VTC2018-Spring in Porto, 3-6 June 2018


VTC Deadline Reminders

IEEE VTC2018-Spring in Porto

  • Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2017
  • Call for Workshops Deadline Extended: 1 November 2017
  • Call for Tutorials Deadline: 1 November 2017

IEEE VTC2018-Spring in Porto, 3-6 June 2018

IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference

Call for Papers

The 2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference will be held 3–6 June 2018 in Porto, Portugal. This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideas in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology.

VTC2018-Spring in Porto will feature prominent plenary speakers, cutting-edge technical and application sessions, and an innovative Industry Track, which will include panels and presentations with industry leaders sharing their perspectives on the latest technologies. The conference will also host a number of relevant workshops and tutorials. Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished full papers on, but not limited to, the following technical tracks:


  1. Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  2. Signal Transmission and Reception
  3. Cognitive Radio and Spectrum Management
  4. Multiple Antenna Systems and Cooperative Communications
  5. Radio Access Technology and Heterogeneous Networks
  6. Green Communications and Networks
  7. Ad-Hoc, M2M, and Sensor Networks
  8. Wireless Networks: Protocols, Security and Services
  9. Mobile Satellite Systems, Positioning and Navigation
  10. Vehicular Communications, Networks, and Telematics
  11. Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  12. Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit full papers through the TrackChair web site: vtc2018spring.trackchair.com

Important dates for regular papers

  • Submit papers for review by: 16 October 2017
  • Acceptance notices sent: 5 January 2018
  • Final papers due: 28 February 2018

Call for Workshops

Workshops provide invaluable opportunities for researchers and industry practitioners to share their state-of-the-art research and development results in areas of particular interest. We invite submissions of cutting-edge workshop proposals to complement the technical program of VTC2018-Spring.

Workshops will cover specific topics with a mix of regular papers, panel discussions, keynotes, and possibly poster presentations. We ask for proposals that deal with topics in emerging areas of mobile and vehicular technologies.

For topics outside these focus areas, please consult the Workshop Chairs prior to a proposal submission.

Submission Procedure
Workshop proposals, in word or PDF format, should be sent to the Workshop Chairs by email on or before the posted deadline. Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title, scope, and list of topics of the workshop
  • Names, affiliation, and email addresses of the workshop organizers
  • List of intended technical committee members (TPC)
  • Format of the workshop (papers, keynotes, panels, posters, etc.)
  • Intended paper review schedule
  • Promotional plan
  • Past history of the workshop, if any (when, where, number of papers, number of participants, etc.)
  • Intended audience of the workshop
  • Rationale, e.g., why is the topic of interest, why is the workshop expected to attract a significant number of high-quality submissions, etc.
  • A draft Call for Papers

All proposals will be independently reviewed and a decision on acceptance communicated by 15 November 2017. After acceptance, workshop organizers are expected to set up a website and to actively promote their workshops, as well as submit details for promotion at the main VTC site. The paper submission process will be arranged and handled by TrackChair.

Workshop Chairs
Luís Bernardo Universidade Nova of Lisbon, Portugal
Marco Gomes Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Narcis Cardona Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Important dates for workshop proposals:

  • Proposal submission deadline: EXTENDED TO 1 November 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2017

 Call for Tutorials

Tutorials provide opportunities for researchers from academia and industry to learn about state-of-the-art research and development from experts in a given field. The IEEE VTC2018-Spring Technical Program Committee invites submission of tutorial proposals for half-day presentation on topics of interest to the conference. For topics outside these focus areas (refer to the conference track descriptions), please consult with the Tutorial Chair prior to proposal submission.

Submission Procedure
Send an email to the Tutorial Chair, Oliver Holland at tutorials@ieeevtc.org and include the following:

Email subject: VTC2018-Spring Tutorial Proposal – Brief description
Body of email should include:
–Name of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
–Working tutorial title
–BRIEF description of pertinence to VTC audiences (50 words MAX)

After an initial selection phase, the shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a full proposal in view of final selection. Full proposal details will be collected online via a web form (the Tutorials Chair will provide a link to the web form).

