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International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking

International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking

С 5 по 8 июня 2017 года пройдет V международная конференция IEEE BlackSeaCom’2017 (http://blackseacom2017.ieee-blackseacom.org/) по коммуникациям и сетевым технологиям в г.Стамбул, Турция.

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IEEE BlackSeaCom 2017 will be held in conjunction with IEEE 5G Summit (http://5gsummit.org/turkey/) which will take place on June 5, 2017. IEEE BlackSeaCom participants can attend the IEEE 5G Summit free of charge. The conference main program including technical sessions and plenary talks  will be on June 6  – 7, 2017, and the tutorials will be on June 8, 2017.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:30-12:00


S01: Mobile and Wireless Communications and Networking – I

Room: Galata Hall


An Efficient Transceiver Design for Superimposed Waveforms with Orthogonal Polynomials

Evren Catak (Yildiz Technical University, Turkey) and Lutfiye Durak-Ata (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Pilot Contamination Mitigation in TDD Massive MIMO Systems

Makram Alkhaled, Emad Alsusa, Ammar Hadi and Abdurrahman Alfitouri (Manchester University, United Kingdom)

A Flexible Hybrid Waveform

Mahyar Nemati and Hengameh Takshi (Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey), Huseyin Arslan (University of South Florida, USA)

Adaptive OFDM-Based Acoustic Underwater Transmission: System Design and Experimental Verification

Mohammad Sadeghi, Mohammed Elamassie and Murat Uysal (Ozyegin University, Turkey)

Performance Analysis of Underwater-Wireless Communication with Zero Forcing Precoder

Abdurrahman Alfitouri, Khairi A. Hamdi, Ammar Hadi and Makram Alkhaled (Manchester University, United Kingdom)


S02: Software Defined Networks

Room: Cibali Hall


Protecting SDN Controller with Per-Flow Buffering inside OpenFlow Switches

Ali Volkan Atli, M. Serkant Uluderya, Sinan Tatlicioglu, Burak Gorkemli and Ali Balci (ARGELA, Turkey)

Joint Server and Route Selection in SDN Networks

Hasan Anıl Akyıldız (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey), Ibrahim Hokelek (TUBITAK BILGEM, Turkey), Mervan Ileri (Ericsson, UAE), Ece Saygun (Ericsson, Turkey), Hakan A. Çırpan (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Interference Coordination in SDN-Based Heterogeneous Mobile Networks

Omer Narmanlioglu (P.I.Works, Turkey), Engin Zeydan (Türk Telekom Labs, Turkey)

Link Utility and Traffic Aware Energy Saving in Software Defined Networks

Beakal Gizachew Assefa and Oznur Ozkasap (Koc University, Turkey)

An Application for Detecting Network Related Problems from Call Center Text Data

Ibrahim Onuralp Yigit, Engin Zeydan and Ahmet Feyzi Ates (Turk Telekom Labs, Turkey)


S03: Molecular Communications

Room: Haliç Hall


Throughput Optimization for Molecule-as-a-Frame Communications

Mustafa Gursoy, Ali E. Pusane and Tuna Tugcu (Bogazici University, Turkey)

A Machine Learning Approach to Model the Received Signal in Molecular Communications

Huseyin Birkan Yilmaz, Changmin Lee, Yae Jee Cho and Chan-Byoung Chae (Yonsei University, Korea)

Two-way Communication Systems in Molecular Communication

Bayram Akdeniz, Ali E. Pusane and Tuna Tugcu (Bogazici University, Turkey)


Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 14:00-15:30


S04: Cooperative Communication – I

Room: Galata Hall


Wireless-Powered Cooperative Systems With Relay Selection in Spectrum-Sharing Scenario

Mohammadali Mohammadi and Zahra Mobini (University of Shahrekord, Iran)

Outage Performance of a SIMO HP-DF Cooperative Multi-hop Network

Mustafa Taştan and Haci Ilhan (Yildiz Technical University, Turkey), Umit Aygölü (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Implementing Cooperative Communication Protocols: Decode and Forward Case Study

