IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
22-25 October 2018 // Seoul // South Korea


The explosive growth in demand for wireless services has motivated the development of new and innovative approaches that enable more efficient use of the sub-6 GHz spectrum and exploration of higher frequency spectrum, including the mmWave bands. In the sub-6 GHz spectrum, most of the focus has shifted towards maximizing spectrum utilization efficiency and enabling the coexistence of heterogeneous wireless technologies. These ongoing efforts have resulted in new technologies, such as database-driven dynamic spectrum licensing, LTE-License Assisted Access (LAA), and MulteFire. The emergence of new technologies and applications --- such as Internet-of-Things (IoT), connected and autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and smart cities --- is expected to create an ever-growing demand for access to spectrum for the foreseeable future. Reliable and efficient access to the radio spectrum is a critical enabler for those emerging technologies and applications, and meeting their spectrum needs will require technological breakthroughs as well as spectrum policy innovations.  
IEEE DySPAN is the premier conference to discuss, publish, and present recent advancements regarding those and other challenges in wireless technologies, spectrum policies, and related business models.  IEEE DySPAN 2018, like its predecessors, is a unique symposium that gathers industry, academia, and regulatory communities, and facilitates crucial discussions at the intersection of these communities.  In addition to program tracks for technology and policy papers, the conference will host system demonstrations, panels, workshops and tutorials.  The conference will also host several keynote sessions given by leaders of the technology and policy communities.

For 2018, DySPAN comes back to Asia, and will be held in the beautiful and bustling capital of South Korea, Seoul.  This is an opportune location for DySPAN, as Korea is also the home of the 2018 Olympic Winter games, which will be a proving ground for 5G technologies and services.  Multiple industry stakeholders are working together at a feverish pace to deploy the world largest 5G pilot service at these Winter Olympics.

The DySPAN program committee seeks original and unpublished work not currently under review by other technical journals/magazines/conferences.  In addition to the technology and policy subjects outlined below, we particularly welcome interdisciplinary teams to present work at the intersection of technology and policy .

DySPAN 2018 solicits three types of papers -- namely, full, short, and demo papers, in both technical and policy areas.  Full papers, not exceeding 10 pages, should present full-fledged research findings with a solid evaluation of the findings, while short papers, not exceeding 5 pages, are expected to present thought-provoking ideas and promising (preliminary) results that support those ideas.  Demo papers, not exceeding 2 pages, should describe the proposed demo along with a brief explanation of the demo setting. 

Important