CFP : The Second International Balkan Conference on Communications and Networking (BalkanCom 2018)

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The Second International Balkan Conference on Communications and Networking (BalkanCom 2018) will be held from June 4–8, 2018 in Podgorica, Montenegro.

As the name suggests, the BalkanCom is held annually in a country of the Balkan Peninsula. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers in academia, research labs and industry from all over the world to this historical region. The conference addresses the important challenges in the evolving world of Communications and Networking, while at the same time bolstering the potential and talent that is found in this exciting and dynamic region. The first edition of the conference was held in 2017 in Tirana, Albania.

The second edition of BalkanCom will take place on June 4-8, 2018 in Podgorica, Montenegro. The theme of the conference, CLOSING THE DIGITAL GAP, is fitting for the Balkan Peninsula, which is in the process of intensive development and needs increased communication and networking in every sense of the word.

We seek original completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/magazine/conference. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless systems and networks
  • Communication protocols (transport, routing, link, and physical layers)
  • Optical communication systems
  • Cross-layer design and optimization
  • Information theory and coding
  • Signal processing for communications
  • Green communication and networking
  • Resource management
  • Deployment scenarios and experiences
  • Infrastructures, Platforms, testbeds, and software
  • 5G wireless and Beyond
  • Wireless ad hoc, mesh, sensor and robot networks
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Communication in challenging environments (underwater, underground, tunnels/mines, space, disasters)
  • Internet of Things and M2M communication
  • Nano-scale networks
  • Integration of heterogeneous networks
  • Software-defined networking
  • Security and privacy in communication networks

Manuscript Guidelines and Submission Information

Papers should describe original work and should be no more than 5 pages in a double-column format including tables, figures and references. Accepted papers up to 5 pages will be published in the proceedings. One extra page is allowed with an additional fee, if accepted. To submit a paper, please use the instructions at:

BalkanCom reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference if the paper is not presented at the conference. Best papers will be fast tracked to Computer Networks (Elsevier) and Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier) Journals.

Key Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 26, 2018
Notification of acceptance: May 7, 2018
Camera-ready papers due: May 14, 2018


BalkanCom 2018 General Co-Chairs

Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Univ of Montenegro
Ilir Capuni, University of New York, Tirana, Albania
Ioannis Stavrakakis, University of Athens, Greece

BalkanCom 2018 Technical Program Co-Chairs

George Giannakis, University of Minnesota, USA
Ralf Müller, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Enrico Natalizio, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France

BalkanCom 2018 Publicity Co-Chairs

Ozgur Gurbuz, Sabanci University, Turkey
Konstantinos Oikonomou, Ionian University, Greece

BalkanCom 2018 Publication Chair

Fabio d’Andreagiovanni, CNRS, France

BalkanCom 2018 Local Arrangement Chairs

Enis Kocan, University of Montenegro
Petraq Papajorgji, University of New York Tirana, Albania
Nicola Zaric, University of Montenegro

BalkanCom 2018 Finance Chair

Anna Maria Vegni, Roma Tre University, Italy
Mehmet Can Vuran, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

BalkanCom 2018 Web Chair

Josep M. Jornet, State University of New YorkBuffalo, USA

BalkanCom 2018 Steering Committee

Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Ilir Capuni, University of New York Tirana, Albania
Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
Mehmet Can Vuran, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

BalkanCom 2018 Technical Program Committee Members

Nof Abuzianab, Virginia Tech, USA
Ozgur Akan, University of Cambridge, UK
Fatih Alagoz, Bogazici University, Turkey
Alfred Asterjadhi, Qualcomm
Marenglen Biba, University of New York, Tirana, Albania
Berk Canberk, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Luca Chiaraviglio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Marian Codreanu, University of Oulu, Finland
Maice Costa, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Mario D'Andreagiovanni, CNRS, Sorbonne University UTC, France
Rozalina Dimova, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
Stark Draper, University Toronto, Canada
Arjan Durresi, Purdue University, USA
Eylem Ekici, Ohio State University, USA
Serge Fdida, UPMC Sorbonne Universités, France
Liljana Gavrilovska, Ss Cyril and Methoduis University, Macedonia
Wolfgang Gerstacker, University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Tolga Girici, TOBB University, Turkey
Georgi Iliev, Technical University of Sofia
Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University, USA
Christoforos Ntantogian, University of Piraeus, Greece
Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Nikolaos Pappas, Linkoping University, Sweden
Andreas Pitsillides, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Vesna Popovic-Bugarin, Univesity of Montenegro, Montenegro
Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou, University of New Mexico, USA
Malisa Vucinic, Univesity of Montenegro, Montenegro
Dejan Vukobratovic, University Novi Sad, Serbia