May 2018 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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For decades, the wireless network evolution has been driven by a strive for higher data rates. Indeed, the whole premise of 4G networks had been on delivering higher rate and high network capacity. However, the advent of the Internet of Things and associated services, such as autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, has radically changed the wireless landscape. In particular, we are witnessing a major shift from data rate-centric wireless networks, to networks that require very low latency and high reliability. In this new latency-centric landscape, cognitive networking approaches will inevitably play a key role. In this regard, this TCCN Newsletter will delve into two key emerging technologies that pertain to the paradigm of highly reliable, low latency communications: a) ultra reliable low latency communication (URLLC) and b) mobile edge computing (MEC). Both URLLC and MEC will be critical components of emerging 5G networks and major contributors for the shift from rate-centric systems to latency-centric systems. Consequently, exposing their challenges and opportunities is essential. In order to do so, this first issue of the TCCN Newsletter of 2018 will bring together two feature topics on URLLC and MEC. Within each feature topic, we review the state of the art and provide an in-depth exposition of some of the recent research contributions. For URLLC, we also provide two expert interviews with Drs. Mehdi Bennis and Marios Kountouris, that provide the academic and industrial perspectives on URLLC. In the context of MEC, beyond also reviewing key papers, we provide two expert interviews with Drs. Kaibin Huang and Yang Yang.

That said, we would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Daniel Benevides da Costa from UFC – Brazil and Dr. Jie Xu, from Guangdong University of Technology, for their efforts in arranging the paper reviews and expert opinion. Moreover, we want to thank all interviewees for sharing with us their useful experience and future outlook on the discussed areas. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Jianwei Huang and all TCCN officers. As always, if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me at: walids@vt.edu. We hope that you enjoy the material provided here!

Dr. Walid Saad
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA
http://resume.walid-saad.com

Third Edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

Cognitive radio networks are at the cusp of a major revolution. What started as a paradigm for spectrum sharing and dynamic spectrum access, grew into a major wireless communications field that weaves together multiple disciplines ranging from communication theory to machine learning, network science, and network science. As such, the concept of a cognitive network is rapidly evolving from a traditional, spectrum-centric perspective to a broader, network-wide perspective, in which cognition should no longer be restricted to spectrum access but must instead span the entire panoply of network functions.

This need for large-scale, intelligent cognition in wireless networks coupled with the ongoing 5G revolution, is also ushering in numerous innovative applications for cognitive radio networks that range from smart transportation to broad Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. In order to accompany this major change in cognitive networking paradigm, this first issue of the TCCN Newsletter of 2017 will primarily focus on new analytics and wireless applications which are expected to be central to tomorrow’s cognitive radio networks. In particular, this newsletter will feature two key cognitive radio networking topic: a) The Internet of Things and b) Machine Learning. For each topic, we have gathered a review on innovative new results that have appeared in the recent literature. Then, we had some stimulating discussions with leaders in the fields, in order to provide an in-depth discussion on the major technical challenges and opportunities in these two central areas of cognitive radio networking.

That said, we would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Nguyen Tran from Kyung Hee University and Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir from the University of West Scotland, for their efforts in arranging the paper reviews and expert interviews. Moreover, we want to thank all interviewees for contributing their significant research works to the two feature topics and sharing with us their useful experience and future outlook on the area. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Jianwei Huang and all TCCN officers. As always, if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. We hope that you enjoy the material provided here!

Dr. Walid Saad
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA
http://resume.walid-saad.com

Second Issue of the TCCN Newsletter Available

Dear Fellow TCCN Members,

I am very happy to introduce to you the second issue of TCCN Newsletter (previously called TCCN Communications). I would like to express my sincere thanks to TCCN Chair, Prof. Ying-Chang Liang, and other TCCN officers for their enthusiastic support for this initiative to serve the community. The issue can be downloaded here.

TCCN Newsletter is an electronic platform dedicated to excel in the following aspects:

  • Introducing forward-looking research ideas,
  • Updating members on new industry, standard, and policy initiatives,
  • Promoting top-quality publications with high potential impacts,
  • Increasing the visibility of TCCN within ComSoc and beyond.

In this issue, we introduce a new series of “virtual interviews”, with some of the influential researchers in the TCCN community. We asked each interviewee to share with TCCN members regarding his/her most significant recent work in cognitive networks, the most unique and impressive aspects of the work, the challenges and lessons encountered during the research, and the plans for the next few years.

I would like to thank Prof. Lingjie Duan from Singapore University of Technology and Design, who serves as the editor of this virtual interviews series. After sending out the interview invitations early 2016, we have received enthusiastic responses from the community. The interview results published in this issue only represent a subset of interviews that we have been working on. In the future, we will regularly publish virtual interviews with researchers of diverse research and geographical backgrounds.
As always, I would like to welcome any suggestions from TCCN members regarding how to make TCCN Newsletter more interesting and informative to the community. Please feel free to contact me at jwhuang@ie.cuhk.edu.hk if you have any suggestions.

Thanks and best regards,

Jianwei Huang
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
IEEE Fellow
IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer
Department of Information Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
http://jianwei.ie.cuhk.edu.hk/, http://ncel.ie.cuhk.edu.hk/

TCCN Communications launched!

I am very happy to introduce to you the inaugural issue of TCCN Communications. I would like to express my sincere thanks to TCCN Chair, Dr. Ying-Chang Liang, and other TCCN officers for their enthusiastic support for starting this initiative to serve the community.

This inaugural December 2015 issue (can be downloaded here) includes two special issues on some very hot topics of cognitive communications and networking:

A special issue on “Cognitive Radio for Heterogeneous Networks” edited by Prof. Walid Saad from Virginia Tech,
A special issue on “TV White Space Communications and Networking” edited by Prof. Yue Gao from Queen Mary University of London.

These two special issues contain a total of 13 contributions from leading experts in the field, and cover both recent progress and forward-looking insights regarding technology, economics, and regulations of cognitive radio networks. I would like to congratulate Walid and Yue for the excellent work. I also want to thank Prof. Lingjie Duan from Singapore University of Technology and Design for taking care of the formatting and final editing details as the Publication Editor.

Besides publishing the special issues, we plan to further recommend selected top papers and PhD Dissertations in future TCCN Communication issues. We also welcome any suggestions from TCCN members regarding how to make this platform most interesting and useful to the community. Please feel free to contact me at jwhuang@ie.cuhk.edu.hk if you have any suggestions.

Thanks and best regards,

Jianwei Huang

IEEE Fellow (Class of 2016)
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc Cognitive Network Technical Committee (TCCN)
Director, IEEE TCCN Communications
IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer
http://jianwei.ie.cuhk.edu.hk