Important dates for tutorial proposals:

  • Brief descriptions due: 1 November 2017
  • Full proposals due: 13 November 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 17 December 2017
  • Tutorials to be presented on: 3 June 2018



CWC – 2 open PhD positions – Resource Optimization for Context-Aware Smart Cities



2 Available Ph.D. Positions

Resource Optimization for Context-Aware Smart Cities

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (http://www.oulu.fi/university/).

The Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu has two open full-time Ph.D. positions. The positions are fully funded with a competitive monthly salary of (~2500 EUR/month). The four-year position starts on January, 1st 2018.

The research focuses on smart mobility which includes the design and optimization of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, with a particular focus on ultra-reliable and low-latency communication. The research is highly interdisciplinary and involves the use of several mathematical tools such as stochastic optimization, game theory, stochastic geometry, and machine learning, among others. Within the duration of their Ph.D., the students will spend a 3-6 month research visit at our collaborative partners (MIT; Virginia Tech; University of Basque Country).


For consideration the interested candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Very good knowledge of wireless networking (e.g. heterogeneous networks, vehicular networks) and radio resource management in wireless networks.
  • Very good knowledge in any of the methodologies including stochastic optimization, game theory, stochastic geometry, machine learning, statistical physics and adjunct areas.
  • Ability to pursue independent research + excellent writing and fluency in English.


Applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Mehdi Bennis at: mehdi.bennis@oulu.fi  including:

–  A detailed curriculum vitae + list of publications in related topics (considered as a “plus”).

–  A cover letter indicating the candidate’s research interests.

–  GRE and TOEFL scores.

–  Contact of two three referees.


ESoA Course on Short Range Radio Propagation: Theory, Models and Applications

ESoA course

ESoA Course on

Short Range Radio Propagation: Theory, Models and Applications

Shanghai, China, October 9th – 12th, 2017

Radio propagation related topics have been paid more attention recently in the context of 5G and future generation wireless systems from both Academia and Industry.

European School of Antennas (ESoA) and Tongji University will jointly organize a short course on characterization of short-range radio propagation from Oct. 9th to 12th, 2017, Shanghai, China.

The course, held for the first time in China, systematically introduces theories and practices of wave propagation and is tailored for audiences from both industries and academia.

The latest advances of worldwide research in propagation measurement and modeling are discussed during the course and will give enlightening thoughts to researchers and engineers. Meanwhile the course, lectured by five professors highly renowned in their respective fields, can significantly strengthen the connections between European universities, research institutes, Chinese universities and companies.

A formal certificate of completing the course will be issued by ESoA at the end of the course. Graduate students in Master and doctoral levels, as well as R&D engineers from industry, researchers from academia are warmly welcome.



Thomas Kürner, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)

Vittorio Degli-Esposti, University of Bologna (Italy)

Xuefeng Yin, Tongji University (China)

Conor Brennan, Dublin City University, (Ireland)

Xiang Cheng, Peking University, (China)


More info HERE

EMF exposure assessment – CfP


Call for papers | Exposure to Electromagnetic Field (EMF) and Radio Frequency (RF)

Download here the call for papers

Submission deadline: January 15th, 2018



PhD Studentship: Engineering Ultra high power Plasmonic Sources for 6th Generation (6G) Terahertz Mobile Communications (2017)


While the 5th Generation of mobile communications (5G) are currently being standardised by the industry it is expected that 6th Generation (6G) mobile communication networks will be required to support Tbps data rates. The only feasible way to achieve this is to use up to one thousand times or more of the spectrum that is being allocated for 5G. This is available in the so called Terahertz frequencies and the most fundamental challenge in the use of this spectrum is our current inability to achieve output powers from terahertz sources which make them suitable for 6G mobile communications. A global race is therefore currently ongoing internationally to research and engineer disruptive nano-scale technologies to produce novel Terahertz sources.

One of the most promising lines of research is the use of plasmonic sources to generate electromagnetic waves in the terahertz frequency range. The typical plasma frequencies of most materials are in the optical range, however, photonic man-made nano-structures can be made with tunable plasmon frequency.

The aim of this project is to perform: a rigorous study of the state-of-the-art in terahertz radiation sources, research into synthetic graphene based nano-structures, to undertake the design and validation of such sources, experimentation (in collaborations with nanoGUNE) of the developed terahertz sources to validate theoretical and computational findings, and to move research forward in actual fabrication and future applications.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

£14,553 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.


