Future Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Applications

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Future Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Applications.

Wireless communications and networking have been continually evolving to improve and be a part of our lifestyle. This uninterrupted development is due to a lot of research projects and practices that are being carried out to improve the quality of services and applications supported by networking technologies. Initially, the plethora of computer networks research was designed to allow users to share the thoughts and facts using textual data through addressing devices. Meanwhile, we have witnessed that the users actually play the role of both producers and consumers at the same time. These new emerging requirements gave birth to the Cloud Computing (CC), Data Centric Networking (DCN), and other advancements in IEEE standards. Moreover, the researchers also intended to redesign the networking architectures and protocols with the focus on content rather than the host. The resulting new architectures are Information Centric Networks (ICN) with various extensions like Content Centric Networks (CCN), Named Data Networks (NDN), Data-Oriented Network Architecture, and so on.

Alternatively, enormous efforts in cellular networks have also been made to improve the user experience and as a result, today we are able to use LTE-Advanced and other emerging technologies. In this context, the upcoming 5G networking architectures tend to support the massive number of connected devices with diverse bandwidth requirements and minimum content retrieval latency. Furthermore, the deployment of supporting operational mechanisms such as network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud-based deployments, mobile edge computing (MEC), and new use cases are under consideration. Moreover, all these new technologies are being applied in other networking domains as well, including Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANETs), Smart Grid, Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, etc.

In the scope of this Special Section in IEEE Access, we collectively term them as “Future Networks”, that aims to bring together researchers, academics, and individuals working on the selected areas of Future Networks and share their new ideas, latest findings, and results on the following topics, but are not limited to:

  • Future Networks and Wireless Ad hoc Networks
  • Future Networks in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
  • 5G and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Future Internet applications in IoT
  • Steps towards Future of Smart Grid Communications
  • Routing in Machine to Machine (M2M) and Future Networks
  • Fusion of Future Networking Technologies and Big Data / Fog Computing
  • Future Internet and 5G architectural designs
  • 5G advancements in VANETs
  • Information Centric/Content Centric/Named Data Networking (ICN/CCN/NDN)
  • Mobile edge computing
  • Security and Privacy in future Networks
  • Networking Protocols for Future Networks
  • Data Forwarding in Future Networks
  • New Applications for Future Networks
  • Transport Layer advancements in Future Networks
  • Cloud based IoT architectures and use cases


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Associate Editor: Safdar Hussain Bouk, Kyungpook National University, Korea

Guest Editors:
1. Houbing Song, West Virginia University, USA
2. Waleed Ejaz, Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada
3. Syed Hassan Ahmed, Kyungpook National University, Korea
4. Danda B. Rawat, Howard University, USA


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)