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, Germany

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

Technical Program Committee
Afef Feki, Bell Labs - Alcatel Lucent
Ana Maria Sierra Diaz, Telefonica I+D
Andreas Eisenblatter, Atesio GmbH
Andreas Mitschele-Thiel, Ilmenau University of Technology
Anja Klein, TU Darmstadt
Apostolos Kousaridas, University of Athens
Beatriz Gonzalez Rodriguez, Telefonica
Berna Sayrac, Orange Labs
David Lopez, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent
Di Yuan, Linkoping University
Eleni Patouni, University of Athens
Jarno Niemela, Tampere University of Technology
Jens Voigt, Actix
Hans van den Berg, TNO
Henning Sanneck, Nokia Solutions & Networks
Jordi Perez-Romero, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Kristina Zetterberg, Ericsson Research
Matias Toril, University of Malaga
Mehdi Amirijoo, Ericsson Research
Nancy Alonistioti, University of Athens
Neil Scully, Vodafone
Oriol Sallent, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Panagiotis Vlacheas, University of Piraeus
Panagiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus
Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg
Raquel Barco, University of Malaga
Sana Ben Jemaa, Orange Labs
Sandor Imre, Technical University of Budapest
Ulrich Barth, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent
Vera Stavroulaki, University of Piraeus
Xavier Gelabert, Huawei

ISWCS 2014 - Fourth International Workshop on Self-Organizing Networks (IWSON 2014)

After three well received events at VTC in Budapest 2011, ISWCS in Paris 2012, and VTC in Dresden 2013, the 4th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Networks (IWSON) will be organized in August 2014 in Barcelona, in conjunction with ISWCS 2014. Accepted papers will appear in IEEExplore.

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 networks, SON in multi-vendor networks, and SON for future radio access technologies beyond LTE and LTE-Advanced.
With the success of the first three IWSON events in Budapest, Paris and Dresden, 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 both 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 use cases and functions in heterogeneous networks

  • Broad view of heterogeneous networks (3GPP and non-3GPP): multi-layer, - vendor, -tech. (incl. WiFi)
  • Load balancing, traffic steering, end-to-end traffic steering, mobility management
  • Interference and spectrum management
  • Energy Saving Management (ESM) in heterogeneous networks
  • MDT/TCE as boosting data source for SON
  • RAN / network / user equipment support for SON
  • SON for adaptive antenna systems
  • SON in evolved radio networks, such as 5G concepts and LTE beyond Rel. 12

SON management and coordination
  • SON workflow definition and management
  • Policy and objective driven SON deployment, management and enforcement
  • 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.
  • Monitoring stability and performance of SON operation

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

April 18, 2014 May 2, 2014 NEW Paper submission deadline (HARD!)

May 23, 2014 June 9, 2014 Notification of acceptance

June 25, 2014 Camera-ready version of accepted papers

June 10, 2014 July 14, 2014 Registration Deadline


Registration is NOW OPEN!

CLICK here for the final program

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.

Keep yourself updated by joining the group IWSON at