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A lectureship position is open at Durham University 
Details about this position can be found at the following link:

The post is for a lecturer in Electronics. The post-holder will be expected to undertake research, to teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses within Electronics and to contribute to the teaching of related topics such as Engineering Design. The successful candidate will join the School’s Electronics Research and Teaching Group and would be expected to contribute to the teaching, research and administrative duties of the School and of that Group.

Deadline: 26th of June


IEEE 2nd International Workshop on Femtocell Networks (FEMnet)

in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2011, Houston, TX, USA
Workshop Date: Monday, 5 December 2011



Important Dates:

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 7 July 2011
  • Acceptance Notification: 15 August 2011
  • Camera-Ready Submission: 31 August 2011
  • Workshop Date: 6 December 2011


The organizing committee:
- Vikram Chandrasekhar, Texas Instruments, Texas USA
- David López-Pérez, King's College London, UK
- Emilio Calvanese Strinati, CEA-Leti, France

The Steering Committee:
- Tony Q.S. Quek, Institute for Infocomm Research
- Ismail Guvenc, DOCOMO USA Labs
- Marios Kountouris, SUPELEC


Femtocells, which are low-powered cellular access points deployed in residential homes and offices, are one solution to the problem of enhancing indoor coverage and improving area spectral efficiency in cellular systems by reducing the distance between transmitters and receivers and alleviating the traffic burden on the macrocell base stations. In this way, femtocell networks can potentially improve spatial reuse. Femtocells may also reduce deployment costs and provide energy savings. This new networking topology, however, also comes with its own challenges. There are significant technical problems that need to be addressed for the successful deployment and operation of femtocells. In particular, due to lack of coordination with the rest of the network, interference management is a fundamental issue. By
exploiting ideas from traditional multi-cell power control, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access, femtocell base stations can be designed to react, based on their interference conditions, by adapting their signaling strategy or opportunistically accessing shared radio resources. Recent advances in the understanding of interference channels, cooperative games and distributed optimization theory could also be useful for novel designs of future femtocells. Finally, research on femtocell networks could benefit from backhaul coordinated multi-point transmission schemes wherein multiple base stations steer their beams through array processing to minimize interference.

This workshop will bring together academic and industrial researchers/engineers to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to femtocell networks. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Downlink and uplink PHY/MAC design for femtocells in 3G-HSPA/EV-DO, WiMAX, and LTE systems, as well as beyond 4G communication systems
  • Indoor/outdoor radio propagation models.
  • Interference analysis, avoidance, and mitigation
  • Coexistence between a macrocell network and femtocell network
  • Resource allocation techniques
  • Load balancing
  • Closed subscriber group (CSG) versus open-access femtocells
  • Power control and power saving mechanisms (e.g., sleep/idle mode etc.)
  • Mobility support and handover
  • Time synchronization
  • Cognitive femtocell networks
  • Fundamental trade-offs between femtocells, picocells, small cells, relay networks, and distributed antenna systems
  • Comparison with other fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) approaches
  • Self organizing networks and issues in self maintenance and self install
  • Issues related to enterprise femtocells
  • Spectrum sensing issues
  • Reduction in energy consumption
  • Back-hauling and quality of service issues

All submissions should be written in English. The maximum number of pages for a paper is 6; 5 pages plus 1 additional page allowed with a charge for the one additional page of USD100 if accepted. Papers exceeding 6 pages will not be accepted at EDAS, nor reviewed at all. For further details, please visit


Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
invites applications for


More information can be found here.


Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd.

Senior Research Fellow in Radio Network Planning and Optimisation
Senior Consultant in Radio Network Planning and Optimisation

Senior Research Fellow/Consultant x 1 (18-month fixed-term contract) – Ref: SRF-11-05A
Senior Research Fellow/Consultant x 1 (24-month fixed-term contract) – Ref: SRF-11-05B

Starting from Sept. 2011 (or ASAP) for 18 or 24 months in the first instance.

Salaries: GBP 35K to 45K per annum;
Full time

Closing date: 20 June 2011 (Applications will be screened as soon as they arrive).

