Advances in Channel Coding for 5G and Beyond

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Advances in Channel Coding for 5G and Beyond.

In 1948, Shannon introduced the concept of channel capacity and proved the existence of error-correction codes (ECCs) that can realize reliable communication at any rate lower than the capacity. In the following 45 years, many researchers have endeavored to search for capacity-approaching ECCs, but obtained slow progress. Following the remarkable success of turbo codes in 1993, low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes were rediscovered. Since then, capacity-approaching ECCs have attracted more and more attention because it can significantly improve the performance of a myriad of communication systems, such as wireless communication systems, deep-space communication systems, optical communication systems, underwater acoustic communication systems, and data storage systems.

Compared with turbo codes, LDPC codes can achieve better performance and faster decoding. As such, LDPC codes have attracted growing interests in both academia and industry. Furthermore, many meritorious variants of LDPC codes, such as protograph LDPC codes and spatially coupled LDPC codes, were developed in the past decade.

In parallel with the advances in LDPC-based codes, some other capacity-approaching coding methodologies were conceived. In particular, as the first constructive codes achieving the capacity, Polar codes outperform LDPC codes in certain cases and represent an emerging class of ECCs for future wireless communications. Meanwhile, another powerful class of ECCs, called rateless codes (e.g., Luby transform (LT) codes and Raptor codes), was also extensively investigated. In practical applications, rateless codes are very suitable for scenarios where the channel state information (CSI) is unavailable at the transmitter terminal.

Recently, LDPC codes have been selected for the Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) data channels for 5G New Radio, while Polar codes have been chosen for the corresponding control channel. Beyond any doubt, LDPC codes, Polar codes, and their variants will find more deployment in many other applications and will be included in other new standards in the future. Nevertheless, the design of such codes for the next-generation wireless communication systems is still in its infancy. There are a range of open issues waiting to be addressed.

This Special Section in IEEE Access will focus on the theoretical and practical design issues of ECCs for 5G and beyond. Our aim is to bring together researchers, industry practitioners, and individuals working on the related areas to share their new ideas, latest findings, and state-of-the-art achievements with others. Both comprehensive surveys and original technical contributions are welcome.

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

  • LDPC codes
  • Polar codes
  • Rateless codes and their variants
  • Development trends and challenges for turbo codes
  • LDPC convolutional codes and spatially-coupled (SC) LDPC codes
  • Protograph codes and their variants
  • Algebraic constructions of low-density graph codes
  • Codes on factor graphs
  • Density evolution (DE) and extrinsic-information-transfer (EXIT) chart techniques
  • Minimum distance or weight distribution analysis for capacity-approaching codes
  • Finite-length analytical methodologies
  • Iterative decoding and turbo-like detection algorithms
  • Low-complexity LDPC/Polar codes and their hardware implementations
  • Channel coded modulations
  • Channel coding for non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • Low-density graph codes for source coding
  • Low-density graph codes for compressed sensing (CS)
  • Joint source-and-channel coding (JSCC)
  • Joint channel-and-physical-layer-network coding (JCPNC)
  • Coded random access
  • Applications of ECCs to physical-layer security

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Associate Editor: Yi Fang, Guangdong University of Technology, China

Guest Editors:


  1. Lars Kildehøj Rasmussen, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  2. Yong Liang Guan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  3. Kai Niu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  4. Francis C. M. Lau, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  5. Soon Xin Ng, University of Southampton, UK
  6. Pingping Chen, Fuzhou University, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Index Modulation Techniques for Next-Generation Wireless Networks
  2. Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G Systems
  3. Green Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Networking

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

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