Call for Papers

The massive penetration of Internet connectivity and devices with networking and computing capabilities (such as "things" and personal users' devices) is pushing a tighter and tighter convergence between the cyber world - of Internet protocols, services and Apps - and the physical world, with continuous interactions and mutual impact between these two worlds. According to an "anti-Copernican" view, humans are put back at the centre of the "Internet universe", whenever they are in the loop of cyber-world services. Applications, middlewares, but even Internet services and network protocols are more and more designed incorporating Human Individual and Social Behavioural (HISB) models. This is particularly the case when users' personal devices are themselves the network, or provide services to each other such as in mobile self-organising networks, because devices become the "proxies" of their users in the cyber world. Interestingly, similar approaches are also explored in Internet technologies in developing scenarios, where users' participation is often exploited as another resource for networking services. This vision, that we call "the Internet of People" (IoP) generalises emerging concepts and technologies such as IoT, which put the emphasis on the communication between "machines", and adapt to the users' behaviour only as an afterthought. Designing IoP protocols, services and applications thus requires a profound inter-disciplinary approach, where "non-ICT disciplines" such as social sciences, cognitive sciences, economics, complex network sciences, impact the way Internet algorithms are conceived and defined. Note that other types of inter-disciplinary design patterns i.e., bio-inspired approaches where non-human natural behaviours are used as inspiration for network protocols and services, are out of scope.

This workshop aims to stimulate research following this view, and aggregate an inter-disciplinary community of researchers around the concept of the Internet of People. Specifically, we seek papers presenting IoP approaches, addressing any layer of the canonical Internet stack or cross-layer combinations thereof, where the human behaviour is at the centre of the design. Also, we welcome submissions that analyse how the human behaviour is affected (and possibly modified) by the use of Internet systems, and how the latter can be improved or re-designed accordingly. The workshop will accept papers where quantitative evidence is available or quantitative approaches are applied. Therefore, purely methodological papers or qualitative analyses will be considered out of scope. Papers proposing novel, thought provoking ideas, possibly presenting preliminary results and analyses are also welcome. However, we do not call for position papers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Networking IoP protocols based on HISB models
  • Information-centric IoP protocols based on HISB models
  • IoP services, service-composition and middleware solutions based on HISB models
  • Online Social Network services based on HISB models
  • Analysis and modelling of human behaviours in massively diffused Internet services, such as Online Social Networks
  • Complex network approaches to IoP
  • IoP protocols and services in developing regions
  • Privacy, security and trust mechanisms for IoP based on HISB models
  • QoE aspects in IoP
  • Human-centric, inter-disciplinary IoP solutions for IoT scenarios
  • Crowdsourcing, crowdsensing, pervasive sensing in IoP
  • Test and experimental results with IoP solutions
  • Architecture, design and implementation of IoP protocols
  • Modelling, analysis and characterisation of IoP solutions


IoP-W 2016 will grant a Best Paper Award sponsored by IFIP TC6.


Papers should neither have been published elsewhere nor being currently under review by another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be no more than 6 pages (IEEE two-column format, 10pt). Papers will be reviewed single blind. Please follow the submission link on EasyChair for submitting your paper.

Guidelines on paper submission and formatting are available here. Note that IoP-W adopts the IFIP TC Open Access policy. The IFIP DL is Open Access. IFIP holds papers copyright, and releases it freely to authors for any use.

Accepted papers will appear in the symposium proceedings published by IFIP and also available on IEEE Xplore. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present his/her work at the workshop.

Detailed registration information is available here.


Extended versions of workshop selected papers will be considered for possible fast track publication on the Elsevier Computer Communications Journal (Elsevier), in a special section on Internet of People.


Abstract registration: 23 February 2016
Full papers due: 1st March, 2016
Notification: 8 April 2016
Camera Ready: 22 April 2016