A Special issue on the Internet of Things
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Although the Internet of Things may sound like a meaningless abstraction to describe our undoubtedly connected world, it describes a future of pragmatism. It is true that we used to see scientific fields, application domains, and technology advances as belonging, commonly, to a narrow framework of operation, each with little to no interaction across other technical areas of interest. This is no longer the case. Our daily routines as living beings (sleeping and eating, for example), our driving patterns, our professions, our social interactions, our hobbies – everything -- may be quantified and interpreted to, through, and by our interactions with technology. In the simplest setting of the smart grid, personal devices, such as cell phones, smart watches, and the like, can signal our routes from our offices towards our homes, igniting a sequence of actions. If these actions are scheduled and handled properly (from a technical point of view), they can accommodate our preferred quality of life while preventing traffic on public roads, and effectively reduce the energy demand for providers. Thanks to IoT, this intertwined reality can be made possible.
The articles in this special issue were edited by renowned smart grid industry experts and scholars Geev Mokryani, Jose Medina, and Pardis Khayyer.