Multimedia Communication in 6G and Beyond Networks

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

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Department of Computer Science, Cardiff School of Technologies (CST), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
Interests: QoE; multimedia communication; 5G/6G; network management; SDN/NFV; AI/ML
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Cardiff School of Technologies (CST), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
Interests: QoE; multimedia communication

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School of Computing, Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin, Ireland
Interests: QoE; multimedia communication; 5G/6G; network management; SDN/NFV

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Cardiff School of Technologies (CST), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
Interests: Quality of Experience (QoE); multimeida; security
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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE), University of Cagliari, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: QoE; multimedia; network management; IoT
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Multimedia traffic will be more than 80% of future Internet traffic by 2022. With the new emergence of multimedia applications, such as 4K/8K video streaming services, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), and Internet of Things (IoT), it remains challenging for both Internet Service Providers (ISP)/Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Over-The-Top (OTT) providers to optimize multimedia service delivery. Therefore, there is a need to provide novel network and service management approaches for multimedia services in next-generation networks such as 5G/6G networks to address the current issues and challenges related to quality of experience (QoE), cybersecurity, user privacy and traffic management. Multidisciplinary data-driven research is crucial to provide an opportunity to develop novel solutions that will transform multimedia services in next-generation networks. Furthermore, network enabling technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and mobile edge computing (MEC) allow developing and deploying data-driven artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML)-based optimization of multimedia services in 6G and beyond networks. 

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • COVID-19 and beyond future research challenges and opportunities in field multimedia communication
  • Novel approaches for multimedia network and service management in 6G and beyond
  • QoE-aware monitoring and management strategies for multimedia services in 6G networks
  • User privacy of multimedia applications in future networks
  • Cybersecurity and multimedia communication
  • Data-driven approaches for multimedia service management in 6G networks
  • AI/ML solutions for multimedia service optimization in future networks
  • Advanced machine learning and AI solutions for QoE prediction/measurement
  • Network management solutions for multimedia applications using Software-Defined Networking (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Standardization activities in the field of multimedia communication
  • QoE modeling and assessment of emerging multimedia applications such as 4K/8K video streaming, AR/VR, and IoT
  • New network architectures, concepts, and testbeds to harness emerging services toward 6G and beyond networks
  • New business model development and economic challenges for 5G/6G network slicing
  • Innovative cloud/edge model for multimedia applications, e.g., Video Game as a Service (VGaaS)
  • Congestion control mechanisms using network slicing, SDN, and NFV

Dr. Arslan Ahmad
Dr. Thanuja Mallikarachchi
Dr. Alcardo Alex Barakabitze
Dr. Chaminda Hewage
Dr. Alessandro Floris
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  • Multimedia Communications
  • Quality of Experience (QoE)
  • Network Management
  • 5G/6G
  • Cybersecurity and user privacy
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • AI/ML based data-driven approaches
  • Novel dynamic resource allocation, spectrum allocation and energy efficiency strategies in 6G and beyond networks

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