5G Testing and Experimentation in verticals: Industry 4.0, Smart cities

June 21, 2021

Scope of the workshop

The 5th generation of mobile communication system (5G) is emerging as a disruptive technology across various vertical industries such as industry 4.0 and smart cities among others. In the field of industrial automation and manufacturing, 5G can transform the way manufacturing systems are realized and operated through providing real-time, reliable and secure communication services among the machines and their subsystems (a.k.a. Industrial IoT, and Industry 4.0). Similarly, 5G networks are soon becoming a vital part of future smart cities. These smart cities are expected to bring their own set of demands for network resources and these demands are expected to evolve with time.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together technical experts and researchers from industry and academia to discuss security issues that might arise when integrating 5G systems into different verticals.

 We ask for stimulating, original, previously unpublished ideas on completed work, position papers, and/or work-in-progress papers in the form of extended abstracts. We further encourage papers that propose new research directions or could stimulate lively debate during the workshop.

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, references, and appendices in two-column format. The paper should follow the IEEE two-column page format, which is available at https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html. Papers must include authors’ names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Please submit your paper via EDAS.

Important dates

  • Paper Submission:
    19 March 2021
  • Paper acceptance notification:

    30 April 2021

  • Camera Ready:

    23 May 2021

  • Workshop date:

    21 June 2021

Topics of interest

To address the above-mentioned aspects, we solicit the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Analysis of security threats in 5G-enabled verticals such as smart factories and smart cities.
  • Architectures, protocols and algorithms to secure 5G infrastructure and the infrastructure of verticals.
  • Privacy and Safety aspects of 5G-enabled verticals
  • Evaluation results of relevant proof of concepts (PoCs) and lessons learned.
  • Case studies on 5G Network management and automation optimized for verticals.
  • Smart and Self evolving services such as self-responsive government services in smart cities.
  • Supporting ultra-low latency and real time application.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of services.
  • Big data technologies for 5G-enabled verticals.
  • Augmented and Virtual reality challenges in 5G-enabled verticals.


Dr. Ahmad Rostami

Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Ahmad Rostami is a Senior Expert at Bosch Corporate Research, Germany, where he focuses on 5G for Industry 4.0. Before joining Bosch, Ahmad was a Master Researcher at Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden. At Ericsson, Ahmad was leading research activities in the area of control, orchestration and automation of 5G networks. Prior to that, he worked at the Technical University of Berlin as a Senior Researcher and lecturer being responsible for research activities in the area of network control and software defined networking (SDN) technologies. Ahmad holds a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Communication Networks from Technical University of Berlin, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic.

Bengt Sahlin

3GPP SA3 (Security) WG chairman, Ericsson, Finland

Bengt is research leader, Networking Security at Nomadiclab, Ericsson Research in Finland. He has been acting as 3GPP SA3 (Security) WG chairman.

Ashwin Rao

University of Helsinki

Ashwin Rao is a researcher at the University of Helsinki. He is a coordinator for the Edge AI Special Interest Group of the Finnish Center of Artificial Intelligence.

Supporting members of organizing committee

Sasu Tarkoma

University of Helsinki
Sasu Tarkoma is currently a Professor of computer science with the University of Helsinki, the Head of the Department of Computer Science, the Director of the Nokia Center for Advanced Research, and the Director of the Helsinki Center for Data Science. He has seven granted U.S. patents. His research interests are Internet technology, distributed systems, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He was a recipient of several best paper awards, e.g., the IEEE PerCom, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, and ACM SIGOPS Operating System Review.

Valtteri Niemi

University of Helsinki
Valtteri Niemi leads the Secure Systems research group. Earlier he has been a Professor of Mathematics in two other Finnish universities: University of Vaasa during 1993-97 and University of Turku during 2012-2015. Between these two academic positions Niemi served for 15 years in various roles at Nokia Research Center and was nominated as a Nokia Fellow in 2009. At Nokia, Dr. Niemi worked for wireless security, including cryptological aspects and privacy-enhancing technologies. He participated 3GPP SA3 (security) standardization group from its beginning and during 2003-2009 he was the chairman of the group. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and he is a co-author of four books and more than 35 patent families.

Dhruvin Patel

Experienced Researcer, Ericsson, Germany
Dhruvin Patel is Experienced Researcher at Ericsson Research in Aachen, Germany. He is currently as work package leader in 5G-SMART project. Since joining Ericsson in 2016, he has been involved in European large-scale projects as a task leader, focusing on bringing 5G solutions to the IoT domain by showcasing 5G capabilities in Proof of Concept demonstrations. His current research is centered around 5G radio networks aspect to enable factory automation use cases. Dhruvin holds a Master’s degree in Computer and System Engineering from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany.

Technical Program Committee

Dr. Ella Peltonen

Oulu University

Xiang Su

University of Helsinki

Dr. Nitinder Mohan

Technical University of Munich

Dr. Huber Flores

University of Tartu

Dr. Samu Varjonen

University of Helsinki

Bengt Sahlin

Ericsson, Finland

Dhruvin Patel

Ericsson, Germany

Dr. Ahmad Rostami

BOSCH, Germany

Prof. Evgeny Kucheryavy

Tampere University

Dr. Jose Costa-Requena

Aalto University

Kyösti Rautiola

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Harri Posti

University of Oulu

Dr. Ashwin Rao

University of Helsinki

Dr. Sergey Balandin

Tampere University

Dr. Philip Ginzboorg

Huawei Technologies

Dr. Sasu Tarkoma

University of Helsinki

Dr. Valtteri Niemi

University of Helsinki

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