IEEE ICC 2013, Budapest, Hungary, June 9-13, 2013

Workshop Title: Beyond Social Networks: Collective Awareness

Workshop Co-chairs

Dr. Fabrizio Sestini, Programme Manager, European Commission DG Communications Networks, Content and Technologies, Belgium,

Dr. Ir. Neeli R. Prasad, Director, CTIF-USA, Aalborg University, Princeton, USA,


Dr. A. Passarella, CNR, Pisa

Prof. Leandro Navarro, UPC, Barcelona.

Dr. Charalabos Z. Patrikakis, Technological Education Institute of Piraeus, Greece,

Dr. Octavia Dobre, Associate Professor, Memorial University, Canada,

Call for papers

Social networks are increasingly successful and rapidly evolving. They currently reach nearly 1 billion humans, and provide not only text-based information messages, but also video communication, photo sharing, and increasingly sophisticated tagging systems. On top of all, they host a nascent ecosystem of applications, exploiting mobile devices and their embedded sensing and geolocation capabilities. This convergence between social networks, networks of mobile sensors and distributed creation of knowledge enables unprecedented levels of social interactions. Gathering data from human and sensors, it has to potential to create an extended awareness of the environment surrounding us and of the impact of our own actions, which can then be used to drive more sustainable behaviours, consumers' patterns and lifestyles. Peer pressure is indeed recognised as a powerful factor influencing human choices, much more than sensible and even customised professional advice, for instance as for health or food matters. This "next generation" of social networks may allow crowdsourcing and crowdmapping of information obtained by sensors and mobile devices, and can eventually support the development of better policies and alternative models for economy, society and even participatory democracy.

Implementing this vision involves a number of technical challenges, such as the design of open, interoperable and fully distributed scalable systems and architectures, ways of effectively broadcasting or multicasting information from/to users of the network, techniques for fusing user generated content in a non-intrusive and annoying or destructing way. The breadth of possible social applications and their far-reaching impact requires a strong multidisciplinary attention to the inter-relation between technological choices and policy and regulatory aspects such as privacy, openness and network neutrality.

The workshop will discuss genuinely grassroots ideas leveraging on the collaboration potential of the Internet, as well as more specific multidisciplinary research ideas (not limited to computer science or telecommunications, but actively involving social media, sociology, anthropology, economy, law, biology, art) addressing techno-social aspects which are key for the evolution of social networks as systems supporting society.

Main Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

Format: the workshop will feature 3 parts:

Number of papers: 16 papers for the full-day workshop

Sessions: 4 sessions with 4 papers per session. 10 minutes presentations followed by 10 minutes questioning from the public.

Session topics will be decided depending on the submission.

Panel/Round Table discussion:

We plan to invite industrial and academic experts in this field to share their views.

Keynote: 1 keynote speech in the morning and afternoon.

Paper Submissions: 25 January 2013

Acceptance Notification: 10 February 2013

Camera-Ready: 24 February 2013

Paper Submission

Technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review somewhere else, are solicited. Submissions should include abstract, keywords, e-mail address of the corresponding author. The length of the papers should be limited up to 5 pages in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10-pt font). Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format on

For information contact F. Sestini ( and Neeli R. Prasad ( Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors must register and attend the workshop to present the work. All papers will be peer reviewed and the comments will be provided to the authors. All accepted papers will be published in workshop proceeding by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Digital Library.