With the current growth in user demand, future wireless access networks will have to offer capacity, which is 500-1000 times larger than todays’ mobile networks. Since the capacity increase through advanced physical layer techniques is limited, shrinking cell sizes is seen as a key enabler to provide higher capacity, also using mmwave technologies. A very dense deployment of such small cells may result in low-power, small-cell networks that benefit from spatial reuse. In order to provide connectivity for mission critical applications, heterogeneous network solutions are required that are composed of flexible backhaul solutions having diverse topologies to connect small-cells with the core network. However, such networks typically have been designed individually without considering joint optimization. Consequently, Small Cell Networking faces several challenges from the technical point of view but also because of increased operation and management cost, high energy consumption or backhaul network slicing issues.
This workshop aims to bring together technologists and researchers who share interest in the area of Small Cell Networks. The main purpose is to promote discussions on recent advances in the analysis, design and implementation of systems, protocols and services that enable the massive deployment of small cell networking solutions for the next generation of mobile networks. It also aims at increasing the synergy between academic and industry professionals working in this area. We solicit papers that address theoretical, experimental, and work in-progress at all layers of Small Cell Networks, including system aspects and performance modelling:
– Forwarding, routing and load balancing for small cell networking
– Green backhaul/fronthaul solutions
– Energy models for new backhaul/fronthaul technologies
– mm-wave based small cell backhaul and fronthaul links
– mm-wave band channel and link models
– Failover support and network resilience for small cell networks
– Mobility management and backhaul aware user association strategies
– Ultra low-latency and ultra high-reliability aspects for small cell networks
– Joint design and optimization of radio access and backhaul/fronthaul networks
– Control/Data plane split for backhauling and fronthauling
– Small Cell Cooperation and Interference Management
– Software Defined Small Cell Networks
– Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for Small Cell Networks
– Scheduling and Resource management in backhaul/fronthaul networks
– Spectrum, network and energy efficiency in Cloud-RAN
– Ultra-Dense WiFi Deployments
– MAC Layer issues for Small Cell Networks
– Traffic offloading and data caching for small cell networks
– Synchronization and latency aspects for backhaul/fronthaul operation
– Security for Backhaul Networks
Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of the main conference (WoWMoM 2017), published by IEEE. The workshop will award a Best Paper.
Paper format and submission instructions: Submitted papers must be no more than 6 pages long, and should adhere to the same format as WoWMoM 2017 papers, hence manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with the IEEE Computer Society author guidelines. The IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as related information, can be found at the IEEE Computer Society website.