Submission Deadline: 15 February 2018
IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Survivability Strategies for Emerging Wireless Networks.
Recent developments in mobile and wireless networks have paved the way to become the fabric of society and economy. The ever-increasing penetration rate of mobile telephony and wireless broadband data access, and the ubiquity of WiFi are just a few examples of the phenomenon. While multi-hop wireless networks (e.g., WiMax, LTE-A, ad hoc, sensor and mesh networks) offer many advantages such as enhanced capacity, extended communication range, deployment and operational flexibility, they usually lack provisioning for network robustness. For example, in networks with battery-powered routers, the depletion of battery power may lead to router failures that may interrupt the network information flow and reduce network connectivity. Moreover, the wireless communication medium itself is prone to various types of interference and impairments, hence causing a wireless link status to dynamically change according to the channel conditions, and possibly resulting in wireless links becoming intermittently unavailable. Besides interference and impairments, harsh surrounding environments and severe weather conditions may damage either nodes or antennas if the network is deployed outdoors as in the case of WMNs, WiMax and LTE-Advanced networks. Wireless network devices, such as base stations (BSs), relay nodes (RNs), mesh routers, and antennas, are also subject to failures through accidents, disasters, and component failures, attacks, and possibly vandalism.
These failures may have drastic effects on the users of such networks. For example, in WiMax networks, which are used to provide broadband network access to users, wireless link failures due to impairments or node failures, such as base station (BS) or relay station (RS) failures, or the failure of antennas, can disconnect users from the network. The effects of these failures can be more severe if they affect the connectivity of business users who depend on broadband wireless access to run their businesses. These problems emphasize the need for mechanisms to enhance the network survivability and availability and to sustain the flow of information in the case of failures or attacks. Network failures may cause drastic effects on network performance and hinder network operation. The capability of a network to deliver data successfully in a timely manner and continue its services despite the presence of failures and attacks is referred to as survivability and is an important characteristic which must be provisioned.
The aim of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to collect high quality research articles that articulate recent advancements in this domain, highlight open research issues and challenges, and indicate future directions. This Special Section is expected to report on recent research and spark novel research on the wireless networks design, architecture, algorithms, and protocols for existing and prospective applications. Visionary, work-in-progress, and unpublished original research and survey articles are solicited on survivability, safety, and security aspects of wireless networks.
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Associate Editor: Muhammad Imran, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
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