The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on 5G & Beyond - Enabling Technologies and Application will be held in Doha, Qatar on April 3, 2016 in conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2016. This edition of the workshop will be focused mainly on the Tactile Internet and the Vertical Industry.

This workshop is technically sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, and the Tactile Internet Emerging Technical Subcommittee.

Workshop Organisers

  • Meryem Simsek, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.
  • Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, UK.
  • Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK.

Workshop Chairs

  • Jürgen Quittek, NEC Europe, Germany.
  • Daniel Medina, Huawei European Research Center, Germany.
  • Christoph Thummler, Technical University of Munich, Germany.
  • Linus Thrybom, ABB Corporate Research, Sweden.
  • Jesus Alonso-Zarate, CTTC, Spain.
  • Hans Schotten, Universität Kaiserslautern.
  • Raulefs, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany.
  • Henk Wymeersch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Christian Wietfeld, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Workshop Programme

08.00 Opening & Welcome by Chairs

08.00 -- 08.40 Keynote#1 "Industrial IoT with 5G" by Linus Thrybom, Team Manager, Industrial IoT, ABB Corporate Research.

8.40 -- 9.20 Keynote#2: "The Tactile Internet: Use Cases and 5G Enablers" by Vladimir Vukadinovic, Nokia.

9:20 -- 10:00 Panel Discussion: moderated by Gerhard Fettweis

10:00 -- 11.00 S1: Poster Session/Coffee Break

11.00 -- 12.40 S2: Oral presentations

12:45 Closing

Keynote Talks
Keynote#1: "Industrial IoT with 5G", Linus Thrybom, Team Manager, Industrial IoT, ABB Corporate Research.

Abstract: Industrial use of wireless communications is today limited to a few domains but has gained interest the last years within industrial verticals since it can reduce cost, improve flexibility and production. This keynote will exemplify the current industrial usage of wireless communications as well as its requirements, and then address the gap between current research activities in the academia and the actual need in industry, in order to enable a wide scale adoption of 5G.

Keynote#2: "The Tactile Internet: Use Cases and 5G Enablers", Vladimir Vukadinovic, Nokia.

Abstract: The Tactile Internet will address many challenges that are facing our society in the areas of healthcare, education, manufacturing, and transportation. To achieve this, the Tactile Internet will rely on the new generation of mobile communication systems capable of providing very low round-trip latencies along with carrier grade robustness and availability. This keynote will present Nokia’s view on some of the typical use cases for the Tactile Internet and its vision of 5G components and mechanisms that have the potential of providing the performances required by those use cases.

S1: Poster Session
1. The 5G Enabled Tactile Internet: Applications, Requirements, and Architecture
2. Delay-aware and Power-Efficient Resource Allocation in Virtualized Wireless Networks
3. MTC Value Network for Smart City Ecosystems
4. Coverage and Capacity Self-Optimisation in LTE-Advanced Using Active Antenna Systems
5. Effective decentralised segmentation-based scheme for broadcast in large-scale dense VANETs
6. Reshaping the Mobile Core Network via Function Decomposition and Network Slicing for the 5G Era

S2: Oral Presentations
1. Network Coding for High-Reliability Low-Latency Wireless Control
2. Towards 5G-Enabled Tactile Internet: Radio Resource Allocation for Haptic Communications
3. Software Defined Networking for Cognitive Radio over Fiber systems
4. On Amorphous Nature of Ultra Dense Networks


Each registration in workshop will cover up to 3 papers accepted in same workshop. Authors having multiple papers in multiple workshops should register separately. You can register for the 5G Applications & Enablers Workshop through WCNC webiste.

Camera Ready Submissions

Camera Ready submission deadline is Jan 25th, via EDAS, through the following link.

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Faced with an ever larger portfolio of applications to serve and with a corresponding number of requirements to satisfy, it is now commonly recognized that future networks will have to consider requirements by vertical sectors from the onset. This is not only the case for future very high bandwidth usage, but also for a new range of targeted applications such as mission critical applications. 5G mission-critical networks are hybrid networks that connect machines and humans directly and via mobile networks to provide future services through highly reliable, low-latency and broadband services.

Moreover, future wireless communications will be used more and more for applications where the system capacity may not be the critical point, but rather stringent latency and/or reliability requirements. Especially, the human interaction with technical systems is highly sensitive to delays and interruptions. Thus, in order to enable completely new applications where tactile and haptic feedbacks are an integral part of the signal processing chain, the underlying wireless communication networks need to be adapted to our human reaction time and perception. This requires a complete paradigm change in the design of future wireless communications systems.

This workshop aims at fostering the interactions between the telecommunication sector and the potential users, to further trigger the wide-scale adoption of 5G systems in vertical industries. The goal is to establish closer structured links between the various communities towards a common understanding of the set of requirements of the various sectors and how these translate into design, architecture, technology, and performance requirements, such that 5G adoptions may become a reality across the largest possible user communities. A major focus will be given to ultra-low latency and ultra-high reliability in communications from various angles.

To this end, this workshop cordially invites researchers to share latest research insights and present key and emerging results that elaborate the communication needs of various verticals and analyse gaps in existing technologies, which should be closed by 5G. Technical papers describing recent research results and controversial but substantiated opinions that may influence the direction of future R&D work are solicited.

Topics of Interest

Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following topics:

5G & Tactile Internet

  • Fundamental trade-offs between latency, reliability and throughput, and reliability modeling.
  • Obtaining reliability and availability through different techniques.
  • Human interaction with technical systems which is highly sensitive to delays and interruptions.
  • Latency- and/or reliability improved solutions in the context of Tactile Internet applications, unmanned autonomous or remotely controlled systems.
5G & Verticals industry Requirements
  • Network capabilities, structure and management
  • High Speed, Low latency and high reliability communications
  • Connectivity requirements
  • Distribution Automation or Feeder Automation Applications
  • Management and Control of distribution network components
  • MTC Communications
  • Device to Device for low latency communications
  • Short range communications for medical devices
5G & Vertical Industries Use cases
  • 5G and automotive industry
  • 5G and the Utilities (Electricity, water, gas)
  • 5G and Healthcare
  • 5G and industry control
  • 5G and critical infrastructure
  • 5G and wireless robotics and remote robotic applications
  • 5G and smart cities

Papers must be tailored to the scope of the workshop. The chairs maintain the right to quick-decline papers they deem to be out of scope of this workshop. Only originally unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for the workshop. The papers should be formatted according to the conference guidelines. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete paper via EDAS according to the timetable below:

  • Submission deadline: Extended to 23 November 2015
  • Author Notification: Extended to 28 December 2015
  • Final Manuscript: 12 January 2015


The accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE WCNC 2016 workshop proceedings and appear in IEEE Xplore.

Best Paper Award


Technical Committee

Technical Program Committee Members