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Open Innovations Association FRUCT

27th FRUCT conference: Call for Participation

The 27th IEEE Conference of the Open Innovations Association FRUCT is co-organized by FRUCT Association and University of Trento. The conference will be held in Trento (Italy) on 7-9 September 2020. Download CFP in PDF

Despite COVID-19, we keep on collecting submissions and plan to hold FRUCT as planned on September 7-9, 2020. The 27th IEEE FRUCT conference will be organized as a virtual conference with distant participation. Please don’t forget to send 8-10 min video of your presentation to by August 21, 2020 at latest. Video files over 20Mb better to upload to google drive, dropbox, or other repository. The video shall at least present your slides with audio track of the talk. The preferred formats for your video are MP4 and WMV. If you use MS PowerPoint you might use instructions from the following link to prepare your video….

Overview of FRUCT

FRUCT is a large Pan-European cooperation framework that promotes open innovations of academia and industry. FRUCT conference is a high-quality scientific event for meeting academia and business people and setting projects. The average conference is attended by over 120 participants representing 30+ member organizations and guests from other organizations. Participants comes from Italy, Russia, Finland, UK, Denmark, India, and other countries and industry is primary represented by Dell EMC, Nokia, MariaDB, Intel, Jolla, Open Mobile Platform, Skolkovo, etc.

The conference attracts most active and talented students to present their R&D projects, meet people alike, create new teams, and find employers and investors. The conference invites the world-class academic and industrial experts to lecture on the hottest topics.

FRUCT conferences are organized every half a year, which is the reason for submission and acceptance notification deadlines be so close to the conference dates. If you need more time for visa and travel arrangements just notify us by email and submit your paper following the Early bird submission deadline. Then your paper will be taken to the early-review procedure and you get the notification of acceptance one month earlier.

We welcome everybody to submit papers and take part in the conference, share your research and join the FRUCT Association. Thanks to sponsors we traditionally have low registration fee and various discounts can be applied. Please take early registration to get the best fee and most advantages of your participation in the conference.

All conference papers and abstracts will be published Open Access in FRUCT proceeding at no additional cost (available for free under a CC BY-ND license download from FRUCT proceedings catalog).

We welcome patrons/sponsors to join the conference team. Please refer to the overview of patrons’ packages and contact us in case of any questions and proposals.

Confirmed keynotes

Prof. Carlo Fischione (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), the keynote talk title is The Internet of Things: current state and future evolutions

Abstract: We can define IoT as “the world of everything connected”, because it can connect physical objects, person, infrastructures, or even businesses. IoT includes many technologies and methods that allow us to gather data, make data analysis, and ultimately take some intelligent decisions. We are using IoT in the digitalized world, where vehicles will drive without human drivers, or energy and water resources will be distributed much more efficiently than today. In this keynote I will give an overview of some of the important IoT engineering problems my group has been working with in the recent years. First, I will give an overview on prominent scenarios where IoT is changing social and economic systems, such as IoT for smart cities, wireless industrial controls, smart grids, IoT for sound and music. Then I will mention some basic engineering research questions, such as distributed optimization, real-time networking, and new distributed machine learning methods. The solution to these questions is contributing to the development of the IoT in the real-world scenario mentioned above.

Bio: Dr. Carlo Fischione is Full Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Division of Network and Systems Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering (3/3 years) in May 2005 from University of L’Aquila, Italy, and the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (Laurea, Summa cum Laude, 5/5 years) in April 2001 from the same University. He has held research positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2015, Visiting Professor); Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015, Associate); and University of California at Berkeley, CA (2004-2005, Visiting Scholar, and 2007-2008, Research Associate). His research interests include optimization with applications to networks, wireless and sensor networks, Internet of Things, and digital systems. He has co-authored over 180 publications, including a book, book chapters, international journals and conferences, and international patents. He received or co-received a number of awards, such as the “IEEE Communication Society S. O. Rice” best paper award of 2018 for the best IEEE Transactions on Communications paper, the best paper award of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2007), the best paper awards at the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor System 05 and 09 (IEEE MASS 2005 and IEEE MASS 2009), the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Sweden VT-COM-IT Chapter (2014), the Best Business Idea awards from VentureCup East Sweden (2010) and from Stockholm Innovation and Growth (STING) Life Science in Sweden (2014), the “Ferdinando Filauro” award from University of L’Aquila, Italy (2003), the “Higher Education” award from Abruzzo Region Government, Italy (2004), the Junior Research award from Swedish Research Council (2007), the “Silver Ear of Wheat” award in history from the Municipality of Tornimparte, Italy (2012). He is Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and Associated Editor of IFAC Automatica. Meanwhile, he also has offered his advice as a consultant to numerous technology companies such as ABB Corporate Research, Berkeley Wireless Sensor Network Lab, Ericsson Research, Synopsys, and United Technology Research Center. He is co-founder and Scientific Director of MIND Music Labs. He is Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), and Ordinary Member of DASP (the Italian academy of history Deputazione Abruzzese di Storia Patria).

Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia (University of Trento), the keynote talk title is One world – 7000 languages

Abstract: In this talk I’ll describe the impact of the Web on the human languages, a lot of which are disappearing. In the second part I’ll describe an initiative, called Data Scientia, whose goal is to minimize the impacts of this phenomenon. The talk will cover aspects related to both technology and research, and social innovation.

Bio: Professor of Computer Science, University of Trento, ECCAI fellow, member of the Academia Europaea. Previously studied or had positions at the Universities of Genoa, Stanford, Edinburgh, and at the research center IRST (now FBK, Trento). Research: knowledge management with a focus on managing diversity. Around 10 Best Paper Awards. More than 50 invited talks in international events; chair of more than 10 international events, among them: WWW 2021, KSEM 2018, ODBASE 2008, IJCAI 2005, Mobiquitous 2004, Context 2003, AOSE 2002, Coopis 2001, KR&R 2000, FLOC 1999; program committee member of many conferences and workshops in, e.g., Artificial Intelligence, data bases, agents, information systems, formal methods, automated reasoning, web; editor or editorial board member of around 10 journals, among them: Journal of Data Semantics, Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems, Journal of applied non Classical Logics, Journal of Software Tools for Technology Transfer, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He was member of the IJCAI Board of Trustees (01-11), President of IJCAI (05-07), President of KR, Inc. (02-04), Advisory Board member of  KR, Inc., Steering Committee of the  CONTEXT conference. Fausto Giunchiglia has covered all the spectrum from theory to technology transfer and innovation.  Some relevant roles: Member of the Panel “Computer Science and Informatics” of the European Research Council (ERC), “ERC Advanced Grants” (2008 – 2013), Chair of the International Advisory board of the Scottish Informatics and Strategic Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) of the 10 Scottish Universities; Coordinator of the task-force in charge of the definition of the Italian National Research Program in ICT; Scientific Coordinator of the Italian Platform for the Future Internet, sponsored by the Italian Industrial Association and the Ministry of Research; Co-founder and first president of GraphiTech, a member of the IniGraphicsNet foundation (2002–2005). More details can be found at the URL:

Background and motivation

The distinctive feature of modern IT and Telecommunications industries is in dramatic shortening of the period when technology remains commercially viable. On the one hand, this is due to the competition between key market players that are pushing all manufacturers to accelerate innovations; on the other hand, this is due to technological progress speed up caused by the growing expansion of intellectual resource invested into R&D and design activities. This trend is an important call and challenge for the leading educational and research institutions around the globe. In the FRUCT we believe that it is crucial to combine forces of EU and Russia to follow up the competition in adopting university education to the new industrial trends. The first step is to strength a bridge between Russian and Finnish academic worlds, increase visibility of involved research teams and set direct personal contacts between academic and industrial experts.

Call for papers and presentations

You can select one of the following 3 types of submissions:
- Full papers (min 6 full pages and up to 12 pages), deadline June 15, 2020;
- Short papers (min 2 pages, max 6 pages), deadline June 15**, 2020;**
- Poster or demo summary (min 200 words, max 4 pages), by August 31, 2020.

Traditionally FRUCT doesn’t provide deadline extension, as instead we have early-bird submissions mechanism. But if authors need couple of extra days to finalize a paper, please send in advance email to and we will try to arrange it so that you can finalize your work.

The review process is organized as follows:
- Full papers get at least 3 reviews by the Technical Committee
- Short papers and Poster/demo summaries get at least 2 reviews by the Technical Committee
- The review process is organized as the single-blind review
- The acceptance rate is around 40% (3 years)
- Authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to be published in partner journals.

