IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
8-11 September 2019 // Istanbul, Turkey

Call for Workshop Papers

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The 30th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2019) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 8 – 11 September 2019. The conference program will include workshops and tutorials on Sunday, 8 September. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their papers to the following workshops.

W1: Workshop on Full-Duplex Technologies for Next-Generation Wireless Communications

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W2: Second Workshop on Energy Harvesting Communication networks

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W3: First Int. Workshop on Enabling Technologies for TeraHertz Communications

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W4: Workshop on Machine Learning for Security and Cryptography

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W5: Workshop on Radio Access Network Slicing for 5G and Beyond

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W6: Second Int. Workshop on IoT Enabling Technologies in Healthcare

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W7: Second Int. Workshop on Time-Critical Cyber Physical Systems

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W8: First Int. Workshop on Internet of Mobile Things

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Papers should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font) including figures without incurring any page charges. One additional page is permitted with an overlength page charge of USD100. Papers exceeding 7 pages will not be accepted on EDAS. Accepted papers will be published in the PIMRC 2019 Workshops Proceedings, and the papers presented by an author at the workshops will be submitted to IEEE Xplore.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for workshop paper submission: 21 May 2019 (Final Extension)
  • Paper acceptance notification: 21 June 2019
  • Final workshop papers due: 5 July 2019

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Author and Submission Guidelines

Warning on Plagiarism

Papers will be reviewed on the basis that they do not contain plagiarized material and have not been submitted to any other conference at the same time (double submission). These matters are taken very seriously and the IEEE will take action against any author who has engaged in either practice.

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Submission Format

Authors are required to make sure that the PDF file and the EDAS registration page of a submitted paper have the same list of authors, title, and abstract (minor wording differences in the abstract are ok). Failure to comply with this rule may lead to the withdrawal of your paper from the review process. Please note that the authors list of an accepted paper CANNOT be changed in the final manuscript.

All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of seven (7) printed double-column pages (10-point font) including figures. Authors of accepted papers with camera-ready versions exceeding 6 pages will be requested to pay a mandatory overlength page charge for their papers to be published in the IEEE PIMRC 2019  Workshop Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®.

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Only PDF files generated by Acrobat 5 or later versions will be accepted for both the review processing and final publication steps. Camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be certified by PDFeXpress.

Both review versions of submitted papers and camera-ready versions of accepted papers should not embed bookmarks, form fields, or URL links (cf. Note 1 below), neither contain page numbers, headers, footers, or PDF annotations . Paper pages should be in US Letter or A4 format with left and right margins of at least 1 in, a top and bottom margins of at least 0.75 in and 1 in, respectively, and a gutter of 0.1 in between columns (cf. Notes 2 and 3 below).

Note 1: Please make sure that you remove hyperlinks to all email addresses in the authors’ affiliations or to all webpage reference citations in the bibliography section.

Note 2: Complying with the PIMRC 2019 format constraints indicated above might not be sufficient to avoid PDF upload issues on EDAS. In case you face embedded fonts issues, please refer to the following IEEE Tutorial.

Note 3: For authors using the LaTeX template, a warning may show up once their papers are uploaded successfully. If the warning indicates that you are exceeding the right margin at the last page (i.e., where your references are most likely listed), you can ignore it!In fact, the IEEE template does not allow to break a reference, leading to an “underfull vbox” warning, but the final result will be much more like what the IEEE will publish.

Workshop Abstracts

W1: Workshop on Full-Duplex Technologies for Next-Generation Wireless Communications

Abstract: Driven by the rapidly increasing demand for high data rate services and usage in a spectrum of application areas, wireless systems are compelled to evolve in order to meet the extraordinary performance requirements, especially in terms of spectral efficiency, coverage, latency and energy efficiency.

Full Duplex is a duplexing scheme that allows a communication device to simultaneously transmit and receive wireless signals on the same channel (frequency band). Enabled by means of self-interference and cross link interference management methodology, Full Duplex can significantly increase the throughput for each allocated channel and furthermore improve the total system capacity. The inherent capability of Full Duplex can provide an opportunity to reduce round-trip latency for data transmission, which is due to transmission of acknowledgment or feedback information, and to implement an in-band and out-of-band relay system.

