IEEE Global Communications Conference
4–8 December 2022 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Accelerating the Digital Transformation through Smart Communications

WS17: Next-Generation Radio Access Networks: Architectures, Interfaces, and Implementations

WS17: Next-Generation Radio Access Networks: Architectures, Interfaces, and Implementations

Different from previous generations of mobile wireless networks, 5G and 6G cellular systems are undergoing an unprecedented architectural transformation, from an inflexible and monolithic system to flexible, agile, programmable, and disaggregated architectures. This will make it possible to support wireless networks with service heterogeneity, coordination among multiple technologies, and rapid on-demand service deployments. Such transformation is enabled by emerging Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) and Software-defined RAN (SD-RAN) paradigms, which provide virtualization, softwarization, intelligence, and flexibility, while defining open interfaces for network innovation. Thanks to this, next-generation 5G and 6G wireless networks will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into deployment, operation, and maintenance of the network. Additionally, thanks to the recent investments in large scale community testbeds, such research can be experimentally verified, which will enable the easier transition to practice and refining models and simulators based on experimental data.  

This workshop will provide a forum to discuss and exchange innovative ideas, results and share experiences in next generation wireless radio access networks (NG-RANs) architecture, interfaces and implementations. It is targeted to discuss and educate about advances in fundamental and applied research, regulations, standardization, testbeds, and data.  


Topics include (but not limited to):  

  • O-RAN architecture, xApps, and rApps 

  • Novel interfaces for Next-G RAN, SD-RAN, and O-RAN

  • Machine, Deep, Federated, and Transfer Learning for Next-G RANs 

  • Self-organizing Next-G RANs 

  • Quality of Service (QoS) issues such as Dynamic Resource Allocation, Spectrum Allocation, Energy Efficiency for Next-G RANs 

  • Next-G RAN Slicing 

  • Novel transmission technologies for Next-G RANs 

  • New transceiver algorithms prototyping and architectural implementations 

  • AI enabled zero touch Next-G RANs 

  • Edge AI for Next-G RANs 

  • Decentralized AI for Next-G RANs 

  • Physical and medium control layer techniques for Next-G RANs 

  • Scheduling and routing for Next-G RANs 

  • Security aspects of Next-G RANs 

  • Simulators, testbeds, and software for O-RAN and Next-G RANs 

  • Next-G RAN prototyping and implementations

  • New ideas and concepts for O-RAN, SD-RAN, and Next-G RANs 

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