Socially Enabled Networking and Computing

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2016

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Socially Enabled Networking and Computing.

In recent years, mobile social networks, i.e. the networks of individuals with similar interests connected to each other through their mobile devices, is emerging as a source of information to achieve high efficiency communication and networking with better performance on key metrics such as lower delay, better coverage and higher data rate. The reason is that mobile devices are now powerful enough to form cooperative groups, assisting each other by sharing communication and computation resources. In such a scenario, critical technical problems should be solved to realize the potential benefits, i.e., how to efficiently utilize the computing and communication capabilities among these smart devices and how to facilitate mobile computing for human-computer interaction by which a computer is expected to be mobile in the network during normal usage? In addition to these technical challenges, another major problem is how to understand human behaviors and further utilize them in the mobile social networks to facilitate the benefits of considering human’s social relations and behaviors in mobile computing, communication and networking.

The focus of this Special Section in IEEE Access is the emerging topics of mobile social networks and corresponding applications with emphasis on networking and computing. We solicit and publish original research papers on the models, algorithms, technologies, and methodologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Modelling of social behaviors and interactions toward efficient networking and/or computing
  • Economy for social-aware networking and computing
  • Socially enabled resource allocation in wireless networks
  • Game theoretic formulation for networking and/or computing of interacting entities
  • Socially-enhanced wireless networking technologies such as device-to-device (D2D) communications, Internet of Things (IoT), vehicular networks, LTE-U, and network virtualization
  • Socially enabled mobile computing frameworks, algorithms and experiments
  • Mobile cloud computing assisted by socially enabled techniques, such as offloading and caching
  • Social-aware content sharing and distributed storage in mobile communications
  • Privacy, trust and security for socially enabled networking and computing
  • Mobile social networking systems and prototypes


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Associate Editor: Li Wang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Guest Editors:
1. Giuseppe Araniti, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy
2. Yong Li, Tsinghua University, China
3. Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
4. Zhu Han, University of Houston, USA


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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: Bora M. Onat, Managing Editor, IEEE Access (Phone: (732) 562-6036,