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Special Issue on Blockchain-enabled Technologies for Cyber-Physical Systems and Big Data Applications

Cyber-Physical System (CPS) refers to the seamless integration of the physical processes, computational components, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices such as sensors, actuators, and so on. Examples of CPS include smart grid, autonomous transportation systems, medical monitoring, process control systems, robotic systems, and automatic pilot avionics. It connects billions of devices, intelligent and autonomous machines, industrial equipment, etc., to generate an unprecedented volume of industrial data, which gives birth to Big Data. Handling this massive amount of data in an effective, secure and economical manner has become problematic. Furthermore, CPSs are often associated with sensitive data. Its centralized infrastructure exposes it to vulnerability, data breach, and denial of services. As a result, decentralized CPS infrastructures become a potential solution. In particular, it is essential to explore new big data processing techniques with decentralized CPS infrastructures.

In order to deal with the problems mentioned above, blockchain has emerged as a dynamic and fast-growing research area for its nature of decentralization, associated security, as well as privacy benefits. As a revolutionary technology, blockchain combines distributed data storage, point-to-point transmission, consensus mechanisms, and encryption algorithms to record data and transactions efficiently. These benefits make blockchain a promising technique to revolutionize increasingly centralized CPSs for constructions and applications, and reshape traditional data mining and knowledge discovery technologies. Thus, the convergence of CPSs with blockchains can potentially overcome the deficiencies of CPSs and big data applications. However, employing blockchain techniques in big data-driven CPS applications still has some technical challenges and limitations. For example, effective and reliable ways to achieve interoperability between different blockchains is one of the significant problems. Additionally, another critical issue that requires serious attention relates to the minimization of overhead associated with blockchains. In view of these challenges, the adaptability of blockchain in CPSs is still in its infancy and requires essential insights with respect to concrete application domains, scalability, privacy issues, performance, as well as financial benefits. Thus, combination of blockchain with CPSs will serve as a new revolution in realizing the next generation CPSs and Big data applications.

To address these issues and opportunities, this special issue invites original research that investigate blockchain-enabled technology for CPSs and big data applications. The topics of interest include, but not limited to:

  • Advancement of Blockchain in Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Big data algorithms, tools, applications and services using blockchain
  • Blockchain based lightweight data structure for IoT data
  • Blockchain data management
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery on blockchain
  • Information retrieval on blockchain
  • Security, privacy and trust on blockchain
  • Transaction management on blockchain
  • Data driven applications enabled by blockchain
  • Blockchain in cloud/edge/fog computing
  • Performance optimization for blockchain-enabled big data applications
  • Other Blockchain implementations for CPSs and Big Data applications
  • Architecture for convergence of blockchain and CPSs
  • Scalability of blockchain in CPS systems

Paper Submission

Digital Communications and Networks (DCN), indexed by SCIE and Scopus and fully open access through Science Direct, publishes rigorously peer-reviewed and high-quality original articles and authoritative reviews. Only original and unpublished research papers will be considered in this special issue. Authors should follow the DCN manuscript format described in the Information for Authors at DCN journal website (http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/digital-communications-and-networks/). Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy to the Elsevier DCN online manuscript system via (https://www.editorialmanager.com/dcan/default.aspx) according to the following timetable and choose the article type as “SI: BlockTech-CPS&BigData”.

Time Table

  • Paper Submission: December 1st, 2020
  • First-Round Review Notification: March 1st, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 1st, 2021
  • Camera Ready Submission: June 1st, 2021
  • Tentative Publication: August-October 2021


Guest Editors

  • Prof. Zheng Yan, Xidian University, China and Aalto University, Finland. Email: zyan@xidian.edu.cn
  • Prof. Qinghua Zheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Email: qhzheng@xjtu.edu.cn
  • Dr. Yulei Wu, University of Exeter, UK. Email: y.l.wu@exeter.ac.uk
  • Prof. Yaliang Zhao, Henan University, China & St. Francis Xavier University, Canda. Email: ylzhao@stfx.ca
  • Prof. Mohammed Atiquzzaman, University of Oklahoma, USA. Email: atiq@ou.edu


For any queries, contact Prof. Zheng Yan, Email: zyan@xidian.edu.cn.


Introductions to Guest Editors:

Professor Zheng Yan, Xidian University, China and Aalto University, Finland

Email: zyan@xidian.edu.cn

Homepage: http://web.xidian.edu.cn/yanzheng/index.html

Short bio:

Zheng Yan is currently a professor at the Xidian University, China and a visiting professor and a Finnish Academy Fellow at the Aalto University, Finland. She authored over 260 peer-reviewed publications and solely authored two books. She is the inventor of 25 patents and 47 PCT patent applications, all of which were adopted by industry. She was invited to delivery over 20 talks in international conferences and universities. Prof. Yan is serving as an area editor of Information Fusion, an associate editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Information Sciences, JNCA, IEEE Access Journal, Security and Communication Networks, etc. She is a guest editor of many reputable journals, including ACM TOMM, IEEE TII, IEEE TNSE, IEEE JBHI, Future Generation Computer Systems, IEEE Systems Journal, MONET, etc. She served as a steering, organization and program committee member for over 70 international conferences. She is organizing and has organized IEEE Blockchain 2018, IEEE BigDataSE2018, ICA3PP2017, IEEE CIT2017, NSS2017, EAI MobiMedia2016, IEEE TrustCom2015, IEEE BigDataSE2015, IEEE CIT2014, CSS2014, IEEE DASC 2012, IEEE iThings 2012, etc. She initiated a new IEEE international conference on Blockchain as a steering committee co-chair. Recently, she achieved the IEEE ComSoc TCBD best journal paper award (2017) and the best associate editor of IEEE Access (2017, 2018). She is a fellow of IET and a senior member of IEEE.


