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Moayad Aloqaily <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 22:21:15 +0300
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*Managing Next-Generation Networks for Intelligent Services and
*IEEE Network*

Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) integrate the functionalities of a plethora
of established and emerging technologies such as 5G, Artificial
Intelligence (AI), edge intelligence, network softwarization, and
data-plane programmability. NGNs promise to achieve ultra-fast data rates
and minimal latency in wireless communication and networking. It enables
smart and autonomous services and applications through AI and Machine
Learning (ML). Coupled with advances in user end-devices, NGNs enable a
plethora of smart services and user-defined applications. Given the rise in
system complexity and the exponential increase in the amount of data
exchanged through networks, new state-of-the-art NGN management solutions
are needed. By adapting cooperative and distributed management solutions,
more reliable and efficient services and applications are conveyed to the
end-users. Moreover, with distributed learning solutions, NGN’s could be
optimized to support the dynamic nature in network configuration and enable
end-to-end system automation. For instance, the integration of Federated
Learning (FL), Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL), and Blockchain to NGNs
can support scalable, secure and diversified services and applications.
Furthermore, through data plane programmability, network intelligence could
be implemented directly on programmable devices with the network core. An
intelligent forwarding plane would enable a faster reaction to network
events without depending on a time-consuming exchange between the data and
control planes.
In this special issue, we welcome original research that approaches novel
and state-of-the-art future network and system management solutions that
will ensure reliable, secure, efficient and autonomous services and
applications. Researchers, practitioners, developers, and industry experts
are invited to contribute to one of the scopes of the special issue,
including, but not limited to, the following:

   - Intelligent service orchestration and management.
   - Secure application and service provisioning in next-generation
   - Smart management architectures for next-generation routing and
   - Intelligent network and service virtualization.
   - Intelligent network slicing.
   - Distributed intelligence for next-generation network orchestration and
   - Distributed and federated learning on edge devices to support NGN
   - Blockchain solutions to support service delivery in NGN.
   - Secure and trustworthy operations and management for next-generation
   - Big and real-time data management and analytics for network operations.
   - Federated Learning-aided next-generation multiple access.
   - Architectures for next-generation routing and switching.
   - FL-aided next generation circuit and packet switching.
   - Emerging services and applications management for connected vehicles
   - Applications and services using UAVs to support autonomous vehicles in
   B5G networks.

*Submission Deadline:*

   - Submission deadline: *September 30, 2021*
   - First-round notification: November 15, 2021
   - Second round due: December 15, 2021
   - Final notification: January 15, 2022
   - Publication Date: May 2022

*Guest Editors and their biographies:*

   - Moayad Aloqaily, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
   - Hichem Sedjelmaci, Orange Labs, Châtillon, France.
   - Weverton Cordeiro, INF/UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
   - Lewis Tseng, Boston College, USA.
   - Qian Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China.

*Best Regards*
*Moayad Aloqaily, Ph.D., P.Eng.*
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