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Special Issue "Distributed Sensor Networks: Development and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Thanasis Loukopoulos
Guest Editor
Dept. of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, University of Thessaly, Greece
Interests: distributed systems; wireless sensor networks; parallel processing; cloud computing; video compression; green computing; scheduling algorithms
Dr. Nikos Tziritas
Guest Editor
Dept. of Computer Science and Telecommunications, University of Thessaly, Greece
Interests: sensor networks; distributed algorithms; cloud computing
Dr. Samee U. Khan
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Dakota State University, USA
Interests: optimization; robustness; security; sensor networks; distributed algorithms; cloud computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Distributed sensor networks (DSNs) have received significant attention from both academia and industry, as advances in sensor technology and computer networks have enabled their evolution from a small local scale to large distributed clusters of micro-sensors. The financial and societal impact of such upscaling can be tremendous, as sensor networks are an integral part of the IoT domain, while applications of interest include military sector, environmental protection, industrial monitoring, smart cities, and many more. However, to realize their potential, technological and research advances are needed to achieve scalability in a sustainable manner. Such advances span multiple fields indicatively: network protocols, middleware and operating systems, data processing algorithms, etc. At the same time, programming frameworks, tools, and paradigms that enable the development and deployment of applications in an adaptive, transparent, and portable manner are especially important for building scalable and sustainable solutions that involve minimum customization. This Special Issue seeks original, high-quality submissions in the domain of distributed sensor networks with a particular focus on scalability and sustainability. Research advances in networking, systems, programming frameworks, applications, and algorithms are welcome. Papers surveying existing research in one or more fields of interest to the Special Issue are especially encouraged. Submitted papers must not be under consideration for any other venue.

Dr. Thanasis Loukopoulos
Dr. Nikos Tziritas
Prof. Samee U. Khan
Guest Editors

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  • Dynamic topologies;
  • Architecture, algorithms, protocols, and complexity issues
  • Learning patterns from distributed sensor sources
  • Machine learning and AI applications for distributed sensor sources
  • Energy harvesting and energy management
  • Security issues in distributed sensor networks
  • Lifetime optimization
  • Deployment strategies
  • IoT applications
  • Cloud computing for distributed sensor networks
  • Fog computing for distributed sensor networks
  • Edge computing for distributed sensor networks
  • Data management and big data in distributed sensor networks
  • Reliability, scalability, availability, and fault tolerance
  • Network dynamics and mobility
  • Data aggregation and fusion
  • Synchronization, coordination, and localization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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