IEEE International Conference on Communications

7-11 June 2020 //
Dublin, Ireland
Communications Enabling Shared Understanding


Network localization and navigation (NLN) has ever-growing relevance for a myriad of emerging location-based services in indoor and outdoor environments. The Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, autonomous vehicles, and 5G communications will all benefit from NLN capabilities. All this potential can be unleashed by designing solutions for localization and navigation that exploit a combination of distributed algorithms and cost-effective technologies. These technologies are highly heterogeneous and encompass a multitude of sensory modalities such as RF, IMU, sonar, laser, IR, and visible light. In particular, RF signals can include WiFi/802.11x, UWB, RFID, Bluetooth, NFC, 3GPP/LTE, and the so-called signals of opportunity (e.g., TV). The availability of such technologies calls for methods that jointly fuse information from multimodal sensors and multiple agents. Such multimodal data create a unique opportunity to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for developing novel data-driven predictive capabilities for NLN. The integration of predictive models, trained using deep neural networks on high-frequency signals data, will open up new avenues for impactful research problems. Data fusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cross-layer optimization, and new application scenarios are therefore the key aspects for further advances of the field and present exciting challenges for practitioners and researchers.


The goal of the workshop is to solicit the development of new localization strategies that leverage wireless communication technologies and of new location-aware procedures to enhance the efficiency of communication networks. This workshop will bring together researchers from academy and industry to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to these issues.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

•  Data fusion for heterogeneous technologies
•      Cooperative localization and navigation
•      Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
•      Network operation and scheduling for localization
•      Multi-agent control
•      Intelligent Transportation
•      Situational Awareness
•      Fundamental limits
•      Online Bayesian filtering
•      Methods with robust performance
•      Position-dependent parameter estimation
•      Information coupling in distributed localization
•      Machine learning for localization
•      Multi-agent reinforcement learning
•      Crowd-based enhanced positioning
•      Distributed estimation and optimization
•      Localization via signals of opportunity
•      Location-awareness for wireless networks
•      Hybrid IMU and magnetic pedestrian navigation
•      Passive and active RFID
•      Spectrum/Energy efficient positioning
•      Sensor radar networks
•      Localization methods for IoT and 5G
•      Soft information for localization
•      Artificial Intelligence for location-awareness
•      Joint localization and communication
•      Security and privacy in localization
•      Mobility models for tracking
•      Testbeds and experimentation


TPC members

  • Giuseppe Abreu (Jakobs Uni. Bremen, Germany)
  • Nicolas Amiot (Univ. Rennes, France)
  • Daniel Arnitz (Univ. of Washington, USA)
  • Arash Behboodi (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • Pau Closas (Northeastern Univ., USA)
  • Armin Dammann (DLR, Germany)
  • Luca De Nardis (Univ. Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Bruce Denby (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, France)
  • Benoit Denis (CEA-LETI, France)
  • Gabriel Garcia (Chalmers Univ., Sweden)
  • Francesco Guidi (Univ. of Bologna, Italy)
  • Shinsuke Hara (Osaka City University, Japan)
  • Pawel Kulakowski (AGH Univ. of Science and Techn., Poland)
  • Lutz Lampe (Univ. British Columbia, Canada)
  • Giovanni Soldi (NATO CMRE, Italy)
  • Domenico Gaglione (NATO CMRE, Italy)
  • Anit Sahu (Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, USA)
  • Marco Luise (Univ. of Pisa, Italy)
  • Christos Laoudias (KIOS Center, Univ. of Cyprus)
  • Davide Macagnano (Univ. Oulu, Finland)
  • Erik Mademann (ZigPOS, Germany)
  • Nader Moayeri (NIST, USA)
  • Richard Martin (The Air Force Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Monste Najar (UPC, Spain)
  • Troels Pedersen (Aalborg Univ., Denmark)
  • Gonzalo Seco-Granados (Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Stefano Severi (Jacobs Univ. Bremen, Germany)
  • Francesco Sottile (ISMB, Italy)
  • Gerhard Steinboeck, Huawei, Sweden
  • Fredrik Tufvesson (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Bernard Uguen (Univ. Rennes, France)
  • Reza Monir Vaghefi (Virginia Tech, USA)
  • Henk Wymeersch (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)


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Important Dates

Workshop paper submission deadline: January 20, 2020

Workshop paper decision date: February 20, 2020

Camera-ready due: March 1, 2020