Special Issue "Cloud-Based Big Data Analytics in the Internet of Things and Smart Cities"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Gyu Myoung Lee
Guest Editor
Reader, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Liverpool John Moores University, L3 3AF, Liverpool, UK, Adjunct Professor, Daejeon, South Korea
Interests: internet of things; digital twin; trust in AI and data; 5G/6G networks
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Dr. Ehsan Ahvar
Guest Editor
ESIEA Graduate Engineering School in Digital Sciences and Technologies, Paris, France
Interests: Internet of Things; Cloud Computing; AI and Data Science
Dr. Shohreh Ahvar
Guest Editor
ISEP Graduate Engineering School in Digital Sciences and Technologies, Paris, France
Interests: Big Data; Internet of Things; Middleware and Virtualization
Dr. S. H. Shah Newaz
Guest Editor
School of Computing and Informatics, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Brunei Darussalam
Interests: Edge computing; Internet of Things; Green networking
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of Things (IoT) and, in particular, smart cities (i.e., as one of the main use cases of IoT), have recently provided a new application domain for data analytics, where relatively few studies have been reported in the literature.

The IoT often generates a large amount of data (Big Data). However, Big Data analytics for IoT is quite complex due to a variety of issues, such as: i) the requirements of cross-thematic applications (e.g., energy, transport, water and urban), ii) multiple data sources providing unstructured, semi-structured or structured data, and iii) the trustworthiness of data.

On the other hand, a review of the state of the art shows very promising insights about utilizing cloud computing resources for IoT-based Big Data analytics. It can provide solutions to facilitate storing, processing, and analyzing Big Data for information and knowledge generation with artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.

This Special Issue aims to explore the potential of cloud computing (i.e., including all cloud-related technologies including edge/fog computing) and Big Data analytics in IoT and  smart cities by going beyond the existing conventional approaches and architectures.

The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Architecture for cloud-based data analytics: from a centralized to fully distributed architecture;
  • Data-driven IoT applications (e.g., smart cities, industrial, healthcare applications, etc.);
  • AI techniques for autonomous IoT applications;
  • Cloud computing technologies for IoT (e.g., Native Cloud, Serverless Cloud, etc.);
  • Edge/Fog/ROOF computing, edge intelligence in IoT and smart cities;
  • Hierarchical computing, centralized/distributed/decentralized computing for IoT;
  • 5G MEC-based IoT and smart cities;
  • Security, privacy and trust in IoT, Big Data and AI;
  • Support of emerging technologies (i.e., digital twin, blockchain, etc.).

Prof. Gyu Myoung Lee
Dr. Ehsan Ahvar
Dr. Shohreh Ahvar
Dr. S. H. Shah Newaz
Guest Editors

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  • Cloud computing
  • Edge computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart cities
  • Big Data
  • Data analytics

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