27 August 2014

Inderscience is media partner for Mining Security and Crisis Management Forum 2014

Inderscience is a media partner for the Mining Security and Crisis Management Forum 2014 (12-13 November 2014, Cape Town, South Africa).

New Editor for the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management

Professor Walter R. J. Baets has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management. Professor Baets is Director of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town and Allan Gray Chair in Values-Based Leadership.

Inderscience is media partner for 2nd Annual AIDF Food Security Summit: Asia 2014

Inderscience is a media partner for the 2nd Annual AIDF Food Security Summit: Asia 2014 (8-9 October 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Software Defined Networks and Infrastructures, Network Function Virtualisation, Autonomous Systems and Network Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems.

For last few years, there has been a tremendous growth in data traffic due to high adoption rate of mobile devices and cloud computing. Internet of things (IoT) will stimulate even further growth. This is increasing scale and complexity of telecoms/internet service providers’ (SP) and enterprise data centres’ (DC) computer and network infrastructures. As a result, managing these large network-computer converged infrastructures is becoming complex and cumbersome. To cope, network and data centre operators are trying to automate network operations and system management functions.

By getting the human operator out of the management loop, improved operational and economic efficiencies and operational scalability is being achieved. Automation is reducing capital and operation expenditures; this in turn is driving down cost, stimulating service demand, increasing revenues and maintaining profitability. New paradigms such as software defined networks (SDN), software defined infrastructures (SDI), network function virtualisation (NFV) and automation of network and system management operations are helping in achieving these business objectives.

Centralisation of the control plane in a SDN controller avoids the need to have human operators to manage a large number of network devices individually. By virtue of centralisation, SDN can implement automated network management and control plane logic. Similarly, many large internet application providers have implemented home grown non-traditional automated network and system management systems at their DCs.
On the other hand, telecom SPs are proposing to address manageability-at-scale problems with virtual network devices running on generic hardware. This will replace a large variety of specialised network device hardware, simplify and bring in operational efficiencies. For all these paradigms, the key success factors are intelligent software, its programmability to implement complex logic at low cost and scaling opportunities through elasticity at different time scales.

This special issue aims to showcase and disseminate new ideas and high quality research for enabling automation, optimisation and/or improving economics of network and system management and operations. We solicit original research articles, review papers, theoretical studies, practical software systems incorporating new paradigms, experimental prototypes and insightful industry analysis with the above theme. Articles from industry authors will be given special consideration. Only new ideas and unpublished work will be considered. Submitted papers will be peer reviewed and selected for publication on the based on quality, unique contribution and relevance to the theme of this special issue.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • New ideas that improve network, computer and storage infrastructure economics, programmability and security
  • New paradigms in network operations and management, converged network-computer and data centre management
  • Software defined network (SDN), abstraction, programmability, application Interface, south and northbound API
  • Software defined infrastructure (storage, etc.)
  • Network function virtualisation (NFV), distributed control, virtual switches, routing virtualisation
  • Network and system management, orchestration, resource management and optimisation, integration, interoperability
  • Network operations and management related automation, troubleshooting and management tools
  • Cloud based network and system management application paradigms
  • Application of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics and big data in network and system management
  • Performance analysis and evaluation, simulation, QoS/QoE, benchmarking
  • Security, privacy, authentication, trust, verification
  • Insights about SDN, SDI, NFV, NMS architectural requirements and analysis
  • Application and use cases: wireless and mobile networks, carrier ethernet, optical transport, converged optical and packet, data centre networks, transitioning existing networks to SDN
  • User experience, user interface design issues and challenges in NMS, ethnographic studies on network operations centres, usability studies of management applications
  • Insights about telco (SP), enterprise DC business and industry trends related to SDN, SDI, NFV and NMS

Important Dates
Full paper regular submission due: 15 Jan, 2015
Notification of results: 15 March, 2015
Revision due: 15 April, 2015
Notification of final acceptance: 15 May, 2015
Submission of final revised paper: 15 June, 2015

26 August 2014

Int. J. of Embedded Systems to publish expanded papers from SBESC 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering (3-7 November 2014, Manaus city, Amazonas, Brazil) will be published by the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Humanitarian Technology

The world faces many environmental, developmental, social and health challenges. These include ageing societies, the digital divide, poverty, climate change, energy efficiency and security. There is an ever-increasing need to find solutions to such complex problems. Technology today is evolving at an extraordinary pace, changing the way we live and work. The International Journal of Humanitarian Technology addresses research into the responsible use of advanced technologies which offer concrete ways to improve the life and society of people worldwide.

Inderscience is media partner for IAEM Middle East Resilience Conference 2014

Inderscience is a media partner for IAEM Middle East Resilience Conference 2014 (10-11 December 2014, Dubai, UAE).

