Proximity Service (ProSe) Challenges and Applications

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Proximity Service (ProSe) Challenges and Applications.

The mobile revolution is changing the way we interact with people and things around us. Proximity awareness, the ability to actively/passively and continuously search for relevant value in one’s physical proximity, is at the core of this phenomenon.

Generally, Proximity Service (ProSe) can be composed of two main groups of use cases: public safety communications and discovery mode (commercial applications). On one hand, the ability to support direct communication is a core requirement for public safety use cases, when the devices are in proximity, and the network is down or when the device is out of coverage (e.g., in the situations of disaster rescue), as it may take too much time to install new communication equipment and restore damaged infrastructure. On the other hand, much more than just a “friend finder”, commercial discovery mode could establish a paradigm shift from the Personal Computer (PC) “search-to-discover” mindset, to “always-on” discovery services that are fundamental to defining the next generation of mobile service.

Existing technologies used to serve the proximity awareness can be broadly divided into over-the-top (OTT), and Device-to-Device (D2D) (peer-to-peer (P2P)) solutions. In the OTT model, a server located in the cloud receives periodic location updates from user mobile devices. Besides the underlying enabling novel technologies, the latest application and research results of ProSe in academic, industrial fields and standardization should be analyzed and designed. In this Special Section in IEEE Access, we solicit articles from researchers in the field to comprehensively present architecture, fundamental issues and applications in ProSe networking environment from interdisciplinary viewpoints.

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

  • D2D Communications technologies
  • Peer and Service Discovery in ProSe
  • Forwarding mechanism in ProSe
  • Profile matching in ProSe
  • ProSe development framework
  • Energy-efficient technologies in ProSe
  • Security, trust, privacy in ProSe
  • Smart sensors and sensor systems for ProSe
  • Wireless networks with improved responsiveness for ProSe
  • Human-computer Interface (HCI) for ProSe
  • Human robot interaction for ProSe
  • Activity recognition
  • Indoor localization and tracking systems
  • Incentive mechanism (mobile participatory sensing)
  • Business models of proximity service
  • Mobile Social Networks in proximity (MSNP)
  • Vehicular social Networks (VSN)
  • Mobile crowdsourcing applications
  • People-centric computing

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Associate Editor: Yufeng Wang, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
  2. Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
  3. Klimis Ntalianis, Athens University of Applied Sciences, Greece
  4. Md Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan, Fordham University, USA
  5. Michele Luvisotto, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Human-Centered Smart Systems and Technologies
  2. Advanced Big Data Analysis for Vehicular Social Networks
  3. Smart Caching, Communications, Computing and Cybersecurity for Information-Centric Internet of Things

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

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