Hi All,

The submission deadline for the CFP below is quickly approaching. Please address your submissions directly to me.



Apostolis Salkintzis, Ph.D.


E-mail: salki@motorola.com


Wireless Personal Communications Journal





The recent evolution and successful deployment of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) and Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) worldwide has paved the way to more intense standardization and R&D activities, that target even more sophisticated and advanced WLAN/WPAN systems. Standardization activities within the IEEE 802.11 working group are already underway for evolving the dominant WLAN standard in several aspects, including security, mobility and quality of service (QoS. In addition, alternative physical and MAC layer proposals are being considered for improving bit rates to ranges in excess of 100 Mbps. Similar activities are taking placing within the ETSI BRAN project to further evolve the HIPERLAN/2 standard. At the same time, the core representative of WPANs, i.e. Bluetooth, is being further evolved by IEEE 802.15 TG1. Other task groups within IEEE 802.15 develop specifications for high- and low-rate WPANs, known as IEEE 802.15.3 and IEEE 802.15.4 respectively. Moreover, interworking mechanisms are being investigated for combining WLAN/WPANs and second-/third-generation cellular networks into hybrid data networks, capable of very high bit rates in strategic locations (hotspots). 3GPP is one notable standardization body that currently standardizes such interworking mechanisms. Last but not least, it is important to note the numerous research projects worldwide that address a vast collection of issues related to WLANs and WPANs, ranging from the seamless mobility across UTRAN and WLAN (see for example the IST EVOLUTE project at http://evolute.intranet.gr/) to heterogeneous multihop wireless networks consisting of combinations of WPAN and WLAN technologies (see for example the IST 6HOP project). 


All these activities combined with market forecasts, which report that WLANs and WPANs will encounter a tremendous growth in the next years, demonstrate that WLAN and WPAN technologies will play a significant role in the future and will severely impact our business and personal life styles. However, several issues still need to be efficiently addressed, including power consumption, physical and MAC layer architecture, radio resource management, interworking, QoS, security, co-existence with other unlicensed technologies, self configuration, etc.


The goal of this special issue is to address the above issues and provide a timely and concise reference of the current activities and research findings in the fields of WLANs and WPANs. In addition, it aims to address the key technical challenges associated with these technologies. In this context, papers are solicited that describe original and unpublished contributions on representative topics, such as:

*        Authentication and Security in WLANs and WPANs

*        QoS and policy issues in WLANs/WPANs

*        Interworking between WLAN and WPAN technologies

*        WLANs and 2G/3G interworking

*        Emerging MAC protocols

*        Technologies for very-high-bit-rate WLANs

*        Mobility issues and mobility protocols

*        Support of multimedia over WLAN/WPAN

*        Multihop and ad hoc architectures

*        Applications tailored to WLANs/WPANs

*        Radio resource management techniques

*        WLANs/WPANs in 4G networks

*        WLANs/WPANs co-existence issues

*        Voice/video over WLANs and WPANs

*        Standardization activities

*        Performance studies

*        Self organization in WLAN networks

*        Management of large scale WLAN networks


Prospective authors should prepare their manuscript in accordance with the Author Instructions available at <http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0929-6212/>. Authors should send an electronic version (in PDF or MS Word format) to Dr. Apostolis Salkintzis at salki@motorola.com according to the following timetable:


Manuscript Submission:         August 1, 2004

Acceptance Notification:         November 1, 2004

Final Manuscript Due:            January 15, 2005

Publication Date:                     2nd Quarter 2005



Guest Editors


Dr. Apostolis K. Salkintzis


32 Kifissias Ave, Maroussi

Athens, GR-15125, Greece


Prof. Fotini-Niovi Pavlidou

Dep. of Electrical & Computer Eng.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece



Prof. Frank H.P. Fitzek

Aalborg University

Head of Future Visions

Niels Jernes Vej 12,

DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark



Dr. Vijay K. Varma

Telcordia Technologies, NVC 2X-405

331 Newman Springs Road

Red Bank, NJ 07701, USA