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Publication Date

Second Quarter 2021

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

The freshness of information is of fundamental importance in networked monitoring and cyber-physical systems such as sensor networks, airplane/vehicular control, robotic networks, and the Internet of Things, as well as in information-update and data analytics applications such as crowdsourcing, financial trading, social networks, and online learning. Age of Information (AoI) is a new concept that describes performance metrics for information freshness, as a means for fundamental research, and as a tool in latency-sensitive applications. Recent research advances on AoI suggest that many well-known design principles (e.g., for providing high throughput and low delay) of traditional data networks need to be re-examined for enhancing information freshness in emerging real-time applications.

This special issue is dedicated to communication theory, information theory, networking and signal processing aspects of networks and edge-cloud processing systems that enable latency-sensitive information-update systems. We solicit original papers in areas (not limited to):

  • Age-optimized network protocols (e.g., transport, routing, and medium access)
  • Age of information analysis and control in multiuser communication systems
  • Timely updating in sensor networks
  • Timely updating in networks of energy harvesting devices
  • Data freshness in caches and databases
  • Timeliness in cloud computing and storage
  • Age of information and information theory
  • Age-optimized source and channel coding
  • Age of information and machine learning
  • Age of information and control theory 
  • Timeliness in signal tracking and estimation
  • Age of information in security and privacy
  • Age of information and game theory
  • Economics and pricing of fresh data
  • AoI as a performance metric for real-world cyber-physical systems (e.g. health and energy monitoring, real-time surveillance, networks of autonomous vehicles, augmented/virtual reality)

Submission Guidelines

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

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 July 2020
First Notification: 1 October 2020
Acceptance Notification: 1 February 2021
Final Manuscript Due: 1 March 2021
Planned Publication: Second Quarter 2021

Guest Editors

Roy D. Yates
Rutgers University

D. Richard Brown III

Sanjit K. Kaul
IIIT Delhi

Eytan Modiano

Yin Sun
Auburn University

Sennur Ulukus
University of Maryland