The Scholarship includes a three year stipend at a standard rate (currently £14,553 per annum) and, in addition, fees at the UK/EU rate. Since the scholarship only covers fees at the UK/EU rate any overseas applicants are kindly requested to state in their application how they propose to cover the difference between UK/EU and overseas fees (for more details visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/fees-and-scholarships).

Application procedure

Please apply through the post-graduate application system of the University of Sussex (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/apply) and clearly state the title of the studentship on your application.


Deadline: 16/08/2017.

Further information

Contact details

Contact for informal enquiries and a full project description: Prof Maziar Nekovee, http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/410738


Available to:

UK, Europe (Non-UK), International (Non-UK/EU)

At level(s):

PG (research)

Application deadline:

16 August 2017




Job description

This teaching assistant job combines research in embedded electronics, and teaching for bachelor and master students in engineering.
The research part will be dedicated to realizing a Ph.D. with one of the professors of the department. The research topics in the BEAMS-Embedded Electronics department cover multiple fields;

– Digital electronics for distributed communication systems (Prof. F. Quitin)
– UAV-based wireless communication systems (Prof. F. Quitin)
– Sensor fusion with software-defined radios (Prof. F. Quitin)
– Systems-on-chips, Networks-on-chip (Prof. D. Milojevic)
– Design and optimisation of efficient hardware architectures and algorithms for ASIC and FPGA (Prof. D. Milojevic)
– Design and implementation of tools for system-level design for ASIC and FPGA (Prof. D. Milojevic)
– analog and digital DAQ electronics for the LHC/CMS experiment (Prof. F. Robert)
– didactics of electricity/electronics (Prof. F. Robert)

More information is available on the following websites:


The teaching aspect is dedicated to assisting in exercise sessions, labs, projects, internships and master theses, in the field of analog electronics, digital electronics, microcontroller systems and/or FPGA systems. Bachelor courses are taught in French, Master courses are taught in English

Required skills

– Have a Master’s degree in Engineering (120 credits in Electronic, Electro-mechanic or Biomedical engineering) and satisfy the admission requirements for the Ph.D. program
– Having a working knowledge of French and English
– Be enthusiastic about scientific research
– Willing to do teaching work and develop pedagogical skills
– Team spirit, maturity and rigorousness

Practical aspects

– The salary and advantages will be determined based on salary levels fixed by ULB
– A teaching assistant mandate is fixed for 2 years, and can be renewed 2 more times for another 2 years each.
– For more information, please contact Prof. François Quitin (fquitin@ulb.ac.be)
– To apply for this job, please send a curriculum vitae (a sample can be downloaded from http://www.ulb.ac.be/tools/CV-type.rtf) as well as a motivation letter to Prof. François Quitin (fquitin@ulb.ac.be)

Workshop: Recent Advances on Massive MIMO Radio Systems, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, May 26, 2017


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the following IEEE Workshop, on May 26th 2017, at FCT NOVA, sponsored by IEEE CAS and VTS Societies.

Recent Advances on Massive MIMO Radio Systems is an all day workshop focusing on recent and future research in Massive MIMO radio systems. Massive MIMO is becoming a mature technology for wireless communication systems and is being integrated in different radio systems such as Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G. The main goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and industrial players from different areas to evaluate the current research on Massive MIMO and discuss future research initiatives. The speakers have been invited by the IEEE VTS Portuguese Chapter (people working in radio design) and the IEEE CAS (Circuits and Systems Society) Portuguese Chapter (people working in electronics and specific circuits for Massive MIMO).

The workshop includes individual presentations of distinguished speakers (IEEE VTS DL Y. Rosa Zheng and Prof. Eric Klumperink IEEE CAS) and collective panels composed by different panelists from academia to industry and business (Vodafone, Huawei, and Altice).



Although there is no registration fee, those interested are requested to register online using the following form:




We are looking forward to meeting you and your undergraduate / postgraduate students at FCT NOVA.