Selahattin Gökceli, Semiha Tedik Başaran and Gunes Karabulut Kurt (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Outage Performance of Dual Hop Full-Duplex Relaying with Alamouti/MRC over Rayleigh Fading Channels

Mesut Toka and Oguz Kucur (Gebze Technical University, Turkey)

Antenna Selection in Cognitive AF systems in the presence of Mutual Primary-Secondary Interference, Limited Feedback and Imperfect Channel Estimations

Eylem Erdogan (Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey), Asli Birol (Yildiz Technical University, Turkey), Nihat Kabaoglu (Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey), Tansal Gucluoglu (Yildiz Technical University, Turkey)


S05: 5G Networks

Room: Cibali Hall


A Novel Method for Blind Detection of Users’ Activity in Grant-free Access for 5G Networks

Mohammed Al-Imari (Samsung R&D Institute UK, United Kingdom)

Device-to-Device Caching for Video Content Delivery

Koray Necip Aytaç, Tolga Girici and Melda Yuksel (TOBB University, Turkey), Ali Telli and Ilter Koksal (HAVELSAN, Turkey)

An Efficient Downlink Transmission Scheme for 5G Wireless Networks

Mohammed Al-Imari and Belkacem Mouhouche (Samsung R&D Institute UK, United Kingdom)

Machine Learning Aided Cognitive RAT Selection for 5G Heterogeneous Networks

Juan S Perez and Sudharman Jayaweera (University of New Mexico, USA), Steven Lane ( Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)

Interference-Aware Distributed Device-to-Device Caching

Ahmet Cihat Kazez and Tolga Girici (TOBB University, Turkey)


Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 16:00-17:30


S06: Modulation

Room: Galata Hall


Space Time Block Coded Spatial Modulation for Free Space Optical Communication

Ferhat Fettahoglu (Istanbul University, Turkey) and Niyazi Odabasioglu (Turkey)

Space-Time Quadrature Spatial Modulation

Zehra Yigit and Ertugrul Basar (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

A Performance of Coded Modulation Based on Optimal Faster-than-Nyquist Signals

Aleksandr Gelgor and Anton Gorlov (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia)

Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing with Space and Frequency Index Modulation

Ersin Öztürk, Ertugrul Basar and Hakan A. Çırpan (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Performance Analysis of SEFDM with Optimal Subcarriers Spectrum Shapes

Aleksandr Gelgor, Anton Gorlov and Van Phe Nguyen (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia)


S07: Green Communications and Networking – I

Room: Cibali Hall


Policy Broker-centric Traffic Classifier Architecture for Deep Packet Inspection Systems with Route Asymmetry

Mehmet Akif Yazici (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey) and Kasim Oztoprak (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

A Dynamic Line Rate Assignment Strategy for MLR WDM Optical Networks

Gul Boztok Algin (Ege University, Turkey) and Turhan Tunali (Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)

Modeling of SIP Retransmission Traffic Under Lossy Network Conditions

Demir Yavas (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey), Ibrahim Hokelek (TUBITAK BILGEM, Turkey), Bilge Gunsel (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

Improving Video-on-Demand Performance by Multi-channel/ Multicast Approach in Cellular Networks

Reza Shokri Kalan (Ege University, Turkey)

ELATS: Energy and Locality Aware Aggregation Tree for Skip Graph

Yahya Hassanzadeh-Nazarabadi and Oznur Ozkasap (Koc University, Turkey)


D01: Demo Session

Room: Haliç Hall


Modeling of PCPB Energy Aware Scheduling Algorithm Implementation in Server Cluster

Volodymyr Prokopets, Larysa Globa, Nataliia Gvozdetska and Olexander Stepurin (National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Ukraine)

Expert system based on fuzzy logic decision making process

Larysa Globa, Anatoliy Dorovskih, Vasyl Kurdecha, Ivan Ishchenko and Andrii Zakharchuk (National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Ukraine)

Gathering and processing of information on marine moving facilities

Alexander Koval (National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Ukraine), Vyacheslav Senchenko (Institute for Information Recording, Ukraine), Alexander Gagarin and Volodymyr Gaydargu (National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, Ukraine)


Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 10:30-12:00


S08: Mobile and Wireless Communications and Networking – II

Room: Galata Hall


Discrete Fourier Transform Spread Zero Word OFDM

Mahyar Nemati and Hengameh Takshi (Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey), Huseyin Arslan (University of South Florida, USA)

A Novel One-Base Station Hybrid Positioning Method

Hengameh Takshi, Mahyar Nemati, Ercument Arvas and Tuncer Baykas (Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey)

In-situ experimental evaluation of LTE downlink signal levels in vicinity of base transceiver stations in urban area

Mimoza Ibrani, Enver Hamiti, Luan Ahma, Rreze Halili and Jeta Dobruna (University of Prishtina, Kosovo)

Multipath Delay Profile and Doppler Spread of Millimeter Radiowaves over the Sea Channel

Niloofar Mehrnia and Mehmet Kemal Ozdemir (Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey)

OpenMP and POSIX threads Implementation of Jerasure 2.0

Suayb S. Arslan (MEF University, Turkey), Hoa Le (Quantum Corporation, USA), Joseph Landman (Joyent, USA), Turguy Goker (Quantum Corporation, USA)


S09: Security, Privacy and Trust

Room: Cibali Hall


On Computational Approaches to Trust Evaluation in Large-Scale Social Networks

Shahriar Etemadi Tajbakhsh, Gaojie Chen and Justin P Coon (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

SU-PhysioDB: A Physiological Signals Database for Body Area Network Security

Duygu Karaoğlan Altop and Albert Levi (Sabanci University, Turkey), Volkan Tuzcu (Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey)

Robust Two-factor Smart Card Authentication

Omer Mert Candan and Albert Levi (Sabanci University, Turkey)

Secure Spectrum-Sharing Networks with Full-Duplex Multiple-antenna Wireless-Powered Secondary System

Zahra Mobini and Mohammadali Mohammadi (University of Shahrekord, Iran)

Big Data Security: Requirements, Challenges and Preservation of Private Data inside Mobile Operators

Cem Dinçer and Engin Zeydan (Türk Telekom Labs, Turkey)


Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 14:00-15:30


S10: Cooperative Communication – II

Room: Galata Hall


Space Shift Keying with Full Duplex Amplify and Forward Relaying

Asil Koc, İbrahim Altunbaş and Ertugrul Basar (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

On the Performance of Distributed Space-Time Coding with Selection Relaying and Beamforming for Two-Path Successive Relay Network

Mahsa Shirzadian Gilan and Ali Olfat (University of Tehran, Iran)

An Efficient Method for Channel State Information Feedback in the Relay X-Channel

Mohsen Rezaee (University of Tehran, Iran) and Behrouz Maham (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)

The Effect of Energy Efficiency and Spectrum Efficiency on Bit Error Rate for Unidirectional Relay Networks

Muhammad I. Khalil (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Channel Coded Complex Field Network Coding in Two-Way Relay Networks

Rida Khan, İbrahim Altunbaş and Gunes Karabulut Kurt (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)


S11: Internet of Things and Social Networks

Room: Cibali Hall


A Practical Social Relationship-Based System For Cooperative Internet of Things Operation

Yasser Gadallah (American University in Cairo, Egypt), Mostafa elTager (Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt), Yehea Ismail (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

Disaster Early Warning using Time-Critical IoT on Elastic Cloud Workbench

George Suciu (Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania), Andrei Scheianu (BEIA Consult International SRL, Romania), Marius Constantin Vochin (Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania)

Space technologies for disaster early warning and management

George Suciu (Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania), Laurentiu Bezdedeanu and Alex Ganaside (BEIA Consult International SRL, Romania), Marius Constantin Vochin (Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania)

Extracting User Profiles From Mobile Data

Hulya Yalcin (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)


Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 16:00-17:30


S12: Visible Light Communications

Room: Galata Hall


Handover in VLC Networks with Coordinated Multipoint Transmission

M. Selim Demir, Farshad Miramirkhani and Murat Uysal (Ozyegin University, Turkey)

Experimental Demonstration of Generalised Space Shift Keying for Visible Light Communication

