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IEEE Communications Magazine 2014 : Feature Topic on Disaster Resilience in Communication Networks


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Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2014
Notification Due Jun 1, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2014

Call For Papers


Feature Topic on Disaster Resilience in Communication Networks

*Aims and Scope*

Society's increasing dependence on communication networks, the Internet and
their services is evident from the wide range of activities that use
electronic media, from entertainment to critical operations related to
commerce, finance and life care. Humanity relies on the Internet to access
information, obtain services, manage finances, and communicate with others.
Businesses use the Internet to transact commerce with consumers and other
businesses. Governments depend on communication networks for their daily
operation and service delivery. The military depends on the Global
Information Grid to execute network centric operations and warfare. Hence,
in addition to transportation-infrastructure, power-generation, and
distribution-grid public/private networks, the Internet and other publicly
accessible communication networks are today critical infrastructures upon
which our lives and prosperity depend.

Given this dependence, vulnerabilities of communication networks and the
Internet can significantly impact our lives. The dependence on
communication networks and the Internet makes them an attractive target for
attacks and intrusions attempting to either obtain information or disrupt
service of individuals, businesses, government and military. These networks
and services are also susceptible to accidents, faults or natural disasters
that can disrupt service. Examples of natural disasters that compromised
the network infrastructure are the hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.

In the face of these difficulties, the need for greater resilience has
been recognized for wireline and wireless networks and for the Internet.
Resilience has classically been defined as the ability of the network to
provide and maintain an acceptable level of service in the face of faults,
accidents, attacks and natural disasters. This subject has attracted the
attention of researchers, industry and governments around the world. Today,
resilience can be considered an essential characteristic in the design and
operation of networks to withstand the intrusions described above.
Furthermore, we must now expand resilience to include new requirements,
such as scalability, dynamic and opportunistic topologies, and global
interoperation and interdependence among networks.

This feature topic call-for-papers solicits recent, relevant works related
to disaster resilience, especially in emerging networks. The main goal is
to provide for the *IEEE Communications Magazine *an overview of the
state-of-the-art of resilience, and to identify the new challenges from
emerging network infrastructures in terms of scalability, heterogeneity,
and dynamicity. Works addressing resilience issues in the context of new
communication technologies, such as software-defined networks, cognitive
radio and emerging optical technologies are of particular interest.


Articles describing original research and development as well as survey
articles related to disaster resilience are solicited. The topics to be
covered by this feature topic include, but are not limited to:

* Disaster resilience for the following technologies:

- LTE, LTE-A, 4G, Small Cells, femto-cells
- Heterogeneous wireless networks
- Access Networks
- Flexible Optical Networks
- Overlay and multi-layer networks
- Virtualized Networks
- Software-Defined Networks (SDN)
- Datacenters, Cloud infrastructures, Networks for Big Data
- Smart Grids, M2M
- Green networks

* Disaster resilience approaches coping with:

- Mitigation and reconstruction of network infrastructure
- Management for post disaster network infrastructure reconstruction
- Network infrastructure adaptive capacity
- Disaster risk reduction
- Risk management and sustainability
- Community and social engagement in providing communication
infrastructure in disaster situation
- Knowledge management and integration
- Public policy and governance to build disaster resilient smart cities
- Energy efficiency

*Submission Guidelines*

Articles should be tutorial in nature and written in a style comprehensible
to readers outside the specialty of the article. Authors must follow the
*IEEE Communications Magazine*’s guidelines for preparation of the
manuscript. Complete guidelines for prospective authors can be found at It is very
important to note that the *IEEE Communications Magazine* strongly limits
mathematical content, the number of figures and tables, and the number of
references. Paper length should not exceed 4,500 words. All articles to
be considered for publication must be submitted through the IEEE Manuscript
Central ( by the deadline.
Select “October 2014/Disaster Resilience” as the submission category.

*Important Dates*

Manuscript Submission Due: February 1, 2014
Acceptance Notification: June 1, 2014
Final Manuscript Due: August 1, 2014
Publication: October 2014

*Guest Editors*

Michele Nogueira, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Piotr Cholda, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Deep Medhi, University of Missouri - Kansas City, USA
Robert Doverspike, AT&T Labs Research, USA

*Further Information*

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