Workshop on Optical Wireless Communication for 5G and Beyond – 2020


In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in wireless technologies to cater the varying quality of service (QoS) requirements of diversified applications such as advanced technology of smartphones, portable devices and the rapid growth of Internet of Things, e-Health, and intelligent transportation systems. As a consequence, there is an upsurge in data traffic over wireless networks. This ever-growing appetite for larger bandwidth and more data requires modern wireless system to transform from the conventional radio-frequency (RF) based communication to some other mode of communication such as optical wireless communication (OWC). The OWC technology offers advantages over RF technology such as free license, wide bandwidth, immunity to RF electromagnetic interference, and inherent security, which makes it very attractive for the emerging 5G wireless communications. However, the applications of OWC will face several challenges including the channel impairments, weather effects (raining, fogging, particle scattering, etc.), compatibility with existing networks, lighting constraints, scalability, user mobility, and tracking. These challenges create significant research activities at both academia and industry which make OWC a more efficient and reliable wireless solution to the future integrated networks.
The objective of the full-day workshop on OWC is an in-depth discussion and exchange of latest research on OWC among researchers, scientist, and software and hardware developers from both academia and industry. We call for high-quality technical paper submissions based on original research and will select some suitable papers to be presented at the workshop.



The primary scope of this workshop is an in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas related to the OWC research. The paper presentation is the main focus of this workshop where researchers would showcase their research work related to OWC domain. A secondary result of this workshop would be a talk given by invited keynote speakers about the state of the art to encourage young scientists and graduate students to contribute towards OWC research and development. Further, a panel discussion will provide a great platform to better understand the hot topics and identify future research problems related to OWC.


Main focus of the workshop is to attract area specific quality papers and posters. If time permits, we can include panel discussion (optional). The submission is sought from the following area of interests:

  • All organic based VLCs
  • Channel modelling and characterization
  • Channel capacity analysis
  • Diversity techniques for OWC
  • Dimming, data communications and localization in VLCs
  • Free space optics (indoor, outdoor and under water)
  • Hybrid RF/OWC technology
  • Heterogeneous architecture of VLC and mmWave (5G)
  • MIMO for OWC
  • Infrared and Laser Communication
  • Modelling of various noises in optical wireless communications
  • Modulation, coding and detection schemes
  • Mobile-to-infrastructure and mobile-to-mobile optical communication
  • Novel (photonic) devices and components OWC
  • OWC and VLC networks: architecture, PHY/MAC design, cross-layer design etc.
  • OWC applications in device-to-device communications, medical applications, intelligent transportation systems-vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-traffic communications, trains, planes, etc., inter and intra chip communications
  • Internet of Things and wireless sensor networks, next generation wireless networks, manufacturing
  • OWC transceiver design and optimization
  • OWC duplexing and multiple access techniques
  • OWC networking
  • OWC for space industry
  • Underwater OWC communication
  • Ultraviolet communications
  • Visible light communications (indoor, outdoor and localization)
  • Gigabit and beyond data
  • THz system

Papers will be fully peer reviewed. IEEE takes the protection of intellectual property very seriously. All submissions will be screened for plagiarism using Cross Check. By submitting your work you agree to allow IEEE to screen your work for plagiarism:

How to submit
Technical paper submissions can be up to 6 pages long and should be written either in an MS Word format or in a Latex format using the templates available at All papers must be submitted electronically.

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Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: May 1, 2020  May 15, 2020
Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2020
Camera-Ready Submission: July 31, 2020


Workshop Chairs

Navin Kumar

Parag Aggarwal

Technical Program Committee

Navin Kumar

Parag Aggarwal

Shailesh Prabhu