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W1: 4th International Workshop on Connecting All Things for Enabling Smart Cities (CONTEST) - VTC2022-Fall - London/Beijing

W1: 4th International Workshop on Connecting All Things for Enabling Smart Cities (CONTEST)

Co-chair: Hongjian Sun, University of Durham, UK
Co-chair: Andrea Tonello, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Co-chair: Yi Qian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Co-chair: Jing Jiang, Northumbria University, UK


Abstract: As a key initiative for promoting the quality of living and green economy, the smart city concept has attracted much attention in both academia and industry. Information and communication technologies (ICT) will play a critical role in facilitating intelligent collection and utilization of heterogeneous data from deployed sensors and equipment throughout cities. The major challenges in this research area are: 1). Design and deployment of affordable sensors, 2). How to power these sensors and collect data efficiently, 3). Cyber-security and privacy concerns, and 4). How to meet various latency requirements to support different applications and services. To address these challenges, it is of vital importance to sustainably develop a set of new concepts and theories for improving the energy efficiency, spectral efficiency and network design.

Potential topics of workshop papers include but are not limited to:
• Green communications and networks
• Vehicular communications and telematics
• Positioning, localization and navigation
• Cognitive radio and spectrum management
• V2X and M2M communications
• Heterogeneous networks
• Energy harvesting and communications
• Antennas design and propagation
• Safety, security, and privacy for smart cities
• Internet of things
• Ultra-dense network
• Energy-efficiency
• Wireless power and information transfer
• Smart grid communications
• Electric vehicles charging and management
• Intelligent transportation
• Novel vehicular network architecture
• Future trends and emerging technologies.

Date: 26th September 2022
Venue: Virtual

Time Schedule Category
9:00 – 9:10 Opening- Welcome
9:10 – 9:30 Paper 1: 3-D Placement Strategy for VLC Enabled UAV Network with Guaranteed QoS
9:30 – 9:50 Paper 2: Deep Reinforcement Learning for Over-the-Air Federated Learning in SWIPT-Enabled IoT Networks
9:50 – 10:10 Paper 3: Decentralized Smart Grid System: A Survey on Machine Learning-Based Intrusion Detection Approaches
10:10 – 10:30 Paper 4: Model Prediction Control Path Tracking Algorithm Based on Adaptive Stanley
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10 Paper 5: Digital Twins for Smart Cities: Case Study and Visualisation via Mixed Reality
11:10 – 11:30 Paper 6: Research on Energy Consumption Model of Campus Micro-cycle Bus System
11:30 – 11:50 Paper 7: Routing based on Overcommitment Approach in Stochastic Time-Varying Networks
11:50 – 12:10 Paper 8: Cloud game computing offload based on Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning
12:10 – 12:20 Closing remarks


All presentations shall be 20 minutes including 15 min for oral presentation and 5 min for Q&A.
All presentations shall be delivered virtually/online.

Co-chair Bios:

Hongjian Sun

Bio: Hongjian Sun is Professor in Smart Grid at the University of Durham, leading Smart Grid Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 2011 and then took postdoctoral positions at King’s College London (UK) and Princeton University (USA). Since 2013, he has been with the University of Durham, UK. His research mainly focuses on: (i) Smart grid: communications and networking, (ii) Smart grid: demand side management and demand response, and (iii) Smart grid: renewable energy sources integration.

He is the Editor-in-Chief for IET Smart Grid journal, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications and Networks, and EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. He also served as Guest Editor for IEEE Communication Magazine for 3 Feature Topics on smart grid technologies. To date, he has published over 150 papers in refereed journals and international conferences; He has made contributions to and co-authored the IEEE 1900.6a-2014 Standard; He has published five book chapters, and edited two books: IET book "Smarter Energy: from Smart Metering to the Smart Grid" (ISBN: 978-1-78561-104-9), and CRC Book "From Internet of Things to Smart Cities: Enabling Technologies" (ISBN: 9781498773782).

