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JOURNAL of COMMUNICATIONS and NETWORKS (JCN)
A Publication of the Korea Institute of Communications
and Information Sciences (KICS)
Technically cosponsored by the
IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)

  JCN invites submission of high-quality papers in the areas of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services.

  A prospective author should submit the manuscript for publication consideration in electronic file (pdf) via JCN ScholarOne Manuscripts website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet) to an appropriate Division Editor
(for regular papers) or to any Guest Editor of an appropriate Special Issue.  (Special Issues may include regular papers to avoid unnecessary publication delays.)

  JCN is available in both paper and electronic formats, with the latter available in the JCN Digital Library in the JCN Web site, http://jcn.or.kr. For further details on paper submission and subscription, please visit the JCN Web site.

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Upcoming Special Issues

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CODING FOR WIRELESS STORAGE SYSTEMS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2014

Cloud storage has emerged in recent years as an inexpensive and scalable solution for storing large amounts of data and making it widely available to users. The growing success of cloud storage has been accompanied by new advances in the theory of erasure codes for such systems, namely the application of network coding techniques for distributed data storage and the theory of regenerating codes introduced by Dimakis et al., followed by a large body of further work in the literature.

However, a majority of the results achieved exclusively concern the network layer, assuming either a perfect errorfree channel or a simple bit-flip error or bit erasure scenario. Surprisingly few initiatives have been taken towards the actual physical layer functionality, e.g., how to protect the data transmission following a data reconstruction or node repair request when communication takes place over a wireless fading channel. Isolated from the storage point of view, on the other hand, wireless communications research has matured over the past two decades. The aim of this Special Issue is to draw these two aspects together and to encourage a new research direction for coding for wireless distributed and cloud storage systems.

This Special Issue therefore seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding distributed and cloud storage systems over wireless networks, the scope being in the physical layer rather than the network layer design or, alternatively, on the joint design across both (or more) layers. Examples of topics of interest:
  • Physical layer coding for distributed storage transmissions
  • Storing and communicating data securely over a wireless networks and wireless wiretap channels
  • Space-time coded communication in a wireless storage system
  • Partial downloading schemes to combat fading
  • Joint channel code and regenerating code design
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

- Deadline for the paper submission: May 25, 2014
- Deadline for the first review: July 31, 2014
- Submission deadline for final version: September 5, 2014.
- Publication date: December 5, 2014

Prof. Camilla Hollanti, Aalto University, Finland, camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi
Prof. Alex Dimakis, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA, dimakis@austin.utexas.edu
Prof. Tracey Ho, California Institute of Technology, CAL, USA, tho@caltech.edu
Prof. Hsiao-feng (Francis) Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, francis@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKS

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2015

Social networks contribute a significant fraction of Internet traffic, and increasingly this traffic is in support of mobile social networking using smart phones. This situation has spurred considerable recent research interest in mobile social networks. Social networks have been studied for decades, although most of the earlier work in this area addressed issues lying outside the scope of technological networks. High bandwidth wireless networking enabling ubiquitous access of smart phones to the Internet completely enriches various potential of mobile social networks. However, there are still significant technological challenges in the development of the cloud infrastructure and mobile terminal devices. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight recent advances that address some of these mobile user-centric challenges. In light of the rising prevalence of mobile social networks, this special issue will focus on the following subjects of interest, as well as related issues:
  • Inference and knowledge discovery with big mobile data for large mobile social networks providing personal and location-based services
  • Computational and interdisciplinary foundations of technologies enabling massive mobile social networks
  • Trusted networking, privacy and security, user behavior and dynamic in mobile Internet supporting mobile social networks
  • System architecture, protocols, middleware, deployment and operations, and standards for cloudbased mobile social networks
  • Social networks enable resource sharing among users or networks, and other aspects of network economy
  • Social networking applications and services for mobile Internet, mobile-commerce, mobile Internet of Things, and smart transportation
  • Terminal device technology to enable mobile social networks
  • Interplay between social networks and wireless communications
  • Applications of large social network analysis to the design of advanced wireless communication networks and software-defined network architecture
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

August 25, 2014 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
November 1, 2014 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected, or returned
to the authors with requests for changes
December 15, 2014 Final revised manuscript due
April 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen, National Taiwan University, ckc@ntu.edu.tw
Prof. Frank Fitzek, Aalborg University, ff@es.aau.dk
Prof. Victor Leung, University of British Columbia, vleung@ece.ubc.ca


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: ckc@ntu.edu.tw).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
ADVANCES IN CHANNEL CODING

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2015

Since the invention of turbo codes in 1993 there has been an enormous interest and progress in the field of capacity approaching code constructions. Many classical constructions have been replaced by newer, better performing codes with feasible decoding complexity. Most of these modern code constructions, such as turbo codes, GallagerĄŻs lowdensity parity-check (LDPC) codes and their generalizations, can be modeled by sparse graphical models. Spatial coupling of sparse graphical models has in the last years attracted a lot of interest due to the threshold saturation phenomenon, which leads to capacity achieving performance with iterative message passing decoding. Polar codes are a recently discovered class of capacity achieving codes that are formed by an explicit construction based on a phenomenon called channel polarization. These codes, too, have various low-complexity decoding algorithms based on message passing on a sparse graph that has a recursive structure similar to that of fast transforms in signal processing.

Despite the enormous advances in channel coding in the last two decades, the state-of-the-art in this area is far from meeting the challenges of the near-future communication systems in terms of throughput, performance, robustness, flexibility and energy consumption. To give one example, it is unclear how current forward error-correction coding (FEC) techniques will scale to the 100+ GB/s data rates foreseen for wireless backhaul communications in the near future. New code constructions and algorithms as well as novel concepts may have to replace the techniques that we use today.

This Special Issue therefore seeks original research articles, as well as expository and survey papers, addressing the challenges of future channel coding schemes. Examples of topics of interest:
  • New code constructions and algorithms addressing the challenges of future communication systems
  • Efficient decoding algorithms in terms of complexity and energy consumption
  • Binary and non-binary coded modulation for spectrally efficient transmission
  • Coding techniques for multi-terminal and cooperative communications
  • Analysis and bounds on trade-offs in performance, latency, complexity and energy consumption
  • Survey papers assessing the state-of-the-art in FEC vis-a-vis future challenges
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

January 14, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
February 28, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected, or returned
to the authors with requests for changes
April 15, 2015 Final revised manuscript due
August 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Erdal Ar©„kan, Bilkent University, Turkey, arikan@ee.bilkent.edu.tr
Prof. Michael Lentmaier, Lund University, Sweden, michael.lentmaier@eit.lth.se
Prof. Guido Montorsi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, guido.montorsi@polito.it


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: arikan@ee.bilkent.edu.tr).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
BIG DATA NETWORKING-CHALLENGES AND APPLICATIONS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2015

Big data is more than a matter of size; it is an emerging paradigm of data of very large size (volume) and fast in/out (velocity), from various sources (variety), and of high value for knowledge extraction and decision making. Technological advances in data gathering have led to a rapid proliferation of big data in diverse areas such as remote sensing, medicine, the Internet, and social sectors. Such data brings opportunities and challenges to scientists and engineers. In order for us to make use of this massive amount of data, new data management and computational approaches are needed to permit scientists and engineers to analyze the data in (nearly) real time, often in a distributed or streaming manner. Various technologies are being discussed, and some have been realized, to support the handling of big data. In addition, big dataset cannot be stored in one location, and massively parallel processing databases and scalable storage systems are being designed to store the large datasets. What is more, big data generates an industry of supporting architectures; many cloud computing platforms and frameworks are developed to handle the big data operations, such as MapReduce. To deal with different properties of big data, different algorithms also need to be developed. Overall, big data is an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging types of data and content, to make models more agile, and to answer questions that were previously considered beyond our reach. The objective of this special issue is to invite authors to submit original manuscripts that demonstrate and explore current advances in various aspects of big data networking. We solicit novel papers including but not limited to:
  • Big data theory, applications, algorithm and challenges
  • Recent development in big data and MapReduce
  • Big data mining, analytics, and visualization
  • Large data stream processing, infrastructure and incremental datasets on cloud
  • Data management, distributed data systems, NoSQL data stores and DB scalability
  • Security, privacy, trust, fault tolerance, reliability and risk in big data
  • Big data placement, scheduling, and optimization
  • Mobile systems and development for handheld devices such as mobile phones
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

April 30, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
July 15, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
September 1, 2015 Final revised manuscript due
December 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Shuguang (Robert) Cui, Texas A&M University, USA, cui@tamu.edu
Prof. Mehdi Bennis, Oulu University, Finland, bennis@ee.oulu.fi
Prof. Dan Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, freeloam@gmail.com
Prof. Zhu Han, University of Houston, hanzhu22@gmail.com
Prof. Taekyoung (Ted) Kwon, Seoul National University, South Korea, tkkwon98@gmail.com


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: cui@tamu.edu).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CLOUD RADIO ACCESS NETWORKS

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2016

The concept of a Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) is a promising candidate for realizing next-generation wireless cellular systems and is characterized by the offloading of baseband functionalities from the base stations to a Ą°cloudĄ± processor within the operatorĄŻs core network. To this end, the baseband signals are transferred between the cloud and the base stations on a network of fronthaul links, which can have a single- or a multi-hop topology. The centralization of information processing made possible by C-RANs enables interference management at the geographical scale covered by the distributed base stations and it also simplifies the deployment and management of base stations, which assume the role of radio units.

The main roadblock to the realization of the mentioned promises of C-RANs hinges on the effective integration of the wireless interface provided by the radio units with the fronthaul network. In fact, the inherent restriction on bandwidth and latency of the fronthaul links constrain the effectiveness of baseband centralization techniques. As an example, the latency induced by two-way fronthaul communication may prevent the use of standard closed-loop error recovery techniques.

This Special Issue seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding the analysis and implementation of C-RANs with emphasis on the interplay between the wireless interface and the fronthaul network. Examples of topics of interest include:
  • Information-theoretic analyses of the capacity of C-RANs
  • Fronthaul quantization techniques
  • HARQ design in the presence of fronthaul latency constraints
  • Testbed results on the implementation of C-RANs
  • Optimal RRM and cross-layer functional allocation between radio units and cloud
  • Signal processing for C-RANs
  • Higher-layer issues on the fronthaul network, e.g., routing and transport protocols
  • Network function virtualization techniques for C-RANs
  • C-RAN infrastructure sharing procedures for multi-tenant operations via software defined networking
  • C-RAN architectures for 5G networks
  • Computational complexity of centralized C-RAN processing
  • Implementation aspects of C-RAN on a cloud infrastructure
  • C-RAN standardization
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

September 1, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
December 15, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
January 30, 2016 Final revised manuscript due
April 5, 2016 Special Issue published

Prof. Osvaldo Simeone, New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ, USA, osvaldo.simeone@njit.edu
Dr. Andreas Maeder, NEC Labs Europe, Germany, andreas.maeder@neclab.eu
Prof. Mugen Peng, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, pmg@bupt.edu.cn
Dr. Onur Sahin, InterDigital, UK, onur.sahin@interdigital.com
Prof. Wei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada, weiyu@comm.utoronto.ca


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: osvaldo.simeone@njit.edu).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.
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