IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
9-12 September 2018 – Bologna, Italy

WORKSHOPS

Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 15.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Armir Bujari, University of Padua, Italy
  • Marco Roccetti, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Abdennour El Rhalibi, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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The growing availability of digital contents and the simultaneous cost reductions in storage, processing, and networking is driving the growth of the entertainment technology. While in the past entertainment technology traditionally offered predominantly passive experiences, continual advances in network and computer technologies are providing tools for implementing greater interactivity and for enabling consumers to enjoy more exciting experiences, such as, for example, interactive digital TV, interactive theatre and orchestrated music and sound design. This phenomenon is pulling together an extremely diverse group of experts specializing in different technical areas, such as networking, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, games, animation, multimedia design, human-computer interaction, educational media and software engineering. Even though high-tech entertainment promotes interdisciplinary fusion, yet only the ubiquity of wireless/wired communication is considered suitable for accepting the challenge of building a large interactive environment for the delivery of the maximum entertainment value to millions of consumers worldwide. In this respect, there is a great hope that the wired and wireless may take over this complex scenario for fulfilling the consumer expectations. The 13th IEEE International Workshop on Networking Issues in Multimedia Entertainment provides an open forum for researchers, engineers and academia to exchange the latest technical information and research findings on next-generation networked multimedia concepts, technologies, systems, and applications for entertainment covering existing deployments, current developments and future evolution.

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Sunday, September 9, 14.00 – 17.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Chiara Buratti, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Adrian Garcia-Rodriguez, Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland
  • Gianluigi Ferrari, University of Parma, Italy
  • Ming Ding, Data61, CSIRO, Australia

SCOPE

All but unheard of until just recently, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are now envisioned to shape the future of technology. Terrestrial cellular networks are well positioned to provide a communication link towards UAVs flying up to an altitude of few hundred meters. Indeed, the 3GPP has been gathering industrial players to enhance cellular support for aerial vehicles. Simultaneously, the academic community is assessing the potential of using UAVs as mobile base stations. This is because UAVs enable flexible networks since they can fly when and where it is needed, helping the terrestrial base stations to improve coverage and capacity. However, UAVs may also present a new threat to citizen safety, and the development of methods to enable a fast, reliable, and autonomous detection of malicious UAVs is essential.

This workshop will bring together academic and industrial experts in the field of UAVs to promote insightful discussions about the role of UAVs in future wireless communications systems.

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Part 1: Second Workshop on V2X Channel Measurements and Modeling (WVCM 2018)
Part 2: Workshop on 5G V2X Communications for Connected Autonomous Driving

Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 17.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Christian Schneider, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • Massimo Condoluci, Ericsson Research, Sweden

WORKSHOP STEERING

  • Taimoor Abbas, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden
  • Mate Boban, Huawei Technologies, Germany
  • Massimo Condoluci, Ericsson Research, Sweden
  • Apostolos Kousaridas, Huawei Technologies, Germany
  • Christian Schneider, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Fredrik Tufvesson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, UK

WORKSHOP PUBLICITY

  • Andres Laya, Ericsson Research, Sweden
  • Naveed Iqbal, Huawei Technologies, Germany
  • Taylan Sahin, Huawei Technologies, Germany

SCOPE

The support of reliable communications among vehicles and the surrounding environment (vehicle-to-everything, V2X) attracts interest from a wide set of industries (e.g., automotive, network operators, service providers, telco vendors), research communities, standardization bodies (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP) and industry associations (e.g., 5GAA). Due to complexity and intrinsic heterogeneity of V2X communications, harmonized efforts from several angles are needed regarding channel modeling, physical up to network layers, network architecture design, application design, etc. The aim of this workshop is to collect such recent advances on V2X. Initiatives such as the European COST CA15104 framework “Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond (IRACON)” and various EU funded research projects (e.g., 5GCAR) are addressing this topic and might consider the workshop as a relevant for disseminating the findings.

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Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 12.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Dushantha Nalin K Jayakody, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
  • Syed Ali Hassan, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • Symeon Chatzinotas, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Rui Dinis, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal

SCOPE

The demands for high data rates and ultra-reliable coverage become demanding issues due to increase number of population in the world by 2020. The huge demand for high quality life makes the administrator and the governments to put carefully planning in cities in a smarter way. As a premier agent for stimulating a quality of life compatible with a resource efficient economy, the smart city phenomenon has recently seized the imagination of the academia and the industry significantly. The smart cities will also have to function within the limitations of the national economy and available resources. Consequently, the challenges in the realization of smart cities are many and varied. It is essential that new ideas and theories for optimizing the network in energy, spectral, latency and monetary terms are presented to achieve a robust environment monitoring and sustainable transportation network, among other provisions. The aim of this workshop is to bring together a group of experts with interest in emerging smart cities related areas.

