Architecture, protocols and management of indoor wireless communications

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Submission Deadline: Fri 30 Jul 2021
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Journal Name : Physical Communication
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The emergence of new wireless communication technologies represents a global revolution that is changing the way we interact with and learn about our environment. Effective low-cost wireless communication started an era of highly connected societies and serves as a strong driver of business innovation. The implementation and adoption of wireless-enabled technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) faces a wide range of barriers, from physical network architectures to data analytics. One of the current challenges is to design novel approaches for integrating, operating and managing large-scale indoor wireless networks (i-wireless). Network management and control solutions are fundamental wireless communication requirements to manage their complexity, provide scalability, preserve user’s privacy and guarantee usability. This special issue focuses on i-wireless communications because this sector makes up for more than a half of the total IoT market value. Moreover, most of the grand technical challenges hindering effective operation of wireless systems are mainly found in indoor deployments, including: 1) interoperability, where devices coming from different vendors need to interoperate to achieve common goals; 2) set-up and management: i-wireless network systems are often managed by IT novice users (owners of the system), thus systems must be able to self-recover from failures quickly and cost-effectively; 3) spectrum sharing: i-wireless communications are commonly characterised by Low Power Local Area Networking (LPLAN) technologies, which operate in the overcrowded 2.4GHz unlicensed band making it challenging to achieve reliable short-range communications in high levels of interference. 4) integration with LPWAN: IoT in open scenarios uses technologies like SIGFOX and LoRaWAN to collect and forward data, Integration of LPLAN with LPWAN would allow for wider and more global solutions.

This special issue focuses on wireless communication technologies that support large-scale applications, with special emphasis on narrowband technologies suitable for massive connectivity of low-cost devices. The main objectives address 3 main research directions: i) channel characterization and modelling of i-wireless; ii) seamless network-level convergence through new light-weight, innovative cross-layer protocols for resource management and performance optimisation; iii) Predictive analysis for managed threat and anomaly detection. This call is open to other related areas, like interoperability, energy efficiency, coverage, security and availability of the i-wireless networks.

This Special Issue is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research addressing the various fundamental communication challenges related to indoor wireless communication technologies to cover IoT or Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). It particularly focuses on solutions that use Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, channel adaptability amongst others for enhancing wireless communications in indoor environments. It also solicits contributions on the security designs from the viewpoints of optimisation and signal processing.

Topics of interest include the following:

  • Signal processing techniques for secrecy in multi-antenna wireless systems
  • Antenna/node selection and cooperation
  • Resource allocation
  • Traffic offloading
  • Communication protocols, technologies, and security for large-scale networks
  • Network architectures for adaptive network operation and management
  • Data analytics and data driven business model for indoor wireless communications
  • Distributed detection, estimation and inference in large-scale i-wireless network operation and management
  • i-wireless communication/radio simulation tools
  • Bluetooth Mesh networks and 6BLEMesh networks
  • Predictive ML analytics and other security intelligence processes
  • Indoor device localization and tracking in high-density IEEE 802.11ah networks
  • Cross-layer operability at lower network levels, i.e., physical and datalink layers
  • Network security, management and performance through network control signaling
  • LPLAN, LPWAN interoperability

Important Dates

Manuscript submission deadline: July 30, 2021
Notification of acceptance: Nov. 30, 2021
Submission of final revised paper: Feb. 28 2022
Publication of special issue (tentative): May 30, 2022

Guest Editors

Mohammad Hammoudeh, Manchester Metropolitan University,
Pietro Manzoni, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain,
Bamidele Adebisi, Manchester Metropolitan University,
Dejan Vukobratovic, University of Novi Sad,


