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K- 2018 - ITU Kaleidoscope 2018 - Machine learning for a 5G future (Technically co-sponsored by IEEE & IEEE ComSoc)

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Category Machine learning; Artificial intelligence; ICTs; Standardization; Big data; Fuzzy logic; Internet of Things

Deadline: June 25, 2018 | Date: November 26, 2018-November 28, 2018

Venue/Country: Santa Fe, Argentina

Updated: 2018-06-04 21:37:26 (GMT+9)

Call For Papers - CFP

Kaleidoscope 2018: Machine learning for a 5G future is the tenth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions. The aim of the Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society.


Machine learning shows promise to assist smarter use of network-generated data, enabling ICT network operators and service providers to adapt to changes in traffic patterns, security risks and user behaviour. This will also affect ITU standardization work in fields such as coding algorithms; data collection, storage and management; and network management and orchestration.

Kaleidoscope 2018 invites the research community to share insights into emerging applications of machine learning capable of bringing more automation and intelligence to network design, operation and management. The conference will explore promising machine-learning technologies and applications, investigating how supporting standardization could ensure widespread access to the benefits of machine learning.

Contributors to Kaleidoscope 2018 are encouraged to consider questions such as, for example:

- What are the distinct technical requirements of machine-learning use cases in 5G and future networks with respect to network architectures, interfaces, protocols, algorithms and data formats?

- How might we verify the compatibility of machine-learning applications in 5G networks with legacy fixed and mobile communication networks?

- Are machine-learning capabilities and human expertise complementary? If so, how could we best go about exploiting this?

- What might be considered appropriate technical, legal and social models to govern access to the results of applied machine learning?


Kaleidoscope 2018 calls for original scientific papers addressing advances in research on machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for future communication networks, covering all aspects of network design, management, implementation and optimization. This year’s conference will assist ITU standardization experts in capitalizing on machine learning in their preparations for the 5G era and beyond. Authors of outstanding papers will be invited to contribute to the work of ITU-T Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G.


Kaleidoscope 2018 targets specialists in the fields of ICT and socio-economic development, including researchers, academics, students, engineers, policymakers, regulators, innovators and futurists.

Date and venue

26-28 November 2018, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Santa Fe, Argentina

Submission of papers

Prospective authors from ITU Member States are invited to submit full, original papers with a maximum length of eight pages, including abstract and references, using the template available on the event website. All papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Submission must be made electronically; see for more details on online submission (EDAS). Paper proposals will be evaluated according to content, originality, clarity, relevance to the conference’s theme and, in particular, significance to future standards.


Submission of full paper proposals: 25 June 2018 - extended

Notification of paper acceptance: 17 September 2018

Submission of camera-ready accepted papers: 8 October 2018

Publication and presentation

Accepted and presented papers are published in the Conference Proceedings and will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.

The best papers will also be evaluated for potential publication

in the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine. In addition,

extended versions of selected papers will be considered for

publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing,

the International Journal of Standardization Research, or the Journal

of ICT Standardization.


A prize fund totaling CHF 6,000 will be shared among the authors of the three best papers, as judged by the Steering and Technical Programme Committees. In addition, young authors of up to 30 years of age presenting accepted papers will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.


Information and communication technologies (ICTs), standards, standardization, technological innovation, information society, artificial intelligence, expert systems, machine learning, algorithms, swarm intelligence, neural networks, intelligent adaptive learning, big data analytics, data mining, fuzzy logic, statistical analysis, cognitive systems, communication technologies, communication networks, wireless communications, future networks, radio spectrum, security, privacy, reliability, Internet of things, image and video communication, monitoring, forecasting, optimization, policy, regulation, ethics, intellectual property rights, technical cooperation, sustainability, development, access, equality, inclusiveness.

Suggested (non-exclusive) list of topics

Track 1:

Technology and architecture evolution • Machine learning in radio and wireless networks

• Machine learning for network operation and management

• Machine learning in software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV)

• Information mining or traffic classification and botnet detection, predictive fault analysis, fraud detection

• Data analytics, network management and orchestration

• Machine learning in cloud-based networks

• Spectrum allocation schemes with machine learning algorithms

• Machine learning automatic provisioning, resource allocation and configuration including antenna selection and configuration

• Massive MIMO communications with machine learning schemes

• Machine learning for energy efficient, sustainable power management and green communications

Track 2:

Applications and services • Use cases and requirements of network intelligence

• Application of artificial intelligence algorithms for big data analysis in 5G networks for intrusion detection

• Prediction of subscribers’ behaviour and churn

• Performance monitoring and big data analysis

• Standards for machine learning in self-organizing networks (SON)

• Protocols and standards for network information mining including data semantics, interoperability, and search tools

• Energy-aware/green communications via machine learning approaches

• Machine learning and standardization for fault-tolerant networks

• Resource allocation for shared/virtualized networks using machine learning

• Security, performance, and monitoring applications using machine learning

• Machine learning for Internet of things (IoT)

• Machine learning for industry, government and society

• Machine learning for smart sustainable cities

• Learning-based network optimization

Track 3:

Social, economic, environmental, legal and policy aspects • Experiences and best-practices using machine learning in operational networks

• Implications and challenges brought by computer networks to machine learning theory and algorithms

• Regulation, standardization and professional codes of conducts in machine learning

• Ethical issues in machine learning

• How to establish trust in machine learning outcomes

• Effects of machine learning on liberal arts education

General Chairman

Rudy Omar Grether (Dean, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Santa Fe, Argentina)

Steering Committee

Héctor Mario Carril (ITU-T Study Group 20 Vice-Chairman, Argentina)

Christoph Dosch (ITU-R Study Group 6 Vice-Chairman; IRT GmbH, Germany)

Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Mitsuji Matsumoto (Waseda University Professor Emeritus, Japan)

Mostafa Hashem Sherif (Consultant, USA)

Host Committee

Chairman: Alfonso Pablo Trevignani (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina)

Technical Programme Committee

Chairman: Mostafa Hashem Sherif (Consultant, USA)

The Technical Programme Committee is composed of over 80 subject-matter experts. Details are available at:

Additional information

For additional information, please visit the conference website: Inquiries should be addressed to

Keywords: Accepted papers list. Acceptance Rate. EI Compendex. Engineering Index. ISTP index. ISI index. Impact Factor.
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