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Special Issue "Location Privacy in Wireless Sensor Networks"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ruben Rios
Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science, Network, Information and Computer Security Lab, University of Malaga, Campus de Teatinos s/n, 29071, Malaga, Spain
Interests: security; privacy; wireless sensor networks; edge computing; Internet of Things
Prof. Dr. Chunming Rong
Guest Editor
Universitetet i Stavanger, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Stavanger, Norway
Interests: Cloud Computing, Data Science, Energy Informatics, Security and Privacy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With their built-in sensing technologies, wireless sensor networks play a fundamental role in the development of countless applications and scenarios. These networks of smart sensing devices are capable of monitoring their environment and create a digital representation of the physical world. However, this also entails serious privacy issues.

An important privacy problem is due to the routing protocols used by wireless sensor networks, which leak sensitive information that can be used by adversaries to locate relevant assets. This is called the location privacy problem, and while there exists a considerable amount of research in the area, there are still numerous problems to be solved, especially due to the integration of these technologies with the Internet of Things.

This Special Issue expects to gather cutting-edge contributions both from academia and industry with novel solutions and achievements in this promising research field. We invite high-quality submissions of original work not under review elsewhere, in topics including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Protocols and architectures for location privacy;
  • Source-location privacy protocols;
  • Receiver-location privacy protocols;
  • End-to-end location privacy;
  • Novel approaches to location privacy;
  • Application impact of location privacy protocols;
  • New and advanced attacker models;
  • Formal analysis of privacy threats and protocols;
  • Metrics for location privacy;
  • Frameworks for assessing privacy protocols;
  • Location privacy in mobility sensor networks;
  • Location privacy in heterogeneous sensor networks;
  • Location privacy in clustered wireless sensor networks;
  • Location privacy in data-driven sensor networks;
  • Location privacy in the Cloud of Things;
  • Location privacy in the Internet of Things;
  • Location privacy in sensor-edge computing environments;
  • Real-world implementations and experiences.

Dr. Ruben Rios
Prof. Chunming Rong
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • contextual information
  • location information
  • privacy leakage
  • traffic analysis
  • wireless sensor networks
  • Internet of Things

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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