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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 2021-03-14
Special Issues
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
Special Issue on Architecture, protocols and management of indoor wireless communications
Submission Date: 2021-07-30

The emergence of new wireless communication technologies represents a global revolution that is changing the way we interact with and learn about our environment. Effective low-cost wireless communication started an era of highly connected societies and serves as a strong driver of business innovation. The implementation and adoption of wireless-enabled technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) faces a wide range of barriers, from physical network architectures to data analytics. One of the current challenges is to design novel approaches for integrating, operating and managing large-scale indoor wireless networks (i-wireless). Network management and control solutions are fundamental wireless communication requirements to manage their complexity, provide scalability, preserve user’s privacy and guarantee usability. This special issue focuses on i-wireless communications because this sector makes up for more than a half of the total IoT market value. Moreover, most of the grand technical challenges hindering effective operation of wireless systems are mainly found in indoor deployments, including: 1) interoperability, where devices coming from different vendors need to interoperate to achieve common goals; 2) set-up and management: i-wireless network systems are often managed by IT novice users (owners of the system), thus systems must be able to self-recover from failures quickly and cost-effectively; 3) spectrum sharing: i-wireless communications are commonly characterised by Low Power Local Area Networking (LPLAN) technologies, which operate in the overcrowded 2.4GHz unlicensed band making it challenging to achieve reliable short-range communications in high levels of interference. 4) integration with LPWAN: IoT in open scenarios uses technologies like SIGFOX and LoRaWAN to collect and forward data, Integration of LPLAN with LPWAN would allow for wider and more global solutions. This special issue focuses on wireless communication technologies that support large-scale applications, with special emphasis on narrowband technologies suitable for massive connectivity of low-cost devices. The main objectives address 3 main research directions: i) channel characterization and modelling of i-wireless; ii) seamless network-level convergence through new light-weight, innovative cross-layer protocols for resource management and performance optimisation; iii) Predictive analysis for managed threat and anomaly detection. This call is open to other related areas, like interoperability, energy efficiency, coverage, security and availability of the i-wireless networks. This Special Issue is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research addressing the various fundamental communication challenges related to indoor wireless communication technologies to cover IoT or Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). It particularly focuses on solutions that use Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, channel adaptability amongst others for enhancing wireless communications in indoor environments. It also solicits contributions on the security designs from the viewpoints of optimisation and signal processing. Topics of interest include the following: Signal processing techniques for secrecy in multi-antenna wireless systems Antenna/node selection and cooperation Resource allocation Traffic offloading Communication protocols, technologies, and security for large-scale networks Network architectures for adaptive network operation and management Data analytics and data driven business model for indoor wireless communications Distributed detection, estimation and inference in large-scale i-wireless network operation and management i-wireless communication/radio simulation tools Bluetooth Mesh networks and 6BLEMesh networks Predictive ML analytics and other security intelligence processes Indoor device localization and tracking in high-density IEEE 802.11ah networks Cross-layer operability at lower network levels, i.e., physical and datalink layers Network security, management and performance through network control signaling LPLAN, LPWAN interoperability Important Dates Manuscript submission deadline: July 30, 2021 Notification of acceptance: Nov. 30, 2021 Submission of final revised paper: Feb. 28 2022 Publication of special issue (tentative): May 30, 2022 Guest Editors Mohammad Hammoudeh, Manchester Metropolitan University, Pietro Manzoni, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, Bamidele Adebisi, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dejan Vukobratovic, University of Novi Sad,
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-03-14
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