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Special Issue on Edge Computation and Intelligence

Emerging applications, such as augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR), Internet of Things (IoT) and 4K/8K streaming, benefit from “edge” computations, in other words, computations that are done at, or near the source of the data, rather than in the cloud. There are diverse possibilities for network edges, including small data centres, end devices and resource-sufficient networking nodes. 

For edge intelligence, there are many open challenges: what services should be provided; how should intelligent collaborations and networking be enabled; what computations should be embedded in entities at the edges. There are also questions around how computations, such as big data analytics, security, AI, machine learning and blockchain, can be seamlessly embedded into the edge and be efficient, trustworthy and accountable. This special issue aims to bring together leading research papers on edge computation and intelligence. We are seeking original submissions, which have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, from both academia and industry.

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

  • Intelligent edge system and networking architecture and protocols
  • Intelligent coordination and networking between edge, fog, and cloud
  • Hardware architectures for intelligent edge
  • Software architectures and toolkits for intelligent edge
  • Coordination and networking among intelligent edges
  • Coordination and networking among the entities in the intelligent edges
  • Integration of edge/fog computing with networking
  • Migration to the intelligent edge
  • Intelligent service function/computation chaining
  • Network function virtualization, software-defined network, and network slicing for distributed computations
  • Information-centric networking with/for computation
  • In-network computation for future networks, inter-data centre networking and 5G
  • In-network computations for big data, 4K/8K streaming, IoT, 5G, and AR/VR
  • Trust, security, privacy for intelligent edge
  • Accountability, reliability, and resiliency for intelligent edge
  • Quality of services and energy efficiency for intelligent edges
  • Programming models and scheduling for intelligent edge
  • Storage systems for intelligent edge
  • Load balancing for intelligent edges
  • Distributed artificial intelligence with/for edge networking
  • Integrating Blockchain with distributed edges and Internet finance
  • Software and hardware infrastructure for small data centres
  • The construction and operations for intelligent small data centres
  • Machine learning, data mining and big data analytics in networking
  • Collection and processing for big network data
  • Applications for intelligent edge, such as AR/VR, IoT, 5G, cyber-physical system, smart city, vehicular system, healthcare
  • Quantum computing at intelligent edge
  • Federated learning for intelligent edge
  • Deployment and management for intelligent edge
  • Performance monitoring, metering, modelling, and evaluations for intelligent edge

Submission Instructions

Only original and unpublished research papers will be considered for publication in this special issue. Please follow the Guide for Authors when preparing your manuscript and submit the completed version online; select the article type SI: EdgeCI.

Important Deadlines

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 30 March 2021
  • Initial decision notification: 1 April 2021
  • Final decision notification: 1 July 2021
  • Final manuscript deadline: 1 August 2021
  • Publication date: December 2021

Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Ruidong Li, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
  • Prof. Shiwen Mao, Auburn University, USA
  • Prof. Periklis Chatzimisios, International Hellenic University, Greece
  • Prof. Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
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