Special Issue on Energy Harvesting and Power Management

Submission deadline (firm): 11 January 2016
Publication date: October–December 2016

For over half a century, we have seen astonishing increases in the computational, storage, and communications capabilities of computing systems. But while integrated circuit performance has doubled every 18 months as predicted by Moore’s law, the same is far from true for battery technology. Battery performance can be evaluated in many different ways, but no matter which metric you look at, it has taken more than a decade to double performance. As a consequence, the overriding factor that limits the utility of pervasive computing hardware is battery lifetime in many cases.

While research to improve the energy density of batteries continues to be a high priority, it is often also possible for users to employ other approaches to extend the battery lifetime of mobile devices, wireless sensors, and the like. Two key areas in this regard are energy harvesting and power management. For this special issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing, we welcome high-quality submissions that describe original and unpublished research contributions advancing the frontiers of pervasive computing in the areas of energy harvesting, power management, and energy storage.

Relevant research topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New energy harvesting hardware, devices, systems ,or techniques
  • Applications of energy harvesting systems, including wearables, health, interaction, transportation, and the Internet of Things
  • Algorithms, protocols, and/or architectures that support low power operation
  • Tools to predict or measure power consumption
  • Power-aware computing systems and supporting graceful system degradation in the face of energy scarcity
  • Technologies, systems, and applications that leverage intentional RF power radiators such as RFID and NFC
  • The security and/or reliability of energy scavenging systems
  • Technologies to support ultra-long lived battery powered devices and their applications
  • Low power electronic building blocks such as communication, display, processing, and sensing subsystems
  • Advances in energy storage for pervasive systems including micro fuel cells
  • Alternative power sources for embedded applications such as novel nuclear, chemical, or biological sources

The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to the focus topic is clear and emphasized. Review or summary articles — for example, critical evaluations of the state of the art, or insightful analysis of established and up-coming technologies — may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance.

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Shwetak Patel, University of Washington
  • Steve Hodges, Microsoft
  • Joseph Paradiso, MIT

Submission Information

To present works-in-progress directly to the community, visit our Reddit community: www.reddit.com/r/ pervasivecomputing.

For general author guidelines or submission details: www.computer.org/web/peer-review/magazines or email pervasive@computer.org.

To submit your article directly to our online peer-review system, go directly to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pc-cs.