Please note that some papers submitted as Full Papers can be recommended for publication in ACM section (AKA WiP) of the proceedings. ACM section includes papers that have passed the quality check, but didn’t get in top 40% of the papers based on the average score. This will be a normal publication, but with less guaranteed indexing, read more. To increase your chance to get your paper accepted as Full Paper, we recommend to submit it by the Early bird submission deadline, as this way you always will have a second chance to improve the paper and get another round of review. The conference language is English.

The Early bird submission deadline: May 29, 2020.
The Early bird acceptance notification: June 12, 2020.

Please note that one person can be a coauthor of at maximum 3 submissions of all types: Submit

Conference dates: 7-9 September 2020
Conference location: Trento, Italy
Short Paper submission deadline: 15 June 2020
Full Paper Submission deadline: 15 June 2020
Notification of acceptance date: 6 July 2020
Camera-ready submission deadline: 13 July 2020
Authors registration deadline: 13 July 2020
Demos/Posters submission deadline: 31 August 2020

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by the Technical Committee. Please download the paper templates for MS Word and LaTeX, or you can use online LaTeX template on OverLeaf service. Please note the following major changes in the templates: The size of page should be Letter (21.59 cm × 27.94 cm). If you are using Word margins must be: top - 1.9 cm, bottom - 1.6 cm, left - 1.57 cm and right - 1.57 cm. Please note that all Full Paper submissions shall have at least 6 full pages and the last page cannot contain only Acknowledgments and References (at least some text of the main paper, e.g., part of Conclusions, shall be on page 6).

The list of conference topics (we welcome you to propose new R&D topics):

  • Bioinformatics, e-Health and Wellbeing
  • Internet of Things and enabling technologies
  • Smart Spaces, Linked Data and Semantic Web
  • Big Data and Data Mining, Data Storage and Management
  • Knowledge and Data Managements Systems
  • Location Based Services: Navigation, Logistics, e-Tourism
  • Context Awareness and Proactive Services
  • Sensor Design, Ad-hoc and Sensor Networking
  • Natural Language Processing, Speech Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation Systems
  • Open Source Mobile OS: Architectures and Applications
  • Software Design, Innovative Applications
  • Smart Systems and Embedded Networks
  • Security and Privacy: Applications and Coding Theory
  • Next Generation Networks, Emerging Wireless Technologies, 5G
  • Computer Vision, Image and Video Processing
  • Crowdsourcing and Collective Intelligence
  • Intelligence, Social Mining and Web
  • Sound and Music Computing
  • Internet of Sounds

In addition the following 4 workshops are organized under the umbrella of FRUCT27:

  • Workshop on Machine Learning and Optimization for Communications Networks
  • The 1st International Workshop on the Internet of Sounds
  • The International Workshop on Predictive Maintenance (IWPM)
  • The 3rd International Workshop on advances in Innovative Drone Enhanced Applications

All conference and workshop papers and abstracts will be published Open Access in FRUCT proceeding (available for free download from FRUCT proceedings catalog). In addition Full papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore and submitted for indexing to Scopus, WoS, ACM, DBLP, RSCI/РИНЦ (as journal publication), Google Scholar, etc. Proceedings of FRUCT conference Full Papers are included into Scimago Journal Rank. FRUCT proceedings are included to DOAJ.
The selected papers get invitations to publish extended papers in the partner journals. For example, in case of successful presentation and recommendation by the session chair some papers will be invited to make free of charge publication of an extended version of the paper in IJERTCS journal (indexed by Scopus).

FRUCT conference is a recognized high quality scientific event. FRUCT has good rating in national systems, e.g., Finnish (JUFO=1, JufoID: 72707), Norwegian (NSD=1), Danish (BFI=1, ID: 8782540).

N.B. Please note that we cannot guaranty indexation in Scopus for Short Papers and papers accepted to ACM section of the proceedings. If Scopus indexing is mandatory for you then make sure that your paper is accepted as Full Paper. Authors of all accepted papers must register to the conference, pay registration fee by author’s deadline and present paper at the conference, as otherwise the paper will get technical reject.

Authors of top Short or Work in Progress papers get invite to make free of charge extended versions of the paper in the partner journal, which is included in all major indexes.


Chair of the local organizing committee:Dr. Luca Turchet

All general questions about FRUCT conference please send to