IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China
10–12 August 2023 // Dalian, China
Integrating Space-Air-Ground-Sea Communications

Emerging Radio Access Network (ERAN) Technologies for B5G6G

Emerging Radio Access Network (ERAN) Technologies for B5G6G

3rd Workshop on Emerging Radio Access Network (ERAN) Technologies for B5G/6G

ICCC’23 Dalian


Scope and Topics:

The next generation mobile communications network (6G) is envisioned to face new user-side service models and network-side challenges. For example, trillions of IoT devices will connect to the network, and huge amount of data uploading traffic will deplete uplink bandwidth. Network costs (e.g., infrastructure deployment and energy costs) are also surging, and low frequency spectrum resources have been exhausted. In order to face the above changes, traditional RAN architecture and technologies need to be reconsidered, and the novel RAN design should emphasize flexibility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. In recent years, many solutions have been proposed from different aspects. The cell-free network decouples a UE and its associated base station and works in a user-centric manner by serving each user with multiple distributed APs. The fully decoupled RAN (FD-RAN) architecture combines the advantages of C-RAN, HetNet and cell-free network. It separates functions of traditional base stations and reassigns these functions to control, uplink and downlink base stations, which serve control signaling, uplink and downlink data transmission, respectively. Given unlimited use of spectrum, flexible resource scheduling can further be implemented in FD-RAN. Other promising technologies include rate-splitting multiple access (RSMA) and reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS), which are capable of improving the air interface. Besides, with the extraordinary development of AI in many fields such as generating dialogs and drawings, the potential of AI for RAN is worth investigating. Last, open RAN (O-RAN) is changing the conventional telecommunications market and brings new opportunities to small manufactures and operators.

This workshop seeks original unpublished papers focusing on novel architectures and emerging technologies for the upcoming B5G/6G RAN. Topics of interest for this workshop, include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel architecture for B5G/6G RAN
  • Cooperative spectrum management and resource scheduling in B5G/6G RAN
  • Green and cost-saving solutions for B5G/6G RAN
  • V2X and space-air-ground (SAG) integrated communications in B5G/6G RAN
  • Open architecture and business models for B5G/6G RAN
  • QoS/QoE guarantee in B5G/6G RAN
  • AI for B5G/6G RAN
  • Novel multiple access technologies in B5G/6G RAN
  • RIS in B5G/6G RAN
  • Novel physical layer techniques in B5G/6G RAN
  • Channel models, field experiments, and datasets for B5G/6G RAN
  • Security and privacy in B5G/6G RAN

Workshop Organizers:

Jiacheng Chen, Peng Cheng Laboratory, China (email:

Jianbing Ni, Queen’s University, Canada (email:

Wenchao Xu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China (email:

Jie Gao, Marquette University, USA (email:

Nan Cheng, Xidian University, China (email:


Short Bio of Organizers:

Dr. Jiacheng Chen received his Ph.D. degree in information and communications engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2018.  From Dec. 2015 to Dec. 2016, he was a visiting scholar at BBCR group, University of Waterloo, Canada. Currently, he is an assistant researcher in Peng Cheng Laboratory, Shenzhen, China. His research interests include future network design, 5G/6G network, and resource management. He has won the Journal of Communications and Information Networks (JCIN) Best Paper Award in 2016, and the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) Best Paper Award in Electronic & Information in 2020. He has served the guest editors for IEEE IoTJ and JCIN, and the workshop co-chair for IEEE/CIC ICCC'21.

Dr. Jianbing Ni is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University. He received the PhD degree in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2018. He obtained his B.S. degree and the Master's degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo from Sept. 2018 to Jun. 2019. His research focuses on mobile network security, mobile crowdsensing security, machine learning security, applied cryptography, and blockchain technology. Jianbing served as the track chair of IEEE CCECE'21, IEEE ISSE'21 and the TPC member of IEEE GLOBECOM’21, IEEE ICC'21, ICICS'21, and PST'20. He is serving as the Associate Editor of IEEE Systems Journal.

Dr. Wenchao Xu is a research assistant professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2018. Before that he received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. In 2011, he joined Alcatel Lucent Shanghai Bell Co. Ltd., where he was a Software Engineer for telecom virtualization. He has also been an Assistant Professor at School of Computing and Information Sciences in Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong. His research interests include wireless communication, Internet of things, distributed computing and AI enabled networking.

Dr. Jie Gao received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada, from 2017 to 2019 and a Research Associate with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, from 2019 to 2020. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA, as an Assistant Professor in August 2020. His research interests include next-generation wireless networks (6G), mobile edge computing, and Internet of Things (IoT)/Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions.

Dr. Nan Cheng received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo in 2016, and B.E. degree and the M.S. degree from the Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He worked as a Post-doctoral fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, from 2017 to 2019. He is currently a professor with State Key Lab. of ISN and with School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Shaanxi, China. He has published over 90 journal papers in IEEE Transactions and other top journals. He serves as associate editors for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, and Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, and serves/served as guest editors for several journals. His current research focuses on B5G/6G, space-air-ground integrated network, and self-driving system. His research interests also include AI-driven future networks.

Program committee members and invited speakers:

Potential invited speakers:

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,

Lin Cai, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada,


Potential TPC Members:

Huaqing Wu, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,;

Fan Wu, Central South University, Changsha, China,;

Shikhar Verma, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan,;

Jiayin Chen, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,;

Kadir Md Mahfujul, Central South University, Changsha, China,;

Mingliu Liu, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China,;

Meng Li, Hefei University of Technology, China,;

Yuichi Kawamoto, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan,;

Dongxiao Liu, University of Waterloo, Canada,;

Cheng Huang, University of Waterloo, Canada,;

Kuan Zhang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Unite State,;

Yuanyuan He, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China,;

Yuan Zhang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China,;

Koya Sato, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan,;

Ting Ma, Nanjing University, China,;

Bo Qian, Nanjing University, China,;

Quan Yuan, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China,;

Chengzhe Lai, Xi’an University of Posts &Telecommunications, China,

Sanaa Taha, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt,

Zehui Xiong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,

Andres Navarro, Universidad Icesi, Cali, Colombia,

Expected volumes of the workshop proceeding and audience:

We are going to have 30~60 audience.


Number of refereed papers, hot topic sessions, keynotes, panels:

We are going to have about 30 referred papers and accept 10 of them.


Planned Format of the Workshop: