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IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
27-30 April 2020 // Beijing, China


4th IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking in Extreme Environments


Extreme communication environments such as underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body have been attracting growing interest from both academia and industry in an effort to conquer the last wireless communication frontiers. Novel wireless communication architectures and networking protocols for GPS-denied and communication-constrained environments enable a rich body of applications with unprecedented societal impact. The workshop will focus on communication, networking, and system-level developments related to underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body environments, as well as on contributions towards the characterization and modeling of the different mediums based on real-world data measurements.

The goal of the workshop is to unveil the latest wireless technology developments, from the physical layer all the way to the application layer in realizing underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body communication networks with a focus on bridging the gaps between theory, algorithms, and practical system implementations. The workshop will bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to underwater, aerial, underground, and intra-body extreme communication environments.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Communications and Networking Protocols
  • Energy efficient protocols and routing techniques
  • Cognitive networking
  • Hybrid network protocol designs
  • Secure LPD/LPI communication and networking
  • Spectrally efficient signal waveform designs
  • Multi/(massive) antenna communications
  • Low-power wide area networking
  • Ad-hoc cross-layer optimized networking, routing, handover and meshing
  • Distributed sensing and mobile networking
  • Energy harvesting wireless communications
Systems and Applications
  • RF/acoustic/optical communication systems
  • Modeling and simulation tools
  • Experimental results from prototypes, testbeds, and demonstrations
  • Software-defined radio platforms and SDN testbeds
  • Internet-of-things applications
  • Antenna design and processing
  • Autonomously networked mobile or static (implantable in living tissue or in a reservoir) communications system designs
  • Spectrum access policies for dynamic network control
  • Hardware/software challenges in multi/(massive) antenna transceiver design
  • Cooperation of robotic unmanned vehicles with multi-domain (sea-land-air) capabilities
  • Human-machine interaction
Signal Processing and Channel Modeling
  • Signal propagation models
  • Optimization techniques for multi-modal processing
  • Signal processing for distributed beamforming
  • Localization, detection, classification and tracking methods
  • Communication-constrained multi-agent path planning and task allocation
  • Machine learning and AI-assisted algorithms for wireless communications and networking
  • Signal propagation and attenuation models (absorption, scattering, fading, multipath)
  • Measurement and characterization (modeling) of real-world wireless (underwater, aerial, intra-body, underground) network deployments


Manuscripts must be limited to 6 pages in IEEE 8.5x11 format. Papers up to 6 pages plus 2 extra pages (with extra page fees) are allowed. The reviews will be single-blind. The manuscripts should be formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10-pt font) and be submitted as PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper). Accepted papers will be published in the combined INFOCOM 2020 Workshop proceedings and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore. Submitted papers may not have been previously published in or under consideration for publication in another journal or conference. The reviews will be single blind. Manuscripts should be submitted as PDF files via EDAS .

For more information on IEEE INFOCOM 2020, please visit the main website .


    Technical Committee Co-Chairs
  • Zhangyu Guan
    University at Buffalo, USA
  • Ming Li
    Dalian University of Technology, China

    Technical Program Committee (to be confirmed)
  • Ozgur B. Akan (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Payman Arabshahi (University of Washington, USA)
  • Jonathan Ashdown (United States Air Force, USA)
  • Stefano Basagni (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Pierre-Philippe Beaujean (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • Jean-Francois Bousquet (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • Paolo Casari (IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain)
  • Luca Chiaraviglio (University of Rome Tor Vergara, Italy)
  • Amlan Ganguly (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Paul Gendron (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)
  • Wolfgang Gerstacker (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • Zhangyu Guan (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Josep Miquel Jornet (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
  • George Karystinos (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
  • Dimitrios Koutsonikolas (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
  • William Liu (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
  • Nicholas Mastronarde (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
  • David Matolak (University of South Carolina, USA)
  • Sergio Palazzo (University of Catania, Italy)
  • Mehdi Rahmati (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Ervin Sejdic (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Hanumant Singh (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Petros Spachos (University of Guelph, Canada)
  • Milica Stojanovic (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Zhi Sun (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
  • Meenupriya Swaminathan (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Nicholas Tsagkarakis (University of South Carolina, USA)
  • Charalampos Tsimenidis (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Mehmet Vuran (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
  • Huseyin Ugur Yildiz (TED University, Turkey)

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2020 
Author Notification:  February 15, 2020
Camera-ready submission: March 6, 2020
Workshop date: TBD

Contact Us

E-mail the organizers: ieee.wcnee@gmail.com

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