Fairness in Futuristic Wireless Networks: Applications, Implementation, Issues, and Opportunities

Submission Deadline: 15 January 2018

Submission Deadline: 15 January 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Fairness in Futuristic Wireless Networks: Applications, Implementation, Issues, and Opportunities.

When thinking about the equity or equivalence in the operations and management of wireless networks, the key parameter need to be considered is fairness. Fairness is to provide an unbiased working environment for the distribution, sharing, allocation, and supply of resources among the devices of the system. From traditional to emerging wireless networks, fairness plays an important role at every layer of communication. Fairness maintains balance and stability between the operations of communication systems and thus improves the performance of wireless networks. Fairness is a key factor to achieve the optimal results for the parameters like throughput, Quality of Service (QoS), Spectrum utilization, Power, and Resource Management in wireless network.

The modern era of communication systems has introduced promising wireless technologies and concepts. These emerging technologies have evolved the concept of futuristic wireless networks. For the smooth operation and performance of these networks, a key factor is to establish fairness among the devices of these networks. Fairness impact the capabilities of these wireless network by controlling and managing key parameters of bandwidth, spectrum sensing, channel selection, resource sharing, and task scheduling.

The main focus of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to highlight the research on the issues related to spectrum, channel & resource management and cross layers communication in wireless communications. This Special Section will cover the topics related to the role of fairness in performance analysis, resource management and its application in futuristic networks. It also covers the solutions and algorithms of resource scheduling and offloading techniques which provide sustainability to the networks.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Fairness in Spectrum Management and Resource Sharing of Networks:
    • Fair Spectrum management Techniques in IoT environments.
    • Fairness in Spectrum sharing in Cognitive Radio Network (CRN).
    • Resource sharing fairness in Cloud Computing.
    • Managing energy resources in fair environment for Smart Grids.
    • Fairness in Channel management for Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Role of Fairness in Performance Analysis of Futuristic Networks:
    • Impact of Fairness on QoS in IoT operations.
    • Protocols under Fair strategies in Cognitive Radio Network (CRN).
    • Energy management in Smart Grid under fair strategies.
    • Role of Fairness for secure communication in vehicular environments.
    • Performance analysis under fair routing strategies in Software Define Networks (SDN).
  • Issues and opportunities for Fairness in Futuristic Wireless Network:
    • Fairness models for IoT implementations across different domains of life.
    • Fairness in IoV and UAV implementations for Intelligent Transport Systems.
    • Managing Smart Grid operations with fairness.
    • Fairness in SDN implementation and operations.
    • Role of fairness in CRNs based operations for smart cities.

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Associate Editor: Tariq Umer, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

Guest Editors:

  1. Mubashir Husain Rehmani, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
  2. Qiang Ni, Lancaster University, U.K.
  3. Samee U. Khan, , North Dakota State University, U.S.A.
  4. Waleed Ejaz, Ryerson University, Canada


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Modelling, Analysis, and Design of 5G Ultra-Dense Networks
  2. Advances in Interference Mitigation Techniques for Device-to-Device Communications
  3. Convergence of Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing, and Big Data in Industrial Internet of Things

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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

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