Call for Papers

Special Issue on Communication and Computation Cooperation (3C): Principles, Algorithms and Systems

You are invited to contribute to the above special issue for the International Journal for Communication Systems.


With growing popularity of mobile communications and the explosion of the resource hungry applications, mobile users are expecting to receive much higher experiences than before, which poses an increasingly high burden on the existing wired and wireless communications. Thanks to the fast development of the cloud computing and virtualization techniques, more and more communication and service related functions may be realized and implemented in cloud, as exemplified by the recent progress in cloud radio access networks (C-RAN), mobile cloud computing (MCC) and network function virtualization (NFV), etc. With the transition from conventional hardware based environment to a software based infrastructure, computing resource can be allocated more dynamically, conveniently and flexibly to the communications and other services. However, allocating more computation resource than networking or user expecting will contribute to a waste of the energy, whereas lack of computing resource in communications will result in packet loss or failure of information transmission. Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to investigate the Communication and Computation Cooperation (3C), as well as the related principles, algorithms, protocols and systems.

This special issue expects to create a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to publish the key results and techniques in all aspects of 3C. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Communication and computation cooperation and management systems
  • Principles and critical R&D issues in 3C
  • 3C related algorithms, designs and protocols
  • 3C related techniques in Internet of things (IoT)
  • 3C based approaches in sensor networks
  • 3C research in C-RAN
  • 3C based mobile cloud/edge/fog computing
  • Quality of service (QoS) related problems in 3C
  • 3C based cross layer optimization
  • 3C in 5G communications
  • 3C based offloading techniques
  • 3C in software-defined networking (SDN)
  • 3C aided device to device communications
  • Energy and power minimization in 3C
  • Wired and wireless network related function virtualization in 3C
  • Security and privacy related issues in 3C
  • Performance examination and analysis in 3C
  • 3C assisted social networking

Instructions for Manuscripts

Submitted articles must describe original research which have not been published or currently under review by other journals or conferences. Submissions must be directly sent via the IJCS submission web site at and select Special Issue: Communication and Computation Cooperation: Principles, Algorithms and Systems as manuscript type during step 1 of the submission process.

Paper submissions must conform to the layout and format guidelines in the International Journal of Communication Systems. Instructions for Contributors are in:

Important Dates

Manuscript Due:                                      1 April 2017

Decision Notification:                             1 July 2017

Final Manuscript Due:                            1 September 2017

Tentative Publication Date:                     December 2017

Guest Editors

Dr. Kezhi Wang, University of Essex, U.K., Email:;

Prof. Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan, Email:

Prof. Hamid Sharif, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA, Email: