Wireless Sensor Network Softwarization (WSNSoft)

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2016)

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School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, 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
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1. Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Telecommunications Engineering and Naval Architecture (DITEN), University of Genoa, 16126 Genova, Italy
2. CNIT National Laboratory of Smart and Secure Networks (S2N), 16126 Genova, Italy
Interests: dynamic resource allocation in multiservice networks and in the Future Internet; mobile wireless and satellite networks; multimedia communications and services; flexible; programmable; energy-efficient networking
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Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Interests: Organic Computing: Adaptive and self-organizing systems; Population-based optimization; Selforganized trust systems, Social mechanisms in technical systems

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Department of Engineering, University of Messina, 98122 Messina, Italy
Interests: cloud; IoT; smart cities; embedded systems; cyberphysical systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As sensor network organization is increasing in complexity, the ability to efficiently utilize the system requires a better understanding of the functional components and their interrelations. The connectivity of wireless sensor networks to the cloud environment has opened the door for a range of options towards system operation, scalability, and flexibility. This has encouraged research work to develop at both the physical sensor network level, as well as the cloud and related virtualization level. This could lead to a highly complex system with an environment that could have the ability to evolve with intelligence and offer a wide range of reliable and efficient services.

At the sensor network level, various researchers have looked into the formation of network organization in capturing the dynamics of the phenomenon. Here, for example, the grouping of network nodes—or what we call the formation of physical sensor clouds (PSC)—on functional, spatial, temporal, and/or spectral basis is ongoing research. This targets unfolding best operational practices for cyber physical systems. On the other hand, a significant amount of research work has been targeting the area of virtualization of the PSC and their related cloud services. The term “xx as a service” has been used extensively to reflect the range of services offered. Aspects like the process, the data, the infrastructure, the software, or even the QoS as a service have been explored. With a rich digital environment, the cloud is hosting aspects of intelligence, including ambient intelligence, opening the door for managing system behaviour and related training at large and, thus, allowing for better interaction with the process dynamics.

Further system complexity results from the inclusion of social and scientific data. They have started to play an important role in understanding the complex dynamic process behaviour, through cross-correlation among the behaviours in each of these domains. These aspects, among others, contribute to the increasing complexity of sensor network systems. The challenge here is the need to understand and manage the behaviour at both the component and system levels. This should then encourage the formation of an organic organisation that is manageable, dependable, and lends itself to better operational efficiency, flexibility, and scalability.

This Special Issue is trying to focus the efforts toward unfolding the key parameters and system organisations that could help in formulating an evolving system that is dependable, scalable, and flexible. The goal is to encourage new ideas that reflect potential in supporting a system organisation that could have the ability to adapt flexibly in capturing the dynamics of a physical phenomenon efficiently, and offer the related quality of services with the least human intervention. This could be at the sensor network level, IoT level, sensor cloud level, and cloud services level.


  • Software defined wireless sensor network.
  • Integrating sensor networks to 4G or 5G networks.
  • Cyber Physical System (CPS) and Physical Sensor Cloud (PSC) formation.
  • IoT base  PSC and related data management.
  • Virtual sensor clouds and cloud services.
  • Data organization, analysis and visualization.
  • Cloud based sensor network architectures.
  • Evolving sensor network organization and dynamic system training.
  • Sensor network and ambient intelligence.
  • Sensor Network QoS as a service (QoSaaS).
  • Dynamic interaction of sensor network data, social data and/or scientific data.
  • Adaptive sensor networks, self-organization, and trust
  • Big data and event detection
  • Case studies and applications in various challenging areas of smart cities: e.g., eHealth, Ambient
  • Assisted Living, Intelligent Transportation Systems, logistics of perishable goods, and others.

Prof. Dr. Adnan Al-Anbuky
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Müller-Schloer
Prof. Dr. Antonio Puliafito
Prof. Dr. Franco Davoli
Guest Editors

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