IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
10–13 April 2022 // Austin, TX, USA
Boosting Verticals into Wireless Orbit

Call for Industry Panel Proposals

IEEE WCNC 2022, to be held in Austin from April 10th through 13th, will be planned as an in-person conference, but will also consider hybrid format features.

The theme of the conference is “Boosting Verticals into the Wireless Orbit”

2022 represents over 2 years of commercialization of 5G introducing a rich set of technical capabilities and empowering many vertical markets, and different networking capabilities for efficiency, QoS and bandwidth utilization. With R15 already behind us, R16 has progressed in 2020 and paved the way for R17 by 2022 to enable mission critical, ultra-reliable applications. In consequence, pushing processing to the edge and supporting operators in introducing new classes of QoS based on end-to-end network slicing and security requirements.

The 5G Roadmap is supporting bandwidths 28GHz - 100GHz with millimeter waves, and beyond to Terahertz. AI/ML will be instrumental in many areas of the network layers and system operation

WCNC is the world’s premier wireless event, highlighting:

  • Recent advances in wireless technologies, networks, and use-cases
  • High performance / Quantum computing and applications
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence applications
  • Edge-based computing models and use-cases
  • Advancements and use-cases Network softwarization and virtualization
  • Issues related to standards and regulatory challenges
  • Security, resilience and privacy challenges and advancements
  • Environmental impacts of new technologies

The conference offers a rich and compelling content: keynote speakers, comprehensive technical and industrial programs with technical papers, panel sessions and presentations, industry forums, workshops, tutorials, showcases of latest technology, technical tours, and a conference banquet. The conference is excited about its added industry and professional-focused features such as an executive forum, dialog with industry, job fair/speed networking, industry challenge, and special events for Industry Young Professionals and Women in Wireless Engineering.


Networking, Technology & Roadmap

  • 6G
  • Towards Global Connectivity: Emerging and Future Aerial Backhaul and Access
  • Green Cloud, Edge Computing, Intelligent Edge
  • 5G Evolution, Standardization (3GPP, ETSI, ITU, IEEE, WIFI), Open Source, and Collaboration
  • Optical access & core
  • Joint communication and sensing (JCAS)
  • Big Data, 5G, and AI for Digital Transformation
  • Testbed/trials for 5G/6G
  • 5G EMF
  • Role of Satellite and Aerial Communications in 5G/6G: UAVs, satellites (access & backhaul), high-altitude platforms, airplane connectivity, convergence between cellular and satellite industry
  • IEEE 802.11be standardization (Draft 2.0) and 6 GHz band.

Architecture, ecosystem

  • Radio Awareness, O-RAN
  • Environment (RF) sensing
  • 5G Network Slicing and end-to-end QoS, Safety and Security
  • 5G for rural areas
  • Federation across network operators
  • Contextual Awareness
  • Risk-Based Optimization of Virtual Reality over Terahertz
  • User device context (e.g. position, velocity) derived from RF, sensors, traffic activities to improve device experience
  • Detect gestures, movements, and objects by monitoring signal reflection patterns to enable new use cases
  • Cloud and Fog / Edge Computing, Networking and Storage


  • URLLC, mMtc, eMBB (separate or combined)
  • V2X for intelligent transportation and public safety
  • 5G and Covid-19 and smart care
  • 5G and smart energy
  • Wireless Big Data for Smart City
  • Applying AI/ML to solve difficult wireless challenges
  • Distributed computing enables a responsive voice UI
  • 6G with Network Digital Twin
  • 5G/6G and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
  • On-device AI improving 5G end-to-end system

Spectrum, Regulatory, Funding, Research

  • Spectrum sensing and access
  • NSF, DoD, DoE Support, opportunities, and examples e.g. COSMOS.
  • Synergy in Government, Industry and Academia R&D Collaboration
  • AI Research areas to enhance 5G: Full duplex, Power saving, Spectrum sensing, Security, Environmental sensing

(*) Some of the topics can be grouped. Other topics can be considered.

NOTE: Panel sessions can be associated with appropriate tracks such as:

  • Communications (UE, Basestation, Service providers)
  • Transportation
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Command, Army Research Lab, Centers at various universities
  • Government Research
  • Operators/Service Providers
  • Content providers
  • Semiconductor
  • AI/ML Technology Drivers


The 2022 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking (WCNC) conference will be hosting a series of industry panels that will cover sessions related to network & architecture challenges, applications of technology, use cases, best of practices, deployment challenges, research, future network roadmap and many others.

Each panel proposal (draft 6-8 pages) must include:

  1. Title of the panel
  2. Names, addresses, and short biographies of the organizers
  3. A brief description including motivation and background along take away messages.
  4. Names, affiliations, and short biographies of proposed 3 to 5 panelists
  5. Planned format of the panel, such as planned presenters, topics, etc.
  6. Questions to be addressed to the panelists

An Industry Panel Proposal template can be downloaded here.

Interested panel organizers should submit their proposals to the panel chairs via email, as MS word or a PDF file attachment named “WCNC-Panel-names-title abbreviation”, by the deadline of 17 September 2021.

IF&E Panel Co-Chairs
Abhay Samant (
Dr. Yi Wang (

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