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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
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Call For Papers
Each issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC) is devoted to a specific technical topic and thus provides to J-SAC readers a collection of up-to-date papers on that topic. These issues are valuable to the research community and become valuable references. The technical topics covered by J-SAC issues span the entire field of communications and networking. J-SAC publishes only papers that are submitted in response to a Call-for-Papers. These calls are published in J-SAC issues and other publications of the IEEE Communications Society as appropriate to the subject area of the call. Papers submitted for review for possible publication in a J-SAC issue must be submitted to one of the Guest Editors listed in the Call-for-Papers. 

Recent issue themes included:

    Speech and Image Coding.
    Medical Communications.
    HDTV and Digital Video Communications.
    B-ISDN Applications and Economics.
    Wireless Personal Communications.
    Advances in Satellite Communication.
    Fading Channels and Equalization.
    Spread Spectrum.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-16
Special Issues
Special Issue on Wireless Transmission of Information and Power
Submission Date: 2018-03-01

Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) via radio-frequency (RF) radiation has long been regarded as a possibility for energizing low-power devices. It is, however, not until recently that WPT has become recognized as feasible, due to reductions in power requirements of electronics and smart devices. Far-field WPT using RF could be used for long range power delivery to increase user convenience. Recent research advocates that the future of wireless networking goes beyond conventional communication-centric transmission. In the same way that wireless has disrupted mobile communications, wireless will disrupt the delivery of mobile power. However, current wireless networks have been designed for communication purposes only. Moreover the transmissions of energy and information have traditionally been treated separately. Recognizing that radio waves carry both energy and information simultaneously, imagine instead a wireless network where information and energy flow together through the wireless medium. Wireless communication, or Wireless Information Transfer, and WPT would then refer to two extreme strategies, respectively, targeting communication-only and power-only. A unified design of Wireless Information and Power Transmission (WIPT) would on the other hand have the ability to softly evolve in between those two extremes to make the best use of the RF spectrum/radiation and the network infrastructure to communicate and energize. This special issue has the objective of bringing the above vision closer to reality and will provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art technology and theory for WIPT. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including, but not limited to: - WIPT building blocks: wireless energy harvesting and transfer, simultaneous wireless information and power transfer, wirelessly powered (backscatter) communication - Analytical models of wireless energy harvesters for signal, system, and architecture design - Fundamental limits of WIPT and communications and signal design for WIPT - Waveform, beamforming and channel acquisition strategies design for WIPT - WIPT in point-to-point, broadcast, interference, and relay channels - Multi-node coordination/cooperation, network architecture, and protocol design for WIPT - Wireless charging control, energy management, resource allocation, and scheduling for WIPT - WIPT with large-scale multi-antenna/massive MIMO and/or at mmWave frequencies - Safety, security, and economic issues in WIPT - Spectrum sharing and interference management for WIPT - Prototyping and experimentation of WIPT - Application of WIPT in wireless sensor networks, machine-to-machine, device-to-device, Internet-of-Things (IoT), WiFi, cellular networks and 5G
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-11-28
Special Issue on Emerging Technologies in Tactile Internet and Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks
Submission Date: 2018-04-01

Mobile communications networks of today have successfully connected the vast majority of the global population. With this technological advancement, the stage is set for the emergence of two trends: (a) the Tactile Internet, in which ultra-reliable and ultra-responsive network connectivity will enable the real-time control and tactile experiences to remote users, and (b) smart backhaul/fronthaul designs that are integrated and flexible to support the demands of next-generation applications. The Tactile Internet will underpin the internet of skills, which, in turn, will provide a true paradigm shift from content delivery to remote skill-set delivery, thereby introducing a broad range of novel use cases. Due to thechallenging requirements of Tactile Internet applications, many parts of today’s mobile communication systems may have to be radically redesigned, from the silicon level up with new codec design for physical remote interaction through PHY and MAC layer re-designto the overall network architecture and cloud computing solutions. Future networks will evolve from today’s separate and incompatible fronthaul and backhaul into an integrated flexible cross-haul network. The development of smart backhaul/fronthaul solutions for economical and ubiquitous networks will enableultra-low latency, high data-rates and high reliability. Such integrated backhaul and fronthaul networks will meet the global information and communication requirements of future smart and resilient cities and provide ubiquitous connectivity.One of the main considerations the operators are faced with today is how to migrate existing backhaul/fronthaul networks toward an integrated and flexible smart backhauling/fronthauling infrastructure. The purpose of this issue is to provide a synthesized source of recent research results and to serve as a springboard for future work in this two emerging areas: Tactile Internet and Backhaul/Fronthaul. The possible topics include, but are not limited to: 1. Tactile internet - Ultra-responsive network and cloud design solutions for Tactile Internet (e.g. context-aware computing, real-time control feedback, cloud-based mobile architectures, proactive resource management, intelligent, wireless edge) - Mobile and network edge cloud computing, personal clouds & cloudlets - Low-latency and high-reliability physical and MAC layer communication solutions (e.g., wireless waveform design, haptic codec design, resource allocation, framing, feedback mechanisms) - Role of emerging technologies in the tactile internet (e.g., massive MIMO, mmWave, reinforcement/machine learning) - Spectrum considerations - Silicon and hardwaredesigns to support Tactile Internet requirements - Tactile Internet applications 2. Backhaul/fronthaul - Requirements and limitations for backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking (data rate, scalability, latency, cost effectiveness, etc.) - Emerging 5G technologies forsmart backhaul/fronthaul solutions - Spectrum management for backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking - Backhaul/fronthaul deployment and spectrum policy issues
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-11-28
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