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


IEEE PIMRC 2017 is pleased to announce the special sessions confirmed and scheduled within the technical program of the conference.


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.


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


SP-01: Big Data-Enabled 5G Systems

Tuesday, October 10
16:30 – 18:00
Room: Fundy


16:30 A Study of Deep Learning Networks on Mobile Traffic Forecasting
Chih-Wei Huang and Chiu-Ti Chiang (National Central University, Taiwan); Qiuhui Li (Chongqing University, P.R. China)
16:48  Data Caching and Selection in 5G Networks Using F2F Communication
Ismaeel Al Ridhawi (American University of the Middle East & University of Ottawa, Kuwait); Nour Mostafa (American University of the Middle East, Kuwait); Yehia Kotb (American University of the Middle east, Kuwait); Moayad Aloqaily and Ibrahim Abualhaol (Carleton University, Canada)
17:06 High-Resolution Wideband Spectrum Sensing Based on Sparse Bayesian Learning
Peng Cheng (The University of Sydney, Australia); Yonghui Li (University of Sydney, Australia); Zhuo Chen (CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia); Branka Vucetic (University of Sydney, Australia)
17:24 Session Adjournment


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.


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


SP-02 Software-Defined Edge Computing in Smart Cities

Thursday, October 12
16:30 – 18:00
Room: Jacques-Cartier


16:30 Towards Efficient Monitoring in a Sensor Cloud
Vojislav B. Mišić, Jelena Mišić and Fatemeh Banaie (Ryerson University, Canada)
16:48 Optimized IoT Service Orchestration
Duong Tuan Nguyen and Kim Khoa Nguyen (University of Quebec, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure (University of Quebec), Canada)
17:06 An Agent-Based Model to Evaluate Smart Homes Sustainability Potential
Julien Walzberg (Polytechnique Montréal & CIRAIG, Canada); Thomas Dandres and Réjean Samson (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada); Nicolas Merveille (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure (University of Quebec), Canada)
17:24 Session Adjournment


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.


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


SP3/S01: Advanced Antennas for 5G Wireless Communications Networks I

Wednesday, October 11
09:00 – 10:30
Room: St-Léonard


09:00 Wideband Self-Sustained DRA Fed by Printed Ridge Gap Waveguide at 60 GHz
Hussien Attia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia); Ahmed Kishk (Concordia University, Canada)
09:18  Iterative Semidefinite Relaxation Based Hybrid Precoding Algorithm for mmWave LS-MIMO Systems
Moufida Hajjaj (SUP’COM, Tunisia); Ameni Mejri (National Engineering School of Tunis & SYS’COM Laboratory, Tunisia); Ridha R. Bouallegue, B. (Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis, Tunisia); Salem Hasnaoui (National School of Engineering of Tunis, Tunisia)
09:36 Millimeter-Wave Beam-Steering Antenna Array for 5G Applications
Mohamad Mantash and Tayeb A. Denidni (INRS-EMT, Canada)
09:54 A Design of Multi-User MIMO CommunicationsAntenna Enhanced by Metamaterials for 5GApplication
Mondher Labidi (Innov’com, Tunisia)
10:12 Session Adjournment

SP3/S02: Advanced Antennas for 5G Wireless Communications Networks II

Wednesday, October 11
13:30 – 15:00
Room: St-Léonard


13:30 A Compact Dual Standard MIMO Antenna System for Mobile Applications
Muhamamd Ikram (University of Queensland, Australia); Mohammad S. Sharawi (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia); Hussien Attia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia)
13:48  60 GHz Circularly Polarized Dielectric Resonator Antenna Fed by Printed Ridge Gap Waveguide
Md Hosne Mobarok Shamim and Hussien Attia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia); Mohammad S. Sharawi (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia); Ahmed Kishk (Concordia University, Canada)
14:06 Compact UWB MIMO Antenna with Asymmetric Coplanar Strip Feeding Configuration
Ahmed Ibrahim (El-Minia University, Egypt); Jan Macháč (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic); Raed Shubair (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA); Milan Svanda (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic)
14:24 A Compact UWB MIMO Antenna with Inverted U-Shaped Slot for WLAN Rejection
Talha Asghar (COMSATS Isntitute of Information Technology, Pakistan); Bilal Ijaz (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan); Khurram S Alimgeer (COMSATS Institute of information Technology, Pakistan); Muhammad Saeed Khan (University of Padova, Italy); Raed Shubair (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA)
14:42 A Design of Phased Array Antenna with Metamaterial Circular SRR for 5G Applications
Chaker Essid (Tunisia & Tunisia Polytechnic School Carthage University, Tunisia); Abdelaziz Samet (INRS-EMT, Canada)


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.


