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Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

Fifth-generation (5G) wireless communication networks are being deployed worldwide from 2020. More capabilities are being standardized, such as mass connectivity, ultra-reliability, and guaranteed low latency. However, 5G will not meet all requirements of the future in 2030 and beyond and sixth generation (6G) wireless communication networks are expected to provide global coverage, enhanced spectral/energy/cost efficiency, better intelligence level and security, etc. 6G networks will rely on new enabling technologies such as quantum computing technologies to meet these requirements.

Quantum computation is a rapidly growing field and lots of breakthroughs have been achieved during the past decades. Quantum computation is transitioning from an emerging branch of science into a mature research field in science and engineering.

Quantum information processing (QIP) is primarily devoted to quantum computing and quantum information processing to create and work with quantum data.  Due to some of the astounding properties inherent to quantum computation, notably entanglement and parallelism, it is anticipated that QIP technologies will offer capabilities and performances that are, as yet, unrivaled by their traditional equivalents. These improvements could be in terms of computing speed, guaranteed security, and minimal storage requirements, etc.

This Special Issue presents and theoretical and fundamental research on the potential and limitations of quantum technology, and explores how to achieve secure communication for wireless networks in the presence of quantum technologies. The usage ranges are oriented to the new merging technology such as cloud mobile/ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, privacy-aware computing, hybrid human-machine computing, blockchain and distributed ledgers technology.  

Original contributions are solicited in relevant areas including, but not limited to:

  • Quantum-based secure communication schemes
  • Quantum authentication protocols
  • Quantum blockchain
  • Quantum technology for big data analytics
  • Quantum technology for secure IoT applications
  • Quantum machine learning for secure communications
  • Quantum image processing and enhancements (image encoding, edge detection, image segmentation, etc.)
  • Development of classical software for simulating and testing quantum communication techniques.
  • Novel AI and quantum-based architectures, frameworks, and testbeds for 6G,
  • Intelligent spectrum management in 5G/6G using quantum technology,
  • Breakthrough technologies and concepts,
  • Reconfigurable antennas and devices for the next generation,
  • Innovative AI, quantum technology and 6G-enabled user applications,
  • AI and quantum applications for the physical layer of wireless communications
  • Concise state-of-the-art reviews on the relevant topic could be accepted

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the rules specified in the Information for Authors of the IEEE Wireless Communications guidelines. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript to Manuscript Central. The timetable is as follows:

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 February 2022 15 February 2022 (Extended Deadline)
Initial Decision Date: 1 April 2022
Revised Manuscript Due: 1 May 2022
Final Decision Date: 1 July 2022
Final Manuscript Due: 15 August 2022
Publication Date: October 2022

Guest Editors

Ahmed A. Abd El-Latif
Menoufia University, Egypt

Yassine Maleh
Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Morocco

Anindita Banerjee
QnuLabs.Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India   

Wojciech Mazurczyk
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Anwer Al-Dulaimi
System Engineering Specialist, EXFO,