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The International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) is a leading, single-track, annual forum on research in networked sensing and control, broadly defined. IPSN brings together researchers from academia, industry, and government to present and discuss recent advances in both theoretical and experimental research. Its scope includes signal and image processing, information and coding theory, databases and information management, distributed algorithms, networks and protocols, wireless communications, collaborative objects and the Internet of Things, machine learning, mobile and social sensing, and embedded systems design. Of special interest are contributions at the confluence of a multiple of these areas.

In addition to regular research papers, in IPSN 2014, we also encourage submissions of Challenge Papers that lay out visions and future challenges in the field of information processing in sensor networks. Challenge papers are up to 6 page long and the title should start with “Challenge: … ” These submissions are reviewed based on the novelty of the concepts and potential of impacting the field.

The conference features two submission tracks, the Information Processing (IP) track, and the Sensor Platforms, Tools and Design Methods (SPOTS) track. Authors are encouraged to read the foci of the tracks and make indications in the submission site accordingly. However, submission tracks are for review preference only. The program committees work together in the review process.


The IP track focuses on algorithms, theory, and systems for information processing using networks of embedded, human-in-the-loop, or social sensors. Topics covered in the IP track include, but are not limited to:
  • Sensor data processing, mining, and machine learning
  • Data storage, management, and retrieval
  • Coding, compression and information theory
  • Detection, classification, tracking, reasoning, and decision making
  • Sensor tasking, control, and actuation
  • Theoretical foundation and fundamental bounds
  • Network and system architectures and protocols
  • Location, time, and other network services
  • Programming models and languages
  • Mobile, participatory, and social sensing
  • Innovative applications and deployment experiences
The SPOTS track focuses on new hardware and software architectures, modeling, evaluation, deployment experiences, design methods, implementations, and tools for networked embedded sensor systems. Submissions are expected to refer to specific hardware, software, and implementations. Topics covered in the SPOTS track include, but are not limited to:
  • Novel components, devices and architectures for networked sensing
  • Innovative sensing and processing platforms including cloud, crowd, and consumer devices
  • Embedded software for sensor networks
  • System modeling, simulation, measurements, and analysis
  • Design tools and methodologies for sensor networks
  • Network health monitoring and management
  • Operating systems and runtime environments
  • User interfaces for sensing applications and systems
  • Case studies highlighting experiences, challenges, and comparisons of platforms and tools

Formatting guidelines for regular and challenge papers are available here.

Key Dates

Abstract registration (firm): Monday, October 7, 2013
Submission deadline (firm): Monday, October 14, 2013
Paper notification: January 17, 2014

Travel Grants:

NSF travel support available for the student participation (students from US only). Please click here for more details.

IPSN 2014: The 13th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks
Questions or comments about the website? Please contact Mohammed Shoaib, Web Chair, IPSN 2014