Workshop: "From M2M Communications to Internet of Things"




In conjunction with the IEEE 27th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Valencia Conference Centre, Valencia, Spain

(In collaboration with the EIT DIGITAL Project: "HII - ACTIVE: High Impact Initiative - Advanced ConnecTIvity platform for VErtical segments")


The Internet of Things (IoT) and its enabling services are revolutionizing the mobile ecosystem and expected to create further growth for the Telecom industry. At its core, M2M communication plays the role of fundamental enabler. It is estimated that a few tens of billions of connected devices will be deployed by 2025, and a major portion of them are going to be connected wirelessly. M2M communications are expected to open avenues for new type of services and applications such as utility meters, vending machines, telemetry, surveillance, healthcare, transportation, and automotive (e.g., smart traffic, real time traffic information, fleet management, engine monitoring, and reporting). Over the years, many research activities have been ongoing in both academia and industry to pave the path towards vast deployment of M2M communications and meeting those requirements. However, the realization of M2M communication still pose several challenging problems. The fundamental requirements to enable these services are: long battery life, low device cost, low deployment cost, full coverage, and support for a massive number of devices. Consequently, many standardization bodies (e.g., 3GPP, ETSI TC M2M, 6LowPAN, IETF, IEEE 802.16p, etc.) have launched activities to support the massive deployment of M2M communications. More notably and most recently, the 3GPP has decided to standardize Narrowband-IoT to address the requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT). The purpose is to provide improved indoor coverage, support to massive number of low throughput devices, low delay sensitivity, ultra-low device cost, low device power consumption, and optimized network architecture. Network architecture optimization in the face of a diverse set of available communication technologies depends heavily on use cases, applications and deployment environments.
Thus, the research in this area is still underway and novel solutions are needed to efficiently serve a huge number of M2M devices that interact autonomously at a global level. It opens a wide research field for future M2M communications, including research on scalability, reliability, energy-efficiency, wide-area coverage, spectral-efficiency, cost-efficiency, heterogeneity, security, and cooperation. The goal of this workshop is to bring experts and various state-of-the-art research activities in both academia and industry together in the forefront of M2M communications and IoT to present and debate trends, advanced technologies, services and applications that will make possible the integration of verticals.
The range of topics addressed by this workshop is wide, including, but not limited to:

  • New concepts, applications and services
  • Energy harvesting and efficiency
  • Physical layer requirements
  • MAC layer requirements
  • Security, trust and privacy enhancements
  • Scalable system architecture and components
  • Self-organization and autonomous configuration
  • Novel traffic modeling and resource/mobility management
  • Mission-critical and massive M2M Communications
  • Ultra-reliable M2M Communications/IoT
  • M2M/IoT test beds and trials
  • Radio access technologies and protocols
  • Spectrum management
  • M2M communications/IoT standards
  • Interaction between telecom and different vertical industries
  • Transformation of vertical industries by means of IoT services
  • Novel applications, trials and demos of services in IoT verticals
  • Use case-based design guidelines for system architecture

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline (Extended): April 29th, 2016, May 6th, 2016
  • Notification deadline: June 10th, 2016
  • Final paper due: July 1st, 2016
  • Workshop date: September 4th, 2016

Paper Submission Guidelines:

The workshop accepts novel and previously unpublished papers. Papers should not exceed 6 double-column pages (with the possibility of one additional page submitted to extra registration charge) and should follow IEEE templates. Submitted papers will be subject to a peer-review process. All accepted papers will be included in the PIMRC conference program and will be published by the IEEE Xplore. Papers should be submitted through EDAS.


  • sassan.iraji [at] aalto [dot] fi (Sassan Iraji )(Aalto University, Finland)
  • laya [at] kth [dot] se (Andrés Laya) (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • francesco.militano [at] ericsson [dot] com (Francesco Militano) (Ericsson Research, Sweden)
  • david.gonzalezgonzalez [at] aalto [dot] fi (David Gonzalez Gonzalez) (Aalto University, Finland)

Workshop Chairs:

  • Sassan Iraji (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Hamid Aghvami (King’s College, London, UK)
  • Rapeepat Ratasuk (Nokia Bell Labs, Arlington Heights, USA)
  • Francesco Militano (Ericsson Research, Sweden)
  • Andrés Laya (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • David Gonzalez Gonzalez (Aalto University, Finland)

Steering Committee:

  • Riku Jäntti (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Jens Zander (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Henrik Abramowicz (EIT Digital, Sweden)
  • Zexian Li (Nokia Bell Labs, Finland)

Technical Program Committee (TPC):

  • Prof. Jyri Hämäläinen (Aalto University)
  • Dr. István Kovács (Nokia)
  • Anna Larmo (Ericsson Research)
  • Dr. Maurizio Magarini (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Dr. Nitin Mangalvedhe (Nokia)
  • Prof. Seong-Lyun Kim (Yonsei University)
  • Dr. Amira Alloum (Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Dr. Parth Amin (Ericsson Research)
  • Johan Torsner (Ericsson Research)
  • Dr. Roman Chirikov (Ericsson AB)
  • Luis Del Carpio Vega (Ericsson Research)
  • Dr. Alisa Devlic (Telecom Bretagne)
  • Dr. Piergiuseppe Di Marco (Ericsson AB)
  • Prof. Mohammed Elmusrati (Vaasa University)
  • Dr. Gabor Fodor (Ericsson Research)
  • Dr. Paolo Monti (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Yusein Ali (Aalto University)
  • Magnus Olsson (Ericsson Research)
  • Prajwal Osti (Aalto University)
  • Dr. Sibel Tombaz (Ericsson Research)
  • Hamidreza Shariatmadari (Aalto University)
  • Bilhanan Silverajan (Tampere University of Technology)
  • Per Skillermark (Ericsson Research)
  • Dr. Beatriz Soret (Nokia)
  • Dr. Jun Tan (Nokia)
  • Dr. Mikko Uusitalo (Nokia)
  • Prof. Giacomo Verticale (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Prof. Mikko Valkama (Tampere University of Technology)
  • Dr. Athul Prasad (Mobile Radio Research Lab, Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Dr. Edward Mutafungwa (Aalto University)
  • Dr. Nuno Pratas (Aalborg University)
  • Dr. Ruifeng Duan (Aalto University)
  • Marco Belleschi (Ericsson AB)
  • Nan Zhang (Aalto University)
  • Alexandr Vesselkov (Aalto University)
  • Dr. Thomas R. Casey (VTT Technical Research Centre)

PDF Version: Workshop-from-M2M-Communications-to-Internet-of-Things-PIMRC2016.pdf


Workshop Agenda: Agenda- Workshop-From-M2M-Communications-to-Internet-of-Things-PIMRC2016.pdf

Workshop Keynotes: Keynotes- Workshop-From-M2M-Communications-to-Internet-of-Things-PIMRC2016.pdf


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