CITS 2018: The 2018 International Conference on Computer, Information and Telecommunication Systems

July 11-13, 2018, Colmar, France

About the Conference 🔗

The 2018 International Conference on Computer, Information, and Telecommunication Systems, CITS 2018, is an international forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research and development results in all areas of Computer, Information, and Telecommunication Systems, CITS.

The conference will feature tutorials, technical paper presentations, and distinguished keynote speeches. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Selected extended versions of accepted papers will be considered for Special Issues of Scholarly International Journals.

CITS 2018 is over! See you in CITS 2019!

Technical co-sponsors

IEEE logo ComSoc logo SCS is a CITS 2018 Technical Co-Sponsor

Important Dates

  • Paper submission (firm deadline):
  • Author notification:
  • Camera-ready paper submission:

You can download a one-page Call For Papers (CFP).

Special Issue of Security and Privacy Journal (SPY) on extended versions of security and privacy papers accepted in IEEE CITS 2018. For more info on this contact Prof. Zhaolong Ning at nc.ude.tuld@gningnoloahz

Final Paper Submission

Papers should be written in English with a maximum paper length of 5 printed pages (10-point font, A4 size paper) including figures. For your submission you can use the standard IEEE Transactions templates for Microsoft Word or LaTeX formats found at: (Remember: A4 size)

Please, follow instructions given in the detailed final paper preparation and submission instructions available for authors.

Papers must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) format, using the following EDAS link:

Important Notice:

Papers are reviewed on the basis that they do not contain plagiarized material and have not been submitted to any other conference at the same time (multiple submission). To learn more about this matter; visit:

Conference Registration

CITS 2018 Conference Registration

These are the available registration options. Authors can only register on-line with two payment options: credit card and bank wire (through EDAS).

RegistrationsIEEE/SCS Member3Non-member3
Full Registration2 (until June 1, 20181)€590€690
Extra Page Charge (for each page beyond 5 pages/paper) €100€100
Extra Paper Charge*€350€350
No-paper Early Registration (until June 1, 20181)€590€690
Late (from June 2, 20181)/On Site Registration€690€790
No-paper Student Registration€250€250
Extra Banquet TicketTBDTBD
Extra Lunch TicketTBDTBD

All attendees at CITS 2018 should make the registration. One author per paper (up to 5 pages) MUST be accompanied by one mandatory full registration and the registration fee must be paid by June 1, 2018. Each extra page will be charged at a rate of €100. Each extra paper will be charged at a rate of €350 (*must be under the same author’s registrations) so if registered by different authors, EDAS will charge it as another single paper at a rate of €590/690. The receipt of the extra paper should be under the same payer's name as the first paper.


  • Author Refunds: Authors who have registered their accepted paper are not eligible for refund if decided to withdraw their paper
  • 50% Refunds: Non-authors Refund requests received before June 8, 2018
  • No Refunds: Non-authors Refund requests received after June 8, 2018 will not be eligible for a refund

1 Until/from 12am (midnight) EST

2 Full and No-paper Registration fees cover: Entrance to all technical sessions, e-proceedings, coffee during breaks, one badge, two lunch tickets, and one banquet ticket. ‘Extra Paper Charge’ doesn’t cover the above.

3 IEEE and SCS members must keep updated their society memberships in EDAS.

How to register for CITS 2018

  1. Go to the CITS 2018 Registration at EDAS (sign in or, if you do not have an EDAS account, sign up)
    • Members of IEEE and SCS must keep updated their society memberships in EDAS (check the "update your society memberships" link) in order to register with reduced charges
    • Please specify your dietary constraints or special needs in "My Profile"
  2. Click 'Icon' of Payment by Credit Cards or Bank Wire
  3. Enter necessary card details as well as VAT numbers or other details for your invoice; then click the button of 'PAY'
    • For Bank Wire (please pay ‘bank fees’ by yourself), it takes a few days for EDAS staff to update your payment status
  4. Any problem occurs in EDAS, please Click 'Request help' (on the bottom line of the page) and EDAS staff will reply to you ASAP.

