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Protocols and Architectures for Next-Generation Wireless Sensor Networks

Call for Papers

The massive deployment of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is expected to increase exponentially in the next few years, thus allowing millions of wireless devices to work autonomously for new applications. These next-generation WSNs are also expected to interact with other devices such as RFID tags, home appliances, cars, and mobile equipment. When integrated with the cloud, these networks could provide pervasive and ubiquitous services to the users by providing powerful and unlimited storage infrastructure. The current challenges for next-generation WSNs are scalability, decentralization, resource scarcity, heterogeneity, and dynamicity. These requirements and challenges cannot be fulfilled by traditional WSNs. In addition, the Network, Medium Access Control (MAC), and Physical (PHY) layer protocols developed for traditional WSNs are not applicable to the next-generation WSNs, where millions of battery-powered nodes should operate for longer durations. In other words, the next-generation WSNs require the development of novel protocols at each layer that must be able to extend the network lifetime from months to years. These protocols may allow seamless integration of next-generation WSNs with other networks and platforms including internet of things and cloud computing.

This special issue will attract high-quality unpublished research articles on protocols and architectures for the next-generation WSNs. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • PHY optimization protocols for next-generation WSNs
  • Rich and reliable routing protocols for next-generation WSNs
  • Investigating and simulating energy harvesting methods for next-generation WSNs
  • Integrating next-generation WSNs with cloud and internet of things
  • Secure routing and MAC protocols for next-generation WSNs
  • Applications of next-generation WSNs for big data, e-Science, and cloud computing
  • Cross-layer optimization and protocols for next-generation WSNs
  • Simulation and Test-Bed evaluation of protocols for next-generation WSNs

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijdsn/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ijdsn/ngwsn/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 1 November 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 24 January 2014
Publication DateFriday, 21 March 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Sana Ullah, Department of Information System, CCIS, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors

  • Joel Rodrigues, University of Beira Interior, Institute for Telecommunications, Portugal
  • Farrukh Aslam Khan, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Christos Verikoukis, Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia, Castelldefels, Spain
  • Zuqing Zhu, School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China