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International Workshop on New and Disruptive Technologies and Applications for Mobile Edge/Fog Computing - MobileEdgeCom 2019

Presentation

The recent evolution of ICT has led to an increasing pervasiveness of sensing and computing, with the consequent generation of massive amount of data, calling for scalable and efficient decentralized approaches to data storage and elaboration. This, in order to relieve centralized infrastructure at the core from part of the computational and communication burden, pushing data analytics and knowledge generation towards the edge of the network, closer to the user. Indeed,  traditional cloud data centers are facing great challenges due to the increasing amount of data handled, and to the requirements of location-awareness and low latency at the edge of network coming from such paradigms as Smart City, Smart Factory, and autonomous driving, and from such applications as AR, VR, and 5D. These are the reasons why there is a progressive shift towards fog and smart-edge nodes, mediating between the cloud and the end devices. The Fog/Edge computing paradigm is a decentralized model that transfers (part of) computing-intensive tasks from the cloud to intermediate (fog) nodes or to edge nodes. Edge Computing is of particular interest as it leverages the computational capabilities of virtually any networked device, including resources such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and sensors, which may not be continuously connected to a network. Within the context of cellular networks, The Edge Computing approach has led to the so called Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), enabling operators to run applications and perform related processing tasks closer to the cellular customer, reducing network congestion while improving latency and application performance.

Such a vision is further boosted by the advent of 5G technologies, and the relative softwarization and virtualization of the main functionalities within the cellular network. 5G promises higher speeds and reliability, and support for a large density of users. In order to process the large volumes of data resulting from 5G scenarios at a faster speed, micro-data centers will be available into or nearby 5G towers, as a means of creating an effective edge computing environment.

Many research issues are currently open in MEC, and research on such topics is evolving extremely fast. On the one side, current investigation efforts are related to the effective application of some radically new technologies, such as blockchain or cognitive radio, Cloud-RAN and so on, within the context of Mobile Edge Computing. On the other hand, Mobile Edge Computing is paving the way to many disruptive and novel application and business models, unforeseen previously, by boosting the visionary concepts of smart cities and factories.

This workshop aims at collecting contributions highlighting challenges, state-of-the-art, and solutions to a set of currently unresolved key issues in Mobile Edge and Fog Computing in 5G and beyond, including – but not limited to – performance, modelling, optimization, energy-efficiency, reliability, security, privacy and techno-economic aspects. Through addressing these concerns while understanding their impacts and limitations, technological advancements will be channeled toward more sustainable/efficient platforms for tomorrow’s ever-connected systems and industrial applications. The workshop goal is to solicit new ideas, insights and inspiration for the current research on Mobile Edge/Fog Computing. Therefore, this workshop will welcome two kinds of contributions:

  • Research papers on innovative ideas, applications and solutions within the context of Mobile Edge/Fog Computing, which identify challenges, report experiences, and discuss progress towards new design paradigms and solutions;
  • Position papers, describing revolutionary and visionary concepts related to Mobile Edge/Fog Computing and its applications, which identify vision/ideas of MEC where novel technologies taken from 5G, or even 6G, blockchain, virtualization are applied.

Topics of interest

  • Architectures and Middleware for Mobile Edge/Fog Computing
  • Distributed data storage and retrieval in Mobile Edge/Fog Computing
  • Performance and Security issues
  • Energy efficiency aspects in Mobile Edge/Fog Computing
  • Architectures and Middleware for Mobile Edge/Fog Computing
  • Edge Intelligence
  • 5G-enabled Fog/Edge Computing
  • Edge/Fog Computing for Industrial Automation
  • Blockchain-based Edge/Fog Computing
  • Edge/Fog Computing within the Internet of Things
  • Energy-efficient architectures/solutions for Mobile Edge/Fog Computing
  • Energy harvesting and offloading mechanisms for Mobile Edge Computing
  • Network slicing and Resource allocation at the Edge.

Important Dates

July 7th, 2019

Paper submission deadline

August 15, 2019

Paper acceptance notification

September 15, 2019

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