The 17th annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (IEEE SECON 2020)

June 22-25, 2020

Como, Italy

The 17th annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON) will provide a unique forum to exchange innovative research ideas, recent results, and share experiences among researchers and practitioners in wireless and mobile communication networks. The conference aims to serve as the reference exhibit for state-of-the-art research supported by implementation and insights gained on all scales of experimental systems, network architectures, components, and protocols.

Looking beyond current sensing, communication, and networking paradigms, IEEE SECON continues to emphasize pioneering cross-disciplinary work as its signature footprint in the contemporary research landscape. Towards that end, SECON encourages work that falls at the intersection of traditional sensing/networking and new disciplinary areas including (but not limited to) machine intelligence, data analytics, distributed computing, social networks, physics, biology, and new devices, to name a few, encompassing topics ranging from biological communication and computing networks to uncharted wireless bands, edge intelligence, and social media data exploitation.

Papers describing original, previously unpublished research, experimental efforts, practical experiences, as well as visionary roadmaps, in all aspects of sensor networks, Internet of Things, mobile devices, and wireless communication are solicited. Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless and mobile sensing systems in challenging media (e.g., underground, underwater, space)
  • Internet of Things, Nano-Things and Bio-Nano-Things
  • New communication paradigms, such as Terahertz communications and optical wireless communications
  • Machine intelligence for sensing, communication, and/or networking
  • In-network processing/fog/edge computing in wireless networks
  • Intra-body networks and molecular communication networks
  • Unmanned aerial systems; robotic wireless networks
  • Wearable computing and networking
  • Social media exploitation for sensing and dissemination
  • Cellular communications and data networks, including 5G and beyond
  • Next-generation applications enabled via wireless, such as virtual/augmented reality, autonomous driving, smart cities
  • Low-power and energy limited sensing and communications
  • Measurement of wireless and sensor systems, and novel experimental testbeds
  • Software-defined and programmable networks
  • Cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of mobile, wireless and sensor systems
  • Survivability and fault tolerance in disaster scenarios
  • Application protocols and cross-layer design
  • Testing platforms for city-scale evaluation of new sensing systems


Papers should neither have been published elsewhere nor be currently under review at another venue. All papers for IEEE SECON 2020 must be submitted via the conference submission page. Each submission must be no longer than 9 pages and in font size no smaller than 10 points. Submissions that violate the formatting guidelines will be rejected without review. Further instructions on the expected format for submissions will be communicated later.

All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through *double-blind* reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review. ArXiv draft submissions are allowed and reviewers will be encouraged not to actively search papers for deanonymization purposes.

To be published in the IEEE SECON 2020 conference proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore®, one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate. The paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference, unless the TPC co-chairs grant permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance. The designated presenter should be qualified to both present the paper and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. Only IEEE Xplore®-compliant papers received by the camera-ready deadline can appear in the proceedings. 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 SECON 2020 conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore® as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

The organizers of IEEE SECON 2020 as well as our attendees expect accepted papers to be presented at the conference. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore®) if the paper is not presented at the conference.


  • Abstract Registration: January 7th, 2020
  • Paper Submission: January 12th, 2020 (firm)
  • Acceptance Notification: March 9th, 2020
  • Paper Final Version Due: March 23rd, 2020
  • Conference: June 22nd to 25th, 2020


IEEE SECON 2020 will take place at the Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy. The theatre is one of the neo-classic gems in Northern Italy and internationally renowned for its artistically unique façades and interiors. Como is widely known for its beautiful lake, within walking distance from the venue, and dramatic scenery set against the foothills of the Alps. The city is also home to Renaissance architecture and offers numerous attractions, including a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate.


General Chairs

  • Luca Mottola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy and RI.SE SICS Sweden)
  • Gian Pietro Picco (University of Trento, Italy)

Program Committee Chairs

  • Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Sung-Ju Lee (KAIST, Korea)
  • Cecilia Mascolo (University of Cambridge, UK)