IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China
11–13 August 2022 // Foshan City, China

2nd Workshop on Emerging Radio Access Network (ERAN) Technologies for B5G/6G ICCC’22 Foshan

Scope and Topics:

The next generation mobile communications network is envisioned to face both significant user-side paradigm shifts and network-side challenges. On the one hand, trillions of IoT devices will connect to the network, and huge amount of data uploading traffic will deplete network bandwidth. Also, users will prefer more personalized services. On the other hand, network costs (e.g., infrastructure deployment and energy costs) are surging, and high-quality spectrum resources have been exhausted. In order to face the above changes, traditional RAN need to be re-designed, and the novel RAN should fulfill design objectives including flexibility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. For example, in recent years, the design philosophy of functional decoupling has become prevailing, and has also been adopted in RAN. Specifically, in 5G, UL/DL decoupling introduces the separation of uplink and downlink spectrum, so as to enhance uplink coverage by using lower bands. The cell-free architecture decouples a UE and its associated base station in a user-centric manner. Recently, the Cybertwin-enabled fully decoupled RAN (FD-RAN) has emerged. In FD-RAN, functions of traditional base stations are physically split into three different entities, namely control, uplink and downlink base stations, which serve duplex control signaling, simplex uplink and downlink data transmission, respectively. Advanced cooperative transmission techniques such as coordinated multi-point (CoMP), receiver diversity, and hybrid duplex resource allocation can also be implemented. The edge-enhanced Cybertwin serves to orchestrate user’s data transmission in FD-RAN. For future B5G/6G, by leveraging the enabling technologies such as AI and edge Intelligence, the emerging RAN will solve existing issues from spectrum utilization, service provision and cost reduction perspectives.

This workshop seeks original unpublished papers focusing on architecture design, enabling technologies and potential challenges of emerging B5G/6G RAN. Topics of interest for this workshop, include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture foremerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Theoretical analysis of emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Cooperative resource management in emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Network deployment in emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Emerging B5G/6G RAN for V2X applications
  • Openand shared paradigm of emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Cybertwin-assisted B5G/6G RAN
  • Personalized service provision in emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • AI-enabled B5G/6G RAN
  • Edge intelligence enhanced B5G/6G RAN
  • Novel multiple access technologies in emerging B5G/6G RAN
  • Security and privacy in emerging B5G/6G RAN

Workshop Organizers:

Jiacheng Chen, Peng Cheng Laboratory, China (email: chenjch02@pcl.ac.cn)

Jianbing Ni, Queen’s University, Canada (email: jianbing.ni@queensu.ca)

Wenchao Xu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China (email: wenchao.xu@polyu.edu.hk)

Jie Gao, Marquette University, USA (email: j.gao@marquette.edu)

Haibo Zhou, Nanjing University, China (email: haibozhou@nju.edu.cn)

Important Dates:

Workshop Paper Submission: Jun. 1st, 2022

Workshop Paper Acceptance: Jul. 10th, 2022

Workshop Paper Camera-Ready: Jul. 24th, 2022