Special Issue "The Role and Impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Sustainable Smart Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Fadi Al-Turjman
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Guest Editor
Artificial Intelligence Engineering Department, Near East University, 99138 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: IoT; AI; cloud computing; blockchain, AIoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a key enabling technology, with multiple innovations supporting the smart city paradigm. For instance, providing multi-hop collaboration among IoT sensor networks helps to reach possible services from Cloud computing facilities, and machine learning (ML) techniques are employed to adapt existing configurations. Moreover, emerging 5th and 6th generation (5G/6G) technologies can revolutionize ubiquitous computing with numerous sustainable applications built around various "smart" sensors enabled with cognition and ML techniques. ML has shown an outstanding performance in complicated tasks that require human-like intelligence and intuition. It is capable of detecting hidden structures in data and using that to make smart decisions in smart cities' critical missions. To successfully accomplish this vision, cognitive IoT solutions are needed to reshape the existing smart applications toward further sustainable services in smart city paradigms. This Special Issue brings together a broad multidisciplinary community studying cognitive architectures across science and engineering. It aims to integrate ideas, theories, models, and techniques from across different disciplines on cognitive architectures. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • IoT communication protocols for sustainable smart cities
  • Cognitive resource management in IoT
  • ML and intelligent IoT-based localization
  • Intelligent blockchain for sustainable cities
  • AI algorithms in the IoT era
  • Enablers for intelligent/secured IoT
  • Use cases enabled by intelligent IoT in Smart cities
  • IoT and ML in smart cities
  • ML and mobile assisted public safety and emergency IoT
  • Intelligent 5G/6G communication for sustainable cities
  • Design and evaluation of IoT test beds, prototypes, and platforms

Prof. Dr. Fadi Al-Turjman
Guest Editor

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  • IoT
  • sustainable smart cities
  • deep learning
  • machine learning, smart apps

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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