6G-PDN Workshop

6G-PDN Workshop

6G-PDN Workshop: 6G Programmable Deterministic Networking with AI

PREDICT-6G and DESIRE6G are organizing a workshop titled 6G-PDN on the 23rd of October 2023, collocated with the 24th International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing (MobiHoc), which will be held in Washington DC, USA, from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2023.

The workshop will discuss the roadmap and challenges in the technological areas of deterministic communications and deep network programmability in 6G to support future end-to- end time-critical applications.  Click here to download the programme.

The workshop will be hosted at the George Washington University Student Center located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052, in Room 404.

Programme for Monday 23rd of October 2023 – Room 404

09:00Keynote 1Kaushik Chowdhury – Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Northeastern University College of Engineering
Extreme Reconfigurability for 6G: From Programmable Wireless Networks to Programmable Environments
10:30Session 1• A hierarchical AI-based control plane solution for multi-technology deterministic networks
P. Giardina, P. Szilágyi, C. Chiasserini, J. Carcel, L. Velasco, S. Spadaro, F. Agraz, S. Robitzsch, R. Rosales, V. Frascolla, R. Doostnejad, A. Calvillo, G. Bernini
• Using RAW as Control Plane for Wireless Deterministic Networks: Challenges Ahead
C. Bernardos, A. Mourad, M. Groshev, L. Contreras, M. Roselló, O. Bularca, V. Frascolla, P. Szilagyi, S. Robitzsch
• Aligning rTWT with 802.1Qbv: a Network Calculus Approach
C. Barroso-Fernández, J. Martín-Pérez, C. Ayimba, A. de la Oliva
• Enabling Programmable Deterministic Communications in 6G
M. Thi, S. Said, A. Roberty, F. Chbib, R. Khatoun, L. Linguaglossa
13:30Keynote 2John Baras – Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland
Next Generation Hybrid Network (core, 5G/6G, non-terrestrial) Automation: Integrated Model-Based and Data-Driven Systems Engineering
14:30Session 2• In-Network Quality Control of IP Camera Streams
C. Györgyi, K. Kecskeméti, P. Vörös, S. Laki, G. Szabó
• In-Network Security Applications with P4RROT

K. Kecskeméti, C. Györgyi, P. Vörös, S. Laki
16:00Session 3• Towards extreme network KPIs with programmability in 6G
G. Pongrácz, A. Mihály, I. Gódor, S. Laki, A. Nanos, C. Papagianni
• Failure Prediction in Software Defined Flying Ad-hoc Network

D. Uomo, A. Sgambelluri, P. Castoldi, E. De Paoli, F. Paolucci, F. Cugini
Programme for Monday 23rd of October 2023. Venue: George Washington University Student Center – Room 404

Call for papers

Creating a deterministic network, understood as end-to-end time sensitive, reliable, and predictable communications, remains a challenge for cellular networks, especially in an industrial context. Wired deterministic communication standards have already emerged including Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Deterministic Networking (DetNet) and 5G has specified mechanisms for interworking with those standards. However, the available support of 5G in conjunction with TSN and DetNet is not sufficient for future end-to-end time-critical applications.

Network programmability is key in supporting emerging 6G networks in achieving their promises of increased performance and flexibility at a lower cost. Deep network programmability is expected to characterize the new generation of mobile networks (6G), currently under development, towards supporting extreme performance requirements and service-specific operations.

Enriching next-generation mobile networks with data plane programming capabilities can bring significant benefits with regards to network slicing and multi-tenancy, dynamic traffic engineering, offloading network functions to the data plane, etc. Coupled with edge solutions and advanced machine learning algorithms for network automation can help to overcome network performance limits, e.g., in terms of latency and deterministic delivery.

This workshop aims to bring together academic and industry researchers to stimulate discussions, introduce news ideas and technical solutions in the aforementioned areas and therefore contribute to the progress of 6G networking research.

