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 We are seeking for original, previously unpublished work, addressing key issues and challenges in the social and mobile connected smart objects arena.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Authors are encouraged to submit papers describing original and unpublished research, not currently under review in other venues, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all aspects of mobile computing, social networks,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
  • 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
TU Darmstadt, Germany
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

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