Physical and Medium Access Control Layer Advances in 5G Wireless Networks

Submission Deadline: 23 January 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Physical and Medium Access Control Layer Advances in 5G Wireless Networks.

Research activities on 5th Generation (5G) of mobile communication are gaining momentum and many academic and industrial consortiums are at the forefront of 5G research. 5G networks will be challenged by connectivity ‘everywhere’, ‘all the time’ with traffic from the ‘internet of things’. Data, latency and mobility demands are extremely variable and communication mechanisms bring new challenges. Relative to today’s mobile communication systems, it is estimated that 5G should have 1000x higher mobile data volume per area. If a 1000x network capacity increase is meant to be achieved in the following years to satisfy gigabit user experiences and ultra-low latency, there is a need to investigate novel approaches. Emerging technologies such as Massive MIMO, mmWave communication, cloud RAN, software defined networks, and network virtualization will play an important role to provide efficient solutions to improve the spectral and energy efficiency in 5G networks.

In the context of 5G networks, there are numerous research challenges to design wireless systems for improved QoS and QoE. Physical (PHY) and Medium access control (MAC) layer techniques need to be developed further and integrated well into the emerging frameworks to meet the challenges in 5G networks. The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to provide a comprehensive overview of key theoretical, standardization, and deployment aspects of PHY and MAC technologies and techniques, particularly related to 5G networks including, but not limited to:

  • Information theoretic limits
  • Radio resource allocation
  • Millimetre-wave communications
  • Channel and traffic models
  • Advanced modulation and coding schemes
  • Cooperative communications
  • Distributed signal processing
  • Physical layer network coding
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • Non-orthogonal waveforms
  • Full-Duplex communications
  • Self-organising networks
  • Massive MIMO
  • Backhaul/Fronthaul design
  • Routing and re-transmission protocols
  • V2V communication protocols
  • Localization techniques
  • Cognitive radio techniques
  • Network sharing techniques
  • Cloud RAN
  • Ultra-dense small cell architectures
  • Location-aware communications
  • Field trials / test-beds
  • Advanced receivers for short packet transmissions
  • Inter-working and coexistence of various radio access technologies
  • Cross layer MAC design
  • Energy efficient/green communications
  • Energy harvesting communications
  • Mobility management
  • Cashing in wireless networks


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Associate Editor: M. Majid Butt, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Guest Editors:
1. Mohsen Guizani, University of Idaho, USA
2. Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark
3. Tony Q.S. Quek, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
4. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Carleton University, Canada
5. David Lopez-Perez, Bell Labs, Nokia, Ireland


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,