CLOSED: Call for Papers: Special Issue on Energy

IEEE Pervasive Computing seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 16 April 2024

Publication date: January 2025

Pervasive computing has emerged as a dynamic field at the intersection of various domains, presenting unique opportunities also to address critical global challenges. As sustainable energy consumption and supply have become increasingly crucial, leveraging the potential of pervasive computing for innovative solutions is of paramount importance. The Special Issue on “Tackling Energy with Pervasive Computing” of IEEE Pervasive Magazine aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and experts in the field to explore novel approaches, techniques, and technologies to address pressing energy-related issues.

A common thread of all energy-related topics is the human element: people are critical in the design and operation of energy generation as well as in the decisions to consume energy. 

This special issue of the IEEE Pervasive Computing will provide a forum for papers investigating new forms of humans interacting with energy:

    • Energy-Efficient Sensing and Actuation: optimizing energy consumption in sensor networks, IoT devices, and intelligent control systems.
    • Green Data Centers and Cloud Computing: Strategies and technologies to reduce energy consumption in data centers and cloud infrastructure.
    • Energy-Aware Software and Hardware Design: Novel approaches to designing energy-efficient computing systems, algorithms, and software applications.
    • Renewable Energy Integration: monitoring and optimizing  of renewable energy sources, grid integration, and energy storage systems.
    • Smart Grids and Energy Management: Applications of pervasive computing in smart grid technologies, load management, and energy conservation in urban environments.
    • Human-Centric Energy Solutions: Human-computer interaction and pervasive computing solutions for raising energy awareness, encouraging energy-efficient behavior, and energy conservation.
    • Environmental Sensing and Monitoring: The use of pervasive computing for environmental data collection, analysis, and reporting to address climate change and sustainability.
    • Case Studies and Real-World Applications: Presentations of practical implementations, success stories, and lessons learned in addressing energy-related challenges with pervasive computing.

Submission Guidelines

The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to pervasive computing and/or the Internet of Things is clear and central to the paper. Review or summary articles — for example critical evaluations of the state of the art, or an insightful analysis of established and upcoming technologies — may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance. 

Articles submitted to IEEE Pervasive Computing should not exceed 6,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. The word count must include 250 words for each table and figure. References should be limited to at most 20 citations (40 for survey papers). Authors are encouraged, but not required, to use a template for submission (accepted articles will ultimately be typeset by magazine staff for publication). 

Note that the magazine always welcomes submissions into its regular queue that cover the role of computing in the physical world – as characterized by visions such as the Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing. Topics of interest are, e.g., hardware design, sensor networks, mobile systems, human-computer interaction, industrial design, machine learning, data science, but also societal issues including privacy and ethics. Simply select the “Regular” option when submitting at the submission site (submissions are possible at any time; no need for prior abstract by email).

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Susanna Pirttikangas (University of Oulu, Finland)
  • Florian Michahelles (TU Vienna, Austri