Special Issue "The Technologies that Disappear: 30 years after Mark Weiser’s Vision"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michele Girolami
Guest Editor
ISTI-CNR, National Council of Research, Italy
Interests: ambient intelligence; crowdsensing; pervasive computing
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Dr. Davide La Rosa
Guest Editor
ISTI-CNR, National Council of Research, Italy
Interests: IoT; M2M communications; platforms for sensor data acquisition and processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

About 30 years ago, Mark Weiser envisioned a future in which “the most profound technologies are those that disappear”. Since 1990, a lot of electronics have been proposed, with some of them still affecting positively our daily life, while others have been abandoned or drastically updated. However, during this long journey, researchers, the maker community, and the industry have changed the way they design hardware or and software component: the user has to be the first beneficiary of such inventions.

With this Special Issue, we aim to collect novel contributions from researchers and industry players in the field of the Ambient Intelligence with the goal of describing how electronic components have been adopted to design applications targeted at end-users. In particular, we look for hardware and software designs providing new services for users, in order to improve their life quality at home or, more generally, in places where users live and interact with others. Our focus is also on the use of commercial-wearable electronics that can be used for such applications, by providing evidence of a concrete implementation of the ubiquitous computing paradigm proposed the last decade of 90’ years.

Dr. Michele Girolami
Dr. Davide La Rosa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ambient Intelligence (AmI) services
  • IoT technologies for AmI services
  • Wearable and portable electronics
  • Consumer electronics and hardware design
  • Ultra-low power machine learning at the edge
  • Pilot sites and real-world deployment of AmI services
  • Testbeds, applications, case studies
  • Hardware and software architecture for edge computing and crowdsensing
  • Tools for data fusion and analytics and their adoption
  • Artificial Intelligence methods
  • Cyberphysical systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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