Organizing Committee 🔗

General Chairs

  1. Mohammad S. Obaidat,
    King Abdullah II School of Information Technology (KASIT), Univ. of Jordan, Jordan
  2. Pascal Lorenz,
    Univ. of Haute Alsace, France

Executive General Chair

  1. Kuei-Fang (Leila) Hsiao,
    Ming-Chuan Univ., Taiwan

Senior Program Committee Chair

  1. Petros Nicopolitidis,
    Aristotle Univ., Greece

Program Chairs

  1. Imad Mahgoub,
    Florida Atlantic Univ., USA
  2. Zhenqiang (Kevin) Mi,
    Univ. of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  3. Zhaolong Ning,
    Dalian Univ. of Technology, China

Publicity Chairs

  1. Lei Shu,
    Nanjing Agricultural Univ., China
  2. Der-Jiunn Deng,
    National Changhua Univ. of Education, Taiwan
  3. Moi Hoon Yap,
    Manchester Metropolitan Univ., UK
  4. Seungmin (Charlie) Rho,
    Sungkyul Univ., Korea
  5. Xiaochen Lai,
    Dalian Univ. of Technology, China
  6. Hongzhen Shi,
    Yunnan Minzu Univ., China
  7. Sofiane Hamrioui,
    Univ. of Nantes, France

Publication Chair

  1. Daniel Cascado,
    Univ. of Seville, Spain

International Liaisons

  1. Sang-Soo (Martin) Yeo,
    Mokwon Univ., Korea
  2. Balqies Sadoun,
    Al-Balqa' Applied Univ., Jordan
  3. Hong Ji,
    BUPT, China
  4. Ching-Hsien (Robert) Hsu,
    Chung Hua Univ., Taiwan
  5. Helen Karatza,
    Aristotle Univ., Greece
  6. Haifeng Wu,
    Yunnan Minzu Univ., China

Registration Chair

  1. Kuei-Fang (Leila) Hsiao,
    Ming-Chuan Univ., Taiwan

Finance Chair

  1. Kasim Al-Aubidy,
    Philadelphia Univ., Jordan


  1. Antonio Bueno,
    Univ. of Girona, Spain

Steering Committee 🔗

  • Franco Davoli, Univ. of Genoa, Italy
  • Pascal Lorenz, Univ. of Haute Alsace, France
  • Mohammad S. Obaidat, Fordham Univ., NY, USA (Chair)
  • Jose L. Sevillano, Univ. of Seville, Spain
  • George A. Tsihrintzis, Univ. of Piraeus, Greece
  • Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier Univ., Canada

Program Committee

  • Ozgur Akan, Univ. of Cambridge
  • Jalel Ben-Othman, Univ. of Paris 13
  • Igor Bisio, Univ. of Genoa
  • Berk Canberk, Istanbul Technical Univ.
  • Luca Caviglione, National Research Council (CNR)
  • Zhikui Chen, Dalian Univ. of Technology
  • Franco Davoli, Univ. of Genoa
  • Gianluigi Ferrari, Univ. of Parma
  • Jing Gao, Dalian Univ. of Technology
  • Fabrizio Granelli, Univ. of Trento
  • Jose Luis Guisado, Univ. de Sevilla
  • Aun Haider, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • Georgios Kambourakis, Univ. of the Aegean
  • Helen Karatza, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki
  • Paris Kitsos, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece
  • Carlos Leon, Univ. of Seville, IEEE Senior Member
  • Jaime Lloret, Univ. Politecnica de Valencia
  • Pascal Lorenz, Univ. of Haute Alsace
  • Valeria Loscrí, Inria Lille-Nord Europe
  • Malamati Louta, Univ. of Western Macedonia
  • Raimundo Macedo, UFBA
  • Alvaro Marco, Univ. de Zaragoza
  • Zhenqiang Mi, Univ. of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Lynda Mokdad, Univ. de Paris 12
  • Farid Naït-Abdesselam, Paris Descartes Univ.
  • George Palaigeorgiou, Univ. of Western Macedonia, Florina School of Education
  • Jun Peng, UTRGV - Edinburg, TX
  • Joel Rodrigues, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel)
  • Ýngel A. San-Blas, Univ. of Elche
  • Anna Maria Vegni, Univ. Roma 3
  • Artemios Voyiatzis, SBA Research
  • Gang Wang, Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc.
  • Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier Univ.
  • Sherali Zeadally, Univ. of Kentucky

Keynote Speakers

Scheduling Real-Time Applications in the Cloud: Challenges and Research Directions


Photo of Dr. Helen Karatza

Dr. Helen Karatza is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she teaches courses in the postgraduate and undergraduate level, and supervises doctoral and postdoctoral research. Dr. Karatza's research interests include Computer Systems Modeling and Simulation, Performance Evaluation, Grid and Cloud Computing, Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, Resource Allocation and Scheduling and Real-time Distributed Systems.

Dr. Karatza has authored or co-authored over 210 technical papers and book chapters including four papers that earned best paper awards at international conferences. She is senior member of IEEE, ACM and SCS, and she served as an elected member of the Board of Directors at Large of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. She served as Chair and Keynote Speaker in International Conferences.

Dr. Karatza is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal “Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory” and Senior Associate Editor of the “Journal of Systems and Software” of Elsevier. She was Editor-in-Chief of “Simulation Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International” and Associate Editor of “ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation”. She served as Guest Editor of Special Issues in International Journals. More info about her activities/publications can be found in


Cloud computing, a distributed computing paradigm, offers computational services to scientists, consumers and enterprises as utilities, on a pay-per-use billing approach.

Cloud computing provides a large range of services, such as computational resources for urban mobility, health care, social networking, environmental science, etc. Furthermore, the simultaneous usage of services from different clouds can have additional benefits such as lower cost and high availability.

Cloud computing involves many challenges due to the heterogeneity of the resources and the nature of the applications executed on such platforms. Applications are usually complex consisting of multiple component tasks, featuring different degrees of variability in their computational demands. Furthermore, complex multiple-task applications may have precedence constraints and specific deadlines and may impose several restrictions and QoS requirements.

Cloud infrastructures provide an efficient means to execute real-time applications. Users can rent cloud resources to meet application requirements, making cloud a good option for running real-time jobs. Therefore, one of the most important aspects in cloud computing is the effective scheduling of real-time complex applications, allowing for guarantees that the deadlines will be met.

The scheduling algorithms must seek a way to maintain a good response time to leasing cost ratio. Furthermore, scheduling techniques are required to improve the energy-efficiency of servers and to consolidate the workload on efficiently utilized resources. However, to reduce the energy consumption while meeting deadlines, appropriate adaptive scheduling techniques are required.

In this talk we will present state-of-the-art research covering a variety of concepts on real-time application scheduling in the cloud. We will present new perspectives and we will highlight challenges in this important research area.

Monitoring Internet of Things: challenges and optimizations


Photo of Abderrahim Benslimane

Abderrahim Benslimane is Professor of Computer-Science at the Avignon University/France since 2001. He has been recently a Technical International Expert at the French Ministry of Foreign and European affairs (2012-2016). He served as a coordinator of the Faculty of Engineering at the French University in Egypt. He obtained the French award of Doctoral supervisions (2017-2021) and he was attributed the French award of Scientific Excellency (2011-2014).

He has been as Associate Professor at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard since September 1994. He obtained the title to supervise researches (HDR 2000) from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. He received the PhD degree (1993), DEA (MS 1989) from the Franche-Comte University of Besançon, and BS (1987) from the University of Nancy, all in Computer Science.

He is Area Editor of Wiley Security and Privacy journal and editorial member of IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine and Elsevier Ad Hoc. He is founder and serves as General-Chair of the IEEE WiMob since 2005 and of iCOST and MoWNet international conference since 2011. He served as a Symposium co-chair/leader in many IEEE international conferences such as ICC, Globecom, AINA and VTC. He was Guest Editor of many special issues. He participates to the steering and the program committee of many IEEE international conferences. He was Board committee member, Vice-chair of Student activities of IEEE France section/Region 8, he was Publication Vice-chair, Conference Vice-Chair and he is now Chair of the ComSoc TC of Communication and Information Security. He participates to the steering and the program committee of many IEEE international conferences.

His research interests are in development of communication protocols with the use of graph theory for mobile and wireless networks. Currently, he is working on the conception and performance evaluation of protocols for security in Internet of Things. Also, he works on multicast routing, inter-vehicular communications, Quality of service, energy conservation, localization, intrusion detection and MAC layer performance evaluation. He was awarded several best papers awards.

