News & Updates

Upcoming Deadlines
  • Paper submission closes on: July 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM IST (UTC +05:30)
  • Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2018
  • Camera-ready papers due by: August 10, 2018
  • Workshop to be held on: November 2, 2018 [Register here]
Latest News
  • [October 29, 2018] Venue: Room 2000, 20th Floor, Le Meridien Hotel
  • [September 5, 2018] Technical program announced
  • [July 20, 2018] Acceptance notifications sent out
  • [June 26, 2018] Final extension of submission deadline up to July 1, 2018
  • [May 30, 2018] Submission deadline extended up to June 29, 2018
  • [May 14, 2018] Workshop date confirmed (Friday, November 2, 2018)
  • [April 24, 2018] Paper submission is now open; see submission guidelines
  • [April 24, 2018] Call for Papers announced
  • [April 20, 2018] Workshop's website launched

About FICN

A robust, reliable, and intelligent communication network integrating both wired and wireless technologies forms the backbone of the 4th industrial revolution. Such systems, however, face a variety of challenges that range from realizing very large-scale networks to critical systems that require reliable and minimal latency in communication. Industrial networks are often required to support very low-data rate and low-power devices that are spread over tens of kilometers. On the other hand, many next generation networks will require to handle very high capacity traffic for applications that support virtual and augmented reality-based solutions. Moreover, due to mobility of workers (both humans and robots), mobile network communication (with or without infrastructure) also becomes critically important.

The ACM Future Industrial Communication Networks (FICN) workshop aims to address some of the challenges related to industrial communication networks. Importance will be given to solving real-life problems and cost-effective green solutions that can benefit emerging economies, startups, and small and medium enterprises. At ACM FICN, industry and academia shall come together to discuss challenges and cutting-edge research ideas, as well as establish a forward-looking collaborative relationship.

Organizing Committee

Technical Program Committee

Name Affiliation Location
Sun Sumei A*Star Singapore
Falko Dressler Paderborn University Germany
Arun Kumar Saha Cisco USA
Kamesh Mahadevan Keysight Technologies Belgium
Hemant Kumar Rath Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) India
Narasimha Chari Roku USA
Debojyoti Bhattacharya Bosch India
Linus Thrybom ABB Sweden
Gulzaib Rafiq ABB Norway
Rohan Vibhandik Emerson India
Sumit Goswami Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) India
Waldir Moreira Junior Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS Portugal
Animesh Srivastava Caspar USA
Pushpendu Kar Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
Sujata Pal Indian Institute of Technology Ropar India
Manas Khatua Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur India
Yue Cao Northrumbia University UK
Mats Bjorkman MDH Sweden
Ciprian Dobre University Politehnica of Bucharest Romania
Subarna Chatterjee Inria, Rennes France
Subhadeep Sarkar Inria, Rennes France
Vijay Ingalalli Inria, Rennes France
Goutam Mali Xavier University, Bhubaneswar India
Imad Barhumi United Arab Emirates University UAE
Judhistir Mohapatro National Institute of Technology Rourkela India
Antonio Carlos de Oliveira Junior Federal University of Goiás - UFG Brazil
Anitha Varghese ABB India
Tamoghna Ojha Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
Samaresh Bera Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
Arijit Roy Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
Pablo Gutierrez Peon MDH Sweden

Additional Reviewer

Name Affiliation Location
Sanku Kumar Roy Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India

Technical Program

(Venue: Room 2000, 20th Floor, Le Meridien Hotel)

[Download the technical program]

