IEEE International Conference on Communications
14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal
Connectivity – Security – Privacy

Call for Papers

With 5G networks being rolled out this year, new and more stringent performance requirements are expected of beyond 5G wireless networks, which will have to provide very high data-rates, as well as heterogeneous services, such as sensing, localization, and low-latency ultra-reliable communications. In order to achieve these challenging goals, a promising approach lies in integrating reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs), also known as intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs), into the architecture of future wireless communication networks. RISs are thin layers of meta-materials which can be designed to have specific electromagnetic properties. RISs can be used to coat environmental objects, thus enabling to customize the propagation properties of the communication environment. This potentially yields a huge increase of the degrees of freedom that can be exploited for system performance optimization, provided the challenges related to the incorporation of RIS into wireless networks can be overcome. This workshop is expected to bring together academic and industrial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major technical challenges and recent breakthroughs related to RIS. Two keynotes by foremost experts on RIS will be offered during the workshop, and one panel will showcase a demonstrator of the RIS technology. Paper contributions are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

- Fundamental theory for RIS-based communications

- Transceiver optimization for RIS-based communications

- Resource Allocation for RIS-based communications

- Channel measurement and modeling for RIS-based communications

- Artificial intelligence for RIS-based communications

- Prototypes and test-beds for RIS-based communications

- Security in RIS-based communications

- Software-defined design and implementation for RIS-based communications

- Indoor/outdoor localization for RIS-based communications

- Distributed deployment and network planning of RIS-based communications

- Integration of RIS with state-of-the-art wireless technologies (e.g., small cells, Massive MIMO, millimeter-wave communications, visible light communications, THz communication, IoT, drone-aided communications, energy harvesting, etc.) 

The workshop accepts only novel and previously unpublished English-written papers, with a maximum length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font) including figures without incurring additional page charges (maximum 1 additional page with over-length page charge if accepted). 

Authors should submit their contributions through EDAS at the following link

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 20 January 2021 19 February 2021 [FIRM]
Notification of Acceptance: 20 February 2021 22 March 2021
Camera-ready Papers: 1 March 2021 31 March 2021 8 April 2021 (FIRM)


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