Job Description
Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd. ( has two openings of research fellows/consultants in radio propagation and GSM/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/CDMA2000/HSPA/LTE/LTE-A radio network simulation, planning and optimisation.

To apply, you must have a substantial research or industrial experience in radio propagation or 2G/3G/4G radio network optimization etc. You should have strong background and a very good understanding in one or more of the following areas:

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE network optimisation
  • TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/CDMA2000/HSPA simulation, planning and optimisation
  • FDD and/or TDD LTE/LTE-A simulation, planning and optimization
  • Project bid and management experience
  • Radio network planning tools development
  • Excellent skills in propagation modelling using ray tracing/launching, FDTD etc.
  • Optimisation methods

Candidates with industrial wireless network planning and optimisation experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. For those who have substantial industrial experiences, a doctoral degree is not essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research in 3G/4G radio network planning and optimisation.
  • Consulting services and project management of 2G/3G/4G network optimization 
  • Development of radio propagation/fading models for indoor, indoor-to-outdoor and outdoor-to-indoor scenarios.
  • Software development in radio network planning and optimisation tools.
  • Project reporting, meeting.

To apply:

Please send a copy of your CV (Resume) to both [email protected] as early as possible. Your CV should detail your education (please list degree class, courses taken, BSc, MSc and PhD projects), work experience, and publication list (if any). 
Alternatively, send your application by post to the following address:

The Human Resources
Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd.
Suite 25
The Business Competitiveness Centre,
Kimpton Road,
United Kingdom

Please quote reference number and job title and where you find the job advert.


2 Research Associates Posts at Heriot-Watt University, UK

Two fixed-term (1 year) Research Associate positions are available at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, funded by the UK-China Science Bridges Project: R&D on (B)4G Wireless Mobile Communications (UC4G,
One opening is a post-doc RA (Network Manager) of the UC4G project. This position is to start from 1 August 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. Detailed descriptions about this opening can be found from and
The other opening is a RA position focusing on the UC4G Wireless MIMO Testbed development. This position is to start from 1 July 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. Detailed descriptions about this opening can be found under and
The application deadline for both openings is Friday 10 June 2011. Interested applicants should refer to the above links about the required application documents.
As the UC4G Wireless MIMO Testbed development is one of the major tasks for the remaining period of the project (1 Aug. 2009-31 July 2012), the successful candidates for both positions should ideally have excellent knowledge and experience in wireless MIMO testbed development, such as FPGA based signal processing using VHDL or System Generator and RF fundamentals, as well as excellent software programming skills appropriate for wireless testbed development and simulation work, such as LabView, Matlab, and C (or C++).

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Cheng-Xiang Wang
[email protected]


Advanced School on ICT for Future Energy Systems
July 25 – 29, 2011
University of Trento
DISI – Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science
Via Sommarive, 14 I-38123 Povo, Trento, Italy
Sponsored by the ArtistDesign Network of Excellence,2282.html
       (for venue and local information)
Public administrations, enterprises and citizens are increasingly going green and are looking to the information technology as the way to reduce energy consumption and to become more environmentally responsible in all human activities. In particular reducing buildings overall energy consumption, providing smarter power grids and optimizing industrial processes are certainly some of the major efforts. Distributed and pervasive sensing, monitoring and control will play a key role in achieving this goal and will pose novel research challenges in the development of distributed applications that must integrate aspects related to generation, storage, distribution and efficient use of energy sources.
The goals of the school are to:
• Survey the most relevant research domains;
• Present various perspectives and underlying technologies;
• Identify the most important challenges and research themes;
• Interact with distinguished scholars and establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future.
LECTURERS (to be completed)
• Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelly (University of California, Berkeley)
• Luca Benini (University of Bologna)
• Antonello Monti (E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University)
• Fabrizio Pilo (University of Cagliari)
• David Atienza Alonso (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL)
The intended audience consists of post-graduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world. We will accept at most 30 participants, thus, if you are interested in the course, please submit your application as soon as possible.
Prospective participants should apply online submitting a scientific CV with research interests, before June 5th, 2011 at the dedicated web page:
If we receive more than 30 applications, participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic distribution, and date of application.
Acceptance notifications will be sent by June 8th, 2011.
The registration fee of EUR 520 (VAT incl.) includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, a social event and all study materials.
Registration to the course must be done, after acceptance notifications and before June 29, 2011. (a web page for registration and payment will be available on-line)
Davide Brunelli (University of Trento, Italy)
Roberto Passerone (University of Trento, Italy)
For any further information, please visit the web site or write an email to: [email protected]