The journal involved is the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management.

Call for papers: "Critical and Real-time Cyber-Physical Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Critical and real-time embedded systems integrate the modelling, design and analysis of hardware, software and communication systems that are deeply integrated with physical processes and with strict time and other requirements. These systems have special features that differentiate them from regular computer systems: (1) they are closely integrated into physical systems; (2) software is normally embedded in hardware with limited resources; (3) the system is distributed and in a large scale; (4) they must be adaptable and reconfigurable; (5) and must be dependable, secure and reliable.

Some critical embedded systems have even more strict constraints of resources and reliability, e.g. systems used in operating rooms for surgeries assisted by robots or for the controlling of electric power grids (smart grids) and unmanned vehicles. The development of such systems that attend these features, mainly through the fact of being large scale and the necessity of adaptability and reliability, is the main challenge addressed by this special issue.

In addition, critical and real-time embedded systems are required to be dependable, secure, reliable, adaptable and reconfigurable. Adaptability is a key feature, as it allows the system its own configuration to bring about more security, reliability and dependability. One special case of such systems are autonomous computing systems, which refer to systems able to self-manage features to provide adaptation and awareness. Modelling and simulation are listed among the research challenges bound to those systems.

Being reliable and fault tolerant is another feature common to critical and real-time systems which could be listed as another challenge of this project. A system is considered to be fault tolerant if it does not fail despite the presence of faults. The most common way to have a fault-tolerant system is by adding redundancy that can be achieved at hardware, software and network levels.

The main focus of this special issue is to discuss and present state of the art concerning practices and tools for the development of adaptable and reliable systems ready to be embedded into critical and real-time systems.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the III Brazilian Symposium on Computer Systems Engineering (SBESC 2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Modelling, design and simulation of critical and real-time systems
  • Embedded systems in critical and real-time systems
  • Networks, protocols and communication related to critical and real-time systems
  • Distributed computing for support to critical and real-time systems
  • Adaptable and reconfigurable systems and architectures in critical and real-time systems
  • Fault tolerance in critical and real-time systems
  • Harvesting energy and power consuption techniques in critical and real-time systems
  • Applications: smart grids, smart cities, robotics, unmanned vehicles, etc.
  • Autonomous computing systems in critical and real-time systems

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 8 February, 2015
Reviews results due: 8 July, 2015
Final version deadline: 8 August, 2015

25 August 2014

Special issue published: "The Future of Modelling and Simulation: Training, Experimentation and Decision Making"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 9(3) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Multidisciplinary Modelling and Simulation
Multiconference (I3M 2012).
  • A prototype for project management game development using high level architecture
  • A modelling and simulation approach to assessment of a negative binomial approximation in a multi-echelon inventory system
  • Proposal of a structured methodology for the measure of intangible criteria and for decision making
  • Testing the behaviour of different inventory control policies in case of extended reverse logistics by using simulation
  • Innovative models for supporting operational planning
  • Specification of CPN models into MAS platform for the modelling of social policy issues: FUPOL project

Call for papers: "Applications of AHP/ANP in Government Policy and Decision Making"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Management and Decision Making.

The capacity of a country to innovate and create new products and processes plays a dominant and decisive role in the nations' ability to achieve global economic competitiveness. More effective approaches to implementing homeland security, technological advances in the delivery of health care and energy policy, and better ways to protect democracy and human rights, to name but a few, are central to achieving this economic competitiveness and prosperity. Sound government policies and effective decision making play a critical role in reaching the full potential of globalisation and economic prosperity.

The purpose of this special issue is to collect a high-quality selection of contemporary research articles on AHP/ANP in government policy and decision making. The analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and its generalisation, the analytical network process (ANP), are structured techniques for organising and analysing complex decisions, based on mathematics and psychology. These methods are particularly effective for group decision making scenarios and therefore have been used around the world in a wide variety of decision situations including government policy and decision making. At the government level, rather than prescribing a "correct" solution, AHP and ANP help policy makers and decision makers find a compromising and satisfactory solution that best suits the stakeholders.

