Saturday, June 3, 2017

CFP: JWS Special Issue for the Internet/Web of Things (IoTWoT)

Special Issue of the JWS on IoT/WoT

The Journal of Web Semantics invites submissions for a special issue on Web semantics for the Internet / Web of Things (IoT/WoT) to be edited by Monika Solanki and Manfred Hauswirth. The goal is to demonstrate how this area can benefit from specific research contributions and advances of the Semantic Web. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions due 15th October 2017.

The existing global networking infrastructure has facilitated the widespread development of cyber-physical systems, through networks of smart objects, pervasively using the internet for connectivity and communication. These “things” that communicate using Internet protocols and make the results of their computation available in real-time have given rise to rapidly evolving, new paradigms of computing that contribute towards realizing a global, distributed infrastructure with a lot of similarities to the Web. Many areas such as smart cities, smart buildings, social networks, wearables, and large-scale sensor deployments, along with applications in diverse domains such as e-health, agriculture, environmental monitoring and e-commerce already demonstrate significant uptake and impact.

However, the exciting and enhanced capabilities of these networks present several unprecedented and complex challenges that need to be overcome before data, device and service interoperability on IoT/WoT networks can deliver all of their predicted potential. Despite being connected, there are a plethora of isolated islands of heterogeneous networks that require heavy lifting of protocols and data, and reconciliation of semantics before they can truly communicate using Internet standards. Additionally, interconnected networks produce a data deluge to the order and scale of big data which will present scalability problems to the network and data analysis and knowledge extraction and management. Besides the well-known paradigm of the Cloud, new approaches such as (mobile) edge computing and fog computing have been proposed to address these problems. The goal is to not transport all data but the relevant data across the Internet. This requires a fundamental rethinking of current architectural paradigms and a decentralization of analysis and knowledge technologies towards the edge and inside the whole Internet. The end of this process may be the convergence of the so far traditionally separated research areas of information processing and communication into a single architectural paradigm. It is clear that semantic technologies will play a vital and central role in achieving this vision.

The focus of this special issue is to showcase novel and disrupting approaches for the semantic Web to aid in this mission. The ability to analyze, represent and integrate data into higher level artefacts from very large distributed information sources, the description and management of the data and technical infrastructure and the mutual influences and interactions among technical infrastructures, knowledge creation and use and social aspects are central research questions for researchers, organizations, and governments.

This special issue wants to bring together cutting-edge research with particular emphasis on novel and innovative techniques applied to real-world scenarios that showcase the distinguishing benefits through the application of Semantic Web approaches, ontologies, and Linked data principles to the important questions and new challenges raised by IoT/WoT.

Topics of interest with a clear focus on applying or developing novel approaches in these areas include but are not limited to:
  • Big data and real-time data processing for IoT/WoT
  • Communication protocols for IoT/WoT and their implementation
  • Modeling and analysis of physical components and environment
  • Distributed knowledge management (creation and integration of higher-level artefacts in edge / fog computing)
  • Industrial applications and use cases: lessons learned and success stories
  • Frameworks, models, methods, techniques and toolkits for building the IoT/WoT
  • Smart Infrastructure:
    Fault tolerance in critical buildings and infrastructures
    Energy efficiency in homes, buildings and infrastructures
    Traffic and mobility
    Intelligent sensors and actuators for homes, buildings and infrastructures 
  • Smart solutions for health and medicine  
  • Security and privacy issues for IoT/WoT
  • Data Analytics for IoT/WoT
  • Data and service governance for IoT/WoT 
  • Data quality and quality of service for IoT/WoT platforms
  • IoT/WoT service architectures and platforms

Guest Editors 

Monika Solanki, Oxford University,
Manfred Hauswirth, Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin,

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 30th September 2017
  • Author notification: 15th January 2018
  • Final version: 15th March 2018
  • Final notification: 15th April 2018
  • Publication: 2nd quarter 2018

Submission guidelines 

We will aim at an efficient publication cycle in order to guarantee prompt availability of the published results. We will review papers on a rolling basis as they are submitted and explicitly encourage submissions well before the submission deadline. Submission of papers will be online at the journal's Elsevier Web site.

The Journal of Web Semantics solicits original scientific contributions of high quality. Following the overall mission of the journal, we emphasize the publication of papers that combine theories, methods and experiments from different subject areas in order to deliver innovative semantic methods and applications. The publication of large-scale experiments and their analysis is also encouraged to clearly illustrate scenarios and methods that introduce semantics into existing Web interfaces, contents and services.

Submission of your manuscript is welcome provided that it, or any translation of it, has not been copyrighted or published and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared for publication in accordance with instructions given in the JWS guide for authors.

The submission and review process will be carried out using Elsevier's Web-based EES system. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. Elsevier's liberal preprint policy permits authors and their institutions to host preprints on their web sites. Preprints of the articles will be made freely accessible on the JWS preprint server. Final copies of accepted publications will appear in print and at Elsevier's archival online server.