Driven by the “connected vehicles” vision, smart vehicles are on the road equipped with advanced computation units, multiple communications technologies, intelligent sensing platforms, and human–computer interaction devices. With the aid of these equipment and technologies, vehicles can offer many new applications and services, such as active driving safety assistance, self-driving cars, smart parking, road traffic monitoring, and fleet management.
There are also new content-centric applications for drivers and passengers. These applications typically require intensive computation and demand low-delay data processing, e.g., video analytics with real-time interaction, image-aided navigation, natural language processing, and interactive gaming. Such applications pose great challenges to the existing vehicular terminals and networks, especially in terms of their computational resources.
To meet the ever-increasing computation demand in vehicular networks, Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is emerging as a very promising solution.
With the dramatically enhanced capacity, MEC is expected to bring a variety of benefits to vehicular networks, including ultra-low latency between smart devices/vehicles and edge cloud for real-time, interactive, and mission-critical applications; privacy and security in local communications to access mobile edge cloud, and big data analytics at the point of capture for novel safety-oriented applications.
Despite the potentially significant benefits of MEC, many challenges need to be addressed in this new paradigm. A typical challenge is related to computation offloading which should consider mobility-awareness and incentive in MEC for vehicular networks.
In addition, various computation tasks may have different resource requirements, including the computation resources for task execution and the communication resources for task transmission. In this case, a joint optimization problem should consider both communications, computation and control dimensions.
The objective of this special issue is to present the latest results, insights, and perspectives on the new area of mobile edge computing for vehicular networks. We are soliciting original contributions that have not been published and are not currently under consideration by any other journals. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
New concepts, architecture, and principles
Cloud-edge integration and techniques for vehicular networks
Software defined vehicular networks with mobile edge computing
Edge computing supporting big data analytics for novel applications and services (e.g., traffic, surveillance, infrastructure planning)
Edge computing supporting machine learning, deep learning for self-driving cars
Communications, computation and storage resource management and optimization
Computation offloading, traffic offloading
Communications, computation, control convergence
Edge caching for content sharing in vehicular networks
Energy management, energy efficiency and greenness-performance tradeoff
Security and privacy
Use cases/applications highlighting the potential of mobile edge computing for vehicular networks
Submissions should clearly identify how they relate to topics under consideration in this special issue. Contributions describing an overall working system and reporting real world deployment experiences are particularly of interest.
Submitted papers should contain state-of-the-art research material presented in a tutorial or survey style. Manuscript format must adhere to the IEEE VT Magazine submission guidelines. Articles should be about 3,000 to 4,000 words long with 5—10 figures and 10—15 references. The use of mathematical equations should be limited to three.
Submit papers using ScholarOne Manuscripts.
Submission Deadline: 1 June 2018
First Editorial Decision: 1 September 2018
Acceptance Notification: 1 November 2018
Final Manuscript Due: 1 December 2018
Publication: Spring 2019
University of Oslo, Norway
University of Malaga, Spain
Hangzhou Dianzi University, China