5th edition of Mobility Support in Slice-based Network Control for Heterogeneous Environments

14th November 2022, Chandler, AZ, USA

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


Network slicing has been a key capability brought forward by the novel 5G mobile architecture. Supported by the integration of novel mechanisms and tools, such as Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization and RAN enhancements, this capability has triggered a broad spectrum of technological and technical work. This work was able to produce not only important findings for better service provisioning in mobile environments, but also manifested an unprecedented degree of interest from vertical players who see this as a definitive game-changer for evolving their operations to new levels, in addition to providing important insight for the technological landscape realization in future generations of mobile networks. While these considerations were explored in previous editions of this workshop, two important aspects were raised in regard to the full-fledged support of mobile slices. First, mobility of slices involves important multi-level security considerations, that cross different technical and technological domains. Ensuring that the security considerations are maintained when the network slice has been moved are not only mandatory but involve the concertation of security procedures and mechanisms in different components and technologies in the affected ecosystem. This ranges from radio, edge, mobile core network, to cloud-based procedures involving virtualization, orchestration and software defined capabilities. Second, the timely enactment of network slice mobility procedures exercises a highly dynamic and volatile resource evaluation and utilization, due to the stringent conditions placed by the mobile nature of users and services involved. Not only the continuously changing network conditions, but also the dynamics of new types of services (e.g., augmented reality) can demand constant changes to the network requirements that were established at network slice provisioning time. Therefore, automated control procedures must be available, supported by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities, assisting on the optimal, fluid and predictable mobile network slice performance. In this edition, MOBISLICE V will focus on the novel application of security and smart mechanisms, addressing the full potential of mobile network slices, and their deployment. What have been the key contributions with security and AI/ML developments for networking, and how are they able to be deployed for mobile slices? What are the shortcomings evidenced by such mechanisms and which enhancements should the underlying fabric of the network/computing continuum have to optimally support mobile network slicing? MOBISLICE V will allow IEEE NFV-SDN to complement the different technological landscape of mobile slicing mechanisms, by empowering Mobile Network Slicing with the necessary secure and automated capabilities, required for proper deployment in concrete network solutions.

Topics of Interest

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

Use cases and architectures validation:
  • Slices in constrained environments (IoT, Edge, etc.);
  • o Vertical-based scenarios (e.g., Factories of the future including manufacturing automation and process automation; Automotive service and ITS; Telco Operator and enterprise-based environments);
  • Automotive service and ITS scenarios;
  • Smart-X slice mobility, assisted by AI/ML, fog and edge;
  • Reliability and security;
  • Experimental, real trials and their impact in vertical performance.
Network, computation and other enablers:
  • Main operations and API;
  • Inter- and intra-slice mobility;
  • Lifecycle management and impact;
  • Heterogeneous access convergence or abstraction;
  • High availability and reliability techniques;
  • Experimental and real trials;
  • Secure-enabled, AI/ML-enabled and Fog/Edge-enabled slices.
Standardization efforts and activities:
  • Status and progresses in 3GPP/ETSI/IETF/ONF and other SDOs;
  • Proposals and standardization direction for advanced slicing;
  • SDN/NFV initiatives;
  • Slice-enhanced Networking and telecommunication protocols;
  • o AI/ML and Security-based slice standardisation.
Beyond-5G and 6G slicing:
  • Disruptive architectures;
  • Zero-touch slice performance;
  • Experimental and real trials;
  • New scenarios.


You can find the IEEE NFV SDN conference program here.

Important Dates and Information

Workshop day: 14th November
Workshop paper submission: 30th September

16th September

Acceptance notification: 5th October

3th October

Camera-ready papers: 9th October

Paper Submission

Paper submission has closed! See you at the workshop!


Prof. Dr. Violet R. Syrotiuk, CIDSE, ASU

Short bio: Violet Syrotiuk is an associate professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University. She studies complex engineered networks. One of her interests is medium access control (MAC) protocols for wireless networks and their implementation on the new programmable radio platforms. Another major interest is in dynamic optimization of the radio and/or network parameters to find the best configuration given the wireless network’s operating environment. She serves on the editorial boards of the Elsevier journals Computer Networks and Computer Communications, and on the technical program committees of major conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM.

Keynote Topic: Delay-aware Slicing and MAC Management

Prof. Dr. Rui L. Aguiar, Networld Europe Seeting Board Chair, Full Professor (Universidade de Aveiro)

Short bio: Rui L. Aguiar (born 1967) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro, where he is currently a Full Professor. He has supervised more than than 20 PhD and 100 Master students. He was the founder of the ATNOG research group, an advanced telecommunication research group at the Universidade de Aveiro and is currently co-coordinating a research line in Instituto de Telecomunicações, on the area of Networks. He has been an advisory for the portuguese Secretaria de Estado das Comunicações and member of the task force for 5G cybersecurity. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM. He is serving as the Portugal Chapter Chair of IEEE Communications Society and has been serving as Steering Board Chair of Networld Europe, the European ETP representing the telecommunications community, engaged in the discussions of the future European R&D workprogrames for telecommunications. As further community engagement, he has served as Technical and General (co)Chair of several conferences (ICNS, ICT, ISCC, Mobiarch, Monami, NTMS, etc). He is a regular keynote speaker in the future of mobile communications and digital society, with dozens of talks across the whole world. He is an associated editor of Wiley’s Emerging Telecommunication Technologies and Springers’ Wireless Networks. He has more than 500 papers published.

Keynote Topic: What will be the mobility challenges in 6G networks?

The workshop will be held on the 14th November, 2022, in conjunction with the VII IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks

Special Issues

Improved versions of selected published papers will be invited for possible inclusion in one of the following Special Issues:

  • Wiley's "Internet Technology Letters".
  • Springer's "Journal of Internet Services and Applications (JISA)"" - Open Access, free of publication charge.
  • 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

    James McCabe

    Sun Corridor Network
    Arizoma, United States

    Technical Program Committee:

  • Alex Galis, University College London
  • Antonio de la Oliva, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Billy Pinheiro, Amachains
  • Carlos Bernardos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Carlos Guimarães, ZettaScale Technology SARL
  • David Moura, CTEx
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica
  • Dirk Trossen, Huawei
  • Fábio Verdi, Federal University of São Carlos
  • Fernando Farias, RNP
  • Francesco Tusa, UCL
  • Gino Carrozzo, Rakuten Symphony
  • Javier Baliosian, UdelaR
  • José Quevedo, Univ. Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações
  • Juhoon Kim, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Kashif Mahmood, Telenor
  • Marco Liebsch, NEC Labs Europe
  • Pankaj Thorat, Samsung
  • Paulo Ditarso Maciel, IFPB
  • Ramon Casellas, Centre Tecnològic Telecomunicacions Catalunya
  • Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei
  • Sri Gundavelli, Cisco
  • Sung Won, Nokia
  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University
  • Vitor Cunha, Univ. Aveiro and Inst. Telecomunicações
  • Younghan Kim, Soongsil University