Emerging Technologies for Device to Device Communications

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Emerging Technologies for Device to Device Communications.

Mobile Internet, especially mobile multimedia service, has become very popular in recent years. To support mobile multimedia applications, however, network capacity has to be dramatically enhanced. As an emerging technology, Device to Device (D2D) communications, have been considered to improve the network capacity as well as reduce the traffic on base stations by offloading traffic to be delivered among mobile devices directly or in a multi-hop manner. As a result, many types of real-time services, such as mobile multimedia services, can be well supported by the new mobile network technology.

There are still many open research issues in building up a mobile network with D2D communications. For example, the mechanisms for radio resource allocation and interference management are still in their infancy. Many researchers are working on developing testbeds and/or standardizing D2D communications. Moreover, new applications are emerging, and these applications should be well supported by D2D communications. Furthermore, new technologies, such as social networks and software-defined networks, are expected to have great impacts on the design of the network architecture, supporting D2D communications. In addition, trust and privacy issues are very important concerns to users as they affect users’ willingness to use D2D communications. Researchers have been making great efforts to solve these problems and readers of IEEE Access have keen interest in the research progress in this area.

The goal of this Special Section In IEEE Access is to report up-to-date contributions in the area of the Emerging Technologies for D2D communications.

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

  • Social-aware D2D communications
  • Software-defined D2D communications
  • Outband D2D Communications
  • Neighbor discovery for D2D communications
  • Mode selection for D2D communications
  • Resources scheduling for D2D communications
  • Interference management for D2D communications
  • Power control for D2D communications
  • Privacy preserving for D2D communications
  • Trust management for D2D communications
  • Multimedia transmission for D2D communications
  • New applications for D2D communications
  • Testbed and standardization activities for D2D communications


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Associate Editor: Honggang Wang, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

Guest Editors:

  1. Qing Yang, University of North Texas, USA
  2. Dapeng Wu, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  3. Joel Rodrigues, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil; Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
  4. Shaoen Wu, Ball State University, USA

Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:


  1. Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks
  2. Advances in Interference Mitigation Techniques for Device-to-Device Communications
  3. Mobile Edge Computing

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:  hwang1@umassd.edu