IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
31 August-3 September 2020 // Virtual Conference

W01: Workshop on 5G Mobile Communication System for Smart Factories (5G Smart Factories)


5th generation of mobile communication system (5G) is emerging as a disruptive technology across various vertical industries. In particular, in the field of industrial automation and manufacturing, 5G is believed to play a central role in realizing the vision of smart factories of the future, where a high level of programmability, flexibility and customization in the manufacturing is expected. 5G can transform the way manufacturing systems are realized and operated through providing real-time, reliable and secure communication services among the machines and their subsystems (a.k.a. Industrial IoT, and Industry 4.0).

The objective of this workshop is to bring together technical experts and researchers from industry and academia to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the realization and operation of 5G-enabled smart factories.
Topics of interests for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

• Novel use cases of 5G-enabled smart factories and corresponding requirements and KPIs going beyond current 5G standards
• Architectures, protocols and algorithms for 5G realizations in support of smart factory requirements
• Deployment models and operation models of 5G in industrial manufacturing environments
• Security and safety aspects of 5G-enabled smart factories
• Non-public (private) 5G networks for factory automation
• Coexistence of private and public 5G networks
• Integration of 5G into manufacturing IT system
• Integration with industrial Ethernet and TSN
• 5G-based timing and positioning in smart factories
• Standardization-relevant topics
• Evaluation results of relevant proof of concepts (PoCs) and lessons learned
• Radio propagation models in smart factories
• 5G Network management and automation optimized for smart manufacturing scenarios
• Analysis of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Return of Investment (RoI) and corresponding business models


Invited Talk

Dr. Oliver Kleineberg, Global CTO Industrial Networking at Belden

Live (Remote) Demonstration on “5G for Manufacturing”

Niels Koenig, Fraunhofer IPT

Technical presentations

  • Qinwei He, Paul Zheng, Yao Zhu, Yulin Hu, Anke Schmeink, “Multi-Device Low-Latency Internet of Things Networks with Blind Retransmissions in the Finite Blocklength Regime”
  • Haji Muhammad Furqan, Jehad Hamamreh, Huseyin Arslan, “Secure and Reliable IoT Communications Using Nonorthogonal Signals’ Superposition with Dual-Transmission”
  • Muhammad Mohtasim Sajjad, Dhammika Jayalath, Yu-Chu Tian, Carlos J. Bernardos, “On Session Continuation Among Slices for Inter-Slice Mobility Support in 3GPP Service-based Architecture”
  • Raphael Kiesel, Robert Schmitt, “Requirements for Economic Analysis of 5G Technology Implementation in Smart Factories from End-User Perspective”
  • Géza Szabó, József Pető, Levente Németh, Attila Vidács, “Information Gain Regulation in Reinforcement Learning with the Digital Twins’ Level of Realism”
  • Pierre Kehl, Dirk Lange, Felix Maurer, Gábor Németh, Daniel Overbeck, Sven Jung, Niels König, Robert Schmitt, “Comparison of 5G Enabled Control Loops for Production”
  • Sarah S. Schmitt, Praveen Mohanram, Roberto Padovani, Niels König, Sven Jung, Robert Schmitt, “Meeting the Requirements of Industrial Production with a Versatile Multi-Sensor Platform Based on 5G Communication”

Panel Discussion

5G for Smart Manufacturing


Dr. Ahmad Rostami

Panel Members

Dr. Gunther May
Head of Technology and Innovation, Business Unit Automation and Electrification, Bosch Rexroth AG

Ronan Le Bras 
Head of IoT & Wireless Networks, Specialised Radio Networks, Orange

Dr. Afif Osseiran
Director Industry Engagements & Research, Ericsson Research

Linus Thrybom
Manager of the Industrial Networks and Control, ABB Corporate Research

Prof. James Gross
KTH Royal Institute of Technology


  • Ahmad Rostami, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany,
  • Joachim Sachs, Ericsson AB, Sweden,
  • Dhruvin Patel, Ericsson GmbH, Germany,

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