With the proliferation of many innovative data communications services such as social networks, cloud computing, location-based services and the Internet of Things, security and privacy issues are becoming more and more demanding and challenging. In addition, wireless physical layer secrecy has attracted much attention in recent years due to the broadcast nature of the wireless medium and its inherent vulnerability to eavesdropping. While recently published work on physical layer secrecy focuses on the information-theoretic aspect, with this special issue we will look specifically at the signal processing aspects of secure physical layer communications.
This special issue aims to compile relevant research contributions from academics and industry professionals in the signal processing area, as well from practitioners and engineers working on the security and privacy aspects of data communications and computer networks. It will also serve these scientific communities by presenting the state of the art in signal processing methodologies and computer network security and fostering future research in this emerging area.
Accordingly, we invite contributions that apply these signal processing approaches to more advanced wired and wireless systems, such as OFDM systems, cognitive radio, multi-hop networks, etc. We also welcome novel research on side-channels and covert channels, where approaches from signal processing are used to strengthen/weaken the security of embedded devices. This will draw interest from researchers who wish to pursue the topic further in these new directions, facilitating scientific cross-fertilisation.
The overall focus of this issue will be on signal processing methodologies, tools and technologies for designing innovative methods and algorithms for security and privacy in mobile/wireless and computer networks.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, signal processing, security and privacy in regard to the following:
- Intrusion detection and protection systems
- Mobile and wireless communications
- Software and cognitive radios
- Cloud computing
- Pervasive and ubiquitous computing
- Location-based services
- Social networks
- Internet of Things
- Side and covert channels
- Key management and public key infrastructures
Deadline for paper submission: 12 February, 2016
Completion of first-round reviews: 10 March, 2016
Revision due: 15 May, 2016
Final decision notification: 30 May, 2016
Publication materials due: 20 June, 2016