Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript

Optimization for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks Integrating Cellular and Ad Hoc Networks

Call for Papers

We are currently witnessing the digital transformation of almost every segment of the society, which has enabled new means of collaboration among all kinds of industries and given rise to new services and business models. The volume of connected machine type devices is predicted to exceed 28 billion by 2021, surpassing the number of human-centric connections by tenfold. This fascinating development is a driving force behind the convergence of the physical and digital worlds that promises to create an unprecedented Internet of Things (IoT) market of 19 trillion USD in the next decade.

The emerging networked society will routinely use services that are based on (1) massive machine type communication (i.e., massive IoT), which requires ubiquitous connectivity for hundreds of thousands of low-complexity software and hardware devices; (2) critical IoT offering ultra-reliable and low-latency services, meeting the requirements of low-latency monitoring and control in real time. This covers situations such as control systems in a factory environment or mission-critical health care institutions or intelligent transportation systems; (3) extreme mobile broadband services to subscribers and businesses where high-data-rate and low-latency communications are needed.

In this networked society, wireless devices will constantly interact with each other as well as with their environment, communicating over licensed and unlicensed frequency bands, employing any possible link, from short-range device-to-device communications integrated into the existing and evolving cellular infrastructure to satellite communications. The efficient and effective management of these heterogeneous network architectures requires new optimization approaches, including central and distributed optimization schemes, or a combination thereof, where optimization can have very different objectives, including spectral efficiency, latency, reliability, energy efficiency meeting constraints on the available spectrum, backhaul network capacity, and deployment or operational costs.

In this special issue we solicit contributions on optimization-based approaches to the design, dimensioning, deployment, and operation of heterogeneous wireless networks integrating cellular and ad hoc networks, using low and high frequencies, including traditional cellular and millimeter wave bands.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Exact and heuristic optimization approaches for the dimensioning, deployment, and efficient management of heterogeneous networks
  • Optimization techniques for cellular and heterogeneous networks in decentralized scenarios
  • Multiobjective optimization approaches for heterogeneous networks
  • Cooperative and noncooperative game theoretic analysis of cellular and ad hoc networks,
  • Optimal spectrum allocation algorithms for cellular systems with multiple-antenna terminals
  • Optimal spectrum sharing between multioperator cellular and ad hoc networks
  • Radio resource optimization for shared terrestrial and satellite networks
  • Optimal interference management for full-duplex and cognitive radio in LTE networks
  • Optimal resource sharing between cellular and ad hoc networks for ultra-reliable low-latency communications

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 27 October 2017
Publication DateMarch 2018

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

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors