SmartCom 2017 -The 4th International Workshop on Smart Wireless Communications-
SmartCom 2017 is organized by IEICE Technical Committee on Smart Radio (SR), IEICE Technical Committee on Short Range Wireless Communications (SRW) and IEICE Technical Committee on Radio Communication Systems (RCS).


  • 10:45 - 12:00, October 23 (Special Session 1)

  • Title: Enhanced Wireless Access and Flexible Networking Technologies for beyond 5G IoT

  • Organizer: Dr. Hirokazu Sawada, NICT, Japan and Prof. Tadao Nakagawa, Tottri University, Japan

  • Scope:

    Currently, 5G is the most interesting topics for wireless engineers. The scope of this session is improvement of wireless access technology and networking technology required to meet the beyond 5G IoT system requirements (including massive device connectivity and energy saving, enhanced wireless access, multi-RAT, network flexibility). In this session, Dr. Kojima will introduce a smart utility network (SUN) for the wireless-grid systems related to energy efficiency and long-term operation importance. Prof. Fulvio Babich talks about novel random multiple access technology with interference cancellation. Prof. Antonio Capone talks about network slicing technology for sharing mobile network resources.
  • Chair: Prof. Shigenobu Sasaki, Niigata Univ., Japan

  • Speakers:

    1. Dr. Fumihide Kojima, NICT, Japan.

    2. Prof. Fulvio Babich, University of Trieste, Italy

    3. Prof. Antonio Capone, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

  • 16:15 - 17:55, October 23 (Special Session 2)

  • Title: Smart Spectrum for Future Wireless Communications

  • Organizer: Dr. Kentaro Ishizu, NICT, Japan

  • Scope:

    Spectrum utilization is getting more complicated as a result of various emerging wireless applications under the background of IoT and 5G which require a number of combinations of performance requirements. To further elaborate the spectrum utilization, it is a mission of academia and industry to introduce more flexible and advanced, namely "smart", concept of spectrum utilization.
    The concept may be based on technologies for sensing and detection of existing wireless systems, integration of spectrum management and networking functions. New radio regulations on licensed and unlicensed frequency bands are possibly required to take more advantages of the radio resources. Actual use cases such as intelligent traffic management are also very important to be considered. In this session, four speakers provide latest research status on different perspectives from Europe and Japan toward the smart spectrum.
  • Chair: Dr. Gia Khanh Tran, Tokyo Tech., Japan

  • Speakers:

    1. Dr. Leonardo Goratti, FBK CREATE-NET, Italy

    2. Prof. Shigenobu Sasaki, Niigata Univ., Japan

    3. Prof. Miguel Lopez-Benitez, Univ. Liverpool, U.K.

    4. Prof. Takeo Fujii, UEC, Japan

  • 09:00 - 10:40, October 24 (Special Session 3)

  • Title: Millimeter-wave and edge computing

  • Organizer: Dr. Antonio De Domenico, CEA-LETI, France

  • Scope:

    The ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) framework promises numerous benefits to the 5G ecosystem, such as limited end-to-end latency, reduced backhaul load, and terminals battery life improvement through computational offloading and caching mechanisms. MEC is being discussed since a while in the research community and while the standardization process is continuing, the first commercial deployments are appearing worldwide. However, in the context of 5G, the additional benefits deriving from the synergy of MEC and mmWave technologies is still an open research question. mmWave technologies are available in the market since several years, especially in wireless backhaul connections. Recently, mmWave appears more and more as an appealing technology also for radio access networks and it is a key technology for the 3GPP 5G phase 2 set of features. We believe that designing a system that jointly exploits MEC and mmWave communication will pave the way for a much more effective deployment of 5G systems. Therefore, this special session will present recent research results appealing use cases, applications, and associated challenges, in joint deployment of MEC and mmWave technologies.
  • Chair: Dr. Antonio De Domenico, CEA-LETI, France

  • Speakers:

    1. Dr. Valerio Frascolla, Intel, Germany

    2. Dr. Koji Takinami, Panasonic, Japan

    3. Prof. Alexander Malsev, Intel, Russia

    4. Mr. Katsuo Yunoki, KDDI Research, Japan

    5. Prof. Stefano Salsano, University of Rome Tor Vergate, Italy

  • 16:15 - 17:55, October 24 (Special Session 4)

  • Title: Wireless Access Technologies for 5G and Beyond

  • Organizer: Dr. Kazushi Muraoka, NEC Corporation, Japan

  • Scope:

    The fifth generation (5G) mobile communication systems are expected to begin its service around 2020. 3GPP will soon complete specification of Release 15, the 1st phase of 5G. Mobile operators, vendors, and universities are carrying out the technology trials for 5G all over the world. Key enabling technologies are massive MIMO, beamforming, new frame design, polar code, and so on. In addition, new technologies for beyond 5G have also been investigated in academia. This special session is aiming to present and discuss the key technologies for 5G and Beyond from mobile operator's, vendor's, and university's perspective.
  • Chair: Dr. Eisuke Fukuda, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan

  • Speakers:

    1. Prof. Hidekazu Murata, Kyoto University, Japan

    2. Mr. Tobias Kadur, TU Dresden, Germany

    3. Dr. Satoshi Suyama, NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan

    4. Dr. Stefan Parkvall, Ericsson Research, Sweden