Title Speaker/Author(s) Start Time End Time
Registration & Breakfast
08:00 AM — 09:00 AM
Welcome by the Chairs Deepaknath Tandur, Sudip Misra, Barun Kumar Saha, and Juliano Fischer Naves 09:00 AM 09:10 AM
Academic Keynote
Industrial CPS over Wireless Networks: Performance, Design, Inference, and Control
(50 min Presentation + 10 min Q&A)
Prof. Anurag Kumar (Indian Institute of Science) 09:10 AM 10:10 AM
Papers Session 1: Applications
Session Chair: Prof. Sudip Misra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Anomaly Detection Algorithms for Smart Metering using Swarm Intelligence
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Pradeep Subhash Paikrao (Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India); Ranjan Bose (Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India) 10:15 AM 10:35 AM
Digitalization of Electromechanical Auxiliary Relays in Substation Automation System
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Aravind Ingalalli (ABB Corporate Research Centre); Srijit Kumar Bhadra (ABB Corporate Research Centre); Ashoka Shyamaprasad (ABB Grid Automation Products) 10:35 AM 10:55 AM
Coffee Break
11:00 AM — 11:30 AM
Papers Session 2: Theory
Session Chair: Prof. Sipra DasBit, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
SecureIoT: Hop Count Based Service Oriented Efficient Security Solution for IoT
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Sudip Misra (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India); Pushpendu Kar (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway); Ankush Kr. Mandal (National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India); Hao Wang (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) 11:35 AM 11:55 AM
A Game of Incentives: An Efficient Demand Response Mechanism using Fleet of Electric Vehicles
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Kuljeet Kaur (Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India); Sahil Garg (Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India); Neeraj Kumar (Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India); Albert Y Zomaya (University of Sydney, Australia) 11:55 AM 12:15 PM
Lunch Break
12:45 PM — 02:00 PM
Industrial Keynote
Industrial Communication — a Three Step Rocket
(50 min Presentation + 10 min Q&A)
Linus Thrybom (ABB AB, Corporate Research, Sweden) 02:00 PM 03:00 PM
Papers Session 3: Architecture
Session Chair: Prof. Neeraj Kumar, Thapar University
Intent-based Networks: An Industrial Perspective
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Barun Kumar Saha (ABB Corporate Research Center, India); Deepaknath Tandur (ABB Corporate Research Center, India); Luca Haab (ABB Power Grids, Switzerland); Lukasz Podleski (ABB Power Grids, Switzerland) 03:05 PM 03:25 PM
An Efficient and Secure Directed Diffusion in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks
(15 min Presentation + 5 min Q&A)
Jayasree Sengupta (IIEST Shibpur); Sushmita Ruj (Indian Statistical Institute); Sipra Das Bit (IIEST Shibpur) 03:25 PM 03:45 PM
Concluding Remarks 03:50 PM 04:00 PM
Coffee Break
04:00 PM — 04:30 PM

Keynote Talks

Anurag Kumar
Prof. Anurag Kumar

Director, Indian Institute of Science

anurag <AT>

Industrial CPS over Wireless Networks: Performance, Design, Inference, and Control

(Academic Keynote)

Practical implementations of Industrial Cyber Physical Systems will typically involve substantial wireless networking, due to ease of deployment, retrofitting, expansion, and reconfiguration. The wireless platform will be the Internet of Things, based on existing wireless networking standards (e.g., IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4) or proprietary wireless technologies. Unlike the use of in-building wireless networks for Internet access, IoT networks for Industrial CPS applications will need to be designed for desired levels of performance. In this talk, after introducing the topic, we will provide insights into the performance of commonly used indoor wireless technologies for IoT, the design of IoT networks, and also glimpses of issues in inference and control over such networks.

Prof. Anurag Kumar, B.Tech (1977) IIT Kanpur, PhD (1981) Cornell Univ., was a Member of Technical Staff in AT&T Bell Laboratories (1981-1988), before returning to India and joining the Indian Institute of Science as a faculty member in the ECE Department. He became a Professor in 1996, and is the Director of the Institute since 2014. He has published almost 200 peer reviewed papers in journals and conferences, in the area of communications networking and distributed systems, and has co-authored two major textbooks that have been used globally. He was the 1977 President's Gold Medallist in IIT Kanpur. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and was then on its steering committee from 2010-2014. He received the 2015 Vasvik Award for Information Technology, and is a recipient of the J.C. Bose National Fellowship, awarded by the Department of Science Technology, for the period 2011-2021.

Linus Thrybom
Linus Thrybom

ABB AB, Corporate Research, Sweden

linus.thrybom <AT>

Industrial Communication — a Three Step Rocket

(Industrial Keynote)

We currently experience a major evolution step in the connectivity space, a step which will have substantial impact on the future industrial communication networks. New services will become affordable, new solutions will be possible, but there are also new challenges ahead.

Previously, the take up of both IP/Ethernet and IEEE 802.15.4 in the industrial domains, gave a similar boost into the industrial communication. And well before that, the serial fieldbuses made their entrance into industrial systems, and these installations are to a large extent still in use.

The ongoing development of Ethernet TSN (Time Sensitive Networks) and 5G (the next generation telecommunication standard), supported by technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the third major evolution phase for industrial communication, and it will highly impact the future industrial communication the next years to come.

In this talk I will analyze the applications that can make benefit of TSN and 5G, and what the main challenges are to reach them. The talk will also address what we should learn from the two previous evolution phases and how that will influence the future connectivity research and development. Additionally, the traditional industries no longer develop everything on their own as they used to do, the development speed and business climate instead emphasize collaborations with partners, academia and startup companies. Some examples on how this can be accomplished will also be presented.

Linus Thrybom received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1991. From 1992 to 1997 he was with the ABB Industrial Systems, Västerås, Sweden, as design engineer of embedded systems and communication devices. From 1998 to 2008, he was with the Bombardier Transportation, Västerås, Sweden, as project leader on train communication and control systems. Since 2008 he is with the ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden, where he in 2011 became Principal Scientist, and in 2015 he became manager of the Industrial Communication team. Since 2016 he is manager of the Industrial IoT research team as well coordinating the connectivity research within ABB Corporate Research. His research interests include industrial communication and 5G, system architecture, distributed real-time systems and Internet of Things.

Call for Papers

ACM FICN seeks original, novel, and previously unpublished (and currently not under consideration anywhere else) papers that address the challenges faced by modern industrial networks. Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by eminent members of the Technical Program Committee where technical merit, novelty, timeliness, and relevance to the workshop shall be taken into consideration.

Topics of interest to ACM FICN include, but are not limited to:

  • Autonomous and intelligent intent-based networks
  • Critical communication network and systems
  • Industry 4.0 communication systems and related standards
  • Green communication and battery-saving systems
  • Large-scale sensor networks and industrial IoT (IIoT) applications
  • 5G and industrial requirements
  • Reliable and time sensitive networks
  • Industrial applications of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks
  • Heterogeneous networks involving modern and legacy (non IP-based) equipment
  • Bid and design phases of communication networks (optimization & coverage)
  • Low-power wide area machine-to-machine networks
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) for industry
  • Condition monitoring, analytics, and prognosis for industrial systems
  • Cybersecurity: dissemination, identification, and defense against industrial malware/botnets
  • Test-beds and real-life measurements for highly scalable industrial applications

Download CFP


Submitted papers must not exceed six (6) double-column pages (including the title, list of author(s), figures, tables, references, and appendices, if any) formatted using single spacing, and must adhere to the general ACM MobiCom conference submission guidelines. The review process will be single-blinded, which means submitted papers must contain name(s) and affiliation(s) of all the author(s). All submissions must be in PDF format; no other formats will be considered. ACM provides LaTeX and MS Word templates to help you draft the paper. However, you are solely responsible to verify that all guidelines have been followed.

At least one author of each accepted paper need to register and present the paper at the workshop. All presented papers will be published in the proceedings of ACM MobiCom 2018 and will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

Submit Manuscript

For any query, please send an email to the organizers with "FICN2018" in the subject line.