Special Issue "5G Enabling Technologies and IoT"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir
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School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, PA1 2BE Paisley, UK
Interests: wireless communications and networks; 5G technologies and systems; smart grid networks and communications; flying platforms assisted wireless communications; smart cities; internet of everything; artificial intelligence and machine learning
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Dear Colleagues,

The next generation of communications networks such as Internet of Things, cellular networks and vehicular ad hoc networks, are considered as complex systems due to the ever-increasing number of technologies and connected devices. Large scale deployment of these complex systems requires enabling 5G and beyond technologies to facilitate autonomous operations by providing superior communication services and hyper-connectivity for urban and rural applications equally.

In this Special Issue, we are particularly interested in 5G and beyond enabled technologies for large scale complex IoT networks and emerging vertical networks such as transportation, health, smart grid, and smart city, connecting the unconnected systems, supporting the centralized or distributed intelligent decision making in these complex systems, defining new applications and solutions with an IoT prototype and benchmarking the performance with reference to system and consumer requirements. 

At the time of organisation of this special issue, the countries around the world have been affected by Covid-19 pandemic. Role of wireless communication technologies has become more important than ever before to respond to the pandemic and facilitate the economies, businesses and citizens. We welcome contributions on 5G technologies and their use case, applications and services to fight with pandemic situation.

Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • AI- enabled IoT systems and applications
  • Intelligent decision-making theories for IoT systems
  • Machine learning for IoT systems
  • Big data enabled IoT systems and applications
  • UAV-assisted large-scale IoT systems, e.g., Airborne sensing
  • Backhaul and access networks technologies for large scale IoT systems
  • Routing and scheduling methods and techniques for IoT systems
  • Edge and fog computing for IoT systems
  • Resource optimization for IoT systems
  • Real time use case and prototyping
  • Performance analysis for energy efficiency, latency and quality of experience
  • 5G technologies and their use case, applications and services to fight with pandemic situation

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Artificial Neural Network (ANN) Enabled Internet of Things (IoT) Architecture for Music Therapy
Electronics 2020, 9(12), 2019; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9122019 - 29 Nov 2020
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Alternative medicine techniques such as music therapy have been a recent interest of medical practitioners and researchers. Significant clinical evidence suggests that music has a positive influence over pain, stress and anxiety for the patients of cancer, pre and post surgery, insomnia, child [...] Read more.
Alternative medicine techniques such as music therapy have been a recent interest of medical practitioners and researchers. Significant clinical evidence suggests that music has a positive influence over pain, stress and anxiety for the patients of cancer, pre and post surgery, insomnia, child birth, end of life care, etc. Similarly, the technologies of Internet of Things (IoT), Body Area Networks (BAN) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) have been playing a vital role to improve the health and safety of the population through offering continuous remote monitoring facilities and immediate medical response. In this article, we propose a novel ANN enabled IoT architecture to integrate music therapy with BAN and ANN for providing immediate assistance to patients by automating the process of music therapy. The proposed architecture comprises of monitoring the body parameters of patients using BAN, categorizing the disease using ANN and playing music of the most appropriate type over the patient’s handheld device, when required. In addition, the ANN will also exploit Music Analytics such as the type and duration of music played and its impact over patient’s body parameters to iteratively improve the process of automated music therapy. We detail development of a prototype Android app which builds a playlist and plays music according to the emotional state of the user, in real time. Data for pulse rate, blood pressure and breath rate has been generated using Node-Red, and ANN has been created using Google Colaboratory (Colab). MQTT broker has been used to send generated data to Android device. The ANN uses binary and categorical cross-entropy loss functions, Adam optimiser and ReLU activation function to predict the mood of patient and suggest the most appropriate type of music. Full article
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Distributed Fog Computing for Internet of Things (IoT) Based Ambient Data Processing and Analysis
Electronics 2020, 9(11), 1756; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9111756 - 22 Oct 2020
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Urban centers across the globe are under immense environmental distress due to an increase in air pollution, industrialization, and elevated living standards. The unmanageable and mushroom growth of industries and an exponential soar in population has made the ascent of air pollution intractable. [...] Read more.
Urban centers across the globe are under immense environmental distress due to an increase in air pollution, industrialization, and elevated living standards. The unmanageable and mushroom growth of industries and an exponential soar in population has made the ascent of air pollution intractable. To this end, the solutions that are based on the latest technologies, such as the Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly popular and they have capabilities to monitor the extent and scale of air contaminants and would be subsequently useful for containing them. With centralized cloud-based IoT platforms, the ubiquitous and continuous monitoring of air quality and data processing can be facilitated for the identification of air pollution hot spots. However, owing to the inherent characteristics of cloud, such as large end-to-end delay and bandwidth constraint, handling the high velocity and large volume of data that are generated by distributed IoT sensors would not be feasible in the longer run. To address these issues, fog computing is a powerful paradigm, where the data are processed and filtered near the end of the IoT nodes and it is useful for improving the quality of service (QoS) of IoT network. To further improve the QoS, a conceptual model of distributed fog computing and a machine learning based data processing and analysis model is proposed for the optimal utilization of cloud resources. The proposed model provides a classification accuracy of 99% while using a Support Vector Machines (SVM) classifier. This model is also simulated in iFogSim toolkit. It affords many advantages, such as reduced load on the central server by locally processing the data and reporting the quality of air. Additionally, it would offer the scalability of the system by integrating more air quality monitoring nodes in the IoT network. Full article
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DeepIDS: Deep Learning Approach for Intrusion Detection in Software Defined Networking
Electronics 2020, 9(9), 1533; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9091533 - 19 Sep 2020
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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is developing as a new solution for the development and innovation of the Internet. SDN is expected to be the ideal future for the Internet, since it can provide a controllable, dynamic, and cost-effective network. The emergence of SDN [...] Read more.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is developing as a new solution for the development and innovation of the Internet. SDN is expected to be the ideal future for the Internet, since it can provide a controllable, dynamic, and cost-effective network. The emergence of SDN provides a unique opportunity to achieve network security in a more efficient and flexible manner. However, SDN also has original structural vulnerabilities, which are the centralized controller, the control-data interface and the control-application interface. These vulnerabilities can be exploited by intruders to conduct several types of attacks. In this paper, we propose a deep learning (DL) approach for a network intrusion detection system (DeepIDS) in the SDN architecture. Our models are trained and tested with the NSL-KDD dataset and achieved an accuracy of 80.7% and 90% for a Fully Connected Deep Neural Network (DNN) and a Gated Recurrent Neural Network (GRU-RNN), respectively. Through experiments, we confirm that the DL approach has the potential for flow-based anomaly detection in the SDN environment. We also evaluate the performance of our system in terms of throughput, latency, and resource utilization. Our test results show that DeepIDS does not affect the performance of the OpenFlow controller and so is a feasible approach. Full article
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