On behalf of Portuguese IEEE BT/CAS/CE and VTS chapters

Prof. Fernando José da Silva Velez, Senior Member IEEE

PhD-student position in Computer Science and Engineering – Halmstad University (Sweden)


PhD-student position in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus on Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems is available at Halmstad University

The project is a part of 5G Wireless Communications research activities in collaboration with Lund University

Position Description: The research is focused on designing communication protocols for cooperative intelligent transportation systems. Specific goals include supporting (semi-)autonomous driving using next-generation cellular infrastructure as well as dedicated short-range inter-vehicular communications. Evaluation criteria for candidates will include knowledge and experience in the areas of wireless communications, streaming media processing, probability theory, networks simulation tools and recent mobile broadband standards.

General Information: Halmstad University is a young university in the popular coastal resort town of Halmstad. The University has roughly 600 employees and  5 000 full time students and education on all levels, from undergraduate to Ph.D. education. The University is well known for research carried out in cooperation with industry, for innovation, and for entrepreneurship. Halmstad can be reached by a direct train connection from the Copenhagen Kastrup and Göteborg-Landvetter airport. Sweden is well known for a very high quality of life and excellent social care facilities. There are excellent (incl. international) schools and daycares around, as well as various recreational and entertainment facilities.


Applications should be sent via Halmstad University’s recruitment system MyNetwork. The last day to apply for the position is 2017-05-01.

Alexey Vinel
School of Information Technology
Halmstad University, Sweden

Fully funded PhD scholarship: Networked-Flying Platform for 5G at UWS



Project: Networked Flying Platform enabled Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond

Project Description

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract PhD students of outstanding ability and strong commitment to join its vibrant, growing and internationally recognized graduate research program. Successful applicant will benefit from our intellectually stimulating and inclusive research environment and from the HR Excellence awarded enhanced career development and professional training supports.

The standardization process of the next generation of wireless networks, referred to as 5G networks, has already started and these networks are expected to be deployed starting in approximately 2020 in Europe. The concept of ubiquitous connectivity for smart and resilient cities and community is perceived as a key enabling application to turn the 5G vision into reality. However, the orchestration of potential 5G disruptive technologies remains to be a significant challenge to achieve such ambitious aim and ensure their compatibility with the future generations of network to come. It is therefore high time for 5G stakeholders from industry, academia and beyond to research and investigate the way forward to achieve the 5G+ vision of a globally fully connected community in future smart and resilient cities.

Driven by an emerging use of Networked Flying Platforms (NFPs) such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned balloons in wireless applications and the challenges that the 5G and beyond networks exhibit, the focus of this project is to research, design and develop novel and smart scalable unified wireless platforms by integrating NFPs into 5G access and backhaul networks. Such large scale deployable platforms/frameworks provisioning ultra-low latency (time to reaction over wireless links), high data rate and high reliability will guarantee the global information and communication requirements in future smart and resilient cities and solve the ubiquitous connectivity problems in:

  • many challenging network coverage environments (e.g., coverage or capacity enhancements for remote or sparsely populated and disaster affected areas, etc.). and
  • several industrial sectors for intelligent monitoring and surveillance applications (e.g., transportations, health, power grid, agriculture, etc.).

Potential technologies to achieve this vision may include, but not limited to; mm-wave/free space optical (FSO) technology, multi-antenna and massive MIMO technology, artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms and software-defined cloud-enabled networking. Successful rollout of the outlined NFP-enabled 5G+ architecture will require focused investigations followed by performance analysis of mathematical modelling of NFP deployment, physical layer transmission design including novel resource/interference management approaches and cross-layer network optimization. In addition, network economics, network re-configurability and compatibility and technology regulatory issues are also required to be investigated under the scope of the study.

The PhD student will be supervised by a cross-disciplinary team of experienced academics (from wireless engineering and networks, mathematics and software computing) at UWS. Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir will lead the project supervision team with experts and advisors from Center of Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communications and Networks (AVCN) in the School of Engineering and Computing who have been recently awarded with €7M follow-on funding for 5G mobile networks project SELFNET by European Commission (EC) – with 12 EU partners; and from Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (STORM) Group in the School of Science and Sport.

This project is strategically in collaboration with National Air Traffic Services (NATS), UK’s leading air traffic control service provider and T4i Engineering, a research based SME that offers prototyping and key-enabling technologies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and IoT-based systems. The PhD student will also have excellent opportunity to collaborate with international eminent academics involved in 5G initiatives from Glasgow University, UK, Carleton University, Canada and other European 5G industry partners.