AHP and ANP provide a comprehensive and rational framework for structuring a decision problem, for representing and quantifying the evaluation criteria, for relating those evaluation criteria to overall goals and for evaluating alternative solutions. We are particularly interested in articles on applications of AHP/ANP in government policy and decision making that also make theoretical contributions.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Information security
  • Homeland security
  • E-government service quality
  • Global warming
  • Military applications and defence
  • Energy and the environment
  • Immigration
  • Foreign policy
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Healthcare
  • Civil rights
  • Economy and public finance
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Industrial strategies
  • Trade
  • Transport
  • Job creation
  • Gender and politics
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 30 October 2014
Reviewer reports: 30 January 2015
Revised papers submission: 30 March 2015
Manuscripts acceptance: 30 May 2015

Special issue published: "BikeNet Theory, Technology and Application"

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing 16(2) 2014
  • A wireless navigation and healthcare system for group recreational cycling
  • Solving station decision problem in bicycle ad hoc networks
  • Implementing a green bicycle alliance using a wireless sensor network
  • SOS: a secure social-aware credit-based stimulating mechanism for BikeNet
  • A location-based context-aware service discovery approach for cycling experience
  • An efficient cloud-assisted best-parking algorithm for BikeNet

22 August 2014

Call for papers: "The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015: Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Emergency Management.

August 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, considered to be one of the defining historic events within the emergency management field in the United States.

Accordingly, this anniversary will prompt numerous reflective academic assessments of how this disaster, which struck the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, changed the US emergency management landscape thereafter. Less known, however, is the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on disaster management systems in other countries – over a variety of subject areas ranging from emergency preparedness to coastal management to companion animals.

This special issue seeks to advance new ways of understanding the global lessons drawn from Hurricane Katrina through a cross-national comparative examination of case studies. Papers should adhere to the following structure:

1) Highlighting what happened during Hurricane Katrina regarding a specific subject area;

2) Reviewing changes in institutions, procedures or law in the United States as a result of lessons learned from Katrina in this sector;

3) Most significantly for the scope of this issue, identifying how other countries adapted their emergency management systems/policies post-Katrina and whether these innovative changes might be utilised by the US and other countries.

This issue will partially incorporate revised versions of selected papers presented at an international symposium hosted by the Center for Disaster Research & Education, Millersville University in October 2014. However, the editors are seeking additional studies to complete the issue. Therefore, any researcher interested in this subject area is invited to submit an original paper addressing the global lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Interdisciplinary studies are particularly encouraged.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Business/legal/political continuity issues
  • Role of the military
  • National-State/Provincial-Local relations
  • Crisis communications
  • Risk reduction

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 December, 2014

21 August 2014

Special issue published: "Sliding Model Control and Nonlinear System Identifications"

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control 22(2) 2014
  • Robust exponential stabilisation of a class of nonlinear systems using a novel technique of higher order sliding mode control
  • Sliding mode-multimodel stabilising control using single and several sliding surfaces: simulation on an autonomous underwater vehicle
  • Support kernels regression for NARMA system identification (SKRNARMA)
  • Estimation of motor parameters for an electrical vehicle application
  • Stability analysis of discrete input output second order sliding mode control
  • Global chaos synchronisation of identical Li-Wu chaotic systems via sliding mode control
  • Research on sample point repairing for free-form curved surface

Smartphone-loss Anxiety

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us. Either way, there is no going back for the majority of users who can almost instantaneously connect with hundreds if not thousands of people through the various social media and other applications available on such devices and not least through the humble phone call.

However, our dependence brings anxiety. The loss of one’s smart phone not only represents an immediate disconnection from one’s online contacts but is also a potential privacy and security risk should the lost phone wend its way into the hands of a malicious third party. Writing in the International Journal of Mobile Communications, a Canadian team outlines the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft and the security problems that the user might face. The researchers point out that the same anxieties apply equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices.

Zhiling Tu, Yufei Yuan and Norm Archer of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, explain that the convenience of mobility, wireless communication and the information processing power of smart phones and other portable digital devices has led to more and more people carrying with them valuable data assets wherever they go. These assets may include personal and business contacts, private pictures and videos, meeting and lecture notes and the like, banking details, utility statements, company spreadsheets and much more. All such assets are potentially sensitive to abuse by third parties.

The researchers add that as many companies now have a BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policy rather than dispensing a standard corporate device to all employees there are additional security issues that arise from their being centralized control of the data on a given device. The value of lost hardware might be negligible when compared to the loss of sensitive or proprietary data. Perhaps more troubling is that while there are various countermeasures that can be used to cope with mobile device loss and theft, users are either unaware of their existence or unwilling to use them. The cost and convenience of security countermeasures also need to be weighed up.

The team has investigated how general mobile phone users might not cope with the threat of losing their device. They found that a few active and security-conscious users were aware of countermeasures but many users were either not aware of “time bomb” data deletion settings and remote device locks and such or were simply in denial of the risk of their losing their phone. Their findings suggest that an awareness campaign might be needed to encourage general users to make their devices more secure and that organizations must enforce certain features on their employees and members to protect sensitive data that might be on those devices beyond their direct control.

