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...

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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 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 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: September 1, 2014. View PDF.

Special Issue on Cyber Security

Cyber Security is a topic which is getting a very high level of attention from researchers, decision makers, policy makers and from the general public. The value of digital information is growing dramatically. Physical systems coupled with computing devices (so-called cyber-physical systems) carry out functions that are fundamental for our society. Protecting these emerging critical digital infrastructures is an increasingly relevant objective from a military and political point of view. For this reason, the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC) seek original manuscripts for a Special Issue on Emerging Topics in Cyber Security, scheduled to appear in the first issue of 2015. TETC is the newest Transactions of the IEEE Computer Society, and it uses an Open Access model exclusively.

Papers may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of cyber security systems, to deal with emerging computing technologies and applications. Given the the peculiar nature of TETC, we are seeking in particular papers that are more "far-reaching" than is usual for journal submissions, as long as they show promise for opening up new areas of study, or questioning long-held beliefs and tenets of the cybersecurity field.

Submission deadline: September 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.

Special Issue on Parallel Programming and Architecture Support for Many-core Embedded Systems

Embedded system designs have evolved over time from fairly simple unicore single memory based designs to small homogeneous processing units connected by an on-chip network on the same silicon. The number of cores to be integrated in a single chip is expected to rapidly increase in the coming years, moving from multi-core to many-core architectures. This requires a global rethinking of software and hardware design approaches. The purpose of this special issue is to solicit papers discussing the latest advancements in embedded many-core system designs with a focus on parallel programming and architectures support issues. It is intended to provide an opportunity to exchange the most recent research ideas and results, initiating constructive discussion between international researchers from industry and academia.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2014. View PDF.

Special Issue on Circuit and System Design Methodologies for Emerging Technologies

The demand for ever smaller, portable, low-power and high-performance electronic systems has been the primary driver for CMOS technology scaling. As CMOS scaling approaches physical limits, it has been fraught with challenges that required introduction of newer processes and materials. High-? oxide and metal-gate stack was introduced to mitigate oxide leakage. Thin body, undoped channels were introduced mitigate subthreshold leakage. 3D transistors such as FinFET and trigates were introduced to improve ON current while maintaining layout efficiency. While these incremental adjustments have allowed CMOS technology to scale, a number of alternative devices have been proposed to replace CMOS transistors such as graphene transistors (GFET), tunnel transistors, graphene nanoribbon tunnel transistors, quantum-dots and single-electron devices (SET). Newer memory technologies such as resistive RAMs, memristors, STT-RAMs similarly promise to revolutionize the design landscape. However for these alternative technologies to become practical, design methodologies that allow efficient modeling, design space exploration, and trade-off analysis is crucial. This is the driving motivation for this special issue.

Submission deadline: February 1, 2015. View PDF.

Special Issue on Emerging Security Trends for Deeply-Embedded Computing Systems

Unlike traditional embedded systems, nowadays, emerging computing systems are embedded in every aspect of human lives. These deeply-embedded computing systems often perform extremely sensitive tasks, and in some cases, such as health-care IT, these are life-saving. Thus, in addition to the security threats to traditional embedded systems, emerging deeply-embedded computing systems exhibit a larger attack surface, prone to more serious or life-threatening malicious attacks. These call for revisiting traditional security mechanisms not only because of the new facets of threats and more adverse effects of breaches, but also due to the resource limitations of these often-battery-powered and extremely-constrained computing systems. As such, new trends for providing security for deeply embedded systems are emerging; many of which abandoning use of cryptographic computations or make use of lightweight crypto-systems, feasible for these computing platforms. Indeed, there exists paramount potential for applying these emerging security approaches to sensitive applications such as health-care IT for implantable medical devices, big data analytics and machine learning in deeply embedded systems, smart buildings, and smart fabrics. The focus of this special issue will be on novel security methods for deeply-embedded computing systems, emerging cryptographic solutions applicable to extremely-constrained applications such as green cryptography, and advancements in feasible security measures for evolving interdisciplinary research trends such as computing for: health-care IT, cyber-physical embedded systems, big data, and smart buildings/fabrics.

Submission deadline: February 1, 2015. View PDF.

Special Issue on Advances in Mobile Cloud Computing

There is a phenomenal burst of research activities in mobile cloud computing, which extends cloud computing functions, services, and results to the world of future mobile communications applications, and the paradigm of cloud computing and virtualization to mobile networks. Mobile applications demand greater resources and improved interactivity for better user experience. Resources in cloud computing platforms such as Amazon, Google AppEngine and Microsoft Azure are a natural fit to remedy the lack of local resources in mobile devices. The availability of cloud computing resources on a pay-as-you-go basis, the advances in network virtualization, software defined networks, and the emergence of advanced wireless networks such as cloud-based radio access networks (C-RANs) create a new space of rich research problems. The objective of this special section is to cover the most recent research and development on the technologies for mobile cloud computing. This special section is to offer a venue for industry and academia to show case their recent progresses and potential research directions on the mobile cloud computing technologies.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015. 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 lombardi@ece.neu.edu for further details.

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