Challenges and Future Trends in 6G Networks and Technologies

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 162

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College of Electronics & Information Electronic Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea
Interests: wireless communication; radio resource management; open RAN and spectrum engineering

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Department of Electronic Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Republic of Korea
Interests: communication theory; wireless communications; wireless power transfer; statistical signal processing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Special Issue “Challenges and Future Trends of 6G Networks and Technologies”, which will focus on advancements in telecommunications and wireless communications. This Special Issue aims to explore and showcase cutting-edge research and advancements in the realm of 6G networks, including 6G network architectures and protocols, key enabler technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing/communications. We invite researchers and industry experts to contribute original research papers, review articles, and case studies that delve into these exciting topics.

Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  1. 6G Network Architectures and Protocols:
  • Design principles and architectural frameworks for 6G networks
  • Integration of Open RAN concepts and paradigms in 6G deployments
  • RIC (RAN Intelligent Controller) design, implementation, and network optimization
  • RAN slicing, network slicing, and virtualization in 6G systems
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) in 6G
  • Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) in 6G networks
  1. Key Enabler Technologies in 6G:
  • Terahertz (THz) communications
  • Ultra-massive multiple-input, multiple-output (um-MIMO)
  • New waveforms
  • Over-the-air computation (AirComp)
  • Localization and positioning
  • Integration of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks (TN–NTN integration)
  1. AI for Networks and Networks for AI:
  • Integration of AI and machine learning in network design and operation
  • AI-driven network management, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • AI-enabled network security and anomaly detection
  • Federated learning and distributed intelligence in networks
  • Network architectures and protocols to support AI applications
  1. Quantum Computing for 6G:
  • Quantum-inspired algorithms and techniques for network optimization
  • Quantum machine learning for intelligent network management
  • Quantum cryptography and secure communication in 6G
  • Quantum-inspired optimization and resource allocation in 6G networks
  • Quantum-assisted sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT) applications
  1. Quantum Communication in 6G Networks:
  • Quantum key distribution (QKD) for secure communication in 6G
  • Quantum entanglement and its applications in 6G networks
  • Quantum repeaters and amplifiers for long-distance quantum communication
  • Integration of quantum communication with classical networks in 6G
  • Quantum-inspired channel coding and modulation schemes for 6G

We look forward to receiving your contributions and exploring the advancements and challenges in 6G communications, including the above topics and others related to 6G communications and networks. This Special Issue promises to shed light on the future of telecommunications and wireless networks, paving the way for innovative and transformative technologies.

Prof. Dr. Een-kee Hong
Dr. Haejoon Jung
Guest Editors

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  • 6G
  • terahertz
  • ultra-massive multiple-input
  • multiple-output
  • localization and positioning
  • non-terrestrial network (NTN)
  • new waveform
  • open radio access network (O-RAN)
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • quantum computing
  • quantum communication

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