Workshop on 5G Applications and Services: Current Trends, Key Drivers, Challenges and Standardization Imperatives


5G is not just an evolutionary upgrade of the previous generation of cellular networks, but it is a revolutionary technology envisioned that will eliminate the bounds of access, bandwidth, performance, and latency limitations on connectivity worldwide.  5G technologies bring in a universal connectivity angle that has not been present in the earlier generations of wireless technologies. With the potential for 5G networks to provide anytime anywhere connectivity to anything, the number of applications or domains which can leverage this kind of connectivity will be quite large. 5G will be the connectivity fabric of a new era of information technology that will transform every sector of the economy and society. 5G has the potential to enable fundamentally new applications, industries, and business models and dramatically improve quality of life around the world via unprecedented use cases that require high data-rate instantaneous communications, low latency, and massive connectivity for new applications for mobile, eHealth, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, smart homes, Industrial IoT, to name a few.

Many application domains have started looking at 5G and 5G-like technologies to leverage the new features and facilities provided by the networks such as ultra-high speeds, ultra-low latency, connecting massive number of devices which need on and off connectivity, and other such requirements. Such applications will benefit from standardizing some of the common architectures, semantics and component interfaces to enable flexibility, reusability and maintainability. Beyond this, when products and solutions are being developed by a number of parties for these heterogeneous application domains, Application Layer Standards will ensure interoperability between various elements in the system and also meet the minimum regulatory and quality requirements.

Application Layer Standards cover aspects from the four distinct dimensions – Domain Layer, Application Service Layer, Enabling Technology Services Layer and 5G Services Layer.

It is well understood that many Standards for these dimensions are being developed in SDOs beyond 3GPP, ITU & IEEE. And hence, to ensure widespread and structured proliferation of 5G technologies, it would be imperative to address all the aspects and dimensions of the 5G paradigm comprehensively by involving a wide spectrum of stakeholders and SDOs beyond 3GPP, ITU & IEEE. 5G has an impact on various applications. It is necessary to study the impact 5G has on some of the critical applications and define use cases for the identified applications.

The workshop is aimed at discussing the emerging 5G Applications and Services in a holistic manner to understand the Challenges, Opportunities & Standardization Imperatives and define the way forward and immediate next steps to ensure ubiquitous adoption of 5G globally.


Within its scope, the special session solicits research and industry papers identifying research and engineering challenges in 5G Applications and Services on following topics but not limited to:

  • 5G Applications and Services
  • Current and future trends in 5G Applications and Services
  • Testbeds for 5G
  • Standardization efforts and initiatives for 5G Applications and Services
  • 5G Network Slicing support for Applications and Services
  • Security, privacy and trust in 5G
  • 5G enabled Autonomous systems
  • 5G enabled Cognitive systems

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper submission: May 31, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2019
  • Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2019

Submissions accepted through this EDAS Link

Workshop Organizers and Chairs

  1. Rajeev Shorey, Principal Scientist, TCS Research & Innovation, India
  2. N. Kishor Narang – Technology Philanthropist, Innovation & Standardization Evangelist, India
  3. Giridhar Mandyam, Chief Security Architect – IoT, Qualcomm Inc., USA
Rajeev Shorey N. Kishor Narang Giridhar Mandyam
Principal Scientist  Innovation & Standardization Evangelist Chief Security Architect – IoT
TCS Research & Innovation Qualcomm Inc.
India India USA

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