Revolutionary Paradigms for Smart Connected Vehicles in the 6G Era

  in Special Issue   Posted on November 30, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Wed 31 Mar 2021
Journal Impact Factor : 4.706
Journal Name : Vehicular Communications
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

By jointly involving multiple challenging requirements, such as ultra-high reliable and ultra-low latency communications, high efficiency and capacity, intelligent driving is one of the most ambitious and attractive applications of the 6G initiatives. Although the convergence of communication, caching, control and computing (4C) resources can be leveraged to effectively enable 6G services and applications over vehicle-to-everything (V2X) channels, multiple challenges must be addressed to allow connected vehicles to meet the 6G requirements, to securely and efficiently orchestrate their resources and to develop self-organizing and self-sustaining capabilities.

Emerging communication paradigms that make effective the data transmission in very high dynamic contexts include the reprogrammability of the environment by the means of Reprogrammable Intelligent Metasurfaces (RIMs). Moreover, Visible Light Communication (VLC) can improve the reliability of V2X interactions and be effective in terms of security and enhanced data rate. With focus on networking aspects, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) can bring programmability, flexibility and scalability in connected vehicles, simplify network management and promote an efficient and fair use of the distributed 4C resources and programmable metasurfaces. They can be complemented by revolutionary networking models, such as Information Centric Networking (ICN), to provide distributed caching and computing services.

This special issue aims to collect proposals that deal with revolutionary communication and networking technologies for connected vehicles, in a holistic fashion or at different layers, to meet the expectations of the 6G era.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Software-defined vehicular networks
  • Vehicular cloud computing in the 6G era
  • Fog/edge computing architectures for connected vehicles
  • Integration of SDN/NFV and vehicular cloud computing
  • Information Centric Networking for Connected Vehicles
  • Impact of connected vehicles on transportation safety, management, characterization, and prediction
  • Mobile sensing networking, sensor data collection and multi-modal fusion
  • Caching strategies for connected vehicles
  • Joint management of communication, control, computing and caching for 6G vehicular applications and services
  • Optical wireless technologies for 6G vehicular applications and services
  • Reprogrammable and Intelligent Metasurfaces for smart connected vehicles
  • Secure and privacy-preserving communications in 6G vehicular networks

Submission Format and Guideline

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the paper submission system at . The authors must select as “VSI: Smart Vehicle – Amadeo” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.

Editor in Chief

Mohammed Atiquzzaman

University of Oklahoma

Guest Editors

Dr. Marica Amadeo

University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Prof. Abderrahim Benslimane

University of Avignon, France

Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen

University of South Florida, USA

Dr. Valeria Loscrì

INRIA Lille-Nord Europe, France

Dr. Seyhan Ucar

Toyota Motor North America, USA

Dr. Anna Maria Vegni

Roma Tre University, Italy

Important dates


Paper submission:

31 March 2021

Acceptance notification:

30 June 2021

Final papers:

30 July 2021