IEEE WCNC'2016 Workshop on Software Defined Networking for Wireless Networks (SDN-W)

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The continuous growth of the Internet and the proliferation of smart devices and social networks pose new challenges for wireless and mobile networks on keeping up with the increasing demand for bandwidth and dynamicity of the hardware and software. In particular, the switches and routers that are involved in the transmission of the data from these networks are typically developed in a vendor specific fashion, which makes hardware and software updates a significant challenge. The emerging Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology is a solution to address such problems that can facilitate updates to the hardware/software and intelligently manage the data flows for providing improved bandwidth. While recent years have witnessed a significant SDN research on the wired network domain, SDN–enabled wireless networks such as 4/5G and wireless mesh/sensor networks are emerging as a viable technology.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to SDN deployment and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for wireless and mobile networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • SDN applications for wireless mesh networks 
  • SDN applications for wireless sensor networks 
  • SDN-enabled Wireless LANs and campus networks 
  • SDN applications for cellular (4G, 5G, and LTE) networks 
  • Emerging 5G SDN architectures & standards with SDN 
  • Emerging 5G Applications and Architectures with SDN 
  • Resilience and high availability in SDN-based wireless network architectures 
  • Security in SDN-based wireless networks 
  • Use cases of SDN in future wireless networks 
  • NFV architectures for wireless networks 
  • NFV for Evolved Packet Core (EPC) virtualization 
  • NFV for baseband virtualization and cloud radio access networks 
  • SDN for cognitive radio networks 
  • SDN for green communications 
  • Performance evaluation of SDN switches and controllers in wireless networks 
  • Experiences deploying SDN technology and applications in operational wireless networks 
  • Quality of Service in SDN-enabled wireless networks

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission: November 23,  2015
  • Acceptance Notification: December 15, 2015
  • Camera Ready: January 12,  2016
  • Workshop Date: April 2016
Submission requirements

Submitted papers must be no longer than six (6) pages in double-column format with standard margins (i.e., at least one inch all around) and at least a 10 point font. Papers must be written in English and formatted for printing on US LETTER (8.5" by 11") size paper. All papers must adhere to IEEE formatting standards. Consult the IEEE Transactions LaTeX and Microsoft Word Style Files ( 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 web site at