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,

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 ( and IoRL (

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:
Workshop Submission Link:

Workshop Co-chairs
Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas,, Dept. of Informatics & Telecommunications University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Harilaos Koumaras,, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications NCSR Demokritos, Greece


23rd International Conference on Telecommunications

23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016)
May 16-18, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece

– ICT 2016 conference is Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society
– Accepted, registered and presented papers will be published in the ICT 2016 conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
– Distinguished Keynote Speakers announced:
Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah Univer. of Science and Technology)
Mike Short (Vice President – Telefonica Europe)
Robert Schober (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Important Dates:
Paper submission (main track): January 31, 2016
Special Session Proposals: January 15, 2016 (extension upon request)
Paper submission (Special Sessions): February 15, 2016
Paper Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2016
Camera-Ready Papers: March 10, 2016

The 23rd International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2016) will be held in Thessaloniki, a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, known for its hospitality and cuisine.

This year’s theme “Expansion to Small” aims to draw research community’s attention to the enormous anticipated expansion of communication systems through small architectures and devices. Small cells, short wavelengths, small sensors, small scale communications going down to molecular level are expected to boost next generation communications leading to Big Data networking, massive Internet of Things and green, energy efficient applications. Additionally, high quality papers on all aspects of contemporary research and applications of telecommunications are welcome.

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops/Special Sessions/Tutorials/Demos to be held in ICT 2016. More information can be found in (under “Submissions”).

Submission Guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature for presentation at the conference and publication in the IEEE ICT 2016 Proceedings. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. The manuscripts must be prepared in English with a maximum paper length of five (5) printed pages (following the standard IEEE 2-column format) without incurring additional page charges (maximum 2 additional pages with over length page charge of USD100 for each page if accepted). Please note that for every accepted contribution, at least one person must register for the conference and present. Accepted papers not presented in the conference will be excluded from the proceedings.

All papers for ICT 2016 should be submitted via EDAS using

Workshop/Tutorials/Special Sessions/Demo proposals can be directed to the corresponding chairs as described in the conference web site.

Organizing Committee:

General Co-Chairs:
Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK
George Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Technical Program Chairs:
Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Athanasios C. Iossifides, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Shiwen Mao, Auburn University, USA
Kan Zheng, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
Vasilis Friderikos, King’s College London, UK

For all the members of the ICT 2016 Organizing Committee, please visit

Guest Editor at IEEE COMSOC MMTC E-Letter (July Issue) on SDN/NFV

The July Issue of IEEE COMSOC MMTC E-Letter has just been published on-line and is for downloading here. The issue has been guest editored by Xiaoqing Zhu (Cisco Systems) and Harilaos Koumaras and provides the latest advances on SDN/NFV. More specifically, the special issue brings to our readers a collection of invited articles that address various aspects of SDN/NFV-enabled architectures for media content delivery. Authors from academia and industry share their individual perspectives regarding the opportunities and challenges brought forth by the rapid spread of SDN/NFV technologies, outlooks for the future of media content delivery in an increasingly mobile and heterogeneous environment, as well as ongoing research efforts in leveraging SDN/NFV for enhanced media content delivery.

It was really a pleasure collaborating with Xiaoqing and I believe that the outcome of our collaboration on this special issue is very good. Happy reading!!

QoE-FI 2015

IEEE Workshop on Quality of Experience-Based Management for Future Internet Applications and Services

Recent technological advances have enabled a constant proliferation of novel immersive and interactive services that pose ever-increasing demands to our communication networks and add to their load. Examples are: social TV, immersive environments, mobile gaming, HDTV over mobile, 3D virtual world, book/newspaper consumption, social networking, IPTV applications, just to cite a few. Some of these services have already reached a major market success especially because a user-centered approach has been followed to design the whole process of content production, service activation, content consumption, and service (and network) management.
In addition, we witness the trend of migrating end-to-end multimedia communication systems/platforms to the cloud. Media processing and consumption in the cloud requires attention from two main perspectives: maintenance of processing-related cloud operations over the execution time considering the end-user and application-related QoS/QoE requirements via dynamic resource provisioning; and the parallelization and abstraction of media processing tasks for the optimization of limited and shared cloud resources. Furthermore, the domain of Smart Cities offers new opportunities and use cases, but at the same time poses new challenges for keeping users engaged and interested in those services. This also includes other aspects such as quality of life as well as critical considerations such as user safety, particularly when it comes to urban transport and emergency scenarios.
In this dynamically evolving context, network operators and service providers are struggling to keep their increasingly sophisticated customers content while remaining profitable at the same time. Consequently, optimization and management of QoE has become crucial issue in the deployment of successful services and products. However, even if the concept itself may seem straightforward to understand, it requires rather complex implementation processes for efficient performances in real end-to-end systems/networks. The complexity of QoE is mainly due to the difficulties in its modelling, evaluation, and mapping to objective Quality of Service (QoS) parameters, which,for more than a decade, has been used as a partial substitution to QoE, and due to its multi-dimensional end-to-end nature covering a wide range of networks, applications, systems, devices, contexts and expertise.

On this background, the workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers from academia and industry to identify and discuss technical challenges, exchange novel ideas, explore enabling technologies, and report latest research efforts that cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

– QoE evaluation methodologies and metrics
– Frameworks and testbeds for QoE evaluation (crowd-sourcing, field testing, etc.)
– QoE studies & trials in the context of Smart Cities
– QoE models, their applications and use cases
– QoE for immersive audio-video and interactive multimedia communication environments
– QoE-aware cross-layer design
– QoE-driven media processing and transmission over the cloud and over the top (OTT)
– QoE control, monitoring and management strategies
– QoE in community-focused interactive systems
– KPI and KQI definition for QoE optimization in different environments
– Integration of QoE in infrastructure and service quality monitoring solutions
– Media analytics from QoE Big Data
– Standards for media coding (HEVC, HEVC for 3D, etc.) and transport (DASH, MMT, XMPP, etc.)
– Future Media Internet architectures

Submitted papers must represent original material which is not currently under review in any other conference or journal and has not been previously published. Paper length should not exceed the six-page standard IEEE conference two-column format. Please see the author information page for submission guidelines on the ICC 2015 website

When Jun 8, 2015 – Jun 12, 2015
Where London
Submission Deadline Jan 10, 2015
Notification Due Feb 14, 2015
Final Version Due Feb 15, 2015