Special Issue "Federated Learning for Internet of Things"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708). This special issue belongs to the section "Network Security and Privacy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 405

Special Issue Editors

School of Computing and Mathematic Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Interests: artificial intelligence; edge computing; big data analytics
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: game theory; machine learning; multi-agent systems
Cyber Technology Institute, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
Interests: cloud computing; Internet of Things; edge computing; edge AI; AI in cyber security; federated learning
Prof. Dr. Rongbo Zhu
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College of Informatics, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
Interests: wireless networking; mobile computing
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School of Computer Science and Communication Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China
Interests: software engineering; services computing; information security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the prevalence of IoT technologies and artificial intelligence (AI), new computing paradigms, systems and applications have been introduced, such as real-time surveillance, personalized healthcare, precision agriculture, automated manufacturing, etc. Meanwhile, new challenges have also emerged due to the increasing concerns regarding the privacy and security of large-scale IoT systems. In many IoT applications (healthcare, surveillance, etc.), data generated from sensors and actuators are owned by individuals or private sector entities, who are reluctant to share their data for AI models due to privacy concerns.

Federated learning (FL) has great potential to enable AI in privacy-sensitive IoT systems, where data generated at the client-side devices can be processed and trained at a local level and synthesized by AI models deployed at the server side. In contrast to traditional AI techniques collecting data in a central place for training AI, FL sends AI to the proximity of end users (i.e., data owners), thus addressing data privacy and security in IoT systems. However, there are still many significant gaps and technical challenges in applying FL in large-scale IoT systems that enable robust, real-time, secure IoT data analytics.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together researchers in the field of IoT, AI, machine learning, and networks to address new challenges in FL for IoT systems by soliciting original, previously unpublished empirical, experimental, and theoretical research works at the intersection of these technologies. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • FL in IoT;
  • Deep learning in IoT;
  • Security and privacy schemes for FL in IoT;
  • Design, validation and optimization of FL in IoT;
  • Efficient networking and communication of FL in IoT
  • AI and machine learning in multi-agent systems;
  • Efficient privacy-preserving AI and machine learning;
  • Homomorphic encryption for FL in IoT;
  • Lightweight and producible FL and AI models in IoT.

Dr. Bo Yuan
Dr. Leonardo Stella
Dr. Muhammad Kazim
Prof. Dr. Rongbo Zhu
Prof. Dr. Jinfu Chen
Prof. Dr. Lu Liu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • federated learning
  • IoT
  • AI
  • sensors
  • security
  • privacy
  • encryption

Published Papers

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