5GRAIL is organising a workshop during VTCspring 2023 in Florence from 20-23 June 2023. Submit your papers now! Deadline: 23 February

5GRAIL is organising a workshop during the 2023 IEEE 97th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2023-Spring, which will be held in Florence, Italy 20-23 June 2023.

The workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities for operational and passenger connectivity.

As the railway industry strives to improve customer experience, quality, reliability, safety and security of railway systems, we observe ever increasing information flows between all stakeholders. This trend is accentuated by the latest development of autonomous and connected trains that will need high-performance communications technologies such as 5G and beyond. Some challenges for 5G for railways include extreme mobility, robustness, reliability, high capacity everywhere, spectral efficiency, radio resource scarcity, low latency, low energy consumption and resilience to interference. Safety and security are among the top requirements for railways, including cybersecurity.

Evaluating the performance of 5G-based systems in the context of railway operation requires radio channel models for numerous environments and frequencies (900 MHz and 1900 MHz). Dedicated antennas need to be developed with adequate performance and placement. Innovative solutions at the network level are also needed: complex handover, scheduling aspects, as well as the incorporation of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and/or Network Function Virtualization (NFV). 5G and beyond architecture promises to deliver significant benefits, including but not limited to, improved service availability, increased reliability and higher throughput. The Internet of Things is also a hot topic for railway in the context of diagnosis and predictive maintenance of both track and rolling stock. At the same time, a lot of developments are currently ongoing to support the development and deployment of the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS). This workshop will enable researchers to present the latest results addressing the aforementioned challenges in the context of 5G for railways within the FRMCS landscape.

 The topic of the workshop in the context of railways are:

  • Requirements and emerging applications for railway communications
  • Propagation, railway channel measurements and models for 5G
  • Antenna requirements & designs, antenna systems and integration for railways and trains
  • Heterogeneous handover, SDN, NFV
  • 5G scheduling, resource allocation and routing
  • 5G for service availability, increased reliability, higher throughput and lower latency
  • 5G for sensor networks
  • 5G for FRMCS
  • Satellite for FRMCS
  • Multi-bearer and multi-band techniques and architectures
  • Network and cyber-security and authentication for critical and non-critical services
  • Ultra-low power techniques, architectures and technologies
  • Edge processing, caching, fronthaul and backhaul techniques for railway connectivity

The learning objectives are to disseminate the latest results on the different listed topics with a focus on Railway domain (High speed trains, conventional trains, metros).

Prospective authors are invited to submit 5-page, original, and unpublished full paper. A full paper can be up to 7 pages in length, just note that papers longer than 5 pages will require the purchase of additional page charges at the time of registration and final paper submission.

To submit your paper click HERE.

For details on this workshop, please click HERE.


Workshop paper submission due: 23 February 2023
Workshop paper acceptance notification: 16 April 2023
Final paper submission: 30 April 2023