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Special Issue "New Trends in Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hossein Anisi
Guest Editor
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
Interests: wireless sensor and actuator networks; body area networks; Internet of Things
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wireless sensor network (WSN) comprises of a wireless network of tiny devices that are equipped with sensors to monitor physical and environmental conditions. Such devices could interact with different actuators such as servos, motors, drone and form a wireless sensor and actuator network (WSAN). WSANs could be used to collect info from the region of interest (i.e. environment, building structures, farms, human body, etc) and autonomously control the required aspects of the target.

WSANs are considered as one of the main building blocks of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 to create smart environments, cities, healthcare, etc.  However, there are several challenges that need to be tackled to effectively deploy the WSANs and provide reliable services such as dynamic and intelligent management of the sensors and actuators, resource constraint nature of the network nodes, seamless, robust and secure communication between the devices.

This special issue aims to bring together scholars to discuss and present their latest research and findings on all the aspects of WSANs.

Topics of primary interest include but are not limited to:

  • Power management and energy harvesting in WSANs
  • Cloud/mobile edge/fog computing in WSANs
  • Image processing and computer vision
  • Security and privacy in WSANs
  • Medium access control protocols
  • Communication architectures for WSANs
  • Cooperative and bio-inspired algorithms for WSANs
  • Machine learning and deep learning techniques
  • Localization and positioning 
  • Novel applications of WSANs

Dr. Hossein Anisi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Internet of Things
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Smart City
  • Industry 4.0

Published Papers

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