IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things
05-08 February 2018 – Singapore

Call for IoT Topical Area Proposals

Proposals in the Topical Areas should address suggestions for speakers, panel discussions, roundtables, presentation sessions on focus topics, demonstrations of novel or important technologies, and events with other formats that may be effective for furthering the involvement and participation of the attendees.

IoT Focus Topical Areas

  • Security and Privacy Regimes for IoT
    IoT applications and solution address a broad set of security and privacy requirements. These range from casual uses such as entertainment to critical systems that can have a profound impact on society. The explosion in the number of connected devices poses a significant challenge for IoT Security and the WF will address implications of these in the context of the full life cycle for security architectures and approaches.
  • Block Chains and Applications to IoT
    The relatively new technology behind block chains promises to create new offerings in the IoT space that dis-intermediate many of the current business models that require third party aggregators to function. The track on Block Chains is intended to provide information about developments in this new area and practical examples of applications that can benefit from the technology.
  • Automation and Artificial Intelligence
    A significant fraction of the value from IoT results from aggregated data, with many sources; to generate new knowledge and make fact based decisions. In this setting Analysis Techniques, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Algorithms, play an important role. The WF will focus on the experience from IoT deployments and the challenges in achieving high levels of Automation in practice.
  • Best Practices, Standards, and Open Source
    The economics of IoT solutions depend on the ability to operate at scale with common components and common infrastructure that work in the same way anywhere in the world. To achieve such scale it is important to create practices, standards, and de-facto mechanisms such as open source that result in long-lived protocols and interfaces. At the same time there are significant technical challenges in developing new technologies that work across verticals and can reliably deal with the complexity inherent to IoT. The objective of the sessions on this subject is to identify areas where the IEEE can most effectively contribute to effective development of horizontal platforms and frameworks.
  • Policy and Regulation
    Applications in the IoT space are likely to involve multiple parties that contribute to end-end functionality and performance. They are also likely to touch on aspects of data rights, privacy, security, ownership, and on the obligations and responsibilities of the service providers and intermediate parties, as well as the rights of users and customers. Governments and regulators play a significant role in how such issues are resolved so that the benefits of IoT technologies can be enjoyed by society in a fair way. The objective of the track is to create a forum for identifying such issues and to serve as a step in identifying regimes and models for resolving the issues that are likely to impede the acceptance and uptake of IoT.

Security and Privacy Regimes for IoT

  • Critical Systems
  • Connected devices for IoT Security
  • Security Life Cycle
  • Frameworks

Block Chains and Applications to IoT

  • Electronic Cash and Payment System
  • Bitcoin & Altcoins
  • Proof-of-Work
  • Auditing in Electronic Payment
  • Smart Contract and Financial Services
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Distributed Consensus
  • Applications of Blockchain


  • Accountable Anonymity
  • Fraud Detection and Forensics
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Reputation Systems

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

  • Machine Learning
  • Data aggregation based on fact driven decision making
  • Artificial Intelligence Algorithms
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Metrics and Measures
  • Applications of AI
  • Case Studies of Automation in IoT deployments

Best Practices, Standards, and Open Source

  • Creating standards
  • Interoperability, Open Source, integration
  • Cloud and Fog Computing for IoT
  • Privacy and Security
  • Big Data Analytics and visualization
  • Infrastructure and backbone
  • New IoT Business models
  • Governance, Risk and Regulatory Compliance
  • R&D and Best practices for the Future direction of IoT

Policy and Regulation

  • Technical enforcement of legal IoT regulations, service level agreements, mutual legal assistance requests, and other instruments
  • Privacy and security in cloud services and IoT
  • Internet of Things: data sharing, threats, liability, audit and compliance concerns for cloud-supported IoT, fog and edge computing
  • Application of cloud computing in regulated sectors
  • Emerging cloud and infrastructure
  • service models (X as a Service)
  • Issues concerning the interaction between cloud and IoT technologies, and big data and machine learning
  • Emerging cloud technologies (decentralized clouds: cloudlets, droplets; containment mechanisms)
  • Compatibility issues between regulation and technical implementation
  • Cybercrime: phishing, malware and spam proliferation within cloud computing and IoT
  • Encryption, security technologies and responsibility
  • Issues of surveillance in cloud and IoT architectures
  • Anti-discrimination, human rights, privacy and power issues with cloud and IoT
  • Interaction between cloud and IoT and consumer-facing business models, including the transformations towards crowd labor, algorithmic decision-making and automation


Instructions for Submissions and Proposals:

The proposals should clearly identify the specific Topical Areas addressed. Please also clearly identify the format for the session (talks, panels, interviews, roundtables, demonstrations of latest IoT solutions, working groups on specific subtopics, etc). If you are suggesting a speaker, please provide a short biography and a short narrative of why their participation is important. The presentation materials from the Conference Focus Sessions will not be published in the conference proceedings. The presentation material will be posted on the conference Website and where appropriate will be recorded and the recording made available. The material for this portion of the conference should be suitable for a general audience of industry, public sector, and technology developers.

  • Security and Privacy Regimes for IoT
  • Block Chains and Applications to IoT
  • Automation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Best Practices, Standards, and Open Source
  • Policy and Regulation

How to Submit

Conference proposals must be marked and submitted electronically:

Important dates for IoT Conference Focus Topical Areas

IoT Track proposal submissions Due Date: 10 October 2017
Proposal Acceptance notification: 20 October 2017