Call for Papers
Special Issue on

Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient, Reliable, and Secure Smart Homes

Developing smart homes is a key step towards building a smart power grid to improve the flexibility, controllability, reliability, and security of the traditional power grid. In a smart home , all components such as various household appliances and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are connected to home area networks and smart meters, and are controlled through demand side management (DSM) technologies. With the emerging real-time pricing schemes, DSM can achieve efficient energy usage as well as monetary expense reduction. It also enables the integration of renewable energy resources, and facilitates the peak-to-average load ratio reduction for balancing energy consumption in the power transmission and distribution system. The core of DSM lies in the salient design of appropriate embedded systems to schedule and control the operation of household appliances and PHEVs. Moreover, advanced embedded system optimization techniques can also be explored for more intelligent control. On the other hand, since smart meters are networked, hackers could remotely tamper smart meter readings or intercept wireless communications from individual smart meters to find the right time for home burglaries. Furthermore, the contingency due to equipment failure and power outage/blackout in the local power distribution network can also significantly impact the performance of the system. Thus, the smart home embedded system designs, which can conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint while considering cybersecurity and reliability of the system, are highly desired.

This special section is dedicated to the embedded system for smart home in all aspects of design, implementation, simulation, and verification. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Authors should submit their journal version at Manuscript Central website and should adhere to standard ACM TECS formatting instructions and indicate that you are submitting to the Special Issue on Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications on the first page and in the field "Author's Cover Letter:" in manuscriptcentral). For additional questions please send an email to Shiyan Hu.
The page count limit is 25, additional pages will not be allowed.



Submission due extended to Sept 1, 2012
first Review results: approx. Feb, 2013
Final copy deadline: approx. March 2013

Please notice that the scheduled review dates are approximate dates and subject to change. We will kindly inform you about the review results as soon as a decision was made. Questions regarding the disclosure of the review results should be adressed to the Guest Editor(s).


Guest Editors: