Advanced Techniques and Emerging Trends in Smart Cyber-Physical Systems

in Special Issue   Posted on June 15, 2019 

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Submission Deadline: Sun 15 Dec 2019
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Journal Name : Future Generation Computer Systems
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In the vision of Industry 4.0, the new industrial revolution is a revolution of cyber-physical systems, of which the Internet of Things forms a key foundation that has a great impact on the way people live and the way businesses are organized. Cyber-physical systems are often considered feedback systems that integrate computation, networking, and physical processes. The CPSs control the physical processes by utilizing the artificial intelligence to acquire the deep knowledge of the monitored environment. Hence the CPSs are designed to be intelligent to provide highly accurate decisions and appropriate actions promptly. The rapidly growing interconnections between the virtual and physical worlds and the development of new intelligent techniques have created new opportunities for the research for next-generation CPS, that is smart cyber-physical systems (SCPS). The SCPS are large-scale software intensive and pervasive systems, which by combining various data sources (both from physical objects and virtual components) and applying intelligence techniques, can efficiently manage real-world processes and offers a broad range of novel applications and services.

Components of a SCPS must have a high degree of autonomy while cooperating with each other in a robust, scalable and decentralized way. However, several challenges need to be overcome in order to realize such a paradigm, which is highly multidisciplinary. These challenges range from the design of intelligent physical infrastructures for sensing and communication, data stream processing, data analytics and machine learning techniques to build the intelligence core of these systems through the development of self-adaptive and context-aware software. Moreover, safety, social and behavioral issues also need to be considering, when including human beings as an integral part of these highly complex systems. As CPSs hold strong interactions between the cyber and physical components, it plays a significant role in the development of next-generation efficient-smart systems in various real-time applications.

This special issue is intended to report high-quality research on recent advances towards the realization of the Smart Cyber-Physical Systems paradigm. We are interested in all aspects pertaining to this multidisciplinary paradigm, in particular, in its application to building Smart and sustainable spaces. This special Issue will report the recent increasing interests in the design and development of intelligent techniques for various applications of Smart Cyber-Physical Systems. Moreover, the authors are expected to investigate state-of-art research issues, architectures, applications and achievements in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems. Unpublished innovative papers which are not currently under review to another journal or conference are solicited in the following relevant areas.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Data management and knowledge representation for Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Algorithms, models, and designs for social Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Machine learning for high-performance computing with Cyber-Physical Systems
  • User activities recognition for Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Cryptographic protocols and algorithms for Smart CPS
  • Cryptographic engineering for CPS or IoT devices
  • Data integrity, authentication, and access control for Smart CPS
  • Security in smart grids/smart homes/smart cities/smart transportation
  • Security threat detection theories and technologies
  • Cloud based secure Smart CPS
  • Privacy issues in smart grids/smart homes/smart cities/smart transportations
  • Human Computer Interaction in SCPS
  • Analysis of Network Dynamics in Cyberspace
  • Knowledge Modeling and Management in Cyber-Social Networks
  • Cyber-Social Data Processing and Intelligence Mining
  • Cyber-Physical Hybrid System Design
  • Trust and Reputation in Social Cyberspace
  • Cyber-Enabled Learning Analytics
  • Cyber-Physical Healthcare Services
  • Cyber-Empowered Sentiment Analysis and Mental Computing

Submission guidelines:

The FGCS\’s submission system will be open for submissions to our special issue. All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EVISE), available at: The authors must select \”VSI: AT and ET in SCPS\” when they reach the \”Article Type\” step in the submission process. Please submit your manuscript before December 15, 2019.

All submissions deemed suitable to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production, and will be simultaneously published in the current regular issue and pulled into the online Special Issue. Articles from this Special Issue will appear in different regular issues of the journal, though they will be clearly marked and branded as Special Issue articles.

Please ensure you read the Guide for Authors before writing your manuscript. The Guide for Authors and link to submit your manuscript is available on the Journal\’s homepage at:

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: December 15, 2019
  • First Revision: March 15, 2020
  • Subsequent Revision: June 15, 2020
  • Final Decision: August 15, 2020
  • Final Manuscript: November 15, 2020

Guest Editors:

Prof. Dr. Piet Kommers

Professor of UNESCO Learning Technologies

University of Twente,

The Netherlands

Dr. Vijayakumar Varadarajan (Managing Guest Editor)

School of Computing Science and Engineering, Vellore institute of Technology, Chennai, India

Email: [email protected]

Prof. Vincenzo Piuri , IEEE Fellow

Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita\’ degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Email: [email protected]

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