Internet Computing for Smart Cities, including IoT Security/Privacy – Call for Papers


Final submissions due: 1 June 2018
Publication issue: January/February 2019

 Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 1 May 2018:

Guest editors: Barry Leiba (Internet Messaging Technology) and Maarten van Steen (University of Twente).

The city of tomorrow is a smart city. It is equipped with sensors that measure the daily movements of its citizens, the pollution of its air and water, and the quality of its roads, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks. A smart city dynamically regulates its traffic, guides its visitors to interesting events and places, and advises its travelers which public transportation to choose based on real-time information. The different parts work as a system, collecting, aggregating, and analyzing that information to provide automation and services and to anticipate people’s needs like never before.

With a wealth of information on its inhabitants and their physical and social environments, a smart city may also feel like Big Brother, invading our privacy as it scrutinizes our whereabouts and behaviors.

In this special issue, we are seeking contributions that explore the role of Internet Computing for smart cities. We are interested in contributions that report on experiments with sensors and actuators forming the Internet of Things for smart cities, that explore security and privacy issues, and that explain the role of Big Data. We hope to consider system-wide effects as well as discrete applications, and to look at how we can make the smart cities of tomorrow useful and helpful, as well as safe and secure.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • sensing and actuation infrastructures for smart cities
  • systems that can integrate many pieces into a smart city
  • privacy and security engineering of the Internet of Things
  • smart-city safety and security management
  • handling big city data
  • smart transportation
  • crowd monitoring and management
  • programming smart cities
  • visualization and other types of feedback of smart-city dynamics

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. Please note that each figure counts as 250 words, as part of the word count. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC’s international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne ( to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC‘s Author Center and upload your submission.