Distributed Computing Infrastructure for Cyber-Physical Systems

Submission Deadline: 01 November 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Distributed Computing Infrastructure for Cyber-Physical Systems.

Advances in information communication technologies have given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT provides network infrastructures for a number of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and will play an important role in our daily lives. In CPS, the massive number of deployed IoT devices (sensors, actuators, etc.) will be connected to collect data related to energy, transportation, city infrastructure, manufacturing, healthcare, and public safety, among others, supporting numerous smart-world CPS critical infrastructures such as the smart grid, smart transportation, smart health, smart city, and smart manufacturing, to name a few. As IoT devices have only limited computation and storage capacity, this calls for the development of appropriate computing infrastructures that can enable big data computing, intelligence, and storage services to support IoT-based CPS applications.

Generally speaking, more than just the integration of computing and communication with physical systems, CPS can be considered as the vertical integration of command and control, communication infrastructure, and sensing and actuation to realize complex distributed situation awareness, analysis, and decision-making. Deployed to enhance the performance of traditional systems as well as implement novel applications, CPS is characterized by critical service requirements to deliver real-time, low-latency analysis and actuation from the assessment of massive heterogeneous data. Moreover, the geo-distributed nature of sensing and actuation systems requires computing solutions that can meet the critical service needs in a likewise distributed fashion. Because of the diversity of implementations and devices, CPS infrastructures must contend with significant challenges, including the management of massively distributed heterogeneous smart devices, the synchronization of computing and storage across distributed nodes, the interaction and implementation of diverse computing paradigms (e.g., cloud, fog, edge), security and privacy concerns, problems in adaptability and scalability, and the integration of other emerging technologies (5G, machine learning, software defined networking, and network function virtualization), among others. The development of distributed computing infrastructures for CPS thus creates opportunities for novel research and necessitates interdisciplinary efforts to solve these challenges.

The articles in this Special Section in IEEE Access should focus on state-of-the-art research and challenges in the foundations and applications of distributed computing architectures and infrastructures in various CPS domains, including energy, transportation, city infrastructure, manufacturing, healthcare, and public safety.

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

  • Integrated Communication and Distributed Computing Design for CPS
  • Theoretical Computing Foundation and Models for CPS
  • Intelligent Real Time Data Analytics for CPS
  • Security and Privacy Issues in the Distributed Computing Infrastructure of CPS
  • Machine Learning for CPS
  • Communication and Network Architectures and Protocols for Facilitating Distributed Computing Infrastructure Deployment in CPS
  • Data Management, Trading, and Sharing in CPS
  • Integrated Testbed and Case Studies for Computing Infrastructure in CPS
  • Co-Design of Distributed Computing and Physical Systems in CPS

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Associate Editor:   Wei Yu, Towson University, USA

Guest Editors:

  1. Xinwen Fu, University of Central Florida, USA
  2. Jinsong Wu, University of Chile, Chile
  3. Xinyu Yang, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  4. Zhen Ling, Southeast University, China
  5. Zheng Chen, University of Houston, USA


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Security and Trusted Computing for Industrial Internet of Things
  2. Towards Service-Centric Internet of Things (IoT): From Modeling to Practice
  3. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cybersecurity for Information-Centric Internet of Things

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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: wyu@towson.edu.