Special track on the management of the Internet of Things

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is an emerging research area, which raises interesting challenges for network and service management. In the near future, operators will not only need to manage network equipment and IT services, but also a large number and variety of devices and entities, which encompass anything with a microcontroller or microprocessor attached.

Topics of interest

Papers for this special session should highlight the opportunities and challenges posed by up-and-coming IoT-related disciplines, addressing topics such as:

Characteristics of future IoT devices and IoT services

  • What are the kinds of devices that we will have to manage in 5-10 years?
  • What will be the peculiar issues that we will have to deal with in managing those devices?
  • What can we learn from case studies of early prototype systems?

IoT methodologies, tools, and approaches

  • What kind of monitoring information will we have to process?
  • What will be the bandwidth and processing requirements?
  • How autonomic can the IoT be and to what extend is explicit management still needed?
  • What features (if any) should we start investigating?
  • Can we utilize methodologies and tools currently being developed in other research areas?

Management protocols for the IoT

  • What are the requirements for managing the IoT and related novel services?
  • Can we use or adapt existing protocols to manage IoT devices or is a new set of protocols needed?
  • Are generic IoT application protocols adaptable to address the management requirements?
  • Are novel tools for designing application- or domain-specific protocols required?
  • How can constrainedness of nodes and networks be dealt with?
  • What are feasible security solutions for the management of IoT devices and services?
  • How can a life-cycle be supported that may include the reselling of IoT devices?

Business models for IoT management

  • Can we expect administrators to have system and network management skills?
  • Can an operator managing a server also manage an ice cream machine? Are operators with domainspecific skills (and perhaps no system and network management skills) needed instead?
  • What new business models can the availability of large-scale IoT management platforms open?
  • Who will manage the devices that we buy? Should consumers manage Internet-enabled devices like light-bulbs? Or should the manufacturer manage these devices?

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original contributions written in English that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers must be formatted using the IEEE 2-column format and not exceed 8 pages for full papers and 4 pages for short papers (excluding references). All papers should be submitted through JEMS at https://jems.sbc.org.br/noms2014-iot_management. Submission requires the willingness of at least one of the authors, in case of paper acceptance, to register for NOMS 2014 and
present the contribution in the special track. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.

To be published in the IEEE NOMS 2014 Conference Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore®, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions.  Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper.  For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 3 papers.  Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE NOMS 2014 Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore®.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: Jan 15, 2014 Jan 30, 2014
  • Author notification: Feb 15, 2014
  • Final paper due: Mar 01, 2014

Special Track Co-Chairs

  • Jürgen Schönwälder (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)
  • Anuj Sehgal (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)
  • Mauro Tortonesi (University of Ferrara, Italy