Visions for Future Communications Summit

23rd, 24th October 2017

ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon (Portugal)

Organized by Networld2020 with the support of 5G Infrastructure Association, European Commission, IEEE and National Science Foundation


For registration please click HERE


During the last years communications researchers have made great progress in all aspects of communications. Breakthroughs in optical communications, enhancements of the Internet architecture and novel data exploitation technologies, have enabled the high-capacity converged networks supporting highly diverse services. These advances have caused profound changes in the life of human beings worldwide. The perspectives for the future are of even more disruptive changes improving the quality of life our society.

As we are approaching the end of this decade, the fifth generation mobile network (5G) technology, providing mobile communication services of unprecedented quality, is on the path to become a commercial reality. This recent progress towards 5G has been enabled by a clear focus of research organizations, governmental research programs and the communications industry at large on this target. This is the critical time when researchers are starting to think about the next big steps in communications. How will people and machines communicate in the future? What kind of new communication services and data usage will impact our lives towards the end of the next decade? What will be the directions and challenges in communications and networking after 5G? What disruptive transmission technologies, network architectures, management and control schemes will allow us to take communications yet another step further?

The Visions for Future Communications Summit, sharing the vision pursued by the IEEE 5G Initiative, will bring together thought leaders from research, industry and governments, to discuss their visions of the future of communications. The 2 day event will consist of keynote presentations, invited presentations as well as submissions from open call addressing future challenges and opportunities in communications. Contributions will be selected based on visionary appeal rather than proven results. Emphasis will be put on disruptive ideas that can change the world. The conference will address network architectures and control, physical layer and transmission technologies as well as service related aspects in 3 parallel tracks.

In the services track we will discuss new communications services, their requirements and their impact on a changing society, including aspects such as cloudification and protection against cyber crime and cyber war. The network architecture and control track will (among other points) address radically new network architecture, the use of big data to manage networks effectively, self-organizing and maintenance free ubiquitous networks. The physical layer track will include radically new approaches such as quantum based communications, nano-scale communications or new materials such as graphene enabled communications.

Invited Speakers

Adam Drobot
Adam Wolisz
Andrea Goldsmith
Diego Lopez
Edward Knightly
Gonzalo Camarillo
Henning Schulzrinne
Ian Akyildiz
Joerg Widmer
Karen Bergman
Latif Ladid
Lajos Hanzo
Miguel Costa
Martina Zitterbart
Nuria Oliver
Peter Steekiste
P. R. Kumar
Ramjee Prasad
Roberto Verdone

Track Speakers

Aurora Ramos (ATOS)
Dirk Trossen (InterDigital Europe, Ltd.)
Franco Davolii (Univ. Genoa / CNIT S3ITI)
Marcello Caleffi (Uni. Naples)
Alexis Dowhuszko (CTTC)
Pedro Diogo (Ubiwhere)
Gino Carrozzo (Nextworks)
Artur Hecker (Huawei Technologies)
Rui Campos (INESC TEC)
Slawomir Pietrzyk (IS-Wireless)
Lorenzo Favalli (Uni. Pavia)
Manuel Ricardo (INEXT TEC / FEUP)
Peter Schoo (Huawei Duesseldorf)
Samer Bazzi (Huawei Duesseldorf)
Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Tech. Uni. Catalunya)


The workshop will have three keynote presentations, and a total of 18 technical sessions, with five speakers each. These sessions will be followed by a final session where the conclusions of these sessions will be summarized, and final presentations by research agencies such as the NSF and the EU R&D organization will share and discuss their visions of future communications research with the participants to identify new, "post 5G" R&D directions as well as gaps and opportunities to be addressed in future R&D programs.

Programme Structure

The event will be structured in the following way:

TimeDay 1 (October 23rd, 2017) Morning Session
9h00-9h30Plenary Keynote - Ian Akyildiz
9h40-11h10Future Wireless Systems
11h10-11h30Coffee Break
11h30-13h00New Systems and Objects
TimeDay 1 (October 23rd, 2017) Afternoon Session
14h30-15h00Plenary Keynote - Gonzalo Camarillo
15h10-16h40Getting Novel Radio Solutions
16h40-17h00Coffee Break
17h00-18h30What will be the limits of control intelligence?
19h30-22h30Social Event
TimeDay 2 (October 24rd, 2017) Morning Session
9h00-9h30Plenary Keynote - (above)
9h40-11h00Future Security Challenges
11h00-11h40Coffee Break
11h40-13h00Developing Services in a real-time, MIoT world
TimeDay 2 (October 24rd, 2017) Afternoon Session
14h00-14h30EU Challenges and Plans
14h30-15h00NSF Challenges and Plans
15h00-15h30Workshop Summary and Next Steps
15h30-16h00Group Discussion
16h00-16h15Closing Session


You are invited to submit your contribution in the form of an abstract of max. 1000 words and/or a short set of max. 8 view graphs (please use the following link). Presentations in the conference will be limited to 12 minutes, i.e. 15 minutes incl. Q&A. A collection of presentation material will be provided to the participants, however no long papers will be requested or archived. Contributions should address one of the three tracks below, including but not limited to the topics and areas listed below.

Service aspects and architectures, including cyber security and cloud
  1. New Services consumers and producers
  2. Service for aging populations
  3. New service architectures and business models
  4. Services for machines and machines for service
  5. Guaranteed communication security and privacy
  6. Cyber Crime and Cyber War threats and defense
  7. And other disruptive concepts
Novel Network Architectures and Control Schemes
  1. New Internet Architectures, e.g. Content Centric Networking
  2. Tactile Internet
  3. Big Data to manage network operation
  4. Self-organizing communications
  5. Maintenance free networks
  6. Secure fool-proof systems
  7. And other disruptive technologies
Advances in Physical Layer and transmission technologies
  1. Future wireless communications
  2. Quantum communications
  3. Nano-scale communications
  4. Graphene enable communications
  5. And other disruptive technologies

Important Dates

Abstract (max 1000 words) and/or view graphs (max 8): September 7th September 25th, 2017
Notification of acceptance: September 21st, 2017September 30th
Summit date: October 23th, 24th, 2017


Steering Committee:

  • Rui Aguiar, Networld2020 Chair. Head of Networks and Multimedia in Instituto de Telecomunicações and Professor at U. Aveiro.
  • Arturo Azcorra, Networld2020 Expert Group Chair. Director of IMDEA Networks and Professor at U. Carlos III.
  • Roberto de Marca, National Council of Science and Technology of Brazil.
  • Thyagarajan Nandagopal, Program Director at US National Science Foundation.
  • Heiner Stuettgen, Vice President at NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Organization Committee:

  • Rui Aguiar, Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro
  • Pedro Sebastião, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
  • Daniel Corujo, Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro
  • José Quevedo, Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro
  • Venue

    The Visions for Future Communications Summit will be held at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). ISCTE-IUL is located in Lisbon Center, close to the Entrecampos train and metro stations.


    Portugal Chapter

    Also supported by:

    Technical co-sponsorship


    Please send any questions to: questions_vts (at) atnog (dot) av (dot) it (dot) pt