Power Electronics Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Energy Conservation

Submission Deadline:  30 November 2022

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Power Electronics Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Energy Conservation.   

Sustainable Energy Conservation (SEC) is one of the most complex and interesting topics of our era. SEC transforms energy delivered by nature to energy which can be operated by humans for long-term sustenance in a highly effective way. There is not a single answer or strategy to solve such a complex challenge.

SEC can be understood as a summary of individual and group efforts, from across disciplines, to achieve a rational use of energy today, considering the energy needs of generations to come. Mathematicians, physicists, chemists, researchers, technologists, engineers, and technicians from different perspectives and countries are working together to develop front-end solutions and techniques in the SEC area, because issues on any part of the earth affect all of us. 

Over the last decade, Power Electronics (PE) became an established technology, providing solutions to our dependence on fossil fuel systems such as oil and gas supply in broad areas such as: industry, power, automotive, medicine, and agriculture. Today, due to the transformation of PE, we have seen the appearance of industry 4.0, electrification, electromobility, bioelectronics and agriculture 4.0. This last was mainly motivated by the entrance of wide-bandgap semiconductors, the arrival of advanced ferromagnetic materials, the emergence of improved modeling and control techniques, and a broad digitalization. The PE community is developing small size and weight applications-solving issues related to price, efficiency, power consumption, and power density.

This Special Section in IEEE Access will target numerous prospects in Power Electronics Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Energy Conservation. Applications of desired SEC comprise but are not restricted to e-mobility, smart connected and self-sustainable electronic grids, transportation electrification, off-grid, digitalization, rural-electrification applications, lighting, internet of things and everything, health care and biomedicine, and wearables, among others. Therefore, we invite both review and research articles in order to represent resourceful technologies related to this domain.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Power electronics and renewable sustainable energy systems
  • Power electronics and energy storage systems
  • Power electronic interfaces for energy systems
  • Power electronics for energy harvesting
  • Control of power electronic converters
  • Power electronics in pico-grids and micro-grids
  • Optimization in power electronics with applications to energy conversion
  • Digitalization in power electronics
  • Intelligent power electronics in renewable energy systems
  • Electric/hybrid vehicle converters

 

We also highly recommend the submission of a video with each article as it significantly increases the visibility of articles.

 

Associate Editor:  Francisco J. Perez-Pinal, Tecnológico Nacional de México- Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, México

Guest Editors:

    1. Sheldon S. Williamson. Ontario Tech University, Canada
    2. Xiao Qiang Guo, Yanshan University, China
    3. Fei Gao, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard, France
    4. Ki-Bum Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
    5. Javier Moreno-Valenzuela, Instituto Politécnico Nacional-CITEDI, México

 

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

Article submission: Submit manuscripts to: http://ieee.atyponrex.com/journal/ieee-access

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For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: francisco.perez@itcelaya.edu.mx.

Advances on High Performance Wireless Networks for Automation and IIoT

Submission Deadline:  30 November 2022

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Advances on High Performance Wireless Networks for Automation and IIoT.   

High dependability and bounded transmission times are historically the main requirements of any communication networks conceived for automation. The recent pervasive introduction of wireless extensions to the wired backbones has opened new complex challenges, the most critical one being the ability to satisfy such requirements also over intrinsically unreliable communication supports like the radio spectrum.

Technologies for making devices communicate seamlessly over the air are expected to be adopted more and more in future digital ecosystems, including cyber-physical systems. The primary enabler is probably constituted by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which can be profitably applied to smart industry, smart environment, and smart agriculture, to cite a few. Thanks to IIoT, applications are hidden details about the underlying physical networks, as long as constraints on reliability and timeliness of end-to-end data transfers are overall met. Additional requirements often have to be considered, which impact on feasibility (technical, economical, and ecological); for example, power consumption may affect maintenance costs and battery waste, whereas communication range is a critical aspect in brownfield scenarios.

