Organizing Committee

Zwi Altman, Orange Labs, France

Markus Gruber, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany

Fredrik Gunnarsson, Ericsson Research, Sweden

Thomas Kurner, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany

Lars Christoph Schmelz, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany

Kostas Tsagkaris, University of Piraeus, Greece

Technical Program Committee

Raquel Barco, University of Malaga
Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg
Ignacio Berberana, Telefonica
Sana Ben Jemaa, Orange Labs
Luis Miguel Campoy, Telefonica
Panagiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus
Andreas Eisenblätter, atesio GmbH, Berlin
Afef Feki, Huawei
Xavier Gelabert, Huawei
Lester Ho, Nokia
Sándor Imre, Technical University of Budapest
Alexandros Kaloxylos, University of Peloponnisos
Wolfgang Kellerer, University of Munich
Henrik Klessig, University of Dresden
Apostolos Kousaridas, Huawei
David Lopez-Perez, Nokia Bell Labs
Andreas Mitschele-Thiel, Ilmenau University of Technology
Jordi Pérez-Romero, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Pradeepa Ramachandra, Ericsson Research
Tapani Ristaniemi, University of Jyväskylä
Oriol Sallent, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Henning Sanneck, Nokia
Meryem Simsek, University of Dresden
Kathleen Spaey, University of Antwerp
Matías Toril, University of Málaga
Hans van den Berg, TNO
Jens Voigt, Actix
Di Yuan, Linköping University
Kristina Zetterberg, Ericsson Research


Sixth International Workshop on Self-Organizing Networks (IWSON 2016)

The interest in the Self-Organizing Network (SON) paradigm applied to wireless communications networks is high, both with respect to existing networks, but also for future radio access technologies beyond LTE and LTE-Advanced. 5G concepts are maturing, and the 6th IWSON aims at providing a forum for the early academic/industrial 5G RAN SON discussions. Furthermore, 5G ambitions also include a focus on verticals’ applications with end-to-end requirements and network function and cloud virtualization. SON may also be leveraged by recent advances in learning and cognition.
With the success of the first five IWSON events in Budapest, Paris, Dresden, Barcelona, and Glasgow 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, but other systems can be considered as well.
The program will include 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 future radio networks

  • SON in evolved radio networks, such as 5G and LTE beyond Rel. 13, including D2D, M2M, V2X technologies and others, heterogeneous networks (3GPP and non-3GPP): multi-layer, - vendor, -tech. (incl. WiFi), small cells and ultra-dense network scenarios
  • Load balancing, traffic steering, end-to-end traffic steering, mobility management, reliability
  • Interference and spectrum management
  • Energy Saving Management (ESM) in heterogeneous networks
  • SON for adaptive antenna systems and massive MIMO deployment
  • SON for radio access, backhaul, and core network
  • SON in shared multi-operator environments

SON management and coordination
  • Policy and objective driven SON deployment, management and enforcement
  • Coordination between network layers, vendors, technologies, RAN and backhaul
  • Monitoring stability and performance of SON operation

SON in the field
  • Test bed activities and experience from field trials

SON evolution and cognitive networking
  • Automation techniques and technologies beyond SON
  • Cognitive and self-learning mechanisms including big data aspects
  • Enhanced SON with geo-localization data
  • Scenario and application-specific SON, e.g., smart cities, telematics applications, disaster handling, car-to-machine communications
  • Service- and customer- aware SON

Contact information: Dr. Kostas Tsagkaris at
Important Dates

May 13, 2016 Submission of papers and demo proposals

June 10, 2016 Notification of acceptance

July 1, 2016 Camera-ready version of accepted papers



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Submission Information

6-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.

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