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

The Second Workshop on Flexible and Agile Networks (FlexNets)

The Second Workshop on Flexible and Agile Networks (FlexNets)

ScopeThere has been a tremendous evolution from voice systems to sophisticated communication platforms in mobile communications. Today’s mobile communication systems provide various services and applications to millions of people. Future systems such as 5G are also expected to serve trillions of devices. It will neither today nor in the future be possible to predict the requirements of all use cases and applications. New business models will impose diverse set of requirements on future networks. A flexible radio network is required to deal with uncertainties and unknowns, and also to enable backward and forward compatibility.Topics of InterestIn this workshop, the following topics will be considered:

  • flexible reconfigurable end-to-end mobile network architectures,
  • flexible function allocation and placement,
  • mobile edge, cloudlet, cloud computing for assisting radio access networks (RAN) in 5G mobile networks,
  • virtualization of network functions and elements,
  • virtual radio access technologies (RAT),
  • flexible management, self-organized networks, CORD, mobile CORD,
  • multi-context awareness, multi-service and multi-tenancy and network slicing,
  • adaptation to the underlying networking and computing infrastructure,
  • dynamic and energy-efficient RAN and elasticity in RAN,
  • security and privacy in flexible networks,
  • programmable RAN and software-defined architectures,
  • flexible backhauling,
  • control-data plane split,
  • runtime flexibility in verticals,
  • flexible public radio interfaces,
  • flexibility in/for machine-type communication and IoT,
  • flexibility in services/applications using SDN and NFV
  • fog computing for IoT.

All in all, future networks must be flexible and elastic to easily introduce new services, applications and business models. Any other topic related to this concept is welcome.Important DatesPaper Submission: November 12, 2017Paper Acceptance Notification: December 15, 2017Camera-Ready Papers Due: January 21, 2018