Rui Bian and Stefan Videv (University of Edinburgh, UK), Alexander D Griffiths, Jonathan McKendry, Enyuan Xie, Erdan Gu and Martin Dawson (University of Strathclyde, UK), Harald Haas (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Direct Positioning in Synchronous and Asynchronous Visible Light Systems

Furkan Keskin, Sinan Gezici and Orhan Arikan (Bilkent University, Turkey)

Effects of Cooperation on Visible Light Positioning

Osman Erdem, Furkan Keskin and Sinan Gezici (Bilkent University, Turkey)

Visible Light Communication Assisted Safety Message Dissemination in Multiplatoon

Seyhan Ucar, Sinem Coleri Ergen and Oznur Ozkasap (Koc University, Turkey)


S13: Green Communications and Networking – II

Room: Cibali Hall


Power Control And Resource Allocation Approach For Throughput Enhancement and Interference Alleviation in TDD-OFDM Based Femtocell Networks

Mhd Tahssin Altabbaa, Taner Arsan and Erdal Panayirci (Kadir Has University, Turkey)

Reliable Low Latency Communications in LTE Networks

Evgeny Khorov, Artem Krasilov and Aleksei Malyshev (IITP RAS, Russia)

Downlink Radio Resource Allocation in OFDMA-Based Small Cells Networks

Keyvan Aghababaiyan (University of Tehran, Iran), Behrouz Maham (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)

Cloud-assisted Channel Selection for Wireless Mesh Networks

Salim Eryigit and Sarper Gokturk (AirTies Wireless Networks, Turkey)

Improving Distributed Maximum Weighted Matchings for Communication Networks

Can Umut Ileri and Orhan Dagdeviren (Ege University, Turkey)





Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)


Date and Time: June 6th 2017, 9 AM at D-Block


Title: Paving the Way Towards 5G Wireless Communication Networks


Abstract: 5G wireless communication networks are expected to fulfill the demand for higher data rates, lower latency, and/or massive connectivity of a growing number of users/devices exploiting a variety of wireless applications. This envisioned rapid increase in the use of wireless services lead the wireless research community to start looking at new technologies to address problems related to the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum exhaustion. This includes the development of (i) new techniques and concepts such as massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems and heterogeneous networks to improve the spectral efficiency at the link and network layers, respectively, and (ii) novel schemes to better utilize the unregulated bandwidth in particular in the upper millimeter wave, THz, and optical portion of the spectrum. This talk will first go briefly over the vision and goals of 5G wireless communication networks. Then it presents some of these emerging enabling technologies that need to be developed to pave the way towards the successful roll-out and operation of these future wireless networks. Finally, the talk offers at the end an overview of some of the recent results in the areas of massive MIMO systems, full-duplex communication systems, and optical (Li-Fi) wireless communication systems.


Bio: Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S’94, M’98, SM’03, F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.


Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers and of the Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most Cited Researchers, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a recipient of the Recognition Award of the IEEE ComSoc Wireless Technical Committee in 2016 and a co-recipient of best paper awards in ten IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC, and DySPAN). His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.



Prof. Thomas Magedanz

Technishe Universität Berlin


Date and Time: June 6th 2017, 1 PM at D-Block


Title:  Getting ready for 5G and Edge Computing – Understanding the Role of ETSI MANO and OpenBaton


Abstract: Future network infrastructures have to be highly flexible and efficient in order to enable agile and innovative business models. Thus software-based networks exploit network function virtualisation (NFV) and Software-defined networking (SDN) principles are emerging, in which virtualized network (and application) functions can be dynamically orchestrated and managed, i.e. deployed, moved, scalled up & down, and removed as needed. The emerging fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) is considered as a catalyst for the implementation of such a flexible softwarized network, in which the notion of the network edge becomes of key importance in order to meet specific 5G application requirements in regard to low latency, security, data processing and bandwidth optimization. This talk will describe the the state of play in 5G, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and FOG standardization and will highlight the importance of the ETSI Management and Orchestration (MANO) standardization in all of these activities. Based on this ground, this presentation will introduce the MANO Open Source reference implementation OpenBaton (www.openbaton.org), which is used around the globe in various 5G/NFV/SDN testbeds, such as the FOKUS 5G Playground and the IOT Lab. Examples will be shown how OpenBaton can dynamically create network slices which take into account MEC and FOG nodes, depending on different application needs.