Prof. Qinghua Zheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Email: qhzheng@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

Short bio:

Dr. Qinghua Zheng is a distinguished professor and a vice president of Xi’an Jiaotong University. He received the BSc degree in computer software in 1990, the MSc degree in computer architecture in 1993, and the PhD degree in system engineering in 1997 from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He did postdoctoral research at the Harvard University in 2002 and visiting professor research at HongKong University in 2005. Since 1993, he has been with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Xi’an Jiaotong University. His research interests are in the knowledge engineering in big data. He is a winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and the Changjiang Scholar Project. He has won three second-class prizes of National Science & Technology Progress award in China and achieved several national science and technology prizes due to his significant contributions in knowledge engineering and its applications, and technology transfer to widely benefit the Chinese society with tremendous economic profits. Recently, he achieved the Distinguished Achievement Award at the IEEE Smart World Congress 2019. He has published over 200 publications in prestigious journals and conferences and invented more than 70 granted patents.


Dr. Yulei Wu, University of Exeter, UK

Email: y.l.wu@exeter.ac.uk

Homepage: http://empslocal.ex.ac.uk/people/staff/yw433/

Short bio:

Yulei Wu is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, UK. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computing and Mathematics and B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.) degree in Computer Science from the University of Bradford, UK, in 2010 and 2006, respectively. His main research focuses on Autonomous Networks, Intelligent Networking Technologies, Network Slicing and Softwarization, SDN/NFV, Green Networking, Wireless Networks, Edge Computing, Network Security and Privacy, and Analytical Modelling and Performance Optimization. His recent research has been supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of United Kingdom, National Natural Science Foundation of China, University's Innovation Platform and industries. He has published over 90 research papers in prestigious international journals and conferences, including IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Internet of Things Journal. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Awards from IEEE SmartCity-2015, IEEE CSE-2009, and ICAC-2008 international conferences. He has delivered more than 10 keynote/invited talks at technical conferences and institutions. Dr. Wu serves as an Associate Editor or a Member of Editorial Board for several international journals including IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Elsevier Computer Networks and IEEE Access, as well as a Guest Editor for many international journals, e.g., IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, and Elsevier Computer Networks. He has been a Reviewer for book proposals, grant proposals, and a number of international conferences and journals including many IEEE/ACM Transactions and Magazines. He was awarded the Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing by the Elsevier journal of Future Generation Computer Systems in 2018. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).


Prof. Yaliang Zhao, Henan University, China & St. Francis Xavier University, Canda.

Email: ylzhao@stfx.ca

Short bio:

Dr. Zhao received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2019. She is current a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. She is an Associate Professor with the School of Computer and Information Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, China. Her research interests include big data mining, big data security, cloud computing security, and cyber physical social systems. She has published many papers in reputable international journals such as IEEE TII, TETC, Network, and Elsevier IS, FGCS, and etc. She served as a TPC member of CPSCom2018. She is an Active Reviewer of over 10 international journals, including the IEEE TII, IoT, SJ, TETC, TCSS, TSC, and Elsevier IF, IS, FGCS.


Dr. Mohammed Atiquzzaman, Professor at University of Oklahoma, USA

Email: atiq@ou.edu

Homepage: http://www.cs.ou.edu/~atiq/

Short bio:

Mohammed Atiquzzaman obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Manchester (UK). He currently holds the Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential professorship in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma, and is a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Atiquzzaman is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, founding Editor-in-Chief of Vehicular Communications, former co-editor-in-chief of Computer Communication and has served/serving on the editorial boards of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Real Time Imaging journal, Journal of Communication Systems, Communication Networks and Distributed Systems and Journal of Sensor Networks. He also guest edited 15 special issues in various journals.

He has served as symposium co-chairs for IEEE Globecom (2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2016) and IEEE ICC (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) conferences, and co-chair of IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Symposium (2011 and 2003). He also co-chaired NSysS (2016), DependSys (2015), ChinaComm (2008), and the SPIE Quality of Service over Next Generation Data Networks conferences (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005). He was the panels co-chair of INFOCOM’05, and is/has been in the program committee of numerous conferences such as INFOCOM, ICCCN, and Local Computer Networks.

He serves on the review panels of funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Research Council (Canada) and Australian Research Council (Australia). In recognition of his contribution to NASA research, he received the NASA Group Achievement Award for "outstanding work to further NASA Glenn Research Center's effort in the area of Advanced Communications/Air Traffic Management's Fiber Optic Signal Distribution for Aeronautical Communications" project. He received the IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award due to his contributions to research in space communications, and the IEEE Distinguished Technical Achievement Award for his work in communications switching and routing. Dr. Atiquzzaman received IEEE Communication Society's Fred W. Ellersick Prize. He has been invited to deliver keynote talks in over 20 international conferences around the globe, including USA, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Australia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Korea.

He is the co-author of the book “Performance of TCP/IP over ATM networks”, co-edited 8 books, co-authored 5 book chapters, written 25 journal editorials, and has over 300 refereed technical publications, most of which can be accessed at www.cs.ou.edu/~atiq. His research interests are in satellite communications, wireless and mobile networks, vehicular networks, ad hoc networks, Quality of Service, and optical communications. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force, Cisco, Honeywell, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and Oklahoma Highway Safety Office through grants totaling over $10M.

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