Advanced industries like marine, aerospace, automotive etc., have much demand on invention, design and analysis of novel materials. Advanced materials replace traditional materials in the current scenario. Advanced materials, metals or composites, play an important role in engineering and industry as basic supporting structures. It's because of their characteristics like high strength to weight ratio, impact resistance etc. Development of such advanced materials with high physical, chemical, mechanical and thermal properties are required not only to meet the demands in the industry but also for creating next generation technologies. Further requirement of cutting edge knowledge in their synthesis, processing and machining follows. This special issue discusses latest trends and research in characterization, machining, modelling, simulation, processing and applications of various metals, alloys, composites and hybrid/nano composite materials. New cutting-edge knowledge/findings and future directions in the research of the foresaid topics can also be discussed. For example, smart composites, recyclability of composites, non-destructive testing etc. New knowledge in this field will invite innovative advancements in research as well as in industry.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021

Guest Editor

  • Dr. B. Ramesh
    Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai-602105, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Dr. Ammar H. Elsheikh
    Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt

Over the past decade, artificial intelligence has become part of our daily life and different domains such as telecommunication systems, transportation systems, machinery industries, medical instruments, web applications, etc. The modern AI is fueled by big data and deep neural network, it revolutionizes and modernizes the industries in IR4.0 with intelligent automations. The underlying intelligent software are not conventional and therefore do not that deserve the same conventional engineering treatment. The conventional software system behaviours are logic-driven or predetermined as software requirements and duly programmed. Even in systems with business intelligence, system behaviours are programmed according to known classified events derived from data. In contrast, the behaviours of modern AI systems are data-driven or determined by dynamic data generated by sensors, machines and humans during runtime.

The modern AI involves big data analytics (BDA) as well as deep learning (DL) which can be computing resource demanding and time consuming in which most software developers cannot afford. The modern AI also involves dynamic classification and regression based on live data and prescribed actions to make software systems intelligent. Some classifications may not be known during software development. Even though there are known, they may be invalid during runtime, so too, the prescribed actions by the system. Software development becomes even more challenging when the big data communities suggest companies adopting big data analytics should deem the pursue as a journey instead of a project. In other words, new insights will be discovered along the big data analytics journey, there is no deadline. It is unusual to run a conventional software projects without a deadline.

Moreover, the dynamic behaviour driven by data in some modern intelligent systems has also rendered the software quality challenging to measure. It remains an open question on how to measure the intelligence quotient (IQ) of intelligent software systems. For instance, although unmanned drones and cars had been tested in public areas in some countries, there are still safety concerns on how reliable the deployed AI on public road dealing with different ambient and sophisticated and ever dynamic contexts real time. Some fatal incidents in the recent years have also made the road to AI software system deployment in unmanned cars and drones even more rugged before public confidence is restored. This instance is just the tip of the iceberg, there are definitely other specific issues and challenges from other domains which are worth addressing. Humans on earth are now desperate for new models and tools which can really verify and validate these ever dynamic, mission critical, real-time intelligence software systems.

The nature of the modern AI software systems mentioned above could be a wakeup call for scientists and software practitioners around the world to find new ways to develop intelligent software systems. The software engineering and machine learning communities are desperate for new theories, pragmatic process model, scientific methods and techniques to support the development of reliable, cost effective, manageable, high quality modern AI software systems.

Scope (Topics)

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Formal Methods for Artificial Intelligence
  • Model Checking for Intelligent Software
  • Metric for Intelligent Software
  • Intelligent Software System Quality
  • Intelligent Software Architecture
  • Software Engineering for Intelligent Systems
  • Intelligent Software Design
  • Artificial Intelligence Reuse
  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber Physical Software
  • Secure Intelligent Software
  • Affective Computing Software
  • Validation and Verification of Machine Learning Systems
  • Automated Machine Learning
  • Design of Safety-Critical Software
  • Integration of Intelligent Software Ecosystems
  • Software Tools for Intelligent Software Development
  • Application of Machine-Learning
  • Intelligent Software Project Management

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2021

Guest Editor

  • Dr. Lee Lai Soon
    Laboratory of Computational Statistics and Operations Research
    Institute for Mathematical Research
    Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Dr. Afnizanfaizal Bin Abdullah
    School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering
    Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Dr. Ng Keng Yap
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
    Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Dr. Mamoun Jamous
    Techniaa Systems, Turkey
  • Dr. Ashraf Osman
    Alzaim Alazhari University Khartoum, Sudan
  • Dr. Zeyad Abd Algfoor Hasan
    Department of Computer Science
    College of Computer Science and Mathematics
    University of Mosul, Iraq
  • Dr Hongmei (Mary) He (SIEEE, FHEA)
    School of Computer Science and Informatics
    De Montfort University, United Kingdom