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Second IEEE International Workshop on Localization and Tracking: Indoors, Outdoors, and Emerging Networks (IEEE LION)


  • The LION Workshop will be organized again at GLOBECOM 2016, to be held in Washington DC, 4 - 8 Dec. 2016
  • The Workshop date will be Dec. 4, 2016.
  • Submission deadline is July 15 (passed!).

About the Workshop

Localization and tracking technologies for portable devices use a wide variety of networks including cellular, satellite, and WiFi, and are critical for a wide range of applications such as navigation, E911 response, location-based services, location-dependent advertising, and location-based smartphone apps. Technologies for these “conventional” use cases will continue to advance as a result of improved algorithms, better fusion of multiple tracking modes, new network architectures, and improved sensor technologies. In addition, a number of recent events and trends will likely drive changes in the goals of tracking and localization research:

  • Internet of Everything. Wireless service providers are currently developing services for generating revenue from the upcoming influx of connected objects known as the Internet of Things. Compared to the tracking of mobile phones, tracking for IoT could have significantly different requirements regarding scalability, accuracy, and latency, and more stringent constraints on the complexity and energy resources at the device.
  • Emerging Cellular Paradigms (5G and Heterogeneous Networks). Standardization for the fifth generation of 3GPP cellular networks is just starting, so 2016 will be an active year for discussing new features and capabilities of these networks. Whereas previous cellular networks were optimized for communication, there is an opportunity to optimize 5G networks jointly for both communication and localization.
  • Three-Dimensional Indoor Localization. Because the majority of emergency 911 calls are made from cellular phones, the US Federal Communications Commission has recently proposed adding a provision for vertical localization so that first responders can identify the caller’s floor level. This requirement would pose significant challenges because the proposed vertical resolution of just a couple meters is an order of magnitude more stringent than the required horizontal resolution of tens of meters.

The workshop aims to attract recent work in all areas of localization, with an emphasis on the recent trends listed above. Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Channel measurements and fundamental theory
  • Techniques for indoor localization
  • Techniques for outdoor localization
  • Techniques for wide-area RF networks including satellite and cellular.
  • Techniques for short-range RF networks including WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Non-RF techniques, including visual-based tracking
  • Collaborative localization
  • Fusion of multiple localization modes
  • System design for vertical solutions including healthcare and asset tracking
  • Prototypes and implementation

Venue, Date

The workshop will be co-located with IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 in Washington, DC, USA (http://globecom2016.ieee-globecom.org/), one of the two flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). It is planned as a full-day event, scheduled for Dec. 4, 2015. (conference program: http://globecom2016.ieee-globecom.org/program)


Registration information for the workshop can be found through the GLOBECOM website: http://globecom2016.ieee-globecom.org/registration

Important dates

July 15, 2016, submission deadline
Sept. 1, 2016, notification deadline
Oct. 1, 2016, camera ready
Dec. 4, 2016, workshop date

Paper submissions

Paper submissions are handled using EDAS. Please follow this link to submit your paper to the second LION Workshop: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22551.

Papers will appear in IEEE Explore under "IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps) 2016".

Call for papers in PDF

Click here to download the CFP. (*.pdf)

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