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5G Networks in the Age of the Internet of Everything

Call for Papers

The Internet of Everything (IoE), a superset of the Internet of Things (IoT), uses a collection of technologies allowing sensors, actuators, people, and other virtual entities to attach to the internet. IoE also denotes a dynamic global network infrastructure with self-configuring capabilities, where users, data, processes, and things have identities, physical attributes, abstract personalities, intelligence, and network interfaces. Gartner and Cisco predict 21 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, growing to 500 billion by 2030. As IoE popularity soars, applications often require dynamic, high-speed network access, security, and autonomous application support.

In parallel, 5G communications efforts currently underway address many related issues associated with IoE network access. Worldwide, 5G networks power the future wave of IoE connected devices. IoE-centric applications hosted on 5G heterogeneous networks (HetNets) require trusted nodes and network security, while managing sensitive information, establishing IDs, ownership, performing system updates, exchanging services, and interpreting contracts.

This special issue describes emerging research enabling 5G systems to support the future convergence of autonomy, security, and heterogeneity in the Age of IoE Applications. It also addresses the formidable challenges arising from the joint combination of 5G and IoE-centric applications. IoE applications place increasing emphasis on autonomous operation, necessitating new models of transactional security between things. This issue also addresses the obligation to secure high-value things (information, assets, and complex cyber-systems), the autonomy of networked-things, Financial Technology (FinTech), the Internet of Vehicles (IoV), and future Zero-Carbon Smart-Grids.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Security at the physical layer
    • 5G security systems for IoE applications
    • Physical layer security for 5G systems
    • Privacy in 5G network systems
    • Quantum information system integrated with 5G cellular
    • Quantum key distribution integrated with 5G cellular
  • Application layer security
    • The merging of blockchains with 5G
    • Digital signatures
    • Cryptocurrency applications on 5G networks
    • Blockchain applications for 5G networks
    • Information value in 5G network security
  • Cloud hosting
    • Distributed blockchains for the IoE
    • Centralized radio access networks (C-RAN) for IoE
    • Virtual systems in cloud-based 5G
    • Cloud virtualization in IoE networks
    • Big data application for the IoE
    • Integrated deep learning in 5G networks
    • Utilization of deep learning for 5G network systems
    • IoE systems optimized with big data
    • Applying big data in 5G network systems
    • IoE middle layer software on 5G networks
  • Autonomous networks
    • 5G self-organizing networks (SON)
    • Self-organizing IoE objects
    • Autonomous systems of robot IoE
    • Social networks of things and users
  • 5G IoE networks
    • Narrowband 5G for IoE
    • Network function virtualization for IoE
    • Fog-based IoE/5G
    • Internet of vehicles (IoV) applications on 5G networks
    • Technical challenges in heterogeneous 5G networks
    • Interference management in dense 5G networks
    • 5G software defined radio (SDR) system supporting IoE

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 22 June 2018
Publication DateNovember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Brian Kelley, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, USA

Guest Editors

  • Paul Cotae, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, USA
  • Ali Imran, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA
  • Nicholas Peters, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, USA