Tuesday, May 4, 2021

[DMANET] SI on Federated Learning and Blockchain in B5G - Computer Networks - Extended: 20 May 2021

Special Issue on

Federated Learning and Blockchain Supported Smart Networking in Beyond 5G
(B5G) Wireless Communication


Computer Networks

NOTE: we are particularly looking for submissions that tackle the
applications of FL and/or BC in the *B5G setup, smart networking, or
wireless communications*.
Please note that the deadline has been extended till *May 20th!*

In recent years, Blockchain and Federated Learning (FL) are both making
great technological advances independently. Blockchain provides a
distributed and secure decentralized technique to process and authenticate
transactions. On the other hand, FL enables end-devices to collaboratively
train and update a mutual machine learning model while preserving the
privacy of their data-sets. Both technologies are known to have several
desirable advantages for today's needs in terms of security and privacy.
Moreover, when blockchain and FL technologies are enabled in B5G and 6G,
security and privacy are preserved with full connectivity and
distributivity. As both blockchain and FL advance further, the research
focus is turning to integrate and unify the technologies to produce novel
and smart networking services and applications. Currently, for large-scale
advanced services and applications, the proposed solutions are far from
practical. There are still many unresolved technical challenges in having
systems that are scalable, and robust, and able to handle exponentially
growing data.

Both blockchain and FL, supported by next-generation networking (NGN)
technologies, including Beyond 5G and 6G, have the potential to address
smart networking services and applications' shortcomings by providing power
computing processing and handling massive volumes of generated data. The
benefits of synergizing these two technologies with NGN will without doubt
provide a revolutionized approach towards widespread smart networking
services and applications. Smart healthcare, Internet of Things,
intelligent and industrial automation (industry 4.0), cyber-physical
sensory systems, and smart and critical infrastructures, energy trading,
smart shopping, smart banking, and efficient manufacturing procedures are
examples of use cases that may receive impressive benefits from integrating
these technologies. As such, this special issue aims to explore recent
advances and disseminate state-of-the-art research on blockchain-based
solutions and FL services and applications focused on Computer Networking

Topics of Interest

Researchers, developers, and industry experts are welcome to contribute to
one of the followings topics or slightly similar ones:

- Integration of Blockchain and FL in Beyond 5G/6G Network

- FL for large-scale Internet of Things

- FL in vehicular networks

- Blockchain with lightweight computation

- Blockchain-based service and applications for vehicular clouds

- FL for future internet architectures

- Scalable Blockchain for intelligent networking services

- Application of FL in large-scale intelligent networking services

- Blockchain for emerging networks

- Byzantine-tolerant FL

- Churn-tolerant FL

- FL for NGN and 6G

- FL for IoT healthcare systems

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one
of the topics of the Special Issue and the journal theme. All submitted
papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, the significance of
contribution, technical quality, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts
need to be prepared according to Guide for Authors as published in the
Computer Networks Journal at
We invite the prospective authors to submit their manuscript, via the
online submission system on the main journal page, You need to select in
the article type section: VSI: FLBC_B5G. Please make sure you mention in
your cover letter that you are submitting to this special issue. The
timetable is as follows:

- Manuscript Submission Deadline: 15 April 2021*, 20 May 2021*
- Initial Decision Date: 15 June 2021
- Revised Manuscript Due: 15 July 2021
- Final Decision Date: 15 August 2021
- Final Manuscript Due: 30 October 2021

Guest Editors

- Moayad Aloqaily
- Yaser Jararweh
- Lewis Tseng
- Giuseppe Piro

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