He is involved in many national and international founded projects. He was the head of Computer Networks and Multimedia Applications group (RAM) of the Computer Laboratory of Avignon from 2001 to 2009.

More info about his activities and all his publications can be found in


The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is introducing more and more services and applications such as smart cities. IoT networks tend to experience unexpected communication problems during deployment, because resource-constrained embedded devices are unreliable by nature for a variety of reasons, such as uncertain radio connectivity and battery drain. Despite the fact that IoT networks are dynamic and vulnerable, the offered services need the continuous availability of defined network components.

The availability of devices, the reliability of communication, the Quality of Service (QoS), and security are all essential for the utilization of the IoT. Over time, the state of devices and the overall network may depreciate. This is due to the challenging and failure-prone nature of the IoT; consisting of a huge number of heterogeneous and resource-constrained things in terms of memory, communication, energy and computational capabilities. Furthermore, energy constraints impose hard duty cycles to maximise longevity, which in turn causes unreliable connectivity.

To ensure robustness in wireless networks, monitoring the network state, performance and functioning of the nodes and links is crucial, especially for critical applications. Safety-critical applications, such as a distributed fire- or burglar-alarm system, require that all sensor nodes are up and functional.

To that end, monitoring techniques for detecting, localizing and recovering network failures in IoT should be significantly developed.

There are several tools and methods to monitor fixed networks and even wireless sensor networks. However, there is a lack of solutions for the Internet of Things with its complexity and heterogeneity. Monitoring can be passive or active including using network tomography for beacon placements and probes optimization.

In this talk, we will introduce all the concept above. So, we will first introduce the Internet of Things, its challenges and the monitoring concept. We will present the Research motivations and objectives for the monitoring. After presenting the stat-of-the-art research on monitoring, we will present our theoretical solutions for monitoring IoT.

We target the optimization of IoT network monitoring for fault tolerance, security and quality of service purposes.

Topics of Interest 🔗

Track I: Computer Systems

  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud management
  • Cloud services
  • Computer architectures
  • Computer hardware technology
  • Computer-aided designs and technology
  • Display technology
  • Digital circuits, systems and logic design
  • Embedded systems
  • Evolutionary algorithms and computing
  • Fuzzy systems and fuzzy logic
  • Green computing
  • Grid computing and architectures
  • Hardware and software co-design
  • High-performance computing
  • Input/Output systems
  • Low-power computer technology
  • Memory systems
  • Mobile computing
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Object Oriented Languages
  • Operating system and middleware for mobile computing and networking
  • Performance evaluation
  • Pervasive computing
  • Real-time systems and simulations
  • Reconfigurable computing
  • System integration
  • Systems on chip (SoC)
  • Scientific computing algorithms
  • Soft computing
  • Software design, verification and validation
  • Software performance and engineering
  • Social networking and computing
  • VLSI design

Track II: Information Technology

  • Agents and multi-agents systems
  • Artificial intelligence and expert systems
  • Adaptive learning automata
  • Bioinformatics and biological computing and engineering
  • Database and data warehouses
  • Data mining
  • Future web
  • e-Government
  • e-Commerce
  • e-Health
  • e-Learning and adaptive learning
  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Network systems, proxies and servers
  • Neural networks
  • Protocols and standards
  • RF technology and control error correction
  • Signal and image processing
  • System engineering
  • Telematics
  • Web-Based Simulation Applications

Track III: Web Technologies

  • Accessibility issues and Technology
  • Data Fusion
  • Digital Libraries
  • Content transformation and adaptation in proxy server
  • Metadata and metamodeling
  • Multimedia
  • Ontology and semantic web
  • Personalized web sites/Web site classification and optimization
  • Portal strategies
  • Quality recommendation for software service provisioning
  • Service oriented architecture
  • System integration
  • User modeling
  • Usability and ergonomics
  • Web analytics
  • Web services and engineering
  • Web interfaces and applications
  • Web searching, browsing and ranking
  • Web information retrieval
  • Web intelligence
  • Web performance measurement, modeling and caching
  • XML and data management

