Conftele 2019: 11th Conference on Telecommunications

Conftele 2019: 11th Conference on Telecommunications

: Sede da Ordem dos Engenheiros, Lisboa, Portugal
Date: June 25-28, 2019
Leaflet available HERE

Important Dates

Reception of full-papers/Abstracts: April 12 24, 2019
Authors notification: May 10 15, 2019
Registration: June 5, 2019
Deadline for Interactive Sessions: May 15 20, 2019
Interactive Sessions Request Approval Notification: May 22 30, 2019


The 11th Conference on Telecommunications, ConfTele 2019, organized by the Telecommunications Specialization (Colégio de Engenharia Eletrotécnica) of Ordem dos Engenheiros and Instituto de Telecomunicações.The theme of this year’s conference is “Telecommunications Technologies Pursuing New Ways of Living and Travelling”. The 11th ConfTele will bring together academia, operators, service providers, manufacturers and standardization bodies to explore activities, trends and future challenges towards ICT globalization for health, vehicular and resource optimization issues in existing and future telecommunication technologies.


The Conference includes plenary sessions with invited keynote speakers and talks, parallel thematic sessions (including regular oral and poster presentations), interactive sessions on the discussion of previously published papers, tutorials and exhibition. The exhibition will display recent developments in the area of telecommunications (prototypes, services, applications and trials). The technical activities will be held in English or Portuguese.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original while Abstracts of previously published works are also invited. The following categories are welcome:

  • High quality unpublished technical papers, not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference, in (but not limited to) the list of topics presented below.
  • Abstracts of the previously published papers, together with a PDF copy of the paper, to be considered in the review process, for presentations in an interactive session (with a pitch presentation followed by poster presentation) on the discussion of previously published papers (2018-19) in high quality Conferences or Q1-Q2 journals. The presentations are subject to space availability and approval by the Interactive Session Co-chairs.

List of Topics

Antennas, Microwaves and Radiowave Propagation | Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning | Cloud Computing | Data Science | E-learning | Electronics for Telecommunications | Electronics and Power Systems for Telecommunications | Indoor and Outdoor Localization | Information Security, Jamming and Interference Techniques | Materials and Devices | Mobile and Wireless Communications | Mobile Computing | Multimedia Computing, Technologies and Applications | Networking | Optical Communications Systems | Photonics, Plasmonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials | Quantum Effects in Information and Transmission | Sensors, Instrumentation, IoT and Applications | Serious Games, Entertainment Computing and Applications | Interactive Computing and Graphics | Services and Applications | Signal Processing | Vehicular Communications and Drones


Program Committee

  • Abel Gomes, Adolfo Cartaxo, Américo Correia, Ana Aguiar, Ana Charas, Ana Fred, Armando Rocha, Arnaldo Oliveira, António Grilo, Atílio Gameiro, Carlos Fernandes, Custódio Peixeiro, Carlos Martinho, Catarina Brites, Daniel Corujo, Edmundo Monteiro, Fernando Martins, Frutuoso Silva, Henrique Gomes, Hugo Proença, João Canas Ferreira, João Vilela, Jorge Morgado, José Alberto Fonseca, José Machado da Silva, José Vieira, Lúcia Bilro, Luís Alexandre, Luís Bernardo, Marco Gomes, Miguel Coimbra, Mário Figueiredo, Mário Freire, Maria do Carmo Medeiros, Nuno Garcia, Nuno Horta, Nuno Pombo, Paulo Monteiro, Pedro M. Ramos, Rogério Nogueira, Rui Campos, Rui Dinis, Sérgio Crisóstomo, Sérgio Faria, Sílvio Mariano and Vitor Silva

Organizing committee

  • Carlos Sá da Costa, Carlos Salema, Fernando J. Velez, Francisco Cercas, Ivo Sousa, Octavian Postolache, Paula Queluz, Pedro Sebastião, Rodolfo Oliveira and Teresa Salema


ConfTele 2019 will be held in the Headquarters of Ordem dos Engenheiros, Lisbon, Portugal, on June 26, 27 and 28, 2019. On Wednesday june 26th, there will be a Workshop on Communications, Public Safety and Innovative Applications with Aerial Drones.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Open PhD Position in THz P2P Communications – France


Context: 5G is expected to roll-out in a few years and is expected to introduce novel software and hardware solutions to integrate granular legacy and upcoming communication technologies within a single network architecture. Moreover, one of the key targets is to reach a ten-fold capacity increase with respect to 4G to improve the mobile broadband user experience or a lower latency to enable ultra-high reliable and robust communications for V2V applications for example. Two directions are currently considered to increase the capacity: adding spatial diversity (mandatory MIMO and optional massive MIMO) and new frequency bands. From this point of view, the 240 – 330 GHz frequency band is appealing due to the available bandwidth but key interdisciplinary technological issues at the frontier between optical and electronics (source and detection), signal processing, or even radio channel propagation must be individually and jointly tackled before mature commercial products reach the market. This scientific and technical expertise of these bricks has been emerging among the IEMN, PHLAM, and IRCICA laboratories at the University of Lille (France) with recent original results on the THz radio channel analysis as well as point-to-point indoor and outdoor communications.

Missions: The goal of this 3-year PhD program is to explore the feasibility of manipulating THz beams generated using multi-core photonics fibers and THz devices in arrays so as to multiplex information on several spatial channel (optical and THz) and go beyond the actual state-of-the-art. Such a project is then a good opportunity to transpose the current trend at the optical level (space-division multiplexing is a breakthrough technology for future optical communications) to the THz range. For instance, it aims at developing a comprehensive interdisciplinary framework between photonics and electronics to demonstrate beam steering/forming or multiplexing with optical-RF antenna arrays at THz frequencies for point-to-point communication applications with ultra high throughput, i.e. up to 100 Gbit/s capacity. The PhD student will work on MIMO signal processing aspects by building and validating first an optical-RF 2×2 MIMO communication chain. He will also study the feasibility and technological limits of dynamic beam steering/forming at the theoretical level with simulations. He will integrate and validate the optical (PhLAM) and electronics (IEMN) components. Finally, an optical-RF 7-antenna array setup will be developed and characterized in the lab to demonstrate the beam modifications and multiplexing capabilities. The PhD student will be co-advised by personnel from both the photonics (IRCICA: E. Andresen & L. Bigot) and electronics (IEMN: D. Gaillot & G. Ducournau) with the participation of 2 post-docs during the first year of the PhD program. Hence, the PhD thesis spans across the SMRE (Matter, radiation and environmental sciences) and SPI (Sciences for Engineering) doctoral schools.

THz Wireless communication, optical and/or electronics components and signal processing, knowledge of radio channel characterization and antenna beamforming techniques will be a plus.

Starting date: October 2019


IRCICA (USR 3380) – Parc Scientifique de la Haute Borne, Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR) IEMN (UMR 8520) – Cité Scientifique, Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR)

Call for Papers: PIMRC 2019

Call for Papers: IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor
and Mobile Radio Communications in Istanbul, Turkey (PIMRC 2019)

You are invited to submit papers, as well as proposals for panels, tutorials, and workshops, in all areas of wireless communications, networks, services, and applications.

For more information:



Full Paper Submission:  31 March 2019 (Extended)
Tutorial Proposals:  31 March 2019 (Extended)
Workshop Paper Submission:  15 April 2019 (Extended)
Panel Proposals:  30 April 2019 (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance:  7 June 2019
Final Manuscript:  28 June 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th ACM Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications (DroNet)

5th ACM Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications (DroNet)

Paper Submission Deadline: April 3rd, 2019

Official conference language: English

We invite you to join the 5th ACM Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications (DroNet), co-located with the ACM MobiSys 2019 Conference, which will take place in Seoul, South Korea, June 21, 2019.

DroNet welcomes contributions dealing with all facets of drones as mobile computing platforms, including system aspects, theoretical studies, algorithm and protocol design, as well as requirements, constraints, dependability, and regulations. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on experimental results of deployed systems, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, and innovative applications. We welcome in particular also contributions from interdisciplinary teams to present robotic work or applications focusing on the communication networks enabling the efficient control and context-awareness of teams of unmanned autonomous vehicles/systems with an emphasis on civilian and aerial applications, while related work on unmanned systems working underwater, in space or on the ground is also invited.

DroNet invites submission of original work not previously published or under review at another conference or journal. Accepted papers will be published by ACM and considered for the Best Paper Award. Selected authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their works to the MDPI Special Issue on “UAV-Based Applications in the Internet of Things (IoT)”. Submission deadline: July 15th, 2019
More info at:

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper there.


Workshop webite: for more detailed information about the event, registration, and paper submission system

PDF version of the Call for Papers:

ACM MobiSys 2019 Conference web site:

For any additional information:

New position for Research Engineer in Cognitive Radio – France

Research Engineer in Cognitive Radio


Context: This Research Engineer position, is offered in the context of SMARTIES project which is a project of the ELSAT2020*, that aims to develop a set of cognitive radio blocks (rational use of the spectrum, use of free-bands TV-white space, energy sobriety, resilience to evolutions and interference, etc.) adapted to the railway environment (both ground-train vital and non-vital communications).

