Call for Papers

We have a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the PAPELE 2017, Workshop onĀ Protocols, Applications and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments, held in conjunction with the 15th IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management (IFIP/IEEE IM 2017), Lisbon, Portugal, May 8-12, 2017. The workshop is supported by the University Politehnica of Bucharest, the University of Beira Interior, the University of Nicosia, and the University of Wuerzburg.


Enhanced Living Environments (ELE) encompass all Information and Communications Technologies’ (ICT) achievements supporting true Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) environments. ELE promotes the provision of infrastructures and services for the independent or more autonomous living, via seamless integration of ICT within homes and residences.
For this, ELE encompasses the latest developments associated with the Internet of Things, towards designing services designed to better help and support people, or as a general term, to better live their life and interact with their environment. Both, in AAL and ELE, a multitude of heterogeneous applications, involving different stakeholders, have to communicate via a common network environment. Hence, infrastructures have to become pervasive, with an increasing number of distributed devices that will need to communicate between themselves, as well as with centralized services. Moreover, in the context of mobility, temporary colocation of devices will be exploited to build dynamic networks, without a prerequisite infrastructure, or to complement existing communication infrastructures with ad-hoc ones. The current networking infrastructures, however, are mostly based on the Internet, and were not designed to support the varying requirements for the dynamic interaction processes between human beings, sensors and systems (e.g. machine-to-machine communication styles).

PAPELE 2017 will focus on management approaches, applications and technologies to satisfy these requirement and thus enable a widespread usage of AAL/ELE systems. It will cover different aspect related to the planning and the operation of ELE platforms and the corresponding applications and services. Proposed mechanisms, architectures and technologies can be evaluated against metrics related to the different stakeholders in the ELE environments. The research topics cover several areas in the design, planning and operational phase.

Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into or are related to the topic areas listed below:

  • Technologies ranging from smart sensors to future communication approaches and distributed platforms to support effective AAL systems:
    • Processing devices
    • Smart data manipulation
    • Distributed architectures supporting a multitude of heterogeneous sensor devices
    • Communication patterns between involved entities, e.g., sensors and actuators
  • Design, planning and operational issues of AAL / ELE systems and architectures
    • Design phase: Platform considerations, Protocol considerations
    • Planning phase: Capacity planning, Use-cases and daily life activities, Application modeling
    • Operational phase: Platform and service monitoring, Optimization techniques considering application quality, energy efficiency and resilience
  • Internet of Things and Internet of Everything related technologies enabling AAL/ELE
    • Interoperability between devices
    • Integrated management of IoT devices
    • Social information understanding
    • Enhancing social interaction among peers
    • Mobile social networks
    • IoT/IoE architectures
    • Emerging trends of context awareness in the IoT and IoE
    • IoE cloud-oriented systems
  • Applications and use-cases in the ELE / AAL domain
    • Stakeholders analysis and profiling
    • Pilot evaluation of proof of concept implementations
    • User interaction and user design aspects
  • Security and privacy related considerations in the ELE / AAL domain
    • Device security
    • Cloud security
    • Data access privacy

Submission Instructions

Paper submissions must present original, research or experiences. Late-breaking advances and work-in-progress reports from ongoing research are also encouraged. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Each submission must be written in English, accompanied by a 75 to 200 word abstract and a list of up to 5 keywords. There is a length limitation of 6 pages (including title, abstract, figures, tables; exluding references) for workshop papers and 4 pages for short papers. Submissions must be in IEEE 2-column style. Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review.

Authors should submit their papers in PDF, postscript, or Word formats via JEMS: (

PLEASE NOTE: To be published in the IFIP/IEEE IM 2017 Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference [or workshop] unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. 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 IFIP/IEEE IM 2017 Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates

Abstract registration deadline: December 15, 2016 January 2, 2017
Paper submission: December 19, 2016 January 5, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2017
Final version of papers due: February 15, 2017
Workshop date: May 8-12, 2017

Workshop Co-Chairs

Nuno Garcia, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Constandinos Mavromoustakis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Ciprian Dobre, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Thomas Zinner, University of Wuerzburg, Germany