Special Issue "Advances in Sensor Networks for Smart Cities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Mohamed Elhoseny

Faculty of Computers and Information, Mansoura University, Egypt
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Interests: intelligent systems; data security; networks; internet of things; big data analysis; machine learning algorithms
Guest Editor
Dr. K. Shankar

School of Computing, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, India
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Interests: secret sharing scheme; image security; IoT and healthcare applications; optimization algorithms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, the size and population of cities have increased drastically. This massive growth in population poses a significant constraint on resources in several dimensions of daily lives in urban areas, such as the quality of services in healthcare, education, the environment, public safety, and security. Thus, new methods must be put in place for these cities to be sustainably managed. The extensive implementation of pervasive and mobile computing systems has given rise to the term of “smart cities”, which indicates the capability of sustainable city growth by leading to significant enhancements in city management and life in the above-mentioned sectors and various dimensions such as rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency, traffic congestion, pollution reduction, parking space, public safety, and recreation. The interesting features of smart cities have been made possible in recent years because of the availability of commodity low-power sensors, smartphones, tablets, and the necessary wireless networking infrastructure, which, along with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data processing, might be used to resolve the challenges of sustainable urban environments. AI algorithms are becoming an integral part of Smart City initiatives that intends to automate and improve a wide range of municipal activities and operations. These programs differ widely from case to case, but most of them generally share the goals of improving living conditions, making cities more competitive and making them more environmentally sustainable.

This Special Issue intends to highlight the advancement of developing sensing technologies, implementations, and applications for smart cities. Advanced sensing systems are used to improve the performances of city services. The ultimate aim is to provide readers with a clearer understanding of the recent techniques about this topic by describing some new technologies, applications, and suggesting new features and ideas in the field of sensors and sensing systems dedicated to smart cities. We invite authors to submit articles mainly describing promising original research results with state-of-the-art methods.

Dr. Mohamed Elhoseny
Dr. K. Shankar
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • AI techniques for automation in smart cities
  • Machine learning algorithms for smart cities
  • Deep learning algorithms for smart cities
  • AI for human, computer, and machine interface in smart cities applications
  • Interoperability solutions for AI applications in smart cities
  • Enabling technologies for smart cities
  • Smart city communications infrastructure
  • Smart cities data storage, processing, and retrieval methods
  • Ubiquitous sensing and actuation for smart cities
  • IoT and cloud-based architectures, protocols, and algorithms in smart cities
  • Intelligent hospital management applications and transportation systems in smart cities
  • Reliability, security, safety, privacy, and trust issues for smart cities
  • Smart homes-based applications for elderly citizens
  • Intelligence computing models for smart cities
  • Data management and big data applications in smart cities
  • Innovative real-time applications for smart cities
  • New trends and challenges in smart cities applications

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Cloudlet Scheduling by Hybridized Monarch Butterfly Optimization Algorithm
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(3), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8030044
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 11 August 2019
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Cloud computing technology enables efficient utilization of available physical resources through the virtualization where different clients share the same underlying physical hardware infrastructure. By utilizing the cloud computing concept, distributed, scalable and elastic computing resources are provided to the end-users over high speed [...] Read more.
Cloud computing technology enables efficient utilization of available physical resources through the virtualization where different clients share the same underlying physical hardware infrastructure. By utilizing the cloud computing concept, distributed, scalable and elastic computing resources are provided to the end-users over high speed computer networks (the Internet). Cloudlet scheduling that has a significant impact on the overall cloud system performance represents one of the most important challenges in this domain. In this paper, we introduce implementations of the original and hybridized monarch butterfly optimization algorithm that belongs to the category of swarm intelligence metaheuristics, adapted for tackling the cloudlet scheduling problem. The hybridized monarch butterfly optimization approach, as well as adaptations of any monarch butterfly optimization version for the cloudlet scheduling problem, could not be found in the literature survey. Both algorithms were implemented within the environment of the CloudSim platform. The proposed hybridized version of the monarch butterfly optimization algorithm was first tested on standard benchmark functions and, after that, the simulations for the cloudlet scheduling problem were performed using artificial and real data sets. Based on the obtained simulation results and the comparative analysis with six other state-of-the-art metaheuristics and heuristics, under the same experimental conditions and tested on the same problem instances, a hybridized version of the monarch butterfly optimization algorithm proved its potential for tackling the cloudlet scheduling problem. It has been established that the proposed hybridized implementation is superior to the original one, and also that the task scheduling problem in cloud environments can be more efficiently solved by using such an algorithm with positive implications to the cloud management. Full article
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mHealth: Indoor Environmental Quality Measuring System for Enhanced Health and Well-Being Based on Internet of Things
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(3), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8030043
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 29 July 2019 / Accepted: 8 August 2019 / Published: 10 August 2019
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Mobile health research field aims to provide access to healthcare anytime and anywhere through mobile computing technologies while using a cost-effective approach. Mobile health is closely related to ambient assisted living as both research fields address independence in elderly adults. Aging has become [...] Read more.
Mobile health research field aims to provide access to healthcare anytime and anywhere through mobile computing technologies while using a cost-effective approach. Mobile health is closely related to ambient assisted living as both research fields address independence in elderly adults. Aging has become a relevant challenge, as it is anticipated that 20% of world population will be aged 60 years and older in 2050. Most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors, therefore the indoor environmental quality has a relevant impact on occupant’s health and well-being. We intended to provide real-time indoor quality monitoring for enhanced living environments and occupational health. This paper presents the AirPlus real-time indoor environmental quality monitoring system, which incorporates several advantages when compared to other systems, such as scalability, flexibility, modularity, easy installation, and configuration, as well as mobile computing software for data consulting and notifications. The results that were obtained are promising and present a significant contribution to the monitoring solutions available in the literature. AirPlus provides a rich dataset to plan interventions for enhanced indoor quality, but also to support clinical diagnostics and correlate occupant’s health problems with their living environment conditions. Full article
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