Due to scheduled maintenance work on our core network, there may be short service disruptions on this website between 16:00 and 16:30 CEST on September 25th.

Special Issue "Mobility and Cyber-Physical Intelligence"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Adnan Al-Anbuky
E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: wireless sensor-actuator networks; smart cyber-physical systems; software-defined sensor networks; sensor network virtualization; structured and nonstructured mobility and objects grouping; movement monitoring and precision health
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Prof. Franco Davoli
E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
1. Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, and Naval Architecture (DITEN), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
2. CNIT National Laboratory of Smart and Secure Networks (S2N), Genoa, Italy
Interests: dynamic resource allocation in multiservice networks; autonomous network management and control; softwarized networks; 5G and beyond; energy-efficient networking; satellite networks
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Prof. Dr. Sven Tomforde
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Intelligent Systems Group, Institute of Computer Science, Technical Faculty, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Interests: intelligent systems; autonomous machine learning; organic computing; self-adaptation and self-organization; adaptive communication systems
Prof. Dr. Tobias Hossfeld
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Institute of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Interests: smart city and IoT; industrial IoT; 5G and beyond; low-power wide-area networks; time-sensitive and deterministic networking; programmable networks; decentralized networking; QoS and QoE; performance evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today’s progress on various grounds of software-defined networks and infrastructure, virtualization and digital twins, mobile computing, wireless controllers’ communication protocols, and artificial intelligence (AI) including deep learning methods has opened the door widely for the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT (IIoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), and cyber-physical systems (CPS). It has also enabled the intelligence to be distributed at various levels, such as at sensing or controlling devices, at the network of devices’ edge, and at the fog or cloud level. It has given us more options to deal with intelligent system design when considering the various factors of reliability, security, cost, and performance. The emergence of 5G and future 6G networks has fostered the integration of heterogeneity in each solution. Mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables, wireless controllers, and others have helped in tracking portable objects, interacting with mobile things (vehicles, scooters, UAVs, etc.), and monitoring the status or health of living subjects like humans or animals. The challenge remains in the utilization of these advancements in facilitating a collaborative environment that offers harmonic and timely interaction between the physical processes and their related cyber backbone. Tactile Internet and autonomous vehicles are examples here. 

This Special Issue aims at original and innovative solutions, ideas, experiences and latest research results and findings on systems, components, or applications of mobility monitoring and management and within, but not limited to, the context of IoT, IIoT, IoE, and cyber-physical intelligence. 

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

  • Novel concepts or architectures for mobility monitoring and management;
  • Software-defined networks and mobility management;
  • Virtualized mobile core networks for M2M connectivity;
  • Intelligent management in O-RAN architecture;
  • Wireless sensor/actuator networks and mobility management support;
  • Mobile IoT, IoE, IIoT, and CPS;
  • 5G and 6G support for smart mobile systems;
  • Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) and mobility;
  • Internet of Space Things;
  • Security protocols and innovative concepts for mobility;
  • Latency management and real-time challenges in remotely managed mobile devices;
  • Roles and challenges of virtualization and digital twins for mobility management support;
  • AI and deep learning for mobility intelligence;
  • Edge and fog intelligence for mobility management;
  • Multi-access edge computing (MEC)-enabled services;
  • Energy-efficient heterogenous integrated mobile networks;
  • 5G and 6G networks and mobility management support for sustainability;
  • Applications in health, farming, wildlife, vehicular networks, UAVs, herd management, and others.

Prof. Dr. Adnan Al-Anbuky
Prof. Franco Davoli
Prof. Dr. Sven Tomforde
Prof. Dr. Tobias Hossfeld
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • mobility management
  • cyber-physical mobile objects
  • green mobile networks
  • multi-access edge computing
  • 5G and 6G
  • sustainable solutions
  • smart CPS

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


IoT-Based Patient Movement Monitoring: The Post-Operative Hip Fracture Rehabilitation Model
Future Internet 2021, 13(8), 195; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13080195 - 29 Jul 2021
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 434
Hip fracture incidence is life-threatening and has an impact on the person’s physical functionality and their ability to live independently. Proper rehabilitation with a set program can play a significant role in recovering the person’s physical mobility, boosting their quality of life, reducing [...] Read more.
Hip fracture incidence is life-threatening and has an impact on the person’s physical functionality and their ability to live independently. Proper rehabilitation with a set program can play a significant role in recovering the person’s physical mobility, boosting their quality of life, reducing adverse clinical outcomes, and shortening hospital stays. The Internet of Things (IoT), with advancements in digital health, could be leveraged to enhance the backup intelligence used in the rehabilitation process and provide transparent coordination and information about movement during activities among relevant parties. This paper presents a post-operative hip fracture rehabilitation model that clarifies the involved rehabilitation process, its associated events, and the main physical movements of interest across all stages of care. To support this model, the paper proposes an IoT-enabled movement monitoring system architecture. The architecture reflects the key operational functionalities required to monitor patients in real time and throughout the rehabilitation process. The approach was tested incrementally on ten healthy subjects, particularly for factors relevant to the recognition and tracking of movements of interest. The analysis reflects the significance of personalization and the significance of a one-minute history of data in monitoring the real-time behavior. This paper also looks at the impact of edge computing at the gateway and a wearable sensor edge on system performance. The approach provides a solution for an architecture that balances system performance with remote monitoring functional requirements. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mobility and Cyber-Physical Intelligence)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop