5G Trials in Europe Workshop – 5G Experimentation Facilities and Vertical Trials

The intense research work on 5G realisation has reached the point where the 5G capabilities are ready to be exploited by third party innovators, also referred to as vertical industries. In this context, the new ecosystem that emerges on service provisioning over 5G and beyond networks has two major stakeholders. On the one hand, the verticals that are ready to take advantage of the performance gains and the configuration flexibility that 5G brings; and, one the other hand, the operators (or  infrastructure owners) that eventually have a rich toolbox based on the virtualisation and the network slicing features, which enables new business opportunities.

From the technological point of view, in the framework of 5GENESIS project coordination and 5G!Drones trial activities, Dr. Harilaos Koumaras and the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR “Demokritos” invite you to participate at the workshop entitled ”5G Experimentation Facilities and Vertical Trials: Current Status and Future Perspectives”, where the recent developments of the ICT-17 5G experimentation facilities and the ICT-19 vertical trials will be presented. The workshop is further complemented with presentations by invited projects from the Secure Societies and the 5G Long Term Evolution calls, showing 5G trials in the framework of first responder teams and discussing future perspectives of 5G.

This online workshop is organised by the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos in the frame of EU projects 5GENESIS and 5G!Drones with the support of the 5G-PPP partnership. The workshop will focus on 5G Experimentation Facilities and Vertical Trials, their current status and future perspectives. 

Go check the agenda and register here.

2nd workshop on 5G-Trials – From 5G Experiments to Business Validation

Adjunct with IEEE 5G World Forum (http://sites.ieee.org/wf-5g)

30 September to 2 October 2019, Dresden Germany


5G aims at natively supporting enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communication (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) services in a single infrastructure. It brings enormous opportunities for many vertical sectors, such as, automobile, industry automation, media, and health, just to list a few, to expand and renew their business, or make it more efficient. To allow the coexistence of services with a very different nature, 5G has introduced innovations from spectrum access, air interface, system architecture, network function virtualization in radio and core network, end-to-end network slicing, security, privacy, service orchestration etc. All new 5G features and functions need to be extensively verified and optimized before the commercial rollout of 5G networks. It is essential to test 5G features in complex deployed environments, identifying and solving coverage, interoperability, compatibility and service provisioning problems, and to ensure that 5G can meet the requirements of the various vertical sectors. In particular, the support to vertical sector services will need new measurement and test methods. Due to the complexity of 5G systems, many practical and theoretical challenges will need to be verified and solved during 5G trials.

This workshop aims at providing a forum for industry and academics to disseminate new findings on 5G trials and new business development. The workshop will call for papers presenting test results from trials as well as theoretical results based on realistic deployment schemes and new 5G business models.


The target topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Spectrum
    • 5G spectrum evaluation
    • Spectrum sharing
  • 5G trial development
    • 5G trial cases and results
    • 5G testbed implementation
    • New test technologies
  • Verticals and new services
    • C-V2X
    • Applications of mMTC
    • Applications of URLLC
    • New/innovative services enabled by 5G
  • Measurement and evaluation
    • 5G new radio
    • Radio access network
    • Core network
    • Backhaul
    • Fronthaul
    • NFV/SDN implementation
    • Network slicing
    • D2D communications
    • Mobile edge computing
    • Test result analysis
  • Network deployment and optimization
    • 5G network planning
    • Network deployment optimization
    • End-to-end performance optimization
  • Security and privacy aspects
  • 5G business model evaluation
  • 5G standards and implementation

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: May 15, 2019

Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2019

Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2019


Workshop Website:



Submissions accepted through this EDAS link.


Workshop Chairs

Uwe Herzog, EURESCOM

Tao Chen, VTT

Latif Ladid, University of Luxemburg

Mauro Boldi, TIM

Kashif Mahmood, Telenor Norway

Qi Wang, University of the West of Scotland

Harilaos Koumaras, NCSR Demokritos




Workshop on User-centric network management and service provisioning

Workshop on User-centric network management and service provisioning

September 17-19, 2018, Barchelona, Spain

(in conjunction with IEEE CAMAD 2018, http://camad2018.ieee-camad.org/)

Scope and Topics of Interest
The natural evolution of software and hardware technology, driven by the constantly increasing demands for high-quality communications,
has brought new and innovative advancements like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
These advancements have not left the mobile telecom sector unaffected. Already, 5G visionaries recognize SDN and NFV as the key enabling
technologies for dynamic and agile networking. More specifically, SDN is used for the decoupling of the control and data plane of a
service-related network flow, while NFV is standardized as the technology that will virtualize storage, computing and networking resource management.
Driven by these advancements, the 5G networks are expected to provide the potential for flexible end-to-end orchestration and slicing, allowing the
automated network configuration and service provision. This automation will enable multiple interacting application components, such as massive IoT
application, Big data analytics and multimedia services to be delivered via multiple access technologies, such as millimeter waves, visual light
communication and others. In this automated environment, the consumers of mobile services are placed for the very first time at the epicenter of any
communication system and access technology in contrast to previous system-centric network designs. The so-called user-centricity is actually so powerful, that terms like
Quality of Experience (QoE) have been coined, driven by the need to understand end users’ degree of satisfaction. In parallel, the main stakeholders
in mobile service provisioning, namely a) the service or content providers, usually referred to as Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, and b) the
traditional Mobile Network Operators (MNO) promote QoE as the most crucial factor for assessing the network’s, access technology’s and/or application’s
impact on a service in the diverse ecosystem.

