IEEE 5G Thessaloniki Summit
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece!
Venue: Conference Centre of Piraeus Bank (12-14 Katouni st., 546 25, Ladadika area)


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Image by Giannis Kounatidis, CSSN Research Lab, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece, Copyright © CSSN 2017

Recently, IEEE Communications Society has developed a strategic framework based on the principles that embrace Industry's interests and priorities while integrating IEEE and ComSoc's objectives. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, IEEE Communications Society plans to hold a series of high impact one day Summits in emerging technology areas (e.g., SDN/NFV, 5G, IoT, Big Data, and Cybersecurity). The standardization organizations with inputs from companies and the research community worldwide are now driving the evolution of wireless communication networks towards the Fifth Generation (5G), with Europe already playing a central role through 5GPPP. This evolution will benefit operators, service providers, manufacturers and application developers, as well as companies of mostly any other sector, since wireless technology will improve their processes and positively impact the world economy, and finally the citizens that will enjoy communications with improved quality and new services. The IEEE 5G Greece Summit is part of a successful series of 5G Summits that have been held since 2015 in America, Asia and Europe, and will contribute to continuous provision of a platform for the industry leaders, innovators, and researchers from the industry and academic community to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology that may help in driving the standards and rapid deployment. The event will be held on July 11, 2017, in Thessaloniki, Greece, , co-located with Emerging Technologies for 5G and Internet of Things , to be held during July 1-10, 2017. The programme is composed of a rich blend of speakers from industry, academia, research labs, standardization and regulation bodies, covering different main topics:

Global Vision

Radio Communication Aspects

The Network and Verticals Perspective

5G Standardization

European Research Projects on 5G

The IEEE Greece 5G Summit is co-organized by the Hellenic Open University, the Computing Systems, Security and Networks Research Lab (Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki) and the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Policy Telecommunications and Media. The IEEE Greece 5G Summit is co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE 5G Initiative.





Conference Centre of Piraeus Bank (12-14 Katouni st., 546 25, Ladadika area)

Organizing Committee


Steering Committee



8:00 – 8:45

Registration [Photo]

8:45 – 9:00

Opening Session [Photo1] [Photo2] [Photo3]

Prof. Ramjee Prasad (CGC and Aarhus University, Denmark) and Minister Nikos Pappas (Ministry of Digital Policy Telecommunications and Media, Greece) [Photo1] [Photo2]

9:00 – 10:45

Panel: The Global 5G Vision, Standardization and Telecommunication Policies [Photo1] [Photo2]

Moderator: Dr. Kostas Pentikousis (Travelping GmbH, Germany) [Slides] [Photo]

Erik Dahlman (Ericsson Research, Sweden): "NR - The new 5G radio access" [Slides] [Photo]

Mariana Goldhamer (4GCelleX, Israel): "Towards a 5G mobile system architecture - standardization update" [Slides] [Photo]

Dimitrios Vergados (Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission, Greece): "Spectrum and regulatory considerations for the 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Riccardo Trivisonno (Huawei, Germany): "5G Phase 1 Standardization: Reality Check" [Slides] [Photo]

Tilemachos Doukoglou (COSMOTE S.A., Greece): "5G, a Network Operator’s Point of View" [Slides] [Photo]

Argiris Darzentas (Vodafone Group Services Limited, Greece): "The path to 5G: Impact and challenges for MNO network" [Slides] [Photo]

Victor Pascual (ZTE, Spain): "ZTE vision on 5G technology - Leading 5G Innovations" [Slides] [Photo]

Maria Boura (Ericsson South East Europe, Greece): "5G and its business potential for digitalization" [Slides] [Photo]

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break                                   

11:00 – 13:30

Session 1: The Network and Verticals Perspective

Abhimanyu Gosain (PAWR Project Office, Northeastern University, USA): "Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Exploring a new Research Paradigm" [Slides] [Photo]

Xavier Costa-Perez (NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany): "5G Network Slicing for Industry Vertical" [Slides] [Photo]

Konstantinos Samdanis (Huawei, Germany): "5G Network Slicing: Use Cases and Key Technologies" [Slides] [Photo]

Panagiotis Demestichas and Andreas Georgakopoulos (University of Piraeus, Greece): "Emerging 5G technologies and insights from experiments with selected vertical domain" [Slides] [Photo]

Kostas Katsalis (Huawei Munich, Germany): "Network Slices Towards 5G Communications" [Slides]

Carla Fabiana Chiasserini (Politecnico di Torino, Italy): "5G and Automotive The Perfect Storm" [Slides]

Carla Fabiana Chiasserini (Politecnico di Torino, Italy): "5G-Transformer: 5G Mobile Transport Platform for Verticals / 5G-Crosshaul Project overview and Demo Activity" [Slides]

