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Special Issue "Experimentation in 5G and beyond Networks: State of the Art and the Way Forward"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Communications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giuseppe Caso
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Guest Editor
Department of Mobile Systems and Analytics, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, 0167 Oslo, Norway
Interests: heterogeneous networks; IoT; cognitive communications; game theory; artificial intelligence; multi-agent learning
Prof. Dr. Özgü Alay
Guest Editor
Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, 0315 Oslo, NorwayDepartment of Mobile Systems and Analytics, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, 0167 Oslo, Norway
Interests: 5G; IoT; low-latency networking; mobile multimedia; multipath transport
Prof. Dr. Anna Brunstrom
Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Karlstad University, 65188 Karlstad, Sweden
Interests: internet architectures and protocols; low-latency communication; multipath communication; performance evaluation of mobile systems; 5G; IoT
Dr. Harilaos Koumaras
Guest Editor
NCSR "Demokritos", Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, Patriarchou Grigoriou E' & 27 Neapoleos Str., 15341 Agia Paraskevi, Greece
Interests: 5G; mobile communications; virtualization; cloud computing; quality of experience; multimedia; networking
Dr. Almudena Díaz Zayas
Guest Editor
Department of Electronics Technology, University of Malaga, 29071 Malaga, Spain
Interests: mobile communications and protocols; testbeds; testing; quality of service
Dr. Valerio Frascolla
Guest Editor
Intel Deutschland GmbH, Lilienthalstraße 4, 85579 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: 5G and beyond system design; business models; dynamic spectrum management; edge technology; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards in the Release 15 specifications, only recently has the first phase of the 5th Generation (5G) of cellular systems started to be deployed worldwide. Each country, based on its own needs and local market requests, has decided on its own deployment roadmap of 5G services. For instance, as of August 2020, not all European countries have launched commercial 5G services. This ongoing first phase of deployment will be followed by enhanced versions of the standards in the following years. Therefore, in parallel with the commercial rollout, the capability to experiment and validate the planned new features, thanks to data-driven analyses based on field trials and measurements, is of extreme interest to the whole 5G ecosystem, including researchers, standardization bodies, network operators, small and medium-sized enterprises, technology and equipment providers, and verticals. These analyses make it possible to identify correlations between deployment choices and achievable 5G key performance indicators (KPIs), while guiding towards system optimization and enhancement. The definition of KPIs, as well as measurement and validation methodologies, are complex tasks in 5G scenarios, due to intrinsic dependencies with specific use cases, services, and applications.

Within the above context, this Special Issue aims to collect original contributions on experimental aspects of 5G and beyond networks and systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, implementation, and usage of 5G and beyond experimental testbeds and platforms (e.g., those in the scopes of EU 5G-PPP and US PAWR programs);
  • Design, implementation, and usage of 5G open-source tools for automated resource instantiation, management, monitoring, and data analysis;
  • End-to-end measurement and validation frameworks for 5G KPIs;
  • Experimental analysis and ML/AI-based modeling and optimization of 5G technologies and paradigms, including:
    • 5G New Radio (NR) and 5G Core (5G Core);
    • Network slicing, management and orchestration, and SDN/NFV;
    • MEC, fog and edge computing;
    • 5G multi-access and multi-connectivity at different network layers (e.g., 5GNR-LTE interworking, 5GNR-WiFi aggregation, and multipath transport protocols applied to 5G);
    • Spectrum sharing, coexistence, and management mechanisms;
    • mmWave communication and networking;
  • Experimental analysis and ML/AI-based modeling and optimization of 5G vertical-specific applications, including
    • High-demanding multimedia applications;
    • Smart cities;
    • Industrial automation;
    • Intelligent transport systems and vehicular applications;
    • E-health;
    • Mission-critical services;
  • 5G and beyond standardization activities towards KPI measurement and validation;
  • Description and usage of 5G open datasets.

The Special Issue seeks original, unpublished papers addressing key issues and challenges in 5G and beyond experimentation. Survey, review, and tutorial papers on aspects related to the above topics will also be considered for publication. Papers shall contain original material, not currently submitted elsewhere. All submissions will be judged by their technical merit and relevance to the Special Issue.

Dr. Giuseppe Caso
Prof. Dr. Özgü Alay
Prof. Dr. Anna Brunstrom
Dr. Harilaos Koumaras
Dr. Almudena Díaz Zayas
Dr. Valerio Frascolla
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • 5G
  • 5G and beyond
  • KPI measurement and validation
  • Testbed design and usage
  • Empirical analysis
  • ML/AI-based optimization
  • Experimentation
  • Open source tools

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