Special Issue "Information-Centric Networking"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communications Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alexander Afanasyev

School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
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Interests: named data networking; information-centric networking; network and systems security; IoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, Internet communication has evolved from the end-to-end model of pushing packets to destination hosts towards the model of data retrieval. This shift created an incongruence between application semantics and network functions.  The recently-emerged Information-Centric Networking (ICN) paradigm provides a set of network-level primitives that adjust application and network semantics, enabling more efficient communication, better resilience to network dynamics and mobility, improved latency and data delivery, and providing strong security properties to communication. 

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to publish high-quality research, expecting both from academic and industrial stakeholders, highlighting recent research, development, and evaluation of ICN, stimulating more discussions in the area, and identifying potential opportunities and research gaps. Original, high quality contributions that have not yet been published, submitted, or are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Application programming interfaces (APIs) for ICN and their evaluation
  • Applications of ICN for Internet-of-Things, smart vehicles, smart cities, and other smart environments
  • Architecture design and evaluation
  • Deployments of ICN
  • Economics and business models of ICN
  • Evaluation methodology and metrics
  • ICN application in challenging network environments
  • ICN support for ad hoc, direct peer-to-peer communication
  • Implementation strategies for ICN
  • Management in ICN
  • Mobility solutions and issues in ICN
  • Opportunities for ICN in the developing world
  • QoS-aware ICN networking
  • Routing and forwarding (including congestion control) in ICN
  • Tools, experimentation facilities, and measurement methodology for ICN
  • Transport issues in ICN
  • Trust management, confidentiality, access control, and privacy in ICN
Dr. Alexander Afanasyev
Guest Editor

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  • Information-Centric Networking
  • Future Internet Architecture
  • Named Data Networking
  • Content-Centric Networking

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Towards Secure and Efficient Communication in V2X Scenarios
Authors: Benjamin Rainer and Stefan Petscharnig
Affiliation: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Abstract: Recently, many car manufacturers have proposed to release autonomous self--driving cars within the next few years. These cars process information gathered by sensors (e.g., cameras, GPS, lidar, radar, ultrasonic). This information enables the car to drive autonomously on roads. However, in dense or high--speed traffic scenarios the information gathered by mounted sensors may not be sufficient to guarantee a smooth and safe traffic flow. Thus, information received from infrastructure and other cars on the road is vital. Here, the authenticity of dynamically forwarded and cached information is crucial. Information Centric Networking (ICN) inherently provides mechanism for authentic information forwarding and caching. In this paper, we identify advantages and drawbacks of ICN for Vehicle-To-Everything (V2X) communication. We also investigate existing solutions for V2X and discuss their applicability in this field. Based on the investigation we propose extensions needed for ICN (in particular Named Data Networking) to enable V2X communication providing a secure and efficient transport platform.

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