Athanasios Lioumpas (CYTA Hellas, Greece): "Network slicing: A key technology for 5G and its impact on virtual mobile network operators" [Slides] [Photo]

Manolis Chaniotakis (Forthnet Group, Greece): "Forthnet / Nova in 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Mahesh K. Marina (The University of Edinburgh, UK): "Towards a Future Multi-Service Mobile Network Architecture" [Slides] [Photo]

Xenofon Foukas (The University of Edinburgh, UK): "Demo: Orion - RAN Slicing for a Flexible and Cost-Effective Multi-Service Mobile Network Architecture" [Photo1] [Photo2]

13:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break                                   

14:00 – 15:15

Session 2: The 5G eco-system and IoT

Gennaro Boggia (Politecnico di Bari, Italy): "Narrow-band IoT: an opportunity to extend IoT world with 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Marco Di Renzo (CNRS – CentraleSupelec, France): "Spatial Modulation Based on Reconfigurable Antennas – A New Air Interface for the Internet of Things" [Slides] [Photo]

Jean-Marie Gorce (INSA de LYON, France): "Toward haptic communications for IoT in 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Elias Yaacoub (Arab Open University, Lebanon): "Green Virtualization for Multiple Collaborative Cellular Operators: Benefits and 5G Challenges" [Slides] [Photo]

Symeon Papavassiliou (NTUA, Greece) : "COOL: Common Optimization and Operation framework based on network utiLity theory for 5G technologies and IoT" [Slides] [Photo]

15:15 – 16:30

Session 3: The Radio Perspective for 5G

Petar Popovski (Aalborg University, Denmark): "Research Challenges towards Ultra-Reliable Wireless Communications" [Slides] [Photo]

Michalis Matthaiou (Queen's University Belfast, UK): "Low Cost Massive MIMO: A key technology for 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Ana Garcia Armada (UC3M, Spain): "A different look to Massive MIMO" [Slides] [Photo]

Constantinos B. Papadias (Athens Information Technology, Greece): "Terrestrial communication in X/K bands aided by hybrid antenna arrays and precoding techniques" [Slides] [Photo]

Claudio Fiandrino (IMDEA, Spain): "Millimeter-Wave Based Networking in 5G Communication Systems" [Slides] [Photo]

Gunes Karabulut Kurt (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey): "Battle of the Waveforms for 5G" [Slides]

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 – 19:00

Session 4: European Research Projects on 5G

Panagiotis Demestichas and Andreas Georgakopoulos (University of Piraeus, Greece): "Framework for the Design, Development and Orchestration of 5G-ready Applications and Network Services, over Sliced Programmable Infrastructures" [Slides] [Photo]

Kostas Pentikousis (Travelping GmbH, Germany): "The 5G COHERENT Architecture" [Slides] [Photo]

Anna Tzanakaki (University of Bristol, UK): "5G-XHaul: A wireless-optical transport network with SDN control for converged fronthaul and backhaul services in 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

Anna Tzanakaki (University of Bristol, UK): "5G-PICTURE: Programmable Infrastructure Converging disaggregated neTwork and compUte Resources" [Slides] [Photo]

Artemis Voulkidis (Synelixis, Greece): "5G automation and qualification frameworks serving energy networks" [Slides] [Photo]

Anastasius Gavras (Eurescom, Germany): "SLICENET End-to-End Cognitive Network Slicing and Slice Management Framework in Virtualised Multi-Domain, Multi-Tenant 5G Networks" [Slides] [Photo]

Andreas Miaoudakis (FORTH Hellas, Greece): "VirtuWind: Virtual and Programmable Industrial Network Prototype deployed in operational Wind Park" [Slides] [Photo]

Olga E. Segkou (Orion Innovations PC, Greece): "5G ESSENCE: Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences" [Slides] [Photo]

George Agapiou (COSMOTE S.A., Greece): "Main aspects and impact of 5G-Phase II projects Bluespace and 5G-Media" [Slides] [Photo]

Louis Christodoulou (Samsung, UK): "5G-Xcast , developing Broadcast and Multicast capabilities for the 5G" [Slides] [Photo]

George Kalfas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece): "5G-PHOS Project: 5G integrated Fiber-Wireless networks exploiting existing photonic technologies for high-density SDN-programmable network architectures" [Slides] [Photo]

19:00 – 19:15

Closing Session

Dr. Periklis Chatzimisios (Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki and Hellenic Open University, Greece) and Dr. Athanasios Iossifides (Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece) [Photo1] [Photo2]





There is no registration fee but it is essential to register in order to get admission! Please contact,

Periklis Chatzimisios and Athanasios C. Iossifides in case of questions.