2nd Workshop on Economics and Adoption of Millimeter Wave Technology in Future Networks


IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-18 April 2019 // Marrakech, Morocco
Touch through Wireless


Call for Papers to the Workshop:

This workshop is jointly organized by the EU-funded collaborative research projects ULTRAWAVE,  5GENESIS and 5G-MiEdge.


Motivation and scope:

Future rentable 5G network deployments are tightly linked to the affordable availability of a set of new technology enablers. Among the most important ones, Millimeter Wave technology is for sure a pillar of future wireless networks, both for access and for backhaul connections.

Backhaul enhancements are desperately needed to cope with the management of a skyrocketing number of devices (order of tens of billion according to the IoT paradigm) that will connect to future smart networks and grids, within bigger and bigger (smart) city conglomerates. Backhaul advancements are also needed to handle the huge amount of additional data exchanged by new wireless moving sources, e.g. the booming self- and automated-driving vehicles, each one expected to create gigabyte/Km of data.

Access enhancements are needed as well, as the forthcoming 5G system, and its successors, will have to provide users at the same time with smooth, reliable and high bandwidth connections, leveraging on a set of different access technologies. Legacy system will be enhanced via aggressive carrier aggregation schemes, meanwhile new radio technologies will leverage the advanced multi-connectivity capabilities and the consistent additional new spectrum bands, mainly in the mmWave regions, being allocated for wireless access.

The Workshop aims at extending and enlarging the ecosystem discussion to aspects also related to non-technical topics, impacting in a broad sense the economics of the society, and that will play a big role in the effective adoption of Millimetre Wave technology.


  • mmWave above the 100 GHz
  • Socio-cultural hurdles for a broad adoption of mmWave links
  • Return on Investment of mmWave deployment for backhaul and access networks
  • New technologies that can synergize and facilitate the adoption of mmWave technology
  • Business innovation needed for a new technology adoption
  • Breakthrough innovation in the mmWave areas
  • Wigig, WiFi and cellular mmWave access: synergies and differences
  • Standardization status of mmWave technologies
  • Regulatory aspects of mmWave technologies
  • EMF for mmWave devices

Key dates:

  • January 10, 2019 Submission of papers
  • February 15, 2019 Notification of acceptance
  • March 1, 2019 Camera-ready version of accepted papers

Submission Information:

Authors are invited to submit original papers of no more than 6 pages (standard IEEE proceedings, two-column, 10 pt. font), including figures, tables, and references, in PDF format. Accepted papers will be published in the WCNC 2019 conference proceedings and will be submitted to the IEEEXplore database. Submission implies that one of the paper author will register and present the paper at the conference. Paper submission is accepted through the EDAS web site: https://edas.info/newPaper.php


Workshop Organizers:


Valerio Frascolla

Director of Research and Innovation at Intel Corporation, Germany


Dr. Valerio Frascolla is director of research and innovation at Intel. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Electronic Engineering and had been working in different roles at Ancona University, Comneon, and Infineon. Valerio has expertise in mobile terminals system architecture, requirements management, standards bodies attendance (3GPP, ETSI, and IEEE), and project and program management. He serves as coach and mentor in Intel as well as in European projects (Fashion Fusion, WEARSustain), he acts as facilitator of innovation activities using agile methodologies (CSM- and CSPO-certified). Valerio is author of 60+ peer-reviewed publications, his main research interest is 5G system design, with focus on spectrum management, mmWaves and MEC technologies. Valerio currently participates to several international research projects serving as consortium lead for business, standardization, innovation and exploitation matters, and organizing special sessions, workshops and panels at international conferences (VTC, EUCNC, WCNC, EUCAP, EUSIPCO, COCORA, EWSN, DySPAN, and ISWCS).


Claudio Paoloni

Head of Engineering Department at Lancaster University and Cockroft Chair of Electronics, UK


Claudio Paoloni is Head of Engineering Department at Lancaster University and Cockroft Chair of Electronics. He is author of more than 200 articles in international journals and conference proceedings in the field of high frequency electronics, vacuum electronics and wireless communications. He holds four patents. He is Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project TWEETHER “Travelling wave tube based w-band wireless networks with high data rate distribution, spectrum & energy efficiency” and of the H2020 ULTRAWAVE “Ultra capacity wireless layer beyond 100 GHz based on millimeter wave Traveling Wave Tubes”. He served as Local Organization Chair of IEEE International Vacuum Electronic Conference 2009 (IVEC 2009) and as Conference Chair of UK/Europe China Millimeter Wave and THz Technology Workshop 2013 (UCMMT2013) held in Rome.

He is Chair of the IEEE Electron Devices Society Vacuum Devices Technical Committee.

He was Guest Editor for the Special Issue of Transaction on Electron Devices on Vacuum Electronics (June 2014). 
He was Chair of the Technical Programme Committee of the International Vacuum Electronics Conference 2017 (IVEC) held in London. He has a wide expertise in organization of large scientific evens.


Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Federico Pigni, Professor of Information Systems, Director of Global Tech Program, Grenoble Ecole de Management.


Technical Programme Committee:
Andreas Perentos, Avanti Hylas 2 Cyprus
Antonio Morgado, Instituto de Telecom., Portugal
Antonio Ramirez, Fibernova Systems, Spain
Carlos Silva, UFC, Brazil
Daniele Munaretto, Athonet, Italy
Emilio Calvanese Strinati, CEA-LETI, France
Georgios Gardikis, Space Hellas Cyprus, Cyprus
Guillaume Ducournau, IEMN Central Lab, France
Harilaos Kumaras, NCSR University, Greece
Johann Marquez-Barja, IMEC, Belgium
Jürgen Englisch, Intel, Germany
Konstantin Kowslowski, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany
Magnos Martinello, UFES, Brazil
Marios Fotiou, Avanti Hylas 2 Cyprus
Mike Green, Filtronic, UK
Moisés R. N. Ribeiro, UFES, Brazil
Panagiotis Demesticas, University of Pireaus, Greece
Pedro Merino, University of Malaga, Spain
Sassan Iraji, Intel, Germany
Sergio Barbarossa, Sapienza University, Italy
Shahid Mumtaz, Instituto de Telecom., Portugal
Theodoros Rokkas, INCITES Consulting, Luxemburg
Thomas Haustein, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany
Valerio Palestrini, Telecom Italia, Italy


Format of the workshop:

The workshop will include a key note speaker, presentations from relevant research projects (5G-MiEdge, 5GENESIS, ULTRAWAVE) and talk solicited by the Call for Papers.

All the speakers in will be invited to include in some of the slides one or two keywords summarizing the main concept of their talks. The audience will be asked to participate to an ‘instant poll’ to rank the keywords. The high ranking keywords will be used in Part II as topics of the Word Café.

A panel session will conclude the workshop to sum-up the findings of the World Café and to focus on proposed topics plus the ones suggested by the audience.

Finally, the main discussed topics in the World Café and the outcome of the panel will be summarized in a publicly available short document, which will be made available for download to everyone. The document will be hosted in the publicly available part of the ULTRAWAVE, 5GENESIS and 5G-MiEdge project websites.

Plan for the review of the refereed papers according to the ComSoc’s academic best-practices. Each paper will have three reviewers chosen among the members of the TCP on the basis of their expertise. The two chairs will take the final decision. If the Chairs are authors a group of TPC members will assign the reviewers.