Special Issue: 6G-Enabled Internet of Things: Emerging Research Advances, Prospects, and Challenges

Theme and Scope

In this special issue, we will explore the future of 6G networks and how it influences the Internet of Things (IoT) applications that are already creating a revolution in this digital era. Followed by 5G technology, it is expected that 6G networks will significantly redefine the IoT devices and network infrastructures by enabling much faster connectivity and network services. This special issue explores emerging research advances of 6G networks for IoT technologies, their prospects, and challenges in a detailed manner.

For the past few decades, IoT applications have witnessed tremendous growth, and they will continue to grow more in the coming years. Right from fitness watch to wearable health monitor, everything has got a nascent form with IoT evolution. While 6G holds the supremacy that makes more robust IoT services a reality. 6G provides faster speed and broader wave bands that form the backbone for developing the internet of smart devices. Experts believe that the 6G will become the most prominent part of the IoT networks in the next five years. Currently, IoT devices are operated via smart gadgets and smart screens. With 6G, human interaction with IoT devices will transfer from smart screens to our senses (the devices will be controlled through our body or mind). This will typically lead to the new research path called the Internet of Senses and the Internet of Reality. Through 6G innovations, IoT will experience several long-term technological translations across various sectors such as smart health, smart homes, smart mobility, smart cities, etc.

6G is obviously better in this respect and could even replace several drawbacks of the existing IoT networks. But the most significant benefits of adopting 6G-enabled IoT systems include security, privacy, complexity, and sovereignty. It is well known that IoT networks are more prone to security threats, and IoT devices can be easily hacked sometimes. How did the 6G network assure security measures across emerging IoT applications? If every user establishes an embedded network, what kind of privacy exists for the users? What sort of network configurations can be used to reduce network complexity? What kind of global standards should 6G networks possess to restrain the complete potential of IoT devices? Addressing these research questions makes 6G an appropriate solution for future IoT devices and applications. However, real-time research on 6G-enabled IoT still has a long way to go and needs greater attention.

The following topics are welcome but not restricted to:

- Energy efficient IoT services with 6G networks

- Advances in 6G based networking technologies

- 6G enabled IoT networks: Trends, challenges and future research directions

- 6G assisted emerging technologies and its applications in the context of IoT

- Role of 6G in Internet of Reality

- Internet of Senses with 6G paradigms

- 6G assisted secure solutions for 6G networks

- 6G assisted novel network architectures and frameworks for IoT systems

- Advanced 6G network configuration standards and protocols for IoT

- Harnessing the complete potential of IoT applications with 6G paradigms

- 6G in the aspect of Internet of Everything

- Edge assisted 6G solutions for IoT systems

- Security, privacy, and trust based solutions for 6G enabled IoT networks


Instructions for Manuscripts

Each paper, written in English, the maximum words number in each paper should be below 8,000 words, including references and illustrations. More information can be found at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/. Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/internet-tech.  When submitting papers, authors should specify that the manuscript is for Special Issue on “6G-Enabled Internet of Things: Emerging Research Advances, Prospects, and Challenges”. The manuscript template can be found at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuideline.


Important Dates

Manuscripts Submission Deadline: January 15, 2022

Notifications of Revision/ Rejection/ Acceptance: March 30, 2022

Submission of Revised Papers: May 25, 2022

Final Acceptance: July 28, 2022

Tentative Publication: The 4th quarter of 2022


Guest Editors:

Dr. K. Shankar

Department of Computer Applications, Alagappa University, India

E-mail: shankarkpdf@alagappauniversity.ac.in


Dr. Gyanendra Prasad Joshi

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sejong University, South Korea

E-mail: joshi@sejong.ac.kr


Dr. Bassam A. Y. Alqaralleh

Department of Computer Science, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan

E-mail: alqaralleh@ahu.edu.jo