Special Issue "Smart Home 4.0"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Antonio Pescapè
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Interests: computer networks, with a focus on internet monitoring, measurements and management and network security, eHealth and industry 4.0
Asst. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Aceto
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Università di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: networking, internet monitoring, measurements and management; network security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

we are facing a wealth of developments regarding energy efficient communications, small-factor and cheap sensors, pervasive automation, user-friendly remotely controllable appliances, and the modernization of power grids; all these developments and more are sustaining and pushing forward smart home applications.

These innovations promise a new level of comfort for consumers while encouraging sustainable living solutions, more efficient and thus more energy conscious.

On the other hand, the variety of devices and the complexity of the systems deriving from their interactions pose several challenges, including security and privacy concerns, and interoperability and standardization issues. To deal with such complexity, unified, minimal, and “smart” control interfaces will be needed: the recent boost of artificial intelligence techniques is providing new tools for both human–machine interaction and automation.

The smart home environment, due to its centrality for human beings, constitutes a privileged vantage point to survey the technological paradigm known as Industry 4.0.

Therefore the purpose of this Special Issue is to explore the smart home 4.0, i.e. the smart home in the face of the fourth industrial revolution, from a wide spectrum of points of view: technology and frameworks, applications, but also theoretical models and algorithms, as well as technical regulations and standards. The criteria for manuscript acceptance will be novelty and the potential breadth and contribution to the field, and experimental implementations and empirical proofs are also encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Pescapè
Assist. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Aceto
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • smart home
  • industry 4.0
  • home automation
  • internet of things
  • smart grid
  • artificial intelligence
  • smart sensors
  • home appliances
  • security
  • privacy
  • sustainability
  • user experience

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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