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Special Issue "Digital Healthcare Leveraging Edge Computing and the Internet of Things"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 4483

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonio Celesti
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MIFT Department, University of Messina, Viale F. Stagno d'Alcontres, 31 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: distributed systems; cloud computing; edge computing; Internet of Things (IoT); machine learning; assistive technology; eHealth
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Dr. Ivanoe De Falco
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Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking of National Research Council (ICAR-CNR), 80131 Naples, Italy
Interests: artificial intelligence; machine learning; soft computing; computational intelligence; parallel and distributed computing; explainable artificial intelligence; AI/ML applications to eHealth and mobile health; pattern recognition; signal processing; optimization; classification; regression; time series forecasting
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Dr. Giovanna Sannino
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Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking – National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), 80131 Naples, Italy
Interests: eHealth; mobile health; signal processing; pattern recognition; biomechanical and physiological parameter extraction and analysis; statistical analysis; machine learning/artificial intelligence techniques for eHealth applications; ICT-based intelligent solutions for chronic disease (cardiovascular diseases); wearable devices (ECG sensors, accelerometer sensors, etc.)
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Dr. Lorenzo Carnevale
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Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Hearth Sciences (MIFT), University of Messina, 98166 Messina, Italy
Interests: Artificial Intelligence; Cloud Computing; Edge Computing; Big Data
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2025, the global market for Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices is expected to exceed USD 500 billion. This means that the paradigm of digital healthcare will still change. Most computing will happen at the edge, namely, data are analyzed and acted closer to the point of collection, or on a nearby system situated between the connected device and the Cloud.

Edge computing combined with the IoT offers several advantages, such as greater data transmission speed, less dependence on limited bandwidth, greater privacy and security, and lower costs, because as more sensor-derived data are used locally, fewer data need to be transmitted remotely. This not only decreases cost but increases efficiency and improves the patient’s experience and quality of life, bringing us one step closer to autonomous instead of merely automated care.

The smart use of edge computing can strongly impact the management of chronic diseases and also emergency medical scenarios on ambulances where real time is crucial to saving time and lives. The combination of IoT and fast 5G cellular connections will also enhance the delivery of at-home care and allow for the continuous monitoring of patients for diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

This Special Issue will address all novelties related to edge, IoT, and 5G applications, sensor and actuator systems consisting of wearable medical smart devices, signal processing techniques, artificial intelligence techniques, and decision support systems for healthcare.

Dr. Antonio Celesti
Dr. Ivanoe De Falco
Dr. Giovanna Sannino
Dr. Lorenzo Carnevale
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Digital healthcare
  • Edge computing
  • IoT
  • 5G
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Signal processing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • AI accelerators
  • Security
  • Decision support systems

