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The global demand for data traffic has experienced explosive growth over the past years. In the era of the new generation of communication systems, data traffic is expected to continuously straining the capacity of future communication networks. Along with the remarkable growth in data traffic, new applications of communications, such as wearable devices, autonomous systems, drones, and the Internet of Things (IoT), continue to emerge and generate even more data traffic with vastly different performance requirements. This growth in the application domain brings forward an inevitable need for more intelligent processing, operation, and optimization of tomorrow’s communication networks.

To realize this vision of intelligent processing and operation, there is a need to integrate machine learning, known to be the vessel that carries artificial intelligence, into the design, planning, and optimization of future communication networks. Particularly, the emerging framework of deep learning can be a key enabler for intelligent processing in a broad range of scenarios. Modern machine learning techniques provide ample opportunities to enable intelligent communication designs while addressing various problems ranging from signal detection, classification, and sparse signal recovery to channel modeling, network optimization, resource management, routing, transport protocol design, and application/user behavior analysis.

Beyond intelligent network management, machine learning will allow future communication networks and their applications, e.g., IoT, to exploit big data analytics so as to enhance situational awareness and overall network operation. Particularly, the massive amounts of data generated from multiple sources that range from network measurements to IoT sensor readings as well as drones and surveillance images can be used to show the comprehensive operational view of the massive number of devices within the network. Additionally, this comprehensive view can be exploited to detect anomaly events in communication networks.

This JSAC Series will focus on machine learning solutions to problems in communication networks, across various layers and within a broad range of applications. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, machine learning, especially deep learning, for signal detection, channel modeling, resource optimization, routing protocol design, transport layer optimization, user/application behavior prediction, software defined networking, congestion control, communication network optimization, security and anomaly detection. The objective of this series is to bring together the state-of-art research results and industrial applications of machine learning for intelligent communications. Original contributions previously unpublished and not currently under review by another journal are solicited in relevant areas, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Machine/deep learning for signal detection, channel modeling, estimation, interference mitigation, and decoding.
  • Resource and network optimization using machine learning techniques.
  • Distributed learning algorithms and implementations over realistic communication networks.
  • Machine learning techniques for application/user behavior prediction and user experience modeling and optimization.
  • Machine learning techniques for anomaly detection in communication networks.
  • Machine learning for emerging communication systems and applications, such as drone systems, IoT, edge computing, caching, smart cities, and vehicular networks.
  • Machine learning for transport-layer congestion control.
  • Machine learning for integrated radio frequency/non-radio frequency communication systems.
  • Machine learning techniques for information-centric networks and data mining.
  • Machine learning for network slicing, network virtualization, and software defined networking.
  • Performance analysis and evaluation of machine learning techniques in wired/wireless communication systems.
  • Scalability and complexity of machine learning in networks.
  • Techniques for efficient hardware implementation of neural networks in communications.
  • Synergies between distributed/federated learning and communications.
  • Secure machine learning over communication networks.

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

Coming Issue

Manuscript Submission: 15 December 2020
First Notification: 15 February 2021
Revised Paper Due: 10 March 2021
Acceptance Notification: 15 April 2021
Final Manuscript Due: 25 April 2021
Publication Date: July 2021

Next Issue

Manuscript Submission: 15 June 2021
First Notification: 15 August 2021
Revised Paper Due: 10 September 2021
Acceptance Notification: 15 October 2021
Final Manuscript Due: 25 October 2021
Publication Date: January 2022


Geoffrey Li
Imperial College London

Associate Editors-in-Chief

Walid Saad
Virginia Tech

Ayfer Ozgur
Stanford University

Peter Kairouz
Google, Inc.

Senior Editor

Khaled B. Letaief
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Area 1: Signal Processing

Area Editor:
Zhijin Qin
Queen Mary University London

Lu Lu, Intel Labs
Michalis Matthaiou, Queen’s University Belfast
Slawomir Stanczak, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology

Area 2: Learn to Transmit and Receive

Area Editor:
Jakob Hoydis
Nokia Bell Labs

Alexios Balatsoukas-Stimming, Eindhoven University of Technology
Gaojie Chen, University of Leicester
Elisabeth de Carvalho, Aalborg University

Area 3: Resource Management and Network Optimization

Area Editor:
Zhu Han
University of Houston

Carlo Fischione, Royal Institute Technology
Le Liang, Intel Labs
Dusit Niyato, Nanyang Technological University
Beibei Wang, Origin Wireless Inc.

Area 4: Distributed/Federated Learning and Communications

Area Editor:
Deniz Gunduz
Imperial College London

Kaibin Huang, University of Hong Kong
Navid Naderializadeh, HRL Laboratories
Yuanming Shi, ShanghaiTech University
Nguyen Tran, University of Sydney

Area 5: Selected Topics

Area Editor:
Jaafar Elmirghani
University of Leeds

Yong Li, Tsinghua University
Omid Semiari, University of Colorado
Xiangwei Zhou, Louisiana State University
Guangding Yu, Zhejiang University