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Special Issue "Distributed and Pervasive Sensing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Brandy J. Johnson
Guest Editor
Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Code 6900, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA
Interests: chemical sensors; biosensors; distributed sensing; surface chemistry; indicator development; fluorescence
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Dr. Jeffrey S. Erickson
Co-Guest Editor
Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Code 6900, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA
Interests: distributed sensing; wireless networks; chemical sensors; autonomous vehicles; machine learning; internet of things; electronics; firmware development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fault-tolerant, wireless networks that incorporate sensors for monitoring physical characteristics, such as temperature, vibration, and proximity, have been realized for application in a range of industrial settings. For other applications, the development of such sensing networks is limited by the availability of low-cost, low-power, or miniaturized sensing technologies. Chemical and biological sensors, for example, have traditionally been developed for high analytical sensitivity and specificity, resulting in large, power-hungry, and often expensive systems unsuitable to redundancy and distribution. Efforts in this area have begun to consider materials and approaches that provide information of lesser specificity or sensitivity while offering high spatial and temporal resolution. This Special Issue highlights developments in the area of distributed and pervasive sensing networks, including systems, devices, enabling methods, and materials that facilitate the use of these approaches in under-served spheres or for unrealized applications.

Dr. Brandy J. Johnson
Dr. Jeffrey S. Erickson
Guest Editors

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  • distributed sensing;
  • pervasive sensing;
  • perimeter monitoring;
  • area monitoring;
  • health-related monitoring;
  • environmental monitoring;
  • sensor networks;
  • autonomous sensors;
  • sensor bundles;
  • event mapping;
  • plume progression and prediction;
  • Internet of Things (IoT)-related technologies;
  • detection algorithms;
  • decision-making frameworks;
  • information security;
  • data throughput;
  • miniaturized and autonomous devices.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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