28 January 2015

Inderscience is media partner for China International Commercial Vehicle Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for China International Commercial Vehicle Summit (15-17 April 2015, Shanghai, China).

The journals involved is the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management.

Call for papers: "Software Defined High Performance and Networking Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

Next generation computing systems in general and cloud systems more specifically will require a paradigm shift in how they are constructed and managed. Conventional control and management platforms are facing considerable challenges regarding the flexibility, dependability and security that next generation systems will require.
 
The cloud computing paradigm has gone part of the way towards alleviating some of the problems associated with resource allocation, utilisation and management (e.g. via elasticity). However, many of the elements of a well-designed cloud environment remain “stiff” and hard to modify and adapt in an integrated fashion. These include underlying networking topologies; many aspects of user control over IaaS, PaaS or SaaS layers when needed; construction of XaaS services; provenance and meta-data collection; and so on.
 
In many situations the problem may arise because service abstraction is inadequate. Software defined systems (SDS) are systems that have added software components which help abstract actual IT equipment and other layers. One classic example, of course, is hypervisors. Such separation provides a great opportunity for system administrators to more easily construct and manage their systems through flexible software layers.
 
Software defined systems include software defined networking (SDN), software defined storage, software defined servers (virtualisation), software defined datacentres (SDD), software defined security (SDSec) and software defined clouds (SDCloud), to name a few. Individual solutions and seamless integration of these abstractions remains in many respects a challenge. The special Issue will focus on new ideas and solutions to tackle such challenges.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Software defined systems support for cloud computing
  • Software defined networking (SDN)
    • SDN concepts, architecture and APIs
    • Network virtualisation
    • SDN and OpenFlow protocol
  • Software defined storage
    • Storage automation and abstraction
    • Policy-driven storage provisioning
  • Software defined servers
    • Virtualisation
    • VM migration techniques and challenges
  • Software defined datacentres
    • Facility control integration
    • Large scale sensor system management
  • Software defined security or security policies automation
  • Self-management systems
  • Autonomic computing techniques
  • Software defined system scalability
  • Software defined system optimisation
  • Software tools and frameworks to support SDS
  • Software defined systems challenges and opportunities
  • Software defined systems surveys
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 July, 2015
Notification to authors: 1 October, 2015
Final versions due: 1 November, 2015

First issue: International Journal of the Digital Human (free sample issue available)

With the growing use of ICT, use of digital humans is spreading, raising many research questions in disciplines from engineering to design, including computer and medical sciences. It additionally involves an impact on society. The International Journal of the Digital Human publishes original research in all fields of the digital human such as modelling, simulation, anatomy, physiology visualisation, animation, product/workplace design, biomechanics, biomedical engineering and interaction with humans. It considers application-oriented and theoretical papers, literature reviews, papers on methodology and procedures, and experimental research results.

There is a free download of the papers from this first issue.

Call for papers: "Advanced Information Processing in Communication"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering.

Today, the dissemination of information touches the worldwide domain, where the growth of the quantity of information on the worldwide network makes the management of that huge quantity an obligation. For this, the process of information in communication has become indispensable, especially in the distributed world.

During the last decade, several research studies on this issue have been launched to find optimal solutions and many approaches have been proposed.

The popularisation of information circulation through the internet network and the quantity of disseminated information raises some questions:
  1. How do we manage the mass of information broadcasted on electronic media?
  2. How do we classify all of this information?
  3. How do we store information in a way that allows us to retrieve it quickly?
  4. How do we filter pertinent information from all of the information contained in stored documents?
This special issue will focus on information processing in communication. It will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Information Processing, Security and Advanced Communication (IPAC'2015), 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:
  • Big data mining
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cloud computing
  • Computational intelligence
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Image processing
  • Information retrieval
  • Intelligence science
  • Knowledge representation
  • Machine learning
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Natural language processing
  • Neural computing
  • Ontology engineering
  • Speech understanding and interaction
  • Text understanding
  • Very large knowledge systems
  • Web intelligence
  • Signal processing
  • Survey papers on information and communication technology
  • Survey papers on wireless communication
  • Technology as a teaching strategy and learning style
  • Information and communication technologies for development

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 December, 2015
Notification to authors: 25 February, 2016
Final versions due: 25 March, 2016

27 January 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 9th Annual Offshore Production Technology Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for the 9th Annual Offshore Production Technology Summit (1-2 June 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "The Role of Social Network Sites in Human Behaviour"

International Journal of Web Based Communities 11(1) 2015
  • An empirical analysis evaluating trust in social networking
  • Ways of formation of effective students' collaboration skills based upon the usage of WBT
  • Use of social networking sites for knowledge exchange
  • Social media monitoring and understanding: an integrated mixed methods approach for the analysis of social media
  • The use of Twitter to promote e-participation: connecting government and people
  • Social tribe culture case study: geocaching game

Call for papers: "Implementation, Simulation and Impact of Attacks on Wireless Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

In the modern era, wireless technologies are the backbone of our daily network needs. They are omnipresent technologies with efficiency, security and high-performance capabilities. Eighteen major types of wireless technologies exist, containing a large number of subset technologies that range from ATM protocol-based (which sells at approximately $200,000 per data link) to wireless local-area networks (WLAN, which sells at less than $500,000 per data link). Frequencies of the different technologies travel between several hundred feet (wireless LAN) and 25 miles (MMDS).

