16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON 2019)

10-13 June 2019 // Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Welcome Message from the General Chairs

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the beautiful Boston campus of Northeastern University for the 16th IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking: SECON 2019.

This year's edition of the conference continues the efforts of IEEE SECON in providing a unique forum for the exchange of innovative research ideas and recent results, and for sharing experiences among researchers and practitioners in wireless networks, mobile systems and the Internet of Things.

The technical program co-chairs Giuseppe Bianchi, Kaushik R. Chowdhury and Josep M. Jornet have provided us with an exciting display of works organized into two parallel sessions. A plenary session showcases four papers that will contend for the Best Paper award. This session is dedicated to the memory of the late colleague and dear friend Mario Gerla, a fundamental contributor to SECON and many other conferences, whose seminal work has inspired hundreds of us. The program presented in the three days of the conference comprises papers authored by researchers from all over the world: Asia/Pacific (56%), North America (34%), Europe, Middle East and Africa (9%) and Latin America (1%). To the three outstanding technical program co-chairs, to the swift and committed TPC Vice Chair for Information Systems, Christoph Sommer (Paderborn University, Germany), and to all involved in the authoring and revision process goes our most sincere "thank you!"

The technical program is complemented by other notable activities, including:

Three highly distinguished keynote speeches, providing unique perfectives from government, academia and industry:

  • Thyaga Nandagopal, NSF: 5G and 6G for Dummies: Hype and Reality
  • Edward Knightly, Rice University: Off-Grid Sensing Missions with Networked UAVs
  • Mazin Gilbert, AT&T Labs: The 5G Network-AI

A tutorial on mobile and wireless research using the POWDER-RENEW platform from the Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. We wish to acknowledge the work of the PAWR Project Office and of Kobus Van der Merwe of the University of Utah that made this unique tutorial possible.

Posters and demonstrations showcasing work-in-progress and hands-on samples of the latest and greatest research have been selected by Niky Riga (Facebook) and Victoria U. Manfredi (Wesleyan University), who are warmly thanked for their work.

A panel on future trends of 5G networking, with panelists from academia and industry has been organized by Giacomo Morabito (University of Catania, Italy): Thank you!

Four workshops on security and edge computing for cyber physical systems, the Internet of Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles, and machine learning for IoT. Our sincere thanks go to the conference Workshop Chair, Michele Rossi (University of Padova, Italy), and to the chairs of each single workshop.

Meetings of "N2Women" and of the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals.

The well-concerted effort that has generated the exciting program of IEEE SECON 2019 would not have been possible without the tireless work of the organizing committee members mentioned above. In addition, we would be remiss if we wouldn't thank the SECON steering committee and its chair, Chiara Petrioli, for entrusting us with the success of this year's edition of the conference. Other members of the organizing committee to whom goes our gratitude are the conference treasurer Simone Silvestri (University of Kentucky), the co-chairs that have organized the Student Travel Grant process: Zhangyu Guan (University at Buffalo), Enrico Natalizio (University of Lorraine, France) and Bala Natarajan (Kansas State University), and finally the three publicity co-chairs: Jinsong Han (Zhejiang University, China), Francesco Restuccia (Northeastern University), and Anna Maria Vegni (Roma Tre University, Italy).

Two people deserve a very special mention for their swift competence and tireless commitment to their role: Our web master Sara Falleni (Northeastern University) and the indefatigable local arrangement chair Fiona Morgan (Northeastern University).

Last but not least, we thank our sponsors, including the National Science Foundation (student travel grants), the Northeastern University College of Engineering (with Kim Toussaint), and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University that hosted the event. The IEEE Communication Society is the long-standing technical sponsor of this conference, and our gratitude goes to its staff for their continuous support as well.

Finally, we thank all conference participants for making IEEE SECON 2019 a success. We hope that you will have a pleasant and fruitful stay in Boston. We are confident that you will appreciate not only the three high-quality keynotes, the technical program with its six technical sessions, the tutorial, the panel, and the posters and demos session, but we also believe that you will enjoy the social activities, and will benefit from interacting with other attendees during the conference breaks.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to IEEE SECON 2019 at Northeastern University, and to interact with you on the topics of the conference and the future trends that make our work so fruitful and interesting!

The General Co-chairs, IEEE SECON 2019:

Stefano Basagni
Northeastern University

Tommaso Melodia
Northeastern University

Welcome from the Program Co-Chairs

Welcome to the 16th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (IEEE SECON 2019) and to Boston. Aiming at further increasing the success of what has become a unique forum to exchange innovative research ideas, recent results and experiences among researchers and practitioners in wireless networks, mobile systems and the Internet of Things, this year's emphasis has been on two main areas:

  • Systems research, experimentation and hands on evaluations
  • Cross-disciplinary wireless communications research

To achieve these goals, IEEE SECON 2019 features an exciting and stimulating program that spans three full days and consists of distinguished keynote speakers, tutorials, panels, workshops and papers from open call.

This year's program includes 54 papers accepted from open call, out of a total of 189 submissions (acceptance rate of 28.6%). The papers cover novel contributions on many topics, ranging from machine learning in wireless communication and networking to Terahertz communication for 6G systems.

The papers were reviewed by the Technical Program Committee (TPC) members, integrated by 85 experts in wireless communications, networking and signal processing, among others. All submitted papers went through a double-blind review process that we have implemented for the first time in SECON. The assignment of the papers was conducted by utilizing the algorithm designed and implemented by Baochun Li. The author identity and reviewer identity were hidden during the review process. The review process consisted of two major phases. First, at least three independent reviews were obtained for each paper from regular TPC members. Second, each paper was discussed on-line among its reviewers. The online discussion resulted in a meta-review for each paper, which after individual assessment by the TPC chairs lead to the final decisions.

At this point, we would like to thank the members of the TPC, who have taken their valuable time to volunteer and provide high quality reviews for the papers. We would also like to thank the General Co-Chairs (Stefano Basagni and Tommaso Melodia) for their guidance and support. We would also like to acknowledge the support from the other members of the organizing committee (In alphabetical order: Sara Falleni, Zhangyu Guan, Jinsong Han, Victoria U. Manfredi, Giacomo Morabito, Fiona Morgan, Enrico Natalizio, Bala Natarajan, Francesco Restuccia, Niky Riga, Michele Rossi, Simone Silvestri, Anna Maria Vegni) whose tireless contribution made this year's IEEE SECON a great success. A special thank goes also to the Steering Committee (Chiara Petrioli, Sneha Kasera, Tommaso Melodia and Jack Stankovic) for their advice. We are also grateful to the IEEE for supporting this exciting initiative. Finally, we would like to thank the authors for choosing to present their research in IEEE SECON 2019.

We look forward to meeting all of you in Boston and welcoming you to a very exciting and stimulating IEEE SECON 2019!

TPC Co-Chairs, IEEE SECON 2019:

Giuseppe Bianchi
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Kaushik Chowdhury
Northeastern University, USA

Josep M Jornet
The State University of New York, USA
TPC Vice Chair for Information Systems:

Christoph Sommer
Paderborn University