IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications & Networking
18-20 September 2017 – Helsinki, Finland


Track on 5G Radio and Wireless Communications

hungywei_webHung-Yu Wei
National Taiwan Univ, Taiwan.
amitavAmitav Mukherjee
Ericsson Research,
rapeepat_picRapeepat Ratasuk
Nokia Bell Labs,
capture-decran-2017-01-19-a-12-29-44Emmanouil Pateromichelakis
Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf, Germany.

The track solicits new and previously unpublished papers on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • 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
  • Resource Management and Control in 5G RAN (e.g. RAN Moderation, Traffic Steering, Mobility Control)
  • Service-oriented user-plane design concepts (novel functions, functional placements, RAN/CN interface)
  • Topology, deployment, and optimization of wireless networks, including heterogeneous, ultra dense, and mesh networks, device to device (D2D) communication, relays and wireless backhaul
  • Dynamic radio access and backhaul topologies based on moving and unplanned small cells
  • mmWave access, backhaul and self-backhauling
  • 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
  • R&D and standardization activities towards 5G and IMT-2020
  • Green and energy efficient wireless networks
  • Massive and FD-MIMO communications, hybrid and coordinated beamforming technology
  • New control signaling for heterogeneous networks
  • Next-Generation Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ax/ay)
  • LTE/Wi-Fi/Wi-Gig interworking and aggregation
  • 5G operation and coexistence in unlicensed and shared spectrum bands
  • Massive MTC (mMTC), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and long distance communications
  • Automotive/V2X and ultra-reliable communications
  • Next-generation non-RF communications systems (Visible light, molecular, acoustic systems)
  • Spectrum regulation above 24GHz
  • Results from simulation, prototyping, and experiments

Track on IoT, massive MTC and V2X (3GPP, OneM2M, IETF)

jaeseungJaeSeung Song
Sejong Univ,
South Korea.
andreasAndreas Kunz
zexian_liZexian Li
Nokia Bell Labs,
2-giancarlofortinoGiancarlo Fortino
University of Calabria,

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 Cellular IoT devices and is enhancing existing features for Machine Type Communication (MTC). oneM2M has published Release 2 of its specification which is focused on M2M/IoT interworking. It is now specifying various new service layer features including 3GPP-oneM2M interworking, industrial domain enablement and interworking with local area standards (such as OCF). IETF is focused developing protocol specifications for constraint IoT devices and actively building standards to do secure authentication and authorization to IoT devices. In addition, IEEE P2413 and AIOTI are specifying standards to develop a robust architectural framework for IoT, reducing market fragmentation, improving interoperability, and serving as a catalyst for continued IoT growth. Vehicle to anything (V2X) is progressed now in many organizations like IEEE or ETSI for long time and even got now considered in 3GPP for LTE and for 5G, which could be seen as a special application of automated IoT communication, e.g. for time critical transmission of warning messages between vehicles.

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 interoperability methodologies
  • 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
  • URLLC for mission critical IoT
  • V2X standards and architectures

Track on Softwarization and Network slicing

Vincenzo Sciancalepore
NEC Europe,
antonioAntonio de Domenico
3-yinzhangYin Zhang
Vijay Gopalakrishnan

It is anticipated that future mobile networks will have to heavily rely on Softwarization and Network Slicing to support the diverse and extreme requirements of 5G services and use cases. Network Softwarization, driven by Network-Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), enables dynamic identification, placement, and activation of network and service functions. These enablers also gave rise to the network slicing: a 5G network slice is expected to efficiently host only essential network components and functions necessary for the service and thereby reduce deployment complexity. In addition, the network slicing concept provides facilities for multiple virtualized and logically self-contained networks, potentially managed by different operators, to run on a shared infrastructure, enabling multi-tenancy and hence cost optimization.

This track is looking to discuss standards-related topics on Softwarization and Network Slicing. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Programmable Architecture for 5G services and verticals.
  • Cross-slice management
  • Central Cloud Computing vs Edge-Fog Computing.
  • 5G Functional Decomposition and Deployment.
  • Secure Operations in Future Virtualized Networks.
  • Resource Management for Network Slicing.
  • Dedicated core network functions and shared network slices.
  • Network slicing issues with multi-RATs devices.
  • Cross-slice management for End-to- end QoS.
  • Elastic Resource sharing in Virtualized Networks.
  • Joint storage, computational, and communication resource optimization.
  • Fundamental trade-offs in Network Softwarization.
  • Experimentation experience in Softwarization and Network Slicing.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Track on 5G Fixed Carrier and Converged Networks

