Special issue on semantic communication and computing

Published 14 April, 2022

Semantic communication and computing (SCC) is a term used to describe service support that has been enabled by carefully tailored network functions based on semantic information in next-generation wireless networks. Unlike mainstream communication and computing, SCC can be leveraged to extract or process semantic information for applications, reducing network loads and improving the human-oriented service efficiency. However, there are still many challenges that hinder additional real-time applications. Although the efficiency and reliability of SCC can be improved, the accurate detection, extraction and representation of semantic information remains difficult due to the complexity of the content. In addition, a great deal of computing and storage capacities is required to detect and extract semantic information, which the current network infrastructure struggles to supply. Since semantic information can be closely related to user privacy, finding ways to collaboratively train the knowledge model is another great challenge.

For this special issue, we are seeking original research and practical contributions that advance SCC for real-time monitoring/controlling applications in relation to architecture, technologies and applications. Surveys and state-of-the-art tutorials are also welcome.

Topics covered:

These include (but are not limited to):

  • SCC-based networks
  • Resource management based on SCC
  • Security and privacy-preserving collaborative approaches based on semantic information
  • Machine/graph learning in SCC
  • Age of information-enabled applications based on SCC
  • Semantic edge computing in 5G/6G networks
  • SCC in Internet of Things
  • Emotional computing based on semantic information
  • Use cases/applications highlighting the potential of SCC
  • The future for SCC: challenges and open issues

Important dates:

  • First submission deadline: 30 October 2022
  • Notification of first decision: 30 December 2022
  • Revision submission deadline: 30 January 2023
  • Notification of final decision: 25 February 2023
  • Final manuscript (camera ready) submission deadline: 15 March 2023

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online via the editorial management system; please select article type SCC.

Guest editors:

  • Prof. Zhaolong Ning, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China.
  • Prof. MengChu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
  • Prof. Lei Guo, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China.
  • Dr. Behrouz Jedari, Nokia, Finland.

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