Special Issue "Semantics for Sensors, Networks and Things"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: internet of things; semantic web technologies; the sensor web; participatory sensing; as well as mobile and location based services
Interests: artificial intelligence; knowledge graph; approximate reasoning; learning and reasoning
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Semantics is becoming an appealing instrument for enabling the interoperability and composability at high-level information abstraction for sensors and networks in the Internet of Things/Everything. There have been several disconnected research communities and standardisation bodies that have proposed various semantic-based approaches in the interest of sharing common understandings among human (users, knowledge engineers, developers, etc.) and physical things (sensors, networks, things, etc.). The most active of these is Semantic Web, which advocates the use of ontologies and knowledge graphs (backed by Description Logics, Datalog, etc.) as core ingredients for modelling data as well as network and system design. Interestingly, the experts in sensor network and networking technologies also proposed the use of logic programming such as Prolog and Datalog for better abstractions of data, constraints, and system compositions. In parallel, sensor fusion and knowledge fusion seem to be the big topics of many communities, as they will be considerably beneficial for semantic abstractions (ontologies or taxonomies such as W3C/OGC Sensor Network Ontology, Thing Description Ontology of W3C Web of Things, ETSI OneM2M Ontology, Schema.org) in association with emerging achievements in building knowledge graphs. At the system perspective, the pervasive and autonomous computing community has shown interest in using ontologies for modelling contextual information, and now this community is coming back with new incarnations of edge/fog computing and autonomous systems (autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0, smart cities, large-scale cyber-physical-systems) which need semantic abstractions as the decoupling design paradigm in order to enable dynamic integration in real time.
In this context, we welcome submissions from any area that touches a subset of the aforementioned aspects on semantics in sensors, networks, multimedia objects, and things in general. Beyond usual research and survey papers, the submission of papers that apply novel approaches in industry use cases are highly welcome. These papers should demonstrate validated (measureable) advantages of the applied approach in comparison to current industry solutions (if any) or clearly showcase the gained advantages in real-world setups. We also encourage the submission of papers that discuss benefits and challenges of large-scale pilots and industrial-grade testbeds. Applications may lay in domains such as (but not limited to) smart cities, environmental monitoring, manufacturing (Industry 4.0), mobility and automotive, building automation, eHealth, and energy distribution.
Dr. Danh Le Phuoc
Dr. Arne Bröring
Dr. Jeff Z. Pan
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