IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity

Call For Papers


Mobile communications continues to play an important role in modern economy, including consumer, health, education, logistics, and other major industries. Mobile communications networks of today have successfully connected a vast majority of global population. After creating the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptop, the focus of mobile communications is moving towards providing ubiquitous connectivity for machines and devices, thereby creating the Internet-of-Things (IoT).  With the technological advancements of today, stage is being set for the emergence of the Tactile Internet in which ultra-reliable and ultra-responsive network connectivity will enable it to deliver real-time control and physical tactile experiences remotely.

The Tactile Internet will provide a true paradigm shift from content-delivery to skill-set delivery networks, and thereby revolutionize almost every segment of the society.

As per ITU, the Tactile Internet will add a new dimension to human-machine interaction by delivering a low latency enough to build real-time interactive systems. Further, the Tactile Internet has been described as a communication infrastructure combining low latency, very short transit time, high availability and high reliability with a high level of security. Associated with cloud computing proximity through e.g. mobile edge-clouds and combined with the virtual or augmented reality for sensory and haptic controls, the Tactile Internet addresses areas with reaction times in the order of a millisecond.

Because the Tactile Internet will be servicing really critical aspects of society, it will need to be ultra-reliable, with a second of outage per year, support very low latencies, and have sufficient capacity to allow large numbers of devices to communicate with each other simultaneously and autonomously. It will be able to interconnect with the traditional wired Internet, the mobile Internet and the IoT thereby forming an Internet of entirely new dimensions and capabilities. State-of-the-art fourth generation (4G) mobile communications systems do not largely fulfil the technical requirements for the Tactile Internet. Therefore, fifth generation (5G) mobile communications systems are expected to underpin the Tactile Internet at the wireless edge.

To this end, 5G TACNET workshop cordially invites researchers to share latest research insights and present key and emerging results on the Tactile Internet enablers, including novel networking protocols, wireless techniques, new hardware designs, and novel data processing. Technical papers describing recent research results and controversial but substantiated opinions that may influence the direction of future R&D work are solicited.

Topics of Interest include (but not limited to):

Networking and Cloud Technologies

  • Edge-computing and edge-intelligence
  • Network function virtualization
  • Multi-service network slicing
  • Cloud and Fog technologies
  • Network functional decomposition

Wireless Communications

  • Low-latency and high-availability protocol design
  • New Physical layer techniques
  • Novel architecture design
  • Fine-grained and dynamic QoS/QoE
  • Radio resource management

Applications and Platforms

  • Tactile Internet use-cases and scenarios
  • Wireless robotics and control systems
  • Industrial communication systems
  • Prototypes, test-beds, and demos
  • Silicon systems and hardware revolutions
  • Tactile Internet standardization

Data Processing

  • Digitizing tactile signals
  • Tactile codecs design
  • Multi-modal data multiplexing
  • Error-resilient data compression
  • Big-data and machine learning

Submission Guideline: see

Submission link:


 Paper Submission Deadline: 3 January 2018

Acceptance Notification: February 21, 2018

Final Paper submission: March 5, 2018


Workshop Organizers & TCP Chairs


Dr. Meryem Simsek, International Computer Science Institute Berkeley, USA

Dr. Adnan Aijaz, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd., UK

Dr. Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, UK


TPC Chairs:

Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, Technical University Dresden, Germany

Prof. Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK

Dr. Joachim Sachs, Ericsson Research, Sweden