3rd edition of Mobility Support in Slice-based Network Control for Heterogeneous Environments

9th November 2020, Madrid, Spain


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


Network slicing has been standing as one of the key enabling technologies for the upcoming 5th Generation of Telecommunications. Alongside other important technologies, such as NFV, SDN and MEC, its contributions to isolated network provisioning in a more dynamic and flexible way are being pursued in different industry and academia arenas throughout the world. Nonetheless, considering the wide range of foreseen enhanced use cases (not only in scope of 5G but also Beyond-5G), slicing aspects have been mostly targeting either enhancements at the radio level, or the integration of cloud resourcing capabilities for supporting network operation at the core and/or the edge. As such, there is a wide gap related with the impact that such slicing-based procedures will exert over mobility management processes for seamless mobility support while the devices, network or services move both physically (i.e., change their network point of attachment) as well as virtually (i.e., between slices). MOBISLICE III will focus on bringing forth first assessments, technical planning and supportive technologies evolutions, for the validation of network slice deployments in real and experimental scenarios within and outside the lab. It will look deep into on-going research and industrial efforts not only featuring ICT players (e.g., telcos, system providers, vendors) but also verticals (as the network slice consumers), which are pursuing joint technical solutions where the mobility of slices has a presence. Additionally, it will also look at the underlying technical innovations and tools over existing experimental infrastructure, to support these real experiments, trials, laboratorial work and scalability models/assessment.

Topics of Interest

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

Vertical 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.
  • Reliability and security.
  • Experimental and real trials.
Management and orchestration for MOBISLICE:
  • Common operations and API;
  • Inter- and intra-slice mobility;
  • Lifecycle management;
  • Heterogeneous access convergence;
  • High availability and reliability techniques.
  • Experimental and real trials.
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.
  • Experimental and real trials.
Beyond-5G slicing:
  • Disruptive architectures;
  • Zero-touch slice performance.
  • Experimental and real trials.


The event will be structured in the following way :

Date: 9th November, 2020
Welcome speech by the chairs
Keynote by Dr. Carlos Guimarães on "Edge and Fog for I4.0 and Autonomous Drone Scouting with 5G-DIVE"
5G Network Slicing Enabling Edge Services, Michail Alexandros Kourtis; Themistoklis Anagnostopoulos; Slawomir Kuklinski; Michal Wierzbicki; Andreas Oikonomakis; George K Xilouris; Ioannis Chochliouros; Na Yi; Alexandros Kostopoulos; Lechosław Tomaszewski; Thanos Sarlas; Harilaos Koumaras
GANSO: Automate Network Slicing at the Transport Network Interconnecting the Edge, J. Takeru Infiesta; Carlos Guimarães; Luis M. Contreras; Antonio de la Oliva
Policy Controlled Multi-domain cloud-network Slice Orchestration Strategy based on Reinforcement Learning, Asma Islam Swapna; Raphael Vicente Rosa; Christian Esteve Rothenberg; Rafael Pasquini; Javier Baliosian
Coffee Break
Keynote by Dr. Josep Mangues-Bafalluy on "Network slicing in practice through service federation"
Using Linux TCP connection repair for mid-session endpoint handover: a security enhancement use-case, Vitor A Cunha; Daniel Corujo; João Paulo Barraca; Rui L Aguiar
5G Network Slice Isolation with WireGuard and Open Source MANO: A VPNaaS Proof-of-Concept, Simen Haga; Ali Esmaeily; Katina Kralevska; Danilo Gligoroski
Evolving Fast Innovation in Next-Generation Networking Through Flexible and Customized Softwarization and Slicing Capabilities, Felipe Sampaio Dantas Silva; Emídio Neto; Charles H. F. dos Santos; Thiago Almeida; Ivo Silva; Augusto J. Venancio Neto
End of day message

Important Dates and Information

Workshop paper submission: 24th August 13th September (NEW!!!)
Acceptance notification: September 7th 28th September
Camera-ready papers: September 21st 19th October

Paper Submission

EDAS Submission link HERE

Prospective authors are invited to submit original workshop papers for publication in the IEEE NFV-SDN 2020 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.


