2nd edition of Mobility Support in Slice-based Network Control for Heterogeneous Environments

12th November, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

Held in conjunction with the V IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks


Network Slicing (NS) has been standing as one of the key enabling technologies for the 5th Generation of Telecommunications, facilitating different types of verticals to be simultaneously served through the same infrastructure. Alongside other important technologies, such as NFV, SDN and MEC, NS requires the network to be extended with additional functionality, so as to support various network processing functions and support different networking models. This raises important new questions such as which network functions are needed in which slice (if not in all), and establishes critical challenges for industrial use in aspects related to slice interoperability for seamless automotive service between different operators, and indoor/outdoor seamless connectivity for mobile AGV in smart manufacturing as well as resource isolation, security and optimized service provisioning in mobile environments. This is particularly important in regards to the necessary changes mandated by different verticals (IoT, Vehicles, Industry 4.0, Multimedia, Space, and others), and how such changes can be deployed in a flexible, distributed, scalable and economically viable way. In an era where both network enhancements and user demands require always-on connectivity while on the move, which is being explored in highly mobile scenarios (e.g., vehicular), a holistic network slicing capability has not only to consider static deployments, but actually address users moving between slices, or actually having slices themselves moving through different parts of the infrastructure, in both intra and inter-domain environments. The consideration of such questions, challenges and environments poses unprecedented pressure over the current base designs being considered by standardization in 3GPP, ETSI and IETF, and requires further development, assessment and validation in different types of trials, belonging to different types of actors and verticals.

By bringing together the different visions of academia, industry and standardization on solutions that integrate different building blocks from different players into innovative and groundbreaking new scenarios, II MOBISLICE aims to a holistic approach towards the enablement, assessment and deployment of Network Slicing perspectives in X-mobility environments (where X can mean devices, resources, services or even slices themselves. II MOBISLICE will evolve from its first edition in 2018, by providing a more technical solutions industry-oriented focus and targeting the impact over different kinds of verticals. II MOBISLICE will allow IEEE NFV-SDN to continue to be at the center stage of the next deployment capabilities of Network Slicing.

Topics of Interest

The MOBISLICE workshop focuses, but is not limited to, the following topics targeting slicing:

Use cases and architectures for MOBISLICE:
  • Slices in constrained environments (IoT, Edge, etc.);
  • Automotive service and ITS scenarios;
  • Telco Operator and enterprise-based environments;
  • Smart-X slice mobility.
Management and orchestration for MOBISLICE:
  • Common operations and API;
  • Inter- and intra-slice mobility;
  • Lifecycle management;
  • Heterogeneous access convergence;
  • High availability and reliability techniques.
Standardization trends and activities for MOBISLICE:
  • Status and progresses in 3GPP/ETSI/IETF/5GAA and other SDOs;
  • Proposals and standardization direction for advanced slicing;
  • SDN/NFV initiatives;
  • Slice-enhanced Networking and telecommunication protocols.
Beyond-5G slicing:
  • Disruptive architectures;
  • Zero-touch slice performance.


The event will be structured in the following way:

Date: 12th November, 2019
Motivational Speech by Dr. Sérgio Figueiredo entitled "New scenarios for resource slicing and sharing in beyond 5G networks"
K. Haensge, D. Trossen, S. Robitzsch, M. Boniface and S. Philips, "Cloud-Native 5G Service Delivery Platform"
F. Meneses, M. Fernandes, T. Vieira, D. Corujo, S. Figueiredo, A. Neto and R. Aguiar, "Traffic-aware Live Migration in Virtualized CPE Scenarios"
Coffee Break
Motivational Speech by Prof. Dr. Augusto Neto entitled "NECOS Project: Vision towards Deep Cloud Network Slicing"
J. Aires, P. Duarte, B. Parreira, S. Figueiredo, "Phased-vCDN Orchestration for flexible and efficient usage of 5G edge infrastructures"
A. Manjeshwar, P. Jha, A. Karandikar, P. Chaporkar, "Enhanced UE Slice Mobility for 5G Multi-RAT Networks"

Important Dates and Information

Workshop paper submission: 5th August 19th August
Acceptance notification: August 30th
Camera-ready papers: September 20th

Paper Submission

EDAS Submission link HERE

Motivational Speeches

Dr. Sergio Figueiredo

Dr. Sérgio Figueiredo is currently a senior engineer at Altran, holding more than 10 years of experience in Telecom R&D. He is leading technical activities in Telecom R&D across internal, national and European proposals and projects. He’s work package leader in national Project Mobilizer 5G. He received his PhD on Mobile Video Multicasting in Heterogeneous Networks in 2015. Before joining Altran, he was a researcher at the Telecommunications and Networking research team of the Telecommunications Institute – Aveiro, actively contributing to 4WARD and MEDIEVAL FP7 Projects. He has more than 15 publications in several conference venues and international journals, having also contributed to IETF groups (DMM, MULTIMOB and PIM). His current research activities span advances in mobile architectures, SDN, NFV, multi-domain edge computing, network slicing and orchestration (MANO), along with the support for advanced multimedia services in mobile networks.

