D2D Communications: Security Issues and Resource Allocation

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of D2D Communications: Security Issues and Resource Allocation.

Device-to-device (D2D) communications will enable direct communications between devices in cellular networks, thus potentially improving the spectrum utilization, enhancing the overall throughput, and increasing energy efficiency. D2D communication has the potential to enable new peer-to-peer and location-based applications and services, as well as to help offload traffic from the congested traditional cellular networks.

The primary issue with respect to D2D communications, is its sharing of spectrum resources with traditional cellular and other communication networks. D2D systems should be able to use the same spectral resources occupied by traditional communication devices in an opportunistic manner, in order to facilitate the needed point-to-point connectivity. To solve the spectrum scarcity issues involving D2D and traditional communication systems, the research community has resorted to the Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) paradigms that devise new approaches for enabling spectrally efficient D2D communication networks. These new approaches have resulted in innovative network architectures and applications that have the potential to redefine the current state-of-the-art of wireless connectivity and to shape the next generation cellular communications (e.g., 5G and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) / Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications). The proliferation of D2D communications implies also special security measures, as the involved devices are susceptible to eavesdropping, interference, jamming, and other types of attacks.

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

  • D2D communications for 5G networks
  • Cognitive Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for D2D deployment in TVWS
  • Spectrum regulation and management aspects for D2D networks
  • Energy and spectral efficiency
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Software Defined Radio (SDR) for D2D communications
  • D2D standardization
  • Interference and power control
  • Radio resource allocation and scheduling
  • Biologically-inspired techniques for D2D spectrum management
  • Deep and reinforcement learning for D2D
  • D2D non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) frameworks
  • D2D for vehicular communications
  • Vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communications
  • IoT architectures for D2D
  • Social networking for D2D
  • D2D test-beds, prototypes, and implementations
  • Security and privacy for D2D communications

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Associate Editor: Li Wang, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT), China

Guest Editors:

  1. Antonino Orsino, Ericsson Research, Finland
  2. Adrian Kliks, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  3. Alexander M. Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  4. Vlad Popescu, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania
  5. Mauro Fadda, University of Cagliari, Italy


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Emerging Technologies for Device to Device Communications
  2. Emerging Technologies for Vehicle to Everything (V2X)
  3. Radio Frequency Identification and Security Techniques

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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: liwang@bupt.edu.cn