MOBISLICE IV Workshop

4th edition of Mobility Support in Slice-based Network Control for Heterogeneous Environments

9th November 2021, Heraklion, Greece

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

Scope

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. However, the full-fledged integration of such industries placed new stringent requirements over the network service provisioning, which generated new challenges (not only over the wellknown concept of the mobile network itself, but also on its reliance on the new tools, such as virtualization and softwarization). This has become evident in first assessments and validations from deployments in real and experimental scenarios, fuelled by international research initiatives involving telcos, system providers, vendors and many other participants of the value chain. With Release 17 underway and the planning for Release 18 starting, concepts such as 5G-Advanced, Beyond-5G and 6G have started to target key novel concepts for further evolution. Where does mobile-enabled slicing stand? Is it supported in the projected roadmap? Are the different vertical sectors, along with their disparate evolution cycles, enabled to take advantage of this capability? Or is mobile-enabled slicing a topic that paved the way in 5G for further research into the upcoming new generations? Over its previous iterations, MOBISLICE has dedicated itself to bringing together the different visions of academia, industry and standardization on solutions that integrate different building blocks from different players into innovative and ground-breaking new scenarios, aiming towards an holistic approach for the enablement, assessment and deployment of Network Slicing perspectives in X-mobility environments (where X can mean devices, resources, services or even slices themselves). In this edition, MOBISLICE IV will look into the future, starting from the lessons learnt by the different players implementing these solutions in the latest commercial equipment, and address the research space on mobile network slicing for the future. What have been the key contributions with the current generation and what is able to be deployed? What are the shortcomings evidenced and which enhancements should the underlying fabric of the network/computing continuum have to optimally support mobile network slicing?.

Topics of Interest

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

Vertical use cases and architectures validation:
  • Slices in constrained environments (IoT, Edge, etc.);
  • Factories of the future use cases including manufacturing automation and process automation;
  • Automotive service and ITS scenarios;
  • Telco Operator and enterprise-based environments;
  • Smart-X slice mobility;
  • Reliability and security;
  • Experimental and 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.
Standardization efforts and activities:
  • Status and progresses in 3GPP/ETSI/IETF/5GAA and other SDOs and vertical associations such as 5G-ACIA/5GAA;
  • Proposals and standardization direction for advanced slicing;
  • SDN/NFV initiatives;
  • Slice-enhanced Networking and telecommunication protocols.
Beyond-5G and 6G slicing:
  • Disruptive architectures;
  • Zero-touch slice performance;
  • Experimental and real trials;
  • New scenarios.

Program

The program is still under definition until the final list of accepted papers is released.

Important Dates and Information

Workshop paper submission: 31st August
Acceptance notification: September 14th
Camera-ready papers: September 28th

Paper Submission

EDAS Submission link Comming Soon!

Prospective authors are invited to submit original workshop papers for publication in the IEEE NFV-SDN 2021 Conference Proceedings and for presentation in the technical sessions. We solicit the submission of high-quality papers reporting original and novel research results on the conference topics. Papers must be written in English, unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. They must be formatted as the standard IEEE double-column conference template.
Papers should have a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font), including figures, without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with over length page charge of USD100 if accepted). Papers exceeding 7 pages will not be accepted at EDAS.

Keynotes

Dr. Riccardo Trivisonno, Head of Network Architecture, Huawei Technologies

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

The workshop will be held on the 9th November, 2021, in conjunction with the VII 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.

Organization

MOBISLICE Workshop Co-chairs:

Daniel Corujo

Universidade de Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações
Portugal

Augusto Neto

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil

Seil Jeon

Huawei Technologies
Sweden

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, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • David Moura, CTEx
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica
  • Dirk Trossen, Huawei
  • Fábio Verdi, Federal University of São Carlos
  • Fernando Farias, RNP
  • Francesco Tusa, University College London
  • Francisco Fontes, Altice Labs
  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks
  • Javier Baliosian, UdelaR
  • Joan Serrat, UPC
  • 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
  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University
  • Vitor Cunha, Univ. Aveiro e Inst. Telecomunicações
  • Younghan Kim, Soongsil University

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