Bio: Thomas Magedanz (PhD) is full professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks (www.av.tu-berlin.de) since 2004. In addition, he is director of the software-based networks competence center at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS (www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/go/ngni) in Berlin since 2003. Since 25 years Prof. Magedanz is working in the convergence field of fixed and mobile telecommunications, the internet and information technologies, which resulted in many international R&D and consultancy projects centered around the softwarization of networks and namely the prototyping of advanced Service Delivery and Control Platforms for converging fixed and mobile Next Generation Networks for major international network operators and equipment manufacturers. In the course of his research activities he published more than 300 technical papers/articles and his OpenXXX software toolkits and the build upon advanced mobile broadband network testbeds for 3G 4G and 5G prototyping are used in many pioneering R&D and innovation labs around the globe. The newest 5G-ready toolkits from his team are centered around 5G, SDN/NFV/MANO, MEC/FOG, M2M/IOT technologies and collectively form the new 5G Playground (www.5G-playground.org) which has been established in 2015. The Open 5G Playground has been extended in 2016 towards the 5G Berlin Testbed (www.5GBerlin.de), which enables Berlin to become the German 5G capital. In addition, Prof. Magedanz is optimizing 5G-ready technologies for Industrial Internet of Things applications and infrastructures and contributes to the Berlin Center for Digital Transfomation (www.digitale-vernetzung.org). For more details and a longer version look here: http://www.av.tu-berlin.de/menue/team/prof_dr_thomas_magedanz/



Prof. Erdal Arıkan

Bilkent University


Date and Time: June 7th 2017, 9 AM at D-Block


Title: Polar Coding for 5G


Abstract: We will review the current state of standardization in 5G as it relates to forward error correcting codes. Requirements will be reviewed and an assessment of state-of-the-art methods will be given with emphasis on polar coding. The talk will include a brief overview of polar coding.


Bio: Erdal Arıkan works as a Professor at the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department of Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He received his PhD degree from M.I.T. in 1986. He is best known for his work on polar coding for which he received the 2010 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award and the 2013 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Science Academy, Turkey.





Tutorial 1:


Nuria González Prelcic


Title: Signal Processing for Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications


Date and Time: June 8, 2017  9:00 AM -12:30 PM


Bio: Nuria González Prelcic is currently an Associate Professor in the Signal Theory and Communications Department, University of Vigo, Spain. She has held visiting positions with the University of New Mexico (2011), and The University of Texas at Austin (2014, 2015 and 2016). Her main research interests include signal processing theory and signal processing for wireless communications: filter banks, compressive sampling and estimation, multicarrier modulation, channel estimation and MIMO processing for millimeter wave communications. She has co-authored around 20 journal and conference papers in the topic of signal processing for mmWave communications since December 2014, including a tutorial published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing.  She is also serving as guest editor for the forthcoming special issue of this journal on signal processing for mmWave wireless communications. She has been the founder director of the Atlantic Research Center for Information and Communication Technologies (AtlantTIC) at the University of Vigo from 2010 to 2017.


Abstract: Communication at millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies is defining a new era of wireless communication. The mmWave band offers much higher bandwidth communication channels than presently used in commercial wireless systems. Wireless local area networks are already exploiting the 60 GHz mmWave band, while 5G cellular systems are likely to operate at other mmWave frequencies. Because of the large antenna arrays, different channel models, and new hardware constraints, signal processing is different in mmWave communication systems. This tutorial will provide an overview of mmWave wireless communication from a signal processing perspective. Topics covered include propagation models and the presence of sparsity in the channel, power consumption and resulting hardware constraints, MIMO techniques in mmWave including beam training, hybrid beamforming, MIMO with low-resolution analog-to-digital converters, and channel estimation. Millimeter wave communication is a topic of extreme interest right now in the signal processing and communication theory communities. We also note it is a significant area of interest for the US Government, with the FCC just releasing a notice of inquiry for using mmWave spectrum for mobile communication and suggesting potential spectrum. This tutorial opens the door to future applications of mmWave to cellular, transportation, massive MIMO, and wearables, reviewing as well current applications in WLAN. We believe that our tutorial is very timely given the growing interest in mmWave for cellular communication in particular.




