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Special Issue "Sensor Technology for Smart Homes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Juan Ye

School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, UK
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Interests: Privacy; Activity Recognition; Wearable computing
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael O'Grady

School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland
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Interests: ambient intelligence, pervasive computing, ubiquitous sensing
Guest Editor
Dr. Oresti Banos

Computational Behaviour Modelling Research Centre for Information and Communications Technology, University of Granada (UGR), 18071 Granada, Spain
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Interests: wearable, ubiquitous, and mobile computing, artificial intelligence, data mining, digital health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the relentless advance in sensing technologies, we are witnessing an increasing number of sophisticated smart home deployments covering a wide spectrum of applications including  health monitoring and home automation. However, the inherent complexity of real-world deployment is significantly challenging current smart home systems; such complexity includes the inherently imperfect nature of sensing technologies, the dynamic nature of human behaviour, and the unpredictability of situations or events occurring in the home. Various problems accrue as a result of such complexity; these include  decreased accuracies in recognising human activities over time and subsequent degradation of the performance of smart home systems with negative implications for user experience.

The objective of this Special Issue is to present the state-of-the-art in sensing technologies for the smart home; document realistic experiences of long-term, real-world smart home deployments; explore novel intelligent algorithms to discover and adapt smart home systems to changes in human daily routines and other contexts; and present new research challenges and opportunities in the smart home domain.

Original, high-quality contributions from both academia and industry are sought. Manuscripts submitted for review should not have been published elsewhere or be under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel sensing technologies for smart homes;
  • Standardisation initiatives applicable to smart homes;
  • Internet of Things approaches for smart homes;
  • Privacy, security, and data management within smart homes;
  • User experiences of smart home technologies;
  • Human activity recognition, both predictive and in near real time;
  • Interaction design and novel user interfaces for smart homes;
  • Approaches to modelling computational and social intelligence within smart homes;
  • Novel applications and services for the smart home;
  • Smart homes and their inter-relationship with smart cities.
The editors are particularly interested in receiving submissions that consider the following issues:
  • The lifelong learning of occupant behaviour in smart home systems;
  • Human-centred learning in smart home systems;
  • Methodologies for benchmarking smart home platforms and services;
  • Ethical and privacy-preservation approaches to smart homes.

Dr. Juan Ye
Dr. Michael O'Grady
Dr. Oresti Banos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access bimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sensing technologies
  • Intelligence systems
  • Context reasoning
  • Intelligent user interfaces
  • Smart environments

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