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Mammogram Image Enhancement Techniques for Online Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
Sensors 2022, 22(22), 8818; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22228818 - 15 Nov 2022
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Breast cancer is the type of cancer with the highest incidence and global mortality of female cancers. Thus, the adaptation of modern technologies that assist in medical diagnosis in order to accelerate, automate and reduce the subjectivity of this process are of paramount [...] Read more.
Breast cancer is the type of cancer with the highest incidence and global mortality of female cancers. Thus, the adaptation of modern technologies that assist in medical diagnosis in order to accelerate, automate and reduce the subjectivity of this process are of paramount importance for an efficient treatment. Therefore, this work aims to propose a robust platform to compare and evaluate the proposed strategies for improving breast ultrasound images and compare them with state-of-the-art techniques by classifying them as benign, malignant and normal. Investigations were performed on a dataset containing a total of 780 images of tumor-affected persons, divided into benign, malignant and normal. A data augmentation technique was used to scale up the corpus of images available in the chosen dataset. For this, novel image enhancement techniques were used and the Multilayer Perceptrons, k-Nearest Neighbor and Support Vector Machines algorithms were used for classification. From the promising outcomes of the conducted experiments, it was observed that the bilateral algorithm together with the SVM classifier achieved the best result for the classification of breast cancer, with an overall accuracy of 96.69% and an accuracy for the detection of malignant nodules of 95.11%. Therefore, it was found that the application of image enhancement methods can help in the detection of breast cancer at a much earlier stage with better accuracy in detection. Full article
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Hypertension Diagnosis with Backpropagation Neural Networks for Sustainability in Public Health
Sensors 2022, 22(14), 5272; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22145272 - 14 Jul 2022
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This paper presents the development of a multilayer feed-forward neural network for the diagnosis of hypertension, based on a population-based study. For the development of this architecture, several physiological factors have been considered, which are vital to determining the risk of being hypertensive; [...] Read more.
This paper presents the development of a multilayer feed-forward neural network for the diagnosis of hypertension, based on a population-based study. For the development of this architecture, several physiological factors have been considered, which are vital to determining the risk of being hypertensive; a diagnostic system can offer a solution which is not easy to determine by conventional means. The results obtained demonstrate the sustainability of health conditions affecting humanity today as a consequence of the social environment in which we live, e.g., economics, stress, smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, etc., which leads to hypertension. The results of the neural network-based diagnostic system show an effectiveness of 90%, thus generating a high expectation in diagnosing the risk of hypertension from the analyzed physiological data. Full article
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FedSGDCOVID: Federated SGD COVID-19 Detection under Local Differential Privacy Using Chest X-ray Images and Symptom Information
Sensors 2022, 22(10), 3728; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22103728 - 13 May 2022
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented global crisis because of its detrimental effect on the global economy and health. COVID-19 cases have been rapidly increasing, with no sign of stopping. As a result, test kits and accurate detection models are in short supply. [...] Read more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented global crisis because of its detrimental effect on the global economy and health. COVID-19 cases have been rapidly increasing, with no sign of stopping. As a result, test kits and accurate detection models are in short supply. Early identification of COVID-19 patients will help decrease the infection rate. Thus, developing an automatic algorithm that enables the early detection of COVID-19 is essential. Moreover, patient data are sensitive, and they must be protected to prevent malicious attackers from revealing information through model updates and reconstruction. In this study, we presented a higher privacy-preserving federated learning system for COVID-19 detection without sharing data among data owners. First, we constructed a federated learning system using chest X-ray images and symptom information. The purpose is to develop a decentralized model across multiple hospitals without sharing data. We found that adding the spatial pyramid pooling to a 2D convolutional neural network improves the accuracy of chest X-ray images. Second, we explored that the accuracy of federated learning for COVID-19 identification reduces significantly for non-independent and identically distributed (Non-IID) data. We then proposed a strategy to improve the model’s accuracy on Non-IID data by increasing the total number of clients, parallelism (client-fraction), and computation per client. Finally, for our federated learning model, we applied a differential privacy stochastic gradient descent (DP-SGD) to improve the privacy of patient data. We also proposed a strategy to maintain the robustness of federated learning to ensure the security and accuracy of the model. Full article
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DICOMization of Proprietary Files Obtained from Confocal, Whole-Slide, and FIB-SEM Microscope Scanners
Sensors 2022, 22(6), 2322; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22062322 - 17 Mar 2022
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The evolution of biomedical imaging technology is allowing the digitization of hundreds of glass slides at once. There are multiple microscope scanners available in the market including low-cost solutions that can serve small centers. Moreover, new technology is being researched to acquire images [...] Read more.
The evolution of biomedical imaging technology is allowing the digitization of hundreds of glass slides at once. There are multiple microscope scanners available in the market including low-cost solutions that can serve small centers. Moreover, new technology is being researched to acquire images and new modalities are appearing in the market such as electron microscopy. This reality offers new diagnostics tools to clinical practice but emphasizes also the lack of multivendor system’s interoperability. Without the adoption of standard data formats and communications methods, it will be impossible to build this industry through the installation of vendor-neutral archives and the establishment of telepathology services in the cloud. The DICOM protocol is a feasible solution to the aforementioned problem because it already provides an interface for visible light and whole slide microscope imaging modalities. While some scanners currently have DICOM interfaces, the vast majority of manufacturers continue to use proprietary solutions. This article proposes an automated DICOMization pipeline that can efficiently transform distinct proprietary microscope images from CLSM, FIB-SEM, and WSI scanners into standard DICOM with their biological information maintained within their metadata. The system feasibility and performance were evaluated with fifteen distinct proprietary modalities, including stacked WSI samples. The results demonstrated that the proposed methodology is accurate and can be used in production. The normalized objects were stored through the standard communications in the Dicoogle open-source archive. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: CNN based Classification of Phonocardiograms by transcoding 1D signals into 2D images using fractal techniques
Authors: Daniel Riccio
Affiliation: Department of Electrical and Information Technology Engineering, Università di Napoli Federico II, 80125 Napoli, Italy
Abstract: The automatic analysis of biomedical signals has become an important process to both identify indicators of diseased states and to provide meaningful information for various applications in physiology, sports medicine and human–computer interface. In particular, phonocardiograms (PCG) represent one of the most conventional approaches for the initial assessment of heart disease. However, automated classification of heart sounds is a challenging task that mainly depends on segmentation of heart sounds and derivation of features using segmented samples. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have the potential to analyze large datasets leading to the clinical decisions and real-time applications. These techniques have been applied successfully to medical imaging, but the analysis of 1D signals has yet to fully benefit from this novel approach. We propose a novel PCG classification technique, which encodes the 1D signal through systems of partitioned iterated funcion systems (PIFS), and then decodes it as a two-dimensional image. A deep CNN network is then applied to the images to classify the heart sound signals into normal and abnormal.

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