Andrea Tonello

Bio: Andrea Tonello is professor of embedded communication systems at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He has been associate professor at the University of Udine, Italy, technical manager at Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies, USA, and managing director of Bell Labs Italy where he was responsible for research activities on cellular technology. He is co-founder of the spinoff company WiTiKee and has a part-time associate professor post at the University of Udine, Italy. Dr. Tonello received the PhD from the University of Padova, Italy (2002). He was the recipient of several awards including: the Lucent Bell Labs Recognition of Excellence Award (1999), the RAENG (UK) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (2010), the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer Award (2011-15), the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer Award (2018-19), the IEEE ComSoc TC-PLC Interdisciplinary and Research Award (2019), the IEEE ComSoc TCPLC Outstanding Service Award (2019), and the Chair of Excellence from UC3M (2019-20). He also received 10 best paper awards. He was the chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on PLC (2014-18), and the director for industry outreach in the IEEE ComSoc board of governors (2020-21). He was/is associate editor of IEEE TVT, IEEE TCOM, IEEE ACCESS, IET Smart Grid, Elsevier Journal of Energy and Artificial Intelligence. He serves as the chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications (2020-TD).


Yi Qian

Bio: Yi Qian received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining UNL, he worked in the telecommunications industry, academia, and government. Some of his previous professional positions include serving as a senior member of scientific staff and a technical advisor at Nortel Networks, a senior systems engineer and a technical advisor at several startup companies, an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a senior researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

His research interests include cyber security and communication network security, and computer and communication networks. He has research and industry experience in information and communication network security, wireless communications and networks, wireless sensor networks, vehicular communication networks, smart grid communications, broadband satellite communications, optical communications, high-speed communications and networks, and Internet of Things.

Prof. Yi Qian is a Fellow of IEEE. He was previously Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee for Communications and Information Security. He was the Technical Program Chair for IEEE International Conference on Communications 2018. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals and magazines, including as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Wireless Communications. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Communications Society. Prof. Yi Qian received the Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award in 2011, the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award in 2018, and the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovative Use of Instructional Technology in 2018, all from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the principal author of the textbook, “Security in Wireless Communication Networks”, published by IEEE Press/Wiley in 2021.


Jing Jiang

Bio: Dr. Jing Jiang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Physics & Electrical Engineering, and joined the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in Sept. 2018. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.) in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Research Fellow in the Institute for Communication Systems at the University of Surrey, where she was involved in the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) project as a main researcher for the key work area of New Air-interface, and performed research on the massive MIMO technique for energy efficient 5G wireless communication systems. From 2015 to 2018, she was a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Durham, and performed research on information and communication technologies on future energy systems (e.g., smart grid). At Durham, she was involved in one H2020-MSCA-RISE project as Knowledge-Sharing Manager, one EPSRC project as the named researcher, and one H2020 project SmartEMC2 as a key researcher.

Now she is Northumbria Principal Investigator (PI) for the “TESTBED2” project (2020-2024, no. 872172) managing €128,800, with a total €1.039m funding from the EU under H2020 Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange programme, testing and evaluating sophisticated information and communication technologies for enabling scalable smart grid deployment.
Dr Jing Jiang has been involved in a number of activities with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): She is serving (or served) as a technical program committee (TPC) member for many IEEE flagship conferences, e.g., IEEE ICC, IEEE VTC, and IEEE/CIC ICCC. She is a peer reviewer for a number of IEEE prestigious journals. She is now on the Editorial Board of:
• IET Smart Grid Journal as a Subject Editor;
• IET Communications Journal as an Associate Editor;
• EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking as an Associate Editor;
• Energies as a Guest Editor for the special issue "Wireless Power Transfer 2018".


Workshop paper submissions due: 14 August 2022
Acceptance notification: 20 August 2022
Final paper submission due: 24 August 2022

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