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Recent Advances in Backscatter and Intelligent Reflecting Surface Communications for 6G-enabled Internet of Things Networks

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2022 (closed) View: 46

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Prof. Xingwang Li, Henan Polytechnic University, China
Prof. Basem M. Elhalawany, Benha university, Egypt
Dr. Wali Ullah Khan, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Prof. Gaoyuan Zhang, Henan University of Science and Technology, China


The rapid development of real-time Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications including green infrastructure, smart grids, smart city, intelligent transport networks, etc. enables Green communication between tens of billions of end devices such as wearable devices and sensors. The forthcoming sixth-generation (6G) experiences a new paradigm shift from connected things” to “connected intelligence”, which has limitations on spectrum, energy, cost and size. Ambient backscatter communication (AmBC) and Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) I have been identified as the promising technologies to meet the above demands. AmBC is attractive because it does not require a dedicated RF carrier emitter. Instead, it exploits ambient signals from existing wireless infrastructure and devices, such as radio towers, television (TV) towers, cellular base stations, and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) access points. In addition, RIS can facilitate the reconfiguration of the wireless propagation environment by steering the incident signal through beamforming. Therefore, AmBC and RIS have attracted wide range of research from both academia and industry.

The goal of this research topic is to solicit original research papers, bringing together academic researchers and industrialists to report recent research advances in AmBC and IRS for 6G. The scope, mode, and quality of services can be greatly improved by AmBC and IRS enabled 6G, which has effectively promoted intelligent development and helped use limited resources more efficiently. In light of the future interest in critical 6G-enabled holographic communication, this Special Issue welcomes research that discusses channel modeling, fading performance analysis, transmission scheme design, resource allocation, and communication protocols of AmBC and IRS for 6G and to envision new research directions in the emerging fields of research.


• Performance analysis for AmBC and/or RIS
• Information-theoretic foundation of AmBC and/or RIS-enabled wireless networks
• Waveform design, modulation, and coding for AmBC
• Scheme design for AmBC and/or RIS
• Resource allocation for AmBC and/or RIS
• Channel state information acquisition for AmBC and/or RIS based wireless networks
• Algorithms and protocols design for AmBC and/or RIS based wireless networks
• Hardware architectures and designs for AmBC and/or RIS
• Machine learning for AmBC and/or RIS enabled wireless networks
• Integration of AmBC and/or RIS with state-of-the-art wireless technologies (e.g., NOMA, massive MIMO, physical layer security, millimeter wave communication, cognitive radio, cooperative communication, energy harvesting)

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