Nowadays, among others the key enabling technologies of the future and current information society include fifth generation (5G), Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data. The 5G Radio Access technology will be a key component of the Networked Society. 5G will support massive numbers of connected devices and meet the real-time, high reliability communication needs of mission-critical applications. Internet of Things (IoT) is the new communications paradigm that will expand the current Internet and enable communication through machine to machine (M2M). Big data represents the collection of data sets characterized by high volume, velocity and variety. Due to the above traditional data processing techniques are difficult to use for value extraction.
Optimization methods are applied widely to several problems to wireless communications and information processing in general. These, among others, include convex optimization, heuristic methods, evolutionary algorithms (EAs), machine learning methods, and artificial neural networks (ANNs). The use of all of the above has an increasing impact to key enabling technologies. Additionally, hybrid combinations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and other optimization methods are also emerging.
Edited by: Sotirios K. Goudos, George K. Karagiannidis and Wout Joseph