Special Issue "Latest Advances of 5G for IoT and Automotive Scenarios"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Computing and Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Lottici
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Guest Editor
Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, 43 56126 Pisa, Italy
Interests: Wireless Communications
Dr. Alexandros-Apostolos A. Boulogeorgos
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Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: wireless communications and networks with an emphasis on IoT communications and distributed architectures; high-frequency communications; communications for biomedical applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The new technology revolution we are going through presently is certainly changing the way we live, work, and communicate with each other. In this context, the never-known-before growth of both the volume of mobile traffic and the number of connected devices paves the way for a new era in the communication world, mainly marked by the effort spent in the development of fifth-generation (5G) wireless systems. Highly ambitious goals in various scenarios are expected to be fulfilled by 5G devices, namely, multi-Gbps data rate, near-100% reliability, sub-ms latency, each of which matches the ITU services of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communication (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC). By virtue of the appealing 5G requirements for maintaining an every-time, everywhere, reliable, and large density network connectivity, a variety of new concepts are emerging in the area of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, smart manufacturing, and automotive communications, thus enabling a number of innovative services and applications.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect novel papers on the latest advances in 5G technology supporting next-generation IoT, smart manufacturing, and automotive communications, in order to provide a detailed understanding of the basic principles, state of the art, applications, future trends, and open issues. Hence, contributions from both academia and industry are invited on all the above 5G aspects concerning, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Transceiver and antenna design;
  • Beamforming techniques, millimeter wave (mmW) communications combined with massive MIMO (mMIMO);
  • Adaptive resource allocation;
  • Cognitive, opportunistic, and cooperative radio;
  • Latency, reliability, energy and spectrum efficiency, flexibility, connection density;
  • Channel sounding, measurement, modeling, estimation;
  • Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces;
  • Network densification, optimization, planning;
  • Cybersecurity issues;
  • Machine learning techniques;
  • Applications to automotive (V2X, ADAS) and smart manufacturing (D2D);
  • High-performance platforms (FPGA, GPU, GPP, SoC) for baseband processing.

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Lottici
Prof. Dr. Sergio Saponara
Dr. Alexandros-Apostolos A. Boulogeorgos
Guest Editors

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  • 5G
  • mmW
  • MIMO
  • massive MIMO
  • resource allocation
  • cooperative radio
  • energy and spectrum efficiency
  • latency
  • reliability
  • cybersecurity
  • V2X
  • high-performance platforms

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