BalkanCom 2023 Special Session:

Unconventional Communications and Computing

Organizers and Chairs:

  • Ozgur B. Akan, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Murat Kuscu, Koc University, Turkey

Scope of the Papers

Rapid development of science and technology has enabled us to access and manipulate new physical domains that were previously inaccessible or unexplored, such as the nanoscale/quantum realm and biological systems. These domains offer novel possibilities for creating innovative applications within holistic networking frameworks, such as the Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). However, they also pose significant challenges for our conventional communication and computing technologies, which typically rely on electromagnetic waves and silicon-based devices. This special session aims to present the latest research on unconventional communications and computing methods that can leverage the unique and extraordinary features of these domains and perform effectively under their challenging conditions, where the application of conventional techniques is limited.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Molecular communications and nanonetworks
  • Quantum communications and computing
  • Biological and molecular computing
  • Neuromorphic computing
  • Machine learning for unconventional systems
  • Testbeds and platforms for unconventional communication and computing systems
  • Physical limits to communication, and information processing in unconventional systems
  • Applications of unconventional communication and computing in healthcare, IoT, etc.
  • Security and privacy issues in unconventional systems
  • Unconventional networking paradigms, e.g., Internet of Bio-Nano Things and Internet of Everything

Submission Guidelines

This Special Session will feature both invited papers and papers from open call. Full papers and short papers/extended abstracts as defined below can be submitted. Submissions are now accepted through EDAS.

Full Papers: Full paper submissions of original work (not previously published, or under review at another conference or journal) must not be longer than five pages. Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

Short Papers and Extended Abstracts: Submissions must not be longer than two pages. They should convince the reader that the author(s) would give an exciting presentation and stimulate lively discussion (will NOT be published in the conference proceedings).

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: April 5, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: April 27, 2023
  • Camera-ready papers due: May 10, 2023