Special Issue on Web semantics for the Internet/Web of Things

in Special Issue   Posted on August 13, 2017 

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Sat 30 Sep 2017
Journal Impact Factor : 2.238
Journal Name : Journal of Web Semantics
Journal Publisher:
Website for the Special Issue: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-web-semantics/call-for-papers/special-issue-web-semantics-internet-web-of-things
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-web-semantics

Special Issue Call for Papers:

The Journal of Web Semantics invites submissions to a special issue on Semantic Web research and technologies specifically for the Internet of Things / Web of Things. The goal is to demonstrate how this area can benefit from specific research contributions and advances of the Semantic Web.

The existing global networking infrastructure has facilitated the widespread development of cyber-physical systems, through networks of smart objects, pervasively using the internet for connectivity and communication. These “things” that communicate using Internet protocols and make the results of their computation available in real-time have given rise to rapidly evolving, new paradigms of computing that contribute towards realizing a global, distributed infrastructure with a lot of similarities to the Web. Many areas such as smart cities, smart buildings, social networks, wearables, and large-scale sensor deployments, along with applications in diverse domains such as e-health, agriculture, environmental monitoring and e-commerce already demonstrate significant uptake and impact.

However, the exciting and enhanced capabilities of these networks present several unprecedented and complex challenges that need to be overcome before data, device and service interoperability on IoT/WoT networks can deliver all of their predicted potential. Despite being connected, there are a plethora of isolated islands of heterogeneous networks that require heavy lifting of protocols and data, and reconciliation of semantics before they can truly communicate using Internet standards. Additionally, interconnected networks produce a data deluge to the order and scale of big data which will present scalability problems to the network and data analysis and knowledge extraction and management. Besides the well-known paradigm of the Cloud, new approaches such as (mobile) edge computing and fog computing have been proposed to address these problems. The goal is to not transport all data but the relevant data across the Internet. This requires a fundamental rethinking of current architectural paradigms and a decentralization of analysis and knowledge technologies towards the edge and inside the whole Internet. The end of this process may be the convergence of the so far traditionally separated research areas of information processing and communication into a single architectural paradigm. It is clear that semantic technologies will play a vital and central role in achieving this vision.

The focus of this special issue is to showcase novel and disrupting approaches for the semantic Web to aid in this mission. The ability to analyze, represent and integrate data into higher level artefacts from very large distributed information sources, the description and management of the data and technical infrastructure and the mutual influences and interactions among technical infrastructures, knowledge creation and use and social aspects are central research questions for researchers, organizations, and governments.

This special issue wants to bring together cutting-edge research with particular emphasis on novel and innovative techniques applied to real-world scenarios that showcase the distinguishing benefits through the application of Semantic Web approaches, ontologies, and Linked data principles to the important questions and new challenges raised by IoT/WoT.

Topics of interest with a clear focus on applying or developing novel approaches in these areas include but are not limited to:

  • Big data and real-time data processing for IoT/WoT
  • Communication protocols for IoT/WoT and their implementation
  • Modeling and analysis of physical components and environment
  • Distributed knowledge management (creation and integration of higher-level artefacts in edge / fog computing)
  • Industrial applications and use cases: lessons learned and success stories
  • Frameworks, models, methods, techniques and toolkits for building the IoT/WoT
  • Smart Infrastructure:

    • Fault tolerance in critical buildings and infrastructures
    • Energy efficiency in homes, buildings and infrastructures
    • Traffic and mobility
    • Intelligent sensors and actuators for homes, buildings and infrastructures
    • Smart solutions for health and medicine
    • Security and privacy issues for IoT/WoT
    • Data Analytics for IoT/WoT
    • Data and service governance for IoT/WoT
    • Data quality and quality of service for IoT/WoT platforms
    • IoT/WoT service architectures and platforms

Guest Editors

Monika Solanki, Oxford University, monika.solanki@cs.ox.ac.uk 
Manfred Hauswirth, Technische Universität Berlin, manfred.hauswirth@tu-berlin.de

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 30th September 2017
Author notification: 15th January 2018
Final version: 15th March 2018
Final notification: 15th April 2018
Publication: 1st May 2018

Submission guidelines

We will aim at an efficient publication cycle in order to guarantee prompt availability of the published results. We will review papers on a rolling basis as they are submitted and explicitly encourage submissions well before the submission deadline. Submission of papers will be online at the journal\’s Elsevier Web site.

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