The envisioned architecture is strategically aligned with the UWS framework of research excellence to offer sustainable infrastructure towards knowledge based economy. The outcome of the project will demonstrate the development of novel NFP-enabled architecture; further strengthen the university research track record and ultimately engage the university and partners to attract external industry and UK/EU research funding.

Applicants should hold a minimum 2:1 degree or a master’s degree in computer science/computer engineering/electrical and electronic engineering or other relevant disciplines, or have equivalent industry experiences. It is essential that the applicant has good skills in computer programming and good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: computer networks, wireless networks, artificial intelligence, software engineering, mathematical modelling, and telecommunications.


Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir

School of Engineering and Computing

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley Campus, High Street

Paisley PA1 2BE United Kingdom

Email: muhammad.shakir@uws.ac.uk

Tel: 0141 848 3420

Funding Notes

UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed research students.

Successful candidates will receive an annual stipend (currently £14,553) per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4200). Applicants are advised that funding will be considered as part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours/week to UWS’ academic related activities.


  • Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

How to apply 

Postgraduate Degree by Research Applications should be completed online at

Applications without all relevant documents will not be considered. Please quote the Project Reference Number. Students must follow the online application process carefully. Dr Shakir’s research profile and details can be seen at UWS Research Portal and preprints of some of his relevant recent research work can be seen at arXiv which could be useful in preparing research statement.

Deadline 12 May 2017

Online version of this call is available at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=85545&LID=1273

CfP – Dependable Wireless Communications and Localization for the IoT Workshop


First Call for Papers (Extended Abstracts)

The Internet of Things (IoT) will represent the backbone of modern society and the next-generation Internet. By integrating heterogeneous service models and devices into a cohesive system, the IoT exhibits tremendous potential to meet the information-processing demands of smart environments, such as Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Connected Cars. The integration, however, also aggravates the complexity of design and deployment, and brings new challenges with respect to the dependability of IoT systems.

This workshop will place its focus on wireless technologies that play a key role in connecting IoT-devices to the Internet. Wireless technologies can also be used for localization, a critical capability to provide the context between physical devices and the virtual world. Physical and man-made impairments (e.g., multipath propagation and radio interference) have a strong influence on the dependability of these wireless services.

We specifically welcome contributions that aim at making wireless communications and localization more reliable, predictable, safe, and secure to enable safety-critical applications that require guaranteed performance. Both research and practical aspects of dependability considerations in the IoT are of interest.

Topics of Interest

·         Dependability measurements, modelling, and validation of IoT systems

·         Enabling technologies for dependable IoT networks

·         Secure architectures for the IoT

·         Secure IoT communication protocols

·         Dependable medium access control and routing protocols for the IoT

·         IoT testbeds

·         Industry 4.0

·         Smart cities

·         Connected cars

·         Robust localization

·         Data fusion schemes for localization

·         Cooperative localization and SLAM

·         Fundamental limits of positioning techniques

·         Positioning methods with robust performance

·         Position-dependent parameter estimation techniques

·         Location-awareness for wireless networks

·         Ultra-wideband technology

·         Passive and active RFID systems

·         Localization applications for the IoT and 5G networks

·         Radio channel models for positioning


The workshop contributions will be published online under the umbrella of the COST Action IRACON in the form of extended abstracts. Extended abstracts will have 2 – 3 pages and must include (an) exemplary result(s). Submissions will undergo a peer review process. Submission instructions will be posted on the workshop website.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: May 22 June 7, 2017; Notification date: July 14, 2017; Workshop date: Sep. 12, 2017.


Klaus Witrisal (TU Graz, Austria); Chiara Buratti (Univ. of Bologna, Italy); Carles Antón-Haro (CTTC, Spain); Carlo Alberto Boano (TU Graz, Austria).


This workshop will be a single-day, single-track event, organized under the umbrellas of the COST Action IRACON and the Lead Project of TU Graz “Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments”. Venue: Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. The same venue will host a symposium of the Lead Project on Sept. 11 and meetings of COST IRACON on Sept. 13 and 14, 2017.

More info HERE