Driven by connected low-cost sensing and actuation as well as the large range of scientifically and economically relevant application scenarios that they enable, the Internet of Things has become a central research area with a broad reach across many fields in information technology and adjacent domains. Particular challenges include the understanding of IoT application demands and novel network traffic types, low-latency and reliable communication, and integrating and mediating Things within intelligent systems, where IoT technologies are potential catalysts. The International Conference on Internet of Things (IoT) has become the premier gathering place where visionary, ground-breaking research in the IoT field meets leading industry experts. Since its beginnings in the year 2008, IoT has been backed by strong support from leading academic institutions as well as industry and we are happy to announce its 11th iteration that will take place primarily online (originally in St.Gallen, Switzerland) from November 8-12, 2021.

The main objective of the IoT 2021 workshops is to provide additional venues for discussing novel ideas and to stimulate and facilitate active exchange, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods and ideas related to different IoT areas. Our goal is to have a balanced workshop program which comprises workshop formats of different types and a combination of emerging and established topics. The workshops should provide an informal and vibrant forum for researchers and industry practitioners to share their research results and practical experiences. This year we are especially inviting workshops that also address aspects related to Software Engineering for IoT.

Workshop Proposals and Information

IoT 2021 invites full-day and half-day workshop proposals with a clearly defined scope that falls in the general topics of the conference. We also encourage the submission of workshops that follow alternative formats such as hackathons, plugfests, demo jams, and breakout sessions as long as they can be conducted in hybrid settings.

We encourage workshop organizers to consider holding workshops physically at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and complement them by possibilities of virtual participation. The final decisions about these hybrid setups will depend on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding regulations at the time.

The organizers of accepted workshops will be responsible for workshops’ reviewing processes and publicity with support from IoT 2021, which will announce all accepted workshops as collocated events on the conference website and via its publicity channels. IoT 2021 furthermore has the ambition for workshops to publish accepted papers in companion proceedings of the main IoT conference organized by ACM, or arrange for another form of publication.

All workshop participants will be required to register for the full conference as well. At the discretion of the chairs, workshops may be cancelled if organizers have not registered in a timely manner or if a workshop has received too few submissions. In the latter case we encourage the organizers to consider merging their workshop with another fitting workshop under a broader theme.  Workshop organizers will receive one complimentary full conference registration.


Workshop proposals should be submitted no later than May 31, 2021 AoE to, and will be subject to a rolling acceptance process. Organizers should submit a 200 words abstract, along with a single PDF file of 4 pages maximum in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format in Word or Latex including references, containing the following sections:

  • Title, acronym, potentially logo
  • Topics of interest covered by the workshop
  • Motivation: Why is the topic of particular interest to a reasonable fraction of the IoT community?
  • Organization and Format: Description of the intended organization, the selection process for the contributors, and schedule of the event
  • If applicable, a brief discussion of the workshop’s history (experiences, number of submissions and attendees, etc.)
  • If applicable, evidence that there is an existing community of researchers and practitioners that are susceptible to contribute to this event, including references to work relating to the core topic of the workshop that are not co-authored by the organizers
  • Alternatively, arguments for the formation of a new community of research. The proposal should then include a discussion of the importance of such a new formation and outreach to relevant areas of research within the scope of IoT 2021.
  • Chairs: Name, affiliation, email address, homepage and a short biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise and experience relevant for the workshop
  • Program Committee: Names and affiliations of potential PC members
  • Potential means for publishing workshop results: Ideas about what to do with the papers submitted to the workshops (e.g. include in the adjunct proceedings, write a book chapter, magazine article, proceedings, etc.)

Review Criteria

A limited number of workshop proposals will be accepted to IoT 2021. Each proposal will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal and its appeal to the IoT community. In particular, the proposals should demonstrate the following:

  • the workshops topics fall in the general scope of IoT2021
  • there is a clear identity and a focus on a specific problem, application area, or technology
  • there is a significant number of researchers and practitioners that are susceptible to contribute to this event
  • the organization and format are appealing for potential contributors and participants 
  • Accepted workshops will be announced on the IoT 2021 website and via its publicity channels.

In case overlapping workshops are proposed, the Workshop Chairs may contact the organizers to discuss the possibility of merging workshops.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission: May 31, 2021 AoE
  • Notification of Acceptance: rolling acceptance
  • Workshop Papers Submission Deadlines: Refer to individual workshops
  • Workshop Dates: November 8, 2021