International Workshop on the Practical M2M Communications Issues and Solutions on 5G+ Commercial Cellular Networks

In Conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Selected Topics in Mobile & Wireless Networking (MoWNet’2017), May 17-19, 2017, Avignon, France


Workshop Chairs


-  Yasser Gadallah, American University in Cairo, Egypt


-  Mohamed Hossam Ahmed, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada


-  Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, University of the West of Scotland, UK



Call For Papers


Experts expect that machine type communications (MTC) will be the main traffic contributors through the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm starting the 5G launch timeframe. In many machine-to-machine (M2M) deployment scenarios, the wireless cellular technology seems to be the proper access technology to use due to its far-reaching range which makes the M2M deployments possible in areas that cannot be easily reached using, for example, capillary wireless technologies. M2M traffic has special characteristics such as its generally infrequent and short-lived access compared to human-to-human (H2H) traffic. In addition, machine type communications devices (MTCDs) are generally massively deployed over certain geographic areas. This introduces the issue of the coexistence between the M2M and H2H traffic types on cellular networks. There are many aspects that need to be addressed. For example, how resources will be shared and how the access priority will be decided especially with the vast variations of M2M application types and nature.  Add to this the rather strict quality of service requirements that are imposed by some H2H applications such as audio and video conferencing. From network operators’ perspective, M2M traffic presents a new arena of operations that they are not familiar with. They need to understand how they need to go about supporting this kind of traffic, and how they will balance its needs with those of the incumbent H2H traffic. Moreover, due to the vastly different nature of M2M traffic from that of H2H traffic, the accounting issues and service charges will have to be different in case of M2M traffic. All the previous issues are only a representative of a large assortment of technical and business challenges that need to be addressed for a successful proliferation of M2M applications that can truly transform human lives like never experienced in the past.


This workshop will be a venue for identifying the M2M communications issues on commercial 5G+ cellular networks, from all perspectives. The objective is to solicit technical and business solutions from both researchers and network operators to address these issues.


Authors are invited to submit their papers on the topics relevant to the above issues. The expected topics include (but are not limited to):


·        M2M admission control techniques in cellular networks

·        UAV-based cellular interface for new M2M and H2H communications

·        M2M network attachment issues and methods

·        M2M and H2H optimized resource sharing

·        Massive MIMO as a possible M2M/H2H coexistence technology

·        Securing MTCD access to cellular networks

·        Virtualization solutions for M2M/H2H traffic types

·        M2M services commissioning

·       Accounting profiles and strategies for M2M communications

Important Dates


Submission deadline: February 10, 2017

Acceptance notification: March 5, 2017

Final camera-ready paper: March 20, 2017

Submission Details


Papers should be written in English conforming to the IEEE standard conference format (8.5" x 11" - US letter, Two-Column). The initial submission for review will be limited to 8 pages. The final manuscript for publication will be limited to 8 IEEE pages. Additional charges may apply for additional pages.


Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Each accepted paper must be presented at the workshop by one of the co-authors or a third party, otherwise it will not be indexed and archived through IEEE Xplore.


Only timely submissions through EDAS at will be accepted.