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Globecom 2012 Green Track


IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 Selected Areas in Communications Symposium

Track on Green Communication Systems and Networks

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2012

EDAS Submission Web Link:

Track Chair

Michael Devetsikiotis, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA,

Track Vice Chair

Jinsong Wu, Bell Laboratories, Shanghai, China,


Scope and Motivation

There is a growing emphasis on energy efficiency in communications and computing, with attention being paid to ecological and, even more so, economic drivers. The predicted explosive growth in the number of connected devices and the Internet bandwidth necessitates “green solutions” such as smart grids, green logistics, smart buildings, and green telecommunications hardware. This track seeks to capture the current trends and cutting edge research in system and network performance that incorporates “green” constraints in networks and clouds. By promoting innovation in this critical area, substantial advances can be achieved in new architectures, protocols, systems, and algorithms, which, in turn, will allow significant reductions in energy consumption.


Prospective authors are invited to submit their original work addressing new and emerging issues in communications and networking on the above themes.


This track also welcomes the submissions of survey papers: A survey paper (not a tutorial paper) may comprehensively summarize and organize recent research results in a novel and correct way that integrates and add some in-depth understanding to work in the field. A good survey article assumes a general and broad expert-level knowledge of the area; it emphasizes the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective on the area, and evaluating trends in relevant research and complex technologies. The topics of the survey may include all the relevant areas of green communications and computing. The number of accepted survey papers will be less than 10% of the number of total accepted papers in this track.  

Submissions are welcome from academia, industry, and government organizations. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Topics of Interest


1.          Power consumption trends and reduction for communications (wireless, wireline, Internet, core, metro, access, and home)

n       Pricing and billing for green communication devices and services

n       Home-area energy automation networks


2.          Energy-efficient optimizations for communications and computing

n       Cross-layer optimizations of green communications and computing

n       Coordinated power and GHG emission control for network-wide optimization

n       Optimization road traffic for green transport and logistics


3.          Hierarchical, distributed communication techniques


4.          Context-based power management & energy awareness


5.          Energy-sustainable cloud computing


6.          Power-aware algorithms and protocols


7.          Power-efficient cooling and air-conditioning systems for communications and computing


8.          Novel network concepts and architectures lowering the overall footprint of ICT (e.g., compressed sensing, network coding and interference alignment)


9.          Energy minimization in core, metro, access, and local area networks

n       MAC, routing and transport protocols for energy minimization

n       Wireline network architecture design for low power operation

n       Traffic shaping and policy implementation for energy minimization in networks.

n       Network monitoring for energy consumption minimization.

n       Energy efficient architectures for wireless networks

n       Uncooled switching and routing components.

n       Planning and management of energy-aware wireline or wireless networks

n       Self-organizing wireless networks for energy-efficiency


10.  Energy efficient optical communications and networking

n       Electronic routing versus photonic switching for energy minimization.

n       Low cost, low energy large photonic switching fabrics

n       Energy efficient routing for optical communications and networking

n       Energy efficient optical communications devices


11.  New energy-efficient transmission technologies

n       Visible light communications


12.  Physical layer approaches for green communications and computing

n       Signal processing for green communications and computing

n       Power efficient modulation and coding strategies

n       Peak-to-average-power-ratio reduction for communication signals

n       Low cost, energy efficient antenna and RF designs


13.  Theory, modeling, and analysis for green communications and computing

n       End-to-end modeling and performance of green communication networks

n       Modeling, performance and design of green clouds

n       Cooperative theory, game theory and causal reasoning for green communication networks

n       Characterization, metrics, and modeling for energy efficient communications


14.  Virtualization techniques for energy efficiency


15.  Electromagnetic pollution mitigation


16.  Energy-efficiency in enterprise networks, data centers, storage, content distribution networks


17.  Use of cognitive principles to reduce energy consumption in wireline or wireless networks

n       Opportunistic spectrum sharing without causing harmful interference pollution


