2nd International Workshop on Critical and Massive Connectivity solutions for 5G and Beyond

IEEE WCNC 2019, 15 April - Marrakesh, Marroco

Up until the current Long Term Evolution (LTE) system, wireless networks are mainly designed to deliver high-speed connectivity to Mobile BroadBand (MBB) services. Fifth-Generation (5G) cellular networks introduce a paradigm shift by focusing on two novel service classes in addition to an enhanced MBB (eMBB), namely Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) and massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC). URLLC targets highly reliable communication with very low latencies - mainly geared towards applications in industry 4.0, vehicular networking and emerging use cases like tactile internet. On the other hand, mMTC services address the growing Internet of Things (IoT) applications where the network needs to serve a large number of devices with sporadic traffic. The vision for both services is to support different vertical use cases, examples of which include eHealth, Factories-of-the-Future, Energy, Automotive, Public Safety, Smart Cities etc. The aim for future communication systems is to have a transformative impact on these vertical sectors. For example, supporting isochronous communication for industrial automation in Factories of the Future and massive connectivity for a plethora of wireless smart sensors in smart cities and agricultural verticals. While the early drop of the 5G standard – known as 5G new radio (NR) Release 15 – has already been released, it is clear that substantial further research efforts are necessary to develop novel solutions for vertical use cases. This workshop will build on of the inaugural edition of this workshop, held in conjunction with the 15th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS’18) in Lisbon, PT in August 2018.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on the topic with key experts from the ICT field and vertical industries. This workshop will present the latest state-of-the-art research on Critical and Massive Connectivity/IoT techniques, protocols, algorithms and applications exploring all aspects of future wireless network design. The workshop is collocated with IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 15-18 April 2019, Marrakech, Morocco on April 15, 2019 .

The workshop organizers solicit papers in the following and similar fields (but not limited to):

  • Latency and/or reliability requirements of future application fields
  • Means to reduce end-to-end latency and/or introduce higher reliability in 5G systems
  • Vertical industry specific solutions
  • Technical solutions enabling the co-existence of critical and massive connectivity use cases with other use cases in a shared infrastructure (e.g., network slicing, slice protection, etc.)
  • Cyber-physical systems that are able to adapt to the latency and reliability properties offered by a communication system
  • Joint optimization of control loops and communications systems
  • Energy and spectral efficient low latency communications
  • Cross-Layer design and performance analysis for low latency applications
  • Novel wireless communications solutions for legacy environments techniques, e.g. wired industrial communication solutions, Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)
  • Spectrum aspects of critical and massive connectivity solutions
  • Architectural enablers for critical and massive connectivity
  • Enabling technologies: e.g., SDN, NFV, CRAN, D2D, cloud/fog computing and networking
  • Proof-of concepts and field trial results related to critical and massive connectivity use cases

Important Dates

Paper Submission: 10 Jan 2019

Notification Date: 15 Feb 2019

Final Paper: 1 Mar 2019


Workshop date: April 15, 2019

Information for Authors

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 100€ fee/page. Papers exceeding 8 pages will not be accepted at EDAS. Further information see here.

Papers should be submitted via EDAS.