Visions for Future Communications Summit

23rd, 24th October 2017

ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon (Portugal)

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

NOTE (21 Sep): Registration will open next week, along with the Networld2020 General Assembly registration. Stay tuned!

NOTE: Due to numerous requests, the submission deadline has been extended to September 25th


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.

Confirmed Speakers

Adam Drobot
Adam Wolisz
Andrea Goldsmith
Diego Lopez
Edward Knightly
Gonzalo Camarillo
Henning Schulzrinne
Ian Akyildiz
Joerg Widmer
Karen Bergman
Latif Ladid
Lajos Hanzo
Toktam Mahmoodi
Miguel Costa
Martina Zitterbart
Nuria Oliver
Pablo Rodriguez Rodriguez
Peter Steekiste
P. R. Kumar
Ramjee Prasad
Roberto Verdone


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:

Day 1 (October 23rd) Morning Session
Plenary Keynote
Panel 11Panel 21Panel 31
Coffee Break
Panel 12Panel 22Panel 32
Panel 13Panel 23Panel 33
Day 1 (October 23rd) Afternoon Session
Plenary Keynote
Panel 14Panel 24Panel 34
Panel 15Panel 25Panel 35
Coffee Break
Panel 16Panel 26Panel 36
Social Event
Day 2 (October 24th) Morning Session
Plenary Keynote
Panel 17Panel 27Panel 37
Coffee Break
Panel 18Panel 28Panel 38
Panel 19Panel 29Panel 39
Day 2 (October 24th) Afternoon Session
Summary Reports and Global Discussions
Funding Agencies Visions and Plans
Closing 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
  • 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.


    Portugal Chapter

    Also supported by:

    Technical co-sponsorship


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