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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)
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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 2021-05-02
Special Issues
Special Issue on Integrated Sensing and Communication
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Spectrum scarcity and the bandwidth requirements of key emerging applications require we re-examine spectral and signaling resource consumption in co-resident sensing and communication systems. Conventionally, most commercial communication systems are accommodated in the sub-6 GHz band and expected to achieve harmonious coexistence with a variety of existing sensing systems such as radars for air traffic control (ATC), weather observation, geophysical monitoring and surveillance for defense and security. More recently, larger swaths of mmWave spectrum have been made accessible for 5G deployment. Unfortunately, this further leads to increased congestion of the frequency spectrum where existing radar and other sensing systems reside. So, as a step beyond simply sharing the spectrum, the co- design of sensing and communication functionalities seems prudent. Such an approach allows considerable gains in terms of spectral, energy, hardware and cost efficiency. This type of research, normally referred to as integrated sensing and communication (ISAC), is a paradigm change where the previously competing sensing and communication operations can be jointly optimized via the shared use of a single hardware platform and a joint signal processing framework. It is noteworthy that these ideas have already been applied to a number of novel applications including vehicular networks, indoor positioning and covert communications. In addition to academic research, industrial effort on ISAC is also well-underway. In particular, ISAC has been recognized as an emerging technology towards 5.5G, 6G, and the next- generation WLAN standards. This special issue seeks to bring together contributions from researchers and practitioners in the area of wireless communications and signal processing, with an emphasis on new approaches and techniques for ISAC designs. We solicit high-quality original research papers on topics including, but not limited to: - Fundamental information theoretical limits for ISAC - Network architectures and transmission protocols for ISAC - Waveform/sequence/coding/modulation/beamforming design for ISAC - MIMO, massive MIMO, and intelligent reflecting surface (IRS) for ISAC - Millimeter wave and THz ISAC - Security and privacy issues in ISAC - ISAC design in vehicular-to-everything (V2X) networks - ISAC design in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks - Machine learning/AI enhanced ISAC - Radar and communication coexistence/spectrum sharing - Passive sensing using communication waveforms - Wi-Fi sensing for indoor positioning and target detection - Radar-assisted low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) communications - System-level simulation, prototyping, and field-tests for ISAC
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-06-11
Special Issue on Next Generation Multiple Access
Submission Date: 2021-08-01

Mobile applications are expected to continue their current exponential growth in next generation wireless networks due to the explosive growth of the Internet-of-Things. Future heterogeneous services and applications, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), holographic telepresence, industry 4.0, and robotics require the provisioning of unprecedented massive user access, heterogeneous data traffic, high bandwidth efficiency, and low latency services in next generation wireless networks. Therefore, the aforementioned services and applications will have to be supported by novel next generation multiple access (NGMA) schemes. NGMA has to accommodate multiple users in the allotted resource blocks, such as time slots, frequency bands, spreading codes, and power levels, in the most effective manner possible. To accomplish this, NGMA schemes have to go beyond merely combining existing schemes and incorporate novel concepts. NGMA schemes are expected to achieve higher bandwidth efficiency and higher connectivity compared with conventional multiple access schemes. Furthermore, NGMA has to facilitate efficient random access for delay-sensitive Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as industry 4.0 and robotics. Moreover, recent advances in machine learning and big data provide promising approaches to tackle new challenges in NGMA and to make NGMA more intelligent. However, realizing the full potential of NGMA in practical communication scenarios is challenging, and there are still many important open research problems. This special issue (SI) seeks to explore NGMA schemes and invites novel contributions from researchers and practitioners. This SI aims to provide a forum for the latest NGMA research, innovations, and applications for next generation wireless networks, in order to bridge the gap between theory and applications. We solicit high-quality original research papers on topics including, but not limited to: - Fundamental limits and performance analysis of NGMA - Advanced channel coding and modulation for NGMA - Resource allocation and mobility management for NGMA - NGMA for ultra-reliable low-latency communication - Massive multiple access schemes for future IoT - Machine learning and big data aided NGMA - Multiple-input multiple-output assisted NGMA - Interplay between reconfigurable intelligent surfaces and NGMA - Physical layer security for NGMA - NGMA for integrated terrestrial and aerial 6G networks - NGMA for robotic communications - Grant free and semi-grant free multiple access - NGMA for terahertz and millimeter-wave communications - Hardware implementation challenges of NGMA
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-06-11
Special Issue on Antenna Array Enabled Space/Air/Ground Communications and Networking
Submission Date: 2021-09-01

With the rapid development of electronic and information technologies, Internet of Everything (IoE) has become one of the trendiest topics in both academia and industry. Therein, many types of space/air/ground platforms need to be connected to networks for breaking down the isolation of information islands and providing various services. Space/air/ground platforms, such as satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), airships, balloons, terrestrial vehicles, and high-speed train have emerged for accomplishing various complex tasks. Wireless communication is one of the most important technologies to support real-time delivery of the control commands and mission-related data. On the other hand, the space-air-ground integrated network has become a promising paradigm for the six-generation (6G) mobile communication network, where the aerospace and terrestrial vehicles may need to connect to existing mobile cellular networks or act as base stations or relays to assist terrestrial wireless communications. To meet the ever increasing demands of high capacity, wide coverage, low latency, and strong robustness for communications, it is promising to adopt large-scale antenna arrays at the transceivers to obtain considerable array gains and improve the channel quality. Antenna array enabled beamforming technologies can facilitate spectrum reuse, interference mitigation, coverage enhancement, and physical-layer security. Antenna arrays can also be used to promote the sensing capability of space/air/ground networks, where the sensing information may be carefully processed to assist communications. This Special Issue aims to focus on the theoretical analysis and practical design for antenna array enabled space/air/ground communications and networking. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including but not limited to: - Theoretical analysis of multi-antenna communication - Design of antenna array for space/air/ground platforms - Antenna array enabled sensing technologies - Channel propagation modeling and measurements - Channel estimation for space/air/ground communications - Enhanced codebook design for space/air/ground communications - Beam alignment and tracking - Robust and self-adaptive beamforming - Distributed beamforming for space/air/ground platforms - 3D beamforming and 3D placement for space/air/ground platforms - Flexible beam coverage for space/air/ground platforms - Joint beamforming and path planning - Interference management and mitigation - Secure communication enabled by antenna arrays - Network architecture and protocol design - Antenna array enabled aerial mesh network - Antenna array enabled vehicle communications and networking - Antenna array for high-speed train communications - Enhanced access and backbone links assisted by antenna array - Multi-antenna multiple access design - Active and passive beamforming design
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2021-06-11
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