Special Issue "Context-Awareness of Mobile Systems"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Francisco Falcone

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Public University of Navarre, 31006 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
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Interests: electromagnetic modelling; simulation and design; wireless systems; context-aware environments; smart cities; internet of things

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mobile communication systems have been progressively adopted and popularized within the last decade, becoming an essential element for domestic, industrial and administrative environments and applications. The evolution of communication systems is leading towards higher degrees of interactivity, provided by user centric systems, in which wide connectivity, within the framework of IoT and the use of Heterogeneous Network will enable Context Aware environments, such as those provided for Ambient Assisted Living or Smart Cities/Smart Regions.

This Special Issue focuses on the developments and evolution of wireless communication systems towards the progressive implementation of Context Aware environments and applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Context Aware scenarios and testbeds
  • Mobile oriented applications towards Context Aware environments
  • Case studies within AAL, Home Automation, Building Automation
  • Collaborative/HetNet Communication Paradigms
  • Implementation of Mobile Applications of Smart Cities/Smart Regions
  • Solutions within Vehicular Networks/Intelligent Transportation Systems integrated within Context Aware environments
  • Security and Privacy issues within Context Aware Mobile Systems

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Falcone Lanas
Guest Editor

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  • Context Aware systems
  • User centric systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Regions
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • IoT

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Open AccessArticle Decentralized Blind Spectrum Selection in Cognitive Radio Networks Considering Handoff Cost
Future Internet 2017, 9(2), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi9020010
Received: 15 February 2017 / Revised: 20 March 2017 / Accepted: 28 March 2017 / Published: 31 March 2017
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Due to the spectrum varying nature of cognitive radio networks, secondary users are required to perform spectrum handoffs when the spectrum is occupied by primary users, which will lead to a handoff delay. In this paper, based on the multi-armed bandit framework of [...] Read more.
Due to the spectrum varying nature of cognitive radio networks, secondary users are required to perform spectrum handoffs when the spectrum is occupied by primary users, which will lead to a handoff delay. In this paper, based on the multi-armed bandit framework of medium access in decentralized cognitive radio networks, we investigate blind spectrum selection problem of secondary users whose sensing ability of cognitive radio is limited and the channel statistics are a priori unknown, taking the handoff delay as a fixed handoff cost into consideration. In this scenario, secondary users have to make the choice of either staying foregoing spectrum with low availability or handing off to another spectrum with higher availability. We model the problem and investigate the performance of three representative policies, i.e., ρPRE, SL(K), kth-UCB1. The simulation results show that, despite the inclusion of the fixed handoff cost, these policies achieve the same asymptotic performance as that without handoff cost. Moreover, through comparison of these policies, we found the kth-UCB1 policy has better overall performance. Full article
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