CLOSED Call for Papers: Pervasive Computing at the Edge

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Submissions Due: 1 February 2020

Title and abstracts due: 25 Jan 2020 (email to

Full manuscripts due: CLOSED

Publication date: OctoberDecember 2020

Today, the infrastructure needed to support pervasive computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) faces unprecedented challenges as entirely new classes of applications and systems emerge. For example, pervasive systems designed to augment human cognition with tasks such as face recognition must operate at “superhuman speeds,” delivering insights to help with human decision-making within very strict and narrow time limits. Similarly, the emergence of pervasive video analytics demands processing of very large volumes of video data in near-real-time. In general, the field of pervasive computing is rapidly changing in the face of major advances in sensing, data processing techniques, and wearable computing. 

Edge computing (for example, cloudlets and fog computing) offers the promise of supporting the demanding requirements of the next generation of pervasive computing and IoT systems—providing devices with access to nearby processing and storage while simultaneously offering new solutions to issues such as user privacy and resilience. In this new world, research challenges abound: How should these systems be architected? What new applications are enabled? What are the challenges in deploying edge technology? And how can they be secured against cyberattacks? 

In this special issue we seek to catalyze new research in edge technologies for pervasive computing. The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing any aspect of this field, as long as the connection to pervasive computing is clear and central to the paper. Review or summary articles—for example, critical evaluations of the state of the art, or an insightful analysis of established and upcoming technologies—may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance. 

Example topics include:

  • Novel edge-based architectures for IoT and pervasive computing.
  • Edge support for data collection and analysis in pervasive environments. 
  • Security and privacy issues in pervasive computing at the edge.
  • Human interaction with the edge.
  • Edge-based analytics, especially video. 
  • Using edge computing for human augmentation.
  • Novel pervasive computing applications that benefit from edge computing.
  • Testing and evaluating edge support for pervasive computing applications. 
  • New business models to support large-scale rollout of edge technologies.

Articles submitted to IEEE Pervasive Computing should not exceed 6,000 words, including all text, abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count must include 250 words for each table and figure. References should be limited to at most 20 citations (40 for survey papers). Authors are encouraged, but not required, to use a template for submission (accepted articles will ultimately be typeset by magazine staff for publication). Send title and abstract to and submit full manuscripts at

Note that IEEE Pervasive Computing always welcomes submissions into its regular queue that cover the role of computing in the physical world—as characterized by visions such as the IoT and ubiquitous computing. Topics of interest include hardware design, sensor networks, mobile systems, human-computer interaction, industrial design, machine learning, data science, and societal issues including privacy and ethics. For these submissions, simply select the “Regular” option when submitting at the submission site (submissions are possible at any time; no need for prior abstract by email).

Guest Editors:

Victor Bahl, Ramon Caceres, Nigel Davies, and Roy Want (