The benefits and challenges of applying Full Duplex to Wi-Fi standards have recently begun discussion in IEEE 802.11.  A few international workshops are also recently organized that discusses on the feasibility of using Full Duplex for next generation cellular networks. Full Duplex will be a key technology that will shape the future. And after a wave of the first release of 5G standardization, full duplex is also brought up for future research in 3GPP scope.

The obvious interest shown through the participation in the standardization and international workshops, as well as the ongoing research, demo and implementation of prototypes indicates that Full Duplex will have a significant presence in future wireless communications. However, several important issues still need to be effectively addressed by industry and academia.

In response to the above momentum of interest and popularity, the proposed workshop aims at providing an interactive platform for industry and academic to timely exchange research, findings, and key technical challenges associated with Full Duplex. In this context, papers are solicited reporting on the following representative and important topics, but not limited to:

  • Full duplex uses cases and deployment scenarios
  • Self-interference channel measurement and charatrization for indoor and outdoor environements
  • Self-interference channel modelling assoaciated with statistical parameters
  • Self-interference cancelaltion technqiues and mechanisms
  • Advanced self-interference management techniques
  • Full duplex network integration schemes and performance evaluations
  • Cross-link interference management in presence of full duplex wireless links
  • Full duplex transceiver architectures and realiazation performace analysis
  • Duplexing schemes comabine non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and full duplex
  • Full duplex cooperative communications
  • Wireless medium obversation in cognitive radio networks enabled by self-interference cancellation techniques
  • Full duplex device-to-device and machine-to-machine communications
  • Resource allocation, medium access control, and scheduling techniques in full-duplex-enabled networks
  • Full duplex ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC)
  • Optimized antenna architectures and configurations for full duplex transceiver integration

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W2: Second Workshop on Energy Harvesting Communication networks

Abstract: 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 like wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks, device-to-device (D2D) communications, machine-type communications, and IoT, 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, e.g., cellular networks, 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 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 (EHCNs). It also aims to provide the industry with a fresh insight into the development of practical energy harvesting schemes in future wireless networks. In line with such objectives, original contributions are solicited in topics of interest to include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Information-theoretic fundamentals of EHCNs
  • Energy accumulation modeling and the associated network protocol design in EHCNs
  • Energy cooperation strategies for EHCNs
  • Cooperative and relay techniques in EHCNs
  • Backscatering communications
  • Large scale heterogeneous EHCNs
  • Spectrum sensing and sharing in EHCNs
  • Physical layer security in EHCNs
  • Waveform design and optimization in EHCNs
  • Energy harvesting IoT
  • The application of emerging technologies in EHCNs
  • MAC and routing protocols for EHCNs
  • Interference exploitation and management in EHCNs
  • Machine learning techniques for EHCNs
  • Artificial intelligence-enabled EHCNs
  • Power management circuit and systems for EHCNs
  • Prototypes and testbeds in EHCNs

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W3: First Int. Workshop on Enabling Technologies for TeraHertz Communications

Abstract:  Terahertz (THz) technology, or what is more and more labelled by the scientific community as beyond 5G communication systems, has attracted a great interest from academia and industry. This is due to a number of interesting features of THz waves, including the tens and hundreds of gigahertz bandwidths available, and the fact that this frequency band poses only a minor health threat. Also, as millimeter-wave communication systems mature, the focus of research is, naturally, moving to the THz range. With the increase in bandwidth requirements, the D bands (110-170 GHz) and then the H bands (220-330 GHz) are being increasingly studied for future communication applications. Broad bandwidth of the THz frequency bands can be used for terabit-per-second (Tb/s) wireless indoor communication systems. With the attractive feature of ultra-broadband, the exploitation of THz band for future wireless/optical communication has become a hot topic in last years. Although lots of research efforts have been undertaken with state-of-the-art devices and channel propagation, THz techniques are still not enough mature compared to microwave or photonics. As THz for wireless communication cannot be simply implemented with existing techniques, some key issues remain to be addressed before completing their deployment and commercialization. The first and most important is the availability of high performance devices including powerful THz sources, high gain antennas and sensitive THz detectors, for overcoming the physical attenuations from free space link. The THz band gives access to a large amount of applications in very diverse domains, ranging from Terabit WPAN to Terabit/s file transferring, small backhaul cells, server farms, or virtual and augmented reality applications. Nevertheless, there are many challenges from the device, communication and networking perspectives, which require fundamentally new solutions.

