Call for Papers:Special Section on Heterogeneous Networks for Future Cellular Systems

The IEICE Transactions on Communications announces that it will publish a special section entitled “Special Section on Heterogeneous Networks for Future Cellular Systems” in June 2013.
With the increase in data traffic driven by a new generation of wireless devices, the demand for data rates has been increasing exponentially, especially in hot spots and indoor environments. To accommodate such a significant data traffic in a cost-effective manner, there has been an increasing interest to a heterogeneous network, in which relays, distributed antennas, picocells, and femtocells are deployed upon the conventional macro cellular networks. Heterogeneous networks inspire new wireless communications and signal processing challenges in the design of cellular systems. They introduce additional interference that can be coordinated, avoided, canceled, or managed in some other way by signal processing algorithms. In many settings, heterogeneous network will require development of decentralized algorithms and autonomous operation of the nodes, because of the delays and overhead in the backhaul connections between the nodes. Therefore, a special section is being planned (scheduled to appear in the June 2013 issue) to further promote research and development of this area.

1. Scope
This special section aims at timely dissemination of research in these areas. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
・ Downlink and uplink PHY/MAC scheme/design of heterogeneous networks
・ Interference coordination, avoidance, and mitigation for heterogeneous networks
・ Decentralized resource allocation and power control algorithms for heterogeneous networks
・ Restricted access, open-access, and hybrid access femtocells/picocells
・ Relaying transmission for heterogeneous networks
・ Energy efficient algorithms for heterogeneous networks
・ Mobility support, cell selection, and handover for heterogeneous networks
・ Self organizing networks for heterogeneous networks
2. Submission Instructions
The standard number of pages is 8 (Letter submissions are not accepted). The page charges are considerably higher for extra pages. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guideline in the “Information for Authors”. The latest version is available at the web site, The term for revising the manuscript after acknowledgement of conditional acceptance for this special section could be shorter than that for regular issues (60 days) because of the tight review schedule.

For more details, please download the cfp (English) document.

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