New Advances in Blockchain-Based Wireless Networks

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of New Advances in Blockchain-Based Wireless Networks.

Blockchain, as a game changer for ultra-secured and efficient digital society, has been gaining ever-increasing attention far beyond its initial application in digital currencies. One of the most fascinating topics currently is how to characterize the privacy and security in blockchain-based wireless networks. On the one hand, modern wireless communication systems are suffering from a wide range of security threats. On the other hand, traditional security operations such as encryption and protocol design are becoming increasingly incompetent for guaranteed reliability and safety in contemporary wireless networks. Against this background, providing effective blockchain proposals for efficient and secure transactions in modern wireless networks emerges as a pressing research issue both in academia and industry.

Although there have been some legacy algorithms and techniques which can prevent the disclosure of private information as well as the destruction of wireless links, such as AES encryption and beamforming in 5G networks, they may not be effective in a wide range of applications which are important to people in different specialty areas. As a matter of fact, venerability scanning has revealed a series of weaknesses in different layers of existing wireless networks. This motivates researchers in wireless security related areas to develop effective solutions to prevent the wireless systems from being hacked and/or damaged. From this point of view, our proposed Special Section will provide a valuable and timely platform for the exchange of the latest advances in this area.

A tremendous effort has been devoted to protecting privacy and security in wireless networks. Apart from many cryptography and security protocols, there has been solid work on enforcing industry standards such as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and government policies (e.g., the IMT-2020 and 802.11) to grant individuals control over their own security operations. These techniques and policies aim to block the illegal disclosure of secured communication to a certain extent but may be incompetent for secured wireless transmissions at all times.

This Special Section solicits high-quality contributions that focus on the design and development of novel algorithms, technologies, and tools to address the security and privacy issues towards blockchain-based wireless networks.

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

  • New network architectures for blockchain systems
  • Performance evaluation in blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Network management in blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Privacy-aware secured protocols for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Privacy and security in physical, link and network layer transmission for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Heterogeneous cooperation techniques for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Resource allocation and scheduling in blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Physical layer security in blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Cognitive and sensing techniques for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Artificial intelligence assisted techniques for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Routing techniques for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Hybrid encryption techniques for blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Cross layer operations in blockchain-based wireless networks
  • Information theory and related signal processing techniques for blockchain theories, models and applications
  • Smart contracts in wireless networks
  • Semantic blockchain & knowledge-based blockchain in digital world

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility and downloads of articles.

Associate Editor:  Yuan Gao, Tsinghua University, China

Guest Editors:

    1. Zhipeng Cai, Georgia State University, USA
    2. Yunchuan Sun, Beijing Normal University, China
    3. Ruidong Zhang, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, China
    4. Lei Zhang, University of Glasgow, UK
    5. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, University of the West of Scotland, UK
    6. Hamed Ahmadi, University of York, UK


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:


  1. Blockchain-Enabled Trustworthy Systems
  2. Secure Communication for the Next Generation 5G and IoT Networks

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

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