Leading-Edge Technologies: Quantum Computing, DNA as Storage, Advances in Cognitive Computing – Call for Papers


Submission deadline: 1 April 2019

Publication date: November/December 2019

IT Professional plans a November/December 2019 special issue on Leading Edge Technologies.

The computing world has come a long way from punch cards and vacuum tubes. The impact that the personal computer had on our lives has now become pervasive, and there is hardly anything that does not directly involve the use of computers. But making computers more useful, for everything from everyday tasks to autonomous vehicle control, requires ever greater processing power and storage. Today these requirements are often handled with cloud computing, moving processing from simple devices to large data centers. Soon, though, new technologies may provide the computing power of a data center on much smaller platforms. The technologies that are driving the computing platform have matured and we are now investigating interesting concepts applying results of quantum theory as computing platforms, and knowledge gained from understanding human DNA for data storage. At the same time, cognitive computing ideas are being incorporated into commercial products for language understanding and personal assistants, but even more remarkable applications are in the works.

This special issue of IT Professional seeks to provide readers with an overview of these leading edge technologies and their potential. We seek high quality contributions from industry, government, business, and academia that present recent advances in these technologies, prospects for incorporation into actual product and services, and their potential impact on information technology and its application. Visionary papers describing futuristic applications and domain advancements are also welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advances in the development of quantum computing devices
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Cryptography and quantum key distribution
  • Post-quantum cryptography and quantum-resistant crypto
  • Applications of quantum computing
  • DNA storage platforms
  • DNA query processors
  • DNA storage coding
  • DNA as RAM
  • Autonomous systems
  • Integrating sensors, reasoning algorithms, and natural language processing for cognitive computing
  • New applications of cognitive computing

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Extended versions of conference papers must be at least 30 percent different from the original conference works.

Feature articles should be no longer than 4,200 words and have no more than 20 references (with tables and figures counting as 300 words each). For author guidelines, including sample articles, see www.computer.org/portal/web/peer-review/magazines.

All manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscripts (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/itpro-cs) by the deadline in order to be considered for publication. Submissions are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IT Pro’s readership.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Figures and tables should be placed in the appropriate location within the template, ideally in files that are 300 dpi or higher at the dimensions they are used in the document template.

Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors, Rick Kuhn (NIST) and Samee U. Kahn (North Dakota State University) at it6-2019@computer.org.

For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript, visit www.computer.org/portal/web/peer-review/magazines. For full paper submission, please visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/itpro-cs.