In its state-of-the-art deployment, a wireless link emulates all the capabilities of a fully featured router, which means that a wireless link can provide VPN, enterprise toll bypass and MDU/MTU access services. This is one of the primary differences between a layer 2 product as provided by the majority of wireless vendors and the layer 3 solution provided by Cisco Systems. Regardless of the provider of a wireless system, the fundamental elements remain relatively constant: data or network, edge or access router, DSP medium, RF medium (coax, modulator/demodulator and antenna) and RF management software.

Before proposing any systems of security to protect wireless networks, we need to learn and know how these attacks operate. What is the impact of these attacks when implemented in wireless networks? We need to know their implementation in a specific simulator in order to evaluate their impact.

This special issue will focus on the implementation, simulation and impact of attacks on wireless technology. The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Information Processing, Security and Advanced Communication (IPAC 2015), 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:
  • Implementation of attacks on wireless networks under simulators
  • Simulation and impact of attacks on wireless technology in different terms
  • Intelligent intrusion detection systems on wireless networks
  • Trends in research and challenges of wireless networks
  • New attacks and countermeasures for wireless networks
  • Impact of routing attacks on wireless networks
  • Energy-efficient mechanisms for securing wireless networks

Important Dates
Submission due: 10 January, 2016
Notification due: 10 March, 2016
Final versions due: 10 April, 2016

Special issue published: "Medical Signal and Image Processing"

International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering 8(1/2) 2015
  • Paradoxical sleep stages detection using somnographic EOG signal for obese and no-obese patients
  • Automatic classification of slow-wave sleep and REM-sleep stages using somnographic ECG signal: some preliminary results for obese and no-obese patients
  • Robust mass classification-based local binary pattern variance and shape descriptors
  • Different approaches of analysing EEG signals for seizure detection
  • Decision tree classifiers for mass classification
  • Tamper detection of electrocardiographic signal using watermarked bio-hash code in wireless cardiology
  • A variant approach for human forensic identification using dental radiographs with skeleton and contour
  • Beat detection algorithm for ECG and arterial blood pressure waveforms using empirical mode decomposition: a unified approach
  • Prediction of game performance in Australian football using heart rate variability measures
Additional papers
  • An extensive research on robust digital image watermarking techniques: a review
  • Design and optimisation of a zeroth order resonant antenna along with experimental verification for wireless applications
  • A novel steganography technique by mapping words with LSB array
  • Three-stage hybrid system for speech signal enhancement

Start-up advice for biotech SMEs

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the biotechnology industry must use scientific and corporate boards strategically if they are to become truly international companies. That’s the message from Canadian researchers in the current issue of the International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship.

Sophie Veilleux and Marie-Josée Roy of the Faculty of Business Administration, at Université Laval, in Quebec, explain how such companies are faced with many complex decisions to make in their start-up phase. Internationalisation and alliances are essential to development given the nature of the products such firms generate. The team has surveyed 22 biotech SMEs to evaluate their attitudes and behaviour with regard to developing and accessing complementary skills through corporate and scientific boards.

The team found that the companies studied do use boards to gain knowledge and expertise to which they would not otherwise have access if they were “going it alone”. The members of such boards are recruited for a diversity of skills in functional, executive, international, and scientific areas. And, there is some, albeit limited, gender equity with almost two-thirds of the companies having at least one female board member; as opposed to a little over half of companies in general.

However, there is a downside. Some respondents to the survey point out that some board members are too passive, the venture capital representatives, in particular. Moreover, maintaining a directorial board and a scientific advisory board is quite onerous and if the company is using the SAB in particular as a cosmetic enhancement, they may well be losing out to competitors who tap a putatively rich seam of knowledge available to them.

Companies need to address the issues around boards carefully and recognise the potential trade-offs and consequences associated with decisions regarding both the managerial and the scientific advisory board, the team says. “Establishing a shared vision and understanding of these responsibilities is critical to manage expectations and ensure constructive relationships,” they suggest.

Veilleux, S. and Roy, M-J. (2015) ‘Strategic use of corporate and scientific boards in the internationalisation of biotech firms’, Int. J. Technoentrepreneurship, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.67–93.

