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IEEE Communications Magazine
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IEEE Communications Magazine covers all areas of communications such as lightwave telecommunications, high-speed data communications, personal communications systems (PCS), ISDN, and more. It includes special feature technical articles and monthly departments: book reviews, conferences, short courses, standards, governmental regulations and legislation, new products, and Society news such as administration and elections.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-04-08
Special Issues
Special Issue on E-work and Remote Collaboration: Current Technologies and Future Directions
Submission Date: 2022-07-01

During the last two years of COVID-19 pandemic the importance of e-work and remote collaboration systems as key contributors to the technological and economic progress of many industries has become more and more clear. Countries and companies that were able to rapidly adapt to the changes in work settings and dynamics brought about by the pandemic were able to significantly limit the economic impact of the pandemic in those fields that don’t require physical presence. Key enablers of this rapid adaptation can be grouped into two main technology areas: a reliable, flexible network infrastructure able to accommodate sudden changes in volume and types of traffic, and the availability of efficient, easy to use and secure remote collaboration platforms. We believe this is an important time to look back at how technology responded to these sudden changes and understand what worked, and what were the main challenges. The scope of this work is two-fold: first and foremost, to present the most promising solutions and key enabling technologies for remote collaboration, and second, to address the shortcoming of currently available technologies in order to establish a clear path forward for remote collaboration systems, based on the experience gained during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Feature Topic (FT) aims at bringing together researchers and industry practitioners to present the issues and challenges encountered as a result of the sudden switch to remote working style brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to present a multifaceted analysis and retrospective on what worked well and what didn’t with the currently available remote collaboration tools, and the network infrastructure required to support them. Perspective authors are invited to submit articles including but not limited to the following topic: - Research and development in remote collaborations platforms - Challenges of current collaboration platforms - Networking protocols and systems for large-scale remote collaboration - Effect of e-work on productivity and OpEx - Autonomic networking systems - Network traffic modeling - Augmented reality - Online security
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-05-15
Special Issue on Machine Learning-enabled Zero Touch Networks
Submission Date: 2022-07-01

With the continued growth of IoT devices and their deployment, manually managing and connecting them is impractical and presents multiple challenges. To that end, Zero Touch Networks that rely on software-based modules instead of dedicated propriety hardware become a viable potential solution. The overall aim of zero-touch networks is for machines to learn how to become more autonomous so that we can delegate complex, mundane tasks to them. Thus, Zero Touch Networks are able to monitor networks and services and act on faults with minimal (if any) human intervention, including in the early detection of emerging problems, autonomous learning, autonomous remediation, decision making, and support of various optimization objectives. As a result, Zero Touch Networks are able to offer self-serving, self-fulfilling, and self-assuring operations. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) technologies have continued to develop and evolve in recent years in parallel with the advancement of ICT technologies. AI/ML/DL are viewed as foundational pillars for Zero Touch Networks. This is because they allow systems to be more autonomous and efficient. Moreover, they simultaneously help reduce human intervention. Having systems that are automated, intelligent, flexible, scalable, easily configurable, dynamic, secure, and privacy-preserving is “extremely” desired. Given that Zero Touch Networks are considered to be in their infancy at this stage, it is expected that they will develop from merely detecting anomalies to being able to fully heal without the need for human intervention. To achieve this, AI/ML/DL technologies will be vital as part of the transformation from traditional to automated and intelligent network and service management. As a result, by integrating these technologies, efficient network management that is automated and considered to be intelligent can be achieved. This Feature Topic (FT) aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the related areas of Zero-Touch Networks. Prospective authors are invited to submit articles on topics including, but not limited to: - AI/ML/DL for Zero Touch Networks - Big Data Analytics for Zero Touch Networks - Federated Learning for Zero Touch Networks - Reinforcement learning for Zero Touch Networks - Data-driven Service Monitoring for Zero Touch Networks - ML-enabled Channel Estimation and Network Behavior Analysis of Zero Touch networks - ML-aided Traffic Prediction and Classification in Zero Touch Networks - ML-aided congestion control in Zero Touch Networks - ML-supported Dynamic Resource Allocation Techniques for Zero Touch Networks - ML-aided Network Slicing & Orchestration of Zero Touch Networks - ML-based Energy Efficient Zero Touch Networks - ML-based intrusion detection and security frameworks for Zero Touch Networks Submission Guidelines Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the Information for Authors section of the Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Please, check these guidelines carefully before submitting since submissions not complying with them will be administratively rejected without review. All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through Manuscript Central. Select the “Machine Learning-enabled Zero Touch Networks” topic from the drop-down menu of Topic/Series titles. Please observe the dates specified here below noting that there will be no extension of submission deadline. Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 July 2022 Decision Notification: 15 November 2022 Final Manuscript Due: 1 December 2022 Tentative Publication Date: February 2023
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-05-15
Special Issue on Channel Modeling and Signal Processing for Terahertz Communications
Submission Date: 2022-08-01

