Workshop on Federated Testbed Towards Future Networks: Challenges & State of the Art 

Submit a paper – deadline 15 September

Testbeds are a critical part of network generation evolution and complements the standards  that are developed. Current generation of Network technology is driven by 5G definition of  eMBB, mMTC and uRLLC driven use cases. Use cases are facilitated with a number of  Physical layer innovations with mmWave, mMIMO along with other layers of OSI. Giving the  increased complexity of the next generation of communication systems and skyrocketing  development costs, the importance of publicly available testbeds is quickly becoming critical  for researchers and developers to get access to state-of-the-art infrastructures in order to  prototype and validate their ideas. Lessons learnt from various experiments help to ratify  the standards. The testbeds also help as a catalyst for deployment of advanced wireless  systems. Hence it is essential to have experimental testbeds where functional and end-to end testing can be performed. 

Due to the complex nature & associated cost, it is anticipated that for scalable experiment  future testbeds are required to collaborate with the vendor community and research  community. Hence the experimental facilities will be required to expand upon the existing  testbeds towards federated development of testbeds for next/future generation networks.  This workshop intends to encompass all the aspect of identified diversity requirement and  the challenges towards the development of scalable testbed facilities for future networks to  provide standardaise approach for collaboration. Such unified collaboration approach will  pave the way for efficient utilization of resources by providing ‘Testbed as a Service’ to  research and vendor community to accelerate technological development for future  networks.  

This workshop invites contribution from the wider research community to focus on  following includes but not limited to: 

  • Vision/Evolution & revolution for future network testbeds 
  • Use case scenarios for future network testbeds 
  • Distributed/global (context/thresholding) of testbed development 
  • facilitation of compliance testing 
  • Interoperability/co-existence/inter-programmability among the testbed
  • Standard/pre-standard (e.g. ONAP/ORAN) testbed models  
  • Extendable architecture with the testbed 
  • Accessibility/multi-operatability for future network testbeds 
  • Domain specific KPI mapping for future network testbeds  
  • Interface/protocol development for future network testbeds 
  • Technology agnostics testbed definition and experimental set-up 
  • Performance measurement block towards standardization 
  • Reliability assessment for given use cases at different scale  
  • Plug & play nature within a testbed 
  • PoC development, test & evaluation for future network testbeds 
  • Recommended practice to run an experiment within the testbed for future  generation of networks 
  • Business models for ‘Testbed as a Service’ for future networks 

Length of the special session: Half day 

Name(s) of special session organizer(s):  


  • Mohammad Patwary, University of Wolverhampton, UK 
  • Ivan Seskar, Rutgers University, USA 

TPC Chairs: 

  • Md Arafatur Rahman, University of Wolverhampton, UK 
  • Aloizio P. DaSilva, Virginia Tech, USA 
  • Ashutosh Dutta , Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA
  • George Sklivanitis, Florida Atlantic University, USA 
  • Zhangyu Guan, University at Buffalo, USA
  • ZHAO, Kanglian, Nanjing University, China 

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Mohammad Patwary if a Full Professor of Telecommunications & Director of Centre for  Future Networks & Autonomous Systems (CeFNAS) at the Faculty of Science & Engineering  in University of Wolverhampton since June 2020. He is also research lead for ‘5G Connected  Forest Project’ funded by DCMS that aims at accelerating the ‘visitor economy’ in Midlands.  He was a full Professor of telecommunication networks and digital productivity and the  Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) Research Group, at School of Computing  and Digital Technology, Birmingham City University, UK, between 2017 till 2020; he was also  the Principal Architect for a large scale 5G testbed in the UK to accelerate digital  productivity and to develop urban connected community with West Midland 5G during  2018-2020. He was also Full Professor of wireless systems and digital productivity & the  Chair of the Centre of Excellence on Digital Productivity with Connected Services,  Staffordshire University, until 2017. His current research interests include intelligent &  autonomous systems, wireless communication systems design and optimization, future  generation of cellular network architecture, and business modelling for data-economy. He is  Chartered Engineer of Engineering-Council UK, Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of IET, and  co-chair of Testbed working group of International Network Generation Roadmap at IEEE. 

Ivan Seskar is the chief technologist at WINLAB, Rutgers University responsible for  experimental systems and prototyping projects. He is currently the program director for the  COSMOS project responsible for the New York City NSF PAWR deployment. He has also been 

the co-PI and project manager for all three phases of the NSF-supported ORBIT mid-scale  testbed project at WINLAB since the testbed was released as a community resource in 2005.  He is a Co-Chair of the IEEE Future Networks Testbed Working Group, a member of ACM,  and the co-founder and CTO of Upside Wireless Inc. 

Brief description of the special session including abstract, scope, outline, importance, and  timeliness: 



Website setup + CfP Dissemination: 5th August 2021 

Deadline for paper submission: 15st September 2021 

Acceptance Notification: 14th September 2021 

Camera-Ready Submission: 21st September 2021 

Planned format of the special session including projected number of referred papers and  hot topic sessions: 

The workshop will feature one keynote speeches given by world leading researchers in the  field. The workshop accepts only original and previously unpublished papers. All  submissions must be formatted in standard IEEE camera-ready format (double-column, 10pt  font). The maximum number of printed pages is six including figures without incurring  additional page charges.

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