Moreover, the application of integration techniques will play a role to reducing the energy consumption and cost while making the system more compact. Apart from hardware issues, the channel modelling of indoor and outdoor (LOS and NLOS propagation modes) THz wave propagation considering different types of environmental and RF constrains still remains to be experimentally tested. Although THz technology could satisfy the demand for an ultra-high data rate, a number of technical challenges need to be overcome or better understood before its development and future deployment. The twofold mission of this workshop is to expand the visibility of THz/Terabits communications and gather researchers from different research fields that can foster and develop this very fast growing field. The workshop aims to attract researchers and academics from various fields of study, ranging from signal processing, THz materials and components, services to THz/Terabits communication and networking researchers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Terahertz channel modelling and propagation
  • Terahertz modulations and wave transmitters
  • Terahertz wireless/optical detectors/receivers
  • Coding for terabit/s communications
  • System model with array antennas
  • Antenna design for wireless Terahertz systems
  • Terahertz wireless/optical communications and applications
  • Terahertz indoor communications
  • Photoconductive antennas and photomixers
  • Advances on experimental hardware design and implementation
  • Advanced discrete-time signal processing techniques
  • Plasmonic waveguides for Terahertz and millimeter-waves
  • Micromachined circuits for Terahertz applications
  • DSP blocks for ultra-high-throughput wireless signal processing
  • Filters design and ultra-low resolution receivers
  • Terahertz based ultra-high bandwidth wireless access networks
  • Terahertz wireless instruments, devices and components.

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W4: Workshop on Machine Learning for Security and Cryptography

Abstract: The era of Internet of Things with billions of connected devices has created an ever larger surface for cyber attackers to exploit, which has resulted in the need for fast and accurate detection of those attacks. Information and communication technology (ICT) operations evolve from operator-based management to autonomous and cognitive control. Security concerns are highlighted as an important obstacle in this transformation. While human factors lead to unnecessary flaws, autonomous management through softwarization and virtualization introduce new threats. The developments in mobile computing, communications, and mass storage architectures in the past decade have brought about the phenomenon of big data, which involves unprecedented amounts of valuable data generated in various forms at a high speed. The ability to process these massive amounts of data in real time using machine learning brings along many benefits that could be utilized in cyber threat analysis systems. By making use of big data collected from networks, computers, sensors, and cloud systems, cyber threat analysts and intrusion detection/prevention systems can discover useful information in real time. This information can help detect system vulnerabilities and attacks that are becoming prevalent and develop security solutions accordingly.

This workshop will focus on machine learning solutions for the security problems in a wide array of computerized systems and networks.  Original research papers are welcome on topics including but not limited to:

  • Distributed learning approaches for security
  • AI-assisted security for future networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT) security using ML
  • ML for detecting covert channels
  • Open source security datasets for ML
  • Big data for security and network management
  • Cognitive network management using ML
  • ML for cryptography
  • Forensic analysis using ML
  • Data-driven threat intelligence
  • ML and data mining for network, end-point and application protection
  • Anomaly detection using ML
  • Malicious use of ML and AI
  • Stream data processing and analytics for security
  • Privacy-preserving ML
  • ML approaches for SDN security

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W5: Workshop on Radio Access Network Slicing for 5G and Beyond

