Athul Prasad

Nokia Bell Labs, Finland

Olivier Holland

King's College London, UK

Oemer Bulakci

Huawei, Germany

Wireless communication has become the dominant mode by which devices, whether human operated or not, access modern networks. The increasingly diverse communication needs of these devices – from ever increasing bandwidth, to bursty traffic, to low latency – are resulting in an industry-wide need to rethink communication architectures for the “5G world” This task is being taken up by the 2 primary players in the wireless standards arena – 3GPP and IEEE 802. However, it is likely that other standards, e.g. IEEE 1609, IEEE 1419, etc. are likely to play an increasingly important role in this diverse ecosystem.

The track solicits new and previously unpublished papers that address these emerging architecture and the standardization approaches and strategies that these may take.

Paper topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Physical layer and MAC layer design for cellular and other wireless networks.
  • Dynamic scheduling, power control, interference management, and QoS management in 5G wireless networks.
  • Topology, deployment, and optimization of wireless networks, including heterogeneous, ultra dense, and mesh networks, device to device (D2D) communication, relays and wireless backhaul, as well as dynamic radio topology based on moving cells.
  • New control signaling for heterogeneous networks.
  • mmWave access, backhaul and self-backhauling.
  • Massive and FD-MIMO communications, hybrid and coordinated beamforming technologies.
  • Application of SDN, NFV, and cloud computing to 5G (and legacy) RAN and core network architectures and implementations, such as network slicing.
  • C-RAN and flexible fronthaul / backhaul.
  • Green and energy efficient wireless networks.
  • Massive MTC (mMTC) and long distance communications.
  • Automotive/V2X and ultra-reliable communications.
  • LTE/Wi-Fi/Wi-Gig interworking and aggregation.
  • Spectrum regulation above 24GHz.
  • R&D and standardization activities towards 5G and IMT-2020.
  • Wireless optical communications.
  • Satellite communications.
  • Results from simulation, prototyping, and experiments.

Andreas Kunz

NEC Europe, Germany

Latif Ladid

University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

JaeSeung Song

Sejong University, Korea

Internet of Thing (IoT) is progressing fast in the industry and various standardization bodies and attracts huge interest in academia. 3GPP is now exploring solutions for cellular systems for ultra-low complexity and low throughput Internet of Things devices and is enhancing existing features for Machine Type Communication (MTC). oneM2M has published Release 1 of its specification which is focused on M2M/IoT interworking. It is now specifying various new service layer features including semantic capabilities and interworking with local area standards (such as AllJoyn and OIC). IETF is focused developing protocol specifications for constraint IoT devices and actively building standards to do secure authentication and authorisation to IoT devices. In addition, IEEE P2413 is specifying standards to develop a robust architectural framework for IoT, reducing market fragmentation, improving interoperability, and serving as a catalyst for continued IoT growth.

This track invites original articles on the following topics, but are not limited to:

  • IoT architecture design and optimizations
  • IoT security and privacy of IoT devices and services
  • System optimization to support Ultra-Low complexity devices
  • Standardised semantic data description framework and technologies
  • IoT communication procedure enhancements
  • Experience and lessons learnt for standards based IoT large scale pilots
  • IoT standards platforms interworking
  • IoT standards gap analysis
  • 5G Networks and IoT
  • Software Defined Network (SDN) and IoT
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Factory of Things
  • Edge Computing, Fog Computing and IoT
  • IPv6-based IoT Networks
  • IoT protocols such as IPv6, 6LoWPAN, RPL, 6TiSCH, WoT
  • IoT security in the sense of massive IoT deployments, e.g., embedded SIM management

Zarrar Yousaf

NEC Europe, Germany

Carlos Bernardos

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Network Softwarization is a new approach to manage network services. Two main components are currently driving software networks: SDN and NFV. The Software Defined Networking (SDN) is driving the decoupling of the data and control planes, supporting an open interface between them able to support programmability. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is applying technologies inspired in current cloud infrastructures to virtualize traditional network functions and building network services by interconnecting these virtualized functions.

