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Localisation, Communication and Networking with VLC

Special Issue


In recent years, there has been a significantly increased global attention on Visible Light Communications (VLC). Tremendous efforts have been invested in improving the performance of VLC, focusing on devices, components, transceivers, systems and networks, achieving in excess of multi-Gbits/s targets. Hence, VLC becomes especially promising as a new member in the small-cell family of the 5G Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet) landscape, facilitating new mobile applications for entertainment, education, manufacturing, collaborative design and Internet of Things (IoT) etc. Importantly, the simultaneous exploitation of illumination and communication using VLC also contributes towards the all-important 'green' agenda, which is one of the salient topics in the 21th century. By considering VLC within the holistic tele-ecosystem, significant revenues will be generated for satisfying the ever-growing social and economical demands at a sustainable way. Despite that VLC offers numerous benefits, there are still lots of challenges ahead, such as its limited coverage, its heavy dependence on Line-of-Sight and its mobility robustness, etc. Hence, the community looks for real innovations that are fundamental to VLC, rather than being directly lifted from the known radio communications. This special issue is on "Localisation, Communication and Networking with VLC", where the three aspects are purposely selected to reflect the main thrusts of VLC. To elaborate, the research of VLC relies on multi-faceted investigations ranging from the design of optoelectronics to the understanding of communications and signal processing techniques, from the development of networking protocols to the exploitation of system optimisation. The aim of this special issue is to inspire multi-disciplinary international communities to work together in order to achieve further hitherto elusive scientific advances. High quality papers will be solicited in the following non-exclusive list of main areas of research:

  • Measurement, Modelling and Simulation
  • Localisation, Positioning and Tracking
  • Modulation and Coding; Equalisation and Detection or VLC systems
  • Optical CDMA, Optical OFDM and Optical MIMO for VLC systems
  • Illumination and Communication Co-design for VLC systems
  • Access, Scheduling and Interference Mitigation for VLC networks
  • Resource, Admission and Mobility Management for VLC networks
  • Back-hauling, Duplexing, Protocol, Architecture and Security for VLC networks
  • Heterogeneous VLC, Self-organised VLC and Software-defined VLC
  • Under-water VLC, Inter-chip VLC and Board-board VLC
  • Camera/Laser/Organic-LED based VLC


Dr Rong Zhang (Corresponding)

Prof Mauro Biagi

Prof Lutz Lampe

Prof Thomas DC Little

Dr Stefan Mangold

Prof Zhengyuan Xu