Abstract: The future wireless communication systems have to address unprecedented challenges to cope with a high degree of heterogeneity in terms of: a) applications (mobile broadband, massive machine and/or mission critical communications); b) device classes (low-end sensors to high-end tablets); c) environments (low-density to ultra-dense urban); d) mobility levels (static to high-speed transport), e) carrier frequency (decimetre to millimetre waves). Moreover, they are expected to provide orders of magnitude improvement to such heterogeneous networks in key technical requirements such as throughput, number of connected devices, latency and reliability. Identifying those communication features and technical requirements, the envisioned services for future wireless networks are classified as: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) (e.g., mobile 4K video), massive machine type communications (mMTC) (e.g., smart metre, wearable device communications), and ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) (e.g., V2V and virtual reality communications).   As an overarching feature towards 5G-and-beyond to support all scenarios efficiently, network slicing enables design, deployment, customisation, and optimisation of isolated virtual sub-networks, or slices on a common physical network infrastructure. It has been attracting much attention recently from both academia and industry on the core network function virtualisation. However, from the radio network aspect, spectrum- and cost-efficient radio air-interface to achieve the true potential of end-to-end network slicing for the future diverse radio system is still an open issue under discussion in academia and industry. While it is critical towards the full end-to-end slicing and gain the true potential for wide range of vertical industries and section including manufacturing, entertainment, public safety, public transport, healthcare, financial services, automotive and energy utilities. The proposed workshop RAN Slicing is anticipated as a collection of outstanding technical research and industrial papers covering new research results with wide range of ingredients within the 5G-and-beyond framework. Moreover, the anticipated workshop RAN Slicing is expected to provide an opportunity for exchanging new ideas and creating new space for innovative concepts in solving the challenging problems of heterogeneous communication requirements.

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

  • New frame structure design and channelization for 5G
  • New waveforms (e.g., UFMC, F-OFDM, WOFDM, GFDM, FBMC etc.) design
  • Novel multiple access techniques, e.g., SCMA, LDS, PDMA, MUSA etc.
  • Advanced modulation and coding schemes including Faster-Than-Nyquist’s signalling and network coding
  • Air interface protocol to meet different service requirements of 5G
  • Mixed numerologies
  • Radio resource configurations and/or reconfigurations on RAN Slicing
  • NB-IoT and coexistence with LTE • Interference management and cancelation
  • Massive MIMO systems, algorithms, optimization and performance analysis
  • Mobility management in RAN slicing (including handoff schemes for RAN slicing, handoff schemes among different RATs, new technologies for signaling exchanges, etc.)  • Radio resource management for inter/intra slices (including economic mechanisms on radio and computing resources sharing)
  • Specific/tailored service provisioning to users (including slice association, admission control, etc.)
  • SDN/NFV based RAN architecture design (including software-defined protocol (SDP), service function chain (SFC) and slice controller deployment)
  • Impact of RAN slicing on quality of service (e.g., latency, reliability, connectivity, etc.)
  • Implementation of artificial intelligence in RAN slicing
  • Scalability and flexibility aspects of RAN slicing

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W6: Second Int. Workshop on IoT Enabling Technologies in Healthcare

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) has numerous applications in healthcare, from smart wearable or implantable sensors to remote monitoring of elderly, medical device networking, and in general creating a healthcare network infrastructure. IoT has the potential to create a pervasive environment for monitoring patient health and safety as well as improving how physicians deliver care. It can also boost patient engagement and satisfaction by allowing them to spend more time in the comfort of their residence and interact with their care centers whenever needed. A significant driver for the IoT-Health market is the increasing penetration of connected devices in healthcare. Wearable sensors have received a remarkable growth in recent years; however, a pervasive IoT-Health infrastructure is still long way from commercialization. The end-to-end health data connectivity involves the development of many technologies that should enable reliable and location-agnostic communication between a patient and a healthcare provider. IoT-Health workshop aims to focus on the design, development, performance evaluation and experimentation of IoT enabling technologies in healthcare applications. The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Body Area Networks
  • IoT for remote health monitoring
  • Interference analysis & mitigation for IoT-health devices
  • Coexistence issues for IoT-Health devices
  • PHY, MAC and Networking issues for IoT-Health
  • Reliability and QoS in IoT-health
  • Energy efficiency for wearable & implanted medical devices
  • Antennas for wearable & implantable senosrs
  • SAR Evaluation
  • Smart textile for IoT-health
  • Security and privacy in IoT-health
  • IoT-Health Standardization activities
  • IoT-Health for livestock and pets
  • Interoperable & connected medical devices
  • Smart Pills & precision drug delivery
  • Wireless capsule endoscopy
  • Energy harvesting Technology for IoT health
  • Channel Modeling & RF Propagation Studies
  • Human Body Communication (HBC)
  • IoT-Health testbeds & experimental results
  • WAN technology for IoT-Health
  • Patient tracking & localization technology