Marco Ruffini
Trinity College Dublin,

anna_tzanakaki_photoAnna Tzanakaki
Bristol University,
raviravindranRavi Ravindran
4-daxintianDaxin Tian
Beihang University,

Network convergence focuses on integrating and jointly controlling different network domains, with the aim of reducing the cost of network ownership and/or increasing the overall network performance. The emerging 5G services introduce stringent performance requirements on telecoms networks that cannot be met unless a significant network infrastructure upgrade occurs in terms of capacity, latency assurance and jitter, availability, scalability and reliability. Now more than ever operators are in need for means to drastically reduce CAPEX/OPEX and are looking at network convergence as a possible means to eliminate network inefficiencies. Convergence involves interconnecting and interfacing a variety of network boundaries, such as access-to- metro, fixed-to- mobile, metro-to- DataCentre, aiming in the longer term to provide a unified network that enables full control of end-to- end data paths across multiple domains. Ultimately, new network architectures that merge storage and computation into the network infrastructure should deliver services in an end-to- end manner. These architectures enable a paradigm shift for supporting network operational services, with particular interest in RANs that can take advantage of the high capacity fixed network solutions and enable concepts such as the cloud RAN and network slicing.

This track invites contributions of unpublished papers in there of 5G Fixed Carrier andConverged Networks, addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Architectural approaches addressing convergence of fixed and mobile heterogeneous network solution
  • Analysis and considerations for common VNFs across fixed and mobile networks
  • SDN solutions and control/data plane separation in converged fixed-mobile networks
  • Network slicing for converged fixed-mobile networks
  • Multi-tenancy and control of heterogeneous infrastructures
  • Transporting 5G mobile services over optical access networks
  • SDN solutions for mobile networks and fixed IP cross layer transport and routing
  • Convergence of access and metro networks for cost effective support of 5G services
  • Convergence of multiple and diverse services over a shared, multi-tenant network architecture
  • 5G architectures supporting Cloud-RAN and functional split options
  • 5G architectures supporting fronthaul/backhaul integration
  • End-to- end resource optimization for 5G mobile services: from radio head to data centre
  • Backhauk/fronthaul considerations for dynamic capacity and mobility management
  • Delivering services over ICN in 5G within a framework enabling network slicing
  • Enhancing 5G backhauk/fronthaul with ICN
  • Mechanisms and protocol enhancements for Hybrid Access networks

Track on Verticals, Services and Applications


Delu Zeng


Dario Sabella
Intel Deutschland  GmbH,


David Vargas


Omer Bulakci
Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf, Germany

While 4G networks have been driven by the need to deliver video content and internet connectivity, the coming years will be also characterized by the explosion of M2M connections due to the increase of IoT traffic and services, dominated by several new vertical business segments, e.g., automotive and mobility, factories of the future (sometimes referred also as Industry 4.0), health care, media and entertainment, and energy. The development of new communication systems, such as 5G, will be thus acting as enablers for new kind of services and applications with advanced requirements especially in terms of latency, resilience, coverage and bandwidth. From this perspective, 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. In addition to that, the introduction of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) standard in ETSI is witnessing the progressive introduction of end-user applications at the edge of the communication network. MEC will bring significant benefits not only for operators but also for third parties and over-the- top (OTT) companies that will have the opportunity to run their applications at the edge of the fixed and mobile network, close to subscribers. Furthermore, next generation communication systems are expected to integrate different technologies such as mobile, fixed, satellite and optical to offer a more seamless experience to users as they move between locations served by networks of different capabilities. With this increasing demand of new functionalities, new requirements and new use cases, next generation communication networks will need to possess intelligent mechanisms for network orchestration and efficient processing methods of large amounts of data.

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

  • Specific applications/services for automotive and cooperative vehicles
  • Specific applications/services for robotics and factories of the future
  • Specific applications/services for eHealth and mHealth
  • Specific applications/services for media and entertainment vertical
  • Specific applications/services for the energy industry
  • Introduction of ETSI MEC technology and applications on vertical market segments
  • New introduction of end-user applications at the edge of the communication network
  • Standardization under W3C and standards for future web interoperability
  • Web standardization for interactivity and human interactions with web platforms
  • Specific applications/services for eEducation
  • Interoperability for end-to- end mobile services
  • Standard architectures for service enablers including integrated networks such as mobile, fixed,satellite and optical
  • Open interfaces and open source platforms
  • IETF standardization for CPS
  • Development of mobile service enablers specifications & Standards
  • Standard architectures for delivery of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and/or Object-Based-Broadcasting by next generation communication systems