Because of the inherent complexity of wirelessly interconnected distributed systems, the relevant key performance indicators (KPI) to be used for design and optimization are application-driven, and usually the work of designers involves finding a compromise between a plurality of aspects, e.g., dependability, latency and jitter, power consumption, covered area, and node density.

It is worth stressing that, when dealing with IIoT, the term “high performance” does not refer simply to raw throughput, but rather to the ability of the network to satisfy in the best way and at the same time all the increasingly demanding requirements and constraints, both functional (mobility through wireless communication, ability to operate self-powered for very long times, support for safety and security, clock synchronization, etc.) and about performance (as expressed by above KPIs), dictated by modern distributed control applications for specific classes of (cyber-)physical systems. As an example, time, and consequently bounded latencies and synchronization, are essential for control applications: if the density of nodes is high, coordinated access to the channel is needed. If nodes are not fixed, low energy consumption and seamless mobility are other main requirements that need to be optimized to achieve high performance in this kind of network.

While a single winning wireless IIoT technology cannot be clearly identified, several competing solutions are currently available off-the-shelf. In the context of unlicensed bands, which are particularly appealing to users because they do not imply any fees, some of the most important ones are IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSN/WSAN) based on IEEE 802.15.4, including DSME and TSCH (Zigbee, WIA-PA, WirelessHART, ISA100.11a, 6TiSCH, etc.), Bluetooth Low Energy (IO-Link Wireless), and LoRaWAN. Concerning solutions operating in licensed bands, recent additions to 5G/6G, like URLLC and mMTC, are deemed particularly relevant in view of their use in the context of automation and sensing.

Current research on high-speed, highly dependable, and low-power wireless networks opens a promising door for the evolution of communications in automated systems, which will be heterogeneous in nature but, at the same time, capable of meeting very demanding constraints.

This Special Section aims to provide a forum for the academic and industrial communities to present the latest advances on wireless communication, with a specific focus on automation.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Dependable and timely wireless networking: protocols, algorithms, and architectures
  • Ultra-Reliable, Low-Latency, and Quasi-Deterministic wireless networks
  • Ultra-Low Power and Green wireless networks
  • Mesh, Long-Range, and Ultra-Dense wireless networks
  • Cross-Layer optimization of wireless protocol stacks
  • Software-Defined Radios (SDR) and Networks (SDN for wireless) to enhance communication KPIs
  • Coexistence and compatibility among wireless networks with performance optimization
  • High performance Mobile Ad Hoc Networks and opportunistic networking
  • Analysis, simulation, and modeling techniques in time-critical wireless systems
  • Extension of TSN features to wireless including IEEE 802.11 and 5G/6G cellular networks
  • Performance optimized integration and adaptation of 5G/6G systems with legacy industrial protocols
  • Standardization efforts on next generation wireless networks and convergence toward TSN
  • Precise time synchronization and localization over wireless networks
  • Reliable roaming and fast handover in wireless networks
  • Data compression techniques for high performance wireless networks
  • Machine learning to improve the quality of wireless communication
  • Wireless design for high performance applications in smart factories, smart agriculture, and smart environment
  • Non-5G high performance wireless networks for rural areas
  • PHY layer security mechanisms for URLLC wireless communication links
  • Fault mitigation for reliable wireless networks
  • Future demanding industrial applications that require high performance wireless networks

 

We also highly recommend the submission of a video with each article as it significantly increases the visibility of articles.

 

Associate Editor:  Stefano Scanzio, CNR-IEIIT, Italy

Guest Editors:

    1. Hans-Peter Bernhard, Silicon Austria Labs and Johannes Kepler University, Austria
    2. Dave Cavalcanti, Intel Corporation, USA
    3. Gianluca Cena, CNR-IEIIT, Italy
    4. Lei Shu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
    5. Iñaki Val, IKERLAN, Spain
    6. Lukasz Wisniewski, Institute Industrial IT – inIT of Technische Hochschule OWL, Germany

 

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

Article submission: Submit manuscripts to: http://ieee.atyponrex.com/journal/ieee-access

For information regarding IEEE Access, including its peer review policies and APC information, please visit the website http://ieeeaccess.ieee.org

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: stefano.scanzio@ieiit.cnr.it.

