Call for Papers

The First International Workshop on Securing Next-Generation Connected Healthcare Systems using Futuristic Technologies

in conjunction with

International Conference on Networked Systems 2021

8-11 March 2021 – Lübeck, Germany

Recent advances in computation and communication technologies have enabled the realization of connected healthcare systems which mainly rly on IoT and Edge technologies. However, the security and privacy of next-generation of smart healthcare systems are of prime concern for the successful deployment of connected healthcare. Similarly, futuristic technologies such as Machine Learning (ML) and Blockchain are revolutionizing the system security solutions. In this regard, this workshop will directly focus on the essential aspects of IoT security in a connected healthcare environment that will not only leverage cutting-edge research techniques, but also help in speeding up the realization of these systems. It also aims at leveraging blockchain technology in smart city IoT environment for communication and data security, and trust management. The aim of this workshop is to bring together engineers, researchers, and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of IoT/edge security and privacy fo the purposes of advancing connected healthcare systems. Participants are invited to present and discuss recent developments and challenges related to securing the edge systems of healthcare systems using emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI. Papers describing original novel work and advanced prototypes, systems and tools are encouraged.

Researchers are encouraged to submit original research contributions in all major areas, which include, but not limited to:

  • Security and Privacy in IoT healthcare

  • Ultra-lightweight cryptography for security and trust in smart city and healthcare IoT environments

  • QoE/QoS in healthcare IoT/edge

  • Distributed and federated learning for healthcare IoT applications

  • Theory and Application of Cryptology in healthcare IoT

  • Identity and access management in connected healthcare IoT

  • Cyber-threat free healthcare IoT environment: Detection, Protection, and Prevention

  • Simulation and performance evaluation techniques for healthcare IoT networks

  • 5G technologies for healthcare IoTs

  • Machine Learning-based healthcare IoT applications

  • Blockchain-based healthcare IoT infrastructures

  • Digital Twin for healthcare IoT/Edge systems

Submission Guidelines

Submission implies that at least one author will register and attend the conference to present the publication if the paper is accepted.

Paper format

Submitted papers (.pdf format) must use the A4 IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings. Please remember to add Keywords to your submission.

Accepted papers:

All long and short accepted papers will be included in the Workshop proceedings, provided that at least one of the authors attends the workshop to present the work. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore.


Submitted paper size should be up to 6 pages long or demo papers up to 4 pages long, including references, figures, and tables. One additional page for long papers may be added. Overlength papers will be rejected without review.


All submissions to NetSys2021 must be original work, unpublished, and not considered elsewhere for publication. Publications that have been peer-reviewed and have appeared at other conferences or workshops will be withdrawn.

Author list:

Please ensure that you submit your papers with the full list of authors in the correct order. The author list registered for each submission is not allowed to be changed in any way after the paper submission deadline.

One of the authors, at least, should attend the workshop to present the work.


Please proofread your submission carefully. It is essential that the paper is clearly and correctly written.

TPC Members (TBD):

Each submitted paper will be refereed by three members of the Program Committee, based on its novelty, technical quality, potential impact, depth, clarity, and insightfulness.

General Chairs


Dr. Safa Otoum
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Dr. Omar Alfandi
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE