URLLC - 5th International Workshop on
Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications in Wireless Networks
IEEE GLOBECOM 2018, December 13, 2017, Abu Dhabi


Workshop Information

Note: paper submission deadline extended to July 14, 2018

This workshop is the 5th edition (former ULTRA2 workshop) after successful occurrences at
Globecom 2014 , Globecom 2015, Globecom 2016 and Globecom 2017.

While the first (pre-)commercial 5G deployments are mainly focused on enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services, there is widespread consensus that the real game-changing nature of future wireless communications systems such as 5G cellular rather lies in the envisioned support of a plethora of vertical industry use cases, which are typically characterized by the need for ultra-high reliability and/or low-latency. For instance, it is envisioned that future communications systems will have a substantial transformational impact on transportation (including automotive, rail, aviation), health, energy, logistics, industry (Factory of the Future), agriculture and tourism sectors. While the “early drop” of 3GPP NR Release 15 is already designed in a “forward-compatible” way to enable the future support of reliability- and latency-critical communications, it is clear that substantial further research, standardization, development and testing effort is required to obtain economically feasible E2E solutions for vertical industry use cases. In this respect, it is becoming more and more obvious that it is not sufficient to simply let vertical industries define requirements and have the ICT industry develop related communications solutions, but instead, collaborative work among vertical and ICT industries is required to obtain meaningful and efficient E2E solutions.

The workshop will build upon the history of four successful URLLC workshops at past Globecom conferences, explicitly bringing together experts from the ICT field and from vertical industries. The workshop organizers solicit papers in the following and similar fields:

  • Latency and/or reliability requirements of future application fields
  • Means to reduce end-to-end latency and/or introduce higher reliability in either legacy systems (e.g. UMTS/WCDMA, LTE-A, WLAN, Bluetooth, WSAN-FA) or in 5G cellular communications, e.g.
    • Air interface and signal processing concepts
    • Device-to-device, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
    • Redundant or multi-point transmission, multi-point connectivity
    • Advanced radio-resource management techniques addressing latency and/or reliability
    • Network infrastructure, core network, cloud and IoT platform considerations, for instance related to distributed real-time signal processing in the context of stringent latency and reliability requirements
    • Means to ensure security and resilience (physical layer, network, or cyber-physical security)
  • Technical solutions enabling the co-existence of URLLC use cases with other use cases in a shared infrastucture (e.g., network slicing, slice protection, etc.)
  • E2E solutions spanning the complete loop from sensation via processing, communication to actuation, for instance with an emphasis on
    • Cyber-physical systems that are able to adapt to the latency and reliability properties offered by a communication system
    • A Joint optimization of control loops and communications means
  • Integration of novel wireless communications solutions into legacy environments (e.g., based on Industrial Ethernet or WLAN derivates)
  • Proof-of concepts and field trial results related to URLLC use cases

On behalf of the workshop chairs
Patrick Marsch, Meryem Simsek, Hans Schotten, Preben Mogensen and Emmanuel Pollakis

Important Dates:
Deadline for paper submission: July 14, 2018
Acceptance notification: August 15, 2018
Final workshop papers due: September 15, 2018

General Chairs:
Dr. Patrick Marsch, Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany
Dr. Meryem Simsek, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Prof. Hans Schotten, Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany

TPC Chairs:
Prof. Preben Mogensen, Nokia Bell Labs, Denmark
Dr. Emmanuel Pollakis, BMW, Germany

Workshop Registration:
to be announced

Technical Program Committee:
Gilberto Berardinelli, Aalborg University
Ömer Bulakci, Huawei
Troels Kolding, Nokia
Toktam Mahmoodi, King's College London
Patrick Marsch, Deutsche Bahn AG
Klaus-Dieter Masur, DB Netz AG
Preben Mogensen, Aalborg University
Guillermo Pocovi, Nokia Bell Labs
Emmanuel Pollakis, BMW
Hans Schotten, Uni Kaiserslautern
Meryem Simsek, TU Dresden
Kai Ying, Sharp Laboratories of America