Ubiquitous Systems and Its Applications

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708). This special issue belongs to the section "Network Services and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018) | Viewed by 7564

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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: distributed systems; mobile/ubiquitous/pervasive computing; middleware for distributed Internet applications; operating systems; Java Virtual Machine; context information

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Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systemes Aleatoires, University of Rennes, Rennes, France
Interests: middleware infrastructures; formal methods and tools for designing, verifying, and evaluating middleware; middleware for ubiquitous, and mobile computing; middleware for embedded systems and sensor networks; interoperable middleware; software engineering for middleware; architecture-based development of distributed systems; distributed component-based systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we can find a myriad of devices, from the smallest to the biggest, from tiny sensors to large cloud data-centers, and examples such as smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc., all connected, continuously or intermittently, making a truly ubiquitous system. Thus, a ubiquitous system means that we have a very large number and different types of devices, all connected, thus providing an infrastructure for applications to run. Smart cities are just one of the use cases in which such a ubiquitous system is required. Many others exist already and will continue to appear and improve in the future, in several areas, such as home automation, health monitoring, driving assistance, gaming, etc.

This Special Issue entitled "Ubiquitous Systems and its Applications" focuses on distributed systems as the core technology to support ubiquity, as well as the corresponding applications running on top. Clearly, there are many challenges to overcome from which we are mostly interested on non-functional, e.g., scalability, availability, reliability, performance, security, etc.

Thus, the main purpose of this Special Issue is to provide both academic and industry researchers with a forum to present their research on the design, implementation and evaluation of ubiquitous systems and applications, not only for smart cities, but also for any scenario in which there is a similar need. Thus, we are also interested on identifying new application areas within this developing field. We encourage original research papers related to this topic, as well as high-quality review articles describing the current state-of-the-art.

In this Special Issue we are interested in contributions regarding the design, architecture, implementation and evaluation of both ubiquitous systems and ubiquitous applications. The technical areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile, parallel and distributed computing support for big data collection, processing and storage in ubiquitous systems
  • Architecture, availability, and reliability of ubiquitous systems
  • Security and privacy of ubiquitous systems
  • Social computing, sensing and IoT for ubiquitous systems
  • Application and experimental experiences of ubiquitous computing
  • Design and implementation of web-based applications and apps in ubiquitous settings
  • Ubiquitous vehicle-to-infrastructure integration
  • Ubiquitous networks of sensors and actuators
  • Open data and big data analytics in ubiquitous systems
  • Internet of things (IoT) applications in ubiquitous systems
  • Networks and communications for ubiquitous system
  • Context information for ubiquitous systems
  • Virtual machines for ubiquitous devices

Prof. Paulo Ferreira
Guest Editor

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  • Mobile/ubiquitous/pervasive systems and applications
  • Distributed infrastructure for ubiquitous systems
  • IoT for ubiquitous systems
  • Novel ubiquitous applications
  • Collection, processing and storage of big data in ubiquitous systems
  • Ubiquitous networks
  • Ubiquitous sensing and actuators
  • Sensing, collecting and using context in ubiquitous systems

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21 pages, 9464 KiB  
VisKit: Web-Based Interactive IoT Management with Deep Visual Object Detection
by Chae-Eun Hwang, Sung-Hun Lee and Jin-Woo Jeong
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8010012 - 12 Feb 2019
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Various technologies and standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) have defined the way devices should interact with each other to provide an intelligent IoT service to users in an efficient manner. Although the usability of system interface between the platform and users [...] Read more.
Various technologies and standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) have defined the way devices should interact with each other to provide an intelligent IoT service to users in an efficient manner. Although the usability of system interface between the platform and users is one of the key factors for the success of IoT ecosystems, the manner in which IoT platforms should interact with users has not been well studied. Current IoT platforms provide a simple list-based interface to manage devices, which result in the degradation of their usability as the number of devices increases. In this paper, we propose an interactive web-based IoT management system where deep object detection techniques are adopted to facilitate user’s device selection and management. The proposed system automatically recognizes the device type from video streams and accordingly generates smart controllers. The users can choose a device by touching an object in the video stream and use a smart controller to control the selected device. Finally, we show the feasibility of the proposed system through the implementation of a prototype which demonstrates a set of user scenarios. Full article
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