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Special Issue "Collaborative Sensor Networks and Advanced Data Analytics for Urban Emergencies and Disaster Relief Efforts"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio F. Ochoa

University of Chile, Computer Science Department, Santiago, Chile
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Interests: Computer-supported collaborative work; ad hoc communication and coordination; loosely-coupled collaborative work; emergency management; decision making; collaborative systems; software modeling tools and methodologies; software architecture; mobile and ubiquitous computing; internet of things
Guest Editor
Dr. Weiming Shen

National Research Council of Canada and University of Western Ontario, Ottawa, Canada
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Interests: Computer-supported collaborative work; modeling and implementation of decision support systems; agent-based systems; disaster management; distributed computing; wireless sensor networks; internet of things; smart cities; supply chain; manufacturing systems; process optimization and scheduling
Guest Editor
Dr. Roc Meseguer

Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Department of Computer Architecture, Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: Large-scale peer-to-peer and cloud computing systems; mobile ad hoc networks; communication support in disaster scenarios; decentralized systems applied to ambient intelligence; computer-supported cooperative work and learning; socioeconomic-oriented distributed systems; community networks based on bottom-up initiatives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Every year the population density in cities increases and becomes more and more dependent on supporting systems (e.g., electricity, water, transportation, communication networks) which are steadily growing into complexity and interconnections. Therefore, when natural or human-made hazardous events hit urban areas, the consequences on the civilians is high, and the response and recovery processes are complex and expensive. In these scenarios, the effectiveness of the preparedness and response activities play a key role to mitigate the impact of these events. The research work in disaster management has identified the ICT technology and collaborative work as key pieces to conceive solutions that help address urban emergencies and disaster relief efforts.

This Special Issue aims at covering the state of the art and advancements in technologies, processes, and IT solutions that improve the strategies available to address preparedness, response, recovery, and learning from extreme events affecting urban areas.

Dr. Sergio F. Ochoa
Dr. Weiming Shen
Dr. Roc Meseguer
Guest Editors

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  • Computer-supported collaborative work in emergency scenarios
  • Preparedness, response, recovery, and learning from urban extreme events
  • Digital communication in emergency scenarios
  • Wireless sensor networks and IoT applied to urban emergencies
  • Early detection of extreme events and warning delivery
  • Cyber–physical systems to prepare physical infrastructures
  • Advanced data analytics to forecast extreme events
  • Advanced data analytics to support decision-making during disaster management
  • Design aspects of emergency-supporting processes and tools
  • Security, authentication, robustness, scalability of supporting systems
  • Health aspects and management of victims
  • Social applications for civilians
  • Consciousness, awareness, and artificial intelligence for disaster relief

Published Papers

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