TPC Chairs

Dr. Antonio de la Oliva, University Carlos III Madrid (UC3M) – General co-chair
Dr. Chrysa Papagianni, University of Amsterdam (UvA) – General co-chair
Dr. Christian Esteve Rothenberg, University of Campinas (UNICAMP) – TPC co-chair
Dr. Dave Cavalcanti, Intel Corporation – TPC co-chair

Key dates
  • Paper submission: 12th July 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 5th August 2023
  • Camera Ready and Registration: 26th August 2023
  • Start conference & Workshop: 23rd October 2023


Carlos J. Bernardos, University Carlos III Madrid (UC3M) – PC co-chair
Carla Fabiana Chiasserini, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) – PC co-chair
Chia-yu Chang (Nokia Bell Labs) – PC co-chair
Cristiano Bonato Both, Universidad de Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) – PC co-chair
Fábio L. Verdi, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (LERIS – UFSCar) – PC co-chair
Filippo Cugini, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT) – PC co-chair
Gergely Pongrácz (Ericsson Research) – PC co-chair
Hasanin Harkous (Nokia Bell Labs) – PC co-chair
István Gódor (Ericsson Research) – PC co-chair
Juan José Vegas Olmos (NVIDIA) – PC co-chair
Kleber Vieira Cardoso (Federal University of Goias) – PC co-chair
Luiz F. Bittencourt (State University of Campinas) – PC co-chair
Magnos Martinello (Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo) – PC co-chair
Sándor Laki (Eötvös Loránd University) – PC co-chair
Szilveszter Nádas (Ericsson Research) – PC co-chair

Submitted papers may cover any of the following topics:

  • Programmable data planes for TSN
  • Network softwarization for 6G
  • Programmable Networking Protocols
  • Programmable SDN and NFV: languages and architectures (P4 and others)
  • Hardware acceleration for programmable network functions
  • Multitenant data planes
  • Orchestration and Management of Software-Defined Deterministic Networks
  • Control and Management of Data plane programmable devices
  • Artificial intelligence for deterministic networks
  • In network Machine Learning
  • In-network service level tuning and optimization; QoS
  • High precision traffic monitoring/telemetry
  • Service assurance and fulfillment programmability
  • Slicing for 6G
  • Intent-based systems and Digital twinning applied in 6G.
  • Reliability, time sensitiveness and predictability in 3GPP and WiFi systems

Submission instructions

Papers should be submitted via the HotCRP submissing website at https://pdn-6g23.hotcrp.com/. We accept two types of submissions to the workshop:

  • Full Papers: Full papers should not exceed 6 pages (US letter size) double column including figures, tables, and references in standard ACM format.
  • Extended abstracts: Extended abstracts should not exceed 3pages (US letter size) double column including figures, tables, and references in standard ACM format. Accepted extended abstracts will be charged at the same rate as paper contributions.
    Papers must be submitted electronically in printable PDF form. Templates for the standard ACM format can be found at this link.

If you are using LaTeX, please refer to the sample file “sample-sigconf.tex” after you download the .zip templates file and unzip it. Note that the document class “documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}” should be used. No changes to margins, spacing, or font sizes are allowed from those specified by the style files. Papers violating the formatting guidelines will be returned without review.

All submissions will be reviewed using a single-blind review process. The identity of referees will not be revealed to authors, but author can keep their names on the submitted papers, on figures, bibliography, etc.

Dual Submission Policy

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings published by the ACM. Warning: It is ACM policy not to allow double submissions, where the same paper is submitted to more than one conference/journal concurrently. Any double submissions detected will be immediately rejected from all conferences/journals involved.

For more information, please contact the organizers: Chrysa Papagianni (c.papagianni@uva.nl), Antonio de la Oliva (aoliva@it.uc3m.es)

Visit the workshop page: https://www.sigmobile.org/mobihoc/2023/workshop-6G-PDN.html 

Learn more about the co-organizer project PREDICT-6G : https://predict-6g.eu/