Special Issue "Reviews and Advances in Internet of Things Technologies"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Tognetti
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Information Engineering Department, University of Pisa and Research Center "E. Piaggio” Largo L. Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: biomedical engineering; sensing technologies; soft sensors; motion capture; data fusion; biomechanics; rehabilitation; wearable sensors and technologies
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Prof. Dr. Lipo Wang
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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Nanyang Technological University Block S1, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Interests: machine learning; data mining; optimization; computational intelligence
Prof. Dr. Christophe Bobda
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1. Computer Science and Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas, JBHT 515, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
2. Faculty 1 - Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences, Walther-Pauer-Strasse 2, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
Tel. +1-479-575-4797
Interests: : system on chip design; embedded systems; computer architecture; reconfigurable computing; operating system (advances and real-time); cybersecurity; adaptive systems; distributed smart cameras
Dr. Simone Genovesi
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Information Engineering Department - University of Pisa, Italy
Interests: metamaterials; chipless RFID and sensors; characteristic modes; antenna design; optimization algorithms
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Dr. Piero Cosseddu
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DIEE - University of Cagliari, Piazza d’Armi - 09123 CAGLIARI, Italy
Interests: organic electronics; Organic Field Effect Transistor (OFET); Organic Electrochemical Transistor (OECT); non volatile memory elements; bio-chemical sensors; wearable electronics; artificial skin
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Dr. Niko Münzenrieder
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Sensor Technology Research Centre, School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QT, UK
Interests: Development, fabrication, and characterization of deformable thin-film devices on plastic substrates; innovative fabrication processes and flexible analog sensor systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

The Internet of Things is made of devices and objects, e.g. sensors, wearables, smartphones, that are connected together through the internet. The connected devices can be combined with automated systems and artificial intelligence to perform actions or to learn specific data patterns.

IoT technologies will revolutionise our life in the years to come. From smart objects to connected machines in factories that have the potential to enable the Industry 4.0 revolution.

This Special Issue will bring together review papers on the recent advances in the multidisciplinary field of IoT technologies and the important gaps that still remain in order to obtain massive diffusion. Articles in this Special Issue will address topics that include communication, networking, sensing, materials, integration and data science.

The Special Issue is edited by the board members of the ICT section of Technologies:


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Dr. Alessandro Tognetti
Prof. Dr. Lipo Wang
Prof. Dr. Christophe Bobda
Dr. Simone Genovesi
Dr. Piero Cosseddu
Dr. Niko Stephan Münzenrieder
Guest Editors

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  • Smart sensors 
  • Networking 
  • Flexible/stretchable electronics 
  • Wearables 
  • Smart textiles and smart materials 
  • Cloud and fog computing 
  • Low power circuits 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Machine learning
  • RFID

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Open AccessReview
Flexible Sensors—From Materials to Applications
Technologies 2019, 7(2), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies7020035 - 09 Apr 2019
Cited by 3
Flexible sensors have the potential to be seamlessly applied to soft and irregularly shaped surfaces such as the human skin or textile fabrics. This benefits conformability dependant applications including smart tattoos, artificial skins and soft robotics. Consequently, materials and structures for innovative flexible [...] Read more.
Flexible sensors have the potential to be seamlessly applied to soft and irregularly shaped surfaces such as the human skin or textile fabrics. This benefits conformability dependant applications including smart tattoos, artificial skins and soft robotics. Consequently, materials and structures for innovative flexible sensors, as well as their integration into systems, continue to be in the spotlight of research. This review outlines the current state of flexible sensor technologies and the impact of material developments on this field. Special attention is given to strain, temperature, chemical, light and electropotential sensors, as well as their respective applications. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Energy Efficiency and Consumption in IoT Technologies and Standards: State-of-the-art and Open Challenges
Authors: Eljona Zanaj 1*, Giuseppe Caso 2, Luca De Nardis 1, Özgü Alay 2, and Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto1
1 Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications (DIET), Sapienza University
of Rome, Rome, Italy;
2 Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering AS (SimulaMet), Department of Mobile Systems and
Analytics, Oslo, Norway;
Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is significantly changing the way people interact with each other and
with surrounding objects, and it is expected to further evolve in many different directions in the next
years. The communication infrastructure supporting such wide paradigm is not unique, and several
technologies and standards have been and will be established on the market, in order to enable
heterogeneous IoT services. An important milestone for such technologies is the energy efficiency,
and correspondingly a low energy consumption, that would allow the instantiation of long-lasting
autonomous devices and networks, thus decreasing CAPEX/OPEX costs while triggering green
networking paradigms. In this paper, an in-depth overview of the state-of-the-art of energy
efficiency mechanisms and consumption models for a vast set of IoT technologies and standards is
reported. Several commercial and standard-compliant IoT technologies, such as LoRa, Sigfox,
ZigBee, NB-IoT, LTE-M, and others, are considered and comparatively analyzed from an energy
efficiency and consumption perspective, aiming to highlight common procedures, mechanisms, and
technology-specific features, while also identifying open challenges and possible research directions.
Keywords: Internet of Things; Energy Efficiency; Energy Consumption.
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