'Smarter Planet' is a generic term referring to intelligent distributed computing environments which leverage information technology and networks to create new capabilities and provide more intelligent way to perform common functions in the society. Examples of such smarter planet systems include systems that create smarter water management, intelligent utilities, smarter transportation, and intelligent resource sharing across different groups and organizations. In general, smarter planet systems are built using instrumentation data collected from ubiquitous sensor deployments, retrieving sensor data using intelligent techniques for data collection and then applying data analytics and artificial intelligence to create an intelligent end-to-end system. Over the last couple of years, several smarter planet systems have been built and deployed at different locations across the world.
The overall architecture of any smarter planet system can be divided into three broad areas of instrumentation, interconnection, and intelligence. Instrumentation consists of deploying sensors and collecting information efficiently from the deployed sensors. Interconnection consists of designing different types of networks that can obtain information rapidly and efficiently under resource constrained environments. Intelligence refers to algorithms for control, analysis and guidance to be provided from the collected information. The common underlying principles behind interconnection, instrumentation and intelligence constitute the science for smarter planet. The science of smarter planet is a multi-disciplinary research area that spans fields such as sampling theory, sensor management, communications networks, network sciences, data mining, artificial intelligence and control theory.
Although each smarter planet system has some unique aspects, there are many common principles and ideas that can be leveraged across established and new smarter planet systems. The sharing of approaches, algorithms, architectural models and insights gained from deployed Systems would spur the creation of new smarter planet Systems among the technical community.
In view of this, this special issue aims to seek original research papers and review articles and expects to enhance the state-of-the-art in instrumentation, interconnection and intelligence required for solving the various problems and challenges in designing a smarter planet system.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to following:
- Architectural models of smarter planet systems
- Lessons learnt from deployed smarter planet systems
- Intelligent approaches for data instrumentation
- Interaction among different systems of systems
- Federation of independently evolved systems and networks
- Life cycle models for smarter planet systems
- Intelligent networking for smarter planet systems
- Management of widely deployed sensor networks
- New hardware and software architectures for planetary scale deployments
- Human factor issues in developing smarter planet systems
- Information management for smarter planet systems
- Real-time data mining for smarter planet systems
Paper Submission Deadline: 1 May 2011
Notification of acceptance: 31 June 2011
Submission of final revised paper: 15 August, 2011