Physical-Cyber-Social Computing

Final submissions due: 1 September 2014
Publication issue: May/June 2015

Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 August 2014

Guest Editors: Payam Barnaghi, Manfred Hauswirth, Amit Sheth, and Vivek Singh (ic3-2015@computer.org)

Computing, communication, and mobile technologies are among the most influential innovations that shape our lives today. Technology advancements such as mobile devices that reach over half of Earth's population, social networks with more than a billion members, and the rapid growth of Internet-connected devices (the Internet of Things) offer a unique opportunity to collect and communicate information among everybody and everything on the planet. Interacting with the physical world enriches our existing methods of information exchange — sharing our thoughts, communicating social events, and work collaboration via the new dimension of physical computing. This all-encompassing "new world of information" requires that we be able to process extremely large volumes of data to extract knowledge and insights related to our surrounding environment, personal life, and activities, on both local and global scales.

These trends have led to an emergence of physical-cyber-social (PCS) computing, which involves a holistic treatment of data, information, and knowledge from the physical, cyber, and social worlds to integrate, understand, correlate, and provide contextually relevant abstractions to humans and the applications that serve them. PCS computing builds on and significantly extends current progress in cyber-physical, socio-technical, and cyber-social systems. This emerging topic seeks to provide powerful ways to exploit data that are available through various IoT, citizen and social sensing, Web, and open data sources that have either seen or will soon see explosive growth. Providing interoperable information representations and extracting actionable knowledge from the deluge of human and machine sensory data are key issues.

This special issue seeks innovative contributions to computer systems and interaction design, information processing and knowledge engineering, and adaptive solutions associated with PCS computing and the novel applications it enables. Potential topics include

  • semantics and information modeling; semantic integration, fusion, and abstraction strategies;
  • stream processing and reasoning on complex PCS data; real-time feedback control and response systems; human/event/situation-centered views of data streams;
  • pattern recognition, trend detection, anomaly and event detection, semantic event processing, and inferring actionable knowledge techniques;
  • spatio-temporal, location-aware, continuous, scalable, and dynamic analysis;
  • security, privacy, and trust issues in collection, storage, and processing; and
  • novel and significant PCS applications, deployments, and evaluations in areas including personalized and contextualized information and alerts, health, biomedicine, smart cities, and human/social/economic development.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC's international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and we discourage strictly theoretical or mathematical papers. To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:443/ic-cs) to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC's Author Center and upload your submission.