Call for Papers: Special Issue on Space-Air-Ground Integrated Networks for Future IoT: Architecture, Management, Service and Performance

Aim and Scope

With the emerging applications of ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous driving, and virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR), future networks are expected to enable ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC), and support massive simultaneous access with extremely high data rates (~ 10Gbps). Terrestrial networks, e.g., the well-deployed 4G or the emerging 5G cellular networks, are unable to fully satisfy the Quality of Services (QoS) due to their limitations, such as the inflexibility of fixed ground infrastructure, coverage holes, and rigid resource feeding manner, etc. Space networks (e.g., low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites) and aerial networks (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)) can be leveraged to extend the scope of the terrestrial networks and constitute the space-air-ground integrated networks (SAGIN) ingeniously. Particularly, in SAGIN, in addition to the terrestrial networks, the satellites can provide ubiquitous wireless coverage cost-effectively, and the on-demand deployment of aerial networks can enhance the network flexibility and adaptability to various and dynamic environments, collectively ensuring the network QoS in supporting IoT services.

Despite the promising merits of SAGIN, technical and in-depth researches for SAGIN are urgently required. On the one hand, the heterogeneous network resources that have distinct features in terms of spectrum usage, access technology, transmission performance, and mobility characteristic, can render the operation and management of network intricate, which challenges the crucial construction of network architecture, resource management, and protocol design. On the other hand, to fully unleash the potential of SAGIN, the novel service provision, new computing-communication integrated paradigms, and performance modeling and analysis in SAGIN, need further investigation. 

Topics of Interest

This special issue aims to bring together state-of-the-art research contributions that push forward the technological developments related to SAGIN enabled IoT, which will focus on the SAGIN network architecture design and implementation, resource management and orchestration, software-defined SAGIN, edge computing/intelligence, IoT services, performance analysis and evaluation, and other promising technologies in SAGIN enabled IoT. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • SAGIN for Internet of Things, Internet of Vehicles, etc.
  • Peer-to-peer networking in SAGIN
  • SAGIN architecture towards 6G
  • Software-defined SAGIN
  • Network slicing in SAGIN
  • Orchestration of heterogeneous resources in SAGIN
  • Cooperative communication/computing/caching in SAGIN
  • Mobility management and routing algorithms in SAGIN
  • Edge-cloud computing/intelligence in SAGIN
  • Big data analytics in SAGIN
  • Service intelligence in SAGIN
  • Performance analysis and evaluation in SAGIN

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2020
First-round notification: January 15, 2021
Revision deadline: February 15, 2021
Final decision notification: March 15, 2021

Paper Submission
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals.

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Manuscript should be submitted to: Choose “SI: Space-Air-Ground Integrated Networks for Future IoT” as the article type.

Guest Editors

Dr. Feng Lyu (Lead Guest Editor), Central South University, Changsha, China. Email:

Dr. Wenchao Xu, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong. Email:

Dr. Quan Yuan, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China. Email:

Dr. Katsuya Suto, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. Email: