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A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kunz (Website)

Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada
Phone: +1 613 520-3573
Interests: mobile computing systems and the mobile internet; MANETs and WSN; network protocols; operating systems; middleware
Guest Editor
Ms. Louise Lamont (Website)

Research Manager, Mobile ad hoc and Sensor Network Systems, Communications Research Centre, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K2H8S2, Canada
Phone: +1 613 298 4969
Interests: specific to wireless sensor networks (WSN): transport protocols for WSN; localization techniques for WSN; deployment; configuration and communication in sensor networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wireless Sensor Networks are an integral component of the Internet of Things, a vision that sees sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects having identities and physical attributes, and are integrated seamlessly into an information network that can linked to the Internet.

This interlinking of the physical world and cyberspace opens many exciting opportunities. In order for this vision to become reality, progress on many fronts is required, such as facilitating the flexible programming of sensors and actuators. In this special issue, we are calling for papers that describe recent advances in the design, implementation, and experience with operating systems for sensor and actuator networks. We explicitly solicit papers describing work on innovative operating systems (OS) for individual sensor nodes as well as innovative techniques for extracting information from transducers using an OS that can be used for WSNs. We are also interested in work on approaches to programming collections of sensor nodes using high-level abstractions (programming- in-the-large). Papers describing experience with real-world deployments and lessons learned are also welcome. Original papers that address the most current issues and challenges are solicited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Resource Management
  • Energy Management and Harvesting
  • Memory Management
  • Security Management
  • OS Support for Real-time Applications
  • OS Support for Network QoS
  • Programming Abstractions and Middleware
  • Programming Models
  • Adoption of General-Purpose OSs to WSN (Android, embedded Linux, etc.)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kunz
Ms. Louise Lamont
Guest Editors

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

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Open AccessArticle Wireless Sensor Network Operating System Design Rules Based on Real-World Deployment Survey
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2013, 2(3), 509-556; doi:10.3390/jsan2030509
Received: 1 June 2013 / Revised: 13 July 2013 / Accepted: 24 July 2013 / Published: 16 August 2013
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Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have been a widely researched field since the beginning of the 21st century. The field is already maturing, and TinyOS has established itself as the de facto standard WSN Operating System (OS). However, the WSN researcher community is [...] Read more.
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have been a widely researched field since the beginning of the 21st century. The field is already maturing, and TinyOS has established itself as the de facto standard WSN Operating System (OS). However, the WSN researcher community is still active in building more flexible, efficient and user-friendly WSN operating systems. Often, WSN OS design is based either on practical requirements of a particular research project or research group's needs or on theoretical assumptions spread in the WSN community. The goal of this paper is to propose WSN OS design rules that are based on a thorough survey of 40 WSN deployments. The survey unveils trends of WSN applications and provides empirical substantiation to support widely usable and flexible WSN operating system design. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sensor Network Operating Systems)
Open AccessArticle An Adaptive Strategy for an Optimized Collision-Free Slot Assignment in Multichannel Wireless Sensor Networks
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2013, 2(3), 449-485; doi:10.3390/jsan2030449
Received: 5 June 2013 / Revised: 21 June 2013 / Accepted: 27 June 2013 / Published: 16 July 2013
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Convergecast is the transmission paradigm used by data gathering applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). For efficiency reasons, a collision-free slotted medium access is typically used: time slots are assigned to non-conflicting transmitters. Furthermore, in any slot, only the transmitters and the [...] Read more.
Convergecast is the transmission paradigm used by data gathering applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs). For efficiency reasons, a collision-free slotted medium access is typically used: time slots are assigned to non-conflicting transmitters. Furthermore, in any slot, only the transmitters and the corresponding receivers are awake, the other nodes sleeping in order to save energy. Since a multichannel network increases the throughput available to the application and reduces interference, multichannel slot assignment is an emerging research domain in WSNs. First, we focus on a multichannel time slot assignment that minimizes the data gathering delays. We compute the optimal time needed for a raw data convergecast in various multichannel topologies. Then, we focus on how to adapt such an assignment to dynamic demands of transmissions (e.g., alarms, temporary additional application needs and retransmissions). We formalize the problem using linear programming, and we propose an incremental technique that operates on an optimized primary schedule to provide bonus slots to meet new transmission needs. We propose AMSA, an Adaptive Multichannel Slot Assignment algorithm, which takes advantage of bandwidth spatial reuse, and we evaluate its performances in terms of the number of slots required, slot reuse, throughput and the number of radio state switches. Full article
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