Special issue on Smart Spaces

Submission deadline: 1 July 2014
Publication date: April–June 2015

Physical spaces are packed with opportunities, complexities, and of course, with people. Many opportunities are missed, and complexities can highly degrade people's experiences in these spaces. Pervasive computing has yet to be applied "pervasively" to physical spaces in the same way that the ubiquitous Web and smart phones have been applied — and effectively revolutionized — the way we interact, the way we live, and the way we conduct business. Several research projects have addressed specific physical spaces and their relevant applications, each focusing on achieving specific goals (for instance, physical or cognitive assistance to different population groups like children, the elderly, or individuals with special needs). However, despite all efforts, smart spaces are still not common today. We don't have smart malls, schools, homes or cities yet. Several enablers and ecosystem elements seem to be missing, preventing or slowing down proliferation.

This special issue aims to explore the many challenges facing smart spaces. How can the design and construction of smart spaces overcome the fragmented devices and sensors markets? How can we utilize architectures, middleware, and programming models to program smart spaces effectively, opportunistically, and safely? How can smart spaces coexist seamlessly with the ubiquitous Web by offering a web of its own to its users and visitors within its boundaries? How can we enable a service view of smart spaces, turning todays' spaces from providers of mainly WiFi service to providers of a much richer portfolio of space-specific services? How can users interact with smart spaces intuitively, effectively, and ubiquitously (through wearables, smart phones, public displays, or multiple devices)?

We invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of smart spaces, including, but not limited to, the following topics of emphasis:

  • Smart space integration middleware
  • Smart space middleware that supports multiple sentience abstractions (raw sensor data, events, subscriptions, contexts, phenomena, activities, behaviors, among others)
  • Programming models for smart spaces
  • Ecosystem and roles models for smart spaces
  • Novel multi-device user interfaces for interacting with smart spaces
  • Smart space architectures: edge computing and cloud-sensors systems
  • Cyber foraging and edge/cloud offloading and outsourcing
  • Concepts, protocols, and algorithms for space-wide local search
  • Global/local web interactions and collaboration (Glocalization)
  • Real-life deployments of smart spaces
  • Smart social spaces and their applications
  • Indoor visual and cognitive maps and/or navigation
  • User interfaces for discovery and interaction with smart space services
  • Inter-smart-space collaboration and communication
  • Privacy preservation and smart space security

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Sumi Helal, University of Florida
  • Sasu Tarkoma, University of Helsinki

Submission Information

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be single-blind anonymously reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications. For more information, contact the guest editors at pvc2-2015@computer.org.
For general author guidelines or submission details: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/peerreviewmagazines/acpervasive or pervasive@computer.org. To submit your article directly to our online peer-review system, go directly to Manuscript Central.