HOBSENSE:  Holistic Building Intelligence through Sensing Systems
held in conjunction with IEEE DCOSS’11
June 27-29, Barcelona, Spain

Submission of research papers due: April 11, 2011, 11:59 pm GMT (Extended)

Notification of paper acceptance: May 1, 2011

Camera-ready papers due: May 31, 2011

Paper presentation date: June 27, 2011

HOBSENSE is a research forum that investigates technology solutions for the next generation building intelligence, networking algorithms, and application development aspects to support future Internet systems of tiny embedded devices operating in buildings. The workshop emphasizes interdisciplinary research efforts and results on systems' issues in the area of building controls, energy management, embedded, and networked sensors. The workshop provides an ideal convergence venue for the community of sensor network, future Internet solutions and energy in buildings to address the research challenges facing the design, deployment, use, and fundamental limits of these systems.

We solicit contributions that focus on sensor-based techniques and intelligent algorithms for smart buildings leveraging connected sensing systems, networks, and devices. We expect concise papers (max. 6 pages) presenting innovative solutions, results from field trials, theoretical and practical issues for building intelligence by using embedded sensing systems written from both an academic and an industrial perspective.
General Chair
Sotiris Nikoletseas (U. of Patras and CTI, GR)

Steering Committee
D K Arvind (UEdimburgh, UK)
Srdjan Krco (Ericsson, SR)
Sotiris Nikoletseas (U. of Patras and CTI, GR)
Jose Rolim (UNIGE, CH)
Antonio Ruzzelli (UCD, IE)
Zach Shelby (Sensinode, FI)
Sebastien Ziegler (Mandat, CH)

TPC Chairs
Antonio Ruzzelli (UCD, IE)
Zach Shelby (Sensinode, FI)

Papers should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts must be submitted by using the EDAS conference management system, please go to the HOBSENSE page for more details. Conference language is English. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a PDF version of the full paper, with all fonts embedded, using the IEEE conference proceedings format. Paper length is limited to six two-column pages, in a font no smaller than ten points.  Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE digital library and included in full text in a hardcopy volume available at the event.


Call For Papers: The 4th International Workshop on Femtocells

Wednesday 22nd June 2011, Room S-1.27, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Aims and scope:
The 4th International workshop on femtocells is aimed at providing a chance for communicating between both industry and academia at a very low cost. During previous editions, attendances were from both industry and academia. This workshop only accepts novel and previously unpublished research papers. Guest speakers will give oral presentations. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop using poster format. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of the paper from the workshop proceedings. Papers selected for poster presentation will be included in IEEE digital library.

Main topics:
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Modeling, simulation and key performance indicators for femtocell networks
- Self-configuration, self-optimization and self-healing
- Restricted access, open-access, and restricted access
- Coexistence between macrocell and femtocell networks
- Interference analysis, avoidance, and mitigation
- Time synchronization
- Cognitive femtocell networks
- Cooperative femtocell networks
- Power saving mechanisms
- Back-hauling issues
- Femtocell deployments and markets
EDAS Conference Management System will handle paper submission. Please use your existing EDAS account if you have one. You can easily open an EDAS account if you do not have one. See The submission is now open. Papers should be in English, not exceeding 6 doublecolumn pages. Authors should use the relevant IEEE template, ensuring an IEEExplorecompatible PDF format.
More information:

Invited Speakers:
- Sergio Barbarossa, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy,
- Emilio Calvanese, CEA-LETI, France,
- Gunther Auer, DOCOMO Euro-Labs, Germany,
- Tony Q.S. Quek, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore,
- Iana Siomina, Ericsson, Sweeden.
More to come.
Important Dates:
Paper submission: April 29th, 2011
Acceptance Notification: May 27th, 2011
Registration deadline: June 1st, 2011
Final manuscript due: June 8th, 2011
Xiaoli Chu, King’s College London, UK
David López-Pérez, King’s College London, UK
Guillaume de la Roche, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Jie Zhang, University of Sheffield


A Professor position in electronics and/or signal processing is open in Lille 1 (IEMN) to work on sensor networks.

