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Special Issue "Software Agents and Virtualization for Internet of Things"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019) | Viewed by 4883

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Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: evaluation of QoE in multimedia services; management of wireless mobile networks; green networking techniques and IoT/M2M architectures
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Department of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Technical School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28660 Madrid, Spain
Interests: software agents; machine learning; pattern recognition
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has brought a series of novel services and applications never imagined only a short time ago. Many buzzwords such as smart cities, smart homes, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) show the democratization of the “things”. However, “things” usually present notable limitations regarding both communication and processing capabilities. In this context, software agents as well as virtualization techniques arise with the aim of developing more complex IoT services based on user needs. This synergy is evident in recent research advances integrated within the fog and edge computing paradigms in IoT scenarios. In a later stage, data collected from end-devices should be processed using a computing paradigm and taking advantage of Big Data algorithms. This with the aim of developing user-centric services or directly supporting the proper autonomous functioning of “things”.

This Special Issue will exploit the momentum in these domains by inviting researchers to contribute with original works in topics covering the development of software agents and virtualization techniques for IoT systems through analysis, simulation and field trials.

Dr. Ramon Sanchez-Iborra
Dr. Emilio Serrano
Dr. Antonio Skarmeta
Guest Editors

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  • “Agentification” of things
  • Virtualization platforms for IoT
  • Agent-based simulation and prediction for IoT
  • User-centric IoT networks
  • Intelligent IoT Spaces
  • Distributed IoT end-device coordination
  • End-device cooperation and negotiation through virtualization techniques
  • IoT-based agent-user interfaces
  • Fog computing for IoT
  • Edge computing for IoT
  • Reputation, trust, privacy and security in IoT-based virtualized systems

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Empowering the Internet of Vehicles with Multi-RAT 5G Network Slicing
Sensors 2019, 19(14), 3107; - 13 Jul 2019
Cited by 21 | Viewed by 4367
Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is a hot research niche exploiting the synergy between Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), which can greatly benefit of the upcoming development of 5G technologies. The variety of end-devices, applications, and Radio Access [...] Read more.
Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is a hot research niche exploiting the synergy between Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), which can greatly benefit of the upcoming development of 5G technologies. The variety of end-devices, applications, and Radio Access Technologies (RATs) in IoV calls for new networking schemes that assure the Quality of Service (QoS) demanded by the users. To this end, network slicing techniques enable traffic differentiation with the aim of ensuring flow isolation, resource assignment, and network scalability. This work fills the gap of 5G network slicing for IoV and validates it in a realistic vehicular scenario. It offers an accurate bandwidth control with a full flow-isolation, which is essential for vehicular critical systems. The development is based on a distributed Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) architecture, which provides flexibility for the dynamic placement of the Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) in charge of managing network traffic. The solution is able to integrate heterogeneous radio technologies such as cellular networks and specific IoT communications with potential in the vehicular sector, creating isolated network slices without risking the Core Network (CN) scalability. The validation results demonstrate the framework capabilities of short and predictable slice-creation time, performance/QoS assurance and service scalability of up to one million connected devices. Full article
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