Special Issue "Battery-Free IoT Devices and Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 August 2020).
Interests: wireless sensor networks; battery-less communications; energy harvesting; low-power wide area networks
Since their inception, batteries have been one of the main drivers of the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, billions of battery-powered devices are connected to the Internet. However, it is becoming clear that batteries are incompatible with a sustainable IoT because they are short-lived, expensive, bulky, and contain harmful chemicals. To address the IoT’s battery problem, researchers have recently started investigating battery-free IoT devices and networks.
Battery-free devices rely on small but long-lived capacitors for energy storage, in combination with various forms of energy harvesting. The combination of small energy storage capacities and stochastic energy harvesting behaviour causes battery-free devices to intermittently turn on and off due to frequent power failures. Such intermittency challenges the fundamental assumption that devices can operate uninterrupted to perform their tasks, and requires rethinking computing, communications and networking paradigms.
This Special Issue solicits high-quality unpublished work on recent advanced in battery-free IoT devices, computing, communications and networking. The main topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Power management concepts, algorithms and circuits for energy-harvesting on battery-free devices
- Novel (hybrid) energy harvesting circuits, architectures and concepts for battery-free devices
- Synchronization techniques for intermittently powered devices
- Communications and networking protocols (e.g., channel access, routing) for battery-free devices
- Online measurement and prediction of device energy lifecycles
- Hardware and software concepts, algorithms and circuits for intermittent computing
- Scheduling algorithms and operating system support for intermittent computing models
- Architectures and standards for the Internet of Battery-Free Things
- Performance modelling and evaluation of battery-free devices and networks
- Battery-free device and network prototypes, real-world deployments, and performance evaluations
Prof. Dr. Jeroen Famaey
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- Internet of Battery-Free Things
- battery-free sensor networks
- energy harvesting
- intermittent computing and communications