ACM SIGCOMM 2023, New York City, US

3rd ACM Workshop on 5G and Beyond Network Measurements, Modeling, and Use Cases (5G-MeMU)

Workshop Program

  • Sunday, September 10, 2023

  • 9:00am–9:15am      Opening Remarks

  • 9:15am–10:15am      Keynote 1

  • Title: The COSMOS Testbed – a Platform for Advanced Wireless, Edge Cloud, Optical, Smart Streetscapes, and International Experimentation

    Speaker: Prof. Gil Zussman (Columbia University)

    • Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of the COSMOS testbed, that is being deployed as part of the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, and briefly review various ongoing experiments in the areas of wireless, optical, edge cloud, and smart cities. COSMOS (Cloud-Enhanced Open Software-Defined Mobile-Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment) is being deployed in West Harlem (New York City). It targets the technology “sweet spot” of ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency, a capability that will enable a broad new class of applications including augmented/virtual reality and cloud-based autonomous vehicles. Realization of such high bandwidth/low latency wireless applications involves research not only on radio links, but also on the system as a whole including algorithmic aspects related to spectrum use, networking, and edge computing. We will present an overview of COSMOS’ key enabling technologies, which include mmWave radios, software-defined radios, optical/SDN x-haul network, and edge cloud. We will then discuss the deployment and outreach efforts as well as the international component (COSMOS Interconnecting Continents - COSM-IC). Finally, we will describe various experiments that have been conducted in the testbed, including in the areas of edge cloud, mmWave wireless, full-duplex wireless, smart streetspaces, and optical communications/sensing. The COSMOS testbed design and deployment is joint work with the COSMOS team.

      Bio: Gil Zussman received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007 he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. Since 2007 he has been with Columbia University where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (affiliated faculty), and member of Data Science Institute. His research interests are in the area of networking, and in particular in the areas of wireless, mobile, and resilient networks. He has been an associate editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Control of Network Systems, IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications and the TPC Chair of IEEE INFOCOM’23 and ACM MobiHoc’15. Gil is an IEEE Fellow and received two Marie Curie fellowships, the Fulbright Fellowship, the DTRA Young Investigator Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. He is a co-recipient of seven best paper awards, including the ACM SIGMETRICS’06 Best Paper Award, the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, and the ACM CoNEXT’16 Best Paper Award.


  • 10:15am-10:30am Break

  • 10:30am–11:20pm      Paper Session: 5G/NextG Testbeds

  • 10:30am-10:55am

    CARL-W: a Testbed for Empirical Analyses of 5G and Starlink Performance

    Mohammad Rajiullah (Karlstad University), Giuseppe Caso (Karlstad University), Anna Brunstrom (Karlstad University), Jonas Karlsson (Karlstad University), Stefan Alfredsson (Karlstad University), Ozgu Alay (University of Oslo)

  • 10:55am-11:20am

    5G-MANTRA: Multi-Access Network Testbed for Research on ATSSS

    Matan Broner (Texas A&M University), Sangwoo Lee (Texas A&M University), Liuyi Jin (Texas A&M University), Radu Stoleru (Texas A&M University)

  • 11:20am–12:30pm      Special Community Session

  • Title: 5G Data and Challenges

    Chair: Prof. Zhi-Li Zhang (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

  • 1:30pm–2:30pm      Keynote 2

  • Title: O-RAN Software Community (OSC) Progress

    Speaker: Dr. Rittwik Jana (Google Inc.)

  • 2:30pm–3:45pm      Paper Session: 5G/NextG Planning and Evaluation

  • 2:30pm-2:55pm

    Enhancing 5G Radio Planning with Graph Representations and Deep Learning

    Paul Almasan (Barcelona Neural Networking Center, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), José Suárez-Varela (Telefónica Research), Andra Lutu (Telefónica Research), Albert Cabellos (Barcelona Neural Networking Center, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), Pere Barlet-Ros (Barcelona Neural Networking Center, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

  • 2:55pm-3:20pm

    Software Defined Radio platform to evaluate processing latency of 5G NR MIMO functions

    Karen Caloyannis (Télécom Paris, France), Anaïs Vergne (Télécom Paris, France), Philippe Martins (Télécom Paris, France)

  • 3:20pm-3:45pm

    Enabling TCP Communication over Terahertz Links: An Extension to ns-3’s TeraSim Module

    Farhan Siddiqui (Dickinson College)

