Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications (IJCSSA)


Special Issue On: Transforming Learning with Smart Technology

Submission Due Date
8/31/2017

Guest Editors
Susan Ferebee, Ph.D, University of Phoenix
Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D, University of Phoenix


Introduction
The theme for this special issue of International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications is the influence, implication, and challenges of smart technology and applications in education. Typical e-learning is thought of as occurring on a computer, at a desk, in a web-based environment, but today’s smart applications, e-texts, and smart virtual learning environments offer much broader possibilities to students, instructors, and administrators. Smart learning spaces can be context aware, offer ubiquitous interaction and resources, allowing the learner to participate anywhere and anytime using supporting tools delivered in the correct format, at the correct time and place. Smart learning spaces can provide the means for adaptive education, helping ensure that meaningful learning occurs for each student. Smart learning environments support social, individual, and collaborative learning, provide continuous learning experiences, and provide personalized learning based on the learner’s abilities and needs.

Objective
Expanding smart technology in education can allow teachers to focus on creative ways to help students elaborate their learning, allowing smart apps, e-texts, and smart virtual learning environments to provide more of the core instruction. This special issue would provide a platform for sharing smart learning applications, smart learning environments, smart e-texts and how they are currently used, challenges in implementing smart learning, and future advantages of smart technology used to personalize learning for students at all levels.

Recommended Topics
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to smart technology and applications for:

-K-12
-Post-secondary
-Special needs learners
-Homeschooling
-Specific subjects (e.g., math, science, language arts)
-Student communication
-Improving student retention
-Improving learning outcomes
-Improving student engagement


Submission Procedure
Researchers, practitioners, scholars, doctoral faculty and candidates are all invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Transforming Learning with Smart Technology on or before August 31st, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Susan Ferebee | Email: ferebees@gmail.com
Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi | Email: mansureh.kebritchi@phoenix.edu

Special Issue On: Programmed Death in Dynamic Systems: Natural, Artificial, and Social

Submission Due Date
9/30/2017

Guest Editors
Dr. Jeremy Horne, IAL CEO, Science Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator

Introduction
Much has been written (Varella and Maturana, for examples) concerning autopoiesis, or self-organization within systems, that which enables the system to self-organize and maintain its identity. This presentation focuses upon self-destruction and entropy, the state of complete disorganization, the logical opposite of autopoiesis. The interaction between self-organization and entropy occurs within putative closed and open systems, or viability in the context of mere homeostasis (self-maintaining) or adaptation. To a certain extent, we may tell the difference between system sustaining processes and processes that are leading to a system’s demise in terms of externally determined goal states, but attention should be given to a system’s ability to acquire a self-destructive goal state as part of its core (the same core allowing for autopoiesis). When this occurs, there appears a seeming paradox of the system’s tendency to be homeostatic or adaptive and drawing upon that core with the autodestructive element. Autodestructive elements already exist in systems, an example being the IL-18 T-cells in humans. The question is whether a process or mechanism, such as cell apoptosis (cell death) as an analogue programmed into systems, especially organic (artificially and naturally) systems. One may include societies as organic systems, as well. More controversial is social entropy in this species, such as it not having the collective wisdom to meet challenges posed by advanced technologies and the will not to destroy the environment necessary to sustain them, let alone commit suicide of the species, itself.

Objective
Autodestruction may exist as an abstraction, but one may want to pause and reflect upon any dynamic system, many of which are alleged to have assumed lives of their own, the Internet being a case in point. In the political philosophical arena, it may be asked whether societies, themselves as organic units have life cycles, the endpoint also being a form of apoptosis. Oriented more towards applications environments, one sees the emergence of technology under the rubric of “Smart Cities”, suggesting that the artifacts of social units (cities) may be “verbalized” by descriptive systems (the “Smart” Cities) that also may have their own lives, similar to the Internet. A major question is whether autodestruction exists here, as well. In summary, this special issue aims to address the question of system sustainability in terms of programmed self-destruction and its implication for systems and societies.

Recommended Topics
Programmed self-destruction (natural, artificial, and social)
The state of complete disorganization
Autodestructive elements that already exist in systems
Autodestruction as a counterpart to autopoiesis in dynamic systems
Social entropy
Societies as organic units
Cell apoptosis (cell death) programmed into systems
Artifacts of social units
Life cycles in mobile, ubiquitous, or embedded systems
Dynamic system adaptability against the backdrop of programmed system death
Homeostasis vs. adaptation in terms of viability
System sustaining processes and processes that are leading to a system’s demise
Emergence of technology under the rubric of "Smart Cities" and its political philosophical significance


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Programmed Death in Dynamic Systems: Natural, Artificial, and Social on or before September 30, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.



Follow the submission link below to begin your contribution.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Jeremy Horne
Email: JHorne.IAL@gmail.com

Special Issue On: Advances in Smart Applications through Context-Awareness in Intelligent Information Systems

Submission Due Date
12/1/2017

Guest Editors
Dr Philip Moore: School of Information Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

Dr Hai Van Pham: School of Information Technology and Communication, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Introduction
Context-awareness is predominantly designed to enable personalised services in information systems, context is therefore fundamental in personalising services as it describes and defines an individual's current prevailing state. Context may be viewed a set of changing relationships to address short term and long-term context(s). Context is inherently dynamic however, as context(s) evolve [over time], not all contextual Information is changed. Consider a changing context from time (t1) to time (t2) where there are data which will not change (a static context) and there are elements of a context which will change (a dynamic context). In practice, almost any information available at the time of an individual’s interaction with a context-aware system can be viewed as contextual information.

Considered from an historical perspective, the application of context may be traced back to research in the early 1990's which resulted in the introduction of the Active Badge system. The Active Badge system is essentially a location-based system and the focus on location is mirrored in subsequent research where context-aware systems are essentially location-based. While location and identity data have historically been, the predominant attributes used in context-aware systems, this is arguably due to the inherent diversity and complexity of context and the difficulty in defining it. However, context aware systems research is addressing an increasingly diverse range of attributes which include advanced metrics such as: semantics and linguistics, cognitive properties, and psychophysiological properties.


Objective
In this special issue, our aim is to address the developments and advances in the application of context-awareness. We invite international submissions from researchers in the field which address the both the advances and development in the field but also to identify the nature of the open research questions along with potential solutions. Topical studies which have applied context-awareness to specific domains with research results are invited.

Recommended Topics
Recommended topic areas include, but are not limited to:

• Context-Awareness:

-The application of context and context-awareness including linguistics, semantics, and Advanced concepts such as Kansei engineering and hedge algebras;
-The technological challenges inherent is realizing personalization of service provision; and Issues in implementing context-awareness including challenges related to ‘open data’.

• Machine learning, Modelling and Applications:

-Research addressing the modelling of context definitions;
-Challenges in modelling cognitive data including psychophysiological data; Machine learning techniques including Neural networks and unsupervised training models.

• Emerging Technologies:

-Research and investigations addressing a range of potential solutions to enable the effective realization of context-awareness in CAS;
-The application of context-awareness in human-computer Interaction (HCI), Controlling Robots, and human-to-machine (H2M) interaction.

• Decision-Support:

-Research addressing the realization of decision-support in intelligent context-aware systems;
-Intelligent decision support and its application.

• Ethical Issues:

-Consideration of the moral and ethical issues inherent in the creation of personalization in computerized systems;
-Consideration of the challenges that lie in achieving acceptance by members of the public for personalized computer systems.


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles written in English in manuscripts 3,000 to 5,000 words in length. Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at: http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission where the required templates may be found. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis by no fewer than 3 members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board and 1 Associate Editor. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the special issue guest editor.
All manuscripts must be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery online submission manager at: http://www.igi-global.com/submission/submit-manuscript


All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr Philip Moore: School of Information Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.
Contact: ptmbcu@gmail.com

• Dr Hai Van Pham: School of Information Technology and Communication, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Contact: haivnu@yahoo.com