IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

Special Issue on Security, Reliability, Privacy, and Quality in Industrial Automation and Control

Scheduled Publication Time: July/August 2020




The embedded, implanted, submerged and other all types of emerging industrial sensing gadgets have realized a number of novel contemporary technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and smart device-enabled industrial applications, such as remote asset monitoring, predictive maintenance in factory, wearable and implanted biomedical sensors-enabled health and well-being monitoring, business intelligence-enabled agriculture and viticulture industrial applications, infrastructure monitoring applications, aeronautical industrial applications, power system monitoring, energy system security, power grid quality, machine control, and their reliability across the globe. The connectivity of these and many other applications is envisaged to truly realize the concept of Smart World.


The aim of this special issue is to provide a multi-aspect up-to-date reference of security, quality, monitoring, reliability, privacy, trust, and control aspects of industrial applications. Prospective researchers are invited to submit original and innovative techniques-based research papers and survey papers for consideration for publication in this special issue. The call for papers is open, but not limited, to the following topics:


·         Security hardening of industrial operation and control

·         Security protocols for electrical and electronic equipment in industrial systems

·         Security, quality, reliability, and control in industry applications to power grids, energy systems, electric machines and drives

·         Security, quality, reliability, and control in industry applications to energy efficiency, smart grids, electric vehicles, sustainable buildings, renewable energies, and energy storage

·         Hardware and software focused vulnerabilities and their mitigations

·         Pattern-based intrusion and data leakage systems for industrial applications

·         Security issues in big data analytics in industrial applications

·         Novel methods, protocols, and algorithms for infrastructure security

·         Cross-domain security, privacy, trust, and access control issues

·         Cyber and cyber-physical attacks detection, prevention, and mitigation in industrial applications

·         Privacy-preserving data collection and analytics in industrial applications

·         Middleware for privacy, security, and trust in industrial applications

·         Data driven control

·         Future perspectives of security, monitoring, reliability, privacy, and trust issues in industrial applications


Submission Process   

Prospective authors who wish to submit a paper for consideration are advised to first submit an abstract to the Guest Editors mentioned below. Authors of the accepted abstracts will receive a formal invitation with detailed guidelines for submission of the complete manuscript to the IAS ScholarOne Manuscripts site and execution of the mandatory copyright transfer. All submissions will go through CrossCheck for similarity check with previously published content. Refer to https://ias.ieee.org/images/files/publications/2017-author-info.pdf for general information about electronic submission. After receiving the invitation, the invited authors must go to the IAS ScholarOne Manuscripts site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ieee-ias) to upload and submit the manuscript, and execute the IEEE copyright transfer.



Guest Associate Editors  

Dr. Muhammad Usman, University of Surrey, United Kingdom (muhammad.usman3@griffithuni.edu.au)

Dr. Alireza Jolfaei, Federation University, Australia (a.jolfaei@federation.edu.au)

Professor Iqbal Gondal, Federation University, Australia (iqbal.gondal@federation.edu.au)

Professor Krishna Kant, Temple University, USA (kkant@temple.edu)

A/Professor Anurag Srivastava, Washington State University, Pullman, USA (asrivast@eecs.wsu.edu)

Professor Sukumar Kamalasadan, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA (skamalas@uncc.edu)



Paper Review Chairs  

A/Professor Akshay Kumar Rathore, Concordia University, Canada (akshay.k.rathore@ieee.org)  

Professor Kashem Muttaqi, University of Wollongong, Australia (kashem@uow.edu.au)




Manuscript Submission and Copyright Transfer Due: August 10, 2019

Deadline for Final Decision: February 8, 2020

Final Manuscript Submission: March 7, 2020

Publication of Special Issue: July/August 2020



Please note that the IAS “presentation first” policy is not applicable to this special issue. Papers that are more than ten pages long are subject to the mandatory over-length charges of $120 per page and only two extra pages per paper will be allowed.