Unleashing the Potential of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

This Special Call targets selected papers from the Brazilian Symposium on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing (SBCUP 2023) but also accepts other submissions related to the symposium’s theme.

SBCUP 2023

The Brazilian Symposium on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing (SBCUP) is a traditional satellite event that takes place during the Congress of the Brazilian Computing Society (CSBC). The event is in its 15th edition and occurred in João Pessoa- Paraíba, between the 23rd and 28th of July, during CSBC 2023. This special call seeks to disseminate the best articles from SBCUP 2023 and make contributions that demonstrate the current state of the art in urban computing.

Along with the rapidly transitioning to a future of Smart Cities, with their uber-connected networks and all sorts of devices and objects communicating between themselves, there is an ever-growing need for pervasive and ubiquitous computing. At this point, we have the unique ability to shape this future by providing solutions to the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow. The development of Smart Cities, IoT environments, and all of the smart-related spaces around it has become a significant research focus in recent years, driven by the need to create efficient, sustainable, and secure urban environments. Because of that, they are becoming increasingly intricate, combining technology from various engineering fields and, thus, requiring the integration of a complex web of interrelated technologies. Pervasive and ubiquitous computing can take a front stage in this development and provide unique solutions to a broad range of today’s issues.

During the next ten years, it will be essential to comprehend the social aspects of pervasive and ubiquitous computing and its impact on society. This means that our theoretical, methodological, and technical understanding of the subject must be re-examined and improved. This special call invites experts in the design, assessment, and implementation of new solutions in this area to create a comprehensive view of the issue, anticipate its future, and identify obstacles and methods to address them. Accordingly, this Special Call not only provides a research overview and encourages critical conversations but could also serve as a roadmap for the future steps of pervasive and ubiquitous computing investigations and applications, enabling us to progress in overcoming the main issues in the field.

Topics of Interest

Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing is a rapidly growing field that focuses on the study of the integration of technology into everyday life. However, with this increasing reliance on technology come several open issues that must be addressed.

  • Privacy and Security: As technology is made more pervasive and integrated into our lives, we must ensure that our data remains secure and private. Which includes protecting data from unauthorized access, ensuring data is stored and managed securely, and creating data policies to ensure privacy.
  • Network Connectivity: There is a need to ensure that devices are connected to enable seamless communication and data exchange by creating a reliable, resilient, secure infrastructure.
  • Battery Life: As devices become smaller and more powerful, their battery life is often limited. This limits their usefulness and creates a need for more efficient power management solutions.
  • Data Collection and Analytics: As more data is collected and stored, there is a need to develop better methods for collecting, analyzing, and storing data. Developing new algorithms that can accurately analyze and interpret data and using machine learning is essential to automate this process further.
  • Scalability: As technology becomes more pervasive, there is a need to ensure that systems can scale and handle increasing amounts of data and requests, including the development of better algorithms, architectures, and protocols that are optimized for performance.

Selection process

Submissions must be in PDF, following the JISA LaTeX or MS Word templates. Papers are expected to have 10 to 20 pages in length, including attachments and references. Papers outside this limit will be considered only in special cases. JISA is open access, free of charge for both authors and readers, and all papers published by JIS follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Authors must follow JISA guidelines and checklist.

Review Process: manuscripts will be reviewed by at least 3 experts in the field. The review process will consider up to 3 review rounds for each manuscript: for the 1st and 2nd rounds, reviews will be sent to authors with an editorial decision: 1. Request a revised version for a new round, 2. Accept, or 3. Reject the manuscript. For the 3rd round, the editorial decision will be either 1. Accept or 2. Reject the manuscript. For each submission round, a cover letter must be included, presenting the paper and then indicating the improvements and answers to reviewers.

Important dates

○ Submission deadline: 19 January 2024.
○ Notification 1st round: 2 April 2024.
○ Submission of revised versions deadline: 25 April 2024.
○ Notification 2nd round: 16 May 2024.
○ Submission of revised versions deadline: 10 June 2024.
○ Notification 3rd round (final): 8 July 2024.
○ Camera-ready submission deadline: 29 July 2024.
○ Ultimate deadline for publication: 6 August 2024.

Guest Editors

Roger Immich, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), was program chair and TPC of some of Brazil's most important network-related conferences, having published more than 60 works, including papers, journals, and book chapters in high-profile outlets. Roger has conducted and advised researchers on different areas, including Smart Cities, IoT, 5G, Quality of Experience, Security, as well as Cloud, Edge, and Fog computing.

Helder Oliveira, Federal University of ABC (UFABC), was program chair of the most important urban computing workshops in Brazil (SBCUP and CoUrb), as well as organized one special issue on topics related to urban computing. Helder Oliveira has conducted research on techniques and approaches for supporting developers in the design of urban computing, working in close collaboration with industries.

Adenauer Yamin, Catholic and Federal Universities of Pelotas, acts as professor and supervisor for the Graduate Programs in both institutions. He has been organizing events and serving on different Program Committees. Particularly, in the case of SBCUP, he has been involved, in various ways, since the first editions. The main artifacts researched are parallel and distributed execution environments for fog and cloud computing, middlewares and situation-aware applications in ubiquitous computing infrastructures, such as those provided by the Internet of Things.

Iwens Sene, Federal University of Goiás (UFG) has organized events and participated in different Program Committees in Brazil. Author and co-author in scientific articles published in national and international conferences, periodicals and collections. His research interests lie in the area of Distributed Systems, with focus on Internet of Things, Cloud and Edge Computing, Ubiqua and Self-Adaptive Systems.