The profile is rather wide and depending on the candidates.
A French version of the profile can be found here.

If you need some more explanations (or an English translation of the profile) do not hesitate to contact Laurent Clavier ([email protected]).


2011 Communication Theory Workshop
in Sitges, Catalonia; June 20-22, 2011

The program for the 2011 Comm Theory Workshop is now available at:

Call for Poster Presentations: The technical program committee is soliciting contributions for an early-evening poster session devoted to recent results. We especially encourage students and junior researchers to participate. There will be no published proceedings. Any contribution in the general area of communication theory is welcome. Extended abstracts (2 pages maximum, double column, IEEE style file) for the poster session should be submitted. Electronic submissions must be in Adobe PDF format, and of sufficient detail to permit careful reviewing.

Helmut Bölcskei, ETH Zurich, "The SIMO pre-log can be larger than the SISO pre-log''
Peter J. Winzer, Alcatel-Lucent, "Information theory and digital signal processing in optical communications''
Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgie Institute of Technology, "Nanonetworks: a new frontier in information theory''
Moe Win, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Network Localization''
Werner Mohr, Nokia Siemes Networks GMbH & Co.

Invited technical sessions:
"Security'', organized by Alyin Yener, Pennsylvania State University
"Network and polar codes on graphs'', organized by Raymond Yeung, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Interference'', organized by David Gesbert, EURECOM
"Random matrix theory in communications'', organized by Peter Smith, University of Canterbury
"Green communications and the smart grid'', organized by Anna Scaglione, University of California Davis

Organizing committee:
General chair:
Markku Juntti, University of Oulu
TPC co-chairs:
Marco Chiani, University of Bologna
Sennur Ulukus, University of Maryland at College Park
Giuseppe Abreu, University of Oulu
Local Organization:
Angel Lozano, Universitat Pompeu
Mischa Dohler, CTTC Barcelona
Finance chair:
Antti Tölli, University of Oulu
Publicity co-chairs:
Kaibin Huang, Yonsei University
Natasha Devroye, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kimmo Kansanen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Advisory board:
Benhaam Aazhang, Rice University
Sergio Benedetto, Politecnico di Torino
Giuseppe Caire, University of Southern California
Savo Gilsic, University of Oulu
Gerhard Kramer, Technische Universität München

Local attractions: Sitges, situated just south of Barcelona, belongs to the Garraf region and is surrounded by sea and mountains, along 18 km of Mediterranean coast, most of which is made up of beaches. Its Passeig Marítim, or seafront Esplanade, is more than 3 km long, from the Baluard (Bastion), a spectacular natural viewpoint, to the Terramar residential area. Sitges has a surface area of 43.7 km2, stands at an altitude of 10 meters and lies 35 kilometers south of Barcelona, which is in easy reach by highway, motorway and train. The Barcelona Prat International Airport is just 15 km away.
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PWSN 2011 3rd International Workshop on Performance Control in Wireless Sensor Networks

June 29 2011, Casa Convalescència, Barcelona, Spain

In conjunction with the 7th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS '11)

Wireless sensor networks are currently the subject of intense research and many prototype installations are currently investigated. However, most of the existing sensor network installations have in common that they are not considered time critical. No immediate action has to be undertaken as a response to the received data. In contrast, many envisioned future application areas of wireless sensor networks (such as plant automation and control, traffic management, medical applications, emergency solutions) require immediate and guaranteed actions. In such environments, data has to be transported reliably and in time through the sensor network towards the end user. To make the networking task more complex, in many applications the end user or the controlling intelligence is located remotely (e.g., remote monitoring, supervision and surveillance applications), and the wireless sensor network interworks with other networks (e.g., fixed infrastructure cellular, Internet). Due to the lack of appropriate models, components and protocols, it is currently very difficult to construct and operate a wireless sensor network with performance guarantees. Thus, the commercial success of wireless sensor networks in many application areas is unsure unless this particular problem is understood and solved.

The PWSN workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners working on performance issues within wireless sensor networks. The workshop intends to examine research challenges associated with achieving dependability in WSNs, share experiences from real-life deployment of dependable sensor networks, discuss application-dependent wireless sensor-actuator design methodologies, illustrate dependable MAC, network and transport protocols, and in general, explore issues of
reliability in WSNs.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Architectures: real-time systems, critical network architectures
* Applications: Critical applications, application requirements, novel applications and real-world deployments
* Models: Traffic models, channel models, mathematical models of network performance
* MAC protocols: MAC protocols with deterministic behavior, MAC protocols to balance forwarding performance and energy consumption.
* Routing and topology control: Methods to control network topology, services for time, location, and power management, topology robustness, reliability and fault tolerance
* Data transport: Control of data transport delay and reliability, methods to improve data forwarding performance in sensor networks, data storage, retrieval, and processing.
* Operating systems: Performance optimization and control of sensor network operating systems.
* Middleware: Middleware/frameworks providing performance guarantees for Sensor network applications.
* Security: System security and data integrity methods, Impact of security features on network performance.

Important dates:
Paper Submission deadline:   April 1, 2011
Acceptance Notification:      May 1, 2011
Camera Ready Paper:           May 30, 2011
Workshop date:                  June 29, 2011

Workshop Co-Chairs
Vasos Vassiliou - University of Cyprus
Rolland Vida - Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Jorge Sa Silva - University of Coimbra

Technical Program Committee
* Fernando BOAVIDA (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
* Chiara BURATTI (University of Bologna, Italy)
* Claudio GEYER (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
* Savvas GITZENIS (University of Thessaly,Greece)
* Jurgen HUPP (Fraunhofer Institute; Germany)
* Abdelmajid KHELIL (Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany)
* Rogerio de LEMOS (University of Kent, UK)
* Ren Ping LIU (CSIRO ICT Center, Australia)
* Scott MIDKIFF (Virginia Tech, USA)
* Sotiris NIKOLETSEAS (University of Patras, Greece)
* Christos PANAYIOTOU (University of Cyprus)
* Alexander PFLAUM (Fraunhofer Institute; Germany)
* Iain PHILLIPS (Loughborough University, UK)
* Utz ROEDIG (University of Lancaster, UK)
* Joel RODRIGUES (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
* Jens SCHMITT (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
* Hans SCHOTTEN (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
* Seyed SHAHRESTANI (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
* Cormac SREENAN (University College Cork, Ireland)
* Jorge SA SILVA (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
* Vasos VASSILIOU (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
* Rolland VIDA (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)
* Attila VIDÁCS (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary)
* Thiemo VOIGT (SICS, Sweden)
* Lars WOLF (Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany)

Paper Submission
Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review  in any other conference or journal, and has not been previously published. All submissions should be written in English with a minimum paper length of six (6) and maximum of eight (8) printed pages (in Two-Column IEEE Conference Format), including text, figures, and references. Papers should be submitted through the EasyChair system at

For more information or questions, please email the workshop chairs or visit the workshop website.


Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd (

has some open positions for:

  • Senior/Principal Research Fellows and Consultants in Radio Network Planning and Optimisation, more information can be found here;
  • Junior Research Fellow in Radio Network Planning and Optimisation, for more information check here.


Eurecom is looking for candidates for post-doc positions in the area of Experimental Collaborative Wireless Relay Networks.

More information can be found here.


International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems  (IJUWBCS)

Call For papers

Special Issue on: "Applications of Ultra WideBand Technology in Healthcare"

Guest Editors:

Dr. Lorenzo Mucchi, University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Matti Hamalainen, University of Oulu, Finland

Dr. Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Dr. Kamran Sayrafian-Pour, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Important Dates:

NEW Deadline for submission: 1 March, 2011

End of review process: 1 May, 2011

Deadline for final manuscript submission: 15 June, 2011


The medical care is increasingly associated with and reliant upon concepts of and advances in electronics and electromagnetics. Recent technological advances in sensors, low-power microelectronics, miniaturization, and wireless networking have enabled the design and proliferation of wireless body area networks capable of autonomously monitoring and controlling different applications.

