Antenna and Propagation for 5G and Beyond

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Antenna and Propagation for 5G and Beyond.

5G is not just the next evolution of 4G technology; it’s a paradigm shift. “5G and Beyond” will enable bandwidth in excess of 100s of Mb/s with latency of less than 1 ms, in addition to providing connectivity to billions of devices. The verticals of 5G and beyond are not limited to smart transportation, industrial IoT, eHealth, smart cities, and entertainment services; transforming the way humanity lives, works, and engages with its environment.

“5G and beyond” is an enormous opportunity but the widespread deployment of 5G still faces many challenges, including reliable connectivity, a wide range of bands to support ranging from the 600 MHz UHF band to the mm-wave 60 GHz V-band, dynamic spectrum sharing, channel modeling and wave propagation for ultra-dense wireless networks, as well as price pressures. Besides other required features, the choice of an antenna system will be a critical component of all the node end devices. Choosing the right antenna for an application presents a key design challenge. Creating effective antenna performance requires engineers to examine several factors including antenna size, from what is needed to what is possible, antenna shape, and placement. As consumer electronic modules continue to shrink, incorporating more wireless technologies, making space for antennas is becoming an increasingly significant challenge. Thus, the antenna designers face the restrictions of maintaining reasonable performance in ever-shrinking footprints and under extreme interference conditions. Since high frequency bands are expected to be used in 5G, the propagation characteristics such as propagation loss and multipath characteristics must be evaluated for mm Wave frequencies and beyond. Therefore, new radio propagation modeling and prediction techniques need to be developed to cover the new frequency bands for future 5G wireless systems.

The explosive growth of 5G creates many scientific and engineering challenges that call for ingenious research efforts from both academia and industry. This Special Section in IEEE Access brings together scholars, professors, researchers, engineers, and administrators to find new approaches for exploiting challenging propagation channels and the development of efficient, cost-effective, scalable, and reliable antenna systems/solutions. Further, this Special Section will allow researchers to identify new opportunities for this exciting field.

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

  • Massive MIMO Antenna Systems: design and applications
  • Distributed Massive MIMO
  • Smart Reconfigurable Antenna Design and Systems
  • Antenna and propagation for smart wearables IoT
  • Base Station and Terminal Antennas
  • Antennas for Machine to Machine (M2M) Connection
  • mm Wave Antennas
  • Antennas for Terahertz applications
  • Antennas for Driverless Cars
  • Phased Array Antennas
  • Antenna Beamforming
  • Channel enhancement techniques
  • Propagation modeling for 5G
  • Channel modeling and wave propagation for smart cities
  • Electromagnetic wave attenuation and RF signal propagation in smart cities

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Associate Editor:  Muhammad Ali Imran, University of Glasgow, UK

Guest Editors:

  1. Asimina Kiourti, The Ohio State University, USA
  2. Hassan Tariq Chattha, Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  3. Yejun He, Shenzhen University, China
  4. Akram Alomainy, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  5. Raheel M. Hashmi, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
  6. Muhammad Zulfiker Alam, Queens University, Kingston, Canada
  7. Qammer H. Abbasi, University of Glasgow, UK


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Propagation, Channel Modeling and Applications
  2. 5G and Beyond Mobile Wireless Communications Enabling Intelligent Mobility
  3. Advances in Statistical Channel Modeling for Future Wireless Communications Networks

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

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