The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2021) 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: May 28th, 2021, 23:59 AoE
Paper submission: June 4th, 2021, 23:59 AoE
Notification of Paper Acceptance: September 8th, 2021
Camera Ready Due: October 1st, 2021

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Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication.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. Although submission is double-blind, existence or availability of non-anonymous preprints (on arXiv or other preprint servers) will not lead to your paper being rejected. Reviewers will be instructed not to actively look for such preprints, but encountering them will not constitute a conflict of interest. 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 2021 Conference Submission System


Workshops will be held in November 2021, on the day before the start of the SenSys 2021 main program. The ideal workshop proposal should focus on an innovative and emerging topic that is of strategic and long-term interest to the SenSys community. The proposed workshop should be able to attract a significant interest and valuable 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 2021 Workshop Proposal" as the subject line. Submissions must be received by the deadline below.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission: April 26th(Monday), 2021, 23:59 AoE
Notification of Acceptance: May 10th(Monday), 2021
Workshop Paper Due: September 15th, 2021
Workshop Paper Notification: October 11th, 2021
Camera Ready: October 28th, 2021

SenSys is the leading conference for research on systems of networked sensing and actuation.