Organizing Committee

Zwi Altman, Orange Labs, France

Markus Gruber
, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Germany

Fredrik Gunnarsson
, Ericsson Research, Sweden

Thomas Kurner
, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany

Lars Christoph Schmelz
, Nokia Siemens Networks Research, Germany

Kostas Tsagkaris
, University of Piraeus, Dept. of Digital Systems, Greece

Jens Voigt
, Actix Research, Germany

Technical Program Committee

Afef Feki, Bell Labs - Alcatel Lucent
Alexandros Kaloxylos, University of the Peloponnese
Andreas Eisenblatter, Atesio GmbH
Andreas Mitschele-Thiel, Ilmenau University of Technology
Anja Klein, TU Darmstadt
Apostolos Kousaridas, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens
Beatriz Gonzalez Rodriguez, Telefonica
Berna Sayrac, Orange Labs
Chris Blondia, University of Antwerp
Cinzia Sartori, Nokia Siemens Networks Research
David Lopez, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent
Di Yuan, Linkoping University
Jarno Niemela, Tampere University of Technology
Hans van den Berg, TNO
Henning Sanneck, Nokia Siemens Networks Research
Hiroto Sugahara, NEC R&D SON
Jordi Perez-Romero, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Klaus Moessner, University of Surrey
Kristina Zetterberg, Ericsson Research
Matias Toril, University of Malaga
Mehdi Amirijoo, Ericsson Research
Neil Scully, Vodafone
Oriol Sallent, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Panagiotis Vlacheas, University of Piraeus
Panagiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus
Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg
Ralf Irmer, Vodafone Global R&D
Raquel Barco, University of Malaga
Sana Ben Jemaa, Orange Labs
Sandor Imre, Technical University of Budapest
Seppo Hamalainen, Nokia Siemens Networks Research
Tapani Ristaniemi, University of Jyvaskyla
Thomas Jansen, Technische Universitat Braunschweig
Ulrich Barth, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent
Vera Stavroulaki, University of Piraeus
Xavier Gelabert, Huawei


IEEE VTC2013-Spring 3rd International Workshop on Self-Organizing Networks (IWSON) PDF_version

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the Self-Organizing Network (SON) paradigm applied to wireless communications networks. Approaching the challenges in radio network SON is a focus area in both industry and academia research. Currently, we note rising interest in field experience from early LTE SON deployments, SON coordination approaches and techniques, SON features tailored to the needs of multi-radio access technology and multi-layer networks (heterogeneous network, HetNet), SON in multi-vendor networks, and SON for future radio access technologies beyond LTE and LTE-Advanced. With the success of the first two IWSON events in Budapest and Paris and the progressive focus on SON as the means to improve the performance and operability of mobile radio networks, it is timely and important to continue this workshop series bringing together people with SON interests. The scope of IWSON is intended to attract both industry and academia, primarily with a focus on 3GPP technologies such as LTE, but other systems can be considered as well. The program will include at least one plenary presentation, oral presentations and a poster & demonstration session to enable lively discussions. The workshop welcomes submissions from both researchers and practitioners, either closely related to currently standardized systems or considering future systems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

SON in macro cells and HetNets
  • Broad view of HetNet (beyond 3GPP): multi-layer, - vendor, -technology (incl. WiFi)
  • Load balancing, traffic steering; interference management
  • Energy Saving Management (ESM) in HetNets
  • MDT as boosting data source for macro and HetNet SON
  • RAN / network / user equipment support for SON
  • SON for vehicular applications
  • Macro cell SON innovations

SON management and coordination
  • SON workflow definition and management
  • SON policies definition, deployment and management
  • Coordination between network layers, vendors, technologies, RAN and backhaul
  • Different coordination approaches, e.g., design vs. runtime, distributed vs. centralized, layered vs. monolithic, implicit vs. explicit, etc.

SON in the field
  • Test bed activities and experience from field trials
  • Experiences and field performance of SON features implemented in LTE deployments

SON evolution
  • Automation techniques and technologies beyond SON
  • Cognitive and self-learning mechanisms
  • Scenario and application-specific SON, e.g., smart cities, telematics applications, disaster handling, car-to-machine communications

Contact information: Dr. Kostas Tsagkaris at

Important Dates

23-Nov-2012 07-Dec-2012 Submission of papers and demo proposals

30-Jan-2013 Notification of acceptance

21-Feb-2013 Camera ready submission



Submission Information

5-page full paper for presentation; accepted papers will appear on the CD and on IEEE Xplore

2-page demonstrator proposals with a reasonable description of background, assumptions and technical details for demonstrator sessions; will be peer-reviewed, but will neither appear on the CD nor in IEEE Xplore.

Please see the VTC 2013 Spring web site for submission instructions via TrackChair.

Keep yourself updated by joining the group IWSON 2013 at