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The IEEE ICC 2015 4th International Workshop on Small Cell and 5G Networks (SmallNets)




The IEEE ICC 2015 4th International Workshop on Small Cell and 5G Networks (SmallNets)

June 8th, 2015


The demand for pervasive wireless access and the need for high data rates are expected to grow significantly in the foreseeable future with the proliferation of novel resource demanding applications such as gaming, mobile TV, or personalized wireless services. The emergence of these new services leads to stringent requirements on the bit rate per square kilometer that next generation wireless networks are expected to deliver. This increasing trend has urged wireless and mobile operators to examine new ways for improving their coverage, boosting their network's capacity, and lowering their capital and operating expenditures (CAPEX and OPEX) of their mobile networks. A promising approach to solving this problem is through the deployment of Small Cell Networks (SCNs), which represent a novel networking paradigm based on the idea of deploying short-range, low-power, and low-cost base stations operating in conjunction with the main macro-cellular network infrastructure. The use of SCNs is envisioned to enable next-generation 5G networks to provide high data rates, allow offloading traffic from the macro cell and providing dedicated capacity to homes, enterprises, or urban hotspots. SCNs encompass a broad variety of cells, such as micro, pico, metro, and femto cells, as well as advanced wireless relays, and distributed antennas that can be deployed practically anywhere. All such technologies, combined with emerging paradigms such as millimeter wave communication are expected to lie at the heart of 5G wireless systems. The deployment of small cells in realistic environments faces several technical challenges that need to be addressed at various network layers.

This workshop is expected bring together academic and industrial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major technical challenges and recent results related to small cell networks. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Self-organizing HetNets and issues in self-configuration, self-optimization and self-healing.
  • Radio resource management (RRM) techniques for HetNets (network synchronization, admission control and quality of service guarantee, cell range expansion, load balancing, dynamic TDD transmissions, etc.).
  • Improved mobility management in HetNets and small-cell discovery mechanisms.
  • Concepts for energy efficiency enhancements in HetNets and dormant mode operation.
  • WiFi offloading, and WiFi/cellular coexistence challenges.
  • ICIC in HetNets (cell clustering, cell on/off techniques, carrier based ICIC, time based ICIC, power based ICIC, etc.).
  • Coordinated multi-point transmission techniques in HetNets (coordinated beamforming, network MIMO, etc.).
  • Advanced receivers and interference cancelation in HetNets.
  • Use of higher frequency bands, radio propagation models and measurement campaigns for small cell networks.
  • Inter-node carrier aggregation and dual connectivity in HetNets.
  • New front- and back-haul architectures to facilitate HetNet operation (cloud RAN, user and control plane split, multi-flow, etc.).
  • Decoupled control- and user-plane transmissions (soft-cell, phantom-cell, etc).
  • Game-theoretic techniques for small cell deployment.
  • Dynamic TDD, Device-to-Device, etc.
  • Context aware small cells (caching, predictive RANs, etc).
  • New backhaul architectures (e.g., wireless backhaul, millimeter-wave).

This workshop follows on the success of the 1st International Workshop on Small Cell Wireless Networks (SmallNets) held at IEEE ICC 2012 In Ottawa, 2nd International Workshop on Small Cell Networks (SmallNets) which was held at IEEE ICC 2013 in Budapest and IEEE ICC 2014 Workshop on Small Cell and 5G Networks in Sydney.

For Authors


Important Dates

Submission due: January 31th, 2015

Decision notification due: March 1st, 2015

Camera-ready submissions due: March 15th, 2015

Workshop Date: June 8th, 2015