  • 3:45pm-4:00pm Break

  • 4:00pm–5:15pm      Panel Discussion

  • Title: 5G/NextG/O-RAN

    Chair: Prof. Kai Zeng (George Mason University)

    • Panelist 1: Dr. Guevara Noubir
      Title: 5G Vulnerabilities Towards Securing Future Generations
      Bio: Guevara Noubir is a Professor at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and currently serving as the Executive Director of Cybersecurity Programs, and the PI of Northeastern University’s NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. He received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005, Google Faculty Research Award on Privacy in 2016, Northeastern University Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award 2018, best paper awards at ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec) 2011 and 2018, and the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security best paper in 2016. Dr. Noubir led Northeastern University winning teams in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) in 2017, 2018, and finalist in 2019 (winning a total of $2M). He also led Northeastern’s winning team in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge collaborative scenario in 2013. Dr. Noubir chaired the technical program committee of several security conferences including the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), and IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security. He serve(d) on the editorial boards of ACM Transaction on Privacy and Security, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Journal on Computer Networks, and IEEE Transaction on Information Forensics and Security. His research has been funded by BAE Systems, DARPA, Draper Labs, Microsoft Research, ONR, NSA, NSF, and Raytheon. Dr. Noubir holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and MS in CS (diplôme d’ingénieur) from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG), France. He held research and visiting positions at CSEM SA, EPFL, Eurecom, MIT, and UNL. He is a co-founder of Novowi a startup focussing on wireless and mobile systems security.

      Panelist 2: Dr. Keith Gremban
      Title: Defense Applications for 5G
      Bio: Dr. Keith Gremban is a member of the research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Dale and Pat Hatfield Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center in the School of Law. Prior to joining the University, Keith was the Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), which is the research and engineering laboratory for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Keith was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he managed a portfolio of programs in the areas of wireless communications and electronic warfare, and also worked in industry, managing and leading research and systems engineering projects. Keith’s research interests are in spectrum science, dynamic spectrum sharing, wireless communications, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Keith was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Internet of Things Magazine. Keith received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University.

      Panelist 3: Dr. Michele Polese
      Title: Rethinking the cellular architecture with Open RAN toward 6G
      Bio: Michele Polese is a Principal Research Scientist at the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, Northeastern University, Boston, since March 2020. He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova in 2020. He also was a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in 2019/2020 at the University of Padova, and a part-time lecturer in Fall 2020-2022 at Northeastern University. During his Ph.D., he visited New York University (NYU), AT&T Labs in Bedminster, NJ, and Northeastern University. His research interests are in the analysis and development of protocols and architectures for future generations of cellular networks (5G and beyond), in particular for millimeter-wave and terahertz networks, spectrum sharing and passive/active user coexistence, open RAN development, and the performance evaluation of end-to-end, complex networks. He has contributed to O-RAN technical specifications and submitted responses to multiple FCC and NTIA notice of inquiry and requests for comments, and is a member of the Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations of the American Meteorological Society (2022-2024). He is co-PI in research projects on 6G funded by the U.S. NSF, NTIA, and OUSD, and was awarded with several best paper awards and the 2022 Mario Gerla Award for Research in Computer Science. Michele is serving as TPC co-chair for WNS3 2021-2022, as an Associate Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine, as a Guest Editor in an IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Open RAN, and has organized the Open 5G Forum in Fall 2021 and the NextGenRAN workshop at Globecom 2022.


Call for Papers

Commercial 5G networks are being quickly rolled out worldwide. In theory, millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G can support network throughput of up to 20 Gbps, a 100× improvement compared to 4G LTE. 5G and beyond networks enable the development of new services that require ultra- high bandwidth and/or low latency. Examples include edge-assisted machine learning, networked virtual reality and augmented reality, collaborative and autonomous vehicles, low-latency Internet of things (IoT) applications, and data-intensive sensing, to name a few. Despite the potential of 5G and beyond technologies, the validation of 5G performance in operational systems and a complete understanding of the impact of such technologies on various vertical use cases remain primarily open. The research community also faces several major challenges to conducting research on 5G and beyond networks and leveraging 5G’s infrastructure to support the development and deployment of research prototypes.

