First International Workshop on

{ COSE 2021 } COllaborative SEnsing in the Web of Things

Workshop co-located with MobiSPC 2021 in Leuven, Belgium, August 9-12, 2021
Paper Submission

May 8, 2021

Author Notification

May 31, 2021

Final Manuscript

June 15, 2021

Collaborative sensing paradigms such as sensing as a service are recently emerging. They are characterized by mobile agents able to offer, request, discover and exploit data sensing and analysis services, enabled by embedded sensors or devices in their close proximity, connected through low-power wireless protocols. This model is typically:

  • peer-to-peer: any node can request data or search for specific kinds of sensors and devices;
  • opportunistic: designed to exploit dynamically the available resources in a certain area in a given time window;
  • participatory: user agents are invited to contribute their data, sensing and computing resources to the network.

Collaborative sensing approaches should be general enough to support various types of applications, platforms and devices. Furthermore, effective incentive mechanisms should be introduced to promote a sustained collaboration. As interoperability issues involve both application-layer network protocols and data exchange formats, integrating World Wide Web - and particularly Semantic Web – technologies is a relevant research trend for promoting collaboration in large-scale data sensing and processing scenarios, such as multi-party deployments and federations.


The Workshop is dedicated to frameworks, architectures, technologies and systems for collaborative sensing, with particular emphasis on ubiquitous/pervasive computing and on (Semantic) Web of Things technology stacks. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • collaborative and participatory sensing in WSN, IoT and WoT scenarios;
  • collaborative, decentralized and peer-to-peer protocols for device and sensor discovery;
  • collaborative, decentralized and peer-to-peer protocols and frameworks for data discovery, data mining and machine learning;
  • sensing-as-a-service frameworks, architectures and protocols;
  • opportunistic sensing and computing in ubiquitous contexts;
  • design and evaluation of incentive mechanisms for participatory sensing;
  • energy-conscious and resource-conscious collaborative sensing;
  • user-centered personalized participatory sensing tools, interfaces and applications;
  • Semantic Web technologies for collaborative sensing and ubiquitous sensor networks;
  • distributed ledger and blockchain technologies for collaborative sensing.

Paper Submission

Paper Length & Format. The total number of pages is limited to 6 pages. Two extra pages can be added. But, for each extra page, a fee of €65 will be charged. The maximum number of pages (including extra pages) is strictly limited to 8 pages. The submitted paper must be formatted according to the guidelines of Procedia Computer Science:

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Publication. All accepted papers will be scheduled for oral presentations and will be printed in the MobiSPC-2021 conference proceedings published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series (on-line). At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and attend the conference to present the work..

Extended versions of selected papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in a special issue of Sensors at a discounted publishing fee. At least 50% new material will be required for the journal paper.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline

May 8, 2021 (extended)

Author Notification

May 31, 2021

Final Manuscript Due

June 15, 2021


Workshop Chairs

Giuseppe Loseto

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Floriano Scioscia

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Michele Ruta

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Giuseppe Anastasi

University of Pisa, Italy

Eugenio Di Sciascio

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Francesco M. Donini,

Università della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

Hasan Ali Khatthak

National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Thilanka Munasinghe

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

Andrea Omicini

University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna, Italy

Evan Patton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

Oshani Seneviratne

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

Quan Z. Sheng

Macquarie University, Australia

William Van Woensel

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Sherali Zeadally

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY USA

The list will be updated.

Get In Touch

For any information, please contact the workshop chair:

Dr. Giuseppe Loseto •

Dr. Floriano Scioscia •