IEEE International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks
17-19 September 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

User-centric network management and service provisioning


The natural evolution of software and hardware technology, driven by the constantly increasing demands for high-quality communications, has brought new and innovative advancements like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). These advancements have not left the mobile telecom sector unaffected. Already, 5G visionaries recognize SDN and NFV as the key enabling technologies for dynamic and agile networking. More specifically, SDN is used for the decoupling of the control and data plane of a service-related network flow, while NFV is standardized as the technology that will virtualize storage, computing and networking resource management.Driven by these advancements, the 5G networks are expected to provide the potential for flexible end-to-end orchestration and slicing, allowing the automated network configuration and service provision. This automation will enable multiple interacting application components,such as massive IoT application, Big data analytics and multimedia services to be delivered via multiple access technologies, such as millimeter waves, visual light communication and others.

In this automated environment, the consumers of mobile services are placed for the very first time at the epicenter of any communication system and access technology in contrast to previous system-centric network designs. The so-called user-centricity is actually so powerful, that terms like Quality of Experience (QoE) have been coined, driven by the need to understand end users’ degree of satisfaction. In parallel, the main stakeholders in mobile service provisioning, namely a) the service or content providers, usually referred to as Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, and b) the traditional Mobile Network Operators (MNO) promote QoE as the most crucial factor for assessing the network’s, and/or application’s impact on a service in the diverse ecosystem. This workshop focuses on bringing together researchers from academia, industry and SDOsto identify and discuss technical challenges and novel ideas, regarding a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Human-in-the-loop 5G architectures
  • Human-intense 5G communications
  • Human-intense network services
  • User-centric service and network management
  • User experience and perception in SDN/NFV enabled systems
  • User-behavior analysis
  • User’ perception for interactive security and privacy mechanisms
  • SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimationmethodologies and metrics
  • SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimation tools
  • QoE-oriented SDN/NFV applications and platforms
  • SDN/NFV-related business considerations and economic aspects of QoE
  • SDN/NFV-enabled QoE-adaptive algorithms for resource sharing
  • QoE-adaptive algorithms for video streaming
  • SDN/NFV-based service orchestration
  • SDN/NFV-based network deployment and optimisation
  • Visual light Communication technologies in the 5G architecture
  • Multi-access and multi-radio Access Technologies and Orchestration
  • End-to-end orchestration for immersive services
  • Big data analytics and machine learning for flexible mobile service steering


  • Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas, Dept. of Informatics & Telecommunications University of Athens, Greece
  • Dr. Harilaos Koumaras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece


Manuscripts must be prepared in the standard IEEE two-column conference format with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (maximum 1 additional page with over length page charge) and submitted via the provided EDAS link.


The workshopis organized by the researchprojectsCASPER ( IoRL (