Special Issue on "Green Media: The Future of Wireless Multimedia Networks" - IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine


Data volumes in wireless multimedia data intensive applications and mobile web services are projected to increase by a factor of ten every five years, associated with a 20% increase in energy consumption – 80% of which is multimedia traffic related. In turn, multimedia energy consumption is rising at 16% per year, doubling every six years. It is estimated that energy costs alone account for as much as half of the annual operating expenditure. This has prompted concerted efforts by major operators to drastically reduce carbon emissions by up to 50% over the next 10 years. Clearly, there is urgency for a new disruptive paradigm of green media to bridge the gap between wireless technologies and multimedia applications.

The purpose of this special issue is to solve pressing problems in relation to the increase in energy consumption due to growing multimedia applications. Volume-intensive power-demanding video traffic over today’s network presents new challenges in processing, storage, extraction, delivery, and management. The aim is to answer fundamental and practically relevant questions related to the design and analysis of1) low-power multimedia computing including in-network processing, compression/coding, and signal sensing, 2) low-power multimedia transmission including large-scale hierarchical networks, distributed network storage, and multimedia sensor networks, 3) low-power multimedia rendering and display including content adaptive display adaptation, environment adaptive presentation, and multimedia display technologies, and 4) low-power multimedia system design including software and hardware architectures, scalable computations, and low-memory implementations. We expect that through this special issue, we can foster new solutions to the design, evaluation, and application of green wireless media. This special issue will bring together leading researchers and developers from diverse disciplines in system, hardware, software, and application design to the forefront of green radio communications for future multimedia networks, covering various topics of interest that include but not limited to:

  • In-network and real-time semantic processing
  • Content storage, preservation, and computation
  • Distributed multimedia, middleware, and context-aware
  • Collaborative extraction, modeling, data and decision fusion
  • Scalable video coding in large-scale hierarchical networks
  • Collaborative sensing and processing for smart cameras
  • Large-scale image capture, acquisition and retrieval
  • Smart cameras and multimedia sensor networks
  • Computer vision and network planning
  • Green data centers and cloud computing

Prospective authors must follow the guidelines of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine as described in the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine web page at http://www.comsoc.org/wirelessmag/paper-submission-guidelines. All submissions should have no more than 4500 words, no more than 6 tables/figures, and the abstract should have no more than 250 words. Any submission that fails to comply with the guidelines will be rejected without review. All papers must be submitted in PDF format via the magazine's manuscript central at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ieee-wcm .

Important Dates

  • Manuscript Submission Due: December 1, 2013
  • Decision Notification: April 1, 2014
  • Camera Ready Manuscript Due: May 1, 2014
  • Publication Issue: August 2014

Guest Editors

Maged Elkashlan, Queen Mary University of London, UK (email:maged@eecs.qmul.ac.uk)

Zhan Ma, Samsung Research America, USA (email: zhan.ma@ieee.org)

Yao Wang, Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA (email:yao@duke.poly.edu)

Mohsen Guizani, Qatar University, Qatar (email: mguizani@gmail.com)

Lei Shu, Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, China(email: Lei.shu@lab.gdupt.edu.cn)

George K. Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece(email: geokarag@auth.gr)

Trung Q. Duong, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (email:quang.trung.duong@bth.se)