[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

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Call for Papers
Special Issue on
Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Paper submission: DEADLINE: February 1, 2010;
Acceptance: August 2010;
Tentative Publication: May 2011.

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), in their various shapes and forms, 
have greatly facilitated and enhanced the automated, remote, and 
intelligent monitoring of a large variety of physical systems. 
These networks consist of a large number of typically small devices, 
each incorporating sensing, processing, and wireless communications 
capabilities. Their use has penetrated a plethora of application 
domains from industrial and building automation, to environmental, 
wildlife, and health monitoring.

The control and systems community has played an important role 
in the maturing of WSNs addressing issues related to their 
fundamental limits and designing strategies to optimize and 
control their operation so as to improve performance. Performance 
encompasses a variety of metrics that may vary with the application 
but in all cases includes the network's energy use which determines 
its usable lifetime. As WSN nodes are powered by small batteries, 
energy conservation has become a very important concern. Equally 
importantly, the existence of WSNs has provided a major application 
context to theoretical contributions of the control community including 
cooperative and distributed control, event-based monitoring, discrete-
event systems, and consensus algorithms.

What is emerging as the next step in the WSN evolution is their use 
not only in monitoring but also in controlling a physical system. 
To that end, some of the WSN nodes have to be augmented by integrating 
actuators. Actuators can be simple devices programmed to take 
immediate, one-shot, action in response to sensory input, or they can 
be more sophisticated entities (like robots) that interact with their 
environment in more complex ways. The resulting augmented version of 
WSNs is commonly referred to as Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks 
(WSANs). WSANs are therefore heterogeneous networks that comprise of 
networked sensor and actuator nodes that communicate among each other 
using wireless links to perform distributed sensing and actuation tasks.

WSANs can be used to close loops over the network in a variety of 
applications, such as, environmental control, event detection and 
suppression, home automation, manufacturing, microclimate control, 
surveillance etc. The control community has recently made important 
contributions in understanding control over communication channels but 
this work has, for the most part, abstracted the communication medium. 
A new challenge is to consider a WSAN as the communications channel 
over which we seek to close control loops.

The topics relevant to this special issue include but are not limited to:

< Autonomous sensor networks 
< Co-design of communication protocols and control strategies 
< Architectural, modeling and simulation of WSANs 
< Autonomic and self-organizing coordination and communication 
< Sensor-actuator and actuator-actuator coordination 
< Distributed control in sensor-actuator networks 
< Biologically inspired communication in WSANs 
< Applications and prototypes. 

Submission Details:

All papers submitted to the special issue will be subject to peer 
review in accordance with the established practices of the IEEE 
Transactions on Automatic Control. Papers that do not fall within the 
scope of the special issue will be returned to the authors without 
review, to enable them to submit them as regular papers through the 
normal channels.

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to either one of the 
guest editors. The manuscript format should follow the guidelines 
posted at the website: http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/. 
Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.

Important dates:

Paper submission: DEADLINE: February 1, 2010; 
Acceptance: August 2010; 
Tentative Publication: May 2011. 

Guest Editors:

Jiming Chen 
Department of Control Science and Engineering 
Zhejiang University 
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. 
E-mail: jmchen at iipc.zju.edu.cn 
Karl H. Johansson 
ACCESS Linnaeus Center 
School of Electrical Engineering 
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 
Email: kallej at kth.se 
Stephan Olariu 
Department of Computer Science 
Old Dominion University 
Norfolk, VA 23529-0162, U.S.A. 
Email: olariu at cs.odu.edu 
Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis 
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, 
and Division of Systems Engineering 
Boston University, USA 
Email: yannisp at bu.edu 
Ivan Stojmenovic 
School of Information Technology and Engineering 
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada; 
Email: ivan at site.uottawa.ca 

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