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ECS: Smart Grid laboratory

1st Workshop CONTEST

International Workshop on Connecting All Things for Enabling Smart Cities (CONTEST), in conjunction with VTC2016-Spring, 15–18 May 2016, Nanjing, China

As a key initiative for promoting the quality of living and resource efficient economy, the smart city concept has attracted much attention in both academia and industry. Information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly advanced communication techniques, play a critical role in facilitating intelligent collection and utilization of heterogeneous data from deployed equipment throughout cities. The major challenges in this area have included: low energy consumption requirement, limited radio frequency bandwidth, low-latency requirement and cost-effective requirement. To address these challenges, it is of vital importance to sustainably develop a set of new concepts and theories for improving the energy efficiency, the spectral efficiency and the network design, such as cognitive radio, interference alignment, energy harvesting communications and ultra-dense network technologies.

This workshop aims to facilitate this sustained effort and enhance international collaborations by disseminating cutting-edge research results. Participants will be able to share perspectives and newest research findings, and further identify collaboration opportunities in the emerging research areas of smart cities. Potential topics include but are not limited to

  • Green cities and smart cities
  • 5G oriented smart cities
  • Big data and cloud computing in smart cities
  • Internet of things in smart cities
  • Cognitive radio in smart cities
  • Spectrum sensing and spectrum sharing
  • Ultra-dense network
  • Interference management and alignment
  • Energy-efficiency and spectral-efficiency
  • Energy harvesting technologies and communications
  • Wireless power and information transfer
  • Smart grid communications
  • Green communications and computing
  • Novel network architecture design
  • Resource-efficient cross-layer optimization
  • Cooperative communications
  • Antennas design and channel modelling
  • Duplexing methods
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Safety, security, and privacy for smart Cities
  • Intelligent transportation systems

Information for Authors

The papers shall be prepared with 5-6 page length using IEEE conference templates, and submitted to Papers with more than 6 pages are not acceptable.

Paper submission deadline: 10th January 2016

Acceptance notices sent by: 10th February 2016

Camera-ready papers due: 10th March 2016

Workshop Organising Committee

General Chairs

  • Hongjian Sun, University of Durham, UK
  • Nan Zhao, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Richard F. Yu, Carleton University, Canada

TPC Co-Chairs

  • Yi Qian, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA
  • Shengrong Bu, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Huiqin Du, Jinan University, China

Panel Co-Chairs

  • Chao Wang, Tongji University, China
  • Jie Ding, Yangzhou University, China
  • Stephen Wang, Toshiba Research Europe Limited, UK

Publicity Co-Chairs

  • John S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Cheng-Xiang Wang, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Yan Zhang, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Melike Erol Kantarci, Clarkson University, USA
  • Kai Yang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Steering Committee

  • A. Nallanathan, King’s College London, UK
  • Jinsong Wu, University of Chile, Chile
  • Yiwei Fang, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited, UK
  • Wei-Yu Chiu, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan

Sponsor Committees:

  • IEEE Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing (TCGCC)
  • IEEE SIG on Green Smart Grid Communications

Workshop Program


  • Program (last modified: 15 May 2016)Excel spreadsheet


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