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Special Issue "Energy-Efficient Communication Networks and Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Josip Lorincz
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Guest Editor
Faculty of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and naval architecture (FESB), University of Split, R. Boskovica 32, 21000 Split, Croatia
Interests: energy-efficient networking and computing; telecommunications; wireline/wireless networks; sensor networks; Internet of Things; cloud computing; system optimization; renewable energies, cognitive radio
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

during the past decade, research and the industrial community start to invest considerable efforts in improving the energy efficiency of communication networks and systems due to energetic, economic and environmental reasons. The energetic reasons are reflected in the number of studies according to which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure and computer systems consume significant amounts of world electricity consumption. The economic reasons are related to the expectations that power consumed by communication networks and systems will increase due to the necessity of satisfying constantly increasing demand for new applications, data volumes transfer and the number of user devices, which will additionally increase the energy bills of service providers. Finally, the environmental reasons are dedicated to the nonnegligible contribution of the overall communication networks and systems exploitation lifecycle to the global carbon footprint, which further contributes to global warming. All indicated reasons mandate the necessity for continuation in attempts which will ensure further improvements in the energy efficiency of communication networks and systems on all layers of open systems interconnection (OSI) model.

Therefore, this Special Issue aims to serve as a platform for researchers and visionaries from academia, research labs and industry in presenting novelties related to energy efficiency improvements of communication networks and computing systems. Sharing ideas, views, results and experiences dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of communication networks and systems is what this Special Issue is intended to be about. Anything from theoretical and experimental achievements to innovative design and management approaches, prototyping efforts and case studies are in the focus of this Special Issue. This Special Issue aims to open new research ways toward more energy-efficient communication networks and computing systems. The Special Issue accepts original research and review papers dedicated to the topic of improving the energy efficiency of communication networks and systems.

The broad range of topics of interest to this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) for improving energy-efficiency of communication networks and systems
  • Techniques for improving energy-efficiency of wireless communication networks
  • Approaches for improving energy-efficiency of wireline communication networks
  • Solutions for reducing power consumption of data centers
  • Optimization of energy consumption in optical networks
  • Techniques for improving energy-efficiency of fiber-wireless (FiWi) networks
  • Security and energy-efficiency trade-offs in communication networks
  • Green communication technologies for smart cities
  • Approaches based on cloud and edge computing for improving network energy-efficiency
  • Network function virtualization (NFV) concepts for optimizing energy-efficiency of communication networks
  • Green future Internet and energy-efficient software-defined networking concepts
  • Energy-efficient Internet of Things/Everything (IoT/E) networks
  • Solutions for improving energy-efficiency of sensor networks
  • Improving energy-efficiency with and within Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) - based networks
  • Applications of green networking technologies and principles for peer-to-peer and ad-hoc networks
  • Energy-efficient underwater communications
  • Energy-efficient satellite communications
  • Energy-efficiency improvements of low power wireless networks and devices
  • Techniques for optimizing energy-efficiency of user devices
  • Energy-efficient public health solutions
  • Green network design and energy-efficient smart grids
  • Energy-efficient vehicle communications
  • Energy-efficient automation and industrial communications
  • Energy-efficient critical communications
  • Computer and software engineering for improving energy-efficiency
  • Techniques for ensuring Quality of Service (QoS) in energy-efficient communication networks
  • Green mobile applications
  • Green cognitive radio networks
  • Communication solutions for green buildings
  • Power consumption and cost models of networking infrastructure
  • Power consumption measurements and energy profiling of communication networks
  • Smart metering and data analyses for improving energy-efficiency
  • Big data analyses for meeting green challenges
  • Hardware and architectural enhancements for reducing power consumption of communication network devices and systems
  • Energy-efficient management of communication networks
  • Cross-layer optimizations for reducing the energy consumption of communication networks
  • Energy-efficient algorithms, protocols and protocol extensions
  • Energy-efficient transmission technologies
  • Energy cost models for network operators
  • Renewable energy sources for power supply of communication networks
  • Antenna design and transmission technologies for reducing energy consumption
  • Intelligent reflective surfaces for improving energy-efficiency in wireless networks
  • Energy harvesting solutions and prototypes in communication networks
  • Cooperative communication systems for improving energy-efficiency
  • Field trials for ensuring sustainable networking and computing
  • Standardization and regulation policy for improving energy-efficiency of communication networks
  • Performance metrics for evaluation of energy-efficiency in communication networks
  • Green solutions for reduction of electromagnetic pollutions
  • Solutions for power-efficient air-conditioning and cooling of communication systems and devices
  • Blockchain approaches for improving energy management of communication networks

Dr. Josip Lorincz
Guest Editor

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  • Green wireless networks 
  • Green wireline networking 
  • Energy-efficient data centres 
  • Green cloud computing 
  • Energy-efficient sensor networks 
  • Green IoT/IoE networks 
  • Energy-efficient industrial communications 
  • Sustainable networking and computing 
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for energy efficiency 
  • Energy-efficient resource management 
  • Energy-efficient algorithms and protocols

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