One of the most promising applications of body area networks is for human health monitoring. A number of tiny wireless sensors, strategically placed on/in the human body, create a wireless body area network that can monitor various vital signs, providing real-time feedback to the user and medical personnel. Communications from in-body implants and on-body sensors will allow for better diagnoses and improve therapy. The wireless body area networks promise to revolutionize health monitoring.

Healthcare systems can be significantly improved with lower cost and higher quality of services by using ultra wideband new emerging technologies. These benefits and impacts have fuelled increasing interest from the public and have attracted significant support and investment from government, industrial and academic researchers. Challenges facing the UWB wireless communications in healthcare systems include:

  • the design of architectures among wireless communications for supporting secure and
  • reliable signal propagation with low network latency;
  • channel modelling and RF and propagation close to body;
  • waveform destruction due to body tissue;
  • accurate indoor positioning; emergency response and detection;
  • the need for privacy preservation of patients and
  • the definition of healthcare policy and legal issues towards potential new applications.

This special issue aims for covering the state-of-the-art research on ultra wideband emerging wireless technologies and applications in healthcare, highlighting research challenges and open issues and bringing together researchers and medical professionals from academia, industry and government with the goal of fostering collaboration among them. Original, unpublished contributions and invited articles, reflecting those aspects of UWB communication research in healthcare, distinctly different from the wireless communication research in general, are encouraged.

Subject Coverage

The topics of interest for the special issue within the area of healthcare include, but are not limited to:

  • UWB WBAN antennas
  • WBAN channel modelling
  • Field trials and measurements campaigns
  • Media access control (MAC)
  • Modulation and detection
  • QoS provisioning
  • Energy-efficient algorithms
  • Middleware for enabling medical applications
  • UWB sensors for remote diagnosis
  • Mobile patient monitoring devices and systems
  • Interactive and real-time WBAN systems and devices
  • Interference and co-existence
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Policy and standardization
  • Hardware architecture and implementation
  • Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Editors and Notes

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:

Dr. Lorenzo Mucchi
Department of Electronics and Telecommunications
University of Florence
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Matti Hamalainen
Centre for Wireless Communications
University of Oulu
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Kamran Sayrafian-Pour
National Institute of Standards and Technology
E-mail: [email protected]

Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor.

Visit the webpage .


2011 IEEE International Conference on Ultra Wideband (ICUWB)

Bologna, Italy, September 14 to September 16, 2011

This conference provides a forum for the latest UWB systems, technologies and applications in both microwave and millimeter wave bands.

ICUWB welcomes original research and developments in all areas of UWB technology. Prospective authors are invited to submit technical papers (5 pages, double column, in PDF format) emphasizing their contributions beyond the state of the art via EDAS paper review system at All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE and included in IEEEXplore.

Topics of interest to ICUWB 2011 include (but are not limited to):

·  Antennas and Propagation

UWB antennas and arrays, Channel measurements and modeling, Field trials and measurements

·  UWB Communication Systems and Signal Processing

Modulation & detection, Synchronization, Ranging, localization and positioning, MIMO, Interference & capacity, Coding and decoding, Multiple access schemes, Time reversal.

·  Hardware Architecture and Implementation

RF modules, circuits & systems, Pulse generation & detection, Integrated circuits design, Low-power consumption techniques, OFDM implementations, System architectures.

·  UWB Cognitive and Cooperative

Cognitive wireless networks, Wireless access protocols and architectures, Energy efficient cross-layer design, Spectrum sensing and dynamic spectrum sharing, Cooperative communications.

·  Standardization and Regulatory Issues

Spectral management, Measurement for type approval, Emerging wireless standardizations, Co-existence.

·  UWB Applications

Wireless personal/body area networks,
Home networking,
Wireless USB,
Healthcare and medical imaging, Collision, ground-penetrating and through-walls radar,
RF identification,
Consumer electronics,
60 GHz millimeter wave and beyond,
Underwater UWB communications,
UWB communications over power lines,
Green communications,
Remote sensing,
Nano Communication Networks.


