6th MC meeting and 6th technical meeting

Date: Jan. 29 – 31, 2018 - Venue: Nicosia, Cyprus

Date: Jan. 29 – 31, 2018
Venue: Nicosia, Cyprus

IRACON 6th MC meeting and 6th Technical meeting is organized by the COST Action CA15104, “Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond” (IRACON).  The MC and Technical meeting will be held from January 29 at 09:00 to January 31 at 17:30 at the campus of European University Cyprus (address Diogenous 6, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus).

A Training Workshop onSoftware Defined Radio Hands-On: FPGA Prototyping with Over-the-Air Signals” will also be organized by the COST CA15104 (IRACON) – TBA on January 31 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


IMPORTANT: Sockets in Cyprus are like in the UK. Please remember to bring your adaptors!


How to submit a TD

To submit a TD the Author(s) must:

  1. request a TD number within the deadline specified;
  2. prepare a PDF file containing the document to be presented, with a proper cover page;
  3. send the PDF file within the deadline specified.

Instructions on the various steps are given below.


If you intend to ask for a TD number, please go to the Members Area. Click on “TD Submission” and select “Request TD number” on IRACON 6TH MC MEETING AND 6TH TECHNICAL MEETING.  The “TD Submission” page will close on January 12nd, 2018.

TD STRUCTURE (Cover page)

Every Temporary Document must be preceded by a cover page.

– Those intending to use Word to edit their TD, please use the CoverPage_CA15104.doc file
– Those intending to use LaTeX to edit their TD, please use the LATEX.zip files

Please find HERE the instructions on how to fill in the cover page.


The final submission of a TD must be performed via email after receiving the TD number and no later than January 19th, 2018.

To submit your TD, please send an email with subject ” CA15104 – TD Submission” to lucia.vitiello@unibo.it attaching the full TD in PDF format named as the TD number assigned to you.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker 1

Bio: Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir is an Assistant Professor at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK. Before joining UWS in Fall 2016, he has been working at Carleton University, Canada, Texas A&M University, Qatar and KAUST, Saudi Arabia on various national and international collaborative projects. Most of his research has been supported by industry partners such as Huawei, TELUS and sponsored by local funding agencies such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and KAUST Global Research Fund (GCR). His research interests include design, development and deployment of diverse wireless communication systems, including hyper-dense heterogeneous small cell networks, Green networks and 5G and beyond-5G (B5G) technologies such as D2D communications, IoT and Networked-flying platforms. He has published more than 90 technical journal and conference papers and has contributed to 7 books, all in reputable venues. He is editor of 2 research monographs and co-author of a research monograph entitled Green Heterogeneous Wireless Networks published jointly by Wiley and IEEE Press. He has been/is serving as Chair/Co-Chair/Member of several workshops/special sessions and technical program committee of different IEEE flagship conferences, including Globecom, ICC, VTC and WCNC. He has been serving as Editor to Elsevier Journal Physical Communications and IEEE Communications Magazine and has served as lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. He is serving as Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical committee on backhaul/fronthaul networking and communications. He is Senior Member of IEEE, active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association.

Title: Networked Flying Platforms: Paving the Way Towards B5G Wireless Networks

Abstract: Driven by an emerging use of Networked Flying Platforms (NFPs) such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned balloons in future network applications and the challenges that the 5G and beyond-5G (B5G) networks exhibit, the focus of this talk is to demonstrate the evolution of the NFPs as a novel architectural enabler for radio access network (RAN) and their integration with the future cellular access and backhaul/fronthaul networks. NFPs are networked, flying and a potential way to offer high data rate, high reliability and ultra-low latent access and backhaul/fronthaul to 5G and B5G wireless networks. Such large scale deployable platforms and frameworks will guarantee the global information and communication requirements in future smart and resilient cities and solve the ubiquitous connectivity problems in many challenging network environments, e.g., coverage or capacity enhancements for remote or sparsely populated, social gathering and disaster affected areas, etc. This talk will provide balanced coverage on recent trends, challenges and future research and development related to the integration of NFPs with 5G and B5G networks.

Keynote speaker 2

Bio:  Ioannis Krikidis received the diploma in Computer Engineering from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, Greece, in 2000, and the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST), Paris, France, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2006 to 2007 he worked, as a Post-Doctoral researcher, with ENST, Paris, France, and from 2007 to 2010 he was a Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. His current research interests include wireless communications, cooperative networks, wireless powered communications, cognitive radio, and secrecy communications.

Dr. Krikidis serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He has published over 170 papers in scientific journals and international conferences. He was the recipient of the Research Award Young Researcher from the Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus, in 2013, as well as the recipient of the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional Award in Academia in 2016. He has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher 2017.

TitleFrom Wireless Power Transfer to Wireless Powered Communications

Abstract: Conventional energy-constrained wireless systems such as sensor networks are powered by batteries and have limited lifetime. Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a promising technology for energy sustainable networks, where terminals can harvest energy from the ambient electromagnetic radiation through appropriate electronic circuits. The integration of WPT technology into communication networks introduces a fundamental co-existence of information and energy flows; radio-frequency signals are used in order to convey information and/or energy. The efficient management of these two flows through sophisticated networking protocols, signal processing/communication techniques and network architectures, gives rise to a new communication paradigm called wireless powered communications (WPC).  In this talk, we discuss the principles of WPC and we highlight its main network architectures as well as the fundamental trade-off between information and energy transfer. Several examples that deal with the integration of WPC in modern communication systems are presented. Specifically, we study some fundamental network structures such as MIMO broadcast channel, interference channel, relay channel, multiple-access channel, and ad-hoc networks.  We envision that WPC will be an enabling technology for the upcoming wireless communication technologies.


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