Special Issue on Advances and Applications of Internet of Things for Smart Automated Systems

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.


The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and people as well as their virtual representations in an Internet-like infrastructure. After the Web and mobile accessibility, IoT has been hailed as another technological revolution of our lifetime, even more promising with smart automated systems (such as Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Factories, Smart Buildings, Smart Homes, and Smart Cars). In such systems and related applications, it is important to effectively design and implement methods and architectures able to effectively collect, manage, and process large/complex data sets and processes, and ultimately to manage and control IoT-enabled systems at different levels (from local to global), as they are composed of many networked entities of different scales (smart objects, sensors and actuators, embedded computers, mobile devices, machines, factories, buildings, and people). The large-scale nature of IoT-enabled systems raises a number of specific challenges including: effective data collection, cleaning, and storage; data latency and real-time Big Data analytics; novel methods for global system control; effective development of large-scale management platforms; well-defined control interfaces for IoT technologies; and various IoT standards. Moreover, such new findings need to ensure IoT system safety, security and privacy. 

Scope, Description, and More Information

The goal of this special issue is to address these challenges and concerns in order to develop advanced technologies for effectively managing and controlling future IoT systems, to provide insights into real-time Big Data and process management in large-scale IoT contexts, and recent applications to manufacturing, supply chain management, transportation, environment monitoring, energy management, and healthcare. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical foundations of controlling/managing/monitoring IoT systems 
  • System design methodologies for IoT systems
  • Control interfaces and human factors in IoT systems
  • Software platforms for managing IoT systems
  • Cyber security in IoT systems
  • Validation of large-scale IoT systems control
  • Data latency and real-time Big Data analytics
  • Sensor networks for smart automation
  • Networks of robots
  • Wearable devices and systems
  • IoT applications to automotive, manufacturing, supply chain management, transportation & logistics, energy & environment, and healthcare

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline 1 June 2015
Completion of the first round review 15 September 2015 
Revised Manuscript due date  15 November 2015  
Final Decisions 15 January 2016 
Final manuscript due 15 February 2016
Tentative publication date 1 July 2016

Paper Submission

Papers should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/t-ase with a cover letter including the statement “This manuscript is submitted for the special issue on Advances and Applications of Internet of Things for Smart Automated Systems”. For detailed submission information, please refer to “Information for Authors” at http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase/information-for-authors.

Guest Editiors

MengChu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, zhou@njit.edu
Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy, g.fortino@unical.it
Weiming Shen, National Research Council, Canada, wshen@ieee.org
Jin Mitsugi, Keio University, Japan, mitsugi@sfc.wide.ad.jp
J. Jobin, GE Global Research, USA, jobin@ge.com
Soundar R. T. Kumara, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, skumara@psu.edu
Rahul Bhattacharyya, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, rahul_b@mit.edu

All enquiries about the special issue should be sent to any of the above guest-editors.

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