Special Issue "Social Internet of Things"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Charalampos Z. Patrikakis

Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, Aigaleo 12244, Greece.
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Interests: Computer Networks; Internet of Things; Mobile Computing
Guest Editor
Dr. Dimitrios G. Kogias

Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, Aigaleo 12244, Greece.
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Interests: Internet of Things; Blockchain; Cloud Computing; Human Centric Networking
Guest Editor
Dr. Panagiotis Kasnesis

Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, Aigaleo 12244, Greece.
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Interests: Internet of Things; Machine Learning; Multi-Agent Systems; Artificial Intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the Internet of Things (IoT) providing the umbrella under which many heterogeneous technologies and objects are interacting and co-operating, the need to enhance its performance with characteristics from other more mature technologies is rising. Especially, the Social Internet of Things (SIoT) that refers to the convergence of the Social Networks with the IoT paradigm, creates a “social network of intelligent objects”, where smart objects are capable of establishing social relationships between themselves. The SIoT paradigm achieves efficient and scalable network navigability for service and object discovery, by exploiting the analytics and statistical models used in social networks.

Even though the preliminary results on the aforementioned issues are encouraging, more examples and applications need to be studied to provide for a comprehensive study of the area. Issues related to the design of an efficient SIoT architecture, the cognition of objects especially to implement various and different social behaviour characteristics, along with increasing social-based trustworthiness are areas where further study can provide results that could promote SIoT as one of the currently most pervasive and ubiquitous paradigms.

To this end, this Special Issue aims to collect and present research papers that describe the most recent advances in the area of SIoT and that address but are not limited to the following areas of interest:

  • Application-specific architectures of SIoT
  • Novel network protocols for SIoT
  • Autonomous service discovery and composition in SIoT
  • Use of digital twins for SIoT
  • Security and privacy concerns in SIoT platforms and applications
  • Information extraction and diffusion in SIoT
  • Context awareness for SIoT paradigm
  • Trustworthiness management in SIoT
  • Cyber–physical security and data privacy in SIoT
  • Semantic technologies for managing the social relationships
  • Analysis, visualization and representation SIoT models
  • Data mining and analytics in SIoT
  • SIoT experimental platforms
  • Machine learning techniques in SIoT

Dr. Charalampos Z. Patrikakis
Dr. Dimitrios G. Kogias
Dr. Panagiotis Kasnesis
Guest Editors

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  • Internet of Things
  • social networks
  • service discovery
  • multi-agent systems
  • data science
  • smart environments
  • ubiquitous computing
  • context awareness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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