Activating the Internet of Things

Full paper submission deadline: 15 March 2015
Publication date: September 2015

Computer seeks submissions for the September 2015 special issue on activating the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT is an exciting, broad, and nascent area spanning a multitude of scientific research communities as well as several areas of applied industrial research and development. As increasing numbers of products enter the IoT marketplace, it is important to consider the software engineering principles, standards, and mechanisms underpinning and enabling the required sensors, actuators, and gateways, as well as the Cloud Computing infrastructures and services.

This special issue focuses on the technical issues we face when designing, engineering, deploying, and maintaining IoT systems, which go well beyond small, smart home–based solutions. It will also explore the integration of a broad range of technologies into coherent IoT solutions, as well as the current work and future IoT systems in application areas such as smart cities, smart healthcare, smart logistics, smart transportation, and smart lifestyle. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following broad categories in IoT research

  • real-world deployments and experiences in building IoT systems,
  • cloud computing technologies and frameworks,
  • design and modeling methodologies for large-scale software,
  • cloud-based programming abstractions and models,
  • development techniques and enabling tools,
  • IoT platforms,
  • system composition approaches,
  • cross-layer software architectures, and
  • novel technologies that enable the IoT field

Only technical articles describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered. Updates to ongoing research efforts are welcome, as long as the content is at least 30 percent different from published manuscripts, the new document cites the authors’ previous work, and the authors provide the editors with a description of how the new document differs. Articles should be understandable to a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.


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