International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for 5G Wireless Cellular Networks

In conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, Sunday, December 4, 2016, Washington, DC, USA

Workshop Chairs

Wei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Lingjia Liu, University of Kansas, USA

Technical Program Chairs

Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Canada
Charlie (Jianzhong) Zhang, Samsung Research America, USA
Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada

Technical Program Committee

Abdulkareem Adinoyi, Carleton University
Raviraj Adve, University of Toronto
Ibrahim Altunbas, Istanbul Technical University
Sergey Andreev, Tampere University of Technology
Imran Ansari, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ)
Jonathan Ashdown, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. (AFRL)
Erdem Bala, InterDigital
Anantharaman Balasubramanian, Interdigital Communications
Hadi Baligh, Huawei Technologies Canada co. Ltd.
Ebrahim Bedeer, Carleton University
Federico Boccardi, Ofcom
Shengrong Bu, University of Glasgow
Daniel Calabuig, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
Emilio Calvanese Strinati, CEA-LETI
Houda Chafnaji, INPT Rabat
Rong-Rong Chen, University of Utah
Runhua Chen, China Academy of Telecomm. Technology
Julian Cheng, University of British Columbia
Oussama Damen, University of Waterloo
Subhrakanti Dey, Uppsala University
Zhiguo Ding, Lancaster University
Qinghe Du, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Lutfiye Durak-Ata, Yildiz Technical University
Salman Durrani, The Australian National University
Ozgur Ertug, Gazi University
Carlo Fischione, KTH
Ramy Gohary, Carleton University
David González G, Aalto University
Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba
Kianoush Hosseini, Qualcomm Inc.
Salama Ikki, Lakehead University
Hazer Inaltekin, Antalya International University
Toufiqul Islam, Huawei Canada Research Center
Omneya Issa, Communications Research Centre Canada
Aman Jassal, Huawei
Gunes Karabulut Kurt, Istanbul Technical University
Mehmet Kemal Karakayali, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Witold Krzymien, University of Alberta / TRLabs
Kiran Kuchi, IIT Hyderabad
Michel Kulhandjian, State University of New York at Buffalo
Philippe Leroux, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Yicheng Lin, University of Toronto
Liang Liu, University of Toronto
Liangping Ma, Interdigital
Behrooz Makki, Chalmers University of Technology
Nicholas Mastronarde, University at Buffalo
Hani Mehrpouyan, Boise State University
Nader Mokari, Tarbiat Modares University
Masoumeh Nasiri-Kenari, Sharif University of Technology
Keivan Navaie, Lancaster University
Apostolos Papathanassiou, Intel Corporation
Nikolaos Pappas, Linköping University
Benoit Pelletier, InterDigital Canada
Yinan Qi, Samsung R & D Institute UK
Mohammad Razavizadeh, Iran Univ. of Science & Technology (IUST)
Sandra Roger, Universitat Politècnica de València
Hamid Saeedi, Tarbiat Modares University
Frank Schaich, Nokia Bell Labs
Karim Seddik, American University in Cairo
Nima Seifi, Ericsson Research
Cong Shen, University of Science and Technology of China
Gokul Sridharan, Rutgers University
David Steer, Huawei Technologies Co
Mikael Sternad, Uppsala University
Leszek Szczecinski, INRS-EMT
Mehrdad Taki, University of Qom
Chintha Tellambura, University of Alberta
Milos Tesanovic, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK
Olav Tirkkonen, Aalto University
Antti Tölli, University of Oulu
Stefan Valentin, Huawei Technologies
Xianbin Wang, University of Western Ontario
Joerg Widmer, IMDEA Networks Institute
Jingxian Wu, University of Arkansas
Xiaodong Xu, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications
Yang Yi, University of Kansas
Di Yuan, Linköping University
Keyvan Zarifi, Huawei Technologies
Wolfgang Zirwas, Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH&CoKG
Yaning Zou, Technische Universität Dresden

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission:

1 July 2016
15 July 2016, 11:59 pm (EDT)

Acceptance Notification:

1 September 2016
15 August 2016

Registration Deadline:

1 September 2016

Camera-Ready Submission:

1 October 2016, 11:59 pm (EDT)


4 December 2016

Submission Link

Papers should be submitted using EDAS (

The authors should follow the IEEE guidelines that apply to all GLOBECOM submissions when preparing their contributions (maximum paper length: 6 pages with 10-pt font).