Tutorial 2:


Evgeny Khorov


Title: Wi-Fi for 5G: Faster and Smarter


Date and Time: June 8, 2017  9:00 AM -12:30 PM


Bio: Evgeny Khorov received his BS and MS degrees with honors from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and PhD degree in Telecommunications from Institute for Information Transmission Problems (IITP RAS) in 2012. Currently he is a Senior Researcher and Team Leader at IITP RAS and Associate Professor at MIPT. Previously he was Deputy Head of IoT Lab at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests include 5G, Internet of Things, multiple channel access, QoS provisioning, cross-layer optimization, and performance evaluation methods. He has developed numerous mathematical models of networking protocols and designed several solutions, which are described in over 60 papers. Evgeny has led a number of national and international projects sponsored by academia foundations (RSF, RFBR, Ministry of Education) and industry. Being a member of IEEE 802.11 that develops and standardizes Wi-Fi, Evgeny Khorov has designed several improvements which were included in the 802.11ax standard aka High Efficiency WLANs. In 2015 Huawei RRC awarded him as the Best Cooperation Project Leader. Apart from that he received Russian Government Prize in 2016, Moscow Government Prize for Young Scientists in 2013, and Best Paper Award at ISWCS 2012.


Abstract: Wi-Fi is evolving. While 3GPP allows Wi-Fi to be just one of many radio-access technologies in a 5G suite, Wi-Fi itself becomes much more mature and powerful. During his 25-year history, it has extended its market from local area networks connecting computers, to the main Internet access technology available anywhere and anytime. Apart from obvious increase of data rates from generation to generation – 802.11 b, a/g, n, ac – special amendments to the Wi-Fi standard has been improved to provide QoS support, enable mesh networking, decrease power consumption. Thus Wi-Fi becomes not only faster but also smarter. The tutorial will focus on recent revolutionary amendments – existing or being under development – which increase its transmission range up to 1 km and make Wi-Fi suitable for Internet of Things and Industrial Internet applications (802.11ah), open the door for multi-gigabit millimeter wave communications (802.11ad/ay), improve performance in dense environment and introduce OFDMA (802.11ax), make networks greener (low power wake up radio) and provide new services in addition to data transmission, e.g. positioning (802.11az). We will discuss the existing solutions as well as open issues and possible problem statements.






Tutorial 3:


Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir and Mohamed-Slim Alouini


Title: Backhaul/Fronthaul for Ultra-Dense HetNets: Requirements, Emerging Technologies and Industrial Practices


Date and Time: June 8, 2017  2:00 PM -5:30 PM


Bio: Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (S’04, M’10, SM’16) is an Assistant Professor in Networks in the School of Engineering and Computing at University of the West Scotland (UWS), UK where he is a member of research institute for Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communication and Network (AVCN). Before joining UWS in Fall 2016, he has been working at Carleton University, Canada, Texas A&M University, Qatar and KAUST, Saudi Arabia on various national and international collaborative projects. Most of his research has been supported by industry partners such as NATS, T4i Engineering, Huawei, TELUS and sponsored through competitive funding agencies such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and KAUST Global Research Fund (GCR). Dr. Shakir’s main research interests include design, development and deployment of diverse wireless communication systems, including hyper-dense heterogeneous small cell networks, Green networks and 5G technologies such as D2D communications, Networked-flying platforms (NFPs) and IoT. Dr. Shakir has a track record of more than 75 technical journal and conference publications including many in the world’s most reputable journals in the areas of wireless communications, communication theory and green communications networks. He has also contributed to 7 books. Dr. Shakir is co-editor of two books and co-author of a book entitled Green Heterogeneous Wireless Networks published by Wiley John & Sons and endorsed by IEEE Press. Dr. Shakir has been/is giving tutorials on emerging wireless communication systems at IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE ICC 2016, Kuala Lumpur, IEEE ICUWB 2015, Montreal, IEEE GLOBECOM 2014/2015, Austin/San Diego, IEEE BlackSeaSom 2015, Constanta, Romania and IEEE ICC 2014, Sydney. He is the founding organizer and technical Chair of IEEE Workshop Next Generation Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks – BackNets, collocated annually with IEEE conferences. He has been/is also serving as a Chair/Co-Chair of several workshops/special sessions such as BackNets 2017, GRASNET 2017, BackNet 2016/2015, and GreenICT 2015 in IEEE flagship conferences, such as ICC, WCNC, VTC and GlobalSIP. He has been also serving on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC. He is an Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and has served as a lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. Dr. Shakir is serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical committee on backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. He has been serving as an active member to several IEEE ComSoc technical committees. From January 2012 to January 2016, he served as an elected Secretary to the IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 working group. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association.