Track IV: Networking Systems

  • Bio-inspired and nature-inspired solutions in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks
  • Broadband access technologies
  • Cognitive radio
  • Cross-layer design for mobile and wireless networks
  • Dynamic spectrum management
  • Disruption tolerant networks
  • Energy-efficient networks
  • Future Internet
  • Hybrid networks
  • Medium access control protocols
  • Network management
  • Network services and protocols
  • Optical networks
  • Opportunistic networks
  • Personal area networks
  • Performance-oriented design and evaluation focused on networks and mobile applications
  • Quality of service provisioning
  • Routing protocols
  • Sensor networks
  • Smart grids
  • Testbed design and implementation
  • Traffic Eng. & measurements
  • Under water networks
  • 60 GHz networking
  • Wireless networks

Track V: Telecommunications Systems

  • Adaptive communications
  • Channel estimation
  • Cognitive vehicular ad hoc networks
  • Cooperative communications
  • Channel coding
  • Interference management
  • Massive MIMO systems
  • Modulation techniques
  • MIMO systems
  • Novel applications enabled by telecommunication networking systems
  • OFDM communications
  • Power line communication
  • Satellite communication
  • Spread-spectrum communications
  • UWB communications
  • Wireless broadcasting
  • Wireless communication

Track VI: Security Systems

  • Authentication and access control
  • Biometrics systems
  • Computer and communication security
  • Cryptography and cryptanalysis
  • Digital watermarking, fingerprinting, and traitor tracing schemes
  • Detection analysis and prevention of malware
  • Denial of service issues
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Information systems security
  • Keystroke dynamic systems
  • Multimedia security
  • Network security
  • Network systems forensics
  • Operating systems security
  • Program security
  • Physical security
  • Privacy enhancing technologies
  • Public-key infrastructure systems
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Security of e-Systems and applications
  • Security modeling, tools & simulation
  • Security of personal area networks
  • Security of WiFi and WiMax systems
  • Security of web systems
  • Secure PHY and MAC protocols
  • User & location privacy
  • Virtual Private Network systems
  • Vulnerability and Virus analysis
  • Vulnerability and attack modeling
  • Web security and privacy
  • Web-based application security

Location and Venue 🔗

CITS 2018 will take place in the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Colmar (IUT), Universitè de Haute Alsace (left side of the map): 34, Grillenbreit Street, 68008 Colmar, France

Colmar is a lovely town in the eastern part of France, near the German and Swiss border. Capital of Alsatian wines, Colmar is also the birthplace of the sculptor Bartholi, who created the Statue of Liberty in New York. The old "quartier des Tanneurs" (Tanners district) and the fishmarket dating back to the 17th century, open onto what is known as the "Petite Venise" (Little Venice). These parts of the town are perfect illustrations of renovation in the typical Alsatian style. The city of Colmar has been working on its own Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project, called OASICE, including LAN interconnection, PBX interconnection and interactive video.

Travel and Accommodation 🔗

Travel Information

By Train

Regular trains depart from Paris (Gare de l'Est station) to Colmar. Transfer time is about four hours (see

By Plane (I)

From Strasbourg airport (SXB) to Colmar (60 kms/40 miles)

Every 20 min, there is a train to Strasbourg railway station. Regular trains are departing from downtown Strasbourg station to Colmar. Transfer time is about 40 minutes.

Colmar is connected to the European motorway network and can also be easily reached by car from Strasbourg airport (A35).

By Plane (II)

From Basel-Mulhouse airport (BSL) to Colmar (60 kms/40 miles)

Every 20 min, there is a bus to Saint Louis railway station (see Regular trains are departing from Saint Louis railway station to Colmar. Transfer time is about 40 minutes.

Accommodation Information

Conference attendees should contact the selected hotel directly in order to make reservation.

  1. Hotel Primo

    5 rue des Ancêtres 68008 Colmar

  2. Hotel Ibis

    10, rue Saint Eloi 68000 Colmar

  3. Hotel Mercure - Champ de Mars

    2, avenue de la Marne 68008 Colmar

  4. Hotel Mercure - Unterlinden

    15, rue Golbery 68008 Colmar

Attendees can also check the Tourism Office of Colmar.

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