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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 Airborne Communication  Networks
Submission Date: 2018-01-01

Recent advances in sensor and communication technologies have witnessed an unprecedented application increase of the airborne communication networks in both military and civilian fields. Airborne communication networks are engineered to utilize spacecrafts and/or aircrafts, which are equipped with various types of transceivers and sensors, to build seamless communication access platforms. These spacecrafts and aircrafts include satellites, airships, airplanes, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), and high/medium/low-altitude platforms (HAPs/MAPs/LAPs). Compared to terrestrial wireless networks, airborne communication networks have many distinctive features such as high dynamic network topologies and weakly connected communication links. Therefore, many standards, protocols, and design methodologies used in terrestrial wireless networks are not directly applicable to airborne communication networks. To address this, new techniques suitable for airborne communication networks need to be developed. This special issue solicits papers that address the following topics (but not limited to): - UAV communication - Heterogeneous airborne communication network - QoS and performance for airborne communication networks - Resource allocation for heterogeneous airborne networks - Dynamic networking and reconstruction of UAV communication network - Connectivity and robustness design and analysis of airborne communication networks - Coding, modulation and synchronization schemes for airborne communication networks - Satellite-aided UAV communication - Seamless integration of UAVs, near-space, and satellites networks
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-11-28
Special Issue on Scalability Issues and Solutions for Software Defined Networks
Submission Date: 2018-02-01

Originally proposed in academia, Software Defined Networking (SDN) has already had a far-reaching impact on industry. Today, SDN is deployed in a wide range of contexts: e.g., in enterprise and campus networks, in datacenter networks, in wide-area networks (see e.g., Google B4) as well as in Internet Exchange Points. Despite this large spectrum of deployments, today's SDNs have in common that they are of small scale, e.g., limited to a small network or to a single administrative domain. The next major challenge thus resides in scaling SDNs up. The scope of this special issue is research addressing the challenge of deploying SDN at scale. Large-scale SDNs may span thousands of switches and routers, for a network that may span large geographic areas and carry millions of flows. Such scenarios require highly scalable control and management planes as well as applications to handle the large amount of control traffic. In addition to the control plane and SDN applications, the data plane must also be scalable. Finally, for cost reasons and to gain confidence in the new technology, software-defined networks should be deployable incrementally. In this special issue, we are seeking novel approaches and unpublished work related to scalability issues and solutions for SDN. In particular, we would like to focus on recent developments in protocols, application design, and architecture specification for achieving scalability in SDN. We solicit experimental, conceptual, and theoretical contributions on the following topics related to scalability issues in Software-Defined Networks (SDNs): Experiences with scalability issues in existing SDN deployments in various contexts such as: - Datacenter networks, enterprise networks, wide-area networks, IXPs, wireless networks, etc. - Experimental approaches for addressing scalability issues in SDNs Scalability and performance issues related to: - (Distributed) SDN control planes - Management planes for SDNs - Data planes and virtual switches - SDN applications and algorithms (e.g., traffic engineering) Scalable (datacenter) network virtualization based on SDNs - Foundations and approaches for dynamic scale-out and scale-in of SDNs, both horizontal and vertical - Incremental SDN deployment - Scalability using SDN offloading - Scalable programming languages for SDNs - Scalable switch architectures and programmable pipelines (NetFPGA, P4, etc.) - Scalable security with SDN
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-11-28
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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