Saturday, January 9


8:30 - 16:30 | Sunset 3


Tutorial #1:   4G to 5G and beyond: From theory to practice 

Presenters:  Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe and Kirk Webb

Abstract:   This tutorial will introduce attendees to core mobile networking concepts in both 4G and 5G, as well as enabling technologies that will form part of the expected 5G architecture. The tutorial will combine lecturing with strong hands-on sessions, thus not only providing attendees with a deep understanding of the topics, but bootstrapping them with the tools to enable practical research in this domain. For the hands-on exploration we will make use of the, remotely accessible, PhantomNet mobile testbed at the University of Utah. Specifically, after a lectured introduction of each concept or technology, attendees will either be guided through a hands-on exploration thereof on the testbed, or be shown how the testbed might be used in performing such exploration.

8:30 - 12:00 | Sunset 4


Tutorial #2:   Stochastic Geometry Modeling of Ultra-Dense Heterogeneous Cellular Networks:  Simulation, Performance Evaluation, and Experimental Validation

Presenter:  Marco Di Renzo

Abstract:  This tutorial is aimed to provide a comprehensive crash course on the critical and essential importance of spatial models for an accurate system-level analysis and optimization of emerging 5G ultra-dense and heterogeneous cellular networks. Due to the increased heterogeneity and deployment density, new flexible and scalable approaches for modeling, simulating, analyzing and optimizing cellular networks are needed. Recently, a new approach has been proposed: it is based on the theory of point processes and it leverages tools from stochastic geometry for tractable system-level modeling, performance evaluation and optimization. The potential of stochastic geometry for modeling and analyzing cellular networks will be investigated for application to several emerging case studies, including massive MIMO, mmWave communication, and wireless power transfer & energy harvesting. In addition, the accuracy of this emerging abstraction for modeling cellular networks will be experimentally validated by using base station locations and building footprints from two publicly available databases in the United Kingdom (OFCOM and Ordnance Survey). This topic is highly relevant to the attendees of IEEE CCNC, who are highly interested in understanding the potential of a variety of candidate communication technologies for 5G networks.


8:30 - 12:00 | Sunset 5


Tutorial #3:  Understanding Latency - A Root Cost and Mitigation Approach

Presenter:   Joe Touch  

Abstract: Latency has always been a key part of network performance, but recent Increases in network bandwidth, router forwarding speed, and end-system computational resources have elevated it to a primary focus for electronic traders, search engines, name-servers, data centers, and home Internet users. Even so, latency has typically been challenging to both measure and to mitigate, largely because previous approaches have addressed symptoms resulting from complex combinations of root causes and because end-to-end interaction delays are a multidimensional combination of these effects. This tutorial presents a comprehensive exploration of latency by focusing on the independent root causes and their associated costs, and exploring mitigations directly focused on those causes. We begin with an analysis of the transaction latency budget and its relation to the communicating parties - whether human or computer, pairwise or group. We explore boundaries of that budget, whether binary or gradated, and the complex ways in which latency costs can be usefully expressed. The root causes of generation, transmission, processing, multiplexing, and grouping are discussed in depth as well as corresponding mitigations of relocation, speed-up, resource dedication, and avoidance. We address these causes and mitigations in the context of examples including ‘bufferbloat’, Internet and big-data search, and protocols specifically aimed at reducing or tolerating latency for a variety of environments including home Internet access, data center operation, high-speed trading, and interplanetary communication. This tutorial also focuses on emerging opportunities for latency reduction that resulted from resource trade-off changes, including reducing component message sizes and a variety of anticipation techniques. Finally, we discuss how to apply these mitigations and new opportunities in both current and future network architectures, including wireless and optical physical layers; packet and circuit systems; location, location-independent, and name-based services; and network management.


13:00 - 16:30 | Sunset 4

Tutorial #4:   Energy Efficient Design of 5G Networks 

Presenters:  Fabrizio Granelli and Marco di Renzo

Abstract: The tutorial is aimed at providing an energy efficient perspective on the design of 5G networks, by first introducing the 5G scenario and providing an overview of power consumption in cellular networks, aimed at identifying the major sources of power consumption and to understand the basic tradeoffs in energy efficient design of 5G networks.


13:00 - 16:30 | Sunset 5


Tutorial #5  Defining and analysing the Internet of Things in the age of Social Networks, Clouds, and Future Internet

Presenters:  Antonio Iera and Luigi Atzori

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) has undergone different evolutions since its birth dated back to the first years of last decade, with the result that many technological approaches and visions have been proposed. These are, sometimes, in contrast with each other and, thus, generate confusion about the actual role and features of the IoT. This tutorial aims at (i) presenting the evolution of the IoT paradigm and highlighting how the emerging computing and communication paradigms (e.g., Information Centric Networking, Social Networks, Cloud computing) are transforming the IoT in terms of architectures, technologies, and protocols, and (ii) giving a modern definition of the IoT phenomenon by pointing out the differences between IoT and those technologies often confused with it, such as smart Sensors, RFID, and M2M.


13:00 - 16:30 | Sunset 6


Tutorial #6:  Big Data from Cellular Networks: Challenges, Applications, and Lessons Learned

Presenters:   Fehmi Ben Abdesslem and Anders Lindgren  
Abstract: This tutorial gives participants an overview on research works and advances in the analysis of big data collected from cellular networks. The tutorial covers (i) the different types of datasets that can be collected and analysed from cellular networks, (ii) the different applications made possible by analysing big data, (iii) the challenges encountered and tackled by researchers when collecting and analysing this data, and (iv) practical lessons learned when analysing big data from cellular networks. Participants will acquire a better understanding of the new applications and challenges emerging from cellular network data, and will be equipped to analyse cellular data in their own research work.  


Tuesday, January 12

8:30 -12:00 | Sunset 2


Tutorial #7:   Smart Cities and the Vehicular Cloud: Next Generation Vehicular Networking as a Primary Building Block

Presenters:   Onur Altintas and Falko Dressler

Abstract: Information and communication systems play a critical role in building smart cities and supporting comprehensive urban informatics. Advanced communication and computing techniques can facilitate a participatory approach for achieving integrated solutions and creating novel applications to improve urban life and build a sustainable society. Looking back at the last decade, one can observe enormous progress in the domain of vehicular networking. In this growing community, many ongoing activities focus on the design of communication protocols to support safety applications, intelligent navigation, multi-player gaming and others. Very large projects have been initiated to validate the theoretic work in field tests and protocols are being standardized. We will primarily discuss the challenges and opportunities of the connected cars vision in relation to some of the most needed components in modern smart cities: improved road traffic safety combined with reduced travel times and emissions. Using selected application examples including the use of virtual traffic lights, intelligent intersection management, and platooning, we assess the needs on the underlying system components with a particular focus on inter-vehicle communication. We also shed light on the potentials of a vehicular cloud based on parked vehicles as a spatio-temporal network and storage infrastructure. Vehicular networking solutions have been investigated for more than a decade but recent standardization efforts just enable a broad use of this technology to build large scale Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). One of the key questions is whether some pre-deployed infrastructure is needed to enable and to boost vehicular networks. We see many benefits in such infrastructure to store information and to provide connectivity among the vehicles. Yet, instead of using Roadside Units (RSUs), we envision to rely on parked vehicles to provide such vehicular cloud services.


8:30 - 12:00 | Sunset 3


Tutorial #8:   Internet of Thing (IoT) and Big Data Paradigm in Consumer Applications"


Abdur Rahim Biswas and R. Venkatesha Prasad