Dr. Carlos Guimarães

Carlos Guimarães is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), where he is pursuing research activities in 5G technologies and main enablers as well as in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into computer networks. In the past, he worked as a Researcher Assistant at Instituto de Telecomunicações - Aveiro (Portugal), where he has tackled different topics of computer networks area, ranging from Future Internet, Information-Centric Networking (ICN), Software- Defined Networking (SDN), (flow) mobility management and media independent handover mechanisms in heterogeneous networks, and network function virtualization. He received his M.Sc. degree in Computer and Telematics Engineering in 2011 (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal) and later his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2019 (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal). His Keynote presence in MOBISLICE III is under scope of 5G-DIVE.

Edge and Fog for I4.0 and Autonomous Drone Scouting with 5G-DIVE

In 5G-DIVE project, two vertical pilots, namely Industry 4.0 and Autonomous Drone Scouting, are being addressed to assess the technical merits and business value proposition of an Edge and Fog 5G E2E solution. This presentation will do an overview on the different use cases being targeted and how the Edge and Fog, along with 5G, will impact their implementation, integration, and introduction of new innovations.

Dr. Josep Mangues-Bafalluy

Josep Mangues-Bafalluy is senior researcher and head of the communication networks division of the Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalunya (CTTC) since 2013, where he leads a group of 30 people. He has a degree (1996) and a PhD (2003) on Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalunya (UPC) and over 20 years of experience in the networking field (incl. mobile networks, application of machine learning to network optimization, testbed design and deployment, network function virtualization). Josep held various roles (incl. leadership) in several public funded and industrial research projects (e.g., 5GPPP 5Growth, 5G-Transformer, or Spanish 5G-REFINE) with recent emphasis on adapting network infrastructures to the needs of vertical industries (e.g., automotive/transportation, industry 4.0, media, eHealth) and automated network management. He was vice-chair of IEEE WCNC 2018 (Barcelona). He was also researcher and assistant professor at UPC from 1996 to 2003. His Keynote presence in MOBISLICE III is under scope of 5GROWTH.

Network slicing in practice through service federation

Providers have traditionally cooperated in multiple ways towards a common service offering. The idea of service federation has been around for a while, particularly in a cloud context, but also in a networking context. When moving to a function virtualization context (NFV), both such contexts must be combined and harmonized. Realizing the end-to-end network slicing vision in an ever changing heterogeneous environment that combines multiple technologies and administrative domains is a daunting task. In telco environments, processes spanning multiple departments inside the operator (e.g., radio, wireless transport, optical transport, IP transport), not to mention those spanning multiple operators, must be streamlined to achieve service deployments in the order of minutes (as per the 5GPPP KPI objectives). Much work is still to be done to fully realize this vision. There have been some attempts in this respect, including ETSI NFV standardization efforts defining requirements and providing initial ideas on how to define the required interfaces.

In this talk, we will explain how the service federation vision is being realized in H2020 5GPPP 5Growth project, standing on the 5G-Transformer legacy. It enables the handling of complex architectural constructs, such as composite NFV network services, and end-to-end resource management through different administrative domains, yet staying at service orchestration-level peering. We will give some hints on the main architectural concepts developed in 5Growth (and 5G-Transformer) to offer service federation in practice as a key underlying functionality towards end-to-end multi-provider network slicing. We will also explain how service federation is offered in a transparent way to service provider customers (e.g., vertical industries), which allows verticals to focus on the service logic and ambitious deployment plans, and operators to complement their service offering and geographic span towards an increased customer base. Finally, we will put all the pieces of the puzzle together to show how an emergency eHealth use case exploits service federation in practice.

The workshop will be held on the 9th November, 2020, in conjunction with the VI 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

Local Workshop Organisation Chairs

Carlos Bernardos

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Antonio de la Oliva

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Luís Contreras Murillo


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
  • Christian Esteve Rothenberg, UNICAMP
  • David Moura, CTEx
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica I&D
  • Dirk Trossen, InterDigital
  • 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
  • John Kaippallimalil, Huawei
  • Juhoon Kim, TU Berlin
  • Kashif Mahmood, Telenor
  • Kay Hansge, InterDigital
  • Marco Liebsch, NEC Labs Europe
  • Pankaj Thorat, Samsung
  • Paulo Ditarso Maciel, IFPB
  • Ramon Casellas, Centre Tecnològic Telecomunicacions Catalunya
  • Ramon Fontes, University of Campinas
  • Riccardo Trivisonno, Huawei
  • Sri Gundavelli, Cisco Systems
  • Tarik Taleb, Aalto University
  • Vitor Cunha, Univ. Aveiro e Inst. Telecomunicações
  • Younghan Kim, Soongsil University