Secure Modulations for Future Wireless Communications and Mobile Networks

Submission Deadline: 1 March 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Secure Modulations for Future Wireless Communications and Mobile Networks.

Over the last several years, security has become an extremely important research topic in wireless networks because it is intimately related to both individual privacy and national security. Directional modulation, as a conventional type of secure modulations, transmits confidential information along the desired directions of legitimate receivers and artificial noise in other directions to deliberately confuse eavesdroppers in line-of-sight channels. Recently, artificial noise is also introduced into spatial modulation, resulting in a secure spatial modulation. In this Special Section in IEEE Access, secure modulation is defined broadly as any secure modulation method, which includes, but is not limited to secure directional modulation, secure spatial modulation, and secure index modulation.

Robust approaches, such as minimum mean square error and maximizing signal-to-leakage-and-noise-ratio, have been proposed for directional modulation to overcome its performance degradation caused by the estimation error in direction angles. These approaches can significantly improve the performance of directional modulation in terms of achieving a lower bit error rate or a higher secrecy rate.

For directional modulation, there exists the impact of multipath artificial noise aggregation due to multipath propagation in multipath fading channels. This impact notably degrades the performance of directional modulation systems and reducing it is a challenging problem

As an efficient tool for physical-layer security, secure modulations will work together with routing security and conventional cryptography to provide a three-fold protection for future wireless networks. Secure modulations schemes have been viewed as potential candidates for achieving secure, spectral-efficient, and energy-efficient future wireless networks, which can strike a good balance among security, spectrum-efficiency, and energy-efficiency.

Motivated by these observations, this Special Section in IEEE Access aims to capture the state-of-the-art advances in secure modulation concepts, such as secure directional modulation, spatial modulation, index modulation.), and other related research. This Special Section will trigger new research interest in secure modulation from both industry and academia, aiming to solve some challenging problems in the context of secure modulation techniques.

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

  • Robust design of secure modulations systems
  • Channel estimation and pilot optimization for secure modulations-OFDM systems
  • High-performance /Low complexity detectors for secure modulations systems
  • BER/SER performance analysis of secure modulations systems
  • Information theoretical aspects in secure modulations systems
  • Design of Beamforming and artificial noise projection matrix
  • Application of Secure modulations systems for medium/large-scale multi-user MIMO, cooperative relay networks, and other communications systems
  • Reduction of effect of multipath artificial noise aggregation of directional modulation in wireless channels
  • Cross-layer design for secure modulation systems
  • Practical implementation of secure modulation techniques


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Associate Editor: Feng Shu, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Shihao Yan, The Australia National University, Australia
  2. Dongmin Wang, Southeast University, China
  3. Xiangwei Zhou, Louisiana State University, USA
  4. Jiangzhou Wang, University of Kent, UK.


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Index Modulation Techniques for Next-Generation Wireless Networks
  2. Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks
  3. Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G Systems


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

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