Air Interfaces (PHY, MAC, RRM)

  • 5G air interfaces.
  • Advanced modulation schemes, new coding solutions, FEC, HARQ, PAPR optimisation.
  • Advanced Radio RRM and MAC functions.
  • Antennas and propagation.
  • Cloud-RANs, fronthaul/backhaul aspects.
  • Communications at the mm wave range.
  • MIMO advances.
  • Multi-service (MBB, MCC, MTC, etc.) support.
  • New air interfaces below 6GHz.


Optical Communications - Networks

  • Advances in optical access networks.
  • Components and communications.
  • Gigabit home and in-building networks.
  • High-split next generation FTTH PONs.
  • Optical and digital signal processing.


Software-Defined Infrastructures

  • Network function virtualisation advances.
  • Network overlays and federation.
  • Network programmability.
  • SDN-based switch/router architectures.
  • Software defined networking challenges.
  • Traffic engineering, QoS, energy-efficiency.



Management Technologies

  • Autonomic network management.
  • Big Data, analytics, predictive and prescriptive technologies.
  • Cognitive and self-learning mechanisms.
  • Energy-efficient networks/infrastructures.
  • Management architectures and frameworks.
  • Management of resources, services and customer experience.
  • Resilience and network reliability.
  • Security, trust, and privacy.


Convergence with Emerging Concepts

  • Big data infrastructures and applications.
  • Cloud infrastructures, distributed clouds.
  • Convergence with IT technologies.
  • Cyber-physical systems.
  • Data centre systems, high performance data-centres.
  • Distributed storage and middleware.
  • Fog computing.
  • Hybrid satellite and terrestrial networks.
  • Internet of Things, Machine to Machine.
  • OTT technologies.
  • Smart embedded systems.
  • Smart systems at the nano-scale.


Business Aspects - Vertical markets - Applications/ Services

  • Applications of the tactile Internet.
  • E-Health and emergency management.
  • Emergency and safety systems.
  • Emerging business models, monetisation of infrastructures and services.
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • Multimedia services and applications.
  • Peer-to-peer, application and service overlays.
  • Smart cities, smart grids and environments.
  • Social networks.


Testbeds and Experimental Research

  • Advanced multimedia testbeds/facilities.
  • Cloud testbeds/facilities.
  • Cognitive radio testbeds/facilities.
  • Experimentally-driven research.
  • Experimenter/end-user involvement.
  • Federation of testbeds/facilities.
  • Real-time system operation visualisation.
  • Smart cities, IoT and M2M testbeds/facilities.
  • Tools & techniques for testbeds management.