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Special Issue "Sustainable Communication Networks"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Anna Förster

Sustainable Communication Networks, Faculty of Physics and Electrical Engineering University of Bremen, NW1, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Interests: sustainability in and for ICT; wireless networks; opportunistic networks; sensor networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is dedicated to sustainable communication networks. On one side, communication networks can be designed with sustainability in mind—they can be resource-efficient, interoperable or open. On the other side, communication networks have also the potential to improve sustainability in other areas, such as agriculture, environmental monitoring, health monitoring, etc. In this Special Issue, we would like to span all these areas and show how, broadly, various types of communication networks can be used to support a more sustainable life on Earth.

Types of communication networks of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things
  • Opportunistic and device-to-device communications
  • Infrastructure-less communications
  • Pervasive and ubiquitous networking

Applications targeted include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Agriculture and environmental sensing/monitoring
  • Crowd and participatory sensing
  • Educating for the SDGs
  • Interoperability and back compatibility in telecommunications
  • Resource efficiency and re-usage/re-cycling
  • Waste monitoring
  • Pollution and waste monitoring/management
  • Anti-poaching and game preservation applications

Prof. Dr. Anna Förster
Guest Editor

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Experiencing LoRa Network Establishment on a Smart Energy Campus Testbed
Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 1917; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071917
Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 25 March 2019 / Published: 30 March 2019
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The fundamental properties of long-range (LoRa) performance have been revealed by previous research, but advanced issues remain unresolved. This paper tackles three technical challenges that are confronted when establishing a LoRa network on a smart energy campus testbed in Korea. First, the communication [...] Read more.
The fundamental properties of long-range (LoRa) performance have been revealed by previous research, but advanced issues remain unresolved. This paper tackles three technical challenges that are confronted when establishing a LoRa network on a smart energy campus testbed in Korea. First, the communication range of LoRa in a combined indoor and outdoor environment has yet to be determined. To address this problem, this study builds a LoRa testbed from which we measure the propagation properties of radio signals in a combined environment. Then, we establish a simplified path loss model for LoRa PHY and compute the communication range. Next, national regulations enforce the use of the Listen-Before-Talk (LBT) scheduling scheme, but its performance has never been examined. This paper enumerates the impacts of LBT, threshold values, back-off algorithms, and application parameters on LoRa Medium Access Control (MAC) performance. Last, the application parameters required by the smart energy scenario influence LoRa performance, but their impacts have been scarcely reported. Based on the application parameters and experimental results, this paper proposes a strategy to deploy LoRa gateway(s) and nodes on the campus. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first work that considers performance issues when establishing a LoRa network on a real-world application testbed. Full article
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Technical and Humanities Students’ Perspectives on the Development and Sustainability of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3066; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093066
Received: 17 July 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 28 August 2018
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This study investigates how the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is perceived by the students enrolled in technical and humanistic specializations at two universities in Timisoara. It has an emphasis on identifying their attitudes towards the phenomenon, on the connotations associated with it, [...] Read more.
This study investigates how the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is perceived by the students enrolled in technical and humanistic specializations at two universities in Timisoara. It has an emphasis on identifying their attitudes towards the phenomenon, on the connotations associated with it, and on the possible impact of artificial intelligence on certain areas of the social life. Moreover, the present study reveals the students’ perceptions on the sustainability of these changes and developments, and therefore aims to reduce the possible negative impact on consumers, and at anticipate the changes that AI will produce in the future. In order to collect the data, the authors have used a quantitative research method. A questionnaire-based sociological survey was completed by 928 students, with a representation error of only ±3%. The analysis has shown that a great number of respondents have a positive attitude towards the emergence of AI, who believe it will influence society for the better. The results have also underscored underlying differences based on the respondents’ type of specialization (humanistic or technical), and their gender. Full article
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