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


SP4/S01: Resource-Efficient, Reliable, and Secure IoT in the 5G Era I

Tuesday, October 10
09:00 – 10:30
Room: St-Léonard


09:00 Resilient End-to-end Connectivity for Software Defined Unmanned Aerial Vehicular Networks
Gökhan Seçinti (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Parisa Darian (Northeastern University, USA); Berk Canberk (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Kaushik Chowdhury (Northeastern University, USA)
09:18 On Mutual Information of Measured 60 GHz Wideband Indoor MIMO Channels:Time Domain Singular Values
Jiri Blumenstein, Roman Marsalek and Tomas Gotthans (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic); Ronald Nissel and Markus Rupp (TU Wien, Austria)
09:36 Composition Properties of Bayesian Differential Privacy
Jun Zhao (Carnegie Mellon University / Nanyang Technological U, USA)
09:54 Dynamic Network Slicing and Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Wireless Services
Jeongho Kwak (Trinity College Dublin); Joon Young Moon and Hyang-Won Lee (Konkuk University, Korea); Long Bao Le (INRS, University of Quebec, Canada)
10:12 Session Adjournment

SP4/S02: Resource-Efficient, Reliable, and Secure IoT in the 5G Era II

Tuesday, October 10
13:30 – 15:00
Room: St-Léonard


13:30 Energy-saving Traffic Scheduling in Hybrid Software Defined Rechargeable WSNs
Xiaohui Ma, Yunkai Wei and Ning Yang (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China)
13:48 Security Establishment for IoT Environments in 5G: Direct MTC-UE Communications
Filipe Conceição (Telecom SudParis & CEA Saclay, France); Nouha Oualha (CEA, LIST, France); Djamal Zeghlache (Institut Mines-Telecom, Telecom SudParis & UMR 5157 CNRS – Samovar, France)
14:06 Capacity and Coverage Analysis for FD-MIMO Based THz Band 5G Indoor Internet of Things
Nabil Khalid and Naveed Ahmed Abbasi (Koc University, Turkey); Ozgur B. Akan (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (Great Britain))
14:24 Channel-Based Mapping Diversity for Enhancing the Physical Layer Security in the Internet of Things
Sasi Pechetti (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India); Abhishek Jindal (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India); Ranjan Bose (Indian Institute of Technology, India)
14:42 Bluetooth Now or Low Energy: Should BLE Mesh Become a Flooding or Connection Oriented Network?
Yuri Murillo and Brecht Reynders (KU Leuven, Belgium); Alessandro Chiumento (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium); Salman Malik (Televic, Belgium); Pieter Crombez (Televic Health Care NV, Belgium); Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven, Belgium)


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.


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


SP5/S01: 5G Wireless Technologies for V2X I

Wednesday, October 11
13:30 – 15:00
Room: Jacques-Cartier


13:30 A Blockchain-based Reputation System for Data Credibility Assessment in Vehicular Networks
Zhe Yang (BUPT, P.R. China); Kan Zheng (Beijing University of Posts&Telecommunications, P.R. China); Kan Yang (University of Memphis, USA); Victor C.M. Leung (University of British Columbia, Canada)
13:48  A Comparative Study of Possible Solutions for Transmission of Vehicular Safety Messages in LTE-based Networks
Hossein Soleimani and Azzedine Boukerche (University of Ottawa, Canada)
14:06 DPS Signaling with OFDM-like Complexity and Superior SER Performance in 5G Doubly Dispersive Scenarios
Karim Said (Virginia Tech, USA); A. A. (Louis) Beex (DSPRL – Wireless@VT & Virginia Tech, USA)
14:24 A Base Station Selection Scheme for Handover in a Mobility-Aware Ultra-Dense Small Cell Urban Vehicular Environment
Shipra Kapoor and David Grace (University of York, United Kingdom (Great Britain)); Tim Clarke (York University, United Kingdom (Great Britain))
14:42 Session Adjournment

