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Call for workshop papers: IEEE WCNC 2019

CONNECT researchers are organising a workshop on Enabling URLLC for 5G and Beyond at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), which takes place from 15 to 18 April 2019, in  Marrakech, Morocco.

Call for papers

Scope: The demand for wireless access in voice and multimedia applications and other 5G verticals has increased tremendously. In addition to these, new application classes, such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) communication, ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC), massive machine type communications (mMTC), and the Internet of Things (IoT), have gained significant interest recently for 5G wireless networks. This workshop aims at presenting the most relevant scenarios, prominent research outcomes and state-of-the-art advances of 5G related URLLC. Only technical papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered.

Topics of interest: The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
• Low latency and low complexity waveforms
• Energy and spectral efficient URLLC
• Cross-Layer design and performance analysis for low latency applications
• Non-orthogonal waveform design for URLLC
• Protocol stack redefinition and procedures for low latency communication
• Coverage improvement techniques for low latency communication
• Spectrum aspects of URLLC – carrier frequency and bandwidth requirements
• Network slicing and network functions virtualization with focus on low latency
• Multi-point transmission, multi-point connectivity
• Novel approaches towards session management and protocol stack
• Network infrastructure and core network concepts
• Cloud-RAN concepts in the context of URLLC
• Architectural enablers for edge computing
• Technical solutions for co-existence of URLLC and eMBB traffic
• Enabling technologies for URLLC: SDN, NFV, Cloud-RAN, D2D
• Emerging cellular architectures for distributed and flexible network functions in 5G/B5G
• Proof-of-concepts and field trial results related to URLLC use cases
• Advanced radio resource management techniques for URLLC
• Network infrastructure, core network, cloud and IoT platform considerations for distributed real-time signal processing in URLLC
• Low latency industrial control
• Standardization activities on URLLC
• Finite block length codes for short packet transmission
• Information theoretic results for low latency communications
Submission guidelines: All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of eight (8) printed pages (10-point font) including figures. The papers exceeding 6 pages will be subject to an additional fee/page. Papers exceeding 8 pages will not be accepted at EDAS. Accepted papers will be published in the WCNC 2019 conference proceedings, which will be submitted to IEEEXplore database. Submission implies that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the conference. Electronic submission is accepted through the EDAS website at
Important dates:
Paper submission: 10 January 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2019

Camera-ready submission: 1 March 2019

Keynote speakers: 
Petar Popovski (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mérouane Debbah (Huawei, Paris, France)

Workshop organisers: 
Muhammad Ali Imran University of Glasgow, UK (
Mehdi Bennis University of Oulu, Finland (
Nicola Marchetti Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (
M. Majid Butt Nokia Bell Labs, France (
Indrakshi Dey Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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