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19 th International Conference

Innovations for Community Services

June 24 - 26, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany

Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences @ Wolfsburg, Germany

”Digital Innovations for the Public and Mobility Services”


Call for Papers

I4CS (Innovations for Community Services) solicits submissions of unpublished papers presenting research results, industrial experiences and applications, as well as detailed specifications of open problems. Electronic submission is required. Full papers of no more than 16 pages, following the instructions for authors, and written in English should be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair conference management system, available via Easychair.
All submitted papers will be subject to a single-blind reviewing process by at least three members of the program committee. I4CS 2019 applies for publishing their proceedings in the series Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) by Springer.

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Important Dates

Paper submission: February 20, 2019 March 10, 2019
Author notification: March 31, 2019 April 08, 2019
Camera-ready copies: April 15, 2019 April 24, 2019
Authors’ registration: April 15, 2019 April 24, 2019
Conference date: June 24 - 26, 2019



"Digital Innovations for the Public and Mobility Services" is the motto of the 19 th I4CS, to be held from June 24 till 26, 2019 in Wolfsburg/Germany, dedicated to challenging aspects around modern community systems. Wolfsburg is heart and headquarter of the Volkswagen Group. The city is indisputably the industrial location number one in Lower Saxony and will be an excellent conference host. And do not forget to visit “Automobile City”, Volkswagen’s unique theme and adventure park, which is right next to the factory!
Due to the rapid evolution of web technologies and rich mobile Internet devices, ICT support for communities is possible on the next quality level. In search of innovative solutions, multi-disciplinary collaboration among researchers, service providers and industry partners is essential to invent novel Internet Community Services.
The I4CS is a direct follower of the former “International Conference on Innovative Internet Community Systems” (I2CS).



Papers should contain up to 16 pages in the one-column  Springer LNCS/CCIS format including tables, figures, and references. The related LNCS/CCIS Word and Latex Templates are available.

Please use to upload and manage your paper submission to the Easychair conference system.

For the submission in you need to provide information about your contribution (address for correspondence, authors, title, abstract, and keywords). This information can be provided in advance without submitting the full paper itself. We recommend doing so to get an early impression of expected paper. You can update all your information and of course your paper submission at any time as long as the submission is not closed. Please note, you will need to create an EasyChair account if you have not already done so. Your existing account can be reused.

Camera-ready Submission

After the review phase a final version of an accepted paper has to be uploaded to the "Proceedings" section of Easychair, based on the obtained review comments. Papers will only be published if at least one author per paper has registered for the conference and presents the paper.

Evaluation Criteria

Papers will be reviewed regarding the following criteria by at least three TPC members. The overall rating is weighted by the confidence of the reviewers.

  • Accordance to the state of the art
  • Degree of novelty and innovation
  • In the focus of the conference
  • Fitting the style instructions
  • Level of language and presentation

The predicates per criterion cover the following values:

  • strong accept (+3)
  • accept (+2)
  • week accept (+1)
  • borderline (0)
  • week reject (-1)
  • reject (-2)
  • strong reject (-3)

Presentation at the Conference

All accepted papers are subject to be presented at the conference in person. Therefore, at least one author needs be be registered as conference participant by April 15, 2019. 


Registration Process

If you do not want to miss the event, you will need to register for I4CS in Wolfsburg.The registration form will be available here in the next weeks.

You can only attend the I4CS conference if you have registered and we have received the correct fee! Keep in mind, at least one participant (author) per accepted paper needs to be registered for presentation by April 24, 2019.

Conference fee: 390 €

The conference fee includes all refreshments, conference dinner, social events and one copy of the I4CS proceedings.

Terms of Condition

With the registration the applicant will be registered as a participant of the 19 th I4CS 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. By submitting the registration the applicant commits oneself to pay the conference fee after receiving the receipt. When the correct amount is received at the organizers account the applicant is eligible to participate in the I4CS conference and its events.

There is no early bird rate or any special discounts.

If a registered participant wants to cancel her/his registration, the full amount of the paid fee can be refund only before May 06, 2019. After that date no refund is possible.

If a registered participant is not able to attend she/he can send a substitute (without additional costs; a notice has to be sent in advance to info@i4cs-conference.org).

All data provided will only be used for the purpose of I4CS conference participation and payment procedure.


The beginning

Founded as university workshop in 2001 as "Innovative Internet Computing Systems" (I²CS) in Ilmenau by Thomas Böhme and Herwig Unger, the I²CS takes place annually in the third week of June. In 2003 the University of Leipzig joint the consortium.