We encourage full-time students to participate to the ICUWB2011 Best Student Paper Context ( In this context, the three papers with the highest quality will be selected for a valuable prize.


Bologna is a historical city, with around 380.000 inhabitants. Although it is known and loved by all Italians, it is less well known among foreign visitors. Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna region, is one of the most developed cities in the country, and represents a compulsory point of passage between the North and South of Italy. Bologna is the main Italian railway connection node from which the most attractive historical Italian cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome can be conveniently reached.

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is considered the most ancient University in the western world. Its history is one of great thinkers in science and the humanities, making it an indispensable point of reference in the panorama of European culture. For nearly a thousand years, the city of Bologna has witnessed and participated in the production of knowledge and the development of technological innovations.

During the conference there will be the opportunity to visit the Marconi Museum dedicated to the origins and developments of radio communications, where the young inventor carried out the first "impulse" radio communication.


Important Dates

Paper Submission: 11 March 2011

Notification of Acceptance: 07 May 2011

Submission of Final Manuscript: 10 June 2011

Conference: 14-16 September 2011

For more information:


IEEE Workshop on Cooperative Heterogeneous Networks (coHetNet)

in conjunction with ICCCN 2011, July 31-August 4 2011, Maui, Hawaii

Aim and Scope: The proliferation of new applications, e.g., mobile TV, Internet gamming, large file transfer, and the development of user terminals, e.g., smart phones, notebooks, has dramatically increased user traffic and network load. Moreover, with the number of wireless subscribers expected to triple over the next five years, it is obvious that current networks will not be able to satisfy customer demands in the near future. In order to meet this traffic growth and provide service to their customers, vendors and operators are working on the development of new technologies and cellular standards. Within them, heterogeneity in network deployment has been heralded as the most promising way of increasing both the coverage and the capacity of future wireless systems. Thus, it is expected that new elements such as remote radio heads, picocells, femtocells, and relay nodes will be deployed overlying macrocells. Therefore, future networks are expected to be heterogeneous. In this way, networks will be closer to users, and system capacity will be enhanced through a better spatial spectrum reuse. However, although HetNets are envisioned to support the increasing data traffic demand and meet the requirements imposed for the fourth generation of mobile networks, they also lead to new technical challenges never faced before. For example, due to the larger number of cells and thus of cell boundaries, the management of interference becomes an intricate problem. Since centralized network planning and optimization cannot deal with the individualistic nature of user-deployed cells, e.g., femtocells, a key to the success of HetNets is the cooperation between nodes in a decentralized and distributed manner. Such cooperation is the only way to ensure a proper network operation. However, cooperation is not easy to achieve due to different issues and threats imposed by the network itself, e.g., limited back-haul capabilities, dynamics of traffic and radio channel, energy consumption, operational costs, etc.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborative techniques in macro/pico/femto-cellular networks
  • Performance modeling and simulation for HetNets
  • Cooperative communications between HetNet nodes.
  • Downlink and uplink PHY/MAC design for cooperative HetNets.
  • Self-configuration, self-optimization and self-healing in HetNets.
  • Cognitive radio techniques in HetNets.
  • Mobility management in HetNets.
  • Load balancing in HetNets.
  • Restricted access versus open-access for low-power HetNet nodes.
  • Interference analysis, mitigation and avoidance in HetNets.
  • Power saving mechanism in HetNets.
  • Distributed radio resource management in cooperative HetNets.
  • Cooperative sensing techniques and feedback in HetNets.
  • Remote radio headers planning and deployment.
  • Expanded region picocells planning and deployment.
  • Cooperative relaying in HetNets.
  • eICIC techniques in LTE-Advanced HetNets.
  • MIMO techniques in HetNets.
  • Positioning and tracking systems based on HetNets.


Submitted manuscripts must be formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10-pt font) and must be submitted via EDAS as PDF files (formatted for letter (8.5x11-inch) paper). The manuscripts should be no longer than 6 pages. Up to two additional pages are permitted if the authors are willing to pay an over-length charge at the time of publication (manuscripts may not exceed 8 pages).

Paper submission: March 7, 2011

Acc. Notification: April 25, 2011

Camera-Ready: May 13, 2011

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking

Special issue on Radio Propagation, Channel Modeling, and Wireless Channel Simulation Tools for Heterogeneous Networking Evaluation

Call for papers:

Up to now, cellular networks were deployed under thorough design and planning procedures, exploiting dedicated radio resources. Two fundamental changes are now anticipated due to the radio spectrum scarcity. Firstly, the strict reservation of a specific band for a unique standard could evolve toward a priority policy allowing the co-existence of secondary users. Secondly, a strong densification of actual cellular networks is expected by combining small outdoor cells and indoor femtocells (Home eNodeB) together with actual systems. This evolution is accompanied with the emergence of cognitive radio that becomes a reality in terminals and the development of self-organization capabilities together with distributed cooperative behaviors. Hence, the exponential development of future wireless systems including 4G cellular systems, high rate wireless LANs, but also secondary systems that could exploit unused periods in the same band, such as Machine-to-Machine or wireless sensors networks applications, lead to the heterogeneous wireless networking paradigm.

Evaluating the performance of any solution associated with this paradigm calls for new propagation or channel models and related simulation methods that comply with the following objectives: 1) Simulating multi-scale systems to address coexistence and cooperative mechanisms, 2) Developing stochastic models that are able to take uncertainties, spatial correlations and time variations into account to provide stable and accurate local predictions, 3) Providing interference models from coexisting system over total or partially overlapping bands, 4) Providing dynamic and adaptive realistic propagation models and simulation tools that could be a part of future intelligent systems to improve real-time adaptation, 5) Balancing accuracy and computational complexity, 6) Predicting QoS parameters instead of only channel state information. In addetion, Papers presenting new physical models and simulation tools allowing heterogeneous networking evaluation will be welcomed. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Deterministic versus statistical channel models
  • Outdoor-indoor channel modeling
  • Space- and time-correlated models for shadowing or fading
  • Non-Gaussian MIMO channels
  • Propagation simulation for femto/pico/macrocells
  • Propagation model for next generation systems
  • Indoor/outdoor radio propagation models
  • Simulation and measurements comparison
  • Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due: March 1, 2011

First Round of Reviews: June 1, 2011

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

Lead Guest Editor:
Jean-Marie Gorce, INSA-Lyon, INRIA, France

Guest Editors:
Chia-Chin Chong, Docomo Communications Laboratories, USA
Yves Lostanlen, Siradel, Toronto, Canada
Guillaume de la Roche, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Guillaume Villemaud, INSA-Lyon, France


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The Second Nordic Workshop on System and Network Optimization for Wireless (SNOW)

24-26 March 2011, Sälen, Sweden

Call for submission of abstracts
Important Dates:
Abstract Submission: Jan. 5, 2011
Acceptance Notification: Jan. 12, 2011
Registration Deadline: Jan. 25, 2011

Workshop Dates: Mar. 24-26, 2011


The Second Nordic Workshop on System and Network Optimization for Wireless (SNOW) aims at bringing together Researchers and Students from the Academia working in wireless networking, primarily in the Nordic region.
This year, the Nordic SNOW Workshop aims to have a special focus on broadband cellular access (HSPA, LTE/LTE-A, etc) and emerging wireless networking paradigms such as collaborative and heterogeneous networking. We further welcome presentations within a broad range of wireless networking cross-layer optimization, from fundamental communication performance analysis to considerations for multimedia QoS.
Our goal is to have a single track meeting with lively scientific discussions and exchange of views, and to accommodate a wide variety of backgrounds and research attitudes. The program will be organized in such a way to promote networking activities between the participants, including daily social outdoors activities like skiing.
We therefore invite for review submissions of up to 1-page abstracts of technical presentations targeting, but not limited to the following topics:

- Asymptotic system properties (capacity, connectivity, coverage, delay)

- Cellular systems, 3G/4G, LTE-advanced, WMAN, WRAN, and other emerging broadband wireless networks

- Inter-networking and integration of wireless heterogeneous and multi-tier networks

- Performance engineering in HSPA, WLAN, MESH, LTE, and other cellular or