Mohammad Hammoudeh is a Professor (Chair) of Cyber Security in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Mohammad heads the CfACS Internet of Things Lab he founded in 2016 where he leads a multi-disciplinary group of research associates and PhD students. From this he established the Lab as a leading research hub with a broad portfolio of successful, industry-sponsored projects. Mohammad has been awarded above £1.5M in competitive research funding as Principal/Co-Investigator for 13 research projects. He has a global collaborative research network spanning the academic community, industry, policy makers and wider technology stakeholders in the field of cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and complex highly decentralised systems. He published over 75 refereed conference papers, over 55 peer reviewed journal articles, and is a successful editor of 3 books and many journal special issues. Mohammad supervised 7 PhD candidates to completion is currently co-supervising 6 PhD students. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. Mohammad advised the UK’s Government on law reform related to national cybersecurity security through a number of committees and hearings. He is the co-developed a state of the art unprivileged and trustless computing zero trust security theory. He currently investigates ways of improving industry practice to allow for guaranteed security and distributed computing applications which work effectively every time. This theory of zero trust is rooted in his research on smart cities and critical infrastructure such as smart grid and intelligent transport. Throughout his 15 years research career, Mohammad developed significant insight and expertise into a number of computer science disciplines (such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence) adjacent to his area of specialism (distributed systems).

Pietro Manzoni received the MS degree in computer science from the “Università degli Studi” of Milan, Italy, in 1989, and the PhD degree in computer science from the “Politecnico di Milano”, Italy, in 1995. Since 2009 he’s a full professor of computer networks at the “Universitat Politècnica de València”, Spain. His research activity is related to Mobile Wireless Systems and it is applied to the areas of the Internet of Things and ICT for Development (ICT4D) with special attention to Opportunistic Networking and Community Networks. He is the coordinator of the Computer Networks research group (GRC – of the Department of Computer Engineering (DISCA) at UPV. He published more than 200 scientific papers in conferences and more than 90 papers in international journals; his h-index is 34 (in Scopus). He is a senior member of the IEEE. He recently was co-chair of the IEEE Globecom 2019 SAC symposium track “Internet of Things”, General co-chair of ACM/EAI GOODTECHS 2019, and General chair of IEEE CCNC 2019. He is part of the editorial board member of various International journals.

Bamidele Adebisi is a Professor (Chair) in Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, and the Head of the Smart Infrastructure and Industry Research (SIIR) Group, Department of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He received his Master’s degree in advanced mobile communication engineering and Ph.D. in communication systems both from Lancaster University, UK. Before that, he had a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Bamidele is a Fellow of IET, Senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Engineer. He is the current Vice Chair of IEEE TC-PLC. He has been General Chair and Co – Chair of IEEE conferences, e.g. General Chair, 21st IEEE ISPLC’18, 2-5 April, 2018, Manchester, UK; Co-Chair, 6th IEEE Int’l Conference on Smart Grid Communications, 2015, Miami, USA. He is a Panel Member of the UK EPSRC Peer-Review College, and EU H2020 Expert Reviewer. He has been part of multi-partner/country projects as PI and Co-I worth over £40M. One of his projects with an SME received the 2020 UK Best KTP of the Year Awards. He has published over 140 peer-review papers and given over 30 talks/panel discussions in the research areas of Internet of Things, smart cities, smart grids, communication systems and cyber physical systems.

Dejan Vukobratovic received Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2008. Since April 2019 he is Full Professor with the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. From June 2009 until December 2010, he was on leave as Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the EEE Department, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. From 2011-2014, his research at FTN/UNS was supported Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant. He serves as the director of the ICONIC centre ( He has published over 35 journal papers and more than 80 conference papers in top-tier IEEE journals and conferences. He received best paper award at IEEE MMSP 2010, and his student received the best student paper award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2017. He is Special Interest Group chair for Smart Grid Communications and Networking within Smart Grid Communications (SGC) technical committee of IEEE ComSoc, a member of IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing for Communications and Electronics (SPCE) and IEEE Circuits and Systems Visual Communications and Signal Processing (VCSP) technical committees, Vice-President of IEEE CommSoc Section of Serbia, and IEEE Senior Member. He served as a TPC Chair for IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring) 2020 in Antwerp (Belgium) and General Chair of BalkanCom 2020 in Novi Sad (Serbia), and is TPC member for all major IEEE ComSoc conferences (IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC, 5G World Forum, etc.) His research interests include communications and information theory applied in mobile cellular systems and IoT/M2M.

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