Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security

Submission Deadline: 15 March 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security.

Interference used to be viewed as a harmful factor in wireless networks, which can reduce the quality of information transmission. To combat against interference, many interference management techniques have emerged. Due to the latest research advances, interference (or noise) can also be exploited to offer some benefits to wireless networks. The first aspect is that interference in multi-user networks can be collected as a green power supply for the transceivers, known as wireless energy harvesting. Another application is that we can generate artificial noise to disrupt the adversarial eavesdropping, and guarantee the security of wireless networks. Therefore, conventional interference management techniques can be combined with these recent research advances to gain some additional benefits while guaranteeing information transmission. Despite the development of interference exploitation, some fundamental problems are still open and require immediate studies, such as:

  • How can we achieve much higher efficiency of interference energy harvesting to support practical utilization?
  • How can we utilize artificial interference or noise to prevent eavesdropping while the QoS of legitimate transmission can be guaranteed or improved?
  • Can we leverage interference to enhance the transmission performance of wireless networks?
  • Are there any new applications for interference to benefit wireless networks?

This Special Section in IEEE Access will bring together leading researchers and developers from both industry and academia to discuss and present their views on all the aspects of interference in wireless networks. Topics of this Special Section include but are not limited to the following:

  • Interference alignment based wireless networks
  • Wireless energy harvesting in interference networks
  • Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer in interference alignment based networks
  • QoS provisioning and resource management in wireless networks with energy harvesting
  • Interference-oriented energy harvesting in cognitive radio networks
  • Artificial noise based physical layer security
  • Wireless security in interference alignment based networks
  • Wireless energy harvesting of adversarial jamming signal
  • Secure energy harvesting in interference environments
  • Energy efficiency of the Secure energy harvesting of interference
  • Signal processing for the secure energy harvesting of interference
  • New kinds of interference-oriented wireless networks


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Associate Editor: Nan Zhao, Dalian University of Technology, China

Guest Editors:
1. F. Richard Yu, Carleton University, Canada
2. Hui-Ming Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
3. Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
4. Zheng Chang, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


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

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For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: Bora M. Onat, Managing Editor, IEEE Access (Phone: (732) 562-6036, specialsections@ieee.org)