Bio: Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S’94, M’98, SM’03, F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A\&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers and of the Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most Cited Researchers, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a recipient of the Recognition Award of the IEEE ComSoc Wireless Technical Committee in 2016 and a co-recipient of best paper awards in ten IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC, and DySPAN). His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.


Abstract: Heterogeneous small-cell networks (HetNets) are considered as one of the key architectural enablers to the challenging demands such as high spectral and energy efficiency of 5G mobile communication networks. Although the small-cell concept has been articulated and studied for many years within the 4G LTE framework, the concept has never found widespread application mainly due to the cost of deployment. In the conventional wireless networks, the cost of the macro-BS has been a dominant factor. The cost of a small-cell BS (SBS), on the other hand, is much lower in comparison to that of a macro-BS; but efficient and satisfactory operation of all these densely deployed small cells hinges on an economical and ubiquitous backhaul/fronthaul provisioning. Hence, there are considerable market interests on the development of innovative and smart backhaul/fronthaul solutions for ultra-dense HetNets. In this tutorial, we will first study the backhaul/fronthaul requirements (such as data rate, latency and implementation cost, etc.) and then present a comparative overview of several practical backhaul/fronthaul solutions for HetNets.  We will then explore Free-space optical (FSO) and mm-wave technologies as potential candidates to enable high capacity and low latency wireless backhauling/fronthauling. Hybrid backhaul/fronthaul approaches, such as usability of FSO and mm-wave with RF wireless backhaul/fronthaul systems will then be presented and discussed in detailed.  We will then cover a novel RAN architecture to realize a dense small-cell deployment, in which SBSs are connected to the core network through a vertical backhaul/fronthaul. The key technologies within this novel framework are the Networked Flying Platforms (NFPs) such unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned balloons and FSO.  Finally, the tutorial will present smart solutions to relax the backhaul/fronthaul requirements and discuss recent industrial practices for backhaul/fronthaul design in HetNets. Therefore, this tutorial targets to present an extensive overview of existing and emerging wireless backhaul/fronthaul solutions and their deployment implications in dense HetNet. Several simulation results and case studies will be presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the presented backhaul/fronthaul frameworks and their comparison to existing and other traditional technologies. Specifically, this tutorial will provide answers for the following:


What are the backhaul/fronthaul requirements for 5G networks (such as data rate, latency, reliability, etc.)?

What are the emerging high data rate competitive technologies to build wireless backhaul/fronthaul network between RRUs and BBUs in HetNet (NFPs, hybrid RF, FSO and mm-wave)?

What are the industrial practices for fronthauling and backhauling in HetNets?

What are the backhaul relaxation approaches (traffic offloading, D2D, Wi-Fi and WiGig enabled HetNets)?





