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Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers

Series Topic


The architectures of mobile networks (both core and radio access networks), fixed networks, and service delivery platforms are subject to an unprecedented techno-economic transformation. This trend, often referred to as Network Softwarization within an ever-growing community of researchers in both academia and industry, will yield significant benefits in terms of reducing expenditure and operational costs of next generation (5G and beyond) networks.

The key enablers are Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, and Cloud, Fog, and (mobile/multi-access) Edge Computing. These technologies are still at their infancy. They introduce significant technical challenges that the research community is tackling. When they are integrated to enable fully programmable, flexible, service/vertical-tailored, and automated end-to-end networks (i.e., network slices), the challenges become more significant. The technical challenges pertain to the overall process, network slice instantiation and maintenance, slicing over multi-domains (i.e., both administrative and technology), orchestration and allocation of shared and isolated resources (i.e., computing and storage capacity, virtualized network functions, networking resources, and physical radio resources), and communication interfaces amongst different network slices along with supporting algorithms and mechanisms. The concept of network softwarization is expected to serve diverse services and verticals, including, but not limited to, Tactile Internet of Things, Pervasive Robotics, Self-driving, Immersive communications, Industry 4.0, and Augmented Reality.

We invite high-quality submissions to the IEEE JSAC series on network softwarization and enablers. We are seeking papers which have not been published before and are not currently under review by any journal. The scope of this series is papers in the general arena of network softwarization, specifically on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • RAN slicing
  • Mobile core networks and their slicing
  • Service-based network architecture
  • Fixed network slicing
  • Slice programmability, modeling, composition algorithms and deployment
  • System/service orchestration and management
  • Network function decomposition
  • Network function virtualization
  • Service function chaining
  • Resource sharing, isolation, and federation
  • Software defined networking
  • Cloud computing technologies
  • Virtualization techniques
  • (mobile/multi-access) edge and fog computing
  • MEC-, SDN-, NFV-based network service enhancement
  • Service, slice, and infrastructure monitoring
  • Performance, interoperability, and scalability issues
  • Security, trust, and privacy issues in virtualized environments
  • Best practices from experimental testbeds, trials and deployment
  • Verticals, new value chains and business models


Prof. Khaled Ben Letaief, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Prof. Nelson Fonseca, The State  University of Campinas, Brazil
Prof. Sherman Shen, University of Waterloo, Canada
Prof. Geoffrey Li, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Prof. Tarik Taleb, Aalto University, Finland


Prof. Abderrezak Rachedi, University of Paris-Est, France
Prof. Adlen Ksentini, Eurecom, France
Prof. Akihiro Nakao, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Alex Galis, University College London, UK
Prof. Ash Mohammad Abbas, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Dr. Claudio Cicconetti, National Research Council, Italy
Prof. David S. L. Wei, Fordham University, USA
Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Dr. Francesco Musumeci, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Guangjie Han, Dalian University of Technology, People’s Republic of China
Prof. Hassine Moungla, Paris Descartes University, France
Dr. Hichem Sedjelmaci, Orange Lab, France
Dr. Hideki Tode, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Prof. Honggang Wang, University of Massachusetts, USA
Prof. Hongli Xu, University of Science and Technology of China, People’s Republic of China
Prof. Hui Yang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China
Dr. Javid Taheri, Karlstad University, Sweden
Prof. Kan Zheng, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People's Republic of China
Dr. Konstantinos Samdanis, Huawei, Germany
Dr. Lei Jiao, University of Oregon, USA
Prof. Martin Casado, Stanford University, USA

Dr. Miloud Bagaa, Aalto University, Finland
Prof. Min Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, People's Republic of China
Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Prof. Nadjib Aitsaadi,  ESIEE, France
Prof. Nidal Nasser, Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ori Rottenstreich, Princeton University, USA
Prof. Nadjib Aitsaadi,  ESIEE, France
Prof. Rami Langar, University of Eastern Paris, France
Dr. Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
Prof. Robert Ricci, University of Utah, USA
Dr. Shahid Mumtaz, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Dr. Teruyuki Hasegawa, KDDI, Japan
Prof. Toktam Mahmoudi, Kings College London, UK
Prof. Wei Wang, Zhejiang University, People's Republic of China
Prof. Xiaofei Wang, Tianjin University, People's Republic of China
Prof. Xu Chen, Sun Yat-sen University, People's Republic of China
Dr. Yang Xu, New York University, USA
Prof. Yang Yang, ShanghaiTech University, People's Republic of China
Dr. Ying Zhang, Facebook, USA
Dr. Yulei Wu, University of Exeter, UK
Dr. Zarrar Yousaf, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany

Should you be interested in serving on the Editorial Board of this IEEE JSAC Series, please send an email to Prof. Tarik Taleb ( along with your CV.