This workshop focuses on bringing together researchers from academia, industry and SDOs to identify and discuss technical challenges and novel ideas, regarding a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

* Human-in-the-loop 5G architectures
* Human-intense 5G communications
* Human-intense network services
* User-centric service and network management
* User experience and perception in SDN/NFV enabled systems
* User-behavior analysis
* User’ perception for interactive security and privacy mechanisms
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimation methodologies and metrics
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimation tools
* QoE-oriented SDN/NFV applications and platforms
* SDN/NFV-related business considerations and economic aspects of QoE
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE-adaptive algorithms for resource sharing
* QoE-adaptive algorithms for video streaming
* SDN/NFV-based service orchestration
* SDN/NFV-based network deployment and optimisation
* Visual light Communication technologies in the 5G architecture
* Multi-access and multi-radio Access Technologies and Orchestration
* End-to-end orchestration for immersive services
* Big data analytics and machine learning for flexible mobile service steering

The workshop is organized by the research projects CASPER (http://casper-h2020.eu/) and IoRL (http://iorl.5g-ppp.eu/)

Important Dates
* Paper Submission Deadline: 31 May 2018
* Author Notification: 2 July 2018
* Camera Ready: 31 July 2018

Submission Instructions
Prospective authors are invited to submit a full paper of not more than six (6) IEEE style pages including results,
figures and references. Papers should be submitted via EDAS. Papers submitted to the conference, must describe unpublished
work that has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three TPC members.
All accepted and presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE digital library.

Conference site: http://camad2018.ieee-camad.org/
Workshop Submission Link: https://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=24497&track=91100

Workshop Co-chairs
Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas, dtsolkas@di.uoa.gr, Dept. of Informatics & Telecommunications University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Harilaos Koumaras, koumaras@iit.demokritos.gr, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications NCSR Demokritos, Greece

User-centric Communications and Content Delivery

“User-centric Communications and Content Delivery”, IEEE CAMAD 2017, June 19-21, 2017, Lund, Sweden.

The workshop is organized by CASPER, a H2020 MSCA-RISE project (http://casper-h2020.eu/), as part of the IEEE Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD) conference (http://ieee-camad.org/).

The rapid growth of multi-modal media services, ranging from conventional video conferencing to interactive immersive experiences, necessitates user-centric methodologies and approaches in order to assess and evaluate the perceived multimedia quality. Towards this direction, the key challenge is to understand Quality of Experience (QoE) notion and define QoE provisioning chains in the era of 5G networks, by incorporating advanced capabilities on: i) storage/computing/network resource management; ii) central service and network orchestration; iii) network softwarisation; and iv) Big data analytics. Although some important steps have been made in this direction, new advanced solutions are required towards: i) best match network performance metrics to end-consumers’ satisfaction level; ii) fully exploit QoE insights to take advantage of new technologies and networking tools; and iii) well define QoE-oriented business models and marketing schemes.

In this context, the workshop focuses on bringing together researchers from academia and industry to identify and discuss technical challenges and novel ideas, regarding a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • QoE evaluation methodologies and metrics
  • QoE-based network monitoring and troubleshooting
  • QoE-based service and network management
  • QoE provisioning over SDN/NFV -enabled networks
  • QoE-based adaptive video streaming
  • QoE for emerging interactive applications (Immersive/360 video, Gaming, Haptics)
  • Prediction and learning algorithms for QoE provisioning
  • QoE-oriented applications and platforms
  • Testbeds and online tools for QoE evaluation (Crowd-sourcing, Field testing, etc.)
  • Datasets for QoE validation and benchmarking
  • Media analytics from QoE Big Data


Submission deadline: March 20, 2017

Notification of acceptance:  April 14, 2017
Submission of camera-ready papers:  April 23, 2017


Perspective authors are invited to submit their papers using the EDAS system, through the following link:


Authors should submit a full paper of not more than five (5) IEEE style pages including results, figures and references. Papers will be reviewed with the standard reviewing procedure (with at least 3 independent anonymous reviews). Accepted papers will be published on IEEExplore (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/ ).

The TPC co-chairs:

Dr. Luigi Pomante: Email: luigi.pomante@univaq.it

Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas, Email: dtsolkas@di.uoa.gr

Dr. Kostas Ramantas, Email: kramantas@iquadrat.com