern University, USA); Mohsen Guizani (University of Idaho, USA)
BEE-DRONES: Energy-efficient Data Collection on Wake-Up Radio-based Wireless Sensor Networks
Angelo Trotta, Marco Di Felice and Luciano Bononi (University of Bologna, Italy); Enrico Natalizio (University of Lorraine/Loria, France); Luca Perilli, Eleonora Franchi and Tullio Salmon Cinotti (University of Bologna, Italy); Roberto Canegallo (ST Microelectronics, Italy)

17:45 - 17:50: Closing

Previous Editions


  • HotPOST 2018, co-located with IEEE INFOCOM 2018, Honolulu, HI, USA, April 16, 2018
  • HotPOST 2017, co-located with IEEE ICDCS 2017, Atlanta, GA, USA, June 5, 2017
  • HotPOST 2016, co-located with ACM MobiHoc 2016, Paderborn, Germany, July 5, 2016
  • HotPOST 2015, co-located with ACM MobiHoc 2015, Hangzhou, China, June 22, 2015
  • HotPOST 2014, co-located with IEEE ICDCS 2014, Madrid, Spain, June 30, 2014
  • HotPOST 2013, co-located with IEEE ICDCS 2013, Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 8, 2013
  • HotPOST 2012, co-located with IEEE ICDCS 2012, Macau, China, June 18, 2012
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  • SMARTOBJECTS 2018, co-located with ACM MobiHoc 2018, Los Angeles, CA, USA, June 25, 2018
  • SMARTOBJECTS 2017, co-located with ACM MobiCom 2017, Snowbird, UT, USA, October 16, 2017
  • SMARTOBJECTS 2016, co-located with ACM MobiCom 2016, New York, NY, October 3, 2016
  • SMARTOBJECTS 2015, co-located with ACM MobiCom 2015, Paris, France, September 7, 2015