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Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 17.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Marco Di Renzo, Paris-Saclay University / CNRS, France
  • Elena Lopez Aguilera, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Vincenzo Sciancalepore, NEC Europe Ltd, Germany

SCOPE

The 5G Cell-Less Nets (Vertical-Oriented Service Programmability: Design and Optimization of 5G Cell-Less Networks) workshop is organized by two EU-funded projects: The MSCA Innovative Training Network (ITN) H2020-5Gaura (http://www.h2020-msca-etn-5gaura.eu/home), and the 5G-PPP H2020-5Gtransformer (http://5g-transformer.eu/). It will offer two keynote speeches and two technical sessions.

The workshop will disclose the latest research achievements on the research field of software networks. It is open to scientific and industrial communities, as well as to people involved in EU-funded projects under the H2020 framework. The main motivation is to gather people conducting research on the next-generation of mobile networks, encompassing both the softwarization and virtualization of access, transport and core network resources while optimizing the networking functionalities. 5G will need a unified and flexible framework enabling the integration and coordination of network and cloud resources into a programmable, software-oriented network environment, allowing on-demand provisioning of resources, scalability and support for multi-tenancy, and, thus, shifting from conventional networking towards a programmable architecture paradigm and to the emerging cell-less concept. Mobile transport networks will transform from today rigid interconnection solutions into an SDN/NFV-based 5G mobile transport and computing platform that is able to simultaneously support an extremely diverse range of networking and computing requirements to meet the specific needs of vertical industries. To this aim, the network slicing paradigm needs to be brought into mobile transport networks by provisioning and managing slices tailored to the needs of vertical industries.

The workshop will be a fruitful occasion for exchanging opinions among all the participants on concrete 5G technology perspectives that encompass the entire protocol stack of future communication networks.

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Part 1: PHY and MAC Layer Challenges and Innovations
Part 2: Millimetre Wave Propagation Measurement and Channel Modelling

Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 17.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Haris Pervaiz, 5GIC, University of Surrey, UK
  • Reiner S. Thomä, TU Ilmenau, Germany

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Sunday, September 9, 16.00 – 17.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Hanen Idoudi, University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Sami Souihi, University of Paris-Est Créteil, France

SCOPE

The International workshop of Trends and challenges in Social Internet of Things (SIoT) aims at gathering researchers and practitioners in the field of Social Internet of Things to discuss the latest issues and advances regarding SIoT.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving, it is expected that, in a near future, billions of objects will be connected, and that the things will get smarter. Recently, a novel interaction model is proposed for objects in order to enhance their cooperation to build better user oriented services. Social interaction among the SIoT objects generate a huge volume of data to be analyzed and processed for various applications such as social VANET, e-health, smart Homes, Smart Grid, Smart Factories, etc. Such a dynamic landscape requires new specific infrastructures, enabling technologies, models, theories and approaches of interaction and collaboration. Due to their complex structure and all-in-one embedded nature, SIoT are raising numerous concerns regarding their architectural design, implementation, and security.

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Sunday, September 9, 16.00 – 17.30

Website: http://railwayrose2018.nws.cs.unibo.it

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Angelo Trotta, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Nicola Roberto Zema, IFSTTAR, Lille, France

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Wireless Sensors and Actuators Networks constitute one of the staples of Railroad’s Infrastructure and Rolling Stock management. With the distances, environments and costs involved in the domain, a remote and reliable surveying is the ever-present objective of all the actors in the industry. The autonomous cooperative systems, made of highly mobile self-organizing robots, may survey tracks and stations, increase operators’ security in maintenance interventions and scout for sudden obstacles in long and isolated tracks. Such applications foresee technological advancements that consider the fields of both Ad-Hoc Networks and Wireless Sensors and Actuators Networks. As the objectives are different from purely civilian or end-user applications, the beneficial possibilities are endless. At the same time, the challenges are as high as the stakes. Whether the innovation comes from 5G COTS or from breakthrough independent solutions, for railway operations, the networking part of the system has to show higher levels of reliability, compared to the end-user domain, as well as increased capabilities.

Railway RoSe aims at bringing together state-of-the-art contributions on the design, specification and implementation of architectures, algorithms and protocols for current and future applications of such systems, having special consideration for nature-inspired, machine-learning based techniques and data-driven approaches for network architecture, protocol design and system optimization.

