Wireless, sensor and actuator technologies are central to industrial applications. The last two decades have witnessed a revolution in the design of sensors and actuators that have the capacity to gather, analyse data and communicate wirelessly to drive intelligent action in the physical world. Such Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) adds another integration and coordination dimension between the physical and digital worlds. This systematic digitisation of manufacturing is often referred to as “Industry 4.0”. This digital transformation is not just about manufacturing, it covers critical care, public health, supply chain and various types of smart connected systems. The Industry 4.0 concepts has gained advantage from new sensing technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, smart controllers and adaptive robotics for increasing productivity, fostering industrial growth and shifting economics. For instance, industrial IoT allows the aggregation of big data on production processes in the cloud which can then be processed through complex data analytics to realise autonomous process control and accelerate decision-making using artificial intelligence.
Industry 4.0, though still in its infancy, is a fast-moving field with limitless potential. In order to take advantage of what wireless sensor and actuator networks can offer to industrial cyber-physical systems, many technical challenges have to be overcome before that potential can be achieved. This special issue is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research focused on addressing the various fundamental technical open challenges related to industrial CPS or Industry 4.0. It particularly focuses on future sensor and actuator technologies in the context of smart manufacturing. It also solicits contributions on communication technologies and protocols for intelligent systems.
Topics of interest include:
- Design and implementation of industrial CPS and IoT systems
- Communication protocols for machines, actuators, sensors and control systems
- Industry 4.0 real time requirements
- Multi-Sensor Systems for Automated Data Collection in Industrial Environment
- Predictive data analytics for smart manufacturing
- Security challenges in SCADA systems
- Robots and drones in the Industry 4.0
- Innovative middleware, frameworks and services for industrial IoT networks
- Communication security and privacy for industrial networks
- Industrial IoT/CPS cases studies in sectors like manufacturing, energy and supply chain management
- Autonomous optimisation techniques for QoS support in wireless sensor/actuator networks and systems
- Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 September 2019
- Initial Decision: 15 December 2019
- Revised Manuscript Due: 25 January 2020
- Final Decision: 15 March 2020
- Final Manuscript Due: 1 April 2020
- Publication Date: June 2020
University of Brest, France.
Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.