Special Issue "Sensors and Smart Cities"


A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Informatica, Edile, Ambientale e Matematica Applicata (DICIEAMA), Università di Messina, Italy
Website: http://mdslab.unime.ithttp://mdslab.unime.it
E-Mail: apuliafito@unime.it
Interests: Cloud computing, design and applications of wireless sensor networks, performance evaluation, security

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens Iroon Polytechniou 9 Athens, 15780, Greece
Website: http://www.netmode.ntua.gr/papavass/
E-Mail: papavass@mail.ntua.gr
Interests: complex networks; wireless systems; ad hoc and sensor networks; performance evaluation of stochastic systems; on-line social networks

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dario Bruneo
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Informatica, Edile, Ambientale e Matematica Applicata (DICIEAMA), Università di Messina, Italy
Website: http://mdslab.unime.it
E-Mail: dbruneo@unime.it
Interests: Distributed systems, wireless sensor networks, IoT, performance evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A smart city represents an improvement of today’s cities both functionally and structurally, that strategically utilizes many smart factors, such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT), to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while ensuring citizens’ quality of life and health. Cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” with which citizens interact daily: street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. Moreover, a continuous monitoring of a city’s status occurs through sensors and processors applied within the real-world infrastructure. The Internet of Things (IoT) concept imagines all these objects being “smart”, connected to the Internet, and able to communicate with each other and with the external environment, interacting and sharing data and information. Each object in the IoT can be both the collector and distributor of information regarding mobility, energy consumption, air pollution as well as potentially offering cultural and tourist information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked in a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities, including, but not limited to:

  • computing and sensing infrastructures;
  • cost (of node, energy, development, deployment, maintenance);
  • communication (security, resilience, low energy);
  • adaptability (to environment, energy, faults);
  • data processing (on nodes, distributed, aggregation, discovery, big data);
  • self-learning (pattern discovery, prediction, auto-configuration);
  • deployment (cost, error prevention, localization);
  • maintenance (troubleshooting, recurrent costs);
  • applications (both new and enjoying new life);
  • smart users experience;
  • trust and privacy;
  • crowdsourcing, crowdsensing, participatory sensing;
  • cognition and awareness;
  • cyber-physical systems.

Both review articles and original research papers relating to sensors and smart cities are solicited. There is particular interest for papers with advances towards practical experiences and services overcoming the adoption barriers for sensors and smart cities.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito
Prof. Dr. Symeon Papavassiliou
Prof. Dr. Dario Bruneo
Guest Editors


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  • sensors
  • distributed computing
  • internet of things
  • interconnected objects
  • cyber-physical systems
  • complex networks
  • applications in smart cities
  • computing and sensing infrastructures

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Sensors 2014, 14(10), 19561-19581; doi:10.3390/s141019561
Received: 8 August 2014; in revised form: 3 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type: Article
Title: Using Stack4Things for Enabling Light Management within Public Shared Spaces
Authors: Giovanni Merlino1,2, Dario Bruneo1, Salvatore Distefano3, Francesco Longo1, Antonio Puliafito1, Adnan Al-Anbuky4
Dipartimento DICIEAMA, Università di Messina, Contrada di Dio, 98166, Messina, Italy, E-mail: {dbruneo,flongo,gmerlino,apuliafito}@unime.it
Dipartimento DIEEI, Università di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 98166, Catania, Italy, E-mail: giovanni.merlino@dieei.unict.it
3 Dipartimento DEIB, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. Da Vinci 32, 20133, Milano, Italy, E-mail: salvatore.distefano@polimi.it
Auckland University of Technology, 24, St. Paul Street, 92006, Auckland, New Zealand, E-mail: adnan.anbuky@aut.ac.nz
Abstract: Adoption of embedded systems, mobile electronics, and other smart devices has recently reflected acceleration in growth. The scope of their involvement has also been broadening steadily. The necessity of taming such a complexity, while reusing as much tooling as possible, calls for general mechanisms that can overcome the limits of vertical ad-hoc solutions and deal with the dynamics of functional requirements, such as out-of-the-box experiences, infrastructure management, automatic software provisioning, and collection of data from heterogeneous devices. In light of the above, a widely used competitive and dynamic framework for Infrastructure as a Service, such as OpenStack (on which many are hedging their bets with respect to the future Internet-related developments), can be included. This work shows the rationale, efforts, and results achieved so far during the integration of the IoT paradigm with a Cloud-oriented environment. The focus here is on data collection, visualization, event detection, and reactive actuator triggering as core functionalities under preliminary development. Moreover, we show how our integrated architecture can be applied to a Smart City scenario, highlighting advantages and showing possible improvements. The scenario of managing lights within shared public spaces like streets, open air shopping cluster, or even green parks is considered. The case offers potential for numerous services interacting with scalable heterogeneous sensing-actuation systems and for supporting sustainability, as well as other modern public requirements.

Last update: 29 September 2014

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