(WOS #01-GreeNets) Next Generation of Green ICT and 5G Networking


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The Workshop on Next Generation of Green ICT and 5G Networking will be held in conjunction with the 17th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband ICUWB’2017 in Salamanca, Spain, from September 12th to 15th, 2017.


Wireless networks are rapidly becoming the most popular way of connecting to broadband through home and mobile devices. The resulting customer demand for ubiquitous network access and wireless services is mainly responsible for increased energy consumption and consequently for the growing carbon footprint of the mobile communications industry. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and the mobile communications industry have been estimated to jointly represent around 2% of global CO2 emissions. Even with the technological advancements in the ICT infrastructure, 6-9% growth rate in CO2 emissions is expected every year till 2020 which shows a steep growing pattern over the last few years with the proliferation of smart phones, tablet computers, and other smart devices. The fundamental factors contributing to the overall global carbon footprint of mobile communications industry include production, operation, distribution and maintenance of the mobile communications networks, devices and services. Based on the listed facts and figures, it can be concluded that the ICT sector in general and mobile communication industry in particular are not exempted from reducing their carbon footprint and have a considerable potential to decrease global carbon footprint especially in developing and emerging economies. To fulfill the escalated customer demands, it is therefore essential to consider paradigm-shifting technologies to increase the spectral and energy efficiency of upcoming ICT and 5G wireless networks.

The debut edition of this workshop, GreeNets2017 , organized in conjunction with the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband ICUWB in Salamanca, Spain , will be a collection of outstanding technical research/position and industrial papers covering novel Green solutions and recent research results with wide range of ingredients within the 5G framework (with specific focus on Energy efficiency and low carbon emission technologies). The workshop will provide an opportunity for exchanging ideas and creating new space for innovative game-changing end-to-end Green solutions to the challenging problems of designing, monitoring and management of smart energy efficient communications systems for emerging applications and services in ICT.


This workshop will examine the technical challenges, review the economic feasibility, and discuss possible paths to regulatory solutions for future Green ICT and networking. The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Green emerging communication systems

  • M2M or machine type communications/networking
  • Vehicular networks and vehicle to vehicle (V2V) / vehicle to everything (V2X) communications
  • Smart Grid and power line communications
  • Wireless Body area networks
  • Smart homes and buildings (sensor networking, etc)
  • Energy efficiency in Internet of Things systems

Green broadband technologies and techniques

  • Massive MIMO, mm-wave and modern broadband communication technologies
  • Green backhaul/fronthaul technologies (FSO, mm-wave or hybrid solutions)
  • Device centric communications (D2D, Traffic offloading, Caching, social networking)
  • Integration of CRAN, HCRAN and other centralized cloud networking approaches
  • Networking function virtualization (virtual operator concept) and Software defined networking
  • Self-organization, management, self-healing
  • Green networking protocols and their implementations
  • Energy harvesting and wireless power transfer
  • Energy efficient resource allocation and cross-layer mechanisms

Green practices in ICT and networking

  • Carbon footprint of telecom infrastructure and broadband solutions
  • Business and commercial case studies
  • Energy management policies and standardization
  • Green economics
  • Green practices based on user experience
  • Techno-economic assessment of Green broadband solutions

Chairs and Organizers:

  • Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, University of the West of Scotland, UK
  • Osama Amin, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Hina Tabassum, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Majid Butt, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Afef Feki, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies France SASU

TPC Members:

  • Uzma Siddique, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Sudarshan Guruacharya, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Hakim Ghazzai, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Qatar
  • Ebrahim Bedeer, Carleton University, Canada
  • Ali Afana, Lakehead University, Canada
  • Yahia Eldemerdash, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Nicola Matchetti, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Yi Zhang Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Johann M. Marquez-Barja Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Ali Arshad, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Melissa Duarte, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies, France
  • Mustapha Amara, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies, France
  • Valerio Bioglio, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies, France
  • Meryem Benammar, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies, France

Submission & Publication:

More information: www.icuwb2017.org/participants/paper-submission