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                               Special session on 
   Multi-Agent Systems for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems

                                to be held at

                                  ICNSC 2017
         14th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control 
                   May 16-18, 2017, Calabria, Southern Italy

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are highly-interconnected ensembles of software
processes, hardware devices, and humans seamlessly interacting in order to
provide functionalities that are strongly related to the spatial, temporal,
computational, and physical context  they operate within.  The Internet of
Things is thus a paradigmatic example of a CPS, particularly focussing on
everyday objects and uses.  Engineering CPS demands for effective approaches
facing critical issues such as unpredictability of users behaviour and operating
environment, fast-paced information production, consumption, and elaboration
rate, effective distribution and decentralisation of computations, resilience to
programs and devices failure, adaptiveness to change in execution context and
physical environment, decision making under uncertainty and/or partial
information, etc.

Agent-oriented technologies such as Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) already proven to
be effective when dealing with most of the  aforementioned issues, thus further
investigating their applicability in the context of IoT is worth the effort. 
Advancing in the field of Agent-oriented CPS means enabling better technologies
for IoT, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment.

Suggested topics 

Accordingly, the main topics of interest for the special session concern the 
exploitation of agent-oriented models, technologies, and methodologies in the 
context of

- Internet of Things 
- Cyber-Physical Systems 
- Information systems & infrastructures 
- Health care and m-Health 
- Smart home environments 
- Intelligent transportation 
- Manufacturing automatio 
- Swarm robotics 
along with any similar or related application scenarios.

Contributions may approach the aforementioned issues in these topics by
proposing either models, languages, reference architectures, infrastructural
solutions: the novelty of the approaches and the potential of the research line
will be among the most relevant criteria for acceptance, and should then
properly discussed in the contributions.

Submission instructions 
Complete manuscripts must be electronically submitted through easychair at:


Submitted manuscripts should be within six (6) pages in IEEE two-column format,
including figures, tables, and references. Please use the templates at

to prepare your paper. All submissions MUST be in PDF format.

Please, during the submission process specify this Special Session as topic

	                          SS7 - MAS4IoT&CPS

in Easychair.

Accepted Papers 
All submitted papers will be reviewed by members of the International Program 
Committee and the corresponding author will be notified of acceptance or 
rejection.  Accepted papers MUST be presented at theconference and will be 
published in the conference Proceedings, expected to be included in IEEE Xplore 
and indexed by EI.

Important Dates 
January 15, 2017    Paper submission due
February 28, 2017   Notification of acceptance 
March 15, 2017      Camera-ready copy due

Stefano Mariani, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia [contact] 
Andrea Omicini, Università di Bologna 
Franco Zambonelli, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia