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The application of intelligent technologies in communication systems could be tracked back into 1990s. The emerging of cognitive radio targeted on the revolutionary spectrum access paradigm has sparked a radical change on wireless system design, development and performance analysis. Since then the state-of-the art of wireless communications has been significantly advanced, from substantial improvement on spectrum usage, smart adaptation and coexistence in radio and network environments, fundamental enhancement on performance and capacity, to considerable reduction of complexity in network management. After a decade of research on cognitive radio and networks, the concept of cognition has been naturally and widely extended to whole communication areas, not limited to wireless systems, but also in wired networks. Cognitive technologies become promising tools for the communication industry to meet the challenge of coming data traffic tsunami. Solutions for energy efficient, sustainable future Internet are heavily relied on advanced cognitive technologies, new ways of thinking on network design and development, as well as new theoretic foundations. We believe cognitive communication technologies will remain an important and active area of research for next several decades. It becomes necessary to provide a common forum to publish high quality papers, and to offer readers a single source to get inspiring ideas and important findings in this area. It is our honor to create, for the first time, dedicated transactions on cognitive technologies for communications, to fulfill this purpose.
The aims of the transactions are:
• to provide a dedicated platform for timely publishing of high quality, peer-reviewed, original papers in fields of cognitive communications;
• to become a highly cited source of latest findings in cognitive radio and cognitive communication networks;
• to become a leading journal that advances the state-of-the art of communications from a well-focused direction.

The transactions provide flexible means to publish latest results in a timely manner. It accepts the submission of:
• regular research papers, for original scientific contributions,
• fast-track communications, for short findings,
• topical reviews.

The scope of the transactions includes, but not limited to:
• Information-theoretic aspects of cognitive communication systems
• Spectrum sensing and dynamic spectrum access
• Spectrum pricing, economics models and game-theoretical strategies
• Interference analysis and statistical models of spectrum usage
• Physical (PHY) layer design for cognitive radios
• Dynamic medium access control techniques for cognitive communication systems
• Dynamic resource allocation in cognitive communication systems
• Co-existence of heterogeneous networks
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning for cognitive communication systems
• Bio-inspired communication systems
• Cooperative techniques in cognitive communication systems
• Cross-layer optimization for cognitive communication systems
• Routing and network technologies for cognitive communication systems
• Trust and security issues in cognitive communication systems
• Energy-efficiency design in cognitive communication systems
• Software defined radio
• Self-organizing networks


Dr. Tao Chen, received B.S. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China in 1996 and Ph.D. degree from University of Trento, Italy in 2007. He joined VTT, Finland, in 2008, and currently he is a senior researcher at the group of communication platform.  He has been the TPC co-chair of ISCIT 2011 and served as the TPC member in a variety of international conferences, e.g. IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC and WCNC, PIMRC, CROWNCOM, etc.  His current research interests are on energy efficiency in small cell networks, radio resource management and MAC protocol design in cognitive radio, cross layer design and analysis in heterogeneous wireless networks and architecture design in software defined wireless networks.

Advisory board

Eitan Altman, Inria, France
XiuZhen Cheng, The George Washington University, USA
Yuguang "Michael" Fang, University of Florida, USA
Thomas Hou, Virginia Tech, USA
Visa Koivunen, Aalto University, Finland
Aarne Mämmelä, VTT, Finland
Zhi Tian, Michigan Technological University, USA
Taieb Znati, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Editorial board

Antti Anttonen, VTT, Finland
Abdur Rahim Biswas, Create-Net, Italy
Xianfu Chen, VTT, Finland
Xiang Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Wei Cheng, The George Washington University, USA
Tao Han,  Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Javier Jel Ser, TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain
Marcos Katz, University of Oulu, Finland
Zhiwei Mao, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA
Pinyi Ren, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Mikko Valkama, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Jianhua Zhang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Yan Zhang, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Aawatif Hayar, University Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco
Lijun Qian, Prairie View A&M University, USA


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