Call for Papers: Joint Special Section on Secure and Emerging Collaborative Computing and Intelligent Systems
TETC and TDSC seek submissions for this upcoming special section.

The Internet coupled with recent advances in computing and information technologies, such as IoT, mobile edge/cloud computing, cyber-physical-social systems, and artificial intelligence/machine learning/deep learning, have paved the way for creating next-generation smart and intelligent systems and applications that can have transformative impact in our society while accelerating rapid scientific discoveries and innovations. Unprecedented cyber-social and cyber-physical infrastructures and systems that span geographic boundaries are possible because of the Internet and the growing number of collaboration-enabling technologies. With newer technologies and paradigms getting increasingly embedded in the computing platforms and networked information systems/infrastructures that form the digital foundation for our personal, organizational, and social processes and activities, it is increasingly becoming critical that the trust, privacy, and security issues in such digital environments are holistically addressed to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals as well as our society.

IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC) seek original manuscripts for a special section on collaborative computing and intelligent systems, covering the entire spectrum of relevant research activities from infrastructures, models, and systems to applications, and all of the security, privacy, and trust aspects therein. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Security, Privacy, and Trust in Collaborative Computing: secure inter-operation of interacting/collaborative systems, secure data management, practical privacy, and integrity mechanisms for outsourcing

2. Emerging Internet-scale collaborative-computing technologies: cloud to fog/edge computing, data and service models and metrics, big-data analytics for data-driven collaboration, and cognitive collaboration

3. Security, Privacy, and Trust in AI/ML: Trusted AI, ML, and deep learning, privacy-preserving ML and deep learning, attacks on ML and defense, adversarial machine learning for security and privacy of computing

4. Crowdsourcing Computing Approaches: collaborative search and question answering, human computation, social computing, crowdsourcing, and citizen science

5. Security, Privacy, and Trust in Cyber-physical Environments: security and privacy in IoT, trust, privacy and security for smart cities and urban computing, and security and safety in supply-chain environments and critical infrastructures

6. Collaboration in Modern and Emerging Computing Environments: collaboration in pervasive- and cloud-computing environments, and blockchain/distributed ledger for e-/mobile commerce and intelligent applications

7. Security, Privacy, and Trust in Digital Payments and Cryptocurrencies: anonymity, de-anonymization and privacy in blockchain systems, provenance and trust in blockchain
systems, and new forms of blockchains and consensus mechanisms and their impact upon trust

8. Emerging Collaborative-Computing Applications: smart cities, disaster/crisis management, resilient critical infrastructures, and collaboration for personalized services


Submitted papers must include new significant research-based technical contributions in the scope of the journal. Purely theoretical, technological, or lacking methodological-and-generality papers are not suitable to this special section. The submissions must include clear evaluations of the proposed solutions (based on simulation and/or implementations results) and comparisons to state-of-the-art solutions.

Papers under review elsewhere are not acceptable for submission. Extended versions of published conference papers (to be included as part of the submission together with a summary of differences) are welcome but there must be at least 40% new impacting technical/scientific material in the submitted journal version, and there should be less than 50% verbatim similarity level as reported by a tool (such as CrossRef). Guidelines concerning the submission process and LaTeX and Word templates can be found at and

While submitting through ScholarOne Manuscripts at, please select the option “Special Section on Secure and Emerging Collaborative Computing and Intelligent Systems.” As per TETC policies, only full-length papers (10-16 pages with technical material, (double-column papers beyond 12 pages will be subject to MOPC, as per CS policies)) can be submitted to special sections. The bibliography should not exceed 45 items, and each author’s bio should not exceed 150 words. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts focused on the odd labeled topics directly to TDSC at and papers focused on the even labeled topics directly to TETC at Authors should be aware that papers can be published in TDSC or TETC depending on the availability of space with the final allocation at the discretion of the editor-in-chief of the respective transactions.

Please address all correspondence regarding this special section to the guest editors. To increase the impact and visibility of their work, interested authors of accepted papers will be invited to prepare a brief video of their manuscript to be published as supplemental material on the TDSC or TETC website.



Submission deadline: December 10, 2019
First decision to authors: March 15, 2020
Revision due: May 1, 2020
Review decision: June 1, 2020
Revision (2nd round, if needed): July 1, 2020
Acceptance notification: August 15, 2020
Publication material due: September 1, 2020
Special Section publication: last issues of 2020/first issues of 2021



For additional information, please contact the guest editors at

  • Yuan Hong, Illinois Institute of Tech
  • Valerie Issarny, Inria
  • Surya Nepal, CSIRO
  • Mudhakar Srivatsa, IBM Research
Joint Special Section on Secure and Emerging Collaborative Computing and Intelligent Systems
10 December 2019