Special Issue for IEEE MultiMedia Magazine

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Special Issue for IEEE MultiMedia

Advancing Multimedia Distribution with SDN/NFV-based Systems

Submission deadline: September 1, 2016
Publication: July-September, 2017


Recently, software-enabled appliances that support network virtualization have seen wide adoption by data centers and service providers. The main advantage of Software Defined Networking (SDN) is that the control plane is separated from the data plane, thereby allowing for network visibility, dynamic resource provisioning, and flexible service deployments. Complementary to SDN, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) focuses on virtualization of software-based network node functions, such as firewalls and intrusion detection. The increased agility and flexibility in the SDN/NFV-based network infrastructure opens up endless possibilities for multimedia content delivery and distribution. For example, virtual content delivery nodes can be dynamically deployed at the edge of the network in an on-demand fashion, potentially reducing energy costs and improving user satisfaction. This special issue aims to showcase and disseminate original research works that explore how multimedia content distribution can be supported and enhanced over SDN/NFV-based networks. Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • SDN/NFV-related architectures for next generation multimedia networks and services
  • Dynamic resource provisioning and management for SDN/NFV-based multimedia systems
  • QoE assessment for multimedia delivery over SDN/NFV-based multimedia systems
  • QoE management with dynamic policy deployments over SDN/NFV-enabled networks
  • Algorithms for live analysis and monitoring of audiovisual streaming quality in that correlates with network events in SDN or NFV-based multimedia systems
  • Real-time video adaptation algorithms over SDN/NFV-enabled networks
  • HTTP-based adaptive video streaming over SDN/NFV-enabled networks
  • Interactions between SDN/NFV architectures with content delivery networks (CDNs)
  • Applicability of SDN/NFV in mobile networks for multimedia provision
  • Integration of SDN/NFV-enabled mobile and fixed networks for multimedia services
  • Composition and deployment of Service Function Chains (SFCs) of video and/or VoIP services

Submission Guidelines

See https://www.computer.org/web/peer-review/magazines for general author guidelines. Submissions should not exceed 6,500 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. Each table and figure counts for 200 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mm-cs), selecting this special issue option.


Guest editors

Xiaoqing Zhu, Cisco Systems Inc., USA

Harilaos Koumaras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece

Mea Wang, University of Calgary, Canada

David Hausheer, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany



23rd International Conference on Telecommunications

23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016)
May 16-18, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece

– ICT 2016 conference is Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society
– Accepted, registered and presented papers will be published in the ICT 2016 conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
– Distinguished Keynote Speakers announced:
Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah Univer. of Science and Technology)
Mike Short (Vice President – Telefonica Europe)
Robert Schober (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Important Dates:
Paper submission (main track): January 31, 2016
Special Session Proposals: January 15, 2016 (extension upon request)
Paper submission (Special Sessions): February 15, 2016
Paper Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2016
Camera-Ready Papers: March 10, 2016

The 23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016) will be held in Thessaloniki, a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, known for its hospitality and cuisine.

This year’s theme “Expansion to Small” aims to draw research community’s attention to the enormous anticipated expansion of communication systems through small architectures and devices. Small cells, short wavelengths, small sensors, small scale communications going down to molecular level are expected to boost next generation communications leading to Big Data networking, massive Internet of Things and green, energy efficient applications. Additionally, high quality papers on all aspects of contemporary research and applications of telecommunications are welcome.

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops/Special Sessions/Tutorials/Demos to be held in ICT 2016. More information can be found in http://ict-2016.org (under “Submissions”).

Submission Guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE ICT 2016 Proceedings. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. The manuscripts must be prepared in English with a maximum paper length of five (5) printed pages (following the standard IEEE 2-column format) without incurring additional page charges (maximum 2 additional pages with over length page charge of USD100 for each page if accepted). Please note that for every accepted contribution, at least one person must register for the conference and present. Accepted papers not presented in the conference will be excluded from the proceedings.

All papers for ICT 2016 should be submitted via EDAS using http://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=21703

Workshop/Tutorials/Special Sessions/Demo proposals can be directed to the corresponding chairs as described in the conference web site.

Organizing Committee:

General Co-Chairs:
Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK
George Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Technical Program Chairs:
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Athanasios C. Iossifides, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Shiwen Mao, Auburn University, USA
Kan Zheng, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
Vasilis Friderikos, King’s College London, UK

For all the members of the ICT 2016 Organizing Committee, please visit http://ict-2016.org/#Committees

Guest Editor at IEEE COMSOC MMTC E-Letter (July Issue) on SDN/NFV

The July Issue of IEEE COMSOC MMTC E-Letter has just been published on-line and is for downloading here. The issue has been guest editored by Xiaoqing Zhu (Cisco Systems) and Harilaos Koumaras and provides the latest advances on SDN/NFV. More specifically, the special issue brings to our readers a collection of invited articles that address various aspects of SDN/NFV-enabled architectures for media content delivery. Authors from academia and industry share their individual perspectives regarding the opportunities and challenges brought forth by the rapid spread of SDN/NFV technologies, outlooks for the future of media content delivery in an increasingly mobile and heterogeneous environment, as well as ongoing research efforts in leveraging SDN/NFV for enhanced media content delivery.

It was really a pleasure collaborating with Xiaoqing and I believe that the outcome of our collaboration on this special issue is very good. Happy reading!!