Special Issue "Software Engineering for Internet of Things: Architectures, Technologies, and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aakash Ahmad
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Guest Editor
College of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, TeraBlu IoT Systems, Pakistan
Interests: Software Engineering; Software Evolution; Internet of Things; Mobile Security; Software Architecture
Dr. Mahdi Fahmideh
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Guest Editor
School of Business, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Central QLD 4300, Australia
Interests: Software Engineering; Information Systems; Design Science Research
Prof. Dr. Juan M. Corchado
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Guest Editor
BISITE Research Group, Edificio Multiusos I+D+i, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: artificial Intelligence; machine learning; edge computing; distributed computing; Blockchain; consensus model; smart cities; smart grid
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by interconnected sensors and devices that provide a platform to manage heterogeneous things such as humans, systems, services, and devices. A survey[1] by Gartner had predicted that by 2020, the world will become home to 20 billion internet-connected things, with worldwide revenue from IoT systems expected to reach 750 billion by 2025. The rapid proliferation of IoT systems is primarily due to portable devices that unify hardware, networks, and software to enable things that collect, process, and exchange contextualised data to support smart applications. The development of innovative solutions for IoT hardware and IoT networks is important; however, the true potential and business value of IoT lie with software (i.e., supporting data and logic) that enables the manipulation and dynamic adaptation of IoT systems. Due to the inherent complexity and heterogeneity of IoT systems, one of the critical challenges is to develop processes, algorithms, tools, and frameworks, etc., for the engineering and development of IoT applications, systems, and platforms.

Software Engineering[2] (SE) as per the ISO 9001:2015 standard provides principles and practices to support the engineering lifecycle, i.e., the design, development, evaluation, and maintenance of complex and large-scale software-intensive systems.

The aim of the proposed Special Issue is to promote research and practices at the intersection of IoT and software engineering—synergising software and system-level engineering—to architect and develop IoT systems that are resource-, cost-, and energy-efficient. This Special Issue aims to find answers to some fundamental questions, such as: How can software engineering methods and techniques support the engineering and development of IoT systems? What software tools, technologies, processes, and architectures could be exploited to engineer IoT? Which systems, domains, and applications can benefit from software-driven IoT?

This Special Issue aims to bring together academic research and industrial practices in areas such as architectural models, tools, technologies, and their applications to engineering IoT systems. The proposed Special Issue primarily focuses on:

- Architectures: System- and software-level architectures that support models, patterns, processes, and languages to architect and develop software-intensive IoT applications and systems.

- Technologies: Platforms, infrastructures, and implementation technologies that are driven by software engineering to develop, deploy, and operationalise IoT.

- Applications: Real-world systems and scenarios that apply software engineering principles and practices to engineer IoT that can address the challenges of smart systems, cities, societies, and infrastructures.


[1] M. Hung. Leading the IoT - Gartner Insights on How to Lead in a Connected World. Gartner, Inc., 2017

[2] Software engineering - Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2015 to computer software. https://www.iso.org/standard/74348.html

Prof. Dr. Rashid Mehmood
Dr. Aakash Ahmad
Dr. Mahdi Fahmideh
Prof. Dr. Juan M. Corchado
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Empirical Studies on SE for IoT

          Survey-based studies, systematic reviews, and mapping studies
          Industrial findings and experience reports
          Validation and evaluation research
          Systematic mapping studies or systematic literature reviews
          Empirical studies and metrics

  • Software Processes for Developing IoT Requirements engineering

          Software design and development
          Software testing
          Things analysis
          Maintenance, evolution, and dynamic adaptation

  • Software Architectures for IoT Reference architectures

          Architectural patterns and styles
          Processes and frameworks
          Frameworks and product lines

  • Algorithms for Self-managing and Adaptive IoT Self-management

         Dynamic adaptation
         Fault tolerance
         Artificial intelligence techniques for sustainable IoT

  • Tools and Technologies to Develop IoT Prototypes and tool support

          Mobile computing-based IoT
          Development environments, frameworks, and tools
          Programming languages and frameworks

  • IoT Development Challenges Things and sensors connectivity

          Hardware and software mapping
          Developing IoT-driven Big Data applications
          Flexibility and compatibility of things and algorithms
          Security and privacy issues for IoT software

  • IoT Applications Smart cities

          Urban services
          Smart healthcare
          Smart emergency response systems
          Smart traffic management systems
          Smart homes and buildings

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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