Call for Papers


As concerns about climate change, rising fossil fuel prices and energy security increase, companies and governments around the world are committing great efforts to develop new technologies for the green strategies addressing climate change globally and facilitating low greenhouse gas (GHG) development. Currently, the GHG emissions produced by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry alone are said to be equivalent to the GHG emissions of the entire aviation industry. It is estimated that one small computer server generates as much GHG as a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Furthermore, with the increasing demand for higher data rates, the energy consumption for the ICT industry is increasing by 16‐20% per year, and the energy costs for mobile network operators can already be as high as half of their annual operating budgets. Since the GHG footprint of the ICT sector is dominated by electricity consumption, an obvious way to reduce emissions is to focus on efficient energy consumption and use as much electricity from renewable sources as possible. In addition, the role of green communications and networking technologies includes not only the emission reduction and energy savings in products and services, but also enabling low GHG emissions in other industries, such as electric power. Indeed, networks are crucial technologies for a smart power grid, which monitors, protects and optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements from end to end, with two-way flow of electricity and information to create an automated and distributed energy delivery network.

This Workshop on "Green Communications and Networking" provides a forum for discussions of all these most recent developments and brings together industry and academia, engineers and researchers. The Workshop is in conjunction with IEEE ICC'2012 conference ( ), and it is in-cooperation with the Technical Subcommittee on Green Communications and Computing, IEEE Communications Society.

The workshop will address all issues related to green communications and networking, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Trends and challenges of achieving low energy consumption and low GHG emission
  • Energy efficiency and GHG emission metrics and measurements in communication networks
  • Communication networks for smart grids
  • Regulation and standardization
  • Energy efficient hardware, devices and designs
  • Coordinated power and GHG emission control for network-wide optimization
  • QoS provisioning and resource management in green radio networks
  • MAC, routing and transport protocols for green communication networks
  • Cross-layer optimization of green communication networks
  • End-to-end modeling and performance of green communication networks
  • Pricing and billing for green communication devices and services
  • Green 3G/4G/5G, wireless wide area infrastructures, short range networks, mesh topologies
  • Security of green communication networks
  • Signal processing for green communication networks
  • Information theory for green communication networks
  • Cooperative theory, game theory and causal reasoning for green communication networks
  • Interdisciplinary research for green communication networks
  • Standards, policy and regulation for green communication networks
  • Experimental test-beds and results

Contribution format

The authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development. All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of five (5) printed pages (10-point font) including figures. Submissions longer than 5 pages will not be considered.

Paper submission

o   Full Paper Submission: Jan. 7, 2012
o   Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 6, 2012
o   Camera-ready version + Author Registration: Feb. 29, 2012