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26 January 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 9th Annual Global Refining and Petrochemical Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for 9th Annual Global Refining and Petrochemical Summit (20-22 April 2015, The Hague, Netherlands).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "Cloud Computing and Web Services"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 10(1/2) 2015
  • A semantic framework to support resource discovery in future cloud markets
  • A dataflow optimisation mechanism for service-oriented cloud workflow
  • A utility-based approach for customised cloud service selection
  • Towards quicker discovery and selection of web services considering required degree of match through indexing and decomposition of non-functional constraints
  • Ensuring sustainability of web services dependent processes
  • Designing software architecture with service components using design structure matrix
  • Adaptive user interface for universal remote controller
  • Web services with goal-oriented architecture design and practice
  • Management of virtual machine images in heterogeneous clouds
  • Flowfield dependent variation method for one-dimensional stationary and moving boundary problems
  • Optimum integration weight for decision fusion audio-visual speech recognition
  • Vector mutable smart bee algorithm for engineering optimisation
  • Collaborative filtering recommendation based on conditional probability and weight adjusting
  • A study on disk index design for large scale de-duplication storage systems
  • A multiprocessor-on-a-programmable-chip reconfigurable system for matrix operations with power-grid case studies
  • Analysis of availability and reliability of k-out-of-n: F model with fuzzy rates
  • Robust road lanes and traffic signs recognition for driver assistance system
  • Cooperative fuzzy games on augmenting systems
  • Neuro-fuzzy-based hybrid controller for stable temperature of liquid in heat exchanger

Special issue published: "Biometric Recognition: an Application to Computer Vision"

International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies 3(4) 2014

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking, and Informatics 2013.
  • A speaker invariant speech recognition technique using HFCC features in isolated Hindi words
  • Rotational invariant fingerprint matching using local directional descriptors
  • A novel approach on cluster-based indexing technique for level-1 and level-2 fingerprint features
  • Residual vector quantisation-based iris image compression
  • An efficient approach for feature extraction and classification of microarray cancer data

Jovian microprobe swarm

A swarm of tiny probes each with a different sensor could be fired into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the gas giant planet’s atmosphere. The probes would last an estimated 15 minutes according to planetary scientists writing in the International Journal Space Science and Engineering. Transmitting 20 megabits of data over fifteen minutes would be sufficient to allows scientists to get a picture of a large part of the atmosphere of the planet.


Orbiting and flyby probes have provided astronomers with a lot of information about the “surface” of the outer planets and the moons that orbit those planets. However, probing deep within their atmospheres requires penetrating the dense clouds to obtain meaningful data. Spacecraft weighing more than 300 kilograms fall too slowly, which has the net effect of reducing how much data they transmit because the relay needs to be further away.


Much smaller probes, made possible by the miniaturization of electronics, cameras and other instruments, would survive the fall through Jupiter’s atmosphere for much longer without a parachute, according to John Moores of the Centre for Research in the Earth and Space Sciences (CRESS), at York University, Toronto, and colleagues there and at the University of Toronto. “Our concept shows that for a small enough probe, you can strip off the parachute and still get enough time in the atmosphere to take meaningful data while keeping the relay close and the data rate high,” Moores explains.


Tiny satellites that weigh less than one kilogram, known as micro, nano and cube satellites, are already used in Earth orbit for a wide range of applications. There are limitations to how much solar power such small satellites can gather and regulations preclude the use of plutonium-powered thermoelectric generators. Micro satellites also require substantial infrastructure to gather their data signals. The team suggests that the presence of the European Space Agency (ESA) JUICE orbiter in the Jovian system set to begin in 2030 might facilitate a tandem mission that carried micro satellites to the planet. The mission platform has been named SMARA for SMAll Reconnaissance of Atmospheres and gets its name from the wind-borne fruit of the maple tree, the samara.


The SMARA mission may help address various aspects of planetary science. For instance, given that more than two-thirds of the total mass of the solar system, not including the Sun, forms Jupiter, its study is important for understanding the nature of the solar nebula from which our sun and all its planets formed. Additionally, Jupiter is under constant bombardment from small bodies, such as asteroids, and again, understanding its atmosphere would shed new light on the nature of these. The planet’s atmosphere may even represent a historical record of impacts again providing information about the composition of the solar system.


Additionally, Jupiter’s is the deepest of all the planetary atmospheres in the solar system and so offers an exciting laboratory for understanding flow dynamics, cloud microphysics and radiative transfer under conditions that are very different from those we see on Earth and the other terrestrial planets.


Also, Jupiter is the closest of the gas giants but there are now known to be many more similar planets orbiting other stars. Studying our nearest gas giant neighbor in close-up detail might allow us to understand the gas giants of distant stars with greater clarity. NASA’s robotic Galileo probe, which orbited Jupiter in 1995, had no camera, so the swarm of microprobes would represent a first look at Jupiter with resolution greater than 15 kilometers per pixel.


