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Call for Papers


Call for papers


IEEE ICC 2020 Workshop on

SecSDN: Secure & Dependable Software Defined Networking for Sustainable Smart Communities

(in Conjunction with IEEE ICC 2020)

07-11 June 2020, Dublin, Ireland



Important Dates:

+ Paper Submission Deadline: Jan. 20, 2020

+ Acceptance Notification: Feb. 20, 2020

+ Final Paper Submission: Mar. 1, 2020


Link for submission:



The emergence of SDN technology helps to isolate the control plane from the data plane and solves the issues through network programmability. The SDN is a centralized approach and easily modify the network topology, and in addition maintain data consistency and interoperability among heterogeneous IoT devices with the help of automation. Although SDN technology performs resilient and reliable connections in heterogeneous environment based on secure communication protocols designed by the network programmers but still chances of security threats may occur as single controller is handling the complete network infrastructure. With the widespread adoption of wireless sensors in smart communities, the device-to-device communication is susceptible to security vulnerabilities and resulting in devastating attacks on the network controller. IoT-enabled devices are insecure as for example sensors may be infected by malware attack have subsequently comprised the control plane. Consequently, ensuring the security and privacy techniques may contribute to defend from security attacks and provide reliable services in smart communities. Moreover, the higher costs, overhead and complexity of traditional cryptographic primitives make it necessary to design lightweight and novel security solutions for SDN in smart communities. The amalgamation of multiple technologies in smart communities makes it further necessary to provide secure communication and computing paradigm.

Addressing the need for a flexible network architecture that adapts to the diverse requirement of end users in smart communities, this workshop aims to serve as a platform for researchers from academia and industries, to promote the design and development of new ideas, tools and technologies related to Secure and Dependable SDN in Smart communities.


Topics include (but not limited to):

+ Security and privacy for innovative service delivery models

+ Lightweight Cryptography in wireless sensors nodes for SDN

+ Quantum Cryptography in heterogeneous IoT devices for SDN

+ Secure device-to-device communication

+ Authentication, authorization, and access control (AAA)

+ Anomaly detection and prevention mechanisms

+ Secure integration of IoT and fog devices for SDN

+ Intrusion detection system and intrusion prevention system

+ Heterogeneous model & trustworthy communication architectures

+ Secure data storage and computing model in SDN

+ Testbed and experimental components tailored for SDN

+ Security threats and vulnerability detection

+ Block chain for secure transaction management using SDN

+ Deduplication architectures for secure cloud storage

+ Security and privacy standardization for SDN

+ Dependable control plane optimization for SDN


Workshop Organizers

+ Co-Chairs:

Dr. Gagangeet Singh Aujla

School of Computing, Newcastle University

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Dr. Neeraj Kumar

Computer Science and Engineering Department,

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (deemed to be University), Patiala (Punjab), India



Prof. Mohsen Guizani

Computer Engineering Department

Qatar University, Doha



Dr. Anish Jindal

School of Computing and Communications,

Lancaster University, United Kingdom




Publicity Chairs

Dr. Haotong Cao

Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Nanjing, China



Dr. Sahil Vashist

Computer Science and Engineering Department

CGC College of Engineering, Mohali, India