Call for Papers

The 4th Workshop on Network Function Virtualization and Programmable Networks (NFVPN) in conjunction with the 3rd IEEE NFV-SDN conference 6-8 Nov., Berlin, Germany.


The advent of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), based on emerging resource and service virtualisation technologies enables the dynamic deployment and management of virtualised network functions (VNFs) within the network infrastructure. Moreover, the logical centralisation of the network control plane, separating it from the dataplane, achieved via Software Defined Networking (SDN), allows for greater network programmability and dynamicity. In this context, major European research initiatives are delving into the aspects of network service virtualisation and programmability, aiming at significant cost efficiency, introduction of new services and transformation of the networking market. A research ecosystem of horizontal and vertical R&D actions is being formed, which examines the impact and the capabilities of virtualisation and programmability across all networking domains: from core to edge and access, from wired/optical to wireless, cellular and also satellite.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from industry and academia with experts already involved in 5G related projects, facilitating the exchange of ideas and helping each research group to take advantage of the results produced by other projects, improving focus of innovation and aligning towards common goals and milestones, thus maximising the overall impact. In this workshop we invite high quality submissions in the areas of NFV and SDN with respect to their deployment in future 5G architectures and Use Cases.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Management and orchestration of NFV and SDN elements
  • NFV-SDN deployment cases across vertical sectors
  • Virtualization of resources, services and functions in SDN and NFV
  • Network Slicing
  • Efficient deployment of Service Function Chains (SFCs)
  • Management of federated SDN/NFV infrastructures
  • Dynamic migration of network functions in NFV-based systems
  • Continuous Integration/ Continuous Deployment paradigms
  • VNF sandboxing, verification, characterisation
  • Virtualization of radio network functions
  • SDN/NFV management in 5G scenarios
  • Monitoring of SDN/NFV infrastructures
  • Efficient deployment of Service Function Chains (SFCs)
  • Management of telco cloud computing infrastructures
  • Network Edge and it’s role in 5G use Cases
  • Emergency Communication in the 5G Scenarios

The workshop deadlines:

  • Paper Submission:August 10, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 15, 2017
  • Camera Ready Submission: September 15, 2017

Workshop Chairs

  • Ioannis Giannoulakis, NCSRD Greece
  • Evangelos Markakis, TEIC Greece
  • Josep Martrat, ATOS Spain
  • George Xilouris, NCSR Demokritos Greece
  • Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, UBITECH Greece
  • Carlos Jesus Bernardos Cano, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain

Technical Program Committee (TPC) – tentative

  • Anastasios Dagiouklas (UoCL, UK)
  • George Gardikis (SPH, Greece)
  • Emmanouil Kafetzakis (ORION Innov, Greece)
  • Harilaos Koumaras (NCSRD, Greece)
  • Akis Kourtis (NCSRD, Greece)
  • Daniel Negru (UoB, France)
  • Ioannis Nikoloudakis (Uo Aegean, Greece)
  • Evangelos Pallis (Tei of Crete, Greece)
  • Ilias Pollitis (Nebula, France)
  • Muhammad Shuaib Siddiqui (i2CAT, Spain)
  • Anargiros Sideris (Future Intelligence, UK)
  • Eleni Trouva (NCSR Demokritos, Greece)