IoT Vertical and Topical Summit for Tourism
20-24 September 2021 // Virtual Summit


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Camera-Ready Instructions


Author Mandatory Registration

Identify the presenter of the paper in EDAS. The presenter must register and pay the subscription fee for the conference no later than July 28th 2021. Your paper cannot be included in the proceedings and in the final program if you are not registered for the conference and have not paid the fee by this date. In case of approval of more than one paper, two (2) papers are allowed per fully registered participant.


IEEE Copyright form

Authors must sign their copyright form via IEEE eCopyright service. Please login to your EDAS account and look for your VTST’21 accepted paper under your EDAS dashboard, then click on the copyright icon (8th column on your list of papers page). You will be then redirected to an EDAS webpage in which you should click on the button “IEEE Copyright Submission”. Next, you will be redirected to IEEE eCF website where you just need to follow the wizard to complete and submit your copyright form online.


Preparing your Camera-Ready

Final papers must be IEEE Xplore-compatible PDFs written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font) including tables, figures and references and must use standard IEEE two-column conference templates (Word or LaTeX) that can be downloaded from If the Word templates are used the final manuscripts should be prepared using the most current version of Microsoft Word to help reduce word-to-pdf conversion issues such as embedded fonts, bookmarks, etc.

**Please be sure to remove all headers, footers and page numbers.


Before Creating a PDF

  • Add one of the following four copyright notices to the bottom of the first page of your source document. If necessary, contact the publication Chair Marco Martalò at marco.martalo@unica.itfor the appropriate copyright notice.
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is:

U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright

  • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is:

978-1-7281-6969-9/21/$31.00 ©2021 Crown

  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is:

978-1-7281-6969-9/21/$31.00 ©2021 European Union

  • For all other papers the copyright notice is:

978-1-7281-6969-9/21/$31.00 ©2021 IEEE

  • Proofread your source document thoroughly to confirm that it will require no revision.
  • Check the page layout of the manuscript (US letter) and the page limit policy: 6 pages for full papers.  Papers exceeding 6 pages will not be accepted by IEEE Conference eXpress.


How to Add the Copyright Notice on Latex

The following latex commands can be used to insert the standard IEEE copyright notice in your paper.  Add these before the “maketitle” command.


IEEEpubid{makebox[columnwidth]{978-1-7281-2171-0/19/$31.00 copyright~2019~IEEE }

hspace{columnsep}makebox[columnwidth]{ }}


Creating your PDF eXpress Account

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First-time users should do the following:

  1. Select the New Users – Click Here
  2. Enter the following:
  • 49204X for the Conference ID
  • your email address
  • a password
  1. Continue to enter information as prompted.

An Online confirmation will be displayed and an email confirmation will be sent verifying
your account setup.

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Call for Proposals

The IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism (IoT-VTST’21) solicits the following types of proposals:

  • Key talks: presentations on solutions, field-trials, deployment experience, hands-on activities, and technologies to highlight the challenges in the development of Hospitality Industry 4.0, which may have also been presented and/or published previously. An extended abstract is required, not to exceed two pages.
  • Panels: the panel topic should be innovative and should foster discussions among the different Summit stakeholders to foster the role of IoT as a pillar for sustainable urban development related to the Summit Topics. An extended abstract is required, not to exceed two pages, which should also include the potential panelists.
  • Technical presentations: these are original and novel technical contributions with a technical paper that will be published in IEEExplore. Suggested size is four pages; papers up to six pages will be accepted.

Submission Instructions for key talks and panels

IoT-VTST’21 will be hosting both Key Talks and Forum Panel Sessions. Presentation materials will not be published in the conference proceedings but will be available on the conference web site.

Key Talks and Industrial Forum Panel proposal should contain an abstract, scope, intended audience, objectives, prior history, an outline, the biographical sketch of presenter(s), and any other information that may assist in making decisions. The material proposed should be of high relevance to the technical program.

Proposals must be submitted electronically via email to the Technical Program Chair:

Michele Nitti – University of Cagliari

Submission Instructions for technical presentations

The IoT-VTST’21 solicits full paper technical submissions describing original research. Suggested size is four pages; papers up to six pages will be accepted. 

All papers must be submitted in PDF and US letter format. Submitted papers must conform to the IEEE formatting guidelines as specified in these Word and LaTeX templates.

Conference proposals must be submitted electronically via edas:


Important dates

Submission deadline: 17 May 2021
Submission deadline: 7 June 2021

Submission deadline: 21 June 2021
Notifications of acceptance: 14 July 2021

Camera ready: 19 July 2021

Summit Theme Related Ideas

The IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism seeks submissions in the following areas, but not limited to:

Personalizing the tourism experience 

  • Context and situation aware services
  • Self-forming services
  • Affective IoT
  • Quality of Experience
  • Privacy
  • Smart museums/digital heritage
  • Social Distancing


Improving the transport services for tourists

  • Connected vehicles
  • Intelligent transport
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Ticketing
  • Passengers counting


IoT and tourist hospitality 

  • IoT multimedia and societal impacts 
  • Energy efficiency and comfort management 
  • Identity management


Digital tools for tourism 

  • Augmented/Virtual Reality 
  • Cloud/edge computing 
  • Crowdsensing/crowdsourcing 
  • Artificial Intelligence/machine learning


Enabling a more accessible tourism

  • Enabling barrier-free destinations
  • Developing assistive technologies
  • Inclusive tourism experience
  • User-aware services

If the submission of the technical paper is accepted and presented, it will be included in the conference proceedings and be submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. IEEE takes the protection of intellectual property very seriously. All submissions will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck. By submitting your work you agree to allow IEEE to screen your work for plagiarism: