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Wireless Transmission of Information and Power


IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Wireless Transmission of Information and Power

Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) via radio-frequency (RF) radiation has long been regarded as a possibility for energizing low-power devices. It is, however, not until recently that WPT has become recognized as feasible, due to reductions in power requirements of electronics and smart devices. Far-field WPT using RF could be used for long range power delivery to increase user convenience.  Recent research advocates that the future of wireless networking goes beyond conventional communication-centric transmission. In the same way that wireless has disrupted mobile communications, wireless will disrupt the delivery of mobile power. However, current wireless networks have been designed for communication purposes only. Moreover the transmissions of energy and information have traditionally been treated separately. Recognizing that radio waves carry both energy and information simultaneously, imagine instead a wireless network where information and energy flow together through the wireless medium. Wireless communication, or Wireless Information Transfer, and WPT would then refer to two extreme strategies, respectively, targeting communication-only and power-only. A unified design of Wireless Information and Power Transmission (WIPT) would on the other hand have the ability to softly evolve in between those two extremes to make the best use of the RF spectrum/radiation and the network infrastructure to communicate and energize.

This special issue has the objective of bringing the above vision closer to reality and will provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art technology and theory for WIPT. Prospective authors are invited to submit original manuscripts on topics including, but not limited to:

  • WIPT building blocks: wireless energy harvesting and transfer, simultaneous wireless information and power transfer, wirelessly powered (backscatter) communication
  • Analytical models of wireless energy harvesters for signal, system, and architecture design
  • Fundamental limits of WIPT and communications and signal design for WIPT
  • Waveform, beamforming and channel acquisition strategies design for WIPT
  • WIPT in point-to-point, broadcast, interference, and relay channels
  • Multi-node coordination/cooperation, network architecture, and protocol design for WIPT
  • Wireless charging control, energy management, resource allocation, and scheduling for WIPT
  • WIPT with large-scale multi-antenna/massive MIMO and/or at mmWave frequencies
  • Safety, security, and economic issues in WIPT
  • Spectrum sharing and interference management for WIPT
  • Prototyping and experimentation of WIPT
  • Application of WIPT in wireless sensor networks, machine-to-machine, device-to-device, Internet-of-Things (IoT), WiFi, cellular networks and 5G

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE JSAC guidelines at Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript to according to the following schedule:

  • Initial paper submission: March 1, 2018
  • Decision notification: June 1, 2018
  • Final to publisher: July 1, 2018
  • Publication: Third Quarter 2018

Guest Editors

Bruno Clerckx (Lead)
Imperial College London, UK

Rui Zhang
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Robert Schober
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Derrick Wing Kwan Ng
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Dong In Kim
Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

H. Vincent Poor
Princeton University, USA