2016 FIRE Book Call for Contributions

FIRE-Logo-short(72dpi)“Building the Future Internet through FIRE:
A Research and Experiment based Approach”


2016 FIRE book to be published by River Publishers

The FIRE Board and the editorial team are glad to announce the production of the FIRE book titled “Building the Future Internet through FIRE: A Research and Experiment based Approach”. This call invites the FIRE community (FIRE Projects, FIRE facilities and FIRE experts) as well as experts from related communities to submit contributions for this book. We are also welcoming members to the Scientific Advisory Committee for this book. Send your expressions of interest and prepare your submissions!

The FIRE initiative, coordinated at the DG Connect Unit E4 in the European Commission, is considered as a key initiative within the Horizon 2020 program. Since the introduction of the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) initiative in the FP7 ICT Work programme Objective “The Network of the Future” back in 2007-2008, and along the subsequent programs, the FIRE initiative has grown to being a critical pillar on the design of the Internet network and services. FIRE is currently further evolving towards supporting innovation, open services interaction, interoperability, secure methods and mobile integrated services, while increasing Internet network capacity and preserving quality of networking services across the FIRE facilities. FIRE includes the emergent technologies, new paradigms and methodologies, to cope with the networks, services and applications demands in today’s more integrated Internet of everything, virtualized networks and open information systems.

We believe that FIRE will play an increasingly relevant role by promoting experimental facilities and experimentally driven research addressing industry and societal innovation. These challenges are motivated by the current and future needs and requirements of experimenters and innovators, with the main objective for activating business markets and addressing societal challenges in Europe and world-wide.


  • 8th April 2016 (extended): submission of your Expression of Interest including a short abstract (200 words) and list of authors.
  • 8th April 2016: feedback to proposers.
  • 15th June 2016: submission of full chapters (10-12 pages, 9000 words), extended technical summaries (2 pages, 500 – 1000 words) or short essays (4 pages, 1000 – 2000 words)
  • 30st June 2016: review and feedback to authors.
  • 15th September 2016: submission of final chapters.
  • 15th November 2016: publishing.

The 2016 FIRE book will be based on contributions from current and selected past FIRE projects: facility projects, research projects and support actions. We also will solicit some contributions from related Future Internet initiatives. The book will consist of 4 parts, each consisting of a number of chapters.Book structure and topics

The four parts, and the main topics foreseen for each part (not excluding other potential topics), are the following:

  1. Introduction: context, role of experimentation, FIRE’s evolution, European experimental infrastructure, federation and collaboration, FIRE future scenarios, vision and roadmap for FIRE’s future, FIRE’s policy environment.
  2. Experimental infrastructures: overview and assessment of infrastructures, facilities addressing technology areas, achievements of experimental facility projects.
  • Experimentally driven research: overview and assessment of research projects, application areas, results of experimental research projects.
  1. Exploring Technology and New Application Areas: new application areas, new technology areas, SMEs support, international collaboration results, smart city projects, sustainability of FIRE testbeds.

FIRE Book Focus

The FIRE book focuses on the role, evolution and importance of research and experimentation on the Future Internet based on testbed facilities and experimentally-driven research. The book will present results of ongoing and selected past FIRE projects, and will address developments both in Europe as well as international collaboration. Among the themes to be addressed in the book chapters are the following:

  • Results and impact of FIRE facility and experimentally driven research projects.
  • The role of “experimentation” and “experimentally-driven research” in bringing advances in the Future Internet.
  • Evolution of experimental facilities since 2007. From facilities oriented towards networking research and datasets towards addressing new application domains (e.g. media, education, etc).
  • Experimental facilities and experimental research on the future Internet addressing real-life environments or ecosystems, including humans (e.g. in smart cities).
  • The role of federation and interconnection between testbed facilities to accommodate a European-wide testbed infrastructure.
  • Developments in experimentally driven research and innovation, making use of the testbed facilities and capabilities for industrial problems.
  • International collaboration within FIRE (GENI in the US, Japan, Brazil, South Africa and other initiatives).
  • Impact of FIRE on business and societal innovations. Importance of FIRE for SMEs research and innovation.
  • Sustainability and business models of Future Internet facilities and facilities covered by other actors and initiatives.
  • FIRE outlook and vision 2020, including application domains, collaboration with other initiatives and technology domains (IoT, smart Cities, 5G and other).

Editorial Board

  • Michael Boniface, IT Innovation
  • John Domingue, The Open University
  • Nikolaos Isaris, European Commission DG CONNECT, Unit E4
  • Thanasis Korakis, University of Thessaly
  • Hans Schaffers, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • Martin Serrano, Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

Contributions Format

The three different forms for contributing to the book are:

  1. Extended technical summary. This applies for new projects in FIRE (2 pages, 500 – 1000 words).
  2. Book chapters with experimentation and demonstration results / scientific value from currently running or completed FIRE projects (10-12 pages, 9000 words).
  3. Short essays about the vision, challenges and perspectives related to FIRE’s future beyond 2020
    (4 pages, 1000 – 2000 words).

Submission Process

Send all contributions to: CNECT-E4-FIRE-BOOK(at)ec.europa.eu

  • April 8, 2016: Send your Expression of Interest including a short abstract.
    The abstract is 200 words and contains the authors list.
  • Please include in the subject of your message: [2016 FIRE Book] Abstract
  • In the body please include the title and/or acronym of the FIRE project/activity you are coordinating/participating and your contact details.
  • Attach the abstract of your contribution. The abstract includes the list of authors, and the contact details of the coordinating author.
  • April 8, 2016: You will receive feedback from the FIRE Book Editorial Board, plus the template and instructions for preparing your contribution.
  • June 15, 2016: Submission of your contribution.
    • Send you full chapter (10-12 pages, 9000 words). Please include in the subject of your message: [2016 FIRE Book] Book Chapter
    • Send your short essay (4 pages, 1000-2000 words). Please include in the subject of your message: [2016 FIRE Book] Essay
    • Send your extended technical summary (1-2 pages, 500-1000 words). Please include in the subject of your message: [2016 FIRE Book] Extended Technical Summary
  • June 30, 2016: Authors will receive feedback from peer review of the contribution.
  • Sept 15, 2016: Submission of final versions.
  • November 15, 2016: Publishing of the book. Your contribution(s) will be published with ISBN Registered River Published 2016 FIRE Book.

Membership of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • March 31, 2016: Let us know if you would like to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for this book. This is the extended Editing Committee, responsible for peer reviewing all submitted contributions. The Editing Committee will be listed in the book.
  • Send a message confirming your membership of the Scientific Advisory Board. Please include in the subject of your message: [2016 FIRE Book] Advisory Board

Contact for contributions:

Contact for additional information:
Martin Serrano, Chair FIRE Board, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Galway
martin.serrano(at)insight-centre.org  2016 FIRE Board

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