Preliminary Version


2nd International Workshop on
Intelligent Cloud Continuum
for B5G Services

June 9th - 13th, 2024
Denver, Colorado, USA

2nd International Workshop on Intelligent Cloud Continuum for B5G Services will be held in the scope of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), on June 9-13, 2024, in Denver, Colorado, USA.


Paper Submission Deadline:

4 February 2024

Notification of Acceptance:

6 March 2024

Camera-Ready Paper Deadline:

15 March 2024

We look forward to your submissions and participation in the "Intelligent Cloud Continuum for B5G Services" workshop.

Workshop Description

Beyond 5G (B5G) applications and services offer unprecedented opportunities for innovation and progress. Nonetheless, achieving such a vision requires a new breed of intelligent mechanisms, protocols and autonomous architectures capable of truly taking advantage of the entire edge-to-cloud computing spectrum.

This year, the 2nd International Workshop on Intelligent Cloud Continuum for B5G Services is co-located with IEEE ICC 2024 in Denver, Colorado, USA, marking the second edition of an event dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities in the realm of cross-domain cloud continuum scenarios and Beyond 5G (B5G) applications and services.

In particular, cross-domain scenarios, which include multi-cloud and multi-provider, are mostly comprised of heterogeneous technological domains requiring intelligent, efficient and close coordination among all the parts. Such a federated and collaborative view has been set as the path forward for unlocking the required automation and flexibility and achieving the extreme requirements and constraints of the next generation of applications. In that sense, this workshop intends to cover four key strands:

Cross-domain edge-to-cloud continuum management:

This strand focuses on architectures, mechanisms, protocols, and automated approaches for having and coordinating closed loops across multi-domain scenarios. This includes zero-touch-like strategies for dealing with a heterogeneous edge-to-cloud continuum across multiple domains. This also includes supporting tools for composing and coordinating closed loops spanning several domains.

Cloud continuum for B5G services, applications, and enablers:

This strand focuses on the various services, applications, and enablers allowing the realization of the various Beyond 5G (B5G) applications and services, including complex Internet of Things (IoT) verticals, Mixed Reality, Extended Reality (XR) collaborative applications, next generation of holographic applications, and tactile Internet scenarios. This strand covers B5G services and applications experiments, pilots and evaluation of novel mechanisms and approaches for enabling such scenarios over the cloud continuum.

AI nativeness in cloud-continuum:

This strand focuses on network and service intelligence. Intelligence can be introduced in network elements or by interacting across network elements. Alternatively, intelligence can be achieved via a dedicated intelligence plane that would select AI/ML algorithms and the associated AI/ML life cycle management, e.g., inference and training. Intelligence can also be applied in deciding and orchestrating how to manage, configure and coordinate AI/ML in different network parts. This includes formal methods for creating, selecting and applying closed loops to achieve automation and assist the network management and control in the planning, deployment and optimization phases.

Privacy, security, and trust in cross-domain cloud continuum:

This strand focuses on specific privacy, security, and trust challenges, such as cutting-edge proposals and solutions for ensuring privacy, security, and trust targeting cross-domain B5G scenarios running on a cloud continuum. This includes formal methods for attesting and establishing trust liaisons in cross-domain scenarios and novel AI-powered mechanisms for timely responding and addressing incidents such as cyber-attacks or privacy violations in these cloud-continuum scenarios.

The proposed workshop topics specifically target cutting-edge and novel approaches for dealing with the emerging challenges of B5G Services and applications spanning multiple-domain cloud continuum and the intrinsical need to abstract and manage the underlying infrastructure to make those scenarios viable. This is a less explored topic of the leading conference. This workshop will be a platform to discuss the latest advancements in cloud-continuum B5G services and cross-domain computing management.

We welcome high-quality, original, and unpublished submissions on the above strands. Topics of interest, but are not limited to:

  • B5G services, applications (IoT, XR, holographic, and tactile internet scenarios)
  • Enablers, tools and mechanisms for B5G services and applications
  • Cross-domain edge-to-cloud continuum management architectures
  • Cross-domain edge-to-cloud continuum management mechanisms and protocols
  • AI/ML techniques for efficient infrastructure and resource exploitation
  • Native AI and methods for applying closed loops in network and service automation
  • Zero-touch, closed-loops, and closed-loops coordination
  • Cross-domain Resources monitoring and indexing
  • Privacy, security, and trust mechanisms for B5G services and applications
  • Privacy, security, and trust mechanisms for Cross-domain edge-to-cloud continuum
  • AI/ML techniques for network anomaly detection and mitigation
  • Experiments and deployment insights

Workshop Organizers

Prof. Tarik Taleb

University of Oulu, Finland

Prof. Tarik Taleb is currently a Professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Prof. Taleb founded the “IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards”, a successful event that got awarded “best workshop award” by IEEE ComSoC. Based on the success of this workshop, Prof. Taleb has also founded and served as the steering committee chair of the IEEE Conf. on Standards for Communications and Networking. Prof. Taleb served as the general chair of the 2019 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference held in Marrakech, Morocco. He was the guest editor in chief of the IEEE JSAC Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers. He was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, etc. Till Dec. 2016, he served as chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee. He served as symposium co-chair of different symposia in ICC and Globecom.
Dr. Luis Cordeiro

