PIMRC 2018 Special Session SS4: Deterministic Propagation Modelling and Channel Characterization for 5G and Future Wireless Systems

Date: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday,  September 10-12 (depending on overall schedule).

Special Session Organiser(s): Enrico M. Vitucci, University of Bologna, Italy; Conor Brennan, Dublin City University, Ireland; Katsuyuki Haneda, Aalto University, Finland.

Motivation and Background

Understanding of main radio propagation mechanisms is fundamental to the development of deterministic and physics-based propagation models, which are essential for the design and simulation of wireless systems. In particular, a thorough characterization of the major propagation phenomena at different frequencies is necessary in order to provide reliable channel models able to support the continuous evolution of wireless systems beyond 5G, where the increase in the number of frequency bands (ranging from centimeter to millimeter waves) and in the bandwidth (over hundreds of MHz), the use of highly directional and three-dimensional antenna arrays (beamforming and massive MIMO), and the variety of new application scenarios, attract attention as compared to legacy wireless systems. In this context deterministic models, such as ray-based and full-wave propagation models, have been gaining much more popularity than in the past, thanks to their intrinsic capability to provide a full characterization of radio propagation channel in the time, angular, and polarization domains. The computation times are no longer a problem with modern computers which can fully exploit the potential of parallel computing, either using multi-core CPUs or graphical accelerators (GPUs). Deterministic models can also be used for a variety of applications, including the design and planning of mobile radio systems and services, fingerprinting and multipath-based localization methods, and real-time optimization of wireless systems. This Special Session aims at collecting activities and insights about recent development of enhanced ray-based propagation channel modeling methods and their applications, and is supported by the COST Action CA15104 IRACON.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Propagation assessment and radio channel characterization in the 5G bands (below and above 6 GHz)
  • Double-directional characterization of mm-wave channels through simulation and measurements
  • Development of new physics-based propagation models based on the combination of different approaches, such as ray-tracing, full wave, and hybrid modelling techniques
  • Computationally efficient field prediction models, taking advantage of parallel computing and graphical accelerators (GPUs)
  • Exploitation of deterministic models for localization (e.g. fingerprinting based TDOA localization, multipath-assisted localization, etc.)

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit technical papers of their previously unpublished work. Accepted special session papers will be part of the Conference Proceedings and will be uploaded to IEEE Xplore. Papers should be submitted via EDAS; the links are available at http://pimrc2018.ieee-pimrc.org under “Authors”. Papers should follow the same Author guidelines of the general symposium, which are available at http://pimrc2018.ieee-pimrc.org/authors/submission-guidelines/.


Key Dates

Paper submission: May 18, 2018

Acceptance notification: June 15, 2018

Final paper due: June 29, 2018