IEEE Global Communications Conference
7–11 December 2021 // Madrid, Spain // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Connecting Cultures around the Globe

WS-11: 1st Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Edge Computing and Networking

WS-11: 1st Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Edge Computing and Networking


The global evolution of the Internet is experiencing a notable and inevitable change towards a convergent scenario known as the Internet of Things (IoT) where a large number of devices with heterogeneous characteristics and requirements have to be interconnected to serve to different verticals such as smart cities, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) or e-health. In order to satisfy the strict requirements on end-to-end latency and scalability of new services, as well as the processing of the massive volume of data that they generate, it is necessary to design and deploy a decentralized service platform architecture based on MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) and/or fog computing with the aim of reducing the distance between the source of data and the processing resources. 5G, and especially 6G, have been proposed to fulfil the strict latency and scalability constraints providing cell-less multiaccess networks controlled by efficient artificial intelligence techniques and supported by MEC. All these elements are forcing a holistic redesign of communication networks and distributed computing and storage architectures to maximize the performance/cost ratio, meeting the demanding challenges of latency, scalability, bandwidth, availability and flexibility that future services will require. The softwarization and virtualization of networks using SDN and NFV paradigms are essential technologies for that convergence. The implementation of an open control layer based on them will facilitate the management of the multiple computing and networking technologies that will coexist and will make possible to face the needs and requirements of 5G/6G associated with future applications and services. Moreover, they eliminate the so-called vendor lock-in in favor of a vendor-independent programmable network environment that allows the assembly of different devices (white-boxes) manufactured by multiple providers.



Important dates

  • Deadline for workshop paper submission: July 31, 2021 14 August 2021 (FIRM)
  • Acceptance/rejection announcement: September 15, 2021
  • Final workshop papers due: November 15, 2021

Workshop organizers

Dr. Ramón J. Durán Barroso, Universidad de Valladolid
Dr. Javier Prieto, Universidad de Salamanca
Prof. Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues, Federal University of Piauí


Keynote speakers

Dr. Alice Li, Huawei, Vice Chairman of MEC ETSI 
Dr. Óscar González de Dios, Telefónica I+D 


Industrial Panel

Dr. Pouria Sayyad Khodashenas, Huawei Technologies Sweden AB
Dr. Óscar González de Dios, Telefónica I+D
Dr. Dominique Verchere, Nokia Bell Labs
Dr. Daniel Lucani, Chocolate Cloud ApS
Víctor Pascual, ZTE Corporation


Technical Program Committee Chairs

Dr. Pouria Sayyad Khodashenas, Huawei Technologies Sweden AB
Prof. Honghao Gao, Shanghai University
Dr. Ignacio de Miguel, Universidad de Valladolid