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The 9th International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems

September 19–20, 2018 | Faro, Portugal

Call for Workshops


The 5G vision targets a digital and connected landscape, where not only people but devices will be connected to what is referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE). Real life objects will be smart in nature, and possibly virtual, allowing everyday activities to be performed remotely at the touch of a button in seamless manner. In this context, new technologies are required such as connectivity that can transport information effectively according to the application data. However, for real life objects to come a life, these will be animated through cyber physical technology, that include sensors, actuators and embedded software.  Where embedded systems was once constrained to consumer devices, now it comes to the forefront playing a pivotal role in the 5G paradigm, allowing devices to become objects, and objects to form part of an integrated system, where different devices employing diverse data formats and operating systems are no longer barriers.

The scope of this conference will target one of the key drivers for 5G, the IoE world that includes technology advances in cyber physical systems and security. The conference is also interested in novel works applying 5G concepts to space and underwater communications. The conference aims to provide a platform where to disseminate and discuss key innovations and technology trends on this fast evolving arena.

Innovative, high-risk frontier research ideas are particularly welcome as a main topic of a workshop.


The conference seeks innovative research works in the following areas. However, other research topics not included in this list will also be welcome.

-          5G technologies, applications and services for IoE

o   Device-to-device and machine-to-machine communications

o   Pervasive Services

o   Channel modeling and propagation

o   Network Coding in 5G networks

o   Millimeter wave communications

o   Energy harvesting for wireless communications

o   Antennas and smart antennas

o   Mobile Clouds

o   Security and Privacy

o   Physical-Layer Security

-          Cyber-Physical Systems

o   Smart Cities

o   Industry 4.0

o   Smart manufacturing

o   Autonomous vehicles

o   Systems interoperability

o   Security architectures for CPS

o   Cyber-security for CPS

o   Urban transportation system security

o   CPS education

-          Internet of Things

o   Global Internet connectivity for the IoT

o   Mobility, geo-fencing and geo-location for IoT

o   Internet of Things Experimentation Infrastructures

o   Cognitive and context-aware IoT services

o   Large scale pilots and testbeds

o   Green technologies for the IoT

-          Maritime, space and underwater communications

o   Underwater Networking

o   Channel modeling and propagation

o   Localization and navigation techniques

o   Hybrid communication systems

o   channel estimation and synchronization

o   Heterogeneous multi-layer and multi-domain internetworking

o   Network Coding in underwater networks

o   Experimental results and sea trials

o   Security for underwater networks

Proposal Submission Process

All submissions should be emailed to the workshop chair no later than at the date provided above. For pre-proposal submission, inquiries contact the workshops chair. We solicit workshops in all areas related to Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems. In particular innovative, high-risk frontier research ideas are particularly welcome as a main topic of a workshop.

Proposal Content

  • Workshop title
  • Abstract (less than 200 words)
  • Name, affiliation, postal address, and e-mail address for each organizer
  • Identification of the primary contact person(s)
  • Background and Motivation: What is the overall topic of the workshop? Why is this topic of particular interest at this time? If the workshop has been organized in the past at Broadnets or other conferences, please give details of previous instances (venue, URL) and describe why it should be held again and how it will extend and build upon previous ones.
  • Objectives: What are the objectives that the workshop aims to achieve? Objectives may include but are not limited to (a) targeting a predefined set of focus questions, (b) presenting alternate views on a particular issue that is of concern to the Broadnets community and attempting to resolve the issue, (c) identifying priorities for new directions of research, and/or (d) initiating the appropriate collaborations and building a community around a theme of interest. If you have a plan to produce a book or a journal special issue as a result of your workshop, please indicate these plans.
  • Format: Give a description of the proposed workshop format, including the target number of participants, planned activities (such as introductions, invited talks, breakout group activities, demos, general discussion), as well as how these activities address the workshop objectives. Preference will be given to proposals for activities designed to fuel discussion and interaction among participants; workshops consisting solely of paper presentations are discouraged. Provide a preliminary schedule with estimated times. Design your schedule for a length of 6 hours of activities with a lunch break and two coffee breaks (full-day workshop).
  • Soliciting Submissions: Indicate how you plan to attract submissions and/or participants. Tactics may include creating a workshop web page, circulating a call to relevant mailing lists (indicate these please as well), and publicizing your workshop at other relevant venues.
  • Selecting Participants: Indicate how you plan to select participants and contributions to the workshop. Describe the relevant criteria and/or review process that will be used to select position papers. Indicate if you are planning to have a program committee to help with the organization/review process or whether reviewing and selection will be conducted solely by the organizers. Having a program committee is strongly encouraged since it typically increases the appeal of the workshop and ensures a more rigorous peer-review process.
  • Organizers: Give short descriptions of each of the organizers’ background and interests related to pervasive computing and the specific workshop topic.

Workshop Selection

Workshop proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Chair and a committee of experts based on the criteria described above. We aim to select a diverse set of workshops and avoid having multiple workshops on overlapping themes. Organizers of selected workshops will be asked to produce a Call for Papers to describe the workshop to potential participants and solicit submissions.

The criteria for assessment will include:

  • Originality and technical merit of the topic
  • Motivation
  • Wider interest in the topic
  • Topical link to the main conference

Important Workshop Dates

  • Workshop proposals deadline: 10 April
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection of a workshop: 30 May
  • Workshop calls online (by the organizers)
  • Workshop papers deadline: 19 June
  • Workshop paper notification: 19 July
  • Workshop day: 21 September 2018

Workshops Chair

Ayman Radwan, Instituto de Telecomunicações,

Felipe Castiñeira, University of Vigo: