1st IEEE WCNC Workshop on Enabling URLLC for 5G and Beyond (EURCOMM) – Deadline Extended until 30 January

1st IEEE WCNC Workshop on Enabling URLLC for 5G and Beyond (EURCOMM)
(in conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2019)
April 15-18, 2019, Marrakech, Morocco
The demand for wireless access in voice and multimedia applications and other 5G verticals has increased tremendously. In addition to these, new application classes, such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) communication, ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC), massive machine type communications (mMTC), and the Internet of Things (IoT), have gained significant interest recently for 5G wireless networks. This workshop aims at presenting the most relevant scenarios, prominent research outcomes and state-of-the-art advances of 5G related URLLC. Only technical papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered.
The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
• Low latency and low complexity waveforms
• Energy and spectral efficient URLLC
• Cross-Layer design and performance analysis for low latency applications
• Non-orthogonal waveform design for URLLC
• Protocol stack redefinition and procedures for low latency communication
• Coverage improvement techniques for low latency communication
• Spectrum aspects of URLLC – carrier frequency and bandwidth requirements
• Network slicing and network functions virtualization with focus on low latency
• Multi-point transmission, multi-point connectivity
• Novel approaches towards session management and protocol stack
• Network infrastructure and core network concepts
• Cloud-RAN concepts in the context of URLLC
• Architectural enablers for edge computing
• Technical solutions for co-existence of URLLC and eMBB traffic
• Enabling technologies for URLLC: SDN, NFV, Cloud-RAN, D2D
• Emerging cellular architectures for distributed and flexible network functions in 5G/B5G
• Proof-of-concepts and field trial results related to URLLC use cases
• Advanced radio resource management techniques for URLLC
• Network infrastructure, core network, cloud and IoT platform considerations for distributed real-time signal processing in URLLC
• Low latency industrial control
• Standardization activities on URLLC
• Finite block length codes for short packet transmission
• Information theoretic results for low latency communications
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 fee/page. Papers exceeding 8 pages will not be accepted at EDAS. Accepted papers will be published in the WCNC 2019 conference proceedings, which will be submitted to IEEEXplore database. 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 website at
Paper submission: 30 January 2019 (EXTENDED)
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2019
Camera-ready submission: 1 March 2019
Petar Popovski (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mérouane Debbah (Huawei, Paris, France)
Muhammad Ali Imran University of Glasgow, UK (Muhammad.Imran@glasgow.ac.uk)
Mehdi Bennis University of Oulu, Finland (mehdi.bennis@oulu.fi)
Nicola Marchetti Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (nicola.marchetti@tcd.ie)
M. Majid Butt Nokia Bell Labs, France (majid.butt@nokia.com)
Indrakshi Dey Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (deyi@tcd.ie)
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New PhD opening in the School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the SFI CONNECT research centre

Applications are invited for a joint PhD position in the School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Research Centre CONNECT. TCD is the top ranked University in Ireland, and CONNECT is the world leading SFI Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications.
Topic: The next generation of wireless networks need to employ forward-looking solutions such as network function virtualisation technologies, software-defined network architectures, and mobile edge computing platforms. At TCD we are working at the nexus of these game-changing ideas, developing an experimentally-validated network design framework that leverages machine learning and AI techniques. Special emphasis is given on emerging services such as rich-media applications, intelligent transportation applications, and industry automation.
Environment: The successful applicant will join CONNECT and TCD, and collaborate with Drs. G. Iosifidis, N. Marchetti, and M. Majid Butt (Nokia Bell Labs).  CONNECT is a national research centre that brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes and over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. SCSS and CONNECT have an active international visitor programme and provide the opportunity for international and industry exchange visits during the course of the PhD. Moreover, in our structured PhD programme leading international researchers provide specialist postgraduate modules to support our research students.
Candidate Profile: Graduates applying for this position should have the following:


  • Strong motivation to tackle challenging research problems
  • B.Sc., M.Sc. or equivalent in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or a related field
  • Strong interest in applied mathematics; prior research experience is a plus.
  • Excellent academic results (first-class honors or equivalent)
  • Very good level of spoken and written English


Applications from excellent candidates in related topics will be also considered.
Stipend: These postgraduate scholarships are open to Irish, EU and international students and carry a stipend of €18,500 (tax free).
Application: To apply, candidates should submit a detailed CV and the names and contact details of two referees for letters of recommendation to Prof. G. Iosifidis, email:George.Iosifidis@tcd.ie. Position to remain open until filled.
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IWCMC 2018 tutorial in Limassol, Cyprus

Merim Dzaferagic and I gave a tutorial titled ‘5G and IoT Networks Meet Systems Science’, co-authored also by Irene Macaluso and Majid Butt, at IWCMC 2018 conference in Limassol, Cyprus.

The tutorial went very well and especially Merim did super and he had a lot of interaction with the attendees. Young PhD students grow fast 😉

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Visit @National Air and Space Museum

On 26 May 2018 I visited the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. Finally I could meet in person some of the dreams of my childhood, such as the Apollo mission module and capsule. What a day, I will treasure these memories for long time 🙂

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IEEE ICC 2018 tutorial

On 24 May 2018, along with my colleagues Prof Majid Butt and Dr Irene Macaluso, I gave the tutorial ‘Complex Systems Science meets 5G and IoT Networks’, at IEEE ICC in Kansas City, MO, USA. Good interaction with the audience and nice discussion overall.

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Summer school on 5G in India

From 07-17 May 2018, I taught a summer school titled ‘Evolution of Wireless Communication towards 5G’ under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

Great interaction with highly motivated and kind research students and professionals. Fantastic hospitality from the IIT Kharagpur family. The first IIT to be established, IIT Kgp is a premier education and research institution in India, with a lovely campus.

Special thanks to Prof Suvra Sekhar Das and his team for inviting me, and organizing everything so smoothly.


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My research team’s annual workshop

From 20-22 September I had a workshop with my research team in Killarney.

We discussed the progress of the research in my team in our different areas of focus: PHY layer, radio resource management, and complex systems approach to 5G networks.

We also brainstormed how we can push the boundaries of the field of communication science and engineering for the next 5-10 years.

We had fun while doing science. And yes, that’s possible…

Here is a Killarney remake of the Solvay picture. Hopefully our work can have at least a tiny bit of the impact the Solvay guys had…

Here we are exploring the unknown…in the Killarney national park.

Brains that storm.

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