Special Issue "Fog Computing on Internet-of-Things in Smart Environments: From Architectures to Applications and Services"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tuan Nguyen Gia
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Guest Editor
Turku Intelligent Embedded and Robotic Systems (TIERS), University of Turku, Finland
Interests: fog computing; mobile edge computing; Internet of Things; e-health; smart monitoring; autonomous vehicles; light-weight security; smart co-robots
Dr. Tomi Westerlund
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Future Technologies, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
Interests: autonomous vehicles; Internet of Things; edge computing; edge AI; robots; nano-satellites
Dr. Zhuo Zou
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Information Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Interests: edge AI; FPGA; energy efficiency; wireless sensing; IoT; SoC

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet-of-Things can be defined as a virtual platform where virtual and physical objects are interconnected and communicate with each other. In the last decade, IoT, consisting of advanced technologies from sensing, communicating, and big data to cloud computing, has been ubiquitously used in many areas and applications such as smart homes, smart factories, and smart grids. IoT helps to significantly improve quality of service, and thus reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve real-time reaction time in unexpected situations. However, IoT-based systems still have challenges. For instance, streaming services are interrupted when a connection between a gateway and cloud servers is intermittent. Additionally, when a large volume of data is collected and transmitted over network, bandwidth may be overloaded, causing delays in transmission. Therefore, there is a need for new methods, architectures, or technologies that can help to diminish or overcome these challenges. Fog computing, which is an extra layer in a distributed network environment, can be considered a good candidate for solving the challenges of IoT. Fog computing not only brings the paradigm of cloud computing into the edge of the network but also provides a layer to locate unfit or unsupported features of cloud computing. In addition, fog computing helps to reduce the burdens of sensor devices and cloud computing by bringing computation into the edge of the network (e.g., fog-assisted gateways). Many challenges still need to be addressed to build an energy-efficient, safe, and smart system to utilise IoT in a larger scale in smart homes, smart cities, and smart factories. This Special Issue addresses all the essential aspects that are required to make it happen. Authors are invited to submit high-quality papers on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Fog computing architecture for IoT;
  • Fog computing for IoT systems in smart homes;
  • Fog computing for IoT systems in smart cities;
  • Fog computing for IoT systems in smart digital industries;
  • Computational offloading to fog layers;
  • Mobile edge computing for IoT systems;
  • Task migration in fog computing;
  • Date processing and data fusion in fog computing;
  • Edge artificial intelligence (AI) in fog computing;
  • Fog-based body sensor networks;
  • Secure middleware in fog computing and IoT;
  • Lightweight or scalable/parallel/distributed algorithms in fog computing and IoT;
  • Reprogrammable and reconfigurable embedded hardware for fog computing and IoT;
  • Fog/edge computing for resource allocation;
  • Approximation algorithms/mechanism/techniques in fog computing;
  • Fault tolerance, reliability, and scalability methods in fog computing and IoT;
  • Security in fog computing and IoT;
  • Advanced fog-related services for mobility support and data synchronization;
  • Big data analysis techniques in fog computing;
  • Advanced mechanisms for distributed storage management in fog computing.

Dr. Tuan Nguyen Gia
Dr. Tomi Westerlund
Dr. Zhuo Zou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Internet of Things
  • Fog computing
  • Mobile edge computing
  • Smart environments
  • Smart digital industry
  • Smart home
  • Smart factory
  • Edge AI
  • Fog-assisted gateways
  • Fog services

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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