OneSource, Portugal

Dr. Luis Cordeiro is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and head of the Research Development division at OneSource. He holds an MSc in Communications and Telematics and has actively participated in various European and national research projects since 2004, including the more recently FUDGE-5G, 5G-EPICENTRE, CHARITY, PHOENIX, SNS JU RIGOUROUS projects. He also has led several industry computing and networking deployments, and security certifications processes. He is also an invited Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal and has over 50 scientific publications in magazines, book chapters and conference proceedings.
Dr. Konstantinos Samdanis

Lenovo, Germany

Dr. Konstantinos Samdanis is a Standardization Expert at Lenovo, Germany. He is responsible for 5G core architecture, network analytics and AI/ML. He served as a research project manager at Nokia Bell Labs Munich involved in standardization activities on 5G core networks and network management. Konstantinos was a visiting researcher at Aalto University and a principal researcher at Huawei German Research Center Munich, focusing on 5G carrier networks. Previously, he worked for NEC Europe Heidelberg as a senior researcher and a broadband standardization specialist. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Kings College London.
Dr. Kiran Makhijani

Futurewei, USA

Mrs. Kiran Makhijani Kiran Makhijani is Principal Research Scientist at Network Technologies Lab, Futurewei USA. She is responsible for innovations in next-generation network technologies and architecture. Her recent work involves network stack evolution for Industrial IoT enabling OT/IT convergence including other aspects such as decentralization of industrial operations from factory floors to the edge networks. Kiran has contributed to several standards bodies (ETSI, ITU, IETF). Her experience areas cover all things networking such as cloud scale routing, identity-oriented networking, 5G backhaul optimizations and Network Slices. Currently, Kiran is serving as a co-chair of newly formed IETF working group on Stub Network Auto Configuration (SNAC). Ms. Makhijani served as the general chair of the 2018-19 edition of the ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networking for Emerging Applications and Technologies and 2020-21 Workshop on New Internetworking Protocols, Architecture and Algorithms (NIPAA).
Prof. Manabu Tsukada

University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Manabu Tsukada is currently an associate professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is also a designated associate professor at the Center for Embedded Computing Systems, Nagoya University, Japan. And He is a visiting professor at Aalto University from February 2021 to November 2021. He received his B.S. and M.S degrees from Keio University, Japan, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He worked in IMARA Team, Inria, France, during his Ph.D. course and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Centre de Robotique, Mines ParisTech, France, in 2011. During his pre and postdoc research stages, he has participated in a multitude of international projects in the networked ITS area, such as GeoNet, ITSSv6, SCORE@F, CVIS, Nautilus6, or ANEMONE. He served as a board member of the WIDE Project 2014-2022. His research interests are mobility support for the next-generation Internet (IPv6), Internet audio-visual media, and communications for intelligent vehicles.
Dr. Namseok Ko

ETRI, Korea

Dr. Namseok Ko is currently a Director leading Mobile Core Network Research Section at Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI). He is also an associate professor at the department of Information and Communication Engineering, University of Science and Technology (UST). He is serving as a Vice-Chair of SG11 and a Rapporteur of Q20 of SG13 in ITU-T. He is also serving as a Vice-Chair of the Technology Committee and the leader of the Network Technology Work Group at 5G Forum Korea. He has participated in various research and development projects including developments of 5G mobile core network technologies since he joined ETRI in 2000. Now he is leading several ongoing projects related to 6G network architecture. His research interests include 5G/6G mobile core network architecture and its enabling technologies, e.g., to support network programmability as well as the convergence of networking and computing.

Program Committee Members

  • Dr. Luis Rosa, OneSource, Portugal
  • Prof. Pedro Merino Gomez, Univ. of Malaga, Spain
  • Prof. Antonio Skarmeta, Univ. of Murcia, Spain
  • Dr. Michael Dieudonne, Keysight, Belgium
  • Prof. David Gomez-Barquero, UPV, Spain
  • Dr. Harilaos G. Koumaras, Demokritos, Greece
  • Dr. Andreas Kunz, Lenovo, Germany
  • Prof. Carlos Palau, UPV, Spain
  • Dr. David Artuñedo Guillen, Telefonica, Spain
  • Prof. Fulvio Risso, Polito, Italy
  • Dr. Patrizio Dazzi, Univ. of Pisa, Italy
  • Dr. Fermin calvo, Plexus, Spain
  • Prof. Tarik Taleb, Univ. of Oulu, Finland
  • Dr. Luis Cordeiro, OneSource, Portugal
  • Dr. Konstantinos Samdanis, Lenovo, Germany
  • Dr. Kiran Makhijani, Futurewei, USA
  • Prof. Jin Nakazato, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
  • Prof. Manabu Tsukada, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr. Namseok Ko, ETRI, Korea
  • Prof. Kyunghan Lee, Seoul National Univ., Korea
  • Prof. Paulo Simoes, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Prof. Rui Aguiar, Univ. of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Prof. Soh Masuko, Shibaura Inst. of Tech., Japan
  • Dr. Rudraksh Shrivastava, SHARP Labs, USA
  • Dr. Vincenzo Sciancalepore, NEC Labs, Germany
  • Dr. Zarrar Yousaf, NEC Labs, Germany
  • Prof. George C. Alexandropoulos, Univ. of Athens, Greece