Workshop on Next-generation Open and Programmable Radio Access Networks (NG-OPERA)
Organized in conjunction with
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications, 17-20 May 2023
As cellular networks progress towards 5G-Advanced and 6G, the Radio Access Network (RAN) domain is undergoing a rapid transformation. Initiatives such as the O-RAN Alliance that promote the Open RAN movement are jointly shaping the future of access networks across industry and academia, while open-source RAN software solutions such as the OpenAirInterface and srsRAN projects have made it possible to involve a much larger set of stakeholders than was previously possible. Buoyed by the key tenets of softwarization, disaggregation, and programmability, the RAN is evolving from a monolithic black-box entity to a more disaggregated, open, and programmable ecosystem. This evolution has also brought forth the possibility of rich third-party support for RAN assurance and control, driven by advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). While the RAN is poised to usher in a new era of openness and innovation, much work remains to be done within the domains of architectures, interfaces, algorithms, and standardization.
To that end, this workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and professionals across academia, government, and industries, to exchange ideas, present new results, and provide future visions concerning next-generation open and programmable RANs.
Paper Submission Deadline: :
January 16, 2023 January 20, 2023 (Firm)
Authors Notification: February 6, 2023
Final Manuscript Due: March 6, 2023
Workshop: May 20, 2023