IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
25-28 May 2020 // Virtual Conference
Beyond Connectivity: What Comes After 5G

8th IEEE International Workshop on Research Advancements in Future Networking Technologies (RAFNET)

8th IEEE International Workshop on Research Advancements in Future Networking Technologies (RAFNET)



Recently, a lot of research efforts have been carried out by the researchers from academia and industry side to foster various new and emerging network paradigms. The main driving forces behind this paradigm shift are the research outcomes of the last few decades that has clearly portrayed that the current internet architecture was originally designed for end-to-end host-centric communications. However, the principal objective of the networks is to communicate the content itself. Subsequently, we have witnessed new architectures such as an Information-Centric Network (ICN) with various extensions like -Centric Networking (CCN), Named Data Networking (NDN), Data-Oriented Network Architecture (DONA), and so forth. On the other hand, numerous efforts in cellular networks have also been made for the improvement of the user experience and as a result, today, we are able to use LTE-A and other networks.

In this context, the upcoming 5G networking architectures, whose ongoing research is focused on the networking mechanisms regarding the massive increase in the number of connected devices, bandwidth requirements, reduced latency, and the deployment of supporting operational mechanisms such as network virtualization, cloud-based deployments, mobile edge computing, and storage and new utilization scenarios. Moreover, these modern technologies are being applied in other networking domains as well, including VANETs, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, Internet of Things, Big Data, etc.

​Research Advancements in Future Networking Technologies (RAFNET) workshop aims to bring together all the researchers working on all the aforementioned research areas. 



  • Paper Submission Deadline:  January 12, 2020 (Final Extended)
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: January 31, 2020
  • Camera-Ready: February 15, 2020



All the Accepted Papers will also be Featured in IEEE Newsletters such as IEEE Software Defined Networks (Link), and IEEE Future Directions (Link). The authors of accepted papers will be invited to write about the effect of their research on the Internet & Software-Defined Networking policies and Future Directions in 800 -1000 words. The articles have to be in the scope of these newsletters.