The impressive future influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) in society, industry, and commerce is already widely recognized. The connected things around us can make our lives and our work simpler, safer, and more convenient—and the IoT can help us tackle big problems like environmental sustainability, chronic disease management, monitoring tasks. Though IoT plays an increasing role in the world, ensuring its dependability should be more essential. Dependability is defined as the quality of being able to be relied upon on the IoT systems, its tools/apps, which can be a measure of the reliability, availability, integrity, safety, security, privacy, and maintainability of IoT systems/apps/tools (SAT). Looking into the IoT SAT more deeply, the “dependability” can be in terms of ultra-high data trust, data quality, QoS, data privacy risk, cross-border data flow, data retention, service trust, connectivity, fault-tolerance, low latency, and so on, which are still early stage in research. As there is a significant increase in IoT device divergency, data communication, data scale, veracity, and complexity, the “dependability” concerns increase. Despite recent research innovations, integration of dependability aspects into the design and development of IoT SAT and applications are still missing.
Therefore, this SI solicits papers covering the design and development of IoT systems/tools/apps (SAT) and applications with dependability support to provide steady operations, cost-efficient, and high-quality results in the IoT. The scope and interests for the special issue include but are not limited to the following list:
Dependability in the design and development of IoT SAT
Dependability in machines, tools, apps, and techniques used for IoT
Dependability in sensor software and hardware designs for IoT
Dependability in IoT software services and open source software
Dependability in predictive maintenance, equipment, and process monitoring
Dependability through fault-tolerance and recovery in IoT SAT
Dependability of IoT Software as a Service (SaaS)
Dependability of IoT software dealing with big data
Dependability in holistic co-design of wireless and control of IoT
Dependability in IoT software security, privacy, and trust
Dependability in IoT application software (e.g., healthcare, plants, SHM, robotics)
Dependability in cloud/edge/fog assisted IoT SAT
Dependability assessment, metrics, evaluation, and prediction for IoT SAT
All original manuscripts that fit within the scope are welcome but are not guaranteed acceptance. The guest editors will do a Quick Review (roundpass) of submission considering the scope, quality, novelty, new contributions, presentation, and sufficient new materials (if extension). If a submission does not seem to meet certain criteria, an early rejection would be notified.
General information for submitting papers to JSA can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-systems-architecture. Submissions should be made online at https://www.editorialmanager.com/jsa/. Please select the “VSI: DependSys-IoT21” option as type of the paper. Please direct all inquiries regarding this SI to Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JSA has adopted the Virtual Special Issue model to speed up the publication process, where Special Issue papers are published in regular issues, but marked as SI papers. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. Therefore, authors are encouraged to submit papers early, and need not wait until the submission deadline.
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June 2021
First notification: 30 September 2021
Revision Due: 15 November 2021
Final notification: 30 December 2021
Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan, Fordham University, USA
Sy-Yen Kuo, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Guojun Wang, Guangzhou University, China