CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on
Information Theory on Interference Networks

Interference is one of the defining features of a wireless network. How to optimally deal with interference is one of the most critical and least understood aspects of multiuser communication. With the exception of a few special cases, the capacity of even the two-user interference channel remains an open problem. After three decades of relatively little progress on this important problem, recent years have seen a burst of research activity leading to remarkable advances, particularly in terms of approximate capacity characterizations. The recent results have introduced valuable tools such as new deterministic models, defined new metrics such as the generalized degrees of freedom, inspired new techniques such as interference alignment, and given rise to many new and promising avenues for research – such as the need for structured codes, the existence of single letter capacity characterizations, the inseparability of parallel interference networks, the remarkable benefits of opportunistic scheduling schemes, distributed algorithms for interference management, understanding of cooperative/cognitive/competitive interaction, and the security and robustness of the emerging schemes.

The goals of the special issue are to provide the reader with a summary of the state of the art in this rapidly developing area, and to compile a collection of new research results on this subject. The special issue will consist of a mixture of invited and contributed papers. In the former case, leading experts will be invited to provide the interested reader with comprehensive, yet highly approachable introductions to the new ideas. In the latter case, possible topics for the special issue include, but are not limited to:

• Approximate Capacity Characterizations for Gaussian Interference Networks
• Deterministic Models for Interference Networks
• Interference management techniques (Avoidance, Structured Codes, Alignment etc.)
• Game theoretic view of Interference Networks
• Opportunistic Scheduling over Interference Networks
• Diversity Multiplexing Tradeoffs for Interference Networks
• Relaying, feedback, and bidirectional communication over Interference Networks
• Secrecy and Robustness to Jamming for Interference Networks

Detailed instructions including formatting and submission details can be found at

• Salman Avestimehr, Cornell University
• Hesham El Gamal, Ohio State University
• Syed Jafar, University of California, Irvine
• Sennur Ulukus, University of Maryland, College Park
• Sriram Vishwanath, University of Texas, Austin



Paper submission deadline:
Apr 30, 2010

Completion of first round of reviews:
June 30, 2010

Revised paper submission deadline:
September 31, 2010

Final review and selection of papers:
December 31, 2010

Final manuscripts to IEEE: January 2011

Publication of the Special Issue:
March 2011

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