IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
08-13 October 2017 – Montreal, QC, Canada

CFP / SPECIAL-SESSION PAPERS

IEEE PIMRC 2017 solicits the submission of special session papers within the technical scope of the conference. The proposed special sessions listed below offer a unique opportunity for in-depth discussions where researchers and industry entities are invited to share their state-of-the-art research and development results on specific areas and novel challenging topics.


SCOPE

Fifth Generation (5G) wireless systems will be radically different from previous generations as it will provide ultra-reliable and low latency communications, support massive machine type communications, and introduce enhanced mobile broadband. These three goals stem from the diverse use cases and application domains envisioned for 5G, which include the smart grids, the Internet of Things (IoT), and connected vehicles, just to name a few.

To meet these goals, 5G should deliver significantly high peak data rates, spectrum efficiency, area traffic capacity, connection density, network energy efficiency, as well as improved user experience and significantly reduced latency. Making these deliverables will need 5G to leverage big data analytics to proactively allocate network resources. More specifically, the aggregated data by the different 5G devices and systems can be utilized, using elegant big data analytics techniques, in order to provide descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive functionalities. The main challenge of big data analytics for 5G is to come with algorithms to make these functionalities aligned together to maximize the 5G system performance, enable the consideration of other important objectives such as 5G Infrastructure planning, QoS, and operational management which provides insights for future improved design.

TOPICS

  • Big data analytics to improve QoS in 5G networks
  • Big data analytics to maximize performance in 5G networks
  • Big data analytics to minimize operational management in 5G
  • Big data analytics to optimize 5G radio access networks
  • Big data platforms for 5G
  • Big data representation and modeling in 5G
  • Social media data analysis for 5G

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Ala Abu Alkheir, University of Ottawa, Canada Ala Abu Alkheir
Ibrahim Abualhaol, Larus Technologies and Carleton University, Canada Ibrahim Abualhaol
Zied Bouida, Carleton University, Canada Zied Bouida

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E-mail: special-session.sp-01.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 


SCOPE

Driven by several interdependent trends, like sustainable development, mobility and higher quality of life, smart city applications are enabled by the miniaturization of devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligent (AI). Edge computing (EC) or similarly fog computing (FC), and software-defined networking (SDN) are two key pillars that boost the scalability and flexibility of smart city infrastructures, thereby enabling unprecedented capabilities of smart city applications and, hence, meeting sustainable development goals.

TOPICS

  • Big data technologies for smart cities
  • Cloud computing based approaches for smart cities
  • Fog computing and edge computing for smart cities
  • Information management for smart cities
  • IoT network management
  • Modeling and analysis of smart city technologies and systems
  • Network function virtualization in smart cities
  • Security and privacy of smart city systems
  • Software-defined infrastructure for smart cities
  • Sustainable computing in smart cities

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Emad Alsusa, University of Manchester, UK Emad Alsusa
Mohamed Cheriet, ETS, Canada Mohamed Cheriet
Burak Kantarci, University of Ottawa, Canada Burak Kantarci
Kim Khoa Nguyen, ETS, Canada (Lead Co-Chair) Kim Khoa Nguyen

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E-mail: special-session.sp-02.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 


SCOPE

Recently, there has been increasing interest and rapid growth in the use of millimeter-wave (mm-wave) antennas and devices for future mm-wave mobile communications in fifth generation (5G) cellular networks. Using 5G technologies, we will achieve superior performances over today’s wireless systems both in terms of bandwidth and data-transfer rates.

Despite the benefits, the designers and researchers in the antenna and propagation fields have many challenges in order to make mm-wave practically feasible. At high frequencies, the design of the radiated elements needs to provide characteristics such as: low cost, intelligent and universally applicable and compatible with various mobile terminals and platforms. These challenges need to be addressed adequately. To meet these challenges, antennas for 5G wireless communication networks require to exhibit the following performances: (a) wide pass-band (b) low insertion loss, (c) high gain, (d) beam forming capability and (d) re-configurability to enhance the capabilities of data transport, transmission, and reception between end users and the core network. A promising way to provide these characteristics is to use: mm-wave beamforming antenna arrays, meta-materials based antennas, mm-Wave massive MIMO systems, advanced antennas using electromagnetic periodic structures (FSS, EBG, and AMC). These methodologies provide a basis for developing, designing, analysis, dimensioning, and optimization of transmitting and receiving antennas for 5G wireless networks. We expect to explore these key technologies along with the prospects and challenges of future 5G communication networks.

The aim of this special issue is to explore new ideas and developments to address these challenging problems and to encourage researchers to present original and recent work on advanced antennas for 5G wireless communication systems.

TOPICS

  • 5G reconfigurable antennas
  • Antenna arrays
  • Antenna layouts and topologies at microwave or mm-wave/THz frequencies
  • Beam steering, tilting, or switching and beam combining architectures at microwave or mm-wave/THz frequencies
  • Frequency selective surface FSS and their use for mm-wave band antennas
  • Meta-materials based antennas
  • MIMO and massive MIMO systems
  • mm-wave beamforming antennas
  • Smart antennas

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Tayeb A. Denidni, INRS, Canada Tayeb A. Denidni2
Mohamad Mantash, INRS, Canada Mohamad Mantash

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E-mail: special-session.sp-03.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 


SCOPE

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm aims to bring people, data, processes, and things together to fulfill the needs of our everyday lives. The market place for IoT is expected to grow rapidly due to significant increase in the number of smart devices, M2M connections, and smart wearables, and it has a wide range of application areas including eHealthcare, smart grids, smart home, smart cities, connected car and industrial automation. It is expected that the upcoming 5G technologies will be the backbone of IoT and will support IoT systems by expanding the coverage, by reducing the closed-loop latency and by enhancing the data rate. However, there are several challenges to be addressed to provide reliable and secure connections to the massive number of resource-constrained IoT devices.

Due to several unique features and diverse requirements of IoT systems such as low latency, low cost, low energy consumption, high failure rate and data transiency, the conventional communication protocols may not be suitable for these systems. In this regard, it is crucial to design resource-efficient, reliable and secure wireless communication technologies by considering various constraints imposed by heterogeneous IoT systems. Moreover, how to handle the massive unstructured/semi-structured data generated by resource-constrained devices through the resource-limited infrastructure is another important issue to be addressed. In this context, the recent trend is to utilize the emerging cloud computing platform to support IoT systems due to its enormous storage and processing capabilities. However, this convergence of IoT and cloud computing requires the need of designing efficient wireless communication technologies, and various aspects such as latency, energy efficiency, computational efficiency, system reliability and security need to be investigated.

TOPICS

  • Adaptive waveforms, RF energy harvesting, and adaptive modulation and coding techniques for low-power IoT systems
  • Architectures/topologies for hierarchical IoT-cloud networks
  • Cloud-assisted solutions for resource management in IoT systems
  • Communication challenges and solutions for the applications of IoT in WBANs, WSNs, M2M, D2D, V2V, SatCom, and cellular systems
  • Data aggregation, prioritization, and offloading techniques
  • Energy-efficient data acquisition, reporting, and fusion techniques
  • Hardware prototype design for IoT applications
  • IoT Protocols and standards (IPv6, 6LoWPAN, RPL, 6TiSCH, oneM2M, BLE, EPCgobal, ZWave, LTE-M, and NB-IoT)
  • Multi-hop and cooperative communications for IoT systems
  • Orthogonal/non-orthogonal multiple access and access control schemes for IoT systems
  • PHY/MAC layer algorithms for supporting IoT devices in 5G systems such as massive MIMO, small cells, full duplex, and mmWave systems
  • Resource allocation, spectrum sharing, and interference mitigation
  • SDN and virtualization techniques for IoT networks
  • Security enhancement and privacy preservation techniques

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Waleed Ejaz, Ryerson University, Canada Waleed Ejaz
Danda B. Rawat, Howard University, USA Danda B. Rawat
Shree Krishna Sharma, Western University, Canada Shree Krishna Sharma

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E-mail: special-session.sp-04.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 


SCOPE

The automotive industries, which have been undergoing dramatic technological transformations, are the potential use cases of the 5G networks. More and more vehicles will be connected to the Internet and with each other using wireless technologies. Toward this end, many standardization activities to support these use cases are underway including the fifth-generation automotive association (5GAA) where its objective is to address the society’s connected mobility needs and applications, such as autonomous driving, ubiquitous access to services, and integration into the smart city and intelligent transportation system. Wireless technologies to support the connected vehicles must deal with the extremely dynamic propagation environment. Furthermore, as connected vehicles are likely utilized for emergency and mission critical applications, they require extremely low latency. For these reasons, several challenges must be addressed to realize the well-integrated, secured and cost-effective vehicular communication systems. The situation is even be more challenging for V2X systems, which embraces V2V, V2I, VANET etc., as the nodes of these systems require tight collaboration with one another and they can be highly mobile.

Future 5G wireless systems, which utilize both microwave and millimeter wave (mmWave), are anticipated to achieve a 1000X capacity gain compared to current wireless radios. And it is expected that 5G wireless technologies will enable cost-effective V2X systems. The goal of this special session is to gather researchers, academia, industry and regulators to present and discuss their research findings highlighting the opportunities, challenges, and potentials of 5G wireless systems for enabling future connected vehicles.

