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2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (5GWF'18)
Santa Clara, California
July 9-11, 2018


Important Dates:

Workshops Paper Submission: March 29, 2018 (Extended)
Notification: April 30, 2018
Camera-ready submission: May 15, 2018

5G Cloud Native Design Workshop 
5G Satellite Networks: Applications, Challenges and Standards 
IoT in the 5G Era Workshop
Tactile Internet Workshop
Workshop on MEC-IoT Integration for 5G

5G Cloud Native Design Workshop
While bare metal deployment of applications seems fraught with problems and risk, the virtualization revolution, i.e. a layer of abstraction on top of the hardware, is transforming 5G software in "everything is a service", that leads the Telco industry to cloud-native architectures.  Cloudification refers to Platform as a Service (PaaS) on top of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). PaaS is a platform that hides infrastructure details - typically IaaS details - from application development, build, ship, and deployment. PaaS promises to deliver network services and applications with higher agility and performance through "ancillary services" - scalability, high availability, state management, controllers, orchestrator… - provided once by the PaaS. Developers and service providers can therefore concentrate on their applications and businesses and improve time to market. An ideal 5G PaaS should not only facilitate building, shipping and running virtual network functions (VNF) with "telco-grade" quality, it should also combine those VNF with all sorts of third-party applications (from start-ups, FOSS, Verticals…) for creating new more versatile and powerful cloud objects breaking silos between connectivity and computing.
As 5G should be designed and implemented to run on public and/or private IaaS installations, the term "cloud-native 5G" describes the technology transformation that will essentially make 5G a platform. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
"	Telco-grade PaaS: Design, Framework
"	Intent based programming
"	RAN microservices design
"	Platform abstraction and API
"	Open-source software and tools experimentation in cloud-native 5G
"	Cloud-RAN Architecture, functional aspects, design issues and protocols
"	Analysis, modelling and characterization of Cloud-RAN systems
"	5G testbed implementation and deployment
"	Software defined hardware accelerators (FPGA, GPU)
"	New DevOps models with performance and quality enhancements
"	Virtualization technologies for cloud-native platforms
"	Distributed management system e.g. decentralized OSS
"	Multi-service and multi-tenancy and network slicing
"	Design principles and best practices for 5G application development
"	High availability (resiliency, self-healing, redundancy)
"	Analytics based policy
The workshop is organized by the NGPaaS project (, a H2020 5G-PPP phase 2 project and endorsed by 5G-PPP Software Network working group (
Do not miss the keynote speech on Platform transformation by George Glass (BT, UK).

Contact person:
Bessem Sayadi, [log in to unmask]

"	Bessem Sayadi, Nokia Bell-Labs, FR
"	Jose Soler, DTU Fotonik, DK
"	Paul Veitch, BT, UK
"	Bela Berde, Nokia Bell-Labs, FR

5G Satellite Networks: Applications, Challenges and Standards Workshop
The vision of 5G in delivering the advanced services such as virtualization, enabler of smart cities, smart environments, and M2M within the context of Information-Centric Networks has recently attracted enormous attention by industry, academia, and standard organizations. Currently, several High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are under construction to deliver 100s Gb/s and projected to result in Terabits/sec by 2020-2025 across the world. However, several technical and regulatory challenges have to be addressed such as a) Vision and architecture of the integrated 5G-satellite system, b) new constellations including GEO/MEO/LEO, c) Spectrum sharing and use of new frequency bands-Q/V/W, d) innovative techniques to improve efficiency, e) QoS/QoE, and f) regulations and standardization. 5G-Satellite integrated communications networking offers enormous advantages such as allowing users to access the highly reliable information for health, mobile broadband and secure/emergency services not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, in the deserts and the seas. The objectives of this workshop are to bring together experts, researchers, business leaders and regulators to address the novel challenges to reach the integration of satellite and terrestrial system under the 5G umbrella.
This workshop is calling for paper contributions to (but not limiting to) the following topics:
Applications and Services
"	Use cases for 5G and satellite
"	Scenarios for rural services/urban
"	Delay sensitive and non-sensitive applications
"	Identifying new services e.g., Visualization, M2M, IoT
"	Emerging applications and services
System Architectures
"	New system architectures including GEO/MEO/LEO
"	Payloads with onboard processing
"	High Throughput Satellites (HTS) analysis
"	Integrated network architectures
Network Protocols and Performance
"	Integrated network protocols, i.e., terrestrial-satellite
"	Interoperability and interface definitions
"	QoS-throughput, delay, security, mobility measures
"	QoE models
Innovative PHY Techniques
"	Exploring and analysis of new bands (Q/V/W)
"	Interference reduction schemes
"	New waveforms
"	Novel multiple access schemes
"	Multiple narrow beam antennas
Standards Activities
"	Standardization Issues -IEEE, ITU-R, ITU-T, 5G-S PPP and ETSI
"	Frequency sharing and allocations
"	Regulatory impacts
"	Current standardization activities
"	Sastri Kota, SoHum Consultants
"	Giovanni Giambene, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy
"	Prashant Pillai University of Wolverhampton, UK

