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4th Workshop on All Things Cellular: Operations, Applications and Challenges 2014

(Formerly named CellNet)

To be held on August 22nd, 2014 in Chicago, USA (co-located with ACM SIGCOMM 2014)

Technical Program

  • 8:45am - 9:00am Opening

    Session Chair: Jeffrey Pang (AT&T Research), Kun Tan (Microsoft Research)

  • 9:00am - 10:15am Keynote: Networking with Massive MU-MIMO Base Stations

    Session Chair: Lin Zhong (Rice University)

  • 10:15am - 10:45am Coffee

  • 10:45am - 12:00pm Session 1: Architecture and Protocols

    Session Chair: Kun Tan (Microsoft Research)

  • Paper

    How Green is Multipath TCP for Mobile Devices?

    Yeon-sup Lim and Yung-Chih Chen (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Erich M. Nahum (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Don Towsley (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Richard J. Gibbens (University of Cambridge)

  • Paper

    Increasing Cellular Capacity Using ISM Band Side-channels: A First Study

    Jingwen Bai (Rice University), Chenxi Liu (Tsinghua University), and Ashutosh Sabharwal (Rice University)

  • Paper

    SON Conflict Resolution using Reinforcement Learning with State Aggregation

    Ovidiu-Constantin Iacoboaiea (Orange Labs and Telecom ParisTech), Berna Sayrac and Sana Ben Jemaa (Orange Labs), and Pascal Bianchi (Telecom ParisTech)

  • 12:00am - 1:30pm Lunch

  • 1:30pm - 2:45pm Session 2: Software Defined Networking / Network Function Virtualization

    Session Chair: Kobus Van der Merwe (University of Utah)

  • Paper

    SMORE: Software-Defined Networking Mobile Offloading Architecture

    Junguk Cho, Binh Nguyen, Arijit Banerjee, and Jacobus Van der Merwe (School of Computing, University of Utah)

  • Paper

    Dynamic Tunnel Switching for SDN-Based Cellular Core Networks

    Johanna Heinonen and Tapio Partti (Nokia Solutions and Networks), Marko Kallio and Kari Lappalainen (Tieto), and Hannu Flinck and Jarmo Hillo (Nokia Solutions and Networks)

  • Paper

    Applying NFV and SDN to LTE Mobile Core Gateways; The Functions Placement Problem

    Arsany Basta and Wolfgang Kellerer (LKN, TUM) and Marco Hoffmann, Hans Jochen Morper, and Klaus Hoffmann (NSN)

  • 2:45pm - 3:15pm Coffee

  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm Panel: Building a Cellular Networking Research Program

    Session Chair: Li Erran Li (Alcatel-Lucent), Songwu Lu (UCLA), Chunyi Peng (Ohio State), Jacobus Van der Merwe (University of Utah), Lin Zhong (Rice University)

  • 4:15pm - 4:20pm Break

  • 4:20pm - 5:35pm Session 3: Measurements

    Session Chair: Chunyi Peng (Ohio State University)

  • Paper

    Towards understanding TCP performance on LTE/EPC mobile networks

    Binh Nguyen and Arijit Banerjee (University of Utah), Vijay Gopalakrishnan (AT&T Labs - Research), Sneha Kasera (University of Utah), Seungjoon Lee and Aman Shaikh (AT&T Labs - Research), and Jacobus Van der Merwe (University of Utah)

  • Paper

    Performance of LTE in a High-velocity Environment: A Measurement Study

    Ruben Merz, Daniel Wenger, Damiano Scanferla, and Stefan Mauron (Swisscom, Group Strategy & Innovation)

  • Paper

    Cacheability of YouTube Videos in Cellular Networks

    Fehmi Ben Abdesslem and Anders Lindgren (SICS Swedish ICT AB)

  • 5:35pm-5:45pm Closing

    Session Chair: Jeffrey Pang (AT&T Research), Kun Tan (Microsoft Research)

Call for Papers

We are living in an increasingly connected mobile world, where smartphones and tablets are prevalent, wearable devices are growing, and the “Internet of Things” is permeating our lives. The number of mobile applications such as Apple Siri, Google Now, and Yelp is rapidly growing, and mobile connectivity is used for everything from Google Glass to vehicle fleet tracking. These applications and services have rapidly enriched our lives, particularly because much of the mobile eco-system is vibrant and conducive to open innovation. An important part of this ecosystem is the underlying connectivity provided by cellular networks. While innovations in mobile services and applications have thrived, innovations in the underlying cellular systems are more limited. This is partially caused by the closed and monolithic nature of these networks, where the core design and operational challenges are not very accessible to the research community. But there are a large number of stakeholders — from app developers to smartphone manufacturers to “machine-to-machine” services — that are increasingly dependent on cellular networks. The goal of this workshop is to bring together network operators, as well as researchers from both industry and academia together to discuss emerging problems, challenges, and potential solutions in this domain.

To facilitate this discussion and engagement, we would like to solicit technical papers, including position papers, that are no more than 6-pages long in the standard ACM two-column, 10 point format. Early work that stimulates discussions is also strongly encouraged.


The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Radio resource allocation and usage profiling
  • Cellular network architecture and its evolution
  • Understanding and modeling cellular data traffic
  • Billing and pricing models
  • Cellular network security and privacy issues
  • Cellular network management
  • Mobility
  • Energy efficiency
  • Spectrum shortage
  • Protocol design
  • Algorithms to improve performance and efficiency
  • Software-defined networking in cellular networks
  • Mobile and wearable applications on cellular networks
  • Machine-to-machine services on cellular networks


Each submission must be a single PDF file no longer than six (6) pages in length (in two-column, 10-point format) including references. Papers must include the author name and affiliation for single-blind peer reviewing by the program committee. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal.

The submission site is online at

Important Dates

  • March 21, 2014

    Paper Registration

  • March 28, 2014

    Paper Submission

  • May 9, 2014

    Author Notification

  • May 30, 2014

    Camera Ready

  • August 22, 2014

    Workshop date


  • Workshop Chairs
  • Kun Tan

    Microsoft Research

  • Jeffrey Pang

    AT&T Research

  • Program Committee
  • Sharad Agarwal

    Microsoft Research

  • Rajesh Krishna Balan

    Singapore Management University

  • Suman Banerjee


  • Roger Piqueras Jover

    AT&T Security Research Center

  • Li Erran Li


  • Kate Ching-Ju Lin

    Academia Sinica, Taiwan

  • Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe

    University of Utah

  • Z. Morley Mao

    University of Michigan

  • Jeffrey Pang

    AT&T Research

  • Chunyi Peng

    Ohio State University

  • Feng Qian

    AT&T Research

  • Souvik Sen

    HP Research

  • Subhabrata Sen

    AT&T Research

  • Kun Tan

    Microsoft Research

  • Cedric Westphal


  • Matt Welsh


  • Xia Zhou

    Dartmouth College

  • Steering Committee
  • Suman Banerjee


  • Li Erran Li


  • Morley Mao


  • Jennifer Rexford


Download this call as a PDF