The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After evaluating the current COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to transform the in-person component of IEEE SSC 2020 into an all-digital conference experience – IEEE SSC 2020 will now be an online event. Therefore, IEEE SSC 2020 will no longer take place in Bologna, Italy and will instead take place virtually.

The workshop date remain the same, 14 September 2020. Proceedings will not be cancelled, and publications will continue as planned.

in conjunction with the 6th IEEE Conference on Smart Computing (SmartComp)

June 22, 2020 September 14, 2020

Bologna, Italy

Technical Program

Each presentation will be 12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions and answers. Please, go to for presenter instructions.

Session 1

Pierfrancesco Bellini; Davide Nesi; Paolo Nesi; Mirco Soderi – Federation of Smart City Services via APIs

Jonathan H Fink – Digital City Testbed Center: Using campuses to evaluate smart city issues in the Cascadia region of the U.S. and Canada

Karen Bakker; Raymond Ng; Rosemary Knight; Alan Mackworth; Jim Leape; Max Ritts – Innovation in environmental governance: Digital technologies and dynamic resource management

Neha Singh; Bipendra Basnyat; Nirmalya Roy; Aryya Gangopadhyay – Flood Detection Framework Fusing The Physical Sensing & Social Sensing

Leonardo Pelonero; Andrea Fornaia; Emiliano Tramontana – From Smart City to Smart Citizen: rewarding waste recycle by designing a data-centric IoT based garbage collection service

Francesca Righetti; Carlo Vallati; Giuseppe Anastasi; Giulio Masetti; Felicita Di Giandomenico – Failure management strategies for IoT-based railways systems

Session 2

Sergio Saponara; Abdussalam Elhanashi; Alessio Gagliardi – Exploiting R-CNN for video smoke/fire sensing in antifire surveillance indoor and outdoor systems for smart cities

Roberto Spina; Andrea Fornaia; Emiliano Tramontana – VSEW: an early warning system for volcanic and seismic events

Carlo Scaffidi; Giuseppe Tricomi; Salvatore Distefano; Antonio Puliafito – Continuous Green² Waves for Surfin Smart Cities

Carmine Bourelly; Luca Gerevini; Roberto Simmarano; Alessandro Bria; Luigi Ferrigno; Claudio Marrocco; Mario Molinara; Gianni Cerro; Mattia Cicalini; Andrea Ria – A preliminary solution for anomaly detection in water quality monitoring

Pierfrancesco Bellini; Daniele Cenni; Paolo Nesi – Anomaly Detection on IOT Data for Smart City

Bipendra Basnyat; Neha Singh; Nirmalya Roy; Aryya Gangopadhyay – Design and Deployment of a Flash Flood Monitoring IoT: Challenges and Opportunities


A smart city represents an improvement of today’s cities both functionally and structurally, that strategically utilizes many smart factors, such as information and communications technology (ICT), to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while ensuring citizens’ quality of life and health. Cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” with which citizens interact daily: street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. Moreover, a continuous monitoring of a city’s status occurs through sensors and processors applied within the real-world infrastructure.

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept imagines all these objects being “smart”, connected to the Internet, and able to communicate with each other and with the external environment, interacting and sharing data and information. Each object in the IoT can be both the collector and distributor of information regarding mobility, energy consumption, air pollution as well as potentially offering cultural and tourist information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities, including but not limited to:

  • computing and sensing infrastructures
  • cost (of node, energy, development, deployment, maintenance)
  • communication (security, resilience, low energy)
  • adaptability (to environment, energy, faults)
  • data processing (on nodes, distributed, aggregation, discovery, big data)
  • distributed data collection and storage in Smart Cities
  • self-learning (pattern discovery, prediction, auto-configuration)
  • deployment (cost, error prevention, localization)
  • maintenance (troubleshooting, recurrent costs)
  • applications (both new and enjoying new life)
  • smart users experience
  • trust and privacy
  • crowdsourcing, crowdsensing, participatory sensing
  • cognition and awareness
  • cyber-physical systems
  • smart tourism

Submission Guidelines

Paper submissions should be no longer than 6 pages with a font size of 10 using the IEEE conference template. Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files. All submitted papers will be subject to single blind peer reviews by Technical Program Committee members and other experts in the field. All presented papers in the conference will be published in the proceedings of the conference and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Authors are requested to first register their submissions and submit their manuscripts in PDF format via EDAS (please, select the “6th Workshop on Sensors and Smart Cities (SSC 2020)” track during submission process). Note that at least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the workshop to present the paper. Failure to present the paper at the workshop will result in the withdrawal of the paper from the Proceedings.

Important dates

Paper Submission: 22 March 2020 extended to 15 May 2020
Acceptance Notification: 16 June 2020
Camera-ready submission: 30 June 2020 extended to 15 July 2020

Organizing Committee

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Dario Bruneo, University of Messina, Italy

Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy

Publicity Chair:

Giovanni Cicceri, University of Messina, Italy

Technical Program Committee:

Arianna Brutti, ENEA, Italy
Michele Colajanni, University of Modena, Italy
Fabrizio De Vita, University of Messina, Italy
Riccardo Di Pietro, University of Catania, Italy
Essia Hamouda Elhafsi, California State University San Bernardino, USA
Luca Ferretti, University of Modena, Italy
Francesco Longo, University of Messina, Italy
Mirco Marchetti, University of Modena, Italy
Giovanni Merlino, University of Messina, Italy
Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Riccardo Petrolo, KMLE, Italy
Carlo Puliafito, University of Pisa, Italy
Francesca Righetti, University of Pisa, Italy