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Smart Vehicles 2021 : Special Issue on Revolutionary Paradigms for Smart Connected Vehicles Elsevier Vehicular Communications (IF:4.7)


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Categories    connected vehicles   vehicular cloud computing   sdn in vehicular networks   6G

Call For Papers

Elsevier Vehicular Communications (2019 IF: 4.706)
Special Issue on
“Revolutionary Paradigms for Smart Connected Vehicles in the 6G Era”


By jointly involving multiple challenging requirements, such as ultra-high reliable and ultra-low latency communications, high efficiency and capacity, intelligent driving is one of the most ambitious and attractive applications of the 6G initiatives. Although the convergence of communication, caching, control and computing (4C) resources can be leveraged to effectively enable 6G services and applications over vehicle-to-everything (V2X) channels, multiple challenges must be addressed to allow connected vehicles to meet the 6G requirements, to securely and efficiently orchestrate their resources and to develop self-organizing and self-sustaining capabilities.

Emerging communication paradigms that make effective data transmission in very high dynamic contexts include the reprogrammability of the environment by the means of Reprogrammable Intelligent Metasurfaces (RIMs). Moreover, Visible Light Communication (VLC) can improve the reliability of V2X interactions and be effective in terms of security and enhanced data rate. With focus on networking aspects, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) can bring programmability, flexibility and scalability in connected vehicles, simplify network management and promote an efficient and fair use of the distributed 4C resources and programmable metasurfaces. They can be complemented by revolutionary networking models, such as Information Centric Networking (ICN), to provide distributed caching and computing services.

This special issue aims to collect proposals that deal with revolutionary communication and networking technologies for connected vehicles, in a holistic fashion or at different layers, to meet the expectations of the 6G era.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Software-defined vehicular networks
Vehicular cloud computing in the 6G era
Fog/edge computing architectures for connected vehicles
Integration of SDN/NFV and vehicular cloud computing
Information Centric Networking for Connected Vehicles
Impact of connected vehicles on transportation safety, management, characterization, and prediction
Mobile sensing networking, sensor data collection and multi-modal fusion
Caching strategies for connected vehicles
Joint management of communication, control, computing and caching for 6G vehicular applications and services
Optical wireless technologies for 6G vehicular applications and services
Reprogrammable and Intelligent Metasurfaces for smart connected vehicles
Secure and privacy-preserving communications in 6G vehicular networks


Paper submission:
31 March 2021

Acceptance notification:
30 June 2021

Final papers:
30 July 2021


All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference.
A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the paper submission system at . The authors must select as “VSI: Smart Vehicle - Amadeo” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
The system is open for submissions.

Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Marica Amadeo, University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Prof. Abderrahim Benslimane, University of Avignon, France

Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen, University of South Florida, USA

Dr. Valeria Loscrì, INRIA Lille-Nord Europe, France

Dr. Seyhan Ucar, Toyota Motor North America, USA

Dr. Anna Maria Vegni, Roma Tre University, Italy

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