IEEE International Conference on Communications
9–13 June 2024 // Denver, CO, USA
Scaling the Peaks of Global Communications

WS-02: Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Aerial and Space Networks

WS-02: Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Aerial and Space Networks


Call For Papers Aerial and space networks (ASNs) refer to various airborne and space assets, such as unmanned aerial systems (UASs), balloons, and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, that are interconnected together to establish a high-speed and universal data network. As compared to terrestrial networks, ASNs can potentially offer higher wireless coverage to users, more flexible network configurations to meet various requirements, and less capital costs. Hence, it is promising and has drawn much attention to apply ASNs to connect a massive number of devices, especially in an area, where 1) it is expensive or impossible to deploy a terrestrial network, or 2) a terrestrial network is out of service when, for example, a disaster struck the area. In addition, NASA recently proposed to build an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem to make soaring over traffic in air taxis, providing public good missions. Achieving high-speed and reliable ASNs to enable UASs to share information is critical to ensure air traffic safety. Moreover, ASNs can provide not only data communication services but also reliable edge computing capabilities with the assistance of, for example, blockchain technologies. That is, various airborne and space assets are capable of collaboratively processing big data generated by ground users to generate high-level knowledge in real time. The purpose of this workshop proposal is to stimulate the discussion to explore the potential challenges and emerging technologies of achieving high-speed, reliable, flexible, and scalable ASNs.

We seek original completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/ magazine/conference. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Massive MIMO, mmWave, and terahertz communications, and free space optics for ASNs
  • Advanced antenna design for ASNs
  • Ground-to-space, air-to-space, air-to-air, and space-to-space wireless channel measurement and modelling
  • Semantic communications for ASNs, such as semantic entropy, semantic compression, semantic encoding and decoding, resource management for semantic communications, network protocols for semantic communications, federated learning for semantic communications
  • Integrated sensing and communications (ISAC) for ASNs
  • New networking architecture design for ASNs, such as OpenRAN and SDN
  • Intelligent network orchestration in ASNs
  • Radio resource management in ASNs
  • Optimized coexistence among terrestrial, aerial, and space networks
  • Task offloading optimization in ASN-based edge computing
  • Wireless network optimization in ASN-based edge computing
  • Privacy and security for ASNs and ASN-based edge computing
  • Non-terrestrial networks and space-air-ground integrated networks

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Important Dates

  • Workshopt Paper Submission Deadline: 20 Jan 2024  04 Feb 2024 
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: 6 March 2024  14 Mar 2024 
  • Camera Ready: 15 March 2024  29 Mar 2024 
  • Accepted Author Registration Deadline: 15 March 2024

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Workshop Chairs

  • Xiang Sun, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of New Mexico
  • Jingjing Yao, Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University
  • Kamesh Namuduri, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Texas
  • Sudharman K. Jayaweera, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • Ifana Mahbub, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Chonggang Wang, InterDigital

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