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Proximity Detection through Sensing Technologies

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 771

Special Issue Editors

ISTI-CNR, Institute of Information Science and Technologies, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: ambient intelligence; crowdsensing; pervasive computing
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Institute of Information Science and Technologies, National Research Council, 1-56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: pervasive computing; ambient intelligence; ambient assisted living; indoor localization; pattern recognition
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Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart · Faculty of Computer Science, Geomatics and Mathematics, Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: pervasive computing; ambient intelligence; ambient assisted living; indoor localization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

How close are you to another person? How far are you from an artwork? Who is nearby? These are a few of the many research challenges encountered while coping with a growing trend often referred to as proximity. Proximity refers to the capability of estimating the distance between objects, people, or a combination of them in an automatic way, so as to automatize specific actions.

Some notable examples are the possibilities of broadcasting advertisement messages when people get close to a point of interest, opening a door when people walk towards a direction, or advising people when they come in touch with an infected subject.

This Special Issue moves towards this direction. In particular, we call for novel scientific contributions addressing the many facets of proximity by exploiting sensing technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi 6, ultra-wideband, and the upcoming 5G. The goal is to detail the current state of the art of proximity and how it can be implemented with available or nearly available technologies that change the way we perceive the surrounding environment.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Dr. Michele Girolami
Dr. Filippo Palumbo
Dr. Stefan Knauth
Guest Editor

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  • Detecting gatherings among people (social interaction detection)
  • Indoor localization systems for proximity estimation
  • 5G networks for proximity and location-aware applications
  • Bluetooth low-energy beaconing and beyond
  • Improving accuracy and reliability of location-based services
  • Device-free proximity detection
  • Location beyond navigation—asset and network management
  • Geo-fencing and microlocations
  • Hyperlocal marketing
  • Technologies for short-distance phone-to-phone ranging

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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