ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop on 5G Measurements, Modeling, and Use Cases (5G-MeMU)

Call for Papers

Commercial 5G networks are being quickly rolled out worldwide. In theory, millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G can support network throughput of up to 20 Gbps, much higher than today’s 4G LTE. 5G enables us to develop revolutionized new services that require ultra-high bandwidth and/or low latency. Examples include edge-assisted machine learning, networked virtual reality and augmented reality, collaborative and autonomous vehicles, low-latency Internet of things (IoT) applications, and data-intensive sensing, to name a few. Despite 5G’s potential, the validation of 5G performance in operational systems and a complete understanding of the impact of 5G technologies on various vertical use cases remains largely open. The research community also faces several major challenges to conducting research on 5G networks, and on leveraging 5G networks to support the development and deployment of research prototypes.

The key issues include heterogeneity in both 5G technologies and service requirements, the closedness and inaccessibility of commercial 5G networks, and a lack of software infrastructures such as tools and models that facilitate 5G-enabled research, system prototyping, and experimentation. (1) Unlike its 4G predecessors, 5G encompasses more diverse technologies, for example, with spectrum ranging from sub-6GHz low band to mmWave high-band. This poses challenges in designing systems and services that can quickly adapt to changing 5G performance. The 5G use cases also have highly heterogeneous needs and requirements. This poses challenges for 5G deployments to meet and validate diverse service requirements end-to-end. (2) The commercial 5G ecosystem is closed. This makes it difficult to access many types of information such as cellular control-plane messages, device radio energy consumption, and base station resource allocation status. Also, right now, mmWave 5G is only available in a few major cities, and supporting infrastructures such as 5G edge computing platforms have registered even less deployment. This limits researchers’ access to 5G. (3) Given that 5G is still in its early stage and experiences from various vertical domains are limited, the common software stack that supports building 5G research prototypes, as well as traffic models and tools that capture vertical’s performance, are largely missing.

The 5G-MeMU workshop is motivated by the above key challenges of understanding and optimizing operational 5G systems and services and conducting 5G-related research. Its goal is to bring together researchers, cellular network operators, equipment vendors, mobile device manufactures, vertical use case owners, and policymakers from academia, industry, and government for discussion of the challenges of unsolved issues for the 5G ecosystem, centered on practical experiences with 5G systems and services, and the state-of-the-art 5G and beyond research. This workshop solicits novel contributions on the state-of-the-art, results of ongoing research, open issues, trends, and new ideas.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Application-Level Performance Evaluation of 5G Networks and 5G Slices
  • End-to-End Measurement and Validation Frameworks for 5G KPIs
  • Crowd-Sourced Data Collection Services for Commercial 5G
  • Deployment of Massive Scale IoT Systems on 5G
  • Energy Analysis and Modeling of 5G Radio
  • Experiences in Designing, Implementing, and Deploying 5G Testbeds
  • Exploration of Open Architectures for 5G RAN and Core Networks
  • Machine Learning for Analyzing and Predicting 5G Traffic
  • Measurement-Driven and ML/AI Approaches for 5G Design and Optimization
  • Metrics, Tools, and Testbeds for 5G Edge
  • Performance Evaluation and Optimization of 5G Multi-Access and Multi-Connectivity Solutions
  • Traffic Models, Tools, and Performance Evaluation of Industry Verticals (eHealth, Transportation, Automation, Smart Cities, etc.) in 5G Networks
  • Network Friendly Monitoring of Commercial 5G Networks
  • Novel 5G-Aware Networked Systems and Applications
  • Security Analysis of 5G Systems and Applications
  • Techniques for Improving Reproducibility in 5G Measurements

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, excluding references and appendices, in two-column 10pt ACM format. Papers must include author names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to present and discuss their work at the workshop.

