Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Smart Living and Communications for the Next Generations Networks

Submit before June 1, 2024

Smart living environments including smart cities, rural scenarios, home/personal environments benefit from SDN, NFV technologies, when aligned with edge computing and artificial intelligence approaches. Network functions assure functionalities close to the user but require robust security mechanisms to enhance trust in services that are deployed with several and chained network functions and according to service providers' policies. Service/network Function Chaining (SFC) requires trustful service/network functions that can be deployed in different administrative domains (cloud providers such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, among others), and interconnect with edge infrastructures managed by network/service providers. With more flexible user mobility, how to explore the mobility pattern to understand their characteristics is essential to guarantee network performance in future mobile scenarios. Solutions leveraging on recent advancements in artificial intelligence, in communication networks are required to enable smart living environments.

Authors are invited to submit unpublished papers with novel research contributions, addressing smart living and communication applications for next generation networks.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • 5G/ 6G networks for mobile smart spaces
  • Smart Living Systems and Applications
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE) in Smart Spaces
  • Enabling technologies for Edge Intelligence (SDN, NFV, MEC, AI/ML)
  • Network management and orchestration of smart spaces in future networks (5G and beyond)
  • Data processing in smart spaces through AI/ML techniques
  • Energy efficiency in smart spaces
  • Enhancing user-experience in multimedia services for smart spaces
  • AI/ML for trust management at the Edge of smart living networks
  • Federated Learning for dependable, secure, and trusted networking for smart living in the next generations networks
  • Decision making mechanisms at the Edge of smart living networks
  • Security mechanisms for Edge and cloud continuum (IDPS, privacy management) in smart environments
  • Reliability, trust in software networking and services for smart living networks
  • Resilience, QoS/QoE management of network functions at Edge and core of smart living networks
  • Resource management of SDN- or NFV-based systems at Edge and core of smart living networks
  • Blockchain technologies in softwarized networks and services in smart spaces
  • Trust modeling for service functions at the Edge and core in smart living networks
  • Secure architectures, protocols for Service Function Chaining in smart living networks
  • Dependable, secure and trusted ubiquitous computing for of smart living networks
  • Heterogeneous platforms (terrestrial and non-terrestrial) and networks for smart living applications
  • Simulation model or Testbed of smart living networks
  • Open Platforms, testbeds for smart living networks
  • Development, Deployment of applications for smart living spaces
  • Reputation services for smart living networks
  • Penetration testing approaches for smart living networks
  • Wireless sensor networks and wearables for smart living networks
  • Vehicular networks in smart living networks

Special Issue Editors

-    Bruno Sousa, University of Coimbra, Portugal (
-    Eduardo Cerqueira, Federal University of Para, Brasil (
-    Zhongliang Zhao, Beihang University, Beijing, China (
-    Noé Godinho, University of Coimbra, Portugal (


Initial Submission deadline: 1 June 2024
First feedback provided: 1 July 2024
Final Submission deadline: 1 October 2024

About the Journal

The Journal of Smart Cities and Society focuses on the already existing and well-known concept of smart cities which amalgamate smart infrastructures with human’s needs through services at a community level. “Smart Cities” is an emerging concept which has been gaining momentum as the technology available becomes more sophisticated and provides continuous stimuli to solve some of the growing concerns due to demographical growth.

Instruction for Authors

Additional information about the journal, including detailed instructions for authors can be found on the journal website. Submissions should be submitted to the journal's online submission system under Section: Smart Living and Communications for the Next Generations Networks.