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Special Issue "Energy Efficient IoT Network in Cloud Environment"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "B: Energy and Environment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2021) | Viewed by 1230
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Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adnan Shahid
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IDLab, Department of Information Technology, Ghent University-imec, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126, B-9052 Gent, Belgium
Interests: machine learning and artificial intelligence for wireless communication and networks; 5G/xG; IoT; localization
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Dr. Syed Ali Raza Zaidi
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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Interests: wireless communication; IoT; robotics; controls; stochastic geometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

The term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) was coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999. The central idea was to empower everyday objects with internet connectivity, thus enabling pervasive and autonomous communication. The foundation of IoT is based on Weiser’s vision of profound software/hardware technologies that weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life such that they become indistinguishable. The functionality and modalities of these technologies is distributed across a variety of interconnected objects. This interconnectivity of these objects is pivotal as the collective intelligence of the IoT network emerges from simple object level interactions. In turn, such a collective intelligence can be credited with driving significant innovations in the context of various applications under the umbrella of smart homes and cities. What will make IoT a $7.1 trillion market is the fact that connecting many cheap and low power sensors to the internet opens a wide range of possibilities for rapid development and deployment of city-scale application solutions. These solutions intend to exploit the power of cloud-hosted application programming interfaces and data sets to derive collective fine-grain intelligence. While cloud computing is geared toward alleviating requirements for onboard processing and storage, this comes at a cost of increased latency and in some cases with increased cybersecurity challenges. Moreover, the high density of devices often deployed in hard-to-reach areas also renders power consumption a major problem. The purpose of this Special Issue is to address this challenging research area and propose novel solutions for improving energy efficiency performance. We solicit original manuscripts presenting recent advances in this area with special preference to the following topics:

  • Novel network architecutures for energy-efficient IoT;
  • Optimisation and scheduling policies for energy-efficienct IoT;
  • Physical layer (PHY)-related aspects for energy-efficienct IoT;
  • Medium access control (MAC)-related aspects for energy-efficienct IoT;
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence for energy-efficienct IoT;
  • Federated learning for energy-efficienct IoT;
  • Ambient energy harvesing techniques for IoT;
  • Backscattering-based IoT systems;
  • Combination of fixed and mobile nodes for energy optimization;
  • Orchestration and management techniques for energy-efficienct IoT.

Dr. Adnan Shahid
Dr. Syed Ali Raza Zaidi
Guest Editors

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  • energy efficiency
  • optimization
  • Internet of Things
  • cloud computing
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence
  • federated learning

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Automated Testbench for Hybrid Machine Learning-Based Worst-Case Energy Consumption Analysis on Batteryless IoT Devices
Energies 2021, 14(13), 3914; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14133914 - 30 Jun 2021
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Batteryless Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices need to schedule tasks on very limited energy budgets from intermittent energy harvesting. Creating an energy-aware scheduler allows the device to schedule tasks in an efficient manner to avoid power loss during execution. To achieve this, we need insight [...] Read more.
Batteryless Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices need to schedule tasks on very limited energy budgets from intermittent energy harvesting. Creating an energy-aware scheduler allows the device to schedule tasks in an efficient manner to avoid power loss during execution. To achieve this, we need insight in the Worst-Case Energy Consumption (WCEC) of each schedulable task on the device. Different methodologies exist to determine or approximate the energy consumption. However, these approaches are computationally expensive and infeasible to perform on all type of devices; or are not accurate enough to acquire safe upper bounds. We propose a hybrid methodology that combines machine learning-based prediction on small code sections, called hybrid blocks, with static analysis to combine the predictions to a final upper bound estimation for the WCEC. In this paper, we present our work on an automated testbench for the Code Behaviour Framework (COBRA) that measures and profiles the upper bound energy consumption on the target device. Next, we use the upper bound measurements of the testbench to train eight different regression models that need to predict these upper bounds. The results show promising estimates for three regression models that could potentially be used for the methodology with additional tuning and training. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient IoT Network in Cloud Environment)
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