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SWANSITY 2015 : Special Issue on Smart Wireless Access Networks and Systems For Smart Cities


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Call For Papers

The main goals of a smart-city are to improve sustainability and livability, to ease city government and organization, and to increase services to the citizens. The primary role of ICT in enabling this vision is to keep the decision makers, the stake holders and the citizen constantly updated with fresh information collected around the city. To accomplish this task, next generation cities, will be populated with billions of heterogeneous devices ranging from tiny communicating objects (e.g., actuators, sensors, tags) able to interact with the surrounding environment and remote systems, to high-end nodes (e.g., data centers, workstations) capable of complex operations and to process a huge amount of information.

In this futuristic scenario a very special role is played by citizens with their smartphones, tablets and portable devices. They are constantly connected with whatever surroundings them and they are formidable information consumers. Their role however does not end here. Smartphones, in fact, are very powerful devices with constantly increasing processing, communication and sensing capabilities and very recently, a large plethora of proposals have emerged to leverage those capabilities to contribute to the information production process. For instance, citizens roaming around the city may be considered as mobile probes which, by making uses of cyber and physical data accessible by smartphones, can analyze the situation and produce reports to the community. Furthermore smarthphones can actively contributing in creating the communication infrastructure by forwarding data coming from surrounding devices.

All in all, cities are going to became a new complex ecosystem which has the potentiality to offer many amazing feature and support innovative application. Unfortunately, fully exploiting, managing and accessing that ecosystem are still far to be fully viable and their fulfillment surely poses a formidable challenge.

This Special Issue aims to solicit contributions on novel algorithms, methodological studies and experimentations on how to address the formerly highlighted issues. Specifically on how devise a city-wide networking infrastructure capable to efficiently guarantee communication in the new envisaged ecosystem, to manage the complexity of heterogeneous devices and access technologies, and to guarantee robust, ubiquitous, and secure connectivity over the urban environments. At the same time, beside studying the issues of the city-wide infrastructure deployment, the workshop aims to investigate the potential provided by the end-users devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets) when augmented in order to turn them into active components of the smart-city ecosystem, instead of mere connection end-points. Such a potential includes the possibility to extend the network access in a pervasive way, to provide ubiquitous computing services, and to favor the emergence of “collectivity intelligence behaviors” through collaboration and direct communication among devices.

In lines with such objectives, the topics of interests include -but it is not limited to- the following issues:

Models of network components’ interactions on a smart-city
Novel communication protocols for M2M Communications;
Device-2-Device Communications (D2D);
IoT architectures and middlewares;
Self-organizing wireless networks for pervasive urban access;
Network virtualization for heterogeneous wireless networks;
Systems for distributed Sensing and Control in Smart Cities;
Smartphone-based sensing systems, tools, applications in Smart City environments
Crowd sourcing in smart cities;
Dynamic trust management models for Smartphone based networks and applications;
Cooperation incentive models for Smartphone based networks and applications;
Reliability, Security, Privacy and Trust in smart cities ecosystems;
Business model to promote users collaboration and resources sharing in smart cities ecosystems;
Testbed on the feasibility of Smartphone based networks and interaction with Cyber physical Systems;
Applications, Business, Standards, and Social Issue;
Security models to promote Smartphone collaboration and resources sharing;
Cooperative systems of Smart Objects supporting Wireless Networks Interoperability and Management
Important Dates:

Manuscript submission: 1st August 2015

Notification of acceptance: 1st February 2016

Final Manuscript Due: 1st March 2016

Online Publication: 1st May 2016

Submission guidelines:

All submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website at Authors should select “SI: SWANSITY”, from the “Choose Article Type” pull-down menu during the submission process.

All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A submission based on one or more papers that appeared elsewhere has to comprise major value-added extensions over what appeared previously (at least 30% new material). Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their relevant, previously published articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Valeria LOSCRI’
Inria Lille-Nord Europe / FUN

Pasquale PACE
University of Calabria - Italy

Zhengguo SHENG
University of Sussex, UK

Giuseppe RUGGERI
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria - Italy

Athanasios V. VASILAKOS
University of Western Macedonia, Greece

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