Important Dates

Submissions deadline

December 30, 2020 (Extended)

Camera-ready deadline

February 15, 2021

Workshop date

May 10, 2021

The Third International Workshop on DroneCom

(In Conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2021)
May 10 | Virtual Event

CALL FOR PAPERS

Nowadays, mobile communication technology is leading towards the deployment of Fifth generation (5G) networks, wherein Internet of Things (IoT) is likely to play a central role. It is expected that 5G deployments will be characterized by increased network density, enhanced capacity, near ubiquitous connectivity, and ultra-reliable and low latency communications, in order to deliver flawless quality of service (QoS) that is essential for IoT to be successful. To deal with these trends and support the growing appetite of data services, mobile backhaul becomes an indispensable solution towards realising a 5G network. Moreover, the emergence of dense heterogeneous networks (HetNets), which are constantly promoted as a prime candidate for 5G evolution, has further provisioned the need of mobile backhaul solutions while making it a critical component of RAN. However, wireless backhauling relies on Small Cell Base Stations (SBSs); wherein the installation of extra-terrestrial infrastructures for SBSs may not be an acceptable solution due to the high cost of deployment. Thus, a huge paradigm shift in backhaul network design is highly desirable for 5G networks in order to dynamically manage the increasing traffic demands of SBSs and cater new applications with ease. In this direction, the integration of both terrestrial and aerial network components can be considered a promising solution. Therefore, drone-mounted infrastructure are envisioned to supplement the terrestrial infrastructure while improving flexibility and reliability of backhaul operations. However, in order to reap the full potential of drones in 5G backhaul, it must cope with the inherent challenges like lack of fixed backhaul links, multi-drone coordination, collision and crash avoidance, sparsely and intermittently connected network topologies, and moreover limited communication, computation, and endurance capabilities. Therefore, the proposed workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their ideas, latest findings, and state-of-the-art results on fostering the promising benefits of drones in 5G wireless networks.

List of Potential Topics

  • New architecture/communication protocols for drone-based 5G communications
  • Channel modelling for drone-ground and drone-drone communications
  • Simple, scalable and cost effective solutions for drone communications
  • Massive MIMO based backhaul solutions
  • Resource management and security mechanisms for drone enabled networking
  • SDN and NFV based backhaul architectures
  • Data offloading schemes for heterogeneous small cell networks
  • Resource scheduling in backhaul networks
  • Cutting-edge solutions for drone assisted heterogeneous networks
  • Standardization efforts and testbeds for drone communication systems
  • Standardization efforts and testbeds for drone communication systems
  • Game theoretical approaches for drone based 5G communications
  • New trends in backhauling
  • AI and ML based architectures for dynamic routing in drone communications
  • Authentication and Accounting for drone aided 5G communications
  • Energy-aware drone deployment and operation mechanisms
  • Interference management techniques for aerial platforms
  • Use cases, testing and field trials for drone assisted 5G communications
  • Other applications/implementations for integrating drones into 5G and beyond

Organizers

Sahil Garg

Sahil Garg

École de technologie supérieure, Montreal

Email: sahil.garg@ieee.org

Fabrizio Granelli

Fabrizio Granelli

University of Trento, Italy

Email: fabrizio.granelli@unitn.it

Laurence T. Yang

Laurence T. Yang

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada

Email: ltyang@stfx.ca

Mohsen Guizani

Mohsen Guizani

Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Email: mguizani@ieee.org

Song Guo

Song Guo

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Email: song.guo@polyu.edu.hk

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Instructions for Authors

Submission Instructions

Submission Instructions

The DroneCom workshop accepts only novel and previously unpublished papers which are not under review by any journal or conference. Submitted papers must be no longer than six (6) pages in the IEEE double-column format (including all text, figures, and references) and be submitted as PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11 inch paper).

Template

Template

This LaTeX template should be useful in complying with the above requirements, but as an author you bear the final responsibility to verify that your submission is format-compliant.

Submission Portal

Submission Portal

Submit your paper at https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=27896&track=104229. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE INFOCOM 2021 Workshop Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore®.

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