The key issues include heterogeneity in both 5G and beyond technologies and service requirements, the inaccessibility and closedness of current commercial 5G networks, and a lack of software infrastructures such as tools and models that facilitate 5G and beyond enabled research, system prototyping, and experimentation. (1) 5G technologies and performance are heterogeneous. Unlike its 4G predecessors, 5G encompasses more diverse technologies such as mmWave high-band vs. mid-band vs. sub-6G low-band radio spectrum. This poses challenges in designing systems and services that can quickly adapt to changing 5G performance. The needs and requirements posed by various 5G and beyond use cases are also highly heterogeneous. This poses challenges for 5G deployments to meet and validate diverse service requirements end-to-end. (2) 5G’s deployment takes time. Right now, mmWave 5G is only available in a few major cities. The supporting infrastructures such as 5G edge computing platforms have registered even less deployment. This hinders researchers, in particular those in less populated areas, from accessing 5G. Furthermore, the commercial 5G ecosystem is closed. This makes it difficult to access many types of information such as cellular control-plane messages, device radio energy consumption, and base station resource allocation status. (3) There is still a gap between high demand and current development for open programmable 5G and beyond software stacks to enable prototyping and experimentation. Considering the current experiences and expectations from various vertical domains, the software stacks that support building 5G research prototypes as well as traffic models and tools that capture vertical’s performance are insufficient.

The 5G-MeMU workshop is motivated by the above key challenges of understanding and optimizing operational 5G and beyond systems and services and conducting 5G-related research. Its goal is to bring together researchers, cellular network operators, equipment vendors, mobile device manufacturers, vertical use case owners, and policymakers, from academia, industry, and government for discussion of the challenges of the 5G ecosystem, centered on practical experiences with 5G and beyond systems and services, and the state-of-the-art 5G and beyond research. This workshop solicits novel contributions to the state-of-the-art, results of ongoing research, open issues, trends, and new ideas.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Application-Level Performance Evaluation of 5G Networks and 5G Slices
  • End-to-End Measurement and Validation Frameworks for 5G KPIs
  • Crowd-sourced Data Collection Services for Commercial 5G
  • Deployment of Massive Scale IoT Systems on 5G and beyond
  • Energy Consumption Analysis and Modeling of 5G and beyond Radio
  • Experiences in Designing, Implementing, and Deploying 5G and beyond Testbeds
  • Exploration of Open Architectures for 5G and beyond RAN and Core Networks
  • Machine Learning for Analyzing and Predicting 5G and beyond Traffic
  • Measurement-driven and ML/AI for 5G and beyond Design and Optimization
  • Metrics, Tools, and Testbeds for 5G and beyond Edge
  • Performance Evaluation and Optimization of 5G and beyond Multi-access and Multi-
  • connectivity Solutions
  • Traffic Models, Tools, and Performance Evaluation of Industry Verticals (eHealth,
  • Transportation, Automation, Smart Cities, etc.) in 5G Networks
  • Network-friendly Monitoring of Commercial 5G Networks
  • Novel 5G-aware Networked Systems and Applications
  • Security of 5G and beyond Systems and Applications
  • Techniques for Improving Reproducibility in 5G Measurements

Submission Instructions

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, excluding references and appendices, in two-column 10pt ACM format. Papers must include author names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to present and discuss their work at the workshop.

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Important Dates

  • June 18, 23:59, AoE, 2023

    Submission deadline

  • July 2, 2023

    Acceptance notification

  • July 16, 2023

    Camera-ready deadline


  • Steering Committee
  • Anna Brunstrom

    Karlstad University, Sweden

  • Bo Han

    George Mason University, US

  • Zhi-Li Zhang

    University of Minnesota, US

  • Program Co-Chairs
  • Tao Han

    New Jersey Institute of Technology, US

  • Luca De Nardis

    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

  • Technical Program Committee
  • Ahan Kak

    Nokia Bell Labs, US

  • Chi-Yu Li

    National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

  • Giuseppe Caso

    Karlstad University, Sweden

  • Gyan Ranjan

    Ericsson, US

  • Harilaos Koumaras

    NCSR Demokritos, Greece

  • Ning Zhang

    University of Windsor, Canada

  • Ozgu Alay

    University of Oslo, Norway

  • Pedro Merino

    University of Malaga, Spain

  • Qiang Liu

    University of Nebraska - Lincoln, US

  • Vijay K. Shah

    George Mason University, US

  • Vincenzo Mancuso

    IMDEA Networks, Spain

  • Ying Wang

    Stevens Institute of Technology, US

  • Yuanjie Li

    Tsinghua University, China

  • Jocelyn Fiorina

    CentraleSupélec, Paris, France

  • Adrian Kliks

    Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland

  • Lorenzo Mucchi

    University of Florence, Florence, Italy