Keynote Talks
  • Keynote Talk #1 (9:00 am - 09:30 am):
  • 5G Technologies and Trials for 5G deployment

    Speaker: Takehiro Nakamura, NTT DoCoMo, Japan

    Abstract: 5G is one of the hot topics in ICT industry and academia. So many deliverables have been published and reported by many 5G research activities so far. On the other hand, we are shifting to development phase toward 5G commercial deployment. Major ICT industry companies including NTT DOCOMO have already announced their aggressive time plan to launch 5G. Standardization work is on-going to specify 5G specifications in 2017-2018. NTT DOCOMO has been so active for 5G research and development to launch 5G commercial service in 2020. In this presentation, DOCOMO’s views on time plan, NW deployment & migration scenarios, spectrum deployment scenarios and technologies for 5G deployment in 2020 and beyond will be provided. And updates on DOCOMO’s 5G activities toward commercial deployment will be presented, also.

    Bio: Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory in NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
    Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced, 5G and Connected Car technologies.
    He has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He is currently the leader of 2020 and Beyond Ad Hoc(20B AH) in ARIB and Acting Chairman of the Strategy & Planning Committee in 5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan.
    He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999. He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman during March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.

  • Keynote Talk #2 (9:30 am - 10:00 am):
  • Modeling and Analysis of Advanced Architectures for 5G Networks

    Speaker: Martin Haenggi, University of Notre Dame, USA

    Abstract: The elements of 5G networks (base stations at different tiers, RRHs, users, etc.) are irregularly placed and thus best modeled using point processes and analyzed using tools from stochastic geometry. In this talk, we discuss how salient features of different 5G architectures and transmission techniques can be captured in a way that achieves a good trade-off between accuracy, simplicity, and expressivity of the resulting expressions. We also introduce the meta distribution of the SIR. This novel metric provides fine-grained information about the per-user performance, which is critical for applications with delay or reliability constraints.

    Bio: Martin Haenggi is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and a Concurrent Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He received the Dipl.Ing. (M.Sc.) and (Ph.D.) degrees in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and will be the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications starting in January 2017. He authored the monograph “Interference in Large Wireless Networks”, the textbook “Stochastic Geometry for Wireless Networks”, and more than 220 articles in refereed journals and conferences. He received the ETH Medal for both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses, a CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2005, and the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper award.

  • Keynote Talk #3 (11:30 am - 12:00 am):
  • The Future of Wireless and What it will Enable

    Speaker: Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University, USA

    Abstract: Wireless technology has enormous potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next several decades. Future wireless networks will support 100 Gbps communication between people, devices, and the “Internet of Things,” with high reliability and uniform coverage indoors and out. The shortage of spectrum to support such systems will be alleviated by advances in massive MIMO and mmW technology as well as cognitive radios. Wireless technology will also enable smart and energy-efficient homes and buildings, automated highways and skyways, and in-body networks for monitoring, analysis and treatment of medical conditions. Breakthrough energy-efficiency architectures, algorithms and hardware will allow wireless networks to be powered by tiny batteries, energy-harvesting, or over-the-air power transfer. Finally, new communication systems based on biology and chemistry to encode bits will enable a wide range of new micro and macroscale applications. There are many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to make this vision a reality. This talk will describe what the wireless future might look like along with some of the innovations and breakthroughs required to realize this vision.

    Bio: Andrea J. Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She was previously on the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. Her research interests are in information theory and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. Dr. Goldsmith co-founded and served as CTO for two wireless companies: Accelera, Inc., which develops software-defined wireless network technology for cloud-based management of WiFi access points, and Quantenna Communications, Inc., which develops high-performance WiFi chipsets. She has also held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE ComSoc Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award as well as Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE ComSoc and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book "Wireless Communications" and co-author of the books "MIMO Wirelesa Communications" and "Principles of Cognitive Radio”, all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 28 patents. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

  • Keynote Talk #4 (12:00 am - 12:30 am):
  • 5G Network for Varieties of Services

