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Special Section on Advanced Big Data Analysis for Vehicular Social Networks


Submission Deadline: 31 March 2018


IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Advanced Big Data Analysis for Vehicular Social Networks.


Vehicular Social Network (VSN) is a mobile communication network formed by the combination of relevant concepts and features from two different fields, i.e., Social Networks (SN) and Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANET). Based on Social Network Analysis (SNA), these interdependencies of network entities can be exploited to enhance Quality of Service (QoS) for perspective applications. This notion of SNA and its applications have recently attracted much attention from the research community. With the pervasive applications of intelligent equipment such as GPS devices, traffic cameras, smart cards, smartphones and road deceleration devices, multisource big data in VSN are more easily collected than before. Analyzing the regularities hidden in VSN big data has been a hot research field associated with transportation management, urban planning, epidemic control, mobile platform application, and so on. Significant improvements could be achieved by exploiting social behaviors of commuters based on VSN big data analysis.


VSN is an emerging field which crosses multiple research disciplines and industry domains, including transportation, information technology, communications, and social sciences. The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to collect articles focusing on big data analysis for a diverse range of VSN applications and services. We also welcome survey articles on this topic.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Architecture, strategies, and algorithms for VSNs

Network science for VSN big data

Big data-driven recommendation in VSNs

IoT and VSNs

Cross-layer design and optimization in VSNs

Human behavior based on big data in VSNs

Human mobility prediction and visualization leveraging big data

VSN big data analysis for urban computing and decision-making

Wireless communication and vehicular social networking in VSNs

Socially-aware intelligent transportation system

Security and privacy issues in VSNs

Mobility modeling and big data mining in VSNs

Cooperative communication in VSNs

Entertainment on roads/video and gaming in VSNs

Data delivery reliability and network efficiency in VSNs

Data privacy and security for VSNs

Transportation optimization using VSN big data

Traffic control and management based on VSN big data

Transportation visualization based on VSN big data

Community activity prediction based on VSN big data analysis

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[1] Azizur Rahim, Xiangjie Kong, Feng Xia, Zhaolong Ning, Noor Ullah, Jinzhong Wang, Sajal K. Das. Vehicular Social Networks: A Survey, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 43, Jan 2018, pp: 96-113. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2017.12.004

[2] Zhaolong Ning, Feng Xia, Noor Ullah, Xiangjie Kong, and Xiping Hu. Vehicular Social Networks: Enabling Smart Mobility, IEEE Communications Magazine, May 2017. DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1600263


Associate Editor: Xiangjie Kong, Dalian University of Technology, China


Guest Editors:

Michael Sheng, Macquarie University, Australia

Alexey Vinel, Halmstad University, Sweden

Saeid Abolfazli, YTL Communications, and Xchanging, Malaysia

Xia Hu, Texas A & M University, USA

Feng Xia, Dalian University of Technology, China

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland


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