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Publication Date

First Quarter 2022

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

Mobile applications are expected to continue their current exponential growth in next generation wireless networks due to the explosive growth of the Internet-of-Things. Future heterogeneous services and applications, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), holographic telepresence, industry 4.0, and robotics require the provisioning of unprecedented massive user access, heterogeneous data traffic, high bandwidth efficiency, and low latency services in next generation wireless networks. Therefore, the aforementioned services and applications will have to be supported by novel next generation multiple access (NGMA) schemes. NGMA has to accommodate multiple users in the allotted resource blocks, such as time slots, frequency bands, spreading codes, and power levels, in the most effective manner possible. To accomplish this, NGMA schemes have to go beyond merely combining existing schemes and incorporate novel concepts. NGMA schemes are expected to achieve higher bandwidth efficiency and higher connectivity compared with conventional multiple access schemes. Furthermore, NGMA has to facilitate efficient random access for delay-sensitive Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as industry 4.0 and robotics. Moreover, recent advances in machine learning and big data provide promising approaches to tackle new challenges in NGMA and to make NGMA more intelligent. However, realizing the full potential of NGMA in practical communication scenarios is challenging, and there are still many important open research problems. This special issue (SI) seeks to explore NGMA schemes and invites novel contributions from researchers and practitioners.

This SI aims to provide a forum for the latest NGMA research, innovations, and applications for next generation wireless networks, in order to bridge the gap between theory and applications. We solicit high-quality original research papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Fundamental limits and performance analysis of NGMA
  • Advanced channel coding and modulation for NGMA
  • Resource allocation and mobility management for NGMA
  • NGMA for ultra-reliable low-latency communication
  • Massive multiple access schemes for future IoT
  • Machine learning and big data aided NGMA
  • Multiple-input multiple-output assisted NGMA
  • Interplay between reconfigurable intelligent surfaces and NGMA
  • Physical layer security for NGMA
  • NGMA for integrated terrestrial and aerial 6G networks
  • NGMA for robotic communications
  • Grant free and semi-grant free multiple access
  • NGMA for terahertz and millimeter-wave communications
  • Hardware implementation challenges of NGMA

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: 15 August 2021 (Deadline Extended)
First Notification: 1 October 2021
Acceptance Notification: 15 November 2021
Final Manuscript Due: 1 December 2021
Publication Date: First Quarter 2022

Guest Editors

Dr. Yuanwei Liu (Leading)
Queen Mary University of London, UK

Prof. Zhiguo Ding
The University of Manchester, UK

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

Prof. Naofal Al-Dhahir
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Prof. Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
University of Waterloo, Canada

Prof. Ekram Hossain
University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Shuowen Zhang
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong