Cyber-Physical-Social Computing and Networking

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Cyber-Physical-Social Computing and Networking.

Recently, due to the rapid proliferation of sensors and intelligent devices, a new revolution in computing and communication has been witnessed. The next generation of computing and networking will utilize a wide variety of resources with significant sensing capabilities. Such computing and networking will extend beyond physically linked computers to include multimodal information from biological, cognitive, semantic, and social networks. This paradigm shift will involve symbiotic networks of human (social networks), intelligent devices, and mobile portable devices (e.g., smart phones, PDAs, iPads), that will form Cyber-Physical-Social Computing and Networking (CPSCN). These devices and the network will be constantly sensing, monitoring, and interpreting the environment, which is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). The symbiosis of IoT and social networks will have significant implications for both the market for advanced computing and communication infrastructure and future markets – for approximately 5 billion people — that CPSCN will create.

Many researchers have paid much attention to CPSCN since it still faces many challenges (e.g., architecture, security, privacy, incentive mechanism, etc.). This Special Section in IEEE Access is inviting researchers who are working on related research areas to contribute high quality articles to present the most recent advances on emerging technologies in CPSCN, applications, architectures, and big data challenges. Both original practical work and review articles are welcome.

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

  • Architectural, modeling and simulation of CPSCN
  • Incentives mechanism design for CPSCN
  • Routing protocol, data dissemination and offloading algorithms design for CPSCN
  • Security, privacy and trust for CPSCN
  • Community detection and network evolution analysis for CPSCN
  • Mobile social sensing for CPSCN
  • Social network analysis and social influence analysis for CPSCN
  • Big Data mining and analytics for CPSCN
  • Cloud computing and fog computing for CPSCN
  • Machine learning models and methods for CPSCN
  • Smart worlds, smart cities and smart medicines for CPSCN
  • Green computing and sustainable computing for CPSCN
  • Resource and service management, scheduling, and migration for CPSCN
  • New applications on CPSCN


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Associate Editor: Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

Guest Editors:

  1. Huan Zhou, China Three Gorges University, China
  2. Qingchen Zhang, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
  3. Chunsheng Zhu, University of British Columbia, Canada
  4. Houcine Hassan, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  5. Vincenzo Piuri, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  6. Victor C. M. Leung, University of British Columbia, Canada


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. The Plethora of Research in Internet of Things (IoT)
  2. Recent Advances in Socially-aware Mobile Networking
  3. Industrial Sensor Networks with Advances Data Management: Design and Security

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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