IEEE Military Communications Conference
28 October – 1 November 2024 // Washington, DC, USA
C5I Technologies for Military and Intelligence Operations Today and Tomorrow

4th International Workshop on the Internet of Things for Adversarial Environments

Scope, Topics, and Rationale: This workshop solicits original work that advances the science of dynamically composing, operating, adapting, and assessing future intelligent, mission-critical IoT applications that operate in harsh, unfriendly, or adversarial environments. The motivating application examples include disaster response, first-responder support, rescue management, extreme environmental monitoring (e.g., monitoring volcanoes, nuclear plants, bio-chemical incidents, or contagious disease outbreaks), and systems that, by their very nature, are subject to frequent adversarial action such as security/anti-theft systems, intrusion detection systems, anti-jamming systems, and defense systems. A common thread across the above systems is the need for high resilience in the face of a broad array of threats, human or environmental. By soliciting original research on attaining resilient and dependable operation in such a broad spectrum of harsh IoT application contexts, the workshop aims to help the research community collectively distill fundamental insights, key concepts, best practices, and analytical foundations to support a next generation of IoT services for mission-critical applications in adversarial environments. Challenges such as heterogeneity, scale, and fast evolving dynamics are of great interest. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, attainment of resilient performance-assurances in the face of threats, adaptation to meet goals despite perturbations and model uncertainties, accurate learning in adversarial conditions, adversarial machine learning, formal verification of machine learning, optimization under uncertainty, and resilient cyber-physical-human information fusion of contaminated inputs. Two types of submissions are allowed: Full-length 6-page papers and 2-page vision/positive abstracts.

Draft Call for Papers: Following the successful inaugural offering of this workshop in conjunction with Infocom 2019, and its return after the pandemic with successful instances at MILCOM 2022 and 2023, we continue the affiliation of this workshop in 2024. This workshop solicits original work that advances the science of dynamically composing, operating, adapting, and assessing future intelligent, mission-critical IoT applications that operate in harsh, unfriendly, or adversarial environments. The motivating application examples include disaster response, first-responder support, rescue management, extreme environmental monitoring (e.g., monitoring volcanoes, nuclear plants, bio-chemical incidents, or contagious disease outbreaks), and systems that, by their very nature, are subject to frequent adversarial action such as security/anti-theft systems, intrusion detection systems, anti-jamming systems, and defense systems. A common thread across the above systems is the need for high resilience in the face of a broad array of threats, human or environmental. By soliciting original research on attaining resilient and dependable operation in such a broad spectrum of harsh IoT application contexts, the workshop aims to help the research community collectively distill fundamental insights, key concepts, best practices, and analytical foundations to support a next generation of IoT services for mission-critical applications in adversarial environments. Challenges such as heterogeneity, scale, and fast evolving dynamics are of great interest. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, attainment of resilient performance-assurances in the face of threats, adaptation to meet goals despite perturbations and model uncertainties, accurate learning in adversarial conditions, adversarial machine learning, formal verification of machine learning, optimization under uncertainty, and resilient cyber-physical-human information fusion of contaminated inputs.

The 3rd international workshop on Internet of Things for Adversarial Environments solicits contributions from academia, industry, and government on recent advances in both theoretical and experimental research in the above areas. We invite technical papers and position/vision abstracts describing novel ideas, exciting results, and/or real-world experiences. Two types of submissions are solicited:

1. Full papers: Maximum length of 6 pages, including title, author list, abstract, all figures, tables, and references. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper. Accepted papers will be broken into thematic sessions and presented in a panel discussion format.

2. Vision abstracts: This is a 2-page extended abstract that offers a future vision for a research direction in the field of social sensing. The abstract should include a title, author list, description (the vision statement), and references. A graphical illustration is highly desired (included in the 2-page limit). At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the workshop and participate in a “Future Visions” session. The session will include short position talks by authors of accepted abstracts, followed by discussion. 

All submissions should be in English. They should be prepared as per parent conference proceedings format. Templates of conference proceedings format can be found on the conference website. All paper/abstract submission will be electronic, in PDF format. Failure to register for the workshop may disqualify the paper/abstract from inclusion in the proceedings.

