Call for Papers

ACM SenSys 2020 Call for Papers *Updated*

As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world are now issuing various restrictions on travel, gatherings, and meetings to limit and slow the spread of the virus. While it is not clear how long this global health crisis will continue, the organizing committee of SenSys/BuidSys 2020 couldn’t just sit back. We would like to express that the interest and wellbeing of the whole research community is our absolute priority. The organizing committee is making plans to allow both virtual and on-site participation, so we can adapt flexibly and quickly to provide the best experience possible. The local arrangement subcommittee is also seeking supplies of the essentials – face mask and alcohol-based hand rub as an extra precaution. We sincerely wish you and your family all the best and hope that the current situation does not prevent you from submitting your latest research to the conference.

The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2020) is the premier computer systems conference focused on the architecture, design, implementation, and performance of networked sensing systems, sensor-oriented data modeling and analytics, and sensor-enabled applications. ACM SenSys brings together academic, industry, and government professionals to a single-track, highly selective forum that takes a broad view on the areas of computing relevant to the future of networked embedded sensor systems. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New platforms and hardware designs for networked sensor systems
  • New communication paradigms for ubiquitous connectivity
  • Low-power wireless media access control, network, and transport protocol designs
  • Systems software, including operating systems, network stacks, and programming
  • System services such as time and location estimation
  • Low-power operation, energy harvesting, and energy management
  • Resource-efficient machine learning for embedded and mobile platforms
  • Mobile and pervasive systems with elements of networked sensing
  • Data management and analytics, including quality, integrity, and trustworthiness
  • Learning algorithms and models for perception, understanding, and adaptation
  • Heterogeneous collaborative sensing, including human-robot sensor systems
  • Security and privacy in networked sensor applications and systems
  • Fault-tolerance, dependability, and verification
  • Applications and deployment experiences

We invite technical papers describing original ideas, groundbreaking results, and real-world experiences involving innovative networked embedded sensor systems. Successful submissions will explain why the topic is relevant to a vision of the future of sensing systems. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

Important Dates

  • Paper Registration and Abstract:

    March 27 (Friday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

    April 10 (Friday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

    July 3 (Friday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

  • Paper Submission:

    April 6 (Monday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

    April 17 (Friday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

    July 10 (Friday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

  • Notification of Paper Acceptance:

    June 20 (Saturday), 2020

    September 11 (Friday), 2020

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Submissions must be full papers, at most 12 single-spaced 8.5” x 11” pages with 9-pt font size in two-column format, including figures and tables. As for references, submissions may include as many pages as needed. All submissions must use the LaTeX (preferred) or Word styles found here. LaTeX submissions should use the acmart.cls template (sigconf option), with the default 9-pt font. This format will be used also for the camera-ready version of accepted papers. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions. Papers that do not meet the size, formatting, and anonymization requirements will not be reviewed. We require each paper to be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the conference submission system.

Papers that describe experiments on human subjects, or that analyze nonpublic data derived from human subjects (even anonymized data), should briefly describe how the research protocol addresses ethical considerations and whether their work was vetted by an ethics review (e.g., IRB approval). We expect authors to follow the rules of their host institutions around data collection and experiments with human subjects.

Accepted submissions will be available on the ACM digital library at most two weeks before the conference.

SenSys 2020 Conference Submission System


  • General Chairs:

    Jin Nakazawa (Keio), Polly Huang (NTU)

  • Program chairs:

    Pei Zhang (CMU), Marco Gruteser (Google / Rutgers Univ.)

Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshops will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020, a day before the SenSys main program starts. The ideal workshop proposal will focus on an innovative and emerging topic that is of strategic and long-term interest to the SenSys community. It will be able to attract a number of interests and high-quality contributions that spark active discussions in an informal setting and inspire new research ideas. Also, as highlighted in the call for the SenSys main program, we will encourage workshops that focus on novel applications and diversity of ideas, as opposed to more incremental contributions to mature systems.

The proposal should be no longer than three pages, and should clearly provide the following information:

  • Name of the workshop
  • Names, affiliations, and short bio of the main organizers/program chairs
  • A brief description of the workshop (the theme of the workshop, technical issues that the workshop will address, and the reasons why the workshop is of interest at this time)
  • Names of potential program committee members
  • Expected number of submissions and participants
  • Planned format of the workshop
  • Brief description of the publicity plan
  • Tentative call for papers with workshop deadlines (aligned with the relevant Important Dates below)

The proposal should also specify if it will be a full-day or half-day workshop and any logistical needs (demos/audio/video projection, etc). If the workshop has been held before, also include its history (the number of submissions, the number of accepted papers, and the number of attendees).

Please email the proposal in PDF format to with "SenSys 2020 Workshop Proposal" as the subject line. Submissions must be received by the deadline below.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission:

    June 8 (Monday), 2020, 23:59 AoE

  • Notification of Acceptance:

    June 15 (Monday), 2020

  • Camera-Ready:

    Mid-September, 2020 (TBA)

  • SenSys 2020 Workshops:November 16, 2020