TOPICS

  • Channel prediction, estimation, modeling, and characterization
  • Cooperative/opportunistic communication and shared (dynamic) spectrum access techniques and architectures
  • Edge and cloud computing and caching techniques
  • Experimental, link-, and system-level simulations and field-trial and prototype results
  • Millimeter wave and massive MIMO systems for V2X communications
  • Resource allocation, beamforming (precoding), power (interference) control, and management
  • Secure and low-latency waveform and protocol designs
  • Security enhancement and privacy preservation techniques
  • Standardization aspects of V2X systems

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Tadilo Endeshaw Bogale, INRS & Western University, Canada Tadilo Endeshaw Bogale
Long Bao Le, INRS, Canada Long Bao Le

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E-mail: special-session.sp-05.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 


SCOPE

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP) agencies are responsible for creating safe and stable environments, and for executing Mission-Critical (MC) operations, where life may be at risk, such as responding to disastrous situations that are caused by nature or by human activities or keeping peace in war-zones. The PSEP services include law enforcement, police operations, firefighting, emergency medical response, military activities, border security, and disaster recovery.

One of the key elements for successful PSEP operations is to have efficient communication channels and data exchange between the units dealing with the situations. Telecommunication networks used for PSEP operations are usually referred to as Mission-Critical Networks (MCNs).

Despite witnessing big advancements in wireless communication technologies, current MCNs are still using less sophisticated legacy communication systems. This is due to the rigorous and strict requirements for MCNs in terms of security, throughput, reliability and latency.

This special session would highlight the requirements of MCNs, discuss the current research efforts in this field and offer an opportunity for synergy and collaboration between academia, industry and government agencies to discuss and develop feasible solutions that are tailored to fit MCNs needs.

TOPICS

  • Applications framework for MCN communications
  • Effectiveness of cell on wheels and UAVs
  • Existing and future IoT-based MCN architectures and technologies
  • Federated identity, credentials, and access management services for MCNs
  • Heterogeneity of MC wireless networks
  • Indoor coverage
  • Infrastructure sharing and deployment feasibility
  • Interoperability of MC wireless technologies
  • LTE and 5G for MC communications
  • MCNs leveraging smart cities’ capabilities
  • Modelling and simulation of MCNs
  • Proximity services provisioning and control
  • Quality-of-Experience (QoE) and users prioritization in MCNs
  • Quality-of-Service (QoS) management for MCNs
  • Rural and remote coverage for MC communications
  • Security and integrity techniques

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance: 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission: 2017-08-18 2017-08-25

SPECIAL-SESSION ORGANIZERS AND CO-CHAIRS

Omneya Issa, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED), Canada (Lead Co-Chair) Omneya Issa
Ayman Sabbah, Carleton University, Canada Ayman Sabbah

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E-mail: special-session.sp-06.co-chairs@pimrc2017.org

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Review paper submission (EXTENDED FINAL & FIRM): 2017-07-28 2017-08-04 (CLOSED)
  • Notification of acceptance (postponed): 2017-08-11 2017-08-21
  • Camera-ready submission (postponed): 2017-08-18 2017-08-28

SUBMISSIONS 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.

IEEE Web Page on Plagiarism

IEEE Web Page on Double Submission

Notice on Required Registration Fees

To be published in the IEEE PIMRC 2017 Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore® or to be included in the technical program, respectively, an author of an accepted paper or of a demo presentation is required to register for the conference at the FULL or LIMITED (IEEE member or non-member) rate and must present the paper or the demo at the conference. Some papers might be presented as posters. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE-formatted publication-ready version of the paper along with any overlength charges for each camera-ready manuscript in excess of five (5) pages up to a maximum of seven (7). For authors with multiple accepted papers or demo presentations, one FULL or LIMITED registration is valid, respectively, for up to three (3) papers ALL belonging either to the regular tracks, or to the workshops (i.e., all three of them), or to the special sessions (i.e., all three of them), and for up to three (3) demos presentations.

What is a “Student Paper”?

A manuscript whose first author is a student. Once you start the manuscript submission process on EDAS, you are asked to check a box “Student Paper?”. Please do so if applicable. The sole purpose of identifying student papers is to check their eligibility to PIMRC’s Best Student Paper contests! Nothing else. So please make sure that you don’t miss the opportunity of being considered for these awards if you are eligible.

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 5 pages will be requested to pay mandatory over-length charges per extra page in excess of five (5) up to seven (7), for their papers to be published in the IEEE PIMRC 2017 Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®.

Standard IEEE conference templates for LaTeX formats are found here  (cf. Note 1 below).

You can also use the sample template for Microsoft Word in US Letter format  (cf. Note 1 below).

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 2 below), neither contain page numbers, headers, footers, or PDF annotations. Paper pages should be in US Letter 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 3 and 4 below).

Note 1: For the sake of helping prospective authors avoid any upload issues, the generic IEEE templates previously made available at this link were updated for them by the Organizing Committee on 18 May to make them immediately compliant with the PIMRC 2017 format constraints indicated above.

Note 2: 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 3: Complying with the PIMRC 2017 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 4: 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.