Visions for Future Communications Summit

23rd, 24th October 2017

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal)

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

Presentation slides now available 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 (OpenTechWorks Inc.)
Adam Wolisz (Technical University Berlin / U. C. Berkerley)
Andrea Goldsmith (U. Stanford)
Diego Lopez (Telefonica)
Edward Knightly (Rice U.)
Gonzalo Camarillo (Ericsson)
Henning Schulzrinne (U. Columbia)
Ian Akyildiz (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Joerg Widmer (IMDEA Networks)
Keren Bergman (U. Columbia)
Latif Ladid (U. Luxembourg)
Lajos Hanzo (U. Southampton)
Miguel Costa (Vodafone)
Martina Zitterbart (Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie)
Nuria Oliver (Vodafone)
Peter Steenkiste (CMU)
P. R. Kumar (Texas A&M University)
Roberto Verdone (U. Bologna)

Track Speakers

Elisa Jimeno (ATOS)
Dirk Trossen (InterDigital Europe, Ltd.)
Franco Davolii (Univ. Genoa / CNIT S3ITI)
Marcello Caleffi (Uni. Naples / CNIT LNCM)
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 (INESC TEC / FEUP)
Peter Schoo (Huawei Duesseldorf)
Wen Xu (Huawei Duesseldorf)
Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Tech. Uni. Catalunya)
Tomaso De Cola, DLR (German Aerospace Center)
Werner Mohr (Nokia)


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
Rector of ISCTE
President of Instituto de Telecomunicacoes
Networld2020 Chair
Internet of NanoThings and Bio-NanoThings pdf
Ian Akyildiz (Georgia Institute of Technology)
New Systems and Objects
Panel Chair: Augusto Albuquerque (ISCTE-IUL)
Adam Drobot (OpenTechWorks Inc.) pdf
Keren Bergman (U. Columbia) pdf
Lajos Hanzo (U. Southampton) pdf
Marcello Caleffi (U. Naples / CNIT LNCM) pdf
Tomaso De Cola, DLR (German Aerospace Center) pdf
11h10-11h30Coffee Break
Future Network Visions
Panel Chair:Roberto de Marca (IEEE)
Alexis Dowhuszko (CTTC) pdf
Latif Ladid (U. Luxembourg) pdf
Peter Steenkiste (Carnegie Mellon U.) pdf
Werner Mohr (Nokia) pdf
TimeDay 1 (October 23rd, 2017) Afternoon Session
The Future of Wireless and What it Will Enable
Andrea Goldsmith (U. Stanford) pdf
Novel Radio Solutions
Panel Chair:Francisco Cercas (ISCTE-IUL)
Edward Knightly (Rice U.) (request)
Joerg Widmer (IMDEA Networks) pdf
Manuel Ricardo (INESC TEC / FEUP) pdf
Wen Xu (Huawei) pdf
16h40-17h00Coffee Break
What will be the limits of control intelligence?
Panel Chair: Arturo Azcorra (IMDEA Networks and U. Carlos III)
Gino Carrozzo (Nextworks) pdf
Artur Hecker (Huawei Technologies) pdf
Diego Lopez (Telefonica) pdf
Franco Davoli (U. Genoa / CNIT S3ITI) pdf
Slawomir Pietrzyk (IS-Wireless) pdf
19h30-22h30Social Event
TimeDay 2 (October 24rd, 2017) Morning Session
The Global Internet of the Future
Gonzalo Camarillo (Ericsson) pdf
Networking, Security and Society
Panel Chair: Rui Aguiar (U. Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações)
Adam Wolisz (Technical University Berlin / U. C. Berkerley) pdf
Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Tech. Uni. Catalunya) pdf
Martina Zitterbart (Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie) pdf
Pedro Diogo (Ubiwhere) pdf
Peter Schoo (Huawei) (n/a)
11h00-11h40Coffee Break
Operating Networks and Services
Panel Chair: Heinrich Stuettgen (NEC)
Elisa Jimeno (ATOS) pdf
Henning Schulzrinne (U. Columbia) pdf
Lorenzo Favalli (U. Pavia) pdf
Miguel Costa (Vodafone) pdf
P. R. Kumar (Texas A&M University) pdf
TimeDay 2 (October 24rd, 2017) Afternoon Session
14h00-14h30EU Challenges and Plans (Remy Bayou) pdf
14h30-15h00Workshop Summary and Next Steps (Arturo Azcorra) pdf
15h00-16h00Group 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
  • Flávio Meneses, 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.

    Official location LINK


    Portugal Chapter

    Also supported by:

    Technical co-sponsorship


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