Special Issue "Networked Intelligent Systems for a Sustainable Future"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Biplob Ray
Guest Editor
School of Engineering and Technology, College of Information and Communication Technology, Central Queensland University, Melbourne, VIC-3000, Australia
Interests: security of networked systems; networked ubiquitous devices; distributed systems; smart farming; smart sprinkler system for parks; smart city for sustainable environment; renewable forecasting
Prof. Dr. Tom Hao Luan
Guest Editor
School of Cyber Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
Interests: resource allocation and system design for edge computing; vehicular networks; blockchain
Prof. Dr. Jemal H. Abawajy
Guest Editor
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, VIC 3220, Australia
Interests: smart healthcare system; intelligent and energy-efficient devices and applications; security of cyber physical systems for automation; fog computing; resource allocation and management; radio-frequency identification (RFID) for automating supply chain
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Dr. Morshed U. Chowdhury
Guest Editor
School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
Interests: 5G mobile communication for intellegent applications; artificial intellegence for data hungry smart application; Cloud IoT applications; networked unmanned aerial vehicles for fault detection
Dr. Adnan Anwar
Guest Editor
School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, VIC 3220, Australia
Interests: security and stability of smart grids; energy market price modeling; integration of renewable energy to the grid; sustainable energy supply; integration of renewable energy sources like solar and wind

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The future sustainability of the world depends on the development of technologies to address issues that may threaten stability. Due to recent advancements in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, artificial intelligence, fog, and cloud computing, we have a great opportunity to prepare ourselves for a smarter world that can better handle upcoming challenges. IoT-enabling technologies such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and gateways can efficiently network among themselves to read, store, and process contextual information which is crucial for smart citizens and smart infrastructure to prepare a smarter world to adapt to upcoming and unforeseen challenges. Fog computing and blockchain technologies reduce dependency on a centralized backhaul system for a sustainable smarter echo system. Advancements in communication technologies, such as 5G, NBIoT, and LPWAN, and distributed computing, such as cloud computing, make it possible to create seamless connectivity and computing for smarter decisions based on contextual information. Faster and efficient artificial intelligent algorithms are developed to process big data collected in edge, in transit, and in central storage points for smarter decisions to create smart rural and urban developments for smarter sustainable movement to protect our future.

This Special Issue will focus on networked and intelligent technologies that are influencing smarter developments towards a long-term sustainable world. Existing work has mainly focused on the development of better technologies and techniques in specific silos but widely missed the opportunity to integrate developments from multiple silos to address issues that are complex but critical to address for balanced ecosystems that can handle unforeseen challenges. This Special Issue encourages the submission of high-quality research papers on interdisciplinary research towards smarter technologies, system, techniques, and hypotheses towards a sustainable future. The main topics of this SPECIAL ISSUE include but are not limited to the following:

  • IoT for sustainable critical infrastructure;
  • Intelligent and adaptive computing for sustainable energy, water, and transportation networks;
  • Renewable energy for sustainable buildings and grids;
  • Intelligent network analysis toward a sustainable world;
  • Blockchain for decentralized systems for sustainable application, system and infrastructure;
  • Secure communication protocols to protect critical infrastructure;
  • Smart governance;
  • Secure and sustainable smart cities;
  • Big data vs. sustainable development;
  • Intelligent, smart and distributed systems for remote sustainability;
  • Intelligent system to handle health crisis;
  • Teaching and learning innovation to complement networked intelligent systems.

Dr. Biplob Ray
Prof. Dr. Tom Hao Luan
Prof. Dr. Jemal H. Abawajy
Dr. Morshed U. Chowdhury
Dr. Adnan Anwar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sustainable computing
  • Sustainable infrastructures
  • Blockchain
  • Smart infrastructure
  • Smart systems
  • Digital twin
  • Big data
  • Smart health
  • Smart education

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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