SP5/S02: 5G Wireless Technologies for V2X II

Wednesday, October 11
16:30 – 18:00
Room: St-Pierre


16:30 Reliable Vehicle Location in Electronic Toll Collection Service with Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems
Malalatiana Randriamasy (Normandie Univ, UNIROUEN, ESIGELEC, IRSEEM & Sanef, France); Adnane Cabani (ESIGELEC/IRSEEM, France); Chafouk Houcine (Institut de Recherche en Systèmes Electroniques EMbarqués (IRSEEM), France); Guy Fremont (Sanef, France)
16:48  MAP-RP: Map-based Resource Reselection Procedure for Autonomous LTE-V2V
Giammarco Cecchini (CNR – IEIIT, Italy); Alessandro Bazzi (CNR, Italy); Barbara M Masini (CNR – IEIIT & University of Bologna, Italy); Alberto Zanella (Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell’Inform. e delle Telecomunicazioni, Italy)
17:06 A Predictive Collision Detection Protocol Using Vehicular Network
Noura Aljeri and Azzedine Boukerche (University of Ottawa, Canada)
17:24 Polarization Mode Dispersion Estimation Algorithm Based on Selection Combining in Dual-Polarized Channels
Bingcheng Wang, Fangfang Liu, Chunyan Feng and Shulun Zhao (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China)
17:42 Session Adjournment


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.


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


SP6/S01: Mission-Critical Communications I

Thursday, October 12
09:00 – 10:30
Room: St-Léonard


09:00 Adaptive Synchronization Reference Selection for Out-Of-Coverage Proximity Services
Samantha Gamboa, Fernando J. Cintrón and David Griffith (NIST, USA); Richard Rouil (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
09:18  Maximization for a Poisson Field of Drone Cells
Mahdi Azari and Yuri Murillo (KU Leuven, Belgium); Osama Amin (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia); Fernando Rosas (Imperial College London & Centre of Complexity Science, United Kingdom (Great Britain)); Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia); Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven, Belgium)
09:36 A Dynamic Detecting Function Deployment in Unsafe Wireless Networks
Feng Zhang, Yunkai Wei and Lixiang Ma (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China)
09:54 Enabling LTE Emulation by Integrating CORE Emulator and LTE-EPC Network (LENA) Simulator
Ayman Sabbah and Abdallah Jarwan (Carleton University, Canada); Omneya MK Issa (Communications Research Centre Canada, Canada); Mohamed Ibnkahla (Carleton University, Canada)
10:12 Session Adjournment

SP6/S02: Mission-Critical Communications II

Wednesday, October 11
13:30 – 15:00
Room: St-Léonard


13:30 Artificial-Noise-Aided Secure Communication with Full-Duplex Active Eavesdropper
Zunning Liu, Na Li, Xiaofeng Tao, Si Li and Jin Xu (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China); Zhang Baofeng (China Information Technology Security Evaluation Center, P.R. China)
13:48 On the Use of TEE for Mission Critical Public Safety Use Cases
Ali Raza (Rochester Institute of Technology & Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates)
14:06 A Redundant Gateway Prototype for Wireless Avionic Sensor Networks
Davide Scazzoli and Andrea Mola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy); Bilhanan Silverajan (Tampere University of Technology, Finland); Maurizio Magarini and Giacomo Verticale (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
14:24 Simulating Large-Scale Networks for Public Safety: Parallel and Distributed Solutions in NS-3
Ismael Al-Shiab, Ayman Sabbah, Abdallah Jarwan and Mohamed Ibnkahla (Carleton University, Canada); Omneya MK Issa (Communications Research Centre Canada, Canada)
14:42 Optimizing Power Allocation in Mission Critical Cognitive Radio Networks
Ayman Sabbah and Mohamed Ibnkahla (Carleton University, Canada)