Special session on 5G challenges for wireless communications for Railways


As the railway industry strives to increase customer experience, quality, reliability, safety and security of railway systems, we observe ever increasing fluxes of information between stakeholders, central databases and field devices distributed along the railway infrastructure and on-board trains. This trend is accentuated by the development of automation, driverless systems and autonomous trains that will need future high-performance communications technologies such as 5G. The 5G challenges for railways include: robustness, reliability, high data rate, high capacity everywhere, spectral efficiency, optimization of radio resource usages, low latency, low energy consumption and resilience to any kind of interference. Safety and security are strong requirements for wireless communications for railways, including cybersecurity.

Evaluating the performance of 5G wireless communication systems in the context of railway operation requires radio channel models for numerous propagation environments and frequencies, i.e., from 700MHz to mm-Wave. Dedicated antennas need to be developed with adequate performance and placement on the roof, inside the train and along the track. Innovative solutions at network level are also needed such as: heterogeneous handover, new architecture, scheduling aspects, as well as the incorporation of new paradigms such as SDN or NFV. In addition, 5G architecture promises to deliver significant benefits, including but not limited to improved service availability, increased reliability and higher throughput. The question of 5G features for supporting the Internet of Things is also a very important topic in the railway domain in the context of diagnosis and predictive maintenance of both track and rolling stock.

The session will present the latest results and projects addressing these challenges in the context of 5G for railways.


Topics in the context of railways

Requirements and emerging applications for railway communications

Propagation, railway channel measurements and models for 5G

Antenna requirements & designs, antenna systems and integration for railways and trains

Heterogeneous handover, SDN, NFV

5G scheduling, resource allocation and routing

5G for service availability, increased reliability, higher throughput and lower latency

5G for sensor networks

Multi-bearer and multi-band techniques and architectures

Network and cyber-security and authentication for critical and non-critical services

Ultra-low power techniques, architectures and technologies

Edge processing, caching, fronthaul and backhaul techniques for railway connectivity


Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: May 31, 2019

Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2019

Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2019


Link to the call for Papers: ???

Submissions accepted through this EDAS Link 

Special session organizers and chairs

Dr Marion Berbineau Dr Ke Guan Michael Mikulandra Dr Ben Allen Dr José Soler Dr Jaizki Mendizabal
IFSTTAR BJTU Kapsch University of Oxford and Network Rail DTU CEIT

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