Call for Papers: Special Issue on Network in Box (NIB), Architecture, Networking and Applications

Network in Box (NIB) is a portable and self-organizing device which provides seamless connectivity to a group of mobile users, offering services such as text messages, calls, and internet connectivity. NIB enables portable and rapid deployment of communication infrastructure with no additional overhead for internet access. NIB expanding its network coverage in various environments such as terrestrial, in-flight and in sea. Since, NIB is portable it is applicable for disasters management such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and terrorist attacks which triggers a sudden need for network connectivity. Further, the application can be extended for remote operations, military deployments, NIB can also be used as an enterprises and in public services. Further, it provides controlled and secured services through wireless communication medium by preventing the Interferences and providing continuous broadcast. Therefore, Network in Box (NIB) offers Speed in deployment, reliability in solution and flexibility to adjust any circumstances.


The ubiquitous NIB architecture requires well-coordinated and scalable infrastructure with self-optimizing capabilities. The basic structure of NIB includes Evolved Packet Core (EPC) which is the core of the NIB architecture, followed by content server which offers internet connectivity and optional IMS server for additional VoIP and PTT applications. Further, the networking of NIB may force it beyond 4G and 5G, which results in 6G network. The 6G communication offers better spectrum efficiency with the integration of satellite broadcastings through specially designed Nano Antennas results in fast internet globally, with wireless speeds up to 11Gbps. Further, artificial intelligence is predicted to play a big part in self-learning, autonomous NIB networks that will negotiate the bandwidth they need for specific applications. Moreover the integration 6G services with Network in Box would pave way for network administration in all working form such a single, all-outdoor and extremely compact unit. In summary, the fundamental objective is to offer easy-to-use, fast deployable networks, addressing the needs during emergency and providing a provision of immediate network coverage when required.

This special issue aims to bring together state-of-the-art research contributions that describe original and unpublished work addressing Network on Box applications and offers services within the 6G context. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • 6G enabled NIB architecture for Peer to Peer networks
  • Functional self-healing, self-optimizing and self-configuring network.
  • Advance automation and remote monitoring for NIB in Peer to Peer networks
  • Interoperability and service provisioning using 6G
  • Renewable power source and configuration for NIB using Peer to Peer networks
  • Battery and Power Supply for 6G enabled NIB in Peer to Peer networks
  • NIB to NIB networking and Parallel Wireless Network
  • NIB has an Emergency Backpack for disaster management through Peer to Peer networks
  • Agile Integration of NIB Into Existing Networks
  • Adhoc Remote Network architecture for 6G enabled NIB.
  • AI-Based self-learning autonomous Peer to Peer networks 
  • New wireless backhaul and front haul solutions
  • Optimization of Network configuration time
  • Increasing the network capabilities in size optimized package
  • Air, Ground and Maritime mobility management of NIB

Timeline: 

Last Date for Manuscript Submission: 14 June 2020

Notification to Authors: 18 August 2020

Revised Manuscript Due: 27 October 2020

Decision Notification: 29 December 2020

 Submission Guidelines
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals.Springer offers authors, editors and reviewers of Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications a web-enabled online manuscript submission and review system. Our online system offers authors the ability to track the review process of their manuscript. This online system offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures, and supports a wide range of submission file formats. Manuscript should be submitted to: http://PPNA.edmgr.com. Choose “SI: Network in Box Architecture Networking and Applications” as the article type.

Guest editor details: 

Dr. Ching-Hsien Hsu [Managing Guest Editor],
Fellow of IET
Chair Professor and Dean,
College of Information and Electrical Engineering
Department of Computer Science,
Asia University, Taiwan,
Email: robertchh@asia.edu.tw
Personal Website: https://www.cs.ccu.edu.tw/~chh/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=VfjoNfkAAAAJ&hl=en

Ching-Hsien Hsu is Chair Professor and Dean of the College of Information and Electrical Engineering, Asia University, Taiwan; His research includes high performance computing, cloud computing, parallel and distributed systems, big data analytics, ubiquitous/pervasive computing and intelligence. He has published 200 papers in top journals such as IEEE TPDS, IEEE TSC, ACM TOMM, IEEE TCC , IEEE TETC, IEEE System, IEEE Network, top conference proceedings, and book chapters in these areas. Dr. Hsu is the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing, and International Journal of Big Data Intelligence; and serving as editorial board for a number of prestigious journals, including IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, International Journal of Communication Systems, International Journal of Computational Science, AutoSoft Journal. He has been acting as an author/co-author or an editor/co-editor of 10 books from Elsevier, Springer, IGI Global, World Scientific and McGraw-Hill. Dr. Hsu was awarded six times talent awards from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, and nine times distinguished award for excellence in research from Chung Hua University, Taiwan. Since 2008, he has been serving as executive committee of IEEE Technical Committee of Scalable Computing; IEEE Special Technical Co mmittee Cloud Computing; Taiwan Association of Cloud Computing. Dr. Hsu is a Fellow of the IET (IEE); Vice Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Cloud Computing (TCCLD), IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC), a Senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Amir H. Alavi,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Department of Bioengineering,
Swanson School of Engineering,
University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Email: alavi@pitt.edu
Personal Website: http://www.pitt.edu/~alavi/Faculty Page: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/AmirhosseinAlavi/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Zp20Gw0AAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amir_Alavi6