Such radios are opportunistic or “aware” of their environment and able to control their influence on the environment and adapt their transmission / reception parameters according to this environment (coverage, interference, available bands, available systems and services). Our objective is to test a set of spectrum sensing and blind digital modulation & waveforms detection algorithms developed jointly between the IEMN-DOAE and IFSTTAR, by conducting in-lab tests firstly, and then performing embedded tests in the Lille Flanders station using a platform SDR (Software Define Radio) based on USRP RIO boards.

Missions: The work will consist in the implementation of a set of plectrum sensing and blind digital modulating & waveforms detection algorithms on a cognitive radio platform using 2 SDR NI USRP RIO boards available within the DOAE. A state of the art of these algorithms will be performed firstly. Then, the candidate will carry out operational tests in the laboratory. Thereafter, He will evaluate their performance in the railway environment using on-board measurements.

The candidate has to answer the following research missions:

  • Adapt a range of spectral sensing algorithms developed at the DOAE & IFSTTAR (i.e. PET, SPET and Beamforming) to high speed (i.e. railways)
  • Implement these algorithms on NI USRP RIO SDR boards
  • Perform operational tests in the laboratory
  • Evaluate their performance in the railway environment using on-board measurements
  • Evaluate the performance of a waveform blind detection algorithm, developed at DOAE, on SDR boards by conducting in-lab testes
  • Attending project meetings and workshops that will be organized by the OS4 of the CPER ELSAT.

Skills :

Wireless communications, signal processing, cognitive radio, signal processing, SDR, Matlab simulation, Labview, knowledge of Railway domain will be a plus.

Know-how : Autonomy, dynamism and reactivity, sense of initiative, good relationship, rigor, taste for hardware implementation
Date de recrutement souhaitée : April 2019


Lieu de rattachement : IEMN DOAE (UMR 8520) – Université Polytechnique Hauts de France (UPHF), Valenciennes.
Gross monthly salary: 2645 €

* The ELSAT2020 project is co-financed by the European Union with the European Regional Development Fund, the French state and the Hauts de France Region Council

IRCICA – Postdoc and Engineer positions

Experimental Evaluation of Communications:
(1) Optical MIMO and (2) Railway communications

POSTDOC / Engineer – 12 months


Startas soon as possible; applications will be processed when they arrive but the opening will be closed by end of April
Place – IRCICA, USR 3380, Univ Lille – Lille, France
Required Skills – Experimental realization on test bench and, either Signal Processing and Digital Communications, MIMO techniques, either Optics / Experimental Photonics

For further details or to apply send your CV, a letter of motivation and references


Context: IRCICA has a set of equipment dedicated to the generation and analysis of signals. We are aiming at developing these Telecom test benches for two specific use cases:

  • Transmission tests for any class of few-mode fibers; 4×4 MIMO processing is necessary, although widely used in wireless communication, it is not directly transferable to fiber communication and adaptation to the optical channel is essential.
  • Emulation of railway communication using a channel emulator in the loop for IP level assessment of the link quality.

Expected applications: We are looking for candidates knowing either optical communication or wireless communications and eager to apply their knowledge on experimental testbeds. A good understanding of the radio channel is expected. For the optical test bench, the candidate needs to be familiar with MIMO processing. For railway communications, the candidate is expected to be familiar with different wireless standards (at least WIFI, if possible GSM-air, 4G and 5G). Depending on the use case, knowledge in Matlab and/or Labview are expected.

Both positions can be opened for Postdocs or Engineers, the goal of the project will be adapted depending on the profile.

Final call for papers – Workshop MoTION 2019

Final call for papers

Workshop MoTION 2019 on “Mathematical Tools for IoT Networks Modeling”

15 April 2019, Marrakech, Morocco
in conjunction with IEEE WCNC 2019

Paper submission deadline: January 30th 2019 (FIRM)

