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Journal of Network and Computer Applications
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The Journal of Network and Computer Applications welcomes research contributions, surveys and notes in all areas relating to computer networks and applications thereof. The following list of sample-topics is by no means to be understood as restricting contributions to the topics mentioned:

    new design techniques, interesting or novel applications, components or standards
    computer networks with tools such as WWW
    emerging standards for internet protocols
    Wireless networks
    Mobile Computing
    emerging computing models such as cloud computing, grid computing
    emerging network protocols such as sensor networks, delay tolerant networks, Internet of things
    applications of networked systems for remote collaboration and telemedicine
    applications of an educational, transactional and cooperational nature
    applications of security in computer and networks

Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-08-05
Special Issues
Special Issue on Scalable Network Infrastructures and Applications for IoT in Smart Cities
Submission Date: 2017-12-15

The wide adoption of networked, pervasive, and mobile computing systems gave rise to the term of “smart cities,” which nowadays must also imply the ability of sustainable city growth. The Internet-of-Things is a central enabler in this perspective, facilitated by the widespread availability of commodity low-power sensors, partially autonomous actuators and robots, smartphones, tablets, and their wireless connectivity solutions. These elements, combined with i) proper scalable network infrastructures, ii) dynamically extensible software platforms capable of integrating sensors/actuators discovered at runtime, and iii) novel applications capable of stimulating the scalable participation of high numbers of entities widespread in the city, may be utilized to address the challenges of sustainable urban environments. For example, the extreme scalability constraints envisioned for smart city networking infrastructures, smart city distributed support platforms, and smart city applications on top, are generating challenging technical demands for ultra-low latency, massive connectivity, and high reliability, thus paving the way to the need and widespread adoption of mobile edge computing approaches. Mobile edge computing (or fog computing), in fact, is demonstrating to be able to optimize network infrastructure usage in such challenging scenarios, by dynamically exploiting virtualized resources (allocated network resources, processing functions, and storage space) at computing edges and reducing the need for interworking and continuous connectivity with the global cloud (geographically remote datacenters). It starts to be recognized that mobile edge computing can play a central and relevant role for the scalability of network infrastructures and applications for IoT in smart cities in the near future. However, the successful employment of mobile edge computing solutions in the field still requires tackling many new and open technical issues. Only to mention some examples, in order to efficiently exploit computation and storage resources at mobile edge nodes, there is the need for joint optimization of dynamic placement of computation/storage resource (also considering stateful/stateless live migration opportunities) and cell-association with radio resource allocation. Such joint optimization should be adaptive according to time-varying environments, e.g., varying wireless channel states and dynamic computation/storage resource utilizations, in their turn depending on users’ mobility, often statistically predictable in terms of patterns that are inferred based on “big monitoring data” originated by the smart city . In this special issue, articles regarding the use of technologies, methodologies, and applications for scalable smart cities based on the integration of IoT devices and mobile edge computing approaches are invited. Authors are encouraged to submit articles that describe original research and present results that advance the state-of-the-art in the field, by fueling more related efforts in the future, as well as survey/tutorial manuscripts. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following ones: - Scalable network infrastructures for smart cities - IoT architectures, protocols, and algorithms in smart cities - Enabling technologies for IoT-cloud integration in smart cities - Ubiquitous sensing and actuation in smart cities, under latency and scalability constraints - Edge-to-cloud protocols and network architectures for mobile edge computing - QoE and QoS provisioning in scalable smart city applications - Crowdsensing and crowdsourcing for scalable IoT in smart cities - Virtualization and network slicing for mobile edge computing - Location and sizing of computation and storage elements for mobile edge computing - 5G/LTE/WiFi-enabled mobile edge computing for scalable IoT - Real-time online stream processing of IoT datasources for smart cities - Mobile edge computing for distributed big data analytics - Smart cities data storage, ownership, and access methods - Scalable smart city applications for sustainable eco-cities (for environmentally friendly transportation, waste management, eco-friendly buildings, etc.) - Intelligent transportation systems and vehicular networks - Smart sharing systems and sharing economy - Reliability, security, safety, privacy, and trust issues
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-16
Special Issue on Emerging Networked Computer Applications for Telemedicine
Submission Date: 2017-12-15

Nowadays, all over the world, the number of ICT investments in health and well-being is rapidly increasing. In this context, there is a growing interest about telemedicine that allows the provisioning of various kinds of health-related services and applications over the Internet. The benefit of telemedicine is twofold: on one hand it pushes down clinical costs and on the other hand, it improves the quality of life of both patients and their families. Telemedicine solutions are typically aimed at tele-nursing, tele-rehabilitation, tele-dialog, tele-monitoring, tele-analysis, tele-pharmacy, tele-trauma care, tele-psychiatry, tele-radiology, tele-pathology, tele-dermatology, tele-dentistry, tele-audiology, tele-ophthalmology, etc. In recent years the rapid advent and evolution of emerging ICT technologies (such as Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud computing, Edge computing and so on) is revolutionizing telemedicine. This special issue focuses on emerging networked computer applications in all the fields of telemedicine. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): - Emerging architectures and technologies for telemedicine; - Computer aided clinical diagnosis and therapy; - Networked applications for tele-health; - Medical signal and data processing; - Algorithms for decision support and therapy improvement; - Evolutionary computing and swarm intelligence applications for e-health and tele-health.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-30
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