Amir H. Alavi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in the  Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Alavi’s research interests include structural health monitoring, smart civil infrastructure systems, deployment of advanced sensors, energy harvesting, and civil engineering system informatics. He has worked on research projects supported by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Missouri DOT, and Michigan DOT. Dr. Alavi has authored 5 books and over 170 publications in archival journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. He has received a number of award certificates for his journal articles. Recently, he has been selected among the Google Scholar 200 Most Cited Authors in Civil Engineering, as well as Web of Science ESI's World Top 1% Scientific Minds. He has served as the editor/guest editor of several journals such as Case Studies in Construction Material, Automation in Construction, Geoscience Frontiers, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, and Advances in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Alavi received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.

Dr. Mianxiong Dong
Department of Sciences and Informatics
Muroran Institute of Technology
27-1 Mizumoto-cho, Muroran, Hokkaido, 050-8585, Japan
Email: mx.dong@csse.muroran-it.ac.jp
Google Scholar Link: https://scholar.google.co.jp/citations?user=TqyApAUAAAAJ&hl=en
Personal Website: http://www3.muroran-it.ac.jp/enes/~mxdong/index.html

Mianxiong Dong received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Aizu, Japan. He became the youngest ever Professor of Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan where he currently serves Advisor to Executive Director, and Vice Director of Office of Institutional Research. He was a JSPS Research Fellow with School of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Aizu, Japan and was a visiting scholar with BBCR group at University of Waterloo, Canada supported by JSPS Excellent Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program from April 2010 to August 2011. Dr. Dong was selected as a Foreigner Research Fellow (a total of 3 recipients all over Japan) by NEC C&C Foundation in 2011. His research interests include Wireless Networks, Cloud Computing, and Cyber-physical Systems. He has received best paper awards from IEEE HPCC 2008, IEEE ICESS 2008, ICA3PP 2014, GPC 2015, IEEE DASC 2015, IEEE VTC 2016-Fall, FCST 2017, 2017 IET Communications Premium Award and IEEE ComSoc CSIM Best Conference Paper Award 2018. Dr. Dong serves as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (TGCN), IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Network, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE Access, as well as a leading guest editor for ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMM), IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (TETC), IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems (TCSS). He has been serving as the Vice Chair of IEEE Communications Society Asia/Pacific Region Information Services Committee and Meetings and Conference Committee, Leading Symposium Chair of IEEE ICC 2019, Student Travel Grants Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2019, and Symposium Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, 2017. He is the recipient of IEEE TCSC Early Career Award 2016, IEEE SCSTC Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2017, The 12th IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Young Researcher Award 2017, Funai Research Award 2018 and NISTEP Researcher 2018 (one of only 11 people in Japan) in recognition of significant contributions in science and technology. He is currently the Member of Board of Governors and Chair of Student Fellowship Committee of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and Treasurer of IEEE ComSoc Japan Joint Sections Chapter. He is Clarivate Analytics 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science).

Dr. Ning Zhang
Assisant Professor,
Department of Computer Sciences,
Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi,
6300 Ocean Dr.,Corpus Christi, TX. 78412, USA.
Email: ning.zhang@tamucc.edu
Personal Webpage: http://faculty.tamucc.edu/nzhang4/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZcYihtoAAAAJ&hl=en

Ning Zhang received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2015. After that, he was a Postdoc Research Fellow with the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto, Canada, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA. His current research interests include next-generation mobile networks, mobile edge computing, and security. He serves/served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Internet of Thing Journal, IEEE Access, and IET Communications, and a Guest Editor of several international journals, such as IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He has also served as the workshop Chair for MobiEdge’18 (in conjunction with IEEE WiMob 2018) and CoopEdge’18 (in conjunction with IEEE EDGE 2018), and 5G and NTN’19 (in conjunction with IEEE EDGE 2019). He was the recipient of several best paper awards from IEEE Globecom in 2014, IEEE WCSP in 2015, Journal of Communications and Information Networks in 2018, IEEE ICC, IEEE ICCC, and IEEE Technical Committee on Transmission Access and Optical Systems in 2019, respectively.