Tutorial 4:


Hüseyin Arslan


Title: Flexible Radio Access Beyond 5G: A Future Projection


Date and Time: June 8, 2017  2:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Bio: Dr. Arslan (IEEE Fellow ) has received his BS degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 1992; MS and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1998 from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. USA. From January 1998 to August 2002, he was with the research group of Ericsson Inc., NC, USA, where he was involved with several projects related to 2G and 3G wireless communication systems. Since August 2002, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Dept. of University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, where he is a Professor. In December 2013, he joined Istanbul Medipol University to found the Engineering College, where he has worked as the Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. He has also served as the director of the Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the same university. In addition, he has worked as a part-time consultant for various companies and institutions including Anritsu Company, Savronik Inc., and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Dr. Arslan’s research interests are related to advanced signal processing techniques at the physical and medium access layers, with cross-layer design for networking adaptivity and Quality of Service (QoS) control. He is interested in many forms of wireless technologies including cellular radio, wireless PAN/LAN/MANs, fixed wireless access, aeronautical networks, underwater networks, in vivo networks, and wireless sensors networks. His current research interests are on 5G and beyond, physical layer security, interference management (avoidance, awareness, and cancellation), cognitive radio, small cells, powerline communications, smart grid, UWB, multicarrier wireless technologies, dynamic spectrum access, co-existence issues on heterogeneous networks, aeronautical (High Altitude Platform) communications, in vivo channel modeling and system design, and underwater acoustic communications. He has served as technical program committee chair, technical program committee member, session and symposium organizer, and workshop chair in several IEEE conferences. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Surveys and Tutorials and the Sensors Journal. He has also served as a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN), the Elsevier Physical Communication Journal, the Hindawi Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Wiley Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing Journal.


Abstract: Today’s wireless services and systems have come a long way since the rollout of the conventional voice-centric cellular systems. The demand for wireless access in voice and multimedia applications has increased tremendously. In addition to these, new application classes like extreme mobile broadband communication, ultra reliable and low latency communications, massive machine type communications, and Internet of Things have gained significant interest recently for 5G. The trend on the variety and the number of mobile devices along with the mobile applications will certainly continue beyond 5G, creating a wide range of technical challenges such as cost, power efficiency, spectrum efficiency, extreme reliability, low latency, robustness against diverse channel conditions, cooperative networking capability and coexistence, dynamic and flexible utilization of wireless spectrum. In order to address these technical challenges, 5G waveforms and radio access technologies (RATs) should be much more flexible. The current 4G systems rely on the orthogonal frequency multiple access (OFDM) waveform, which is not capable of supporting the diverse applications that 5G and beyond will offer. This is because the traffic generated by 5G and beyond is expected to have radically different characteristics and requirements when compared to current wireless technology. For 5G to succeed, numerous waveform alternatives have been explored to best meet its various technical requirements. However, none of the alternatives were able to address all the requirements at the same time. During the standardization of 5G, one thing has become certain: there is no single enabling technology that can achieve all of the applications being promised by 5G networking. This will be even more pronounced beyond 5G. For this purpose, the concept of using multiple OFDM numerologies, i.e., different parameterization of OFDM based subframes, within the same frame has been proposed in 3GPP discussions for 5G. This concept will likely meet the current expectations in multiple service requirements to some extent. However, since it is almost obvious that quantity of wireless devices, applications, and heterogeneity of user requirements will keep increasing towards the next decade(s), the sufficiency of the aforementioned flexibility level remains quite disputable considering future expectations. Therefore, novel RATs facilitating much more flexibility are needed to address the aforementioned technical problems. In this tutorial, we will discuss the potential directions to achieve further flexibility in RATs beyond 5G. In this context, a framework for developing flexible waveform, numerology, and frame design strategies will be discussed along with sample methods in this direction. We will also discuss their potential role to handle various issues in the upper system layers. The tentative outline of the tutorial will be as follows:


·         Channel and waveform

·         Application and waveform

·         Introduction to OFDM and Multi-Carrier Modulation

·         OFDM advantages and problems

·         Adaptive, Flexible & Cognitive OFDM

·         Other Important Waveforms (SC-FDE, SC-FDMA, DFT-s-OFDM, UW-OFDM etc. )

·         Numerology and OFDM (OFDM variants from OFDM baseline)

·         Future concepts in Waveform:

o   mmWave waveform design (SC versus MC in mmWave)

o   Hybrid waveforms

o   Flexible waveforms

o   Non-orthogonal waveform design

o   Differential modulation (non-coherent modulation) in OFDM (minimal pilot OFDM design)

o   PHY security in OFDM (secure OFDM design)

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