13 December 2014

Call for papers: "Cloud4Nature: Cloud Services for Natural Resource Management"

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

Environmental monitoring and risk assessment is one of the main challenges today when aiming to create safe ecosystems. Integrated and comprehensive approaches in decision-making processes associated with the management of natural resources are necessary in acute problems triggered by direct or indirect human interventions in the natural systems within which we live.

Natural resources management requires the processing of a huge amount of information with different levels of accessibility and availability and in various formats. Often, the data needs to be acquired, transmitted and accessed in real time. Equally important is having access to historical data for the calibration and validation of models.

With regard to the accessibility of information to stakeholders, there are situations wherein information is to be accessed only by designated stakeholders, but there is generally a huge amount of information that is – and should be handled – as public information.

The aim of this special issue is to share results and stimulate research in the field of integrated and inclusive cyber infrastructures for the management of natural resources. This research will integrate technologies and algorithmic aspects from many domains: artificial intelligence, distributed and mobile computing, human-computer interfaces, sensor networks, collaborative and pervasive computing, robotics, context-aware computing, and others. The issue calls for original papers describing the latest research, innovations, solutions and developments in cloud services for natural resource management.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 20th International Conference on Control Systems and Computer Science, 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:
  • Architecture of cyber infrastructures
  • Cloud systems and cloud services
  • Formal methods for natural resource management
  • Embedded systems for natural resource management
  • Cyber infrastructure services
  • Intelligent information system for natural resource management
  • Modelling cyber infrastructures for natural resource management
  • Adaptive mobile cloud computing
  • Mobile big data computing models
  • Design of complex systems
  • e-services for natural resource management
  • Smart sensor networks
  • Systems for location and context sensing and awareness
  • Data management in mobile and cloud systems
  • Mobility-aware cloud data
  • Multimedia content delivery
  • Applications for natural resource management

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 30 July, 2015
Notification of the first review: 30 September, 2015
Revised paper submission: 30 October, 2015
Notification of the re-review: 15 November, 2015
Minor revisions due: 30 November, 2015
Final notification: 15 December, 2015

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