Special Issue "Low Energy Wireless Sensor Networks: Protocols, Architectures and Solutions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2019)
Dr. Carles Gomez
Department of Network Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain
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Interests: low-power wireless technologies; Internet of Things; Wireless Sensor Networks; Bluetooth Low Energy; LPWAN; 6LoWPAN; 6Lo; IP-based protocols for constrained-node networks
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) comprise connected sensor and actuator devices that allow to obtain information from and act upon the physical world in an intelligent manner, enabling innovative applications in a wide range of trending domains. Examples of the latter include smart cities, smart grid, smart home, industry 4.0, remote health, etc.
For the sake of flexible and low-cost installation, many WSN devices run on autonomous, yet limited energy sources (e.g. batteries, energy harvesting solutions, etc.). In order to achieve multiyear device operation while fulfilling application requirements, energy conservation becomes a fundamental requirement in the design of suitable communication protocols and solutions for WSNs.
In the last two decades, a plethora of low-power wireless communication technologies and protocol architectures for WSN have been developed and/or standardized. Remarkably, the publication and success of IEEE 802.15.4, a seminal low-power radio interface, fuelled activity in the area. Among others, the IETF initiated work with the aim of supporting and optimizing IPv6 (and several companion protocols) over IEEE 802.15.4 networks. IPv6 support has been (and is still being) extended to many other low-power wireless technologies for WSNs, which contributes crucially to enabling the emerging paradigm of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Unfortunately, minimizing energy consumption often impacts negatively on other important performance parameters, such as latency, throughput, reliability or connectivity of a WSN. This Special Issue aims at collecting high quality research papers and review articles focusing on recent advances in low energy communications protocols, architectures and solutions for WSN devices. Original, high quality contributions that have not been published before and are not currently under review by other journals or conferences are sought.
Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Low energy WPAN technologies: IEEE 802.15.4, Bluetooth Low Energy, etc.
- LPWAN technologies: LoRa/LoRaWAN, SIGFOX, NB-IoT, etc.
- Lightweight IP-based protocols: 6LoWPAN, 6Lo, 6TiSCH, RPL, CoAP, etc.
- Low-energy protocol architectures: ZigBee, Thread, Z-Wave, EnOcean, etc.
- Low-energy approaches for 5G-based WSNs
- Energy-efficient routing and data aggregation for WSNs
- Duty cycling techniques: scheduling, listen-after-send, channel sampling, etc.
- Radio-triggered and visible light-triggered wake-up systems
- Networking solutions for energy-harvesting devices
- Energy-neutral WSNs
- Cross-layer solutions for low energy consumption in WSNs
- Low energy protocols for WSNs in smart-x environments: smart cities, smart home, smart grid, smart factories, smart agriculture, etc.
- Low energy security mechanisms for WSNs
- Low energy techniques for management of WSNs
- Energy-efficient encoding formats for WSNs
- Experimental, simulation and/or theoretical evaluation of low-energy WSNs
Assoc. Prof. Carles Gomez
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- Low-energy wireless protocols
- Low-energy WPAN
- Internet of Things protocols: 6LoWPAN, 6Lo, 6TiSCH, RPL, CoAP
- Low-energy WSNs in smart-x applications
- Energy-harvesting WSNs