The 18th annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (IEEE SECON 2021)

6–9 July 2021

Virtual Conference

The 18th 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, edge computing, social networks, rural connectivity, electromagnetic fields, to name a few, encompassing topics ranging from biological communication and computing networks to uncharted wireless bands, edge intelligence, social media data exploitation, mobile data analysis and beyond 5G networking/communications aspects. Papers describing original, previously unpublished research, experimental efforts, practical experiences, as well as visionary roadmaps, in all aspects of sensor networks, Internet of Things, mobile devices,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:

  • Machine intelligence for sensing, communication, and/or networking
  • In-network processing/fog/edge computing in wireless networks Wearable computing and networking
  • Cyber-physical systems and wireless control systems
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of mobile, wireless and sensor systems
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based sensing/communications/networking (low/high altitude platforms)
  • 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
  • Intra-body networks and molecular communication networks
  • Sensing and dissemination based on social media
  • Beyond communications/networks (large/reconfigurable intelligent surfaces)
  • Next-generation wireless applications, e.g., virtual/augmented reality, autonomous driving, smart cities
  • Networking/communications solutions to face the connectivity divide in rural and low-income areas
  • Contact tracing, localization and sensing for combating the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Radio-Frequency sensing to evaluate the exposure level from personal devices (e.g., smartphones)
  • ElectroMagnetic Field measurement and evaluation in 5G and beyond
  • 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
  • Survivability and fault tolerance in disaster scenarios
  • Large scale analysis of mobile data
  • Application protocols and cross-layer design
  • Applications, platforms, and 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 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. Common sense and careful writing will go a long way towards preserving anonymity. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review. Please note that ArXiv draft submissions are allowed and reviewers will be encouraged not to actively search papers for deanonymization purposes.

Submitted papers should be written in the English language, with a maximum length limit of 9 printed pages, including all the figures, references, and appendices. Papers longer than 9 pages will not be reviewed. Use the standard IEEE Transactions templates for Microsoft Word or LaTeX formats found here. If the paper is typeset in LaTeX, please use an unmodified version of the LaTeX template IEEEtran.cls version 1.8, and use the preamble:

\documentclass[10pt, conference, letterpaper]{IEEEtran}

Do not use additional LaTeX commands or packages to override and change the default typesetting choices in the template, including line spacing, font sizes, margins, space between the columns, and font types. This implies that the manuscript must use 10-point Times font, two-column formatting, as well as all default margins and line spacing requirements as dictated by the original version of IEEEtran.cls version 1.8. A smaller font size, up to 8pt, is allowed for reference pages. You can ignore any warning of the submission system for the reference pages.

If you are using Microsoft Word to format your paper, you should use an unmodified version of the Microsoft Word IEEE Transactions template (US letter size). Regardless of the source of your paper formatting, you must submit your paper in the Adobe PDF format.

The paper must print clearly and legibly, including all the figures, on standard black-and-white printers. Reviewers are not required to read your paper in color.


  • Abstract Registration
    22 February 2021
  • Paper Submission
    22 February 2021
  • Acceptance Notification
    17 April 2021
  • Paper Final Version Due
    14 May 2021
  • Demo Submission
    28 May 2021
  • Demo Camera Ready Submission
    10 June 2021
  • Conference (online)
    6-9 July 2021