This track is looking for discussing standards-related topics on network softwarization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, aspects related with standardization in:

  • SDN and NFV frameworks and architectures.
  • SDN northbound, southbound and east-west interfaces.
  • SDN programming languages and data models.
  • Progress and future challenges in ETSI NFV.
  • Progress and future challenges in IETF/IRTF related WGs/RGs.
  • SDN and NFV in wireless and mobile networks.
  • Orchestration and Management in SDN and NFV.
  • Multi-domain considerations in SDN and NFV.
  • SDN and NFV in multi-tenancy environment.
  • Experimentation experience in NFV and SDN.
  • Open Source efforts (e.g., ETSI NFV, OPNFV, OpenStack, OpenMANO).
  • QoS/QoE aspects related to SDN and NFV based network services.
  • Inter/Intra Data Center considerations for hosting SDN and NFV based network services.
  • Performance, Fault and Lifecycle management of virtualized network functions and network services.
  • Infrastructure resource/capacity management.
  • Carrier-grade performance considerations in SDN and NFV based infrastructures.

R Venkatesha Prasad

TU Delft, Netherlands

The Web is now widely recognized as a powerful platform to provide highly intuitive and user friendly applications. Thus, continuing development of web interfaces and standardization of the same is a central enabler of the emergent interactive communications world. For example, HTML5 is being positioned as a potential unification language for the entire future web, including web services and applications. In addition to HTML5, W3C is also working on other key components of the web, e.g CSS, SVG, WOFF, the Semantic Web stack and XML, while other SDOs such as IETF and OMA are defining the underlying components that allow applications and platforms to communicate, offer and consume services.

This track addresses the above issues. The following topic are of interest, but are not limited to:

  • Standardization efforts for SoA
  • Standards for constrained situations
  • Communication and Networking standards for low resource situations
  • Standardization under W3C
  • Standard for future web interoperability
  • Web standardization for interactivity
  • Standardization of human interactions with web platforms
  • IETF standardization for CPS
  • Development of mobile service enabler specifications & Standards
  • Interoperability for end-to-end mobile services.
  • Standard architectures for service enabler
  • Open interfaces

Konstantinos Samdanis

NEC Europe, Germany

Hang Liu

The Catholic University of America, USA

Fabio Giust

NEC Europe, Germany

The evolving 5G systems introduce tight requirements for service quality, scalability and reliability. Such requirements significantly influence the mobile network design pushing the barrier towards network decentralization, higher radio access densification and network agnostic access. A key enabler to support this evolving 5G network design is the introduction of edge-cloud platforms or cloudlets, which can bring applications, e.g. content, as well as application services, such as computer processing, performance feedback, etc., and virtual network functions closer to the user. Besides the performance enhancements, edge-cloud platforms or cloudlets can also provide open access for Over-The-Top providers and vertical market players supporting multi-tenancy. The technical and business potential of edge-cloud and cloudlets has attracted the industry interest, introducing various standardization efforts across different bodies including ETSI Mobile Edge Computing, Small Cell Forum, IETF Distributed Mobility Management and the Broadband Forum. The objective of this track is to bring together the state-of-the-art research and standardization that address challenges related to edge-cloud or cloudlets in the mobile network design evolution towards 5G. Topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Application QoS/QoE enhancements and location services
  • Network function decentralization and application optimization
  • Decentralized mobility management and service continuity
  • Mobility management across edge-cloud platforms
  • Evolving traffic offloading services in edge-computing platforms
  • Flexible Cloud-RAN design and management
  • Orchestrating C-RAN and application services across edge-cloud platforms
  • Joint optimization of applications, services and network functions
  • Supporting multi-tenancy in open edge-cloud platforms
  • Mobile – Fixed covered control plane and network agnostic access
  • Enterprise/business and home gateway virtualization
  • Hybrid Access architecture and solutions