IEEE International Workshop on Software Defined 5G Networks (Soft5G 2015)

Architectures and Programming Paradigms for emerging 5G Networks

LONDON, U.K. – APRIL 17, 2015

The workshop was a success as around 50 delegates attended this one day workshop.

You can download the keynote presentations here:

  • Keynote 1: 5G Mobile Network R&D in Japan
    Speaker: Akihiro Nakao, Chairman of the Network Architecture Committee of the Japan 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF), Tokyo University, Japan 
  • Keynote 2: The Challenges of Software Based 5G Networks
    Speaker: Zygmunt Lozinski, Senior Technical Staff Member & Master Inventor, IBM, UK
  • Keynote 3: The vHGW Use Case and Beyond
    Speaker: Pedro Miguel Neves, Telecom PT, Portugal
  • Keynote 4: Underestimated Role of Software in 5G
    Speaker: Sławomir Kukliński, Orange & Warsaw University of Technology, Poland


The first IEEE International Workshop on Software Defined 5G Networks (Soft5G 2015) will be held on April 17, 2015 in London, U.K. at the Cruciform Building of University College London (UCL) along with 1st IEEE International Conferenceon Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2015). Software defined networking (SDN) is undoubtedly one of the trending topic in the wired and the wireless networking domains raising interested among the academic and the industrial communities alike. Additionally the evolution of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) brings the opportunity to implement network functions in software on top of generic hardware architectures. In parallel, network related standardization activities are mushrooming across the most important SDOs. The mobile networks beyond LTE/EPC are currently required to cope with dramatic increases in data traffic and with a highly diverse devices, applications and services ecosystem. As a result, several research initiatives on 5G mobile networks have been launched worldwide targeting the definition of this next generation mobile networking ecosystem. SDN brings the promise of enabling flexible, scalable, highly configurable and reliable network functions and complete solutions for future 5G mobile networks, by leveraging the programmability advantages in the network control and management planes. This workshop aims at bringing together research and industry partners to present and discuss preliminary research results, ongoing work and experiences on the topic of software based, programmable 5G networks and services.

Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into the area of software-defined and virtualized infrastructures. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Convergence of heterogeneous wireless networks
  • EPC evolution towards 5G Core
  • NFV architectures for 5G
  • Programming abstractions for 5G networks
  • Software based PHY and MAC modelling
  • End-to-end wireless software networks architecture
  • Cloud computing and network virtualization technologies for RAN, backhaul and core
  • Distributed data-centres architectures for 5G
  • QoS and QoE in software defined 5G networks
  • Data-center technologies for future wireless networks
  • Network services and applications life-cycle management
  • Edge network support
  • High availability in software wireless networks
  • Software robustness for shared network environments
  • Software based 5G networks resilience
  • Advances in wireless network management and orchestration
  • End-to-end resource allocation in 5G networks
  • Dynamic service placement & scalability strategies for 5G
  • Programming abstractions for spectrum sharing
  • Autonomous and self-backhauling
  • Software programmed end-user devices
  • Benchmarking of software defined networks
  • Software networks evaluation and testbeds
  • Open Source tools for 5G Prototyping
  • Emerging 5G SDN architectures & standards
  • Emerging 5G Applications and Architectures
  • Service Function Chaining Approaches
  • Cross Layer Application Programming
  • M2M/IoT architectures in 5G

Paper submission     

Authors are invited to submit only original papers not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers can be up to 6 pages. Papers should be in IEEE 2-column US-Letter style using IEEE Conference templates and submitted in PDF format via EDAS at: Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review. All submitted papers will be subject to peer-review. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the Soft5G Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore®. 

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Workshop co-chairs     

Thomas Magedanz, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS:

Prof. Magedanz has been carrying out pioneering research and teaching globally recognized education courses for masters, diploma and PhD students in the field of converging fixed and mobile telecommunications, the Internet and information technologies for over 20 years. In this context he has initiated and managed numerous national and international R&D projects centered around Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms on top of both legacy and Next Generation Networks based on worldwide recognized technology testbeds.

Roberto Riggio, CREATE-NET:

Dr. Roberto Riggio is currently Senior Researcher staff member in the Future Networks team at CREATE-NET, Italy and guest Lecturer at the University of Trento. He received a PhD in Communications Engineering from University of Trento, Italy, in 2008. His research interests include performance isolation in multi-tenants data-centers; software defined mobile networking and programmable 5G networks. Dr. Riggio has co-authored more than 50 papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences. He serves on the TPC of leading conferences in the networking field, including, e.g., IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE IM, IEEE NOMS. He is co-inventor of two patents on network virtualization and distributed network monitoring. Dr. Riggio is the co-founder of the IEEE workshop on Software Defined 5G Networks.

Netsoft General Co-Chairs

Prosper Chemouil, Orange Labs, France

George Pavlou, University College London, UK 

Netsoft Workshop Co-Chairs

Amitava Biswas, Cisco Systems, US

Noura Limam, University of Waterloo, Canada

IEEE SDN Initiative Chair           

Antonio Manzalini, Telecom Italia, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Dr. Ramón Agüero, University of Cantabria

Prof. Rui Aguiar, University of Aveiro

Prof. Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna

Mr. Thomas Michael Bohnert, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Torsten Braun, University of Bern

Mr. Giuseppe Carella, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS

Mr. Bruno Chatras, Orange Labs

Dr. Tao Chen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Mr. Marius Corici, Fraunhofer FOKUS

Prof. Noel Crespi, Institut Mines-Télécom, Télécom SudParis

Mr. Spyros Denazis, University of Patras

Mr. Andy Edmonds, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

Mr. Hans Joachim Einsiedler, Deutsche Telekom, Berlin

Prof. Serge Fdida, UPMC Sorbonne Universités

Mr. Jordi Ferrer Riera, Fundació i2CAT, Internet i Innovació Digital a Catalunya

Dr. Zhangyu Guan, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Artur Hecker, Huawei Technologies

Mr. Uwe Herzog, Eurescom

Dr. Nguyen Huu Thanh, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Prof. Wolfgang Kellerer, Technische Universität München

Dr. Janson Kim, ETRI

Prof. Dejan Kostic, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Dr. Diego Lopez, Telefonica I+D

Dr. Shiwen Mao, Auburn University

Prof. Akihiro Nakao, University of Tokyo

Prof. Navid Nikaein, Eurecom

Mr. Toon Norp, TNO

Mr. Carlos Parada, Portugal Telecom Inovação

Dr. Paul Patras, The University of Edinburgh

Dr. Kostas Pentikousis, EICT

Dr. Hélia Pouyllau, Thales Research and Technology

Dr. Stefano Salsano, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Prof. Hans Schotten, University of Kaiserslautern

Ms. Cigdem Sengul, Oxford Brookes University

Mr. Ivan Seskar, WINLAB, Rutgers University

Prof. Paulo Simões, University of Coimbra

Mr. Lucian Suciu, Orange

Mr. Marc Suñé, Clos BISDN GmbH

Dr. Tarik Taleb, NEC Europe Ltd.

Prof. Olav Tirkkonen, Aalto University

Prof. Phuoc Tran-Gia, University of Wuerzburg

Prof. Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Mr. Neco Ventura, University of Cape Town

Dr. Faqir Yousaf, NEC Laboratories, Europe

Mr. Zygmunt Lozinski, IBM UK

Technical Sponsors

IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society.