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ANMS 2022 : 1st Workshop on Autonomous Network Management in 5G and beyond Systems


When Apr 25, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022
Where Budapest, Hungary
Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2022
Notification Due Feb 27, 2022
Final Version Due Mar 13, 2022
Categories    network management   autonomous networks   machine learning   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

New networking systems aim to be fully Autonomous Networks (ANs) with management capabilities such as self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimizing, and self-evolving, aspects that today’s networks do not support as their management is mainly manual with some automated assistance. Artificial Intelligence (AI) (and more precisely Machine Learning (ML)) algorithms are promising to empower the new generation of intelligent decision engines that present self-dynamic capabilities to fully realize ANs. ANMS workshop focuses on novel research in AI-based and hybrid approaches (AI + non-AI) algorithms for AN management (closed-loop control) and Framework, algorithms, techniques, and tools to build and support AI-based solutions for ANs.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

AI-based and hybrid approaches (AI + non-AI) algorithms for AN management (closed loop control):
o Decentralized management of multi-domain ANs.
o End-to-end lifecycle of ANs.
o Network resource and service automation and orchestration.
o Automated network operation and maintenance.
o Intelligent service provisioning and assurance.
o Wireless network coverage optimization and assurance.
o Wireless network energy saving.
o Intelligent slice lifecycle management.
o Metadata-driven policies to recognize and incorporate new knowledge in AN.
o Efficient resource allocation and scheduling (e.g., spectrum, storage, computing, processing).
o Network state prediction and forecasting for AN.
o Network monitoring systems (traffic recognition, anomaly detection, etc.) for AN.
o AN management in resource-constrained environments.
o AN management in Mobile Radio Access Networks (RANs) and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).
o AN management in cognitive radio networks and opportunistic spectrum access.
o AN management in Mobile Edge Computing (MEC).
o AN Management in Transport Networks (TNs).
o End-to-end management of AN.
o Security provision in ANs

Framework, algorithms, techniques, and tools to build and support AI-based solutions for ANs:
o Architectures and frameworks to integrate AI in AN management (e.g., MLOps optimized for networking).
o Algorithms, techniques, methods and tools from AI adapted to network management (e.g., online learning, reinforcement learning, hierarchical learning, multi-task learning, federated learning, transfer learning, spike neural networks, graph neural networks, resource-aware AI, explainable AI, one-shot learning, etc.).
o Guidelines for designing and benchmarking AI-based solutions for network management.
o Energy-efficient techniques for data pre-processing, resource allocation, and model training and deployment of AI-based algorithms.
o Lightweight communication protocols for AI-embedded network management (e.g., neural networks compression).
o AI-enabled network simulation tools, testbeds, or hardware implementations

Paper Submission
Paper submissions must present original, unpublished research or experiences. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Each submission must be written in English, accompanied by a 75 to 200 words abstract that clearly outlines the scope and contributions of the paper. There is a length limitation of 6 pages (including title, abstract, all figures, tables, and references) for regular papers, and 4 pages for short papers describing work in progress. Submissions must be in IEEE 2-column style. Self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review. Authors should submit their papers via the following link:

Extended versions of the best paper(s) may be considered for fast-tracking to the Journal of Network and Systems Management (confirmed,, IF 2.026). The decision will depend on the quality and scope of the paper(s) and its (their) potential to spark lively discussion(s) at the workshop. The final decision will be made by the co-chairs after the workshop.

General Chair
Miguel Camelo, University of Antwerp – IMEC, Belgium

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs
Danny De Vleeschauwer, Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium
Francesc Wilhelmi, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Spain

Technical Program Committee
Adnan Shahid, Universiteit Gent – IMEC, Belgium
Andres Garcia-Saavedra, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
Antonio Bazco Nogueras, IMDEA Networks, Spain
Chia-Yu Chang, Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium
Chrysa Papagianni, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jorge Martín Pérez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Luca Cominardi, ADLINK Technology, France
Marco Gramaglia, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Nina Slamnik-Krijestorac, Universiteit Antwerpen – IMEC, Belgium
Paola Soto-Arenas, Universiteit Antwerpen – IMEC, Belgium
Sergio Barrachina-Muñoz, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Spain

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