Special Issue on “Internet of People: Human-driven Artificial Intelligence and Internet for Smarter Hyper-Connected Societies”, FGCS, Elsevier (JCR: 4.639, Q1)

Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 16:36

Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS) - The International Journal of eScience


The rise of wearable/embodied technologies and personal/body area networks has successfully bridged our personal physical and cyber worlds in recent years. Interactions between human users and their personal mobile devices push toward an Internet where the human user becomes more central than ever (evolving from consumers of information to prosumers), and where their personal devices become their proxies in the cyber world, in addition to acting as a fundamental tool to sense the physical world (what is also called as citizen science or participatory sensing). Internet of People (IoP) is a new Internet paradigm where humans and their personal devices are not seen merely as end users of applications, but become active elements of the Internet. It represents the mapping of social individuals and their interactions with smart devices to the Internet. It focuses on data collection, modelling, analysis and ubiquitous intelligence for a wide range of applications of crowd sourced, Internet-based personal information.

Likewise, the emerging social and sentiment analysis computing, behaviour modelling and novel human/environment interaction mechanisms, e.g. brain, audible or augmented or mixed reality computing, will allow further incorporation of the social and mental worlds into the so-called Hyper World. Due to the pervasiveness of IoP and its impacts on human activity, it has quickly emerged as an important interdisciplinary field which encompasses IoT, HCI, bio-inspired algorithms with behavioural and social sciences.

In essence, IoP promotes the idea that a Smart World is only possible if there is a better and smarter collaboration bridging machine intelligence and human intelligence, between devices and people, where technology (AI in particular) is applied from a human-centric and driven standpoint, i.e. following the Internet of People paradigm.

This special issue is then focused on cutting edge research from academia, industry and practitioners, with emphasis on original, novel, innovative and impact-oriented research providing insights into Smarter Hyper-Connected Societies' needs, processes, services and frameworks using the Internet of People paradigm. An area of particular interest in this Special Issue is to consider how Collective Intelligence can meet Machine Intelligence in order to give place to more user-centric and driven intelligence to enable Intelligent Environments where Humans and Internet-connected devices cooperate and influence their behaviour in order to promote autonomous life, better energy sustainability, healthier environments or inclusive environments.

Specifically, this issue welcomes three categories of papers: (1) high quality and significantly extended papers from the 13th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence (UCAml 2-5 December, 2019) whose motto is "user-centered computing environments and systems" and from the ACM 9th IoT Conference (IoT 22-25 October, 2019); (2) invited articles from qualified experts; and (3) contributed papers from this open call with address any of the following list of topics.

Topics of interest include use of Internet of People applied towards contributing towards a Smarter World and Society where Collaborative Human and Machine Intelligence are put into play, but are not limited to:

  • Social Computing and Social Internet of Things
  • Social Networks and Behavior Analysis
  • Behaviour Change Analysis
  • Internet of Sensing, Thinking and Creation
  • Gamification and user-engagement approaches
  • Human-Centric Computing and Cyber-Physical-Social Systems
  • Crowd Sensing and Human Intelligence
  • Hybrid machine and human intelligence
  • Biometric Sensors and Activity Recognition
  • Brain Information Sensing and Processing
  • Brain-Computer Interface/Brain-Machine Interface
  • Novel ubiquitous interaction mechanisms
  • Wearable Computing and Implant Technology
  • Personal Big Data Analytics
  • Edge/Fog based Models for Personal Computing
  • Sentiment Analysis and Affective Computing
  • AI-powered Smart Devices
  • Personal and Social Robotics
  • Personal Internet-based Healthcare, Wellbeing and Wellness
  • IoP Big Data Processing and Urban Computing
  • IoP Systems Modeling, Simulation and Optimization
  • IoP Security, Privacy, Trust, Psychology, Ethics, Politics and Laws

Every submitted paper will be reviewed by at least three independent experts. We will also recommend submission of supplementary material including test data and multimedia with each paper as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.

To solicit papers, we will advertise the call on UCAmI 2019 website and IoT 2019 website, mailing lists and our colleagues, and send to particular colleagues working in the areas related to this special issue to invite good quality submissions.

Selection and Evaluation Criteria

  • Relevance to the topics of this special issue
  • Research novelty (e.g., new techniques) and potential impact
  • Content quality and readability

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 20 January 2020
  • Revisions due: 31 March 2020
  • 2nd round revisions: 15 May 2020
  • Final decision: 30 June 2020
  • Camera ready version due: 15 July 2020
  • Tentative publication date: End 2020

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