    Speaker: Jin Yang, Verizon, Wireless, USA

    Abstract: 5G network needs to support broadband gigabit society as well as massive machine type communications and ultra reliable low latency communications. One access network is the most cost efficient way to engineer, maintain and operate many types of radio nodes. Soft-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization are required for scalability and flexibility. Radio network can be sliced and self-organized to a specific service based on traffic characteristics, end-to-end performance and data analytics. Heterogeneous network with distributed, centralized and virtualized radio access nodes are tightening radio resource and network element coordination among diverse license, unlicensed and mmwave spectrum. Massive connections of short-burst IoT traffics demand efficient signaling. Our earlier studies on commercial IoT over LTE radio network demonstrated the impact of IoT services on network capacity and performance. Mission critical applications require ultra reliability. Time-frequency-spatial diversity and massive MIMO, together with flexible frame structure, are crucial to support ultra-reliable low latency services. The mobile wireless network is evolving to efficiently serve varieties of services and internet of everything.

    Bio: Dr. Jin Yang is a Fellow at Verizon Communications, responsible for wireless technology and strategy. She is leading next generation wireless network architecture and technologies, including 5G access technologies, LTE-Advanced, Machine Type Communications, Self-Organizing Network and Heterogeneous Network. She has played a key role in development and commercialization of LTE network in 2010, Verizon’s choice of LTE as 4G technology in 2007, various CDMA network developments since 1995 at Verizon, Vodafone and AirTouch Communications. Dr. Jin Yang has contributed to establish US IS-95 CDMA, IS-2000 EV-DO, and 3GPP LTE and ongoing 5G standardizations.
    Jin received the B.Sc. (Honors), and Ph.D. degrees from Tsinghua University. Dr. Jin Yang has more than 40 granted patents and 25 pending patents on wireless communications. She has published numerous papers, and co-authored 3 books on mobile communications.

  • Keynote Talk #5 (2:00 am - 2:30 am):
  • Valuing Spectrum Allocations

    Speaker: Michael Honig, Northwestern University, USA

    Abstract: The wide popularity of WiFi and Bluetooth have motivated some to argue that unlicensed allocations are increasingly valuable, and that administrative spectrum allocations should shift accordingly. A key assumption underlying this argument is that the social value of a given spectrum allocation is equivalent to the value of the applications it supports. We challenge this assumption, and discuss alternative measures for value that account for both opportunity costs associated with rival allocations, as well as transaction costs due to regulatory overhead. This is illustrated for both TV broadcast and unlicensed spectrum. Rather than relying on regulators to estimate such values for purposes of deciding how much spectrum should be allocated to various types of licensed and unlicensed services, a more generic approach is to allow markets to reveal the relative values of open access versus other potential uses. We discuss possible implications for wireless services along with the effects unlicensed allocations may have on competing (strategic) cellular operators.

    Bio: Michael L. Honig is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern he worked in the Systems Principles Research Division at Bellcore in Morristown, NJ, and at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ. His recent research has focused on resource allocation for wireless networks, including pricing mechanisms for spectrum access. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1977, and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and has served as a member of the of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, and the co-recipient of the 2002 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award and the 2010 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award.

  • Keynote Talk #6 (2:30 am - 3:00 am):
  • System Level Challenges for Millimeter Wave Cellular

    Speaker: Sundeep Rangan, New York University, USA

    Abstract: The millimeter wave (mmWave) bands offer enormous potential for next-generation cellular systems. The massive bandwidths available in the frequencies combined with the use very high-dimension antenna arrays can enable orders of magnitude greater data rates and dramatic reduction in latency relative to current 4G systems. However, realizing this performance in an end-to-end application through a cellular network presents challenges across multiple layers of the protocol stack. This talk will survey some of the key system level design issues for mmWave systems including:
    - fast directional search and initial access;
    - efficient MAC layer design for low latency; and
    - transport layer effects of link intermittency and blockage.

    Bio: Dr. Rangan is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University and the Director of NYU WIRELESS. He received the Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he co-founded (with four others) Flarion Technologies, a spin off of Bell Labs, that developed Flash OFDM, the first cellular OFDM data system. Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006, where he was a Director of Engineering prior to joining NYU in 2010.

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