Title: New scenarios for resource slicing and sharing in beyond 5G networks

The disruptive impact that mobile networks and services have had in society is well known; not only they have transformed the way we connect with others or consume and produce contents in real time, they have also dramatically impacted our productivity, enabling us to effectively realize or monitor tasks while on the move (e.g. commuting). The next generation of mobile networks, 5G, goes one step ahead by addressing more than enhanced throughput and latency (although bringing it closer to physics limits). In fact, several stakeholders envision 5G networks will be centerpiece to a revolution throughout all economic sectors, e.g. Manufacturing, Mining or Health, materializing the Internet of Things (ioT) vision and further positioning mobile communications as a de facto General Purpose Technology (GPT).At its core, 5G architecture is greatly influenced by concepts and advances observed in recent years (e.g. NFV, SDN or MEC), as observed by one of its key concepts: Network Slicing. Combined, these present several advantages such as higher efficiency and agility, greatly reduced service deployment time or increased automation – towards an AI- managed network. This speech addresses technical and business potential associated to 5G architecture with emphasis on its Core, and presents some of the R&D topics and technical issues being addressed today in key 5G initiatives and by Altran Portugal in particular.

Prof. Dr. Augusto Neto

Augusto V. Neto is Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics of the UFRN, Natal/RN, Brazil, and member of the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro, Portugal. He got his PhD in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (2008). He is author and coauthor of many papers published in national/international conference proceedings and journals in the field of computer networks and telecommunications. He is involved in the organization of several international conferences and workshops, as well as serving as Guest Editor for special issues of peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He coordinates and participates in research projects funded by national and international agencies, mainly working with Future Internet, Mobile Computing, Smart Spaces, SDN, NFV and Cloud Computing.

Title: NECOS Project: Lessons learned and Vision towards Deep Cloud Network Slicing

This talk will bring the lessons learned from the Novel Enablers realization, along with visons in deep cloud-network slicing emerging concept, from the perspective of the H2020 Eu-BR project denoted Novel Enablers in Cloud Slicing (NECOS). In light of achieving this, the agenda encloses the main concepts of cloud-network slicing and prospecting opportunities from academy and industry perspectives. Aside that, a list of lessons learned are considered so as to share our experiences and difficulties faced during the project realization to accomplish a list of use cases in end-to-end cloud-network slice-defined infrastructures.

The workshop will be held on the 12th November, 2019, in conjunction with the V IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks

Special Issue on Wiley's "Internet Technology Letters"

Improved versions of selected contributions will be invited for possible inclusion in a Special Section of Wiley’s "Internet Technology Letters".

Best Paper Award

Our top quality TPC will sellect a BEST PAPER and present the respective Award Certificate at a ceremony during the workshop session.


MOBISLICE Workshop Co-chairs:

Daniel Corujo

Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações

Augusto Neto

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Seil Jeon

Huawei Technologies

TPC Chairs

Rui L. Aguiar

Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações

Christian Rothenberg

Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Technical Program Committee:

  • Alex Galis, University College London
  • Antonio de la Oliva, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Carlos Bernardos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica I&D
  • Dirk Trossen, InterDigital
  • Fábio Verdi, Federal University of São Carlos
  • Felipe Dantas Silva, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Francesco Tusa, University College London
  • Francisco Fontes, Altice Labs
  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks
  • John Kaippallimalil, Huawei
  • Juhoon Kim, TU Berlin
  • Kashif Mahmood, Telenor
  • Marco Liebsch, NEC Labs Europe
  • Ramon Casellas, Centre Tecnològic Telecomunicacions Catalunya
  • Ramon Fontes, University of Campinas
  • Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei
  • Sri Gundavelli, Cisco Systems
  • Sung Hwan Won, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University
  • Yong-Hyuck Evan Kim, Qualcomm
  • Younghan Kim, Soongsil University
  • Pankaj Thorat, Samsung