IoT in the 5G Era Workshop
With the promise of revolutionizing the way we live, work and manufacture, it is no surprise why the Internet of Things (IoT) has picked up the momentum in both industry and academia. IoT systems provide real-time applications without direct human interactions and contribute to the emergency of smart spaces (building, houses, offices, industrial factories, etc.). Gartner has predicted that there will be 25 billion connected devices, three for every person on the planet, by the end of 2020. With this increased connectivity around the world and continued miniaturization of computers and smart devices, IoT will generate huge volume of data that need to be analyzed to gain insight behind this big IoT data.
The forthcoming 5G networks is promising by not only increased data rates but also low-latency data communication for latency-critical IoT applications. 5G will enable massive IoT devices connected via a myriad of networks and critical machine type communications. While the massive IoT is more concerned about scalability deep coverage and energy efficiency, the latter requires ultra-low latency and extreme reliability.  The anticipated high-traffic demands, low-latency and deterministic delivery requirements stemming from IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications can be met only with radical changes in terms of architecture and communication solutions.
This workshop aims at favoring a multidisciplinary, cross-layer perspective to 5G and Internet of Things, bringing together researchers, developers, and practitioners from academia and industry. Topic calls for novel contributions, R&D results from industry and academic/industrial collaborations including, but not restricted to the following topics:
"	Deployment strategies in IoT: coverage and connectivity issues and challenges
"	IoT for smart manufacturing  (industry 4.0) and smart spaces
"	IoT big data and predictive analysis
"	Innovative routing and scheduling protocols
"	New communications mediums for Low Power Wide Area Networks
"	Dynamic scheduling, power control, interference management, and QoS management in IoT  networks
"	Software defined networking  for IoT
"	Mobility, Localization and context-adaptive Internet of Things
"	Practical Perspectives on IoT in 5G Networks
"	NB-IoT
"	Application of SDN, NFV, and Fog Computing to IoT: architectures and implementation
"	Fog Caching techniques for IoT
"	Massive MTC (mMTC)
"	Web of Things
"	Messaging Technologies for the Industrial IoT (DDS, AMQP, MQTT, MQTT-SN, CoAP, etc.)
"	Secure and privacy-preserving IoT communications
"	Blockchain technology for IoT
"	IoT standards platforms interworking
"	Experience and lessons learnt for standards based IoT large scale pilots/demonstrators
"	Interoperability methodologies for heterogeneous IoT
Important Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline:  29 March 2018 (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2018
Camera Ready Paper: 15 May 2018

Ridha Soua, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Workshop on the Tactile Internet
Mobile communications continues to play an important role in the modern economy, including sectors such as consumer electronics, health, education, logistics, and various major industries. Mobile communications networks of today have successfully connected the vast majority of the global population. After creating the Mobile Internet-connecting billions of smart phones and laptop-the focus of mobile communications is moving towards providing ubiquitous connectivity for machines and devices, thereby creating the Internet-of-Things (IoT).  With the technological advancements of today, stage is being set for the emergence of the Tactile Internet, in which ultra-reliable and ultra-responsive network connectivity will enable the deliverance of real-time control and physical tactile experiences to remote users. The Tactile Internet will underpin the internet of skills, that in turn will provide a true paradigm shift from content delivery, to remote skills-set delivery, thereby introducing a broad range of novel use cases. Hence, it will provide a true paradigm shift from content-delivery to skill-set delivery networks, and thereby revolutionize almost every segment of society. The Tactile Internet has been defined as:
'A network or network of networks for remotely accessing, perceiving, manipulating, and controlling real or virtual objects and processes in perceived real-time by humans or machines.' (IEEE P1918.1)
As per the ITU, the Tactile Internet will add a new dimension to human-machine interaction by delivering a low-enough latency to build real-time interactive systems. Further, the Tactile Internet has been described as a communication infrastructure combining low latency, very short transit time, high availability and high reliability with a high level of security. Associated with cloud computing proximity through, e.g., mobile edge-clouds and combined with the virtual or augmented reality for sensory and haptic controls, the Tactile Internet addresses areas with reaction times in the order of a millisecond.
With 5G, an additional breakthrough is soon to happen: The latency in communicating over wireless networks will become low enough to enable an end-to-end round-trip delay from terminals through the network back to terminals of approximately 1 to 10 ms (or even less). This meets the constraints for human, or even machine, response to tactile (haptic) stimuli. The wireless communications network can therefore become the platform for enabling control of real or virtual objects in many situations of life.
To this end, 5G World Workshop on the Tactile Internet will address the challenges in achieving an immersive physical cyber environment through integrating communications, control, networks and signal processing technologies. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: physical real-time interaction, ultra-responsive wireless networks, emerging applications ('verticals'), haptic codecs, software defined edge, deterministic networking, intelligent data processing, and platforms and demos.
Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Communication Networking for Ultra-low Latency and High Reliability (URLLC)
"	Edge-computing & Edge-Intelligence
"	Software defined Edge design, control and automation
"	Lean protocol design
"	Fine-grained and dynamic QoS
"	Deterministic Networking
"	Traffic variance and distributed network topologies
Tactile Internet Applications and Real-Time Platforms
"	Wireless Robotics for medical, and industrial applications
"	Tactile sensors and actuators
"	Edge-computing platform for real-time communication
Intelligent Data Processing 
"	Multi-modal data compression & synchronization
"	AAA and Encryption techniques for ULL applications
"	Distributing intelligence and control for ULL applications
"	Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning techniques for ULL applications
Tactile Internet Demos
"	Demos that address a novel research problem will be admitted at this track

