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Call for Papers

Reliability of communication infrastructure is a top priority for network operators. To ensure reliable network operation, new design and management techniques for reliable communications must be constantly devised to respond to the rapid network and service evolution. As a recent and relevant example, deployments of 5G communication networks will soon enter their second phase, during which the network infrastructure will require upgrades to support new Ultra-Reliable services with availabilities of up to 6 nines. Similarly, disaster resiliency in communication networks is now attracting the attention of media, government and industry as never before (consider, e.g., the worldwide network traffic deluge to support remote working during the current Coronavirus pandemic!). Luckily, several new technical directions can be leveraged to provide new solutions for network reliability as (just to name a few): increased network reconfigurability enabled by Software Defined Networking (SDN); integration/convergence of multiple technologies (optical, wireless satellite, datacenter networks); enhanced forms of data/service replication, supported by, e.g., edge computing; network slicing, used to carve highly-reliable logical partitions of network, computing and storage resources. These, and many others, technological transformations can be leveraged to enable next-generation high-reliability networks.

Given the strong interest in both industry and academia towards reliability of telecom networks and cloud-computing infrastructures, we organize an IEEE TNSM special issue that aims at timely publication of recent and innovative research results on this important topic.

 We welcome submissions addressing important challenges (see the non-exhaustive list of topics below) and presenting novel research or experimentation results. Survey papers that offer a perspective on related work and identify key challenges for future research will be considered as well. We look forward to your submissions!

About the special issue

Topics of interest for this special issue, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Resilience in 5G networks and services
  • Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC)
  • Design of resilient and reliable IoT systems
  • Resilience in Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Secure and reliable quantum communication
  • Resilient communication networks for the smart grid
  • Resilience in satellite communication networks
  • High-availability for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructures
  • Dependability and reliability of cloud/wireless/cellular/mobile/datacenter networks
  • Resilience in FSO/VLC communications
  • Survivability and traffic engineering for optical, IP and multi-layer/multi-domain networks
  • Survivability in grid and distributed computing
  • Recovery of overlay and peer-to-peer networks
  • Risk and reliability in the Internet and enterprise networks
  • Communication reliability for smart city applications and intelligent transport systems
  • Methods for survivable network and systems design, analysis and operation
  • Planning and optimization of reliable networks, systems, and services
  • Machine learning for reliable design of communication networks
  • Reliable Federated Learning
  • AI empowered reliable autonomous driving and intelligent transportation
  • Security of cyber physical and networked control systems
  • Reliable design of networked control systems
  • Highly available softwarized ​infrastructure
  • Reliable communications in the era of beyond 5G/6G systems
  • Failure management based on AI/Machine Learning techniques
  • Data analytics and Machine Learning for fault diagnosis
  • Network coding techniques to improve resilience
  • Quality of Experience (QoE) and network service availability assessments
  • Reliability requirements and metrics for users, businesses, and the society
  • Resilience of networked critical infrastructures
  • Network robustness to natural disasters
  • Robust network design for hostile environments
  • Security issues in networks and their relation to survivability
  • Network dependability and energy consumption trade-offs
  • Network resilience combined with economics and commercial issues
  • Public policy issues for survivability and resilience

Submission Guidelines

Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, presentation, relevance and contribution to the field of design and management of reliable communication networks, as well as their overall quality and suitability for the special issue. The submitted papers must be written in a good English and describe original research which has not been published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Previously published conference papers should be clearly identified by the authors at the initial submission stage and an explanation should be provided of how such papers have been extended in order to be considered for this special issue.

View the author guidelines for the preparation of your manuscript. For more information, please contact Massimo Tornatore.

Authors must indicate in the submission cover letter that their manuscript is intended for the “Design and Management of Reliable Communication Networks” special issue.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Date: 1 November 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 15 February 2021
Publication Date*: 1 April 2021

Guest Editors

Massimo Tornatore
Politecnico di Milano, Italy (and University of California, Davis)

Teresa Gomes
University of Coimbra, Portugal

Carmen Mas Machuca
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Sara Ayoubi
Nokia Bell Labs, France

Eiji Oki
Kyoto University, Japan

Chadi Assi
Concordia University, Canada

(* online published version will be available in IEEE Xplore with the final DOI immediately after the camera ready version has been submitted)