IEEE 16th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communications

Oct. 23-24, 2019



As the number of applications in IoT, Industry 4.0 and Mobility 4.0 continues to grow, pushing localization, tracking and navigation technologies further and further in penetration to unprecedentedly large scales over both time and space, a new paradigm shift awaits to make its impact, and that is the decreasing gap between the constraints faced by wireless communications and positioning systems.

To elaborate, most wireless systems today are data-oriented, and therefore are designed to deliver relatively long sequences of packets with payload significantly longer than overhead information, to a single access point (at uplink).

With the explosion of scale expected to occur with the deployment of the IoT (both consumer and industrial) and of connected vehicles, future wireless systems will, however, become increasingly connectivity-oriented, relying on shorter packets and multi-point access, much like the majority of localization networks are by nature.

Furthermore, under the pressure of ever-scarcer frequency resources, wireless systems are set to move decidedly to higher frequency bands (including millimeter wave and visible light), bringing to the design table, once again, challenges that are well-known by the localization community.

The result of this process of approximation is that a stronger cross-breeding between wireless localization and wireless communication systems will both be possible and likely. This trend is in fact already observed in the increasing body of work both on location-based parameterization and optimization of wireless systems, as well as on localization systems designed for mmWave and visible light wireless platforms. In light of the above, the theme for WPNC’19 will be Localization, Tracking and Communications in large scales. Some topics of interest are highlighted below.


Paper Submission30 June 2019
Notification of Acceptance30 Aug 2019
Camera Ready Submission30 Sep 2019
Early-Bird Registration expires30 Sep 2019
WPNC’19 Workshop23-24 Oct 2019


Authors are invited to submit contributions presenting scientific results, system implementations, experimental evaluations and field trials addressing, but not limited to the following topics:

IoT and 5G Networks: Algorithms and Application

Localization in IoT and LPWA networks

Localization in 5G-V2X and NGV Nets

Localization in visible-light Bands

Highly integrated localization and communications

Joint localization and comm. in mmWave Nets

Localization with new radios and new waveforms

AI-Aided and Participatory Localization

Big data analysis for localization

Georefer. crowd sensing and participatory cartography

Machine learning for localization

Advanced fingerprinting

Localization and Communication for Industry 4.0 and Smart Energy Management                

Localization in automation network

Indoor SLAM

Dynamic and intermittent networks

Localization for smart grids and power management

Localization for robotics          

Data Fusion and Hybrid Localization

Localization and Communication for Mobility 4.0

Localization in vehicular networks           

Localization for ITS

Localization for public transportation

Vehicular simultaneous localization and mapping

HAD localization and communication          

Localization of drones and UAVs

Specific localization techniques and technologies RFID based approaches

Inside-out geolocation

Ultra-sound ranging

Active u0026amp; passive object tracking

UWB ranging / UWB imaging

Multipath-aided localization

Propagation issues u0026amp; specific antennas design

Optical and quasi-optical geolocation

Cooperative and M2M localization

Advanced hybrid data fusion

Robust and Secure Positioning

Localization with/for privacy

Fundamental limits of secure positioning

Secure ranging and localization

Multipath and non-line of sight mitigation

Resilience vs. faulty and outlier measurements

Location-based authentication


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