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IEEE WCNC 2016 Workshop on The Tactile I 2016 : The Tactile Internet: Enabling Technologies and Applications


When Apr 3, 2016 - Apr 3, 2016
Submission Deadline Nov 23, 2015
Notification Due Dec 15, 2015
Final Version Due Jan 12, 2016

Call For Papers

Workshop Information
Future wireless communications will not only be used for content distribution, where typically throughput per area is the most relevant key performance indicator, but more and more for applications where the system capacity may not be the critical point, but rather stringent latency and/or reliability requirements. Especially, the human interaction with technical systems is highly sensitive to delays and interruptions. Thus, in order to enable completely new applications where tactile and haptic feedbacks are an integral part of the signal processing chain, the underlying wireless communication networks need to be adapted to our human reaction time and perception. This requires a complete paradigm change in the design of future wireless communications systems.
This workshop looks into ultra-low latency and ultra-high reliability in communications from various angles, for instance

Fundamental trade-offs between latency, reliability and throughput, and reliability modeling
Obtaining reliability and availability through different techniques
Human interaction with technical systems which is highly sensitive to delays and interruptions.
Latency- and/or reliability improved solutions in the context of Tactile Internet applications, unmanned autonomous or remotely controlled systems
Beside technical paper presentations, we are proud to announce the following keynote speakers for the workshop:

Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor, 5G Lab Germany Coordinator, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Vladimir Vukadinovic, Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Networks, Poland
On behalf of the workshop chairs
Meryem Simsek, Mischa Dohler, Hans Schotten, Ronald Raulefs, Henk Wymeersch, Christian Wietfeld

General Chairs:
Dr. Meryem Simsek, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Prof. Mischa Dohler, King's College London, UK
Prof. Hans Schotten, Universität Kaiserslautern
Dr. Ronald Raulefs, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
Prof. Henk Wymeersch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Christian Wietfeld, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany

Technical Program Committee:
Adnan Aijaz, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd
Benoit Denis, CEA-Leti Minatec
Danish Aziz, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
David Oehmann, Technische Universität Dresden
Joachim Sachs, Ericsson Research
Patrick Marsch, Nokia Networks
Ralf Irmer, Vodafone Group
Robert Heath, The University of Texas at Austin
Stephan Pfletschinger, DLR
Tommy Svensson,Chalmers University of Technology

Workshop Registration:
For registration, please follow the instructions on the WCNC 2016 website (

Paper Submission
Authors are invited to submit original papers of no more than 6 pages (standard IEEE proceedings, two-column, 10 pt font, etc.), including figures, tables, and references, in PDF format. Accepted papers will be published in the WCNC 2016 conference proceedings, which will be submitted to IEEEXplore database. Submission implies that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the conference. Electronic submission is accepted through the EDAS web site.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Meryem Simsek, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Dr. Meryem Simsek received her Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany in 2008, holding a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation which is granted to the outstanding 0.5% of all students in Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. degree on reinforcement learning based inter-cell interference coordination in heterogeneous networks from the same university in 2013. In 2013, she was a postdoctoral visiting scientist at Florida International University. Since 2014, she is a group leader at the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. Her main research interests include radio resource management in heterogeneous wireless networks, 5G wireless systems, game theory, reinforcement learning, and the tactile internet. Meryem won the IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize 2015. In June 2015, she applied for the IEEE ETC technical sub-committee ‘The Tactile Internet’ which has been accepted and which she is chairing.

Prof. Mischa Dohler, King's College London, UK
Prof. Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and the Transactions on the Internet of Things. He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, has more than 200 publications, and authored several books. He has a citation h-index of 39 (top 1%). He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, House of Parliament UK, UK Ministry BIS, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups. Finally, he is one of the vice-chairs of the IEEE ETC technical subcommittee Tactile Internet.

Prof. Hans Schotten, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Prof. Dr. Hans D. Schotten received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Aachen University of Technology RWTH, Germany in 1990 and 1997, respectively. He held positions as senior researcher, project manager, and head of research groups at the Aachen University of Technology, Ericsson Corporate Research, and Qualcomm Corporate R&D. At Qualcomm he was Director for Technical Standards and research coordinator for Qualcomm’s participation in national and European research programs. He was company representative at WWRF, EICTA, bmco forum and European technology platforms. Since August 2007, he has been full professor and head of the Chair for Wireless Communication and Navigation at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2012, he has additionally been Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence heading the “Intelligent Networks” department.

Dr. Ronald Raulefs, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
Dr. Ronald Raulefs initiated and lead the EU FP7 project WHERE and the successor project WHERE2 ( with a total of 9,3MEuros of funding (1300 person months) and 18 partners over a period of six years. The focus in the WHERE2 project was on cooperative localization and initiated new work items that are now continued in many other projects and domains, such as swarm navigation and vehicular cooperative localization. He organized workshops at previous conferences such as ICC in Dresden (2009), PIMRC in Istanbul (2010) and Globecom in San Diego (2015) and acted as TPC in several other recent workshops (ANLN (ICC (2013/14/15)) and LION (Globecom (2015))). His current research interests include various aspects of mobile radio communications and localization, such as space-time signal processing, resource allocation, and distributed cooperative localization.

Prof. Henk Wymeersch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Henk Wymeersch is an Associate Professor with the Department of Signals and Systems at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He is also affiliated with the FORCE research center on fiber-optic communication, and is the PI of COOPNET, an ERC project on cooperative networks. Prior to joining Chalmers, he was a Postdoctoral Associate during 2006-2009 with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a member of the IEEE, and served Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2013-present), for IEEE Communication Letters (2009-2013) and the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT) (2011-present). He served as Guest Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC, special issue on Location-aware Radios and Networks), EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (special issue on Localization in Mobile Wireless and Sensor Networks), and for EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (special Issue on Signal Processing Techniques for Anywhere, anytime positioning). In 2015, he served as General Chair of the International Conference on Localization and GNSS.

Prof. Christian Wietfeld, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Wietfeld received his diploma degree and a PhD from RWTH Aachen in 1992 and 1997 respectively. After holding various positions in industry (Siemens, 1997-2005), he joined TU Dortmund University in 2005 as a full professor and head of the Communication Networks Institute. He has initiated numerous research projects on the design and performance evaluation of future communication networks, leading to team of currently 15 full-time researchers. Prof. Wietfeld’s research has been published in around 175 peer-reviewed publications. He has received 8 Best Paper awards (thereof 4 in IEEE context) and an “Outstanding Contribution Award” of ITU-T. He is a senior member of the IEEE, an editor for the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and head of the committee on “Communication Networks and Systems” in the German sister organization of IEEE, ITG. He co-founded the GC Wi-UAV workshop on networking of autonomous vehicles. He holds several patents and co-founder of start-up comnovo.

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