Moores, J.E., Carroll, K.A., DeSouza, I., Sathiyanathan, K., Stoute, B., Shan, J., Lee, R.S. and Quine, B. (2014) ‘The small reconnaissance of atmospheres mission platform concept, part 1: motivations and outline for a swarm of scientific microprobes to the clouds of Jupiter in 2030‘, Int. J. Space Science and Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp.327-344.


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24 January 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 8th Annual Gas Transport and Storage Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for the 8th Annual Gas Transport and Storage Summit (23-24 March 2015, Munich, Germany).

Call for papers: "Nanomanufacturing in Energy"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing.

Nanomanufacturing will provide our power industry with new, more precise, less expensive, more energy-efficient and more flexible ways of making products. Like steam engines, electricity and transistors, nanotechnology is a powerful enabling technology, with disruptive impacts in many aspects of our daily lives. It can provide our manufacturing base with new production methods and enable products that themselves are more energy-efficient than are comparable products of today. Increasing energy conversion efficiency reduces carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output, thereby directly supporting global climate change mitigation.
 
There have been rapid developments in recent years in the nanomanufacturing of energy devices, such as new nanostructured materials, new manufacturing techniques and new types of devices for energy harvesting and storage. Nanoprinting techniques and flexible devices for energy are examples of recent achievements in this rapid;y developing field.
 
This special issue will bring together researchers in the field of nanomanufacturing from various sectors including basic sciences, applied development research and industrial research. Its focus is on new manufacturing technologies and new devices for energy harvesting and storage.
 
We invite manuscripts that are methodologically rigorous and conceptually correct, and which offer new insights into current issues in nanomanufacturing in energy.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Nanostructured materials for renewable energy
  • Nanomanufacturing techniques for energy
  • Selfpowered nanosystems
  • Nanoprinting techniques
  • Flexible devices for energy
  • Solar photovoltaic devices
  • Nanogenerators
  • Nanostructured energy storage

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2015
Final versions due: 31 May, 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 6th Annual European Smart Grids Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for 6th Annual European Smart Grids Summit (19-20 February 2015, Nice, France).

23 January 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 5th Annual American Mining Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for the 5th Annual American Mining Summit (8-9 June 2015, Denver, USA).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Intelligent Applications for Business Productivity"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Services, Economics and Management.

The emergence of ICT paradigms has provided and enabled users with various avenues for facilitating their business activities. This has not only resulted in an increase in collaboration, but has also increased the ways by which such collaborations can be achieved.
 
However, to ensure the main objectives or aims of such business collaborations are achieved, it is important to develop applications that underpin the technology, platforms and architecture of such paradigms and utilise them in their domains. Given the importance of such applications, it is not surprising to see an upsurge of research activity in this area by various businesses developing applications to improve productivity.
 
The objective of this special issue is to present such theoretical and empirical advancements and their application in the real business environment to increase business productivity. Authors can share their experiences and present original ideas on multidisciplinary perspectives on transformations and innovations in applications for improving business productivity.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Semantic web and conceptual knowledge representation
  • Linked data analytics
  • Cyber physical systems (CPS)
  • Managerial, operational and technological implications of cloud computing
  • Application of business intelligence techniques in CPS and cloud computing
  • Logistics informatics
  • Supply chain informatics
  • Asset management in big logistics data
  • Asset data provenance
 
Important Dates
Manuscript due: 15 October, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 30 December, 2015
Revised paper due: 15 February, 2016
Final notification: 1 March, 2016
Submission of final revised paper: 15 March, 2016

Special issue published: "Emerging Technologies in Water and Pollution Control"

International Journal of Environmental Engineering 6(4) 2014
  • Effect of blending ratio on the formation of bromoform and bromate in blended water samples disinfected with chlorine or ozone
  • Consumer perception of water quality, abundance, and cost: comparison of drinking water source, attitudes, and preference
  • Influence of AgYzeolite on the photocatalyticoxidation of pirimicarb
  • Impact of barrages on downstream air entrained in water and on upstream river water quality
  • Optimal design of multi-stage bioreactors performing wastewater treatment using the MATLAB optimisation function (fmincon)
  • Copper cementation on iron using copper sulphate solution with different organic solvents
  • Adsorptive removal of a textile cationic dye from water using tartaric acid modified Bassia longifolia dried leaf mulch
  • Water scarcity and solar desalination systems in the Eastern Mediterranean region: a case of Northern Cyprus
  • Hydrobiology and productivity of Kuntbhyog Lake, (District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), India

Inderscience is media partner for 10th Annual Global LNG Tech Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for the 10th Annual Global LNG Tech Summit (21-23 September 2015, Barcelona, Spain).

The journals involved are: