Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (IJTHI)


Special Issue On: The Transition from Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0: Strategic Human Resource Management in the era of Digitalization

Submission Due Date
3/31/2021

Guest Editors
Dr. Surajit Bag, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Introduction
The business world has learnt that the game-changing technologies marked the past three industrial revolutions. While steam technology characterised the “First Industrial Revolution”, electricity was the game-changing technology of the “Second Industrial Revolution”. The fast-paced advances in the digital commuter systems and communication technologies brought about the “Third Industrial Revolution”. We have recently entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) where cyber-physical system is the new driving force. 4IR aims for smart manufacturing to enhance efficiency and productivity (Telukdarie et al., 2018). Many countries have adopted 4IR initiatives and making significant progress (Bag and Pretorius, 2020). The Government of Germany and European Union have designed 4IR programs to accomplish digital goals. Italian Government has implemented the 4IR National plan to increase the capital investment on 4IR technologies and research for providing competitive edge to the manufacturing firms. Similarly, Hungary have launched 4IR National technology platform to embrace smart technologies. Austrian Government has adopted a National level “Plattform Industrie 4.0” that works as an advice-giving body for 4IR promotion. In U.S. the digital program is named as “Smart manufacturing leadership coalition”. The Government of India has undertaken “Make in India” initiative and digital strategy with special focus on manufacturing sector. Furthermore, a National policy framework including 4IR is under formulation to advance the growth of modern manufacturing using advanced materials. Countries like South Korea and Japan have also taken digital initiatives for smart production of goods. Chinese Government have undertaken “Made in China 2025” initiative that demonstrates specific goals and performance measures to improve manufacturing capability through innovation driven production in this digital age. Therefore, data driven technological applications are receiving increasing importance in the manufacturing sector. In 4IR humans are working alongside robots and smart machines. It is about robots assisting humans work better and faster by leveraging advanced technologies like the Internet of Things and big data powered artificial intelligence. It adds a personal human touch to the 4IR pillars. As machines in the workplace get smarter and more connected, 4IR is aimed at merging those cognitive computing capabilities with human intelligence and resourcefulness in collaborative operations (Whysall et al., 2019). 4IR will change the manufacturing environment significantly and big data powered artificial intelligence will play a major role in the 4IR era (Bag and Pretorius, 2020).

Objective
The pairing of human and smart machine workers opens the door to countless opportunities in manufacturing. And since the cases of 4IR are still in their relative infancy, manufacturers should be actively strategizing ways to integrate human and smart machine workers in order to maximize the unique benefits that can be reaped as the movement continues to evolve.
Clearly, more focus is required on the human aspects of smart manufacturing in the era of digitalisation. Interested researchers are invited to identify the challenges arising from integrating humans and machines in smart manufacturing environment and further propose practical solutions to overcome such challenges.

Recommended Topics
-Drivers, enablers, barriers, and challenges in 4IR trainings and its impact on logistics and supply chain management professionals
- Capturing the impact of collaborative systems in 4IR
- Information systems and technological developments in 4IR
-Big data powered AI system in 4IR
- Intelligence explosion
-General intelligence of machine workers/robots
-Health and safety issues with human and machine workers working together in 4IR
-Role of stakeholders, resources and institutional pressures in shaping 4IR
-Ethical aspects, privacy and security aspects in 4IR
-Sustainable approaches in managing the transition from 3IR to 4IR


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on The transition from Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0: Strategic human resource management in the era of digitalization on or before 31-03-2021. 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/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Dr. Surajit Bag,
Guest Editor
International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (IJTHI)
E-mail: surajit.bag@gmail.com/
Surajitb@uj.ac.za

Special Issue On: Mobile Learning in Smart Higher Education Systems

Submission Due Date
5/19/2021

Guest Editors
Dr. Ali Kashif Bashir (Lead Guest Editor) Associate Professor
Department of Computing and Mathematics,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, United Kingdom

Introduction
Mobile learning offers more immersive platforms and personalized material for different modes of education, and it leads to a higher level of learner engagement to help students to understand effectively. Besides, M-Learning allows students to choose a broad array of the medium, like videos, infographics, and audio, and other visualized medium to improve their involvement and retention towards learning. Mobility will enable educators to monitor and assess the performance of students across several dimensions, including academic experience or the ability to evaluate student performance more holistically. In addition to the various advantage of mobile learning, it also provides much better student engagement and higher completion rates for a flexible learning platform. The flexibility of m-learning is adaptable to individual styles depending upon the devices using audios, videos, podcasts, and other multimedia resources. Education through the mobile platform makes it easier for students to engage and work together to create a robust online learning community. Apart from flexibility, adaptability, and robustness, multi-device access is another significant advantage of mobile learning in education. The mobile learning environment supports the availability of the same course on several platforms like computers, smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Information and communications technology (ICTs) integrates mobile and pervasive computing in higher education systems for teaching and learning perspectives. Given that, mobile learning environment has grown rapidly with the support of ICT and acts as an innovative solution for students needs and their performance. The Mobile learning technology on ICT platform also allows students to learn more efficiently in the higher education system enhancing the students to experience their true potential in a personalized and more accelerated way.

Objective
Mobile learning is the easiest and prevalent way of approaching or connecting learners and teachers in current scenarios. Concentrating on limitations like software and hardware issues, lack of connectivity, and other intentional & unintentional misuses of mobile devices will make this learning environment more effective and efficient. As a result, higher education needs to create a solid base with the help of ICT through which mobile apps can expand learning opportunities for students and learners to fulfill the arising current and future demands using the digital environment. This special issue aims to bring together researchers, experts, and all those involved in mobile learning technology, applications, and assessments in different fields to contribute their research findings in the mobile learning platform. This issue strengthens our understanding of emerging and creative mobile learning technologies, application development, and the evaluation & estimation of the performance of mobile learning programs.

Recommended Topics
• Need of smart user-interface design and development for mobile learning environment
• Innovative technologies for integrating smart education and mobile learning
• New technological tools and services for sustainable mobile learning
• An empirical study on theories and models for mobile learning
• Infrastructure, administrative, and organizational issues of m-learning
• Evaluation and assessment of m-learning for smart educational system
• Educational application to encourage students to perform better
• Augmented reality and mobile learning in smart educational system
• Artificial intelligence for smart learning using mobile platform
• Enhanced mobile technologies for collaborative learning

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on “Mobile Learning in Smart Higher Education Systems” on (or) before 5/19/2021. 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/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
All inquires should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Ali Kashif Bashir
Lead Guest Editor
International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction
dr.alikashif.b@ieee.org, a.bashir@mmu.ac.uk, ali@rnssol.com