Review Process: A technical program committee (TPC) will be formed. Each full-length paper will receive at least 3 TPC reviews, and each extended abstract at least 2 TPC reviews. In addition, a keynote speaker and a panel will be invited. No review delegation will be allowed. After reviews are entered a short online discussion will occur, followed by an online TPC meeting to make acceptance decisions.

Workshop Format: The goal of this full-day workshop is to foster interactive multidisciplinary discussion. Towards that end, it will include (in addition to contributed papers) a keynote, a panel, and a “Future Visions” session. Other than the keynote, all sessions, including contributed paper sessions, will be held in panel format. Authors will present their views on the topic of the session. Presenters of each session will then be invited back to the stage as a panel to discuss synergies, conflicts, multidisciplinary opportunities, analogies (across domains), gaps, and visions. The Future Visions session will include discussion on future directions of the field and emerging new interdisciplinary ideas and opportunities.

Important Dates: (Following MILCOM guidance for workshops)
Papers submission: August 12th, 2023
Acceptance notification: September 9th, 2023
Camera-ready paper due: October 7th, 2023

Potential Participants (and TPC Members):
1. LTC Nathaniel Bastian, Army Cyber Institute, United States Military Academy
2. Jacob Beal, Raytheon/BBN
3. Gabriela Ciocarlie, University of Texas San Antonio
4. Hesham Fouad, US Naval Research Laboratory
5. Deepak Ganesan, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
6. John Hancock, ArtisTech
7. Brayden Hollis, US Air Force Research Laboratory
8. I-Hong Hou, University of Texas A&M
9. Susmit Jha, SRI International
10. Lance Kaplan, US Army DEVCOM ARL
11. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, University of Southern California
12. Archan Misra, Singapore Management University
13. Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
14. Sanjit Seshia, University of California Berkeley
15. Prashant Shenoy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
16. Niranjan Suri, US Army DEVCOM ARL
17. Paulo Tabuada, University of California Los Angeles
18. Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University
19. Pradeep Ravikumar, Carnegie Mellon University
20. Shane Shaneman, Carnegie Mellon University
21. Tien Pham, Mitre
22. Mani Srivastava, University of California Los Angeles
23. Ananthram Swami, US Army DEVCOM ARL
24. Nitin Vaidya, Georgetown University
25. Gunjan Verma, US Army DEVCOM ARL
26. Atlas Wang, University of Texas Austin
27. James Weimer, University of Pennsylvania
28. Shuochao Yao, George Mason University

Workshop Organizer Bios

Maggie Wigness is a Senior Computer Scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL). She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Colorado State University in 2015. Maggie has led and shaped research directions in many ARL collaborative alliances including the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, the Scalable, Adaptive, and Resilient Autonomy Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA), and most recently as the Collaborative Alliance Manager for the Internet of Battlefield Things CRA. Maggie's research efforts are in the cross section of ML, computer vision, edge computation and robot autonomy.

Abdelzaher (Ph.D., UMich, 1999) is a Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor of Computer Science and a Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois, with over 300 refereed publications in Real-time Computing, Distributed Systems, Sensor Networks, and IoT, and an H-index of 94. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems for 15 years, and as an Associate Editor of multiple journals including IEEE TMC, IEEE TPDS, ACM ToSN, ACM TIoT, and ACM ToIT. He also chaired several top conferences in his field, including RTSS, Sensys, Infocom, ICDCS, IPSN, RTAS, DCoSS, and ICAC. Abdelzaher received the IEEE Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award in Real-time Systems (2012), a Xerox Research Award (2011), and several best paper awards. Since 2017, he served as the academic co-lead of the Internet of Battlefield Things Collaborative Research Alliance (IoBT CRA). He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM.
 

 

Workshop Organizers
Dr. Maggie Wigness
US Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Rd.
Adelphi, MD 20783, USA

Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
201 N. Goodwin Dr., Urbana, IL 61801, USA

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