Tuesday, December 15, 2009

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Paper submission: DEADLINE: February 1, 2010;
Acceptance: August 2010;
Tentative Publication: May 2011.

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), in their various shapes and forms,
have greatly facilitated and enhanced the automated, remote, and
intelligent monitoring of a large variety of physical systems.
These networks consist of a large number of typically small devices,
each incorporating sensing, processing, and wireless communications
capabilities. Their use has penetrated a plethora of application
domains from industrial and building automation, to environmental,
wildlife, and health monitoring.

The control and systems community has played an important role
in the maturing of WSNs
addressing issues related to their
fundamental limits and designing strategies to optimize and
control their operation so as to improve performance. Performance
encompasses a variety of metrics that may vary with the application
but in all cases includes the network's energy use which determines
its usable lifetime. As WSN nodes are powered by small batteries,
energy conservation has become a very important concern. Equally
importantly, the existence of WSNs has provided a major application
context to theoretical contributions of the control community including
cooperative and distributed control, event-based monitoring, discrete-
event systems, and consensus algorithms.

What is emerging as the next step in the WSN evolution is their use
not only in monitoring but also in controlling a physical system.
To that end, some of the WSN nodes have to be augmented by integrating
actuators. Actuators can
be simple devices programmed to take
immediate, one-shot, action in response to sensory input, or they can
be more sophisticated entities (like robots) that interact with their
environment in more complex ways. The resulting augmented version of
WSNs is commonly referred to as Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
(WSANs). WSANs are therefore heterogeneous networks that comprise of
networked sensor and actuator nodes that communicate among each other
using wireless links to perform distributed sensing and actuation tasks.

WSANs can be used to close loops over the network in a variety of
applications, such as, environmental control, event detection and
suppression, home automation, manufacturing, microclimate control,
surveillance etc. The control community has recently made important
contributions in understanding control over communication channels but
this work has, for the most part, abstracted
the communication medium.
A new challenge is to consider a WSAN as the communications channel
over which we seek to close control loops.

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

< Autonomous sensor networks
< Co-design of communication protocols and control strategies
< Architectural, modeling and simulation of WSANs
< Autonomic and self-organizing coordination and communication
< Sensor-actuator and actuator-actuator coordination
< Distributed control in sensor-actuator networks
< Biologically inspired communication in WSANs
< Applications and prototypes.

Submission Details:

All papers submitted to the special issue will be subject to peer
review in accordance with the established practices of the IEEE
Transactions on Automatic Control. Papers that do not fall within the
scope of the special issue will be returned to the
authors without
review, to enable them to submit them as regular papers through the
normal channels.

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to either one of the
guest editors. The manuscript format should follow the guidelines
posted at the website: http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/.
Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.

Important dates:

Paper submission: DEADLINE: February 1, 2010;
Acceptance: August 2010;
Tentative Publication: May 2011.

Guest Editors:

Jiming Chen
Department of Control Science and Engineering
Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.
E-mail: jmchen@iipc.zju.edu.cn

Karl H. Johansson
ACCESS Linnaeus Center
School of Electrical Engineering
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Email: kallej@kth.se

Stephan Olariu
Department of Computer Science
Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA 23529-0162, U.S.A.
Email: olariu@cs.odu.edu

Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
and Division of Systems Engineering
Boston University, USA
Email: yannisp@bu.edu

Ivan Stojmenovic
School of Information Technology and Engineering
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada;
Email: ivan@site.uottawa.ca

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