18.       Interdisciplinary research issues for green communications and computing


19.       Green communication designs for smart grids


20.  Security strategies for green communication networks

n       Light-weight security


21.  Energy-efficiency in sensor and ad-hoc networks


22.  Energy-efficiency in vehicular networks


23.  Energy harvesting, storage, and recycling


24.  Energy-efficient scheduling for communications and computing


25.  Energy saving in wireless communication on the terminal side


26.  Measurement & profiling of energy consumption


27.  Energy efficient designs of software, hardware, and devices for communications and computing

n       Intelligent low power router circuits

n       Hardware power consumption models and transmission energy savings

n       Design of green base stations

n       Energy-efficient technology for network equipment (such as sleep mode, passive network elements)

n       Energy-efficient chip designs for communications and computing (FPGA, System-on-chip, etc)


28.  Standardization, policy and regulation for green communications and computing

n       Possible avenues for standards and intervention

n       New standardization progresses for green communications and computing


29.     Experimental test-beds and results for green communications and computing


30.     Green communications under delay or QoS constraints


31.     Surveys in some topics of green communications and computing


Technical Program Committee


Ahmet Akyamac, Bell Laboratories, USA

Albert Lam, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Athanassios Manikas, Imperial College London, UK
Achille Pattavina, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Arun Vishwanath, University of Melbourne, Australia

Bilal Qazi, University of Leeds, UK

Björn Skubic, Ericsson Research, Sweden

Brendan Mumey, Montana State University, USA

Burak Kantarci, University of Ottawa, Canada
Cathryn Peoples, University of Ulster, UK

Christos Verikoukis, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya  (CTTC), Spain

Chunyi Peng, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dan Kilper, Bell Laboratories, USA

David Coudert, INRIA, France

David Grace, University of York, USA

Dzmitry Kliazovich, University of Luxembourg, USA
Fabrizio Granelli, University of Trento, Italy

Honggang Zhang, Zhejiang University, China

Iain Bate, University of York, UK

Ioannis Papapanagiotou, North Carolina State University, USA

Jaafar Elmirghani, University of Leeds, UK

Jacques Palicot, IETR/Supélec, France
Jesus Alonso-Zarate, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Spain

Jian Tang, Syracuse University, USA

Jianwei Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Josip Lorincz, University of Split, Croatia

Juergen Quittek, NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany

Kyuho Son, University of Southern California, USA
Lacra Pavel, University of Toronto, Canada

Lingjia Liu, University of Kansas, USA
Liqun Fu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Luca Chiaraviglio, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Maode Ma, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Marco Ajmone Marsan,  Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Mamoun Guenach, Bell Laboratories, Antwerp, Belgium

Mérouane Debbah, Supelec, France

Michael Kallitsis, University of Michigan, USA

Michele Albano, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes

Muhammad Ali Imran, University of Surrey, UK

Mustafa Cenk Gursoy, Syracuse University, USA

Oliver Holland, King's College London, UK
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece

Peter Grant, University of Edinburgh, UK

Peter Rost, NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany  6  
Piet Demeester, Ghent University, Belgium

Pin-Han Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada

Qiang Ni, Brunel University, UK

Qingjiang Shi, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China

Raffaele Bolla, University of Genoa, Italy

Richard Penty, Cambridge University, UK

Roberto Bruschi, CNIT, Italy

Rong Ge, Marquette University, USA

Said Boussakta, Newcastle University, UK
Stefano Bregni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Steven Low, California Institute of Technology, USA

Suresh Goyal, Bell Laboratories, USA

Taisir El-Gorashi, University of Leeds, UK

Tamer Nadeem, Old Dominion University, USA
Tao Chen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Thierry Klein, Bell Laboratories, USA

Ting Zhu, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA

Tinku Rasheed, Create-Net Research, Italy
Victor Leung, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Wei Xiang, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Wu-chun Feng, Virginia Tech, USA
Yiqing Zhou, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Yonggang Wen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yunxin (Jeff) Li, IP Australia, Australia