Please submit your paper via

Important Dates

  • May 14 May 24, 2021 Submission deadline
  • June 16 June 18, 2021 Acceptance notification
  • July 2, 2021 Camera-ready deadline
  • August 23, 2021 Workshop day

Program Committee

  • Program Co-Chairs
  • Anna Brunstrom Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Bo Han George Mason University, US
  • Program Committee
  • Andra Lutu Telefonica, Spain
  • Anna Maria Mandalari Imperial College London, UK
  • Antonio de la Oliva University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  • Bengt Ahlgren RISE SICS, Sweden
  • Carla Fabiana Chiasserini Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Chi-Yu Li National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Dimitris Tsolkas Fogus, Greece
  • Francesco Gringoli University of Brescia, Italy
  • Giuseppe Caso Simula, Norway
  • Guan-Hua Tu Michigan State University, US
  • Gyan Ranjan Ericsson, US
  • Harilaos Koumaras NCSR Demokritos, Greece
  • Kai Zeng George Mason University, US
  • Ozgu Alay University of Oslo, Norway
  • Paul Patras University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Pedro Merino University of Malaga, Spain
  • Rittwik Jana AT&T Labs, US
  • Simone Ferlin Ericsson, Sweden
  • Tingjun Chen Duke University, US
  • Valerio Frascolla Intel, Germany
  • Vincenzo Mancuso IMDEA Networks, Spain
  • Yang Zhang Google, US
  • Ying Wang Virginia Tech, US
  • Yuanjie Li Tsinghua University, China

Call for Demos IEEE MeditCom 2021

IEEE MeditCom 2021 Demo track provides a space for researchers and practitioners to bring hands-on experiences to conference attendees. We look forward to the interesting demonstrations of:

  • Functional prototypes of devices and systems
  • Mobile and wearable applications and services
  • New interaction techniques
  • Innovative examples of mobile experiences
  • Toolkits and prototyping techniques for mobile and wearable interfaces

Demo submissions should be made via EDAS by following this link:


Two-page demo descriptions/proposal: 15 April 2021

Notification of acceptance: 30 May 2021

Technical demonstrations showing/presenting innovative and original research are solicited. In general IEEE MeditCom 2021 Demo track is interested in demonstrations and Proof of Concept implementations of technology that validate important research issues or showcase realistic applications in the following topics of interest (but not limited to):

  • 5G Mobile Systems and their Components
  • Network Architectures, SDN, NFV
  • Cloud Communications and Data-center Networks
  • Optical Networks and Systems, Radio over Fiber
  • Mobile and Wireless Communications and Networking and Beyond
  • Molecular and Nanoscale Communications
  • Satellite and Space Communications
  • Underground and Underwater Communications
  • Image, Speech and Signal Processing for Communications
  • Big Data and Machine Learning for Communications
  • Semantic Web and Ontologies
  • Internet of Things, Smart grids, and Vehicular Networks
  • Green Communications and Energy Efficient Computing
  • Network Applications and Services
  • Analytical Models, Simulation, Testbeds & Prototypes
  • Network Management and Cognitive Radio
  • QoE/QoS Support and Cross-layer Optimization
  • Performance Evaluation of Communication Systems
  • Massive MIMO, Signal Processing, and Coding
  • Advanced PHY and MAC techniques
  • Security, Privacy, Trust and Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity

DEMO paper submission instructions

Submissions should be a two-page proposal summary that follows the IEEE formatting guidelines: refer to the IEEE submission instructions for details. Be as specific as possible in describing what you will demonstrate or display as demo.

A complete submission should be two pages in length and will include the following:

  • A 35-word abstract
  • An Overview section giving a full description of the research and technologies to be demonstrated
  • An Innovation section describing the problem and novelty of the approach in solving it
  • A section describing the relevance for MeditCom explaining why the MeditCom audience and communities should be interested in this demo
  • The demo proposal summary should explain the objective and contents of the demo, and detail its configuration and main elements. The objective should be to demonstrate an innovative application, a working prototype or a novel concept
  • Demonstrations should be based on technical achievements and prototypes at a research stage (i.e. no pre-commercial or product demonstrations are allowed).

The demo session will take place online or locally, depending on the conference type (hybrid or virtual). Summaries of accepted demos will be included in the IEEE MeditCom 2021 Proceedings. Accepted and presented summaries will be submitted to IEEE Xplore®.


Lena Wosinska, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Harilaos Koumaras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece

Dr. Koumaras lecturing at ITN-H2020 SEMANTIC PhD Schools

On Tuesday 16 February 2021, I was invited by CTTC and I had the privilege to participate at the PhD Schools of ITN H2020 SEMANTIC project, lecturing on 5G system and Vertical KPIs. The audience consisted PhD candidates in the field of mobile communications. The EU-funded SEMANTIC project will create an advanced research and training structure for multi-GHz spectrum communications, MEC-empowered service provisioning and end-to-end network slicing. The project intends to train early stage researchers (ESRs) with guidance from industrial professionals for the exploitation of the enormous potentiality 5G technology offers.