Tu, Z.L., Yuan, Y.F. and Archer, N. (2014) ‘Understanding user behaviour in coping with security threats of mobile device loss and theft’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 12, No. 6, pp.603–623.

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20 August 2014

Say it with flowers and nanotech

Cut flowers last longer with silver nanotechnology

Once cut and dunked in a vase of water, flowers are susceptible to bacterial growth that shortens the length of time one has to enjoy the blooms. A few silver nanoparticles sprinkled into the water, might be the answer to longer-lasting cut flowers according to research published in the International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation.

Once the stems are cut and flowers added to a vase bacteria start to colonize the open ends of the stems and block the channels through which water enters. This is the main cause of a short-loved display even for the most expensive flowers, such as lilies, roses and freesias. Many florists provide a small packet of plant food with their bouquets, but this does nothing to prevent the stems becoming blocked with bacteria. Adding a drop of household bleach is perhaps a useful tip, but not all flower lovers which to have the odor of bleach in the vase spoiling the scent of their flowers.

Now, a team in the Department of Horticulture at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, have tested silver nanoparticles, which are known to have antibacterial activity, in extending the blooming life of cut lilies (Lilium orientalis cv. ‘Shocking’). They used suspensions of silver nanoparticles in water at levels of 5, 15, 25, 35 parts per million (ppm) and compared the floral life against controls with untreated vase water.

Seyed Hossein Nemati and colleagues found that control blooms gave a bright flora display on average for just under a week. Whereas the lower concentrations of silver nanoparticles extended this period by a couple of days. However, at 35 ppm their blooms were maintained with good color and healthy petals for almost twice as long as the controls (less than 12 days). Analysis of the stems and water revealed that at this concentration of silver nanoparticles bacterial growth was stymied for the longest period compared with controls where bacterial growth began within the first two days.

Nemati, S.H., Esfandiyari, B., Tehranifar, A., Rezaei, A. and Ashrafi, S.J. (2014) ‘Effect of nano-silver particles on postharvest life of Lilium orientalis cv. ‘Shocking’, Int. J. Postharvest Technology and Innovation, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp.46–53.

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Call for papers: "Impact of Energy Utilisation on Sustainable Aviation"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation.

This issue is devoted to energy systems and environmental issues in aviation. As is known, energy systems have an important role in sustainable development and global warming. In addition to that, aviation applications have a considerable impact on global warming. This special issue will cover sustainable applications in aviation, environmental impact, thermodynamic applications in aviation, green airports, and design and optimisation in aviation.

The issue will carry revised and selected papers presented at the International Conference on Clean Energy 2014 and International Conference on Energy 2014, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in this event to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Sustainable aviation; green aircraft and airlines
  • Environmental impacts: emissions/noise, global warming/climate change
  • Renewable energy sources; alternative/green aviation fuels
  • Combustion instabilities, innovative combustion technologies
  • Energy, exergy, performance analysis; flight and fluid mechanics
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration applications of aircrafts
  • Energy recovery systems, alternative/renewable/clean energy technologies
  • Mathematical modelling, numerical/experimental methods, optimisation
  • Life cycle design and life cycle assessment; cost efficiency; waste/recycling
  • Sustainable aircraft design, technological change, innovation, research and development
  • Green airport design, management, planning, development

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 August, 2014
Notification to authors: 15 October, 2014
Final versions due: 15 November, 2014

19 August 2014

Call for papers: "Applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process in Business and Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research.

The analytic hierarchy process or AHP, a popular multi-criteria decision making method, has a wide range of applications, particularly in the area of business and management. In the competitive, fast-changing, globalised business world, business leaders and managers often encounter problems in making decisions that involve multiple criteria, some of which may be subjective in nature.

The major advantage of using AHP is that the method can effectively deal with objective as well as subjective factors. It also proposes to break down a complex decision making problem into a number of distinct albeit inter-related components that makes the derivation of a potential solution easier.

In addition, the method is user-friendly and can easily accommodate multiple decision makers. All of these factors make AHP a popular method that can further spur applications in many areas of business and systems. Therefore, a special issue on applications of AHP in business and systems is very timely and relevant.

Scholarly papers are invited from all over the world for publication in this issue.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Business education
  • Decision support systems
  • E-commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental applications
  • Forecasting and prediction
  • Group decision making in business
  • Healthcare management and systems
  • Information systems
  • International business
  • Marketing
  • Performance measurement
  • Production and operation systems
  • Project management
  • Quality management and systems
  • Strategic management and systems
  • Supply-chain management
  • Sustainable development
  • Systems dynamics
  • Technology and decision making
  • Value-based management

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2014
Notification to authors: 28 February, 2015
Final versions due: 30 April, 2015