On the international way

The first event outside of Germany took place in Mexico in 2004. Again, it was Herwig Unger, who made this important step possible. The change in the name from "computing" to "community" reflects perfectly its understanding as a workshop of exchange between people from different countries, from universities, institutes, vendors and industries.

Via France and Switzerland it returned to Germany in 2007. From now on, alternately an international and a German location is selected by the steering committee to arrange the three-days event which has reached the status of an international conference. In 2014 the name of the conference has been changed into "Innovations for Community Services" (I4CS) to emphasize the application focus.






Local Chairs

Local URL Website

1 st




Thomas Böhme
Herwig Unger


2 nd




Herwig Unger
Thomas Böhme


3 rd




Gerhard Heyer
Herwig Unger


4 th




Herwig Unger
V.M. Larios Rosillo


5 th




Alain Bui
Marc Bui


6 th




Peter Kropf
Pascal Felber


7 th




Ulrike Lechner
Achim Dannecker


8 th




Hacene Fouchal
Philippe Hunel


9 th




Christian Erfurth
Gerald Eichler


10 th




Phayung Meesad
Herwig Unger


11 th




Gerald Eichler
Axel Küpper


12 th




Leender Wienhofen
Anders Kofod-Petersen


13 th




Herwig Unger
Thomas Böhme


14 th




Hacène Fouchal
Marwane Ayaida


15 th




Jörg Roth
Gerald Eichler


16 th




Günter Fahrnberger
Gerald Eichler


17 th




Gerald Eichler
Christian Erfurth


18 th




Michal Hodoň



I4CS aims to bring together researchers from many scientific areas. The conference will address recent advances in theory and practice a wide range of aspects of Internet Community Services: foundations, technology and applications as well as socializations. The main objective is to show how community services can be used in many areas and how they have been deployed. The conference topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Technology – Distributed architectures and frameworks

▪ Data architectures & models for community services
▪ Innovation & social systems' management
▪ Community self-organization in ad-hoc environments
▪ Search, information retrieval & distributed ontologies
▪ Common data models & big data analytics

Applications – Communities on the move

▪ Social networks & open collaboration
▪ User generated content for business and social life
▪ Recommender solutions & context awareness
▪ Augmented reality & location-based gaming
▪ Intelligent transportation, logistics & connected vehicles

Socialization – Ambient work and living

▪ eHealth challenges & ambient assisted living
▪ Smart energy & home control
▪ Business models & municipal infrastructure
▪ Digitalization, IoT & cyber physical systems
▪ Security, identity & GDPR privacy protection


Conference Chair

  • Karl-Heinz Lüke, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Steering committee

  • Gerald Eichler, Baden-Wuerttemberg University Mannheim, Germany
  • Christian Erfurth, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany
  • Günter Fahrnberger, T-Mobile Austria, Austria

Program Committee

  • Marwane Ayaida, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Gilbert Babin, HEC Montreal, Canada
  • Gerald Eichler, Baden-Wuerttemberg University Mannheim, Germany
  • Christian Erfurth, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany
  • Günter Fahrnberger, T-Mobile Austria, Austria
  • Hacène Fouchal, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Janusz Furtak, Military University of Technology Warsaw, Poland
  • Michal Hodoň, University of Žilina, Slovakia
  • Philippe Hunel, D.R.R.T. Martinique, France
  • Kathrin Kirchner, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Peter Kropf, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Ulrike Lechner, Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany
  • Andreas Lommatzsch, TU Berlin, Berlin
  • Karl-Heinz Lüke, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Raja Natarajan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
  • Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Frank Phillipson, TNO, The Netherlands
  • Srini Ramaswamy, ABB, Cleveland, U.S.A.
  • Jörg Roth, Nuremberg Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Denis Royer, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Gopinathan Sapna, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India
  • Volkmar Schau, Navimatix, Jena, Germany
  • Maleerat Sodanil, KM University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
  • Leendert W. M. Wienhofen, Trondheim Kommune, Norway


The faculties and institutes of Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences are situated directly in downtown Wolfsburg just a few walking minutes away from the central station.

You'll find an interactive map here.

Campusplan Ostfalia Wolfsburg

Campusplan Ostfalia Wolfsburg


For more information and further details, please feel free to check out either

or directly contact the conference chair

Karl-Heinz Lüke
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Business
Siegfried-Ehlers-Straße 1
38440 Wolfsburg
+49 5361 8922 25 270

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