Oliver Holland, King's College London
Kaniz Mahdi, Ciena
Meryem Simsek, ICSI, Berkeley

Workshop on MEC-IoT Integration for 5G
The evolution towards 5G is widely influenced by the exponential growth in the number of computing devices embedded in everyday objects and interconnected services over the Internet. This massive interconnection of heterogeneous devices is technically termed the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT paradigm enables resource constrained devices to be connected over the Internet. IoT  is poised to induce a significant surge in demand for computing resources, as well as networking infrastructures in order to accommodate these myriads of interconnected devices. As of now, data being collected is predominantly transported to  to and from centralized clouds or enterprise data centers for processing. Despite having the theoretically unlimited resources to process data at the cloud, data transmission to and from the cloud is becoming one of the biggest bottlenecks in IoT because of (i) low latency requirements of mission-critical and demanding applications such as real-time video analytics, and (ii) sheer volume of data to be moved around. Meeting these extreme demands will necessitate modifications to the  networking and computation  infrastructures and  technologies. Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), formerly known as Mobile Edge Computing, is  one such noteworthy modification which brings intelligence to the edge of the network along with higher processing and storage capabilities. According to the recent trends of MEC and other edge computing concepts,  5G networks will play a major role of connecting IoT devices.
With such potential benefits, the role of MEC in IoT realization becomes apparent, more so the role of both MEC and IoT (MEC-IoT) technologies towards the evolution to 5G. The success of MEC-IoT still requires tackling many key challenges at the edge nodes, e.g., resource management, network connectivity and scalability, energy efficiency, middleware, security, privacy, trust, service management, societal impact, etc. This workshop will elaborate and emphasize the key aspects of MEC-IoT evolution in many applications, and will provide the opportunity for the researchers across the globe to share their latest research works on emerging MEC-IoT.
In this workshop we invite contributions which tackle theoretical, technical and application aspects of MEC-IoT Integration for 5G.
Within its scope, the special session solicits research and industry papers identifying research and engineering challenges in MEC-IoT and their solutions on following topics but not limited to:
"	Current and future trends in mobile edge computing (MEC)
"	Resource allocation and management challenges in MEC and IoT
"	Distributed mobile applications utilizing MEC and IoT
"	Performance evaluation of IoT and MEC test beds
"	Consumer centric IoT applications and services using MEC platforms
"	M2M data processing, management and storage at MEC platforms
"	Virtualization of MEC functionalities
"	Security, privacy and trust in IoT and MEC
"	IoT and MEC applications and services
"	Software architecture, programming model and service provisioning in IoT and MEC
"	Current and future trends in MEC and IoT
"	Resource allocation and management challenges in MEC and IoT
"	Distributed mobile applications utilizing MEC and IoT
"	Performance evaluation metrics IoT and MEC
"	Testbeds for IoT and MEC
"	Standardization efforts and initiatives for MEC and IoT

Dr. Madhusanka Liyanage, University of Oulu
Dr. Pardeep Kumar, University of Oxford
Dr. Kanchana Thilakarathna, University of Sydney
Prof. Anura Jayasumana, Colorado State University
Prof. Dwight Makaroff, University of Saskatchewan


General Chairs
Sanjay Jha, GlobalFoundries, General Chair
Ashutosh Dutta, General Co-Chair
Gerhard Fettweis, General Co-Chair
Latif Ladid, General Co-Chair

Steering Committee
Heinz Bernold, Boston Consulting Group
Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford
Asha Keddy, Intel
Vincent Poor, Princeton University
Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University
Peter Vetter, Nokia Bell Labs
Peiying Zhu, Huawei

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