Smart Water Grids: A CPS Approach


 Smart Water Grids: A Cyber-Physical Approach

An edited volume by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

 Call for Chapters

The last few decades have witnessed a rapidly expanding water crisis, which, according to the UN-Water, by 2025 could affect the daily lives of the 67% of the world population. Triggered by these alerting figures, the modernization of water management has become a key policy for the 21st century, setting out the framework for sustainable solutions on water resources utilization. As a result, novel directions for the water industry have emerged, featuring the most recent advances in sensing, networking, processing, and control. The term Water Smart Grid was coined and is gaining an increasing role in the water industry lexicon, expressing the data-driven systems for the intelligent management of the water life cycle.

By definition, Water Smart Grids have an inherent dependence on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), since the latter provide the technological suite for fast, responsive, and scalable interactions of cyber components with physical processes. Water Smart Grids exploit the intelligence, autonomy, and adaptability offered by CPS for establishing consciousness on water consumption, introducing new alternatives on water treatment and re-usability, and addressing the impact of climate change on water natural sources and the urban infrastructures. Driven by these tight alignments, the objective of this book is to collect the best practices for designing, implementing, and deploying Cyber-Physical Systems that are tailored to the needs of Water Smart Grids, addressing the following topics:

  • The theory and modeling of water-oriented CPS with emphasis on smart sensing, distributed processing, networked control, enabling technologies and heterogeneous networked topologies;
  • Existing case studies, which cover different aspects of the water life cycle (e.g. desalination, distribution, treatment, recycling);
  • Emerging topics, such as water standardization policies, empowerment of the users in the water cycle, privacy and data ownership aspects, and water-food-energy nexus.

As the water stress phenomenon intensifies at a global scale, the lack of any other edition that explicitly targets to promote the scientific and engineering tools for realizing a water sustainable future, constitutes this book a must-have for professionals and newcomers in this exciting field. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Theory and Design. Hardware (sensors and actuators) for smart water applications; Communication technologies for smart water grids; Processing and learning for water data analytics; distributed control for efficient water management; security and safety (incl. contamination aspects);network topologies, standards and interoperability aspects.
  • Analysis, Performance and Emerging Topics. Testbeds, simulations, and field studies; Performance, including energy efficiency, quality of service and quality of sensing; Standardization of CPS for smart water grids; user empowerment and user awareness; water-energy nexus; water-food nexus.
  • Practical Applications, including water treatment and desalination; water distribution networks; irrigation and industrial use; waste and sewage management and control; water reusability and drought management.

Important Dates:

  • Extended abstracts (up to 1 page) submission: October 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016
  • Chapter submission (up to 30 pages): May 15th, 2017
  • Book Publication by CRC Press:  End of 2017

Submission Guidelines:

A peer review process will be adopted. This collection of chapters will consider only contributions that contain original material, which have not been previously published nor are currently under review by other publishing body. Both extended abstracts and full chapters should be written in English, using single column, single spacing format – US letter, Times New Roman, 11pt.

  • Extended Abstracts should up to 3 pages, including references, tables, figures, and should be sent as a PDF file via email at tsakalid [at] ics [dot] forth [dot] gr.
  • Full Chapters should be up to 30 pages, including references, tables, figures. The initial version of the full chapters should be send as MS Word files via email at tsakalid [at] ics [dot] forth [dot] gr. The final version of the chapters should be send in their raw format -e.g., MS World, LaTeX- including all relevant material -e.g., bibliography files, figures.

Book Editors:

Prof Panagiotis Tsakalides Computer Science Dept, University of Crete, Greece and Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece

Dr Athanasia Panousopoulou, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece

Dr Grigorios Tsagkatakis, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece

Dr. Luis Montestruque, EmNet LLC, US


For further information please contact Prof Tsakalides at tsakalid [at] ics [dot] forth [dot] gr and Dr. Luis Montestruque at lmontest [at] emnet [dot] net


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