Energy Efficient Wireless Communications with Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2017

Submission Deadline: 15 September 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Energy Efficient Wireless Communications with Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer.

With technological advancements, future wireless communications networks are expected to incorporate densely deployed base stations serving tens of billions of low-power wireless devices, in order to enable the emerging Internet-of-things (IoT) applications. However, this leads to a dramatic increase in energy cost at the wireless networks, and makes it a difficult task to efficiently power massive wireless devices. Therefore, how to reduce the energy cost at the network side and how to provide sustainable energy supply at the wireless device side become two increasingly important issues for the success of IoT. Recently, energy harvesting (EH) from ambient sources (e.g., solar and wind) and dedicated wireless power transfer via radio frequency (RF) signals have emerged as appealing solutions to power base stations and low-power wireless devices. Such techniques have several promising advantages over the traditional grid/battery-powered systems, such as improved energy efficiency, reduced energy and maintenance costs, prolonged lifetime, and even perpetual and uninterrupted operations. Hence, EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications have attracted significant interests recently from both academia and industry.

Different from the conventional fixed and stable energy supplies, such as the grid and the battery, the EH from ambient sources is usually random and intermittent with time-varying energy arrival rate. On the other hand, the end-to-end power transfer efficiency of wireless power transfer is rather limited due to the severe path-loss and fading of wireless channels. Therefore, the integration of these new energy techniques brings new challenges and opportunities in wireless communications networks, and calls for a paradigm shift on joint energy and information management, by taking into account the unique characteristics of ambient energy sources and wireless power transfer. As a result, numerous new research problems need to be addressed from multiple technique aspects across communication theory, information theory, circuit theory, signal processing, and optimization.

This Special Section in IEEE Access will focus on various theoretical and practical design issues for EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications, aiming at bringing together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the related areas to share their new ideas, latest findings, and state-of-the-art results. Comprehensive surveys and original technical contributions, which are not published previously and not under review by another journal currently, are solicited in the relevant topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Trends and challenges for EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications
  • Cognitive radio networks with EH and wireless power transfer
  • Relay channels with EH and wireless power transfer
  • Mobile edge networks with EH and wireless power transfer
  • Multi-antenna EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications
  • Full-duplex EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications
  • Security issues in EH wireless communications and wireless powered communications
  • Offline and online power allocation in EH wireless communications
  • Joint energy and communication cooperation
  • Communications and signals design for wireless power transfer
  • Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)
  • Wireless powered communication networks
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) with SWIPT

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Associate Editor: Jie Xu, Guangdong University of Technology, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College London, UK
  2. Zhiguo Ding, Lancaster University, UK
  3. Xin Wang, Fudan University, China
  4. Yong Zeng, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security
  2. Energy Harvesting and Scavenging: Technologies, Algorithms, and Communication Protocols
  3. Resource Management in Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks: Energy Management, Communication Protocol and Future Applications


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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