Calls for papers


International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering
International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering


Special Issue on: "Cloud4Nature: Cloud Services for Natural Resource Management"

Guest Editors:
Mariana Mocanu and Florin Pop, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
Ioana Popescu, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands
Tor-Morten Grønli, Westerdals - Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway

Environmental monitoring and risk assessment is one of the main challenges today when aiming to create safe ecosystems. Integrated and comprehensive approaches in decision-making processes associated with the management of natural resources are necessary in acute problems triggered by direct or indirect human interventions in the natural systems within which we live.

Natural resources management requires the processing of a huge amount of information with different levels of accessibility and availability and in various formats. Often, the data needs to be acquired, transmitted and accessed in real time. Equally important is having access to historical data for the calibration and validation of models.

With regard to the accessibility of information to stakeholders, there are situations wherein information is to be accessed only by designated stakeholders, but there is generally a huge amount of information that is – and should be handled – as public information.

The aim of this special issue is to share results and stimulate research in the field of integrated and inclusive cyber infrastructures for the management of natural resources. This research will integrate technologies and algorithmic aspects from many domains: artificial intelligence, distributed and mobile computing, human-computer interfaces, sensor networks, collaborative and pervasive computing, robotics, context-aware computing, and others. The issue calls for original papers describing the latest research, innovations, solutions and developments in cloud services for natural resource management.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 20th International Conference on Control Systems and Computer Science, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Architecture of cyber infrastructures
  • Cloud systems and cloud services
  • Formal methods for natural resource management
  • Embedded systems for natural resource management
  • Cyber infrastructure services
  • Intelligent information system for natural resource management
  • Modelling cyber infrastructures for natural resource management
  • Adaptive mobile cloud computing
  • Mobile big data computing models
  • Design of complex systems
  • e-services for natural resource management
  • Smart sensor networks
  • Systems for location and context sensing and awareness
  • Data management in mobile and cloud systems
  • Mobility-aware cloud data
  • Multimedia content delivery
  • Applications for natural resource management
Papers should always address the above topics from the system perspective in order to be considered for this special issue.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Any questions about the special issue should be directed to the Florin Pop at

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 30 July, 2015

Notification of the first review: 30 September, 2015

Revised paper submission: 30 October, 2015

Notification of the re-review: 15 November, 2015

Minor revisions due: 30 November, 2015

Final notification: 15 December, 2015