Motivation and Background

IoT, myth or reality, is in an intensive development phase on a technical but also commercial and marketing point of views as well. Many of the existing technical solutions for wireless IoT connectivity are based on the adaptation of the techniques developed for wireless broadband communication and in that sense it is difficult to evaluate how far are they from the optimal solutions. From a theoretical point of view, IoT networks lie on a paradigm shift with respect to usual broadband cellular networks. In general, IoT connections can be divided into two clusters: massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC). In both types of IoT connectivity the main issue is no longer to achieve the highest possible data rate. In mMTC the objective is to support massive number of moderately reliable connections, while in URLLC the objective is to support several connections with ultra-high reliability and very low latency. In many use cases, IoT connections transport only few data bytes and this is comparable in size to the protocol overhead needed to support that transmission. The main features of IoT networks could be summarized as: i) short packet communications, ii) bursty interference, iii) massive number of nodes and iv) connectionless communications. The first feature points to the techniques of non-asymptotic information theory, which is generalization of the asymptotic results by Shannon. The second feature is due to the small packet sizes, the different sources are random and generate bursty interference which is not Gaussian distributed. The large number of nodes advocates for the use of the stochastic geometry that should be adapted to i) and ii). Finally, in mMTC, due to the high number of nodes, perfect scheduling is not possible and only light coordination mechanisms should be used.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Massive multiple access
  • Non-asymptotic information theory
  • Estimation theory
  • Stochastic geometry
  • Non-Gaussian interference and rare events dependency modeling
  • Low overhead protocols for radio access
  • Signal processing and coding techniques for non Gaussian interference.
  • High dimensional methods
  • Game theory
  • Machine learning

Paper submission: January 30th 2019 (FIRM)
Acceptance notification: February 15th2019
Final paper due: March 1st, 2019

For more information:
Submit a paper:

VTC Spring 2019 – Call for Workshop Papers

VTC Spring 2019 – CORNER Workshop: Communications for Networked Smart Cities

Call for Workshop Papers

VTC2019-Spring, Kuala Lumpur, MALASIYA 2019 – Workshop W1
International Workshop on CorNer: Communications for Networked Smart Cities
Date: Sunday, April 28. Time: 9.00 – 17.30


Deadline for paper submission is: 5th February

Motivation and Background

The demands for high data rates and ultra-reliable coverage become demanding issues due to increase number of population in the world by 2020. The huge demand for high quality life makes the administrator and the governments to put carefully planning in cities in a smarter way. As a premier agent for stimulating a quality of life compatible with a resource efficient economy, the smart city phenomenon has recently seized the imagination of the academia and the industry significantly. As the Internet of things (IoT) and Tactile Internet are predictable to be a primary driving force for future cities, advanced communication methods will play a crucial role in assisting real-time data acquisition and utilization from distributed sensors. However, smart cities will also have to function within the limitations of the national economy and available resources. Consequently, the challenges in the realization of smart cities are many and varied. In general, low energy consumption, constrained bandwidth, latency and budgetary limitations are predominate. In order to overcome these hurdles, it is essential that new ideas and theories for optimizing the network in energy, spectral, latency and monetary terms are presented to achieve a robust environment monitoring and sustainable transportation network, among other provisions. This led the researchers to pave the way for future wireless networks under the umbrella of 5G communications as well. This is an amalgamation of a multitude of technologies ranging from device-level algorithms such as low power transmissions to system-level architectures such as software-defined networking (SDN), the challenges posed by each of these techniques are critical. The smart city idea is also known to work at the intersection of various techniques such as device-to-device (D2D) communications, massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), millimeter wave (mmWave) communications, full-duplex transmissions and Internet of Things (IoT) to name a few. The aim of this workshop is to bring together a group of experts with interest in emerging smart cities related areas. The recent advancement in smart cities has boosted the development of a new generation of highly-efficient mobile networks. This workshop will highlight the recent developments in this evolving area. It will provide a platform for exchanging new ideas and research collaboration. Topic are not limited to the following areas:

– 5G oriented smart cities
– Big data and cloud computing in smart cities
– Internet of things and automation in smart cities
– Cognitive radio in smart cities, and ultra-dense network
– Energy harvesting technologies and communications
– Communication in smart grid and green communications and computing
– Novel network architecture design
– Resource-efficient cross-layer optimization
– Cooperative communications, mmWave and Massive MIMO Design for transmissions
– Energy-efficiency and spectral-efficiency
– Cooperative and relay communications for smart cities
– LDPC and Polar codes applications in Smart Cities
– Antennas design and channel modeling
– Machine-to-machine communications and Smart Drones Communications
– Safety, security, and privacy for smart Cities
– Smart transportation systems and infrastructure (V2V, V2I)
– Applications, deployments, test-beds and experimental experience for communications in smart cities


Submission Guidelines

TrackChair Link:


Key Dates

  • Paper Submission: 5 February 2019
  • Acceptance notices sent: 16 February 2019
  • Final paper due: 28 February 2019
  • Early conference registration end: 31 March 2019


Workshop Organizers

  • Dushantha Nalin K Jayakody, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
  • Syed Ali Hassan, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • Rui Dinis, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal