Using the AI-powered cloud for COVID-19 and other infectious disease diagnosis

in Special Issue   Posted on June 3, 2020 

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Submission Deadline: Tue 15 Sep 2020
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Journal Name : Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
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Special Issue Call for Papers:


Fadi Al-Turjman Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
Ahmed E. Kamal  Iowa State University, USA
Fabrizio Granelli University of Trento, Italy

The COVID 19 pandemic has revealed many information gaps in our understanding of the spread of contagious diseases, preventative measures and the development and deployment of vaccines.

The combination of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud computing, next generation networks and mobile devices may play a role filling some of these gaps.

For example, our mobile devices might be effective in identifying symptoms and diagnosing diseases such as those COVID-19 by using accumulated cloud-based big data on disease prevelance, transmission and diagnosis. This combination effectively forms a system of distributed processing modules that can be used to record data transactions on multiple interconnected smart devices – what we call ‘an internet hospital’.

This Special Issue aims is seeking research articles that contribute to the current state of the art in cloud-assisted identification, diagnosis and management for COVID-19 and similar diseases. It aims to draw together research in mobile Internet, big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other technologies that can be combined in novel ways build cost-efficient ‘internet hospitals’ and other types of medical service platforms. The challenges that internet hospitals can meet include intelligent screening, symptom monitoring, online consultation, drug distribution and mental health support. The issue aims to brings together a broad multidisciplinary community to integrate ideas, theories, models and techniques from different disciplines.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cloud-oriented AI for COVID-19 and similar disease diagnosis
  • Big-Data and Neural Networks for tracking and disease diagnosis
  • AI-driven internet hospitals and online diagnosis
  • Image Progressing and ML for diagnosis
  • Use cases of cloud-assisted disease detection/prevention systems
  • Patient care and treatment using ML and Cloudlets enabling technologies
  • Emerging cloud solutions for improved diagnosis
  • Cloud-oriented ML solutions and services for medical diagnosis
  • Security and privacy aspects in screening, tracking and diagnosis


Manuscript submission: 15th September 2020
Author notification:       15th November 2020


Papers must address one or more of the above issues and should be original and not be under consideration in other publication venues.
All papers will be peer reviewed by at least two independent reviewers in addition to the editors.
Extended versions of conference papers that are already published may be considered as long as the additional contribution is at least 30% new or additional content from the original.
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