(DHN-AmI 2017)

Special Session on Digital Home Networks & Ambient Intelligence


As part of The International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2017)

Genoa, Italy

July 17 – July 21, 2017

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Recent years have witnessed rapid developments of the information communication technology and the Next-Generation Internet. 3G and 4G wireless mobile networks have been striding to a large-scale deployment and application. So, we have seen the potential and value for new technologies from a variety of digital networks to various interconnected digital devices, which made it possible to improve user’s digital experiences.

The emerging versatile networks could enable a convenient connection “anytime, anywhere, anything, anyone” to the information communications network. Unfortunately, in such environment, copyright infringement behaviors, such as illicit copying, malicious distribution, unauthorized usage, free sharing of copyright-protected digital contents, will also become a much more common phenomenon. Multimedia contents protection & Digital Rights Management (DRM) have a tangible goal to safeguard the rights and benefits of multimedia contents owners, copyrights holders, digital services providers, and even consumers in contents value chain. Some applications research frontiers, related to digital home network, have emerged in recent years. These include subjects on digital home network models, architectures and mechanisms, secure digital multimedia broadcasting and controlled contents sharing. Researchers, contents industry engineers and administrators attempt to resort to the state-of-the-art technologies and ideas to protect valuable multimedia contents and services assets against attacks and IP piracy in the emerging triple play.

This special session aims to bring together related research works in the realm of Digital Home Networks and Ambient Intelligence, and further investigates and discusses trusted solutions and secure techniques for Digital Home Networks and DRM, as well as some open issues faced by digital contents owners/rights holders/multimedia services providers, who dedicate themselves to protect their Intellectual Property Rights and business benefits. In addition, novel ideas and research works from end users and consumer electronics’ perspective, such as trust management and evaluations, 3D display and quality test methods, will be embraced by this special session.

The DHN-AmI Session topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Environmental sensing and applications

    • Middleware for wireless sensor networks

    • Sensor fusion, tracking and positioning

    • Modelling and simulation of smart environments

    • Body-worn and Environmental sensor networks architectures

    • Context and location-aware Frameworks and Sensing

    • Security Model, Architecture, Mechanisms and Protocols for Digital Home Networks

    • Multimodal interfaces

    • Mining techniques for mobile and sensor data

    • Learning, reasoning and adaptation techniques

    • Context-Awareness in Assistive Environments

    • Digital Rights Management & Interoperability

    • Authentication, Authorization and Access Control in Digital Networks

    • 3D Display and Quality Test Methods for Consumer Electronics

    • IP, Privacy and Usage Control for Home Networks

    • Trust Management and Evaluations Among Users

    • Secure Digital Multimedia Broadcasting

    • Multimedia Contents Sharing Modeling and Simulations

    • Contents Security and Protection in Multimedia Social Networks

    • Internet of Things and Intelligent Ambience

    • NFC/RFID integration in the Internet of Things

    • Cyber Physical Systems

    • User interactions and experience

    • Mobile multimedia platforms

    • Embedded Multimedia in wearable computing


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to digital home networks and Ambient Intelligence. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the special session paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the HPCS 2017 conference to present the paper at the special session.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2017 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.


Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the special session, please contact the special session organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- April 15, 2017 - Extended

Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- April 28, 2017

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- May 11, 2017

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- July 17 – 21, 2017



Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

Phone: +351 275 313 339

Fax: +351 275 321 660


Ciprian DOBRE

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Phone: +40 214 029 179

Fax: +40 318 163 028



University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Phone: +357 22 841 500

Fax: +357


Rossitza GOLEVA

Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: +359 887 99 19 19

Fax: +359


International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2017 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2017 Proceedings.

  • Athina Bourdena, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

  • An Braeken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • Ivan Chorbev, Univerzitet 'Sv. Kiril i Metódij' vo Skopje, Macedonia

  • Radu-Ioan Ciobanu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

  • Joshua Ellus, University of Malta, Malta

  • Ivan Ganchev, University of Limerick, Ireland

  • David Lamas, Tallinn University, Estonia

  • Thomas Lindh, School of Technology and Health, KTH, Sweden

  • George Mastorakis, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece

  • Jordi Mongay Batalla, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

  • Nuno Pombo, Universidade Lusófona, Portugal

  • Florin Pop, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

  • Alina Nirvana Popescu, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

  • Rodica Potolea, Tech. Univ. of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Arie Reichman, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

  • Ioan Salomie, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Susanna Spinsante, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

  • Sergio Toral, University of Seville, Spain

  • Carlos Valderrama, University of Mons, Belgium

  • Thomas Zinner, Julius-Maximilians Universitat, Germany

  • TBA, TBA

(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or or contact one of the Conference's organizers.