A Welcome Letter from Thomas M. Conte
It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, an open access journal that recently launched in 2013. This journal has been anxiously awaited by those interested in emerging aspects of computing not currently covered by other IEEE Computer Society Transactions...
Dr. Fabrizio Lombardi appointed as Editor in Chief
We are pleased to announce that Fabrizio Lombardi, a professor at Northeastern University, Boston, has been appointed as the inaugural EIC for the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Technologies in Computing, effective immediately. Dr. Lombardi is an IEEE fellow, a member of the Computer Society Board of Governors, and is a past EIC and Associate EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Computers.
Call for Papers
Special Issue on Emerging Computing Technologies for Resilient and Robust Intelligent Infrastructure
Recent years have ushered a substantial growth in ubiquitous wireless networking, 'network of things', multi-core processors with massive processing power, continuous improvements in machine learning algorithms and data mining techniques etc. As a result of such a confluence of all these revolutionary efficiency of scale, and predictability, an emergent application field of computing is 'Intelligent Infrastructure'. Intelligent infrastructures are civil infrastructures endowed with computation, communication, and computational intelligence to enable automated decision making by the infrastructure to facilitate efficient, secure, resilient and robust functioning of systems of importance to the civil society. Examples of such systems range from E-Governance, Smart Hospital, E-Health Management, Smart-Home, Smart Buildings, Smart City, Smart Transportation, Smart Grid etc. In all of these, various components of the infrastructure are instrumented with sensors to collect real-time data, a SCADA like system to make various intelligent decisions about resource allocation, scheduling, fault-management, event management and so on. For example, in Smart Grid arena, there is an emerging emphasis on intelligent, self-healing distribution infrastructure which involves smart meters, demand response systems, self-healing distribution feeders etc. Some of the issues that confront the engineers and researchers working on embedding intelligence in the infrastructure include ensuring resilience of such systems in the face of cyber-attacks, unexpected event storms, accidental malfunctions, software/hardware defects, as well as policy questions in terms of implementing such systems in civil society. Robust implementation of such large scale systems is also a challenge. This special section invites articles on emerging technical approaches to building intelligent infrastructures, cyber security/privacy, robust, scalable interoperable and fault tolerant implementation of such systems, real deployment case studies, issues germane to the intersection of technology and policy for deploying such systems etc.
Submission deadline: December 2, 2013. View PDF.
A word from the Guest Editors Sandeep K. Shukla and Arpan Pal seeking original manuscripts for the Special Section on Emerging Computing Technologies for Resilient & Robust Intelligent Infrastructure for the new Open Access Journal IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC).
Special Issue on Emerging Systems and Applications for Wireless Health Computing
IEEE Transaction on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Issue on Wireless Health Computing scheduled to appear in the December 2014 Issue. The Wireless Health annual conference series convenes the vanguard international research communities in Wireless and Mobile Health technology. The mission of the Wireless Health conference is to provide the highest?profile academic and industrial research forum and to develop an international community that will accelerate the development and adoption of a new vision for improving health, increasing healthcare quality and, ultimately, the lowering costs health care. To further promote the work presented at Wireless Health 2013, IEEE TETC is planning a special issue in 2014 on "the best of Wireless Health 2013". All authors who presented papers at Wireless Health 2013 are invited to submit extended versions of their papers to IEEE TETC for inclusion in this special issue. Given that the Wireless Health 2013 proceedings will be published, it is required that submissions to the special issue have at least 30% new content.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Advances in Semantic Computing
Semantic Computing (SC) is an emerging field that addresses computing technologies which allow users to search, create and manipulate computational resources (including data, documents, tools, people, devices, etc.) based on semantics ("meaning", "intention"). Semantic Computing includes the computing technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, natural language, software engineering, data and knowledge engineering, computer systems, signal processing, etc.), and their interactions, that may be used to extract or process computational content and descriptions. While some areas of Semantic Computing have appeared as isolated pieces in individual disciplines, Semantic Computing glues these pieces together into an integrated theme with synergetic interactions. It addresses not only the analysis and transformation of signals (e.g., pixels, words) into useful information, but also how such information can be accessed and used to synthesize new signals.
Submission deadline: March 1, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Coordination in Large-scale Socio-Technical Systems
The massive diffusion of networked ICT devices, increasingly entangled with our physical and social world, is leading to the emergence of large-scale distributed computing systems. These can provide us with a variety of innovative service and new functionalities, once we understand how to direct and coordinate their activities. You can consider sensor/actuator networks; robot swarms; platforms for collective sensing and actions; platforms for global collaboration and production. All of these, to be of some use, require the capability of effectively coordinating the activities of a very large number (up to the millions) of heterogeneous components, such as humans, software agents, robots, and generic ICT devices. And this in spite of components that are: situated in dynamic and unpredictable environments; inherently context-aware in their interaction; inherently autonomous; and, thus, practically impossible to be controlled at the individual level.
Submission deadline: May 31, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Advances in Neuromorphic and Analog VLSI Computing
Over the last few years there has been a renewed interest in the area of neuromorphic and analog VLSI computing. As an alternative to digital computation and digital signal processing, neuromorphic and analog VLSI processors exploit computational primitives inherent in the device physics, similar to principles that have been observed in neurobiology. As a result, very high computational densities and energy efficiencies can be potentially achieved using massively parallel architectures. This is particularly true for sensory signal processing and recognition systems where precise computing is not mission critical. On the other end of the spectrum, massive parallel neuromorphic computing systems are enabling near real-time simulations of biological systems ranging from a single neuron to the functional level at the scale of a mammalian brain. As such, there exists a tremendous potential for applying neuromorphic and analog VLSI computing techniques to mobile devices, biomedical systems, unattended sensors for defense and security systems, and cognitive computing systems. The focus of this special issue will be on novel neuromorphic and analog VLSI computing algorithms, non-traditional neuromorphic and analog VLSI circuits, algorithm and circuit co-design, and emerging applications.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Advances in Software Aging and Rejuvenation
After more than ten years of research work in Software Aging and Rejuvenation (SAR), this special issue tries to collect theoretical and experimental contributions related to the software aging and rejuvenation. Authors from academia, industry and government are invited to submit high quality papers describing the results of theoretical and experimental SAR research.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Emerging Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems
Over the last few years there has been a renewed interest in the area of mobile and ubiquitous systems. The expansion of IP networks across the world has made it far easier for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication to take place and has lessened the amount of power and time necessary for information to be communicated between machines. The Internet of Things becomes a non-deterministic and open network in which auto-organized objects are interoperable and able to act independently depending on the context, circumstances or environments. It leverages the capacity to collect and analyze the digital traces when interacting with widely deployed smart things to discover the knowledge about human life, environment interaction, as well as social connection/behavior. This special issue also includes emerging systems and applications that combine mobile/ubiquitous computing with cloud computing, social networks, data mining, cyber-physical systems, service computing, etc.
Submission deadline: July 1, 2014. View PDF.
Special Issue on Reproducible Research Methodologies
Computer science and engineering research fields increasingly rely on numerous ad hoc methods to explore research breakthroughs, particularly during empirical and statistical analysis, modeling, optimization and simulation of complex computer systems. These ad hoc methods are utilized due to a variety of factors including problem complexity and size, speed of advancement and return on investment, cost of designing prototypes, and minimal access to state-of-the-art fabrication. However, lack of a common experimental methodology, and lack of simple and unified mechanisms, tools and repositories to preserve and exchange the whole experimental setup including all past research artifacts makes it excessively challenging or even impossible to accurately reproduce experimental results for evaluation and future advancement.
The special issue on reproducible research methodologies is an invitation to papers covering topics in hardware and software analysis, modeling, optimization, run-time adaptation, simulation and co-design. Papers are solicited to address scientific (and possibly interdisciplinary) methods to design research environments, experimental methodologies, and gold standards for trustable and reproducible research methodologies in computer science and engineering disciplines. Further, papers on public frameworks and repositories to preserve and exchange research artifacts and experimental setups are also encouraged.
Submission deadline: September 1, 2014. View PDF.
General Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
Submit your manuscript at www.computer.org/tetc. TETC aggressively seeks proposals for Special Sections and Issues focusing on emerging topics. TETC is an open access journal, which allows for wider dissemination of information. Prospective Guest Editors should contact the TETC EIC Fabrizio Lombardi at email@example.com for further details.
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