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Hoa Tran-Dang, Dong-Seong Kim: "Multi-Agent Systems based Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks for Physical Internet", IEEE Access
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Date : 2018-08-27
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Dear Prof. Kim:

I am writing to you in regards to manuscript # Access-2018-12217 entitled "Multi-Agent Systems based Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks for Physical Internet" which you submitted to IEEE Access.

In view of the criticisms of the reviewer(s) found at the bottom of this letter, your manuscript has not been recommended for publication in IEEE Access. Unfortunately, we will not accept resubmissions of this article.

Thank you for considering IEEE Access for the publication of your research.


Dr. Xijun Wang
Associate Editor, IEEE Access

Reviewer(s)' Comments to Author:

Reviewer: 1

Recommendation: Reject (do not encourage resubmit)

In this work, the authors propose to incorporate the industrial wireless sensor network into physical internet to realize to get complete operational visibility and allow for the best real-time decisions in the logistics processes. The reviewer has some concerns.

1. Some back ground related technologies, such as physical internet, internet of things, industrial wireless sensor networks and agent technologies for industrial wireless sensor networks, has been presented, which are necessary but too lengthy for a technical paper.
2. As the main contributions of this paper, the authors claim that they have proposed two algorithm, one for counting and another for neighbor discovery. However, there are many confusions for the reviewer. First, the counting algorithm looks just like a paging algorithm, i.e., the central controller broadcasts the hello package and other nodes response the controller with ack, which is well studied in available studies for wireless/wired communications. Second, there is also a similar concern for the proposed neighbor discovery algorithm, since this is also a well studied topic for traditional ad-hoc networks. Third, these two algorithms previously have been developed in his theses which has been published in 2017. So, Im not sure whether they can be again incorporated in this paper as the main contribution or not.
3. There are also some clerical errors, e.g., Fig. 7 and Fig. 9.

Additional Questions:
Does the paper contribute to the body of knowledge?: No.

Is the paper technically sound?: No.

Is the subject matter presented in a comprehensive manner?: No.

Are the references provided applicable and sufficient?: Not sure.

Reviewer: 2

Recommendation: Reject (update and resubmit encouraged)

This paper presents a multi-agent system based industrial wireless sensor network to improve the efficiency of the logistics operations. Based on such system, two representative applications are developed to support and facilitate the logistics process in the Physical Internet. The efficiency of the proposed algorithms has been evaluated and proved in simulations. The idea of this work is interesting and this paper is well organized. In my opinion, this paper may be accepted after the following major revisions are considered.

[1] The contributions of this work are not clear. The authors just state the background and the related works, but why these works cannot be applied into the physical Internet directly is also unclear. The authors need to explain and highlight the necessity of this proposed system and according algorithms.
[2] In simulations, the authors only analyze the performance of the algorithm proposed in this paper. In order to make this work convincing, it is necessary to supplement more performance analysis by comparing with other algorithms.
[3] Among all 48 references, only three ones are in the past three years. In order to highlight the innovation of this work, it is better to cite more up-to-date references.
[4] Some sentences are too long to make readers confused, and there are also some typos and grammar errors in this paper.

Additional Questions:
Does the paper contribute to the body of knowledge?: Yes.

Is the paper technically sound?: Yes.

Is the subject matter presented in a comprehensive manner?: Yes.

Are the references provided applicable and sufficient?: No.