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Sustainable Cities and Society
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Call For Papers
Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS) is an international journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing the environmental and societal impact of cities. We encourage submission of cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research in the areas of,

    Monitoring and improving air quality in built environment and cities (e.g., healthy built environment and air quality management).
    Clean energy sources (e.g., solar energy, wind, bio mass/ bio-gas, geothermal energy and hybrid sources), waste recycling in cities (reduce waste and recycle materials).
    Energy efficiency, low/ zero carbon buildings/ communities such holistic approaches to design and control; design, optimization and decision tools for low impact communities; modelling/ optimization of the energy performance of new and existing communities; development of new materials (e.g., high performance construction materials); and adaptation and resilience of buildings and cities to climate change (heat island, heat wave, water supply, and post occupancy evaluation).
    Distributed energy generation such as integration of micro-generation/ energy storage systems with building and community services and control of renewable energy devices, dynamic demand management: matching demands and supply.
    Urban design/ planning, regulations, legislation, certification, economics, policy, social, health and environmental impact related to sustainable and future cities.
    City transport (e.g., innovative and smart transport methods; health and societal impacts of future transportation).
    Water harvesting and management (development of appliances designed to minimize water use, water recycling and solar-powered systems), water treatment (emerging pollutants).
    Robust engineering for sustainable cities in developing countries that cuts across environmental, social, and behavioral topics.
    Big data in sustainable smart cities, from data integration to data mining, from knowledge discovery to knowledge visualization; machine learning and deep learning; heterogeneous information network mining; sensory data mining on Internet-of-Things (IoTs).
    Critical infrastructure protection in sustainable smart cities with the emphasis on security, privacy, and reliability of critical cyber-physical systems such as smart grids, water supply, transportation systems, broadband, etc. Research topics include but not limited to intrusion detection and prevention, vulnerability analysis, risk analysis and management, emergency management, dependability, survivability, and resilience of critical infrastructures, disaster recovery, etc..

We support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches including experimental, observational, monitoring and management studies and policy analysis. In addition to fundamental and applied papers, review articles on important developments will be considered. Special issues devoted to international conferences and major reports will be considered for publication as well.
Last updated by Xin Yao in 2017-08-21
Special Issues
Special Issue on Emergence of Smart Embedded Devices towards Smart Global Village
Submission Date: 2018-03-01

An embedded device is a special purpose dedicated computing system enclosed by a larger mechanical or electrical object that may or may not is connected to the Internet. Change is afoot with an exponential curve in the world of embedded systems that was initiated with basic silicon building blocks (wireless MCUs, MEMS, low-power RF ICs, nano-amp microcontrollers, RTOS and CMOS-based sensing devices,) and is pacing up with silicon photonics apart from molecular, supramolecular and quantum technologies. Assisting to it is the incorporation of intelligence through solutions from a long and innovative list of computational intelligence domain (swarm intelligence, neural networks, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, and genetic algorithms), Deep Learning, Machine learning, and their state-of-the-art extensions. This emulsifying integration is making stronger and smarter underpinning especially for IP-enabled devices, M2M communication, Cloud Computing, Big Data, RFID, White Space TV Spectrum, iPhone Apps and WSNs. In addition to this, the intelligence in complex technical systems including manufacturing systems, power systems, audio-video equipment, climate control systems, manufacturing systems, telephones, vehicles, toys, aircraft, medical diagnostics, and security systems are constituting of smart embedded systems as their key technological components. These represent a compelling opportunity across a staggering array of applications covering homes, supply chains, offices, factories, healthcare systems and hospitals, metro infrastructure, agriculture, space, security and surveillance, entertainment, avionics, logistics and transportation to make life easier, safer, and greener for millions of people in this smart global village. The trend in a current undaunted spree of embedded devices’ integration with state-of-the-art technologies is now towards the loosely-coupled decentralized type of system (e.g. Internet of Things) that is leading to an autonomous physical system with sensing/actuating, data processing, decision making, and storing functionalities. This is further opening up a new horizon of challenges, and applications as well. This special issue focuses on the enthusiastically emergent role of embedded devices equipped with intelligent designarchitecturealgorithms to transform the Global Village into Smart Global Village and its associated challenges. Submissions could consist of novel ideas, original results, theoretical and applied research in following topics, but not limited to - Hardware and software design (privacy, security, safety, dependability, and reliability) - Prototyping of Experimental System (simulation and real implementation) - Test (embedded test, SOC, built-in self-test, test synthesis) - Energy (harvesting, scavenging, efficient consumption, reliability, management) - Operation and Maintenance (interoperability, problem identification, troubleshooting, recurrent costs) - Self-learning (prediction, pattern discovery, auto-configuration) - Intelligent techniques supporting embedded devices (computational intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, etc.) - Industrial practices and benchmark suites for smart embedded devices - Integration in IoT (smart cities, smart homes, smart transportation systems, smart grids, and smart logistics, and etc.), and other technologies - Embedded devices and complex technical systems (manufacturing systems, power systems, audio-video equipment, climate control systems, manufacturing systems, etc.) - Integration with communication technologies (efficient, security, resilience, low energy)
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-30
Special Issue on Innovative Approaches towards Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
Submission Date: 2018-06-01

The special issue of the journal focuses on sustainable design, building energy performance, sustainable planning of neighbourhoods and cities, emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of sustainability. The topics extend to include innovative approaches for education and training on sustainability of the built environment. The issue aims to raise awareness concerning state-of-the-art strategies and best practice across the world of integrating sustainable development approaches in the built environment. Therefore, the target of the present special issue is to present the leading edge of sustainable design with the strategies used to optimize the overall performance of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. Submitted manuscripts should address and propose: • Sustainable urban design • Education for sustainability • Bioclimatic and passive design • Zero and low carbon design • Sustainable construction and technology • Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) • Energy efficiency in buildings • Renewable energy technologies • Indoor Environmental Quality, health and wellbeing • Building Simulation and Building Information Modelling (BIM) • Innovative didactics for sustainable development Submission Guidelines Only original manuscripts can be submitted, according to the ‘Guide for Authors’ published on the Sustainable Cities and Society website As regards the online submission system of Sustainable Cities and Society, the authors are invited to follow the link “Submit your Paper”, located in the main page of the Journal website, to submit manuscript to this Virtual Special Issue under Article Type: "VSI:IA-SDBE". Please mention the name of the Special Issue in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the established policies and procedures of the journal. The final papers will be selected for publication depending on the results of the peer review process and the reviews of the Guest Editors and Editor-in-Chief. Guest Editors Dr. Heba Elsharkawy, University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Email: Prof. Hassan Abdalla, University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Email: Prof. Phil Jones, Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture, Email: Prof. Mostafa Ismail, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering, Email: Please submit your paper Starting in: 1st March, 2018 Closing in 1st June, 2018
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-07-25
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