Special Issue "Smart Green Applications: from Renewable Energy Management to Intelligent Transportation Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (27 January 2018)
Prof. Dr. Mario Collotta
Recent years have seen increasing interest devoted to so-called green themes, particularly, those aiming to find concrete and efficient solutions to new issues caused by the tumultuous industrial growth of emerging economies.
In such a scenario, the quest for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Organization of human beings in Smart Cities, innovative ways to produce and handle energies and their consumption, particularly in relation to the necessity to trigger a real, green approaches to the global wellness of human beings, has become an inescapable goal to focus on.
These necessities have rapidly lead to the Green Smart Cities Era, where Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and transport applications are merging into the design and planning of new methods of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The latter also implies innovative ICT applications, as well as economical managing solutions, that are able to guarantee energy consumption reductions in transportation networks. The overall aim is twofold: To improve traffic network efficiency and traveler experience by enhancing safety, reducing traveling time, fuel consumption and environmental impacts through gathering, organizing, analyzing, using, and sharing traffic information, as well as to manage processes of energy production, with particular attention to the field of renewable energies, aiming, at the same time, at a drastic reduction of the financial risks involved in handling economical instruments related to the entirety of commercial life.
Such a large issue must face extremely stimulating challenges, such as:
Road Transportation Support (RTS) applications based on the ideas of the Internet of things, cloud computing, autonomous and self-managing transport systems, and social network concepts;
Real-Time ITS (RT-ITS), where efficiency, reliability, and timeliness are the main system requirements.
Energy Market Planning (EMP), where the reduction of travelling times, as well as the improvement of engine efficiencies, will permit drastic reductions in energy consumption;
Management of Energy Production (MEP), which is viewed as an innovative, as well as effective, approach to the realization of highly-efficient plants to produce energy from renewable sources, taking care, at the same time, of the optimization of traditional ones. Intimately linked to this latter challenge, is the implementation of virtuous economical ecosystems, where ad hoc financial derivatives will be developed to help to improve sustainable ways to live.
For this reason, there is a need to disseminate, streamline, and investigate research findings coming from several different application domains.
The goal of this Special Issue is to report on ideas and approaches for the design, economic planning, testing, and implementation of transportation support systems, including various transport modes, by applying innovative concepts of Green Smart Cities. This also concerns how to produce, deliver, and manage alternative energies and their financial impacts, as well as economic assets based on them.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
major social and technological challenges in the Smart Cities Era
demonstration systems of innovative concept of RTS and RT-ITS
cost-benefit analysis of innovative concept of RTS and RT-ITS implementation
Platforms, methods and modelling for Advanced ITS
Efficient ways to produce renewable energy: Solar plants, wind fields, etc.
Human/machine interfaces and human behavioral challenges in an Advanced ITS
Big data analysis of climate time series, which are related to the production and management of renewable energies
ICT challenges to improve ITS systems by using new paradigms or approaches
vehicle-to-vehicle communications and wireless technologies in ITS applications
Financial management of economic assets associated with the handling of energy production/consumption:
potential application of Advanced ITS in:
environmental and noise impact mitigation ;
sustainability and climate change;
traffic lights management.
Prof. Dr. Mario Collotta
Prof. Dr. Yunchuan Sun
Prof. Dr. Luca Di Persio
Prof. Dr. Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Muradore
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Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)
sustainability and climate change
energy market planning
management of energy production