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W7: Second Int. Workshop on Time-Critical Cyber Physical Systems

Abstract:  As digital computing and communication become faster, cheaper and less power consuming, these capabilities are increasingly embedded in many objects and structures in the physical environment. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are co-engineered interacting networks of physical and computational components. These systems will provide the foundation of our critical infrastructure, form the basis of emerging and future smart services, and improve our quality of life in many areas. For instance, a multitude of CPS devices and applications exist in industrial, transportation, medical, home-security, building automation, emergency management, power, and many other systems, which serve critical functions in our lives. However, there are several issues and challenges remain open in this field, such as robust and real-time communication, network heterogeneity, data security and privacy, safety, etc.

This Workshop seeks novel submissions describing practical and theoretical solutions to challenges facing CPS and Internet of Things. Submissions may represent any application area for CPS. Work-in-progress submissions are also welcome. Towards the goal of the TC-CPS, the topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Systems, Technology and Foundations of CPS
  • Emerging applications and use cases in CPS
  • Cloud, Middleware and Networks for CPS
  • Communication and networking for CPS
  • Cellular systems (e.g. 4G, 5G) for CPS
  • MAC-layer and network-layer protocol design for CPS
  • D2D, and machine type communications
  • Energy efficient communications for the CPS
  • Vehicular communication design
  • Coexistence of wireless technologies in CPS
  • SDR, SDN and NFV as enabling technologies for CPS
  • Data security and privacy for CPS
  • Safety and security co-engineering
  • Dependability in CPS (real-time, reliability, availability, safety, security)
  • Modeling, simulation and visualization of CPS
  • Big data modeling and analytics for CPS
  • Control and Optimization of CPS
  • Real-time systems for CPS

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W8: First Int. Workshop on Internet of Mobile Things

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing the world by enabling multiple devices to communicate and exchange data with each other. Recently, the idea of connecting mobile things (MTs) has given rise to the emergence of ‘Internet of Mobile Things’ (IoMT). These MTs such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), vehicles and robots equipped with antenna and sensors can be used as mobile sinks to collect data from remotely deployed IoT devices or can act as a communication bridge. Also, people equipped with their wearable devices could be considered as another class of moving thing providing/receiving services to/from the IoMT. A collection of MTs can form an ad-hoc mobile wireless network and provides the required services. Such networks can cover a wider area while devices connected to the network collaborate with each other to carry out complex missions.

However, there are several issues that need to be addressed for the effective employment of multiple MTs for IoT applications including but not limited to: dynamic and intelligent management of the IoT sensors and devices on the ground, limited power of IoT devices and MTs, privacy and security in the IoMT, communication between IoT devices and MTs, communication between MTs, connectivity of the MTs and coverage of the region of interest. Due to the dynamic nature of the aforementioned issues, supporting these related factors becomes a challenging task. Hence, there is a need to develop novel techniques to manage and optimize real-time operations of these communication platforms.

 This workshop aims at bringing together scholars from academia and industry to discuss and present the latest research results and findings on all the aspects of IoMT. Topics of interests include but are not limited to:

  • Network modelling and performance evaluations of IoMT
  • Security and privacy for IoMT
  • Cloud/edge/fog computing in IoMT
  • Machine learning techniques for IoMT
  • Software-defined network (SDN) for IoMT
  • Energy harvesting and power management in IoMT
  • Mobility models for MTs
  • Communication architectures for IoMT
  • Robustness and reliability of MTs
  • Spectrum management for IoMT
  • Connectivity and coverage of IoMT
  • Localisation and positioning of IoMT
  • Novel applications of IoMT
  • Sensing and actuation in IoMT

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