Internet of Things as Complex Networks

Xing Wu, Jianjia Wang, Peng Li, Xiliang Luo, Yang Yang

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In the past few years, the development of complex networks has stimulated great interest in the study of the principles and mechanisms underlying the Internet of things (IoT). Complex networks have led to significant advances in such an active research field and have been proposed to tackle the associated challenges. From a systematic perspective, complex networks pursue new ways to represent, characterize, and analyze the connections and interactions between a huge volume of sensors, actuators, and processors. The theoretical framework and computational tools for complex networks derive new approaches in analyzing IoT architectures, networks, and services. The convergence of empirical and computational advances opens new frontiers of IoT governance and management, covering network dynamics, resource allocation, and task scheduling across heterogeneous networks. We explore the latest technical trends in modelling and analyzing IoT systems with complex networks to provide a better systematic view and more comprehensive understanding of a variety of IoT technologies spanning from sensors and networks to applications and services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9447963
Pages (from-to)238-245
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Network
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


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