Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) for Internet-of-Things (IoT)

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Communication and Network".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 86

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Dynamic Cognitive System of Electromagnetic Spectrum Space, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China
Interests: optical communications; UAV communications; multiple access; machine learning

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School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
Interests: optical wireless communication; visible light communication; internet of things; signal processing; dimming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The next generation network is envisioned to provide all-time, all-domain and all-space seamless services, leading to the advancement of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). However, with the explosive growth of access devices in the IoT, the severe shortage and congestion of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum becomes a bottleneck. To overcome this problem, more and more researchers are moving their focus to the higher spectrum, such as the infra-red, visible-light and ultra-violet specta, constituting the optical wireless communication (OWC) systems. It has to be admitted that when OWC systems are utilized for IoT, they encounter many challenges due to the time-varying atmospheric conditions, mobile device alignments, survivable routing and networking, and so on. The goal of this Special Issue is to explore the characteristics of OWC and address the difficulties as well as the prospects of OWC for IoT, realizing global ubiquitous communications with large capacity and high reliability.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Channel modeling of OWC for IoT;
  • High-rate and high-reliable OWC techniques;
  • Multiple access design for OWC for IoT;
  • Resource allocation for OWC for IoT;
  • OWC routing protocol design for IoT;
  • Network association for OWC for IoT;
  • Optical wireless backhaul design for IoT;
  • Mixed or hybrid RF/OWC design for IoT;
  • Optical intelligent reflecting surface for IoT;
  • Signal compensation for OWC.

Dr. Simeng Feng
Dr. Baolong Li
Guest Editors

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  • optical wireless communication (OWC)
  • internet of things (IoT)
  • visible light communication (VLC)
  • UAV communications

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