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Sunday, September 9, 14.00 – 17.30

Website: https://www.mcg.upv.es/en/wibcomm/

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • (Chair) Concepcion Garcia-Pardo, iTEAM Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • (Vice-Chair) Narcis Cardona, iTEAM Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

SCOPE

The introduction of wireless communications in medical devices has grown up substantially in the last years. This has allowed medical devices to monitor important physiological parameters of the human body and send these data to a remote node to be post-processed for health purposes. However, although a vast variety of body devices have been proposed so far, they can be classified in two main groups: wearable devices for control some important parameters such us blood pressure or heart rate (typically known as on-body devices); or implanted devices for inspection or measuring parameters from the inner organs (known as in-body devices). In both scenarios, the human body plays an essential role due to their particular electromagnetic properties. WIBCOMM workshop aims at surveying recent advances in wireless communications in the framework of wireless communications at the human body (on-body and in-body) covering aspects such us: simulation, testing, algorithms, channel model, propagation or the electromagnetic emulation of the human body and others.

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Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 12.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Miquel Garrich Alabarce, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
  • Pablo Pavón Marino, Technical University of Cartagena, E-lighthouse Network Solutions, Spain
  • Thomas Bauschert, TU Chemnitz, Germany

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Workshop in Telecommunication Networks Strategy and Planning (W-J) is designed for telecom professionals, network operators, software designers, system integrators, university and industry researchers, to present their latest findings and share experiences in network strategy, planning, operations, management, control and design. The technical scope of the workshop includes:

– Emerging Topics in Network Planning and Operations (SDN; NFV; Cybersecurity; OTT services; Vehicular and 5G networks; Cloud Networking; Network Data Analytics; Smart cites; IoT; Peer to peer networking; New networking paradigms)

– Economic Aspects of Network Planning and Operations (CAPEX vs. OPEX tradeoffs; Cost modeling and pricing; Dynamic tariff optimization; Infrastructure and spectrum sharing; Virtual network operators; Network neutrality; Frequency management)

– Traffic Measurements and Modeling (Multiservice traffic measurement, analysis, characterization, modeling, and simulation; Data collection and analysis; Methods / tools for traffic measurements and prediction; Network monitoring and anomaly detection)

– Network Planning Support Processes (Methods and Tools; Business planning; Multilayer planning process; Planning of optical, access, NGN, LTE+, and 5G networks; Network management support; Hybrid planning methods and tools; Migration planning and dismantling of legacy equipment)

– Routing and Traffic Engineering (Signaling and control in multimedia/multiservice systems; OTT services and implications on traffic demand; Application layer traffic optimization; Intra-domain and inter-domain routing; traffic engineering and resilience; Optimization wrt. technical and economic criteria; Routing strategies to reduce power consumption; Impact of cloud and grid services)

– Network Design and Planning Methods (Network topology design and optimization at different layers; End-to-end service performance evaluation; Quality of service (QoS), quality of resilience, quality of experience (QoE) and SLA; Network interconnection and peering; IoT networks, ad-hoc and sensor networks; Network resilience: survivability, availability, dependability, protection, restoration; Energy efficiency; Content delivery and media services)

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Sunday, September 9, 9.00 – 15.30

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Daniel Benevides da Costa, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil
  • Himal A. Suraweera, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Derrick Wing Kwan Ng, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Minghua Xia, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Prabhat K. Upadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India
  • Haiyang Ding, National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China
  • Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College London, UK

SCOPE

Energy-efficiency is one of the critical aspects for the successful design and deployment of the fifth generation (5G) and beyond wireless networks. The key idea is to support the efficient utilization of the available energy so as to significantly increase the network device lifetime (up to 10 years for low-power IoT devices) and drive down operational expenditure by several order of magnitude. Various types of wireless networks are energy-constrained since the network devices are powered by batteries. As such, to maintain network connectivity, the devices will need periodic replacement or recharging of batteries which would be expensive, inconvenient, and problematic in future ultra-dense networks. Furthermore, infrastructure-based wireless networks that are supplemented by a continuous power supply require access to an electric power grid and thereby incurring high energy consumption that will further increase with growing requirements of devices and data traffic. Hence, there is a great need to develop energy efficient architectures and transmission techniques/protocols that extend the lifetime of networks and provide significant energy savings under the aegis of green radio communications. With this aim, energy harvesting (EH) technology has arisen as a promising technique for prolonging the lifetime of communication networks. The objective of this workshop is to bring together practitioners and researchers from both academia and industry in order to have a forum for discussion and technical presentations on fundamental and practically relevant questions related to many challenges arising from energy harvesting communication networks.

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