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Physical Communication
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PHYCOM: Physical Communication is an international and archival journal providing complete coverage of all topics of interest to those involved in all aspects of physical layer communications. Theoretical research contributions presenting new techniques, concepts or analyses, applied contributions reporting on experiences and experiments, and tutorials are published.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Physical layer issues of Wireless Local Area Networks, WiMAX, Wireless Mesh Networks, Sensor and Ad Hoc Networks, PCS Systems; Radio access protocols and algorithms for the physical layer; Spread Spectrum Communications; Channel Modeling; Detection and Estimation; Modulation and Coding; Multiplexing and Carrier Techniques; Broadband Wireless Communications; Wireless Personal Communications; Multi-user Detection; Signal Separation and Interference rejection: Multimedia Communications over Wireless; DSP Applications to Wireless Systems; Experimental and Prototype Results; Multiple Access Techniques; Space-time Processing; Synchronization Techniques; Error Control Techniques; Cryptography; Software Radios; Tracking; Resource Allocation and Inference Management; Multi-rate and Multi-carrier Communications; Cross layer Design and Optimization; Propagation and Channel Characterization; OFDM Systems; MIMO Systems; Ultra-Wideband Communications; Cognitive Radio System Architectures; Platforms and Hardware Implementations for the Support of Cognitive, Radio Systems; Cognitive Radio Resource Management and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-12-08
Special Issues
Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence for Physical Layer Wireless Communications
Submission Date: 2020-09-30

Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches including Deep Learning (DL), deep reinforcement learning (DRL), transfer learning (TL), federated learning (FL), distributed learning, well known from computer science disciplines, are beginning to emerge in the wireless communications. These AI approaches have been first widely applied to the upper layers of wireless communication systems for various purposes, such as network traffic prediction and routing optimization. These system models and algorithms designed with AI technology greatly improve the performance of communication systems based on traditional methods. Due to the new features of future communications, such as complex scenarios with unknown channel models, high speed and accurate processing requirements, high computational burden, complicate heterogeneous networks, traditional methods are no longer suitable which brings much more potential application of AI. Just as intelligent technology has become a new hotspot in the research of physical layer wireless communications and challenges conventional communication theories. Currently DL-based ‘black-box’ methods show promising performance improvements but have certain limitations, such as lack of solid analytical tools and use of architectures that are specifically designed for communication and implementation research. With the development of DL technology, in addition to the traditional neural network-based data-driven model, the model-driven deep network model and the DRL model which combined DL with reinforcement learning are more suitable for dealing with future complex communication systems. Such as in most cases of wireless resource allocation, there are no definite samples to train the model, hence DRL which trains the model by maximizing the reward associated with different actions can be adopted. Hence, the goal of this Special Issue is to disseminate the latest research and innovations on Artificial Intelligence for Physical Layer Wireless Communications. Review papers on this topic are also welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Fundamental trends and challenges for AI empowered physical layer B5G/6G AI for physical B5G and 6G AI based channel modeling AI based multiuser detection AI based modulation and coding AI for millimeter wave technologies AI based direction-od-arrive estimation AI based modulation signal classification AI based ultra-dense cell communication AI for physical layer heterogeneous networks AI based testbeds and experimental evaluations AI based beamforming in mmWave massive MIMO AI based unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) techniques AI based non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) techniques Other emerging AI based physical communications technologies AI based hybrid precoding in massive MIMO system, mmWave system
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-03-18
Special Issue on Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) and Its Applications in B5G Wireless Communication Networks
Submission Date: 2020-10-30

The fifth generation (5G) wireless communication networks are actively being developed and will be rolled out around 2020, after which we are going to enter the beyond 5G (B5G) wireless communications era. With respect to the development law of wireless communication traffic "1000 times in 10 years", B5G wireless communication networks should achieve greater system capacity (> 1000 times) in terms of data rate (terabits per second) and user density (the internet of things). Yet, they are also expected to provide lower latency, high reliability, better security and more intelligence, etc.. To achieve these requirements, we cannot only rely on a simple technology; in fact, we need to integrate multiple key technologies that include extreme densification of infrastructure, large quantities of new bandwidth, and a larger number of antennas, etc., just tp mention a few. This renders traditional signal processing and methods not applicable for B5G communication networks. Therefore, there is great immediacy to develop advanced signal processing techniques, methods and algorithms to characterize the performance of B5G networks. Moreover, faced with the coming B5G era, the intelligence applications, such as autonomous driving, smart cities and telehealth, that require lower latency and high reliability should be also fully explored, The objective of this special issue is to solicit relevant contributions from both academia and industry, to motivate discussions on advanced signal processing theories and methods for B5G wireless communication networks, which span array signal processing, wireless signal transmission, information processing, practical applications and realistic scenarios, etc.. Both theoretical contributions and application validations are welcomed. Potential topics include but are not limited to: l New architectures for B5G communication with ASP l New waveforms and coding for B5G communication with ASP l Intelligence applications to B5G communication with ASP l Resource allocation and management schemes for B5G communication with ASP l Mobile edge computing for B5G communication with ASP l Cloud computing and big data for B5G communication with ASP l Higher frequency band (millimeter wave, and terahertz) operation for B5G communication with ASP l Satellite, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and ocean communications for B5G communication with ASP l Smart antenna and array antenna design for B5G communication with ASP l Data reliability, privacy and security for B5G communication with ASP l Network infrastructure, backhaul & core network issues for B5G communication with ASP l Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communications for B5G communication with ASP l Energy harvesting, storage, and recycling for B5G communication with ASP l New applications and scenarios of B5G communication with ASP l Other emerging techniques for B5G communication with ASP
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-12-08
Special Issue on Beyond 5G Wireless Networks: Convergence of Intelligent Sensing, Communication, Computing, and Control
Submission Date: 2021-06-30

While the fifth generation (5G) of wireless networks is being deployed, both industry and academia have started to look beyond the 5G, with the aim to increase the networks’ capabilities to serve a massive amount of diversified mobile applications, especially those supported by artificial intelligence, such as intelligent industry and self-driving vehicles. The performance of such application depends on the trade-off between a trade-off among computational accuracy, latency, and efficient use of available resources. From this perspective, the wireless networks beyond the 5G are envisioned to significantly extend wireless network depth from single information transmission to information transmission, storage, and processing, which will maximize the overall performance and quality of experience for various services and applications. Therefore, the convergence of intelligent wireless sensing, communication, computing, caching, and control becomes of paramount importance. Moreover, the designed techniques and protocols should be flexible enough to meet the requirements of different verticals, e.g., in terms of connectivity, latency, security, energy efficiency, and reliability. This special issue will provide a forum for the latest research and innovations in the wireless networks beyond 5G with the main focus being on their cross-layer design and optimization, while it aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including, but not limited to: Joint communication, computing, and storage resources allocation Computation oriented communications Artificial intelligence for the convergence of communications, storage, and computing resources Distributed artificial intelligence and federated learning in wireless networks Wireless data offloading Energy efficient scheduling for Internet-of-Things applications Low-latency in wireless networked control systems Multiple access protocols in systems with distributed computing resources Cloud and fog computing based radio access networks Wireless caching Cross-layer based security management Wireless networks with multidimensional radio access and backhaul technologies Optimization of communication, storage, and computing resources in hybrid terrestrial-aerial networks Optimization of computing and storage resources for energy harvesting systems (e.g., with wireless power transfer) Novel architectures and designs for end-to-end optimal performance Multi-layer network slicing
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-08-30
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