Looking to 2030 and beyond, revolutionary enhancement of data transmission rates in sixth generation (6G) and beyond systems are required to meet the challenge of increasing communication traffic due to the massive exchange of information. Development of technologies and systems enabling Terabit-per-second (Tbps) wireless communications need to support long term exponential capacity increase of mobile communication networks. Among the available frequency bands, the Terahertz (0.1-10 THz) band has been identified as the most promising one to address the spectrum scarcity and capacity limitations of current wireless systems (though millimetre-wave communications have been officially adopted in recent 5G cellular systems). Furthermore, the unique properties of THz wave propagation enable novel sensing and localization capabilities. Since wireless channels are the foundation for designing a wireless communication system in the new spectrum and new environments, it is imperative to study the THz radio propagation channels for 6G future wireless communications. This Feature Topic (FT) aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the channel modeling and signal processing for terahertz communications, sensing and localization to share their new ideas, latest findings, and state-of- the-art results. Prospective authors are invited to submit articles on topics including, but not limited to: - Propagation mechanisms and characteristics at the THz band - Wireless channel measurement, simulation and modeling for THz communications - Resource allocation, waveform design, and modulation for THz communications - THz localization with a millimeter-level resolution - Innovative THz signal-processing methods to support efficient joint THz communications, sensing and localization - Evaluation metric system at the THz band - System-level design of THz systems - Sub-millimeter wave, and THz communications enabling applications of 5G and B5G wireless systems in vertical industries - Novel 6G applications enabled by THz communications, sensing and localization
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-05-15
Special Issue on Integrating Sensing into Communications in Multi-functional Networks
Submission Date: 2022-08-01

The future network is not only an improvement or extension of existing communication technology but also a great paradigm revolution, is envisioned as the new engine of the future intelligent world. It is expected that the functionality of sensing becomes a basic service, which helps to construct an intelligent environment. Driven by the miniaturization of microwave components and advances of modern signal processing, wireless sensors are deployed, which are sensitive and responsive to the objective alterations within the surrounded environments. Though contactless sensors embedded in the environment can fulfil such raising demands, a more efficient solution is integrating wireless sensing functionality into commercial communication devices, in terms of same hardware, same spectrum, and even unified waveform. Thus, understanding wireless sensing capability provides a natural opportunity to pursue the integration and coordination gains, making sensing and communication co-design a strong desire in the future mobile computing devices. Following this trend, the sensing and communication layers in traditional IoT devices are changing from separation to integration. This offers exciting opportunities of providing wireless sensing as a basic service to the surrounding civilians, achieving mutual benefits, shedding light on the dark space that cannot be sensed by optical cameras, and eventually building all-weather day-and-night ambient intelligence. Jointly envisioned by next-generation communication standards (6G and Wi-Fi 7), recent studies have suggested various new key enablers that span all aspects of wireless and mobile computing technologies, ranging from advanced beamforming methods, new networking and protocols, novel system architectures, more powerful computing, and recognition algorithms. This Feature Topic (FT) aims to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the related areas to share their new ideas, latest findings, and state-of- the-art results. Prospective authors are invited to submit articles on topics including, but not limited to: - Future multi-functional network architecture - Human activity recognition based on wireless signals - Unified/Integrated waveform for communications and sensing - Transceiver architecture for ISAC - Security and privacy issues for ISAC - Spectrum analysis of communications and sensing - Interference management techniques of ISAC - ISAC-enabled space-air-ground integrated networks - ISAC based biomedical information extraction and eHealth - Integrated sensing, communication, and computing - Experimental demonstrations and prototypes
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-05-15
Special Issue on The Evolution of Telecom Business, Economy, Policies and Regulations
Submission Date: 2022-08-01

From the late 1970’s onward, the global telecommunication industry has gone through several waves of regulatory and technological changes. Today, the very definition of telecommunication has changed. First, the traffic is no longer confined to voice and limited data services, but has become a fundamental pillar of the digital transformation that is affecting all aspects of our contemporary life. Second, the boundary line between telecommunication and information technology is becoming blurred. Third, the parties that offer products and services for consumers, businesses and industrial users operate under different regulatory regimes, ranging from strict regulations to no regulations at all. Fourth, the merging of the physical and virtual worlds through immersive technologies, open new social, cultural and business dimensions. Finally, the post-covid environment has opened new avenues for virtual workplaces (E-work). This overall transformation is affecting the human experience, whether individual or collectively, in unprecedented ways. In this environment, network operators, component/system suppliers, but also regulators, business analysts and social scientists as well as philosopher are looking at ways to understand the evolving world in terms of models, economic systems, and policies. Traditionally, the focus of papers published in the IEEE Communications Magazine has been mostly on the technical aspects, but there is an increasing awareness of the interplay between technologies and designs on one hand and societal, economic, and regulatory factors on the other. Telecommunication specialists may have tended to relegate these latter factors to others. This has led them to operate in an environment to the definition of which they do not contribute, beside new technical features or products. It is high time for engineers and technologists to be involved in the non-technical aspects of their industry in the 21st century. The purpose of this Feature Topic (FT) is to expand the engineering horizon in this regard. Thus, this FT solicits articles that explore the myriads of issues concerning future telecommunication business models, corporate strategies, innovations in financing and economics, and policy and regulatory matters. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: - The telecommunication industry’s evolution in terms of future technologies and social environment (e-work, virtual workplace, etc.). - Near-future services and products from the operator, vendor, customer and regulator’s perspectives. - Strategies for the deployment of new technologies (6G, virtualization, etc.). - Impact of immersive technologies: extended realities (XR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR). - Impact of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and distributed ledger technology on security, trust management, and privacy protection. - Effect of new business models and corporate strategies on research and development in the telecommunication industry. - Competition (intra-industry and with new entrants), vertical integration and regulatory impact. - Telecom finances, e.g. return on capital expenses, debt, and funding. - Telecommunications policy and the evolution of regulatory frameworks. - Managing innovations in telecommunication products and services. - Telecommunications and entrepreneurship.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-05-15
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