Positioning and Navigation in Challenging Environments

Submission Deadline:  31 July 2022

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Positioning and Navigation in Challenging Environments.   

In recent years, positioning and navigation has become a vital part of modern life especially with the continuous performance enhancement and modernization of the four global navigation satellite systems. Positioning and navigation industry has been growing quickly and has played a significant role in the industrial chain. Although great progress and many achievements have been made over the past few decades, there are a range of significant issues to be dealt with, especially in challenging environments.

In complex (e.g. large, multi-floor) indoor environments, it is a challenge to generate a valid positioning and navigation solution by a remote cloud platform with both offline and online data (e.g. WiFi and magnetic fingerprint data) recorded with smartphones The problem may become more complex if a pedestrian goes through different scenarios, such as from one floor to another floor of the same building, or from one building to another connected or neighboring building. There is a preference to avoid any interruption in the provision of valid position information. Thus, in the design of next-generation (beyond 5G) communication systems, the positioning functions need to be enabled and standardization of positioning technology such as in 3GPP should be taken into account.

As natural resources of the earth’s surface and shallow sea are becoming scarce, it is inevitable to acquire resources from deep underground, deep underwater and outer space. Regarding deep underground mining, there are currently a good number of deep mines in the world, including Mponeng Gold Mine and Tau Tona Mine, both located in South Africa with a depth of about 3.9km, and Kidd Creek Copper and Zinc Mine located in Ontario, Canada with a depth of about 2.9km. Deep underground mining is a challenging scenario which usually has high humidity and irregular space distribution, requiring stricter restrictions on the design and building of positioning and navigation systems.

Deep sea mining is promising because of abundant minerals on and under the deep seabed. For instance, a large amount of polymetallic nodules, containing rich concentrations of manganese, nickel, copper, and cobalt, are found in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, a great abyssal plain as wide as the continental United States that lies 4 to 6 km below the surface of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Abundant naturel gas and oil also exist deep under the sea. Positioning and navigation is important for vehicles and robots to pick up the seabed surface minerals and to perform drilling and extraction of minerals under the seabed.

Space mining is currently a hot topic and should become a reality in the next few decades. , It is crucial to provide accurate and reliable positioning and navigation information for spacecraft and/or space robots which will approach and then usually land on the target planet (e.g. moon) or asteroid, followed by exploration, mining and so on; or simply catch and hold a rather small asteroid and move it back to Earth. For instance, a small Japanese space capsule carrying pristine pieces of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu touched down on 5 December 2020, northwest of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. This was a successful initial step towards space mining on asteroids.

Positioning and navigation is vital for safe, reliable and effective operations in the scenarios of the frontier applications mentioned above. This Special Section aims to report the recent advances on positioning and navigation in such challenging scenarios. Researchers and engineers are also encouraged to perform more research and development to make advances in this area.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Positioning and navigation in complex indoor environments
  • Deep underground positioning and navigation
  • Positioning and navigation for deep ocean operations and mining
  • Positioning and navigation for space exploration and mining
  • Cloud computing for positioning and navigation
  • High sensitivity GNSS receivers
  • Suppression of GNSS jamming and spoofing
  • Positioning for communication systems beyond 5G
  • Standardization of positioning technology

 

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility and downloads of articles.

 

Associate Editor:  Kegen Yu, China University of Mining and Technology, Mainland of China

Guest Editors:

    1. Andrew Dempster, University of New South Wales, Australia
    2. Pau Closas, Northeastern University, USA
    3. Shih-Hau Fang, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
    4. Guenther Retscher, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    5. Ali Broumandan, Hexagon Autonomy and Positioning, Canada

 

Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

    1. GNSS, Localization, and Navigation Technologies
    2. Intelligent Systems for the Internet of Things
    3. Convergence of Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing, and Big Data in Industrial Internet of Things

 

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

Article submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:
http://ieee.atyponrex.com/journal/ieee-access

 For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: kegenyu@foxmail.com.