Wirelessly Powered Networks: Algorithms, Applications and Technologies

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Wirelessly Powered Networks: Algorithms, Applications and Technologies.

Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) is, by definition, a process that occurs in any system where electrical energy is transmitted from a power source to a load without the connection of electrical conductors. WPT is the driving technology that will enable the next stage in the current consumer electronics revolution, including battery-less sensors, passive RF identification (RFID), passive wireless sensors, the Internet of Things and 5G, and machine-to-machine solutions. WPT-enabled devices can be powered by harvesting energy from the surroundings, including electromagnetic (EM) energy, leading to a new communication networks paradigm, the Wirelessly Powered Networks.

While recent advances in wireless utensils appear to be unlimited, the dependence of their operation on batteries remains a weakness, mainly because batteries come with a limited lifetime and require a fast charge time to achieve continuous operation. This is where the technologies of WPT become useful, bringing together wireless energy and data transmission. WPT technologies substitute the traditional powering concept, where a cable or a battery is connected to the wireless device, by the transmission of energy over the air in an efficient way to power-up the device.

Wirelessly Powered Networks have recently evolved into a very active research field, as well as a topic of rapid technological progress, emerging practical developments and standardization activities. However, a solid foundational, technological, and applied background is still necessary for Wirelessly Powered Networks to achieve their full potential. The provisioning of relevant technological models, algorithmic design and analysis methods, networking principles, circuit and system design, and application methodologies is a challenging task. This Special Section in IEEE Access invites academic and industrial experts to make their contributions on Wirelessly Powered Networks. It will selectively span a coherent, large spectrum of fundamental aspects of WPT, and will focus on three main thematic pillars and relevant themes: Algorithms, Applications and Technologies.

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


  • Optimization and approximation algorithms (mobility/energy/data management)
  • Joint operation scheduling (routing, data gathering, ambient harvesting)
  • Precise algorithmic models and efficient distributed protocols
  • WPT devices deployment
  • Safety provisioning through EM radiation control algorithms
  • Peer-to-peer and crowd charging algorithms
  • Algorithms for simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT)


  • Medical implants and wearable devices
  • Automotive technology and electric vehicles
  • Mobile communications, wireless sensor networks and UAVs
  • Spacecraft engineering
  • Home/Industrial appliances
  • Standardization, regulations and biological effects
  • Solutions for SWIPT


  • RF energy harvesting, rectennas and rectenna arrays
  • High-frequency rectifying circuits, power transmitters and devices
  • Near-field (inductive, resonant) energy transfer
  • Microwave transmission and beaming
  • Novel materials, fabrication techniques
  • Energy storage elements, RFID-related electronics and self-powered sensors
  • Measurement and characterization approaches for WPT components

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Associate Editor:  Theofanis P. Raptis, National Research Council, Italy

Guest Editors:

  1. Nuno Borges Carvalho, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  2. Diego Masotti, University of Bologna, Italy
  3. Lei Shu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China / University of Lincoln, UK
  4. Cong Wang, Old Dominion University, USA
  5. Yuanyuan Yang, Stony Brook University, USA

Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:


  1. Energy Efficient Wireless Communications with Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer
  2. Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security
  3. Energy Harvesting and Scavenging: Technologies, Algorithms, and Communication Protocols

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:  theofanis.raptis@iit.cnr.it