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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Smart Homes, Buildings, and Infrastructure


  • Our physical living environment, from residential homes to commercial buildings and civil infrastructures, is becoming more and more intelligent, thanks to the rapid advancement of various cyber technologies. Examples include smart sensors and actuators, sophisticated control and communication algorithms, and efficient and reliable communication protocols. By integrating these technologies, smart homes, buildings and infrastructures can be built to improve service quality and reliability and to reduce energy and monetary costs.
  • However, the design, implementation and operation of these cyber-physical systems still face many challenges that arise from the rapid increase of functional complexity, the significant uncertainty from physical environment and human activities, the increasing deployment of distributed and networked architecture, and the stringent requirements on system performance, safety, security, flexibility, reliability and fault tolerance. The purpose of this special issue is to present the state-of-the-art CPS research for building efficient smart homes, buildings, and infrastructures. The submissions should address the above challenges with a system perspective that includes both cyber and physical aspects, and should articulate how proposed approaches may be applied in practical CPS systems.

Scope, Description, and More Information

  • This special issue focuses on novel methodologies, techniques and tools for the design, implementation and operation of home, building and infrastructure cyber-physical systems. The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Intelligent sensors and actuators for homes, buildings and infrastructures
  • Real-time control and optimization 
  • Distributed, networked and collaborative systems
  • Big data and real-time data processing
  • Communication protocols and implementation
  • Design-time synthesis and verification
  • Modeling and analysis of physical components and environment
  • Modeling, analysis and integration of human activities
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Fault tolerance in critical buildings and infrastructures
  • Energy efficiency in homes, buildings and infrastructures
  • Practical deployment and case studies

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2016: Manuscript submission due
  • July 1, 2016: First round of reviews completed
  • July 15, 2016: Notification to authors
  • September 1, 2016: Revised manuscripts due
  • November 1, 2016: Second round of reviews completed
  • November 15, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • December 15, 2016: Final manuscripts due
  • April 1, 2017: Target publication date

Guest Editors

  • Xin Li, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Shiyan Hu, Michigan Technological University
  • Qi Zhu, University of California, Riverside 
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