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IEEE ICC 2020 Workshop on Intelligent 5G Network Slicing

June 11, 2020

Global 5G R&D initiatives have been launched in major economic areas worldwide. Evidence of this are actions in Europe undertaken by the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) in a contractual Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, as well as several actions globally, including among others the IMT-2020 promotion group in China, the 5G Americas in North America, the 5G Forum in South Korea, the Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum in Japan, and 5G Brazil in Brazil.

Major international standards developing organisations (SDOs) and industry alliances such as 3GPP and the NGMN (Next-Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance are active in 5G specific initiatives. It is widely recognised that the software-networking based architectural approach, with NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) and SDN (Software-Defined Networking) as cornerstones, are essential in achieving the 5G vision. A vision of “programmable, software driven and holistically managed to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way”, as articulated in 2015 by the previous chairman of the 5G-IA, Dr. Werner Mohr.  In this vision, intelligent network slicing is emerging as a significant paradigm shift from 4G to NFV/SDN-enabled 5G.

According to the leading SDOs and other stakeholders, intelligent network slicing has been identified as a crucial enabler for provisioning flexible, cost-efficient and tailored services in software-networking based 5G networks. A universal, standard definition of a basic network slice is yet to be agreed on, although a commonly cited definition is the one provided by NGMN in its 2015 5G White Paper and refined in 2016, which was adopted and elaborated in the white paper of the 5G PPP “View on 5G Architecture”.

Intelligent network slicing and the services responsible for intelligent slice delivery, have also been identified as flexible 5G system enablers, and are key requirements by 3GPP.

However, towards implementation and deployment of 5G infrastructures four gaps have to be filled.

  • End-to-end (E2E) fixed/mobile slicing has been identified as a high-priority technical gap to help support E2E application quality. To date reported prototypes do not implement intelligent slicing across administrative domains and are far from realising large-scale operation.
  • The Quality of Experience (QoE) of users of 5G network slices has to be addressed without over-provisioning of QoS. Cognitive enablers, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, have been suggested in this regard.
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) slice-based enablers, offering ultra-low latency, are widely suggested as critical to support innovative next generation vertical services.
  • Vertical industry related studies yield a very strong interest of the vertical stakeholders to form partnerships with 5G industry stakeholders in achieving 5G’s vision of a fully connected society. To date little attention has been given to facilitate easy and flexible vertical business integration.

Addressing the importance of filling these gaps, the workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Integrated cognitive network management for intelligent 5G network slicing
  • Cognitive QoE slice management for service assurance
  • Intelligent slice intent modelling and translation mechanisms
  • MEC slice-based enablers for ultra-low latency services
  • Provisioning and control of customer-defined network slices
  • Northbound slice management interfaces towards vertical application orchestration mechanisms
  • Vertical service prototyping and field studies
  • 5G Vertical Business Modelling
  • Global Operators Case Studies


Important Dates

Deadline for workshop paper submission: 20 January 2020
Paper acceptance/rejection announcement: 20 February 2020
Final camera-ready workshop papers due: 1 March 2020

Call for Papers here

Submissions accepted through this EDAS link [Link still to be provided].

Workshop Chairs

Mark Roddy, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
Maria Barros Weiss, Eurescom GmbH, Germany
Anastasius Gavras, Eurescom GmbH, Germany
Pal Gronsund, Telenor
Thuy Truong, DellEMC, Ireland
Ishan Vaishnavi, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH

IEEE ICC 2020 Workshop on Intelligent 5G Network Slicing


June 11, 2020