Dependable Wireless Communications and Localization for the IoT

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 - Venue: Graz, Austria

Date: Sep. 12, 2017
Venue: Graz, Austria


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

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.

This workshop will be a single-day, single-track event, organized under the umbrellas of the COST Action CA15104 (IRACON) and the Lead Project of TU Graz “Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments”. The Worshop will be held at Graz University of Technology. The same venue will host a Symposium of the Lead Project on Sept. 11 and the 5th MCM and 5th technical meeting of COST IRACON on Sept. 12 – 14, 2017.




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.

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Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: May 22 June 7, 2017
  • Notification Date: July 14, 2017
  • Final Manuscripts: Aug. 16, 2017
  • Workshop Registration: Aug. 28, 2017
  • Workshop Date: Sep. 12, 2017


Keynote speaker 1

Bio: Henk Wymeersch received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering/Applied Sciences in 2005 from Ghent University, Belgium. He is currently a Professor in Communication Systems at the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Prior to joining Chalmers, he was a postdoctoral researcher, from 2005 until 2009, with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Communication Letters (2009-2013), IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (since 2013), and IEEE Transactions on Communications (since 2016). His current research interests include cooperative systems and intelligent transportation.

Title: 5G mmWave: a unique synergy between positioning and communication?
In this talk, I will give a brief overview of some of our group’s activities, in particular related to intelligent transportation systems and automated driving. In the second part of the talk, I will focus on 5G positioning. 5G will likely include a shift towards higher frequencies, towards massively higher number of antennas, and towards device-to-device communication. While these technological shifts are meant to satisfy several of the requirements of 5G networks (in terms of rate, density, coverage, latency, and overheads), they also have an unexpected side-effect: preliminary studies have revealed that the 5G technologies have the potential to provide high-precision location and orientation information. We will explore these potentials and highlight the possibility of a more tight integration between positioning and communication.

 Keynote speaker 2

Jean-Marie Gorce received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from INSA Lyon in 1998. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Innovation in Telecommunications and Integration of Services (CITI) of which he was the director (2009-2014). He has been associated to Inria since 2003 and he was a visiting scholar at Princeton University from Sept. 2013 to Aug.2014. He is the scientific coordinator of the experimental facility FIT-CorteXlab and he was the principal investigator of several French or European sponsored projects related to wireless networks. He is an associate editor of the Eurasip journal of Wireless Communications and Networking (Springer). His research interests lie in wireless networking and communication theory, focusing on realistic modeling, wireless system optimization and performance assessment considering both infrastructure-based and /ad hoc/networks. He published more that 150 conference and journal articles.

Title: Toward reliable, reactive and energy efficient bursty multi-user communications
We Supporting IoT communications in future 5G networks is an important challenge that will be addressed in standardization. IoT services will rely on the deployment of billions of things communicating various traffic under many different quality of service requirements. In this sense, IoT requires a new wireless network paradigm especially for services based on bursty traffic of low rates but under strong reliability, security and real-time constraints. For this kind of services often referred to as tactile internet, where IoT nodes are deployed in smart environments (e.g. smart cities), high reactivity and reliability are mandatory to offer haptic communications. In this presentation we consider scenarios where there are a very large number of nodes in each cell that transmit with a very low probability. We propose a theoretical framework to study these scenarios, and we highlight the main challenging issues which make classical cellular results inapplicable for IoT. We revisit the capacity of these networks exploiting recent results in non asymptotic information theory, associated to stochastic geometry models. We draw some operational rules to optimize these networks and we discuss the efficiency of current IoT network solutions investigated in the 5G standardization roadmap. We then describe some cutting edge technologies and solutions that will allow to balance and optimize the different KPI: energy efficiency, spectral efficiency, complexity, reactivity and reliability.