Industrial Applications of IoT and Blockchain for Sustainable Environment

A special issue of Big Data and Cognitive Computing (ISSN 2504-2289).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 250

Special Issue Editors

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School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK
Interests: pervasive systems; Internet of Things; cyber-physical systems; services-oriented architecture; evolution of cloud services; intelligence-driven software engineering
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School of Computer and Software, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, 219 Ningliu Road, Nanjing 210044 China
Interests: mobile ad-hoc networks; wireless sensor networks; Internet of Things; meteorological observation systems

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School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK
Interests: cloud computing; cloud-to-edge ecosystem; Internet of Things; distributed computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern smart systems are an emerging interdisciplinary field that attempts to balance societal, economic, and environmental resources for the future well-being of humanity. They can make significant contributions to addressing the key societal and environmental challenges faced by humanity in pursuit of a sustainable future. IoT is the cornerstone of modern smart systems, which are now the key driver of sustainable growth in nearly every industrial sector and societal domain. Blockchain has been the critical security mechanism for these IoT-based smart systems due to its distributed and multiple-node nature. Both IoT and blockchain have been well integrated and applied in today’s industries, like smart city, Industry 4.0/5.0, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart transport, etc. Most recently, the cloud-edge-IoT continuum has provided the most effective environment for such smart system to operate.

This Special Issue aims to gather the latest advances in IoT, blockchain, cloud-edge-IoT continuum and smart systems, in particular focusing on their innovative values to support the current sustainable industry and economy.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Internet of things;
  • Blockchain;
  • Cyber-physical systems;
  • Cloud-edge-IoT continuum;
  • Load balancing in cloud-to-things scheme;
  • Orchestration in cloud-to-thing scheme;
  • Smart systems;
  • Security and privacy of smart systems;
  • Security in critical infrastructures;
  • Security in IoT/CPS;
  • Sustainable computing;
  • AI-driven smart systems;
  • Machine learning;
  • Explainable AI/ML in smart systems;
  • Semantic data and service modeling;
  • Data mining;
  • Data analytics;
  • Distributed consensus and fault tolerance algorithms;
  • Blockchain interoperability and cross-chain mechanisms;
  • Blockchain platforms;
  • Decentralized app development, DAPPs, and services;
  • Service-oriented architecture;
  • Microservices;
  • Smart contracts and verification;
  • Transaction monitoring and analysis;
  • Creation, custody, and exchange of cryptoassets;
  • Managing the risks of cryptocurrency;
  • Distributed trust;
  • Performance and scalability issues.

We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Prof. Dr. Xiaodong Liu
Dr. Qi Liu
Dr. Amjad Ullah
Guest Editors

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  • Internet of Things
  • blockchain
  • cyber-physical systems
  • cloud-edge-IoT continuum
  • AI and machine learning
  • sustainable computing
  • software engineering
  • cybersecurity

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