George C. Alexandropoulos: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Christos Masouros: University College London, UK
Fan Liu: Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Submission Status: Open | Submission Deadline: Ongoing
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking is calling for submissions to our Collection on Integrated Sensing and Communications with Emerging Wireless Technologies.
While the standardization of 5G-Advanced is under the way, researchers from academia and industry are speculating on the key technologies and applications for next generation networks. As jointly witnessed by recent advances in signal processing and wireless communications, radio sensing can be integrated into next generation cellular networks and Internet of Things (IoT) in a low-cost and computationally efficient manner. This perspective can empower future networks with the capability to image their operation environment with increased spatial resolution, enabling highly accurate location-aware services as well as sensing/location-aided optimization of communications parameters, ranging from the physical to application layers. This research direction targets a synergistic design, e.g., cohabitation strategies with interference management, between sensing and communications functionalities, and is lately known as Integrated Sensing And Communication (ISAC). With the ISAC paradigm, key network components (e.g., waveforms, beamforming) are optimized to enable both communications and sensing functionalities.
The potential of ISAC is recently being investigated in various wireless technologies and trends, including vehicular networks, massive MIMO, and 3D environmental monitoring, as well as applications such as human activity recognition. However, to support ubiquitous communications and sensing capabilities with the same network infrastructure, it is of paramount importance to identify the synergies and interplay of ISAC with emerging technologies for 6G networks, such as millimeter-wave and THz systems, metamaterials and metasurfaces, holographic MIMO, full-duplex radios, and artificial intelligence. This special issue aims exactly this research need, aiming at bringing together researchers from academia and industry to identify and discuss the major technical innovations, recent breakthroughs, and new applications with respect to ISAC, and, in particular, to ISAC supported by numerous emerging technological innovations.