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Moving beyond 5G, the global research and development of 6G networks have been initiated. The vision for 6G, conceptualized as trustworthy and intelligent integrated heterogeneous networks, is built upon three foundational pillars: trust, intelligence, and heterogeneity. Crucially, trust in 6G is not just a requirement, but a mandate for user acceptance and for powering high-stakes applications. Ensuring customized reliability, security, privacy, and availability of network services is essential for 6G. Additionally, 6G networks are characterized with intrinsic intelligence, capable of autonomously sensing network environments and user demands, providing efficient and personalized services. Furthermore, the collaboration of diverse technological components defines 6G's heterogeneity. In the scope of 6G, trust and intelligence are intertwined, as security protocols and AI-driven management systems must adapt to a variety of network technologies and standards, maintaining the integrity and performance of the heterogeneous network. Despite the promising advancements, significant research gaps remain to be addressed to actualize the vision of 6G, e.g., a universal trust framework for 6G, autonomous network operations with embedded intelligence, and the integration of diverse technological components into a coherent 6G ecosystem. These research gaps present both challenges and opportunities. By filling these gaps, 6G networks can significantly advance in trust and intelligence, transforming user experiences in the 6G era.

This Special Issue (SI) aims to highlight these research areas, inviting academia and industry to collaborate on innovative solutions that will pave the way for a successful and transformative 6G rollout. Technical scope of this SI includes, but is not limited to:

  • Trust management and intelligent control in 6G.
  • Blockchain for 6G trust and intelligence.
  • Intelligent 6G architecture, protocols, and solutions.
  • AI models for 6G trust, security, and privacy.
  • Attacks on 6G trust and intelligence.
  • AI for 6G performance optimization.
  • Fault/vulnerability detection and recovery for 6G.
  • Intelligent authentication and authorization in 6G.
  • Regulation and standardization about 6G trust and intelligence.
  • Intelligent security strategies/policies in 6G.
  • Data and identity privacy for 6G networking.
  • Usable trust and intelligence in 6G.
  • Trust of integrated sensing and communication.
  • Machine learning for integrated sensing and communication.
  • 6G physical security and trust.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the “Information for Authors” section of the Paper Submission Guidelines.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through the magazine’s Manuscript Central submission site. Select “November2024/TrustAndIntelligent6G” from the drop-down menu of Topic titles.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 May 2024
Initial Decision Notification: 1 July 2024
Revised Manuscript Due: 1 August 2024
Final Decision Notification: 1 September 2024
Final Manuscript Due: 15 September 2024
Publication Date: November 2024

Guest Editors

Zheng Yan
Xidian University, China

Tieyan Li
Huawei, Singapore

Valtteri Niemi
University of Helsinki, Finland

Elisa Bertino
Purdue University, USA