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Call for Papers | Security and Privacy of Smart-X Systems | Deadline: March 31, 2020

Aim & Scope

Smart-X systems as of today does not seem to have a well-defined definition. The exact boundaries of its meaning are yet to evolve. With many companies claiming the name Smart-X for their solutions ranging from attendance systems to home automation, it has become difficult to narrow down the exact use case and meaning for the word Smart-X. Usually, the term ‘Smart-X’ is used as an umbrella term to denote the energy efficient benefits of IoT devices. The IoT revolution has enabled incredible connectivity supported by high speed Internet. It has also increased the number of intelligent sensors and devices that can be employed in a network. Smart grids can ensure stable power delivery with the help of demand managed applications. It is also power efficient and can possibly reduce peak energy usage which in turn reduces the energy bill. Smart power grids are the key to optimizing the energy production dilemma that is crippling the mega cities of the today’s world. This is considered the first step in their conversion to smart mega cities. On the smart cities front, IoT can bring huge improvements in the management of urban infrastructure such as traffic flows, lighting, water systems, garbage collection, etc. The possibilities are endless. IoT sensors relay data to a processing center which has to handle it in real time. The volume of data handled is huge and the challenge being that it has to be handled in real time where major decisions are based on the outcome. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has enabled chips that do not consume any power. It uses the power of the reader to power itself up and respond. Smart cities can find various applications for RFID chips which can improve the quality of life for the citizens and as well as increase ease of management. Strides in Wireless sensor networks (WSN) in recent years add to the cause of making cities smart.

Smart-X is a combination of existing smart technologies that can solve various real time problems. It is also an emerging trend which can be viewed to be slightly disruptive. There are several technological and regulatory challenges to be addressed. The most important of them are related to data ownership, security, privacy and sharing of information. The security and privacy issues of the underlying technologies used are carried over to Smart-X systems. Privacy is a serious concern with IoT technologies. WSN systems have their fair share of flaws in the security aspect. These chinks in the armor have to be ironed out before the technologies can be reliably used as a part of smart X systems. Conclusively, one can confidently state that Smart X is still strides away from being implementable in smart cities and smart grids as a standalone system.

This special issue mainly focuses on Security and Privacy of Smart-X Systems, addressing both original algorithmic development and new applications. We are soliciting original contributions, of leading researchers and practitioners from academia as well as industry, which address a wide range of theoretical and application issues in this domain.  

Important dates 
Manuscripts due:March 31, 2020
Final decision date:July 31, 2020
Final paper due:September 31, 2020

Topics of Interest


The topics relevant to this special issue include but are not limited to:


  • Public lighting optimization
  • Smart grid optimization
  • Neighborhood services
  • Traffic paths optimization
  • Smart X security architecture
  • Energy efficiency in Smart X systems
  • Security models for Smart X systems
  • Innovative protocols for Smart X systems
  • Quality of service improvement in Smart X systems
  • Big Data in Smart X systems
  • IoT devices in Smart X systems

Papers must be tailored to the emerging fields of Smart-X Systems through deployments models, challenges and novel solutions. The editors maintain the right to reject papers they deem to be out of scope of this special issue. Only originally, unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for the issue. The papers should be formatted according to the journal guidelines.

Guest Editors


Dr. Sang-Bing Tsai (sangbing@hotmail.com)
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute, China

Dr. Dharma P. Agrawal (dpa@cs.uc.edu)
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

Dr. Yong Deng (dengentropy@uestc.edu.cn)
Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Science, 
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

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