Call for Papers: Convergence of 5G Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity of Networked Societies for the Cities of Tomorrow


As many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. It is predicted that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed 11.5 billion by 2019 (nearly 1.5 mobile devices per capita), which poses a huge traffic demand for ubiquitous communications. It has been projected that the total volume of data traffic will nearly triple between 2016 and 2021, of which about 75% will originate from non-PC devices and about 42% of all connections will be for M2M communication between over 10 billion smart objects. It is anticipated that we will witness an up to 10000- fold growth in wireless data traffic by the year 2030. Predictions evidently indicates the skyrocketing demand on data traffic and applications for machine type communication such as self-driving vehicles, healthcare monitoring, smart cities and factories, and artificial intelligencebased personalized assistants along with traditional human-centric communications. Coexistence of human-centric and machine-type services as well as hybrids of these will make next generation wireless networks more diverse and complex. Current wireless radio access techniques are not capable of delivering these new applications and may pose a much higher security risk than the WiFi and 4G networks did. Without novel approaches, mobile networks will grind to a halt unless more capacity is added to mobile networks. In order to better support the Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, many technical challenges need to be overcome in 5G and beyond including network architectures, network resource allocation schemes, and advanced signal processing techniques, etc. On the other hand, in IoT systems, the hardware security assurance is a critical and emerging issue. It is reported that about 70% of IoT devices are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In addition, deep learning and AI techniques have been considered as promising approaches to unleash the full potential of 5G networks, IoT and cyber-physical systems.

To overcome the aforementioned challenges of emerging issues for networks of future, this special issue focuses on (but are not restricted to) the following topics. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following scope: 

  • Advanced network architecture design for IoT towards 5G 
  • IoT applications to disaster management, smart cities, smart environment, and smart agriculture 
  •  Energy-efficiency in 5G for IoT applications 
  • 5G wireless heterogeneous networks: design and optimization 
  • Mobility management of 5G networks for IoT applications 
  • 5G wireless communications and networks for surveillance and management
  • 5G technologies: NOMA, full-duplex, massive MIMO, network planning, mmWave, URLLC 
  • Big data and IoT data analytics
  • Security and privacy concerns in 5G wireless communications
  • Hardware forensics 
  • Deep learning for hardware oriented cybersecurity 
  • Machine learning for resource allocation in wireless networks 
  • Emerging memory and computing technologies for future networks 
  • Advanced signal processing for future networks

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 14th July 2020 
  • Notification of acceptance: 14th September 2020 
  • Submission of final revised paper: 21st October 2020 
  • Publication of special issue (tentative): December 2020

Submission Procedure

This MONET Half Special Issue will publish six selected high-quality extended papers from INISCOM 2020 and from the open call-for-papers. Authors should follow the MONET Journal manuscript format described at the journal site. Manuscripts should be submitted on-line through Editorial Manager

Guest Editors: 

  • Dr. Van-Phuc Hoang, Le Quy Don Technical University, Vietnam 
  • Dr. Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK 
  • Dr. Cong-Kha Pham, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan

Guest Editors Bios

Van-Phuc Hoang received PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Radio-Electronic Engineering and also as Deputy Head of The Department of Microelectronics, Le Quy Don Technical University, Hanoi, Vietnam. He was a postdoc researcher, then an invited scholar with The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan in 2013, 2015 and 2017. He was also an invited scholar with University of Strathclyde, UK in 2014 and with Telecom ParisTech, France in 2018. His research interests include digital circuits and systems, low power IC design, hardware security, embedded systems and VLSI architecture for digital signal processing. He has authored or co-authored in more than 50 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He has served as Technical Programme Chair for IEEE international conferences such as IEEE 12th International Symposium on Embedded Multicore/Many-core Systems-on-Chip (MCSoC2018) and The 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Signal Processing, Telecommunications & Computing (SigTelCom2019). He has also served as a reviewer for many top-tier international journals microelectronics, hardware security and embedded systems, and has been a Technical Programme Committee Member for several flag-ship international conferences in the related fields.

Trung Q. Duong received his Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Systems from Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden in 2012. Since 2013, he has joined Queen's University Belfast, UK as an Assistant Professor. His current research interests include cooperative communications, cognitive radio networks, physical layer security, massive MIMO, cross-layer
design, mm-waves communications, and localization for radios and networks. He is an author/coauthor of more than 300 technical papers (including 175 ISI journals and 128 conference papers). Dr. Duong is currently serving as an Editor for the following journals: IEEE Trans on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans on Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IET Communications. He has also served as the Guest Editor of the special issue (SI) for the following journals: Lead Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal in Selected Areas on Communications (JSAC) for the SI on “Location Awareness for Radios and Network” in 2015; Lead Guest Editor of the IET Communications for the SI on “Secure Physical Layer Communications” in 2013 and on “Green Telecommunications Systems and Computing” in 2016; Guest Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine for the SI on “Green Media: The Future of Wireless Multimedia Networks” in 2014; Guest Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine for the SI on “Millimeter Wave Communications for 5G” in 2014 and “Energy Harvesting Communications” in 2015; Guest Editor of the IEEE Access for the SI on “Security for Wireless Communications and Networking” in 2016 and on “Exploiting the Benefits of Interference in Wireless Networks: Energy Harvesting and Security” in 2017; Guest Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking for the SI on “Cooperative Cognitive Networks” in 2013; Guest Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Advances Signal Processing for the SI on “Security Challenges and Issues in Cognitive Radio Networks” in 2014; Editor for Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (2013-2016) and Electronics Letters (2015-2016). He was awarded the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring) in 2013, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, and IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2016.

Cong-Kha Pham received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan in 1989, 1990 and 1992, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Computer and Network Engineering, The University of ElectroCommunications, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include hardware security, open source processors and the design of analog/digital systems using integrated circuits. He has authored or co-authored in over 180 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Pham received several best conference paper awards. He has served as a reviewer for many top-tier international journals on VLSI systems and integrated circuits, and has also been a Technical Programme Committee Member for several flag-ship international conferences in the related fields.