IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-18 April 2018 // Barcelona, Spain
Leading the Way to 5G and Beyond

The First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF)

The First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF)


The First International Workshop on Edge and Fog Systems for 5G & Beyond (IWEF) will be held in Barcelona, Spain on April 15, 2018 in conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2018.

In addition to Clouds, the Edge and Fog are emerging as defining locations in 5G where much of the network intelligence and service innovation could also be envisioned. The move to the Edge was originally driven by the desire of operators and cloud providers to deliver low latency services and avert inevitable network congestion by keeping locally a huge amount of local traffic. The list of usages and opportunities brought by the Edge and Fog could only grow quickly especially when imagined with network softwarization tools of SDN and NFV. The move to the Edge has also helped the rediscovery of a wealth of dormant assets in the local access network. These dormant assets are essentially contextual information collected from the users, devices, and nodes. Putting this data on offer to application and service providers keen on optimizing and customizing their service delivery to the end customers proved compelling for all stakeholders.

The rich Edge and Fog ecosystem and bigger value one can deliver by interconnecting these with the cloud led to the launch of industry initiatives recently such as ETSI MEC and Open Fog Consortium. This workshop provides a forum for scientists, engineers, and researchers to discuss and exchange new ideas, novel results and experience on all aspects of delivering an integrated virtualized edge and fog system. Several challenges lie ahead such as: (1) Identifying which context information and what functions from each access network may be of value to host at the Edge either to improve own access network services or other services from other access networks separately or jointly; (2) Defining mechanisms to collect and deliver this context information where and when it is needed, as well as the placement and chaining of access network functions throughout the Edge; (3) Exploring which access network entities (including terminal devices) could offer their resources and capabilities to dynamically scale the integrated edge; (4) Designing automated and secure mechanisms to discover and federate all the edge resources which may be volatile/mobile, heterogeneous, not directly interconnected, and may belong to multiple owners; and (5) Defining all the interactions that need to be supported between the edge and non-edge domains such as the transport network, core network, and distant clouds.

This workshop will offer a keynote and solicit papers that address any of the abovementioned challenges.

Workshop Chairs

Prof. Ying-Dar Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Prof. Ying-Dar Lin is a distinguished professor of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. He is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (2014~2017), and a research associate of ONF. He has been the editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials since 2017 and is currently on the editorial boards of many IEEE journals. He has co-chaired symposia at IEEE Globecom’13 and IEEE ICC’15.

Dr. Arturo Azcorra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

Dr. Arturo Azcorra is currently full professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and is also an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM SIGCOMM Member. He has served as a TPC member in many international conferences, including several editions of IEEE PROMS, IDMS, QofIS, ACM CoNEXT and IEEE INFOCOM.

Dr. Alain Mourad, InterDigital Europe Ltd, UK

Dr. Alain Mourad is currently leading the research and development of Next-Generation RAN at InterDigital Europe Ltd. Prior to joining InterDigital, Alain was a Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). Throughout his career, he has been active in the research and standardization of recent wireless communication and broadcasting systems (3GPP-LTE, WiMAX 16m, DVB-T2/NGH, ATSC 3.0). Alain has several inventions and authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. He received the Inventor of the Year Award from Samsung Electronics R&D UK twice in 2012 and 2013, and in 2016 InterDigital Non-Patent Innovation Award for the “idea, creation and execution of InterDigital Europe”.

Call for Papers

This workshop seeks original papers that address any of the abovementioned aspects. Technical papers should describe original research that is unpublished and not under review by any other conference/journal.

Topics of Interest

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

  • 5G-EFS/MEC architecture and system framework
  • 5G-EFS/MEC use cases, deployment scenarios, and requirements
  • 5G-EFS/MEC experiments, testbeds and demonstrations
  • Business models involving all stakeholders of the 5G-EFS/MEC value chain
  • Cloud federation in 5G-EFS/MEC
  • Integration and interaction between EFS/MEC and central clouds
  • EFS/MEC applications and service provisioning
  • EFS/MEC function provisioning
  • Orchestration and control algorithms for EFS/MEC functions
  • Resource management and allocations for EFS/MEC
  • Network function virtualization (NFV) at EFS/MEC
  • Network slicing and multi-tenancy of EFS/MEC
  • EFS/SDN/NFV integration
  • Virtualization of radio access network functions in EFS/MEC
  • Multi-RAT convergence and network offloading
  • Software defined networking (SDN) for EFS/MEC
  • Switching designs to support 5G-EFS/MEC architectures
  • QoS and traffic engineering in EFS/MEC
  • Service mobility under the EFS/MEC framework
  • Security and privacy issues in EFS/MEC
  • Authentication, authorization and billing issues in EFS/MEC
  • Performance analysis and evaluation of EFS/MEC system

Submitted papers must be tailored to the problems of Edge and Fog Systems. Only originally unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for the workshop. Papers should be formatted according to the IEEE WCNC 2018 guidelines. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete paper via EDAS according to the timetable below:

  • Submission deadline: 2 November 2017
  • Author Notification: 15 December 2017
  • Final Manuscript: 12 January 2018

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