Guest Editorial: Special Issue on “Advanced Artificial Intelligence for Industrial Internet of Things”

Jiafu Wan,
Jianqi Liu,
Lingxia Liao,


Smart devices, sensors, and machines generate a wealth of valuable data with suitable connectivity from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) across manufacturing environments or supply chain. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies (e.g. deep learning, reinforcement learning, and machine vision) can create new value chain through gathering, processing, and learning these data. The integration of AI and IIoT have an exciting promise. Machine learning-powered rapid testing during the industrial design process can enable greater program and cost certainty than previously realizable. Data analytics tools can now not only predict when and where machinery and equipment is going to need maintenance with a high degree of accuracy, but act on that need. Machine vision and deep learning help the self-drive vehicle to enhance accuracy of recognizing traffic signs. Meanwhile, connected equipment across the supply-chain provides real time data which can be utilized by machine learning and predictive analytics technologies.
There are still some challenges, which hinder the large-scale application. Specially, some of these data sources are structured (such as sensor signals), some are semi-structured (such as records of manual operations), and some are completely unstructured (such as image files). However, most of the unstructured data is either unused or used only for very specific, tactical purposes. Lots of industrial data is generally not utilized strategically, and is poor interoperability across incompatible technologies, systems, and data types, so it is unable to effectively extract value from them. Furthermore, the transmission of mass industrial data with different priorities also is a hard job for industrial heterogeneous networks, AI-enabled analytic technologies will help to optimize networks and realize intelligent data transmission. In addition, AI-powered applications usually run on the remote cloud, and the service delay is uncontrollable, but in industrial process, the service delay is constrained strictly. Fortunately, the emerging of edge computing at the edge of network can further propel the integration AI and IIoT.

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Jiafu Wan, Jianqi Liu, Lingxia Liao, "Guest Editorial: Special Issue on “Advanced Artificial Intelligence for Industrial Internet of Things”," Journal of Internet Technology, vol. 21, no. 5 , pp. 1477-1478, Sep. 2020.

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