In light of the current circumstances regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions and to prioritise participants health, the CNIT International Workshop on Connected Societies is postponed to 2021. The new dates will be announced once we will be out of the pandemic and we will know more about the subsequent travel conditions, probably during next autumn.

We all are already witnessing several changes in our everyday life due to the Covid-19 crisis. ICT technologies represent now more than ever key elements to facilitate and improve human life and work, thus enabling new ways of interacting with other people, such as smart working, virtual classes and so on. For sure, new architectures, wireless communications and networks will be defined to allow for smarter and more secure cities. This is a further stimulus for us to continue study on how the IoT technologies can positively impact on connected societies and discuss about the new findings in our Workshop in 2021!

We are happy to welcome you for 2020 CNIT International Workshop on Connected Societies (CSOC2020) – Towards smart and secure cities (former Tyrrhenian workshop) to be held on the TBD in Cagliari, Italy, in conjunction with the IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism. The Workshop aims to foster dialogue amongst professionals on the different innovation aspects required to develop smart and secure cities.

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables network objects of the most diverse types to dynamically cooperate and make their resources available in order to reach a common goal. Such a paradigm is currently revolutionizing a variety of fields, facilitating and improving human life and work. Indeed, IoT will be one of the founding pillars for a connected society, a super-smart people-centric society in which both economic prosperity and resolution of societal challenges are achieved.

The main challenge of a connected society is to develop people-centric applications, where the presence of intelligent tools can augment the capabilities of the objects in constructing a relationship with users and exploit the user preferences to construct personalized services. This leads to a variety of conflicting requirements and technical challenges for the development of a connected society: on the one side, it is required that the mechanisms to retrieve information, distribute content and manage knowledge are improved; on the other side, it is essential to deal with data protection, privacy, and access control. Moreover, it is important to define methodologies and algorithms to analyze and exploit the context in which users live and work.

The Workshop will explore advanced research issues on the topics that characterize Smart and Secure Cities, in particular:

  • Human-centric and context-aware IoT, including societal impacts and sustainable development
  • Next generation IoT architectures
  • Advanced wireless communications and networks
  • Applications, services and real implementations
  • Security, privacy and data protection

Extended versions of the best papers presented at the conference will be considered, by invitation and upon additional review, for publication in Elsevier Computer Networks journal.