[hpc-announce] [CFP] 2020 IEEE INFOCOM WKSHPS: Drone-Assisted Smart Backhaul Solutions for 5G and Beyond (DroneCom)

Sahil Garg garg.sahil1990 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 00:10:56 CST 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Sorry if you receive this message multiple times. We really appreciate if
you would consider submitting your work to IEEE DroneCom 2020, which will
be co-located with IEEE INFOCOM 2020 at Beijing, China in April 2020. For
more details, please refer to the following link:


Please note that submission is due on January 15, 2020.

In case of any query, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Sahil Garg, Ph.D.
Workshop Co-Chair, IEEE DroneCom 2020
École de technologie supérieure (Université du Québec)
Montreal, Quebec H3C 1K3, Canada

Call for Papers
The IEEE International Workshop on
Drone-Assisted Smart Backhaul Solutions for 5G and Beyond (DroneCom)

(in Conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2020)
April 27-30, 2020, Beijing, China

Mobile communication technology is leading towards the deployment of Fifth
generation (5G) networks, wherein Internet of Things (IoT) is likely to
play a central role. It is expected that 5G deployments will be
characterized by increased network density, enhanced capacity, near
ubiquitous connectivity, and ultra-reliable and low latency communications,
in order to deliver flawless quality of service (QoS) that is essential for
IoT to be successful. To deal with these trends and support the growing
appetite of data services, mobile backhaul becomes an indispensable
solution towards realising a 5G network. Moreover, the emergence of dense
heterogeneous networks (HetNets), which are constantly promoted as a prime
candidate for 5G evolution, has further provisioned the need of mobile
backhaul solutions while making it a critical component of RAN. However,
wireless backhauling relies on Small Cell Base Stations (SBSs); wherein the
installation of extra terrestrial infrastructures for SBSs may not be an
acceptable solution due to the high cost of deployment. Thus, a huge
paradigm shift in backhaul network design is highly desirable for 5G
networks in order to dynamically manage the increasing traffic demands of
SBSs and cater new applications with ease. In this direction, the
integration of both terrestrial and aerial network components can be
considered a promising solution. Therefore, drone-mounted infrastructure
are envisioned to supplement the terrestrial infrastructure while improving
flexibility and reliability of backhaul operations. However, in order to
reap the full potential of drones in 5G backhaul, it must cope with the
inherent challenges like lack of fixed backhual links, multi-drone
coordination, collision and crash avoidance, sparsely and intermittently
connected network topologies, and moreover limited communication,
computation, and endurance capabilities. Therefore, the proposed workshop
aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their ideas,
latest findings, and state-of-the-art results on fostering the promising
benefits of drones in 5G backhaul networks. Potential topics include, but
not limited to the following:

- New architecture/communication protocols for drone-based 5G communications
- Channel modelling for drone-ground and drone-drone communications
- Simple, scalable and cost effective solutions for drone communications
- Massive MIMO based backhaul solutions
- Resource management and security mechanisms for drone enabled networking
- SDN and NFV based backhaul architectures
- Data offloading schemes for heterogeneous small cell networks
- Resource scheduling in backhaul networks
- Cutting-edge solutions for drone assisted heterogeneous networks
- Standardization efforts and testbeds for drone communication systems
- Game theoretical approaches for drone based 5G communications
- New trends in backhauling
- AI and ML based architectures for dynamic routing in drone communications
- Authentication and Accounting for drone aided 5G communications
- Energy-aware drone deployment and operation mechanisms
- Interference management techniques for aerial platforms
- Use cases, testing and field trials for drone assisted 5G communications
- Other applications/implementations for integrating drones into 5G and

Important Dates

Submission Due: January 15, 2020
Paper Notification: February 07, 2020
Camera-ready: March 06, 2020

General Co-Chairs:

- Sahil Garg, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada (Email:
sahil.garg at ieee.org)
- Mohsen Guizani, Qatar University, Qatar (Email: mguizani at ieee.org)
- Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (Email:
hshwchen at mail.ncku.edu.tw)
- Song Guo, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (Email:
song.guo at polyu.edu.hk)

Technical Program Co-Chairs:

- Kuljeet Kaur, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada (Email:
kuljeet.kaur at ieee.org)
- Georges Kaddoum, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada
(Email: georges.kaddoum at etsmtl.ca)

Publicity Co-Chairs:

- Dushantha Nalin K. Jayakody (National Research Tomsk Polytechnic
University, Russia)
- Zhihan Lv (Qingdao University, China)
- Alireza Jolfaei (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
- Jia Hu (University of Exeter, UK)

Steering Committee:

- Athanasios V. Vasilakos (University of Technology Sydney, Australia and
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
- Min Chen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
- Victor C.M. Leung (Shenzhen University, China and The University of
British Columbia, Canada)
- Fabrizio Granelli (University of Trento, Italy)
- Hongwei Li (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China,
Chengdu, China)
- Christos Verikoukis (Telecommunications Technological Center of
Catalonia, Spain)
- Jong Hyuk Park (Seoul National University of Science and Technology,
Seoul, South Korea)
- Danda B. Rawat (Howard University, USA)
- Xianbin Wang (Western University, Ontario, Canada)
- Alagan Anpalagan (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

Technical Program Committee:

- Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad (Delft University of Technology, The
- Syed Hassan Ahmed (JMA Wireless, USA)
- Biplab Sikdar (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
- Md Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan (Fordham University, New York, USA)
- Abbas Bradai (XLIM Institute, University of Poitiers, France)
- Shahid Mumtaz (Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal)
- Ali Kashif Bashir (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
- Bong Jun Choi (Soongsil University, Seoul, South Korea)
- Francesco Piccialli (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
- Mithun Mukherjee (Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, China)
- Roch H. Glitho (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
- Mohammad Shojafar (University of Surrey, UK)
- Xuan Liu (Southeast University, China)
- Anubhav Bhatia (SAP Labs LLC, Palo Alto, California)


DroneCom 2020 only accepts original and unpublished papers with no longer
than 6 pages. The reviews will be single blind: authors name and
affiliation should be included in the submission. The manuscripts should be
formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double column, 10 pt font)
and be submitted as PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11 inch paper).
Prospective authors should submit their papers though EDAS at the following
link: https://www.edas.info/N26852

The accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE INFOCOM
2020 workshop proceedings and appear in IEEE Xplore.

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