Millimeter-Wave Communications: New Research Trends and Challenges

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Millimeter-Wave Communications: New Research Trends and Challenges.

With various applications emerging, e.g., virtual reality, artificial intelligence, ultra-high definition video, Internet of things, and mobile Internet, there is an urgent demand to increase the bandwidth of wireless networks. To meet the bandwidth requirement of new and emerging applications, it is necessary to move from the existing microwave bands toward higher frequency, i.e., the millimeter wave (mmWave) band. In the last decade, the unlicensed spectrum around 60 GHz has been applied to wireless local area network (WLAN), exploring the indoor use of mmWave communications. Recently, mmWave communication has been proposed as one of the key technologies for 5G cellular networks to fulfill the demand of ultra-high data rates. Satellite communications and high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications also tend to exploit the mmWave band (Ka band) to increase the transmission capacity.

Both industry and academia have developed key technologies of mmWave communications, and have made significant progress, e.g., in beamforming design, channel estimation, and capacity evaluation. However,  there are new emerging areas where mmWave communications also play a crucial role, with key challenges demanding substantial research; for instance, mmWave communications with non-orthogonal multiple access (mmWave-NOMA) to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of users; full-duplex mmWave communications for relay and backhaul to double link throughput; mmWave UAV communications for both low-altitude and high-altitude UAVs; mmWave communications for 5G vehicle-to-everything (V2X), etc. The key challenges on the design of these new mmWave communication technologies include multi-user interference mitigation in mmWave-NOMA, self-interference cancellation in full-duplex mmWave communications, fast beam tracking in mmWave UAV communications, and the security and multiple access issues in mmWave communications, among others.

This Special Section in IEEE Access focuses on new trends and challenges for mmWave communications. The aim of this Special Section is to share and discuss recent advances and future trends of mmWave communications, and to bring academic researchers and industry developers together.

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

  • MmWave communication for 5G/B5G/6G
  • Beamforming, precoding, channel estimation, etc., for mmWave communication
  • Beamforming, power allocation, user pairing techniques and joint designs for mmWave-NOMA
  • Performance evaluation and system design for mmWave-NOMA
  • Beamforming and self-interference cancellation for mmWave full-duplex communications
  • Performance analysis and system design for mmWave full-duplex communications
  • UAV deployment, beamforming, beam tracking techniques and joint designs for mmWave UAV communications
  • Mobility management and blockage issues in mmWave UAV communications
  • Very high date rate and very long distance mmWave data links
  • Security and Privacy in mmWave communications


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Associate Editor:  Zhenyu Xiao, Beihang University, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Jinho Choi, Deakin University, Australia
  2. Ning Zhang, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA
  3. Jianhua He, Aston University, UK
  4. Lin Bai, Beihang University, China
  5. Qinyu Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. New Waveform Design and Air-Interface for Future Heterogeneous Network towards 5G
  2. Green Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Networking
  3. D2D Communications: Security Issues and Resource Allocation

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

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