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2021 Vision: Envisioning a New Generation of Soft Sensors Research

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Intelligent Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2022) | Viewed by 862

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Department of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (DIEEI), University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
Interests: artificial intelligence; neural networks; soft sensors; ionic polymeric transducers; sensor modelling and characterization; mechanical sensors; energy harvesting; smart materials; smart sensing systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft Sensors are among the hottest topics in industrial research field. As a result, the number of proposed design methods is growing at an impressive rate. Nevertheless, one hand some relevant theoretical issues, concerning the Soft Sensor, need a deeper attention, on the other hand, applications in fields other than industries have been seldom proposed. A better exploitation of Soft sensors makes it mandatory approaching theoretical problems such as model interpretability, soft sensors for time varying systems, soft sensors model performance assessment and maintenance.

The full acceptance of Soft Sensor from a wider community can pave the road to their application in seldom-explored fields, such as precise agriculture, smart houses, cities, and IoT, where they can contribute to the implementation of sustainable development. Soft Sensors can contribute to a more efficient exploitation of data and therefore, to better performing monitoring and control policies implementation. A beneficial effect can be produce on the using of resources and energy.

This special issue aims at collecting a blend of theoretical and applicative contribution on the topics mentioned above, which enlightens the path towards next-generation Soft Sensors.

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Graziani
Prof. Dr. Maria Gabriella Xibilia
Guest Editors

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  • Soft Sensors
  • Soft Sensors for time variant systems
  • Model Interpretability
  • Soft Sensor maintenance
  • Soft Sensor performance estimation
  • Emergent applications of Soft Sensors
  • Soft Sensors for IoT
  • Soft Sensors for precise agriculture
  • Soft Sensors for the environment
  • Soft Sensors for sustainable development

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