Call for Papers

LocNet 2018: Workshop on Location Systems for Management and Control of Mobile and Wireless Networks

Wireless location systems have been studied extensively in recent years and are advancing at a rapid pace. State-of-the-art location systems now achieve very high levels of accuracy down to the decimeter-level and below, even without dedicated positioning hardware, based purely on off-the-shelf communication devices. In addition to conventional data analytics and location-based services, positioning data can bring dramatic benefits to the mobile networks, not just for the services running over the network, but for the management and control of the network itself. Location information can be used to optimize resource allocation and network control decisions as networks become denser and support high-order MIMO and wider bandwidths, which allows devices to accurately measure the wireless environment. It is particularly relevant for emerging technologies such as millimeter-wave communication systems, where the antenna configuration, availability of paths, access point to associate with, and the data rate strongly depend on the location of the devices and on reflectors and obstacles in the environment. Location information can also be used, for example, for anticipatory networking mechanisms in mobile networks, where resource allocation decisions are based on the predicted future state of the network and users. Localizing terminals, people and things accurately and reliably allows network operators to better deploy, provision, and manage mobile and wireless networks, thus increasing the reliability and scalability of such networks.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry to present and discuss the latest developments in wireless location systems, their impact on network management and control to enhance the efficiency of communication networks, and the inherent technical challenges. The program seeks original and unpublished work not currently under review by another technical journal/magazine/conference. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Location and positioning algorithms
  • Positioning in mobile networks
  • Millimeter-wave location systems
  • Visible light location systems
  • Anticipatory networking mechanisms based on location information
  • Network management and control based on location information
  • Network architectures and localization protocols to support use of location data
  • Localization and network optimization for IoT devices (including LoRa)
  • Joint millimeter-wave communication and radar
  • Wi-Fi, RFID, and other types of positioning systems
  • Backscatter localization
  • Location data fusion of cellular, WiFi and other technologies
  • Fusion with inertial sensors
  • Positioning systems with joint use of time, angle, and other observations
  • Location error modeling and measurement
  • Signal processing for location systems
  • Scalability of location systems
  • Energy efficiency of location systems
  • Experience from measurements and experimental results
  • Open testbeds for experimentation
  • Open-source location system implementations
  • Open-source location-based network management systems

Submission guidelines: The workshop solicits technical papers with a maximum length of 6 pages, and extended abstracts of 2 pages for posters and demos. Submissions should be formatted according to the ACM Mobisys 2018 guidelines. The URL for submissions is

The proceedings of the workshop will appear in the ACM Digital Library, including all accepted papers, posters, and demos.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 4, 2018, 11:59 PM UTC-11 (this corresponds to April 5, 2018, 05:59 EDT)
Notification of acceptance:  April 27, 2018
Camera Ready Deadline: May 4, 2018
Conference: June 10/June 15, 2018


If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Loch ( or Joerg Widmer (