[CFP] JCN Special Issue on Aerial Access Networks for 6G (Extended Submission Due:September 30, 2021)

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Aerial Access Networks for 6G






The current development of 5G networks represents a breakthrough in the design of communication networks, for its ability to provide a single platform enabling a variety of data services. With these significant enhancements enabled by 5G, it is already possible to envision the needs towards 6G. Providing “connectivity from the sky” is one innovative trend for coming 6G communication systems. Satellites, high and low altitude platforms (HAP and LAP), drones, aircrafts, and airships are being considered as candidates for deploying wireless communications complementing the terrestrial communication. Combining these network elements, Aerial Access Networks (AANs) have attracted many attentions from both academia and industry, and recognized as a potential solution for the 6G systems. AANs are heterogeneous networks that are engineered to utilize satellites, HAPs, and LAPs to build network access platforms. Unlike terrestrial wireless networks, AANs are characterized by frequently changed network topologies and more vulnerable communication connections. However, AANs are not intended to replace the existing technologies, but instead to work with them in a complementary and integrated fashion. Therefore, AANs have the demand for the seamless integration of heterogeneous networks such that the network quality-of-service (QoS) can be improved. Therefore, it is essential to develop new communications, signal processing, and optimization techniques to accommodate diverse services and applications with different QoS requirements in various scenarios.


This IEEE/KICS Journal of Communication Networks special issue aims to solicit high-quality unpublished research papers by experts from mobile communication industries (operators, telecom vendors, as well as consulting firms) and academia in the fields of AANs. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:


●   Channel measurement and modeling 

●  Integrations of AANs with terrestrial communications in future heterogeneous networks 

●  Network architecture and protocols including Information Centric Networking (ICN) 

●  Cross-layer MAC-PHY design 

●  AI-enabled techniques for AANs 

●  Transmission technologies, e.g., mmWave/THz, Massive MIMO, intelligent surfaces, etc. 

●  Interference cancellation, management, and coordination 

●  QoS-aware trajectory and topology optimization 

●  Safety and security issues 

●  Prototype results, testbeds, and new applications 


Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

September 30, 2021     Paper submission deadline 

November 30, 2021     First round of review 

December 30, 2021   Revised paper due 

January 30, 2022     Final acceptance notification 

February 28, 2022    Final paper due 

April 30, 2022           Special issue published


Zhu Han, University of Houston, TX, USA, hanzhu22@gmail.com 

Hongliang Zhang, Princeton University, NJ, USA, hz16@princeton.edu 

George C. Alexandropoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, alexandg@di.uoa.gr 

Nguyen Hoang Tran, The University of Sydney, Australia, nguyen.tran@sydney.edu.au 


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:/jcommnet. Information for authors is available on the JCN web site, http://www.jcn.or.kr. The manuscript should be formatted in LaTeX or MS Word file and uploaded in PDF version. JCN accepts double column FULL papers without page limits that follow the standard of JCN (or similar IEEE) publication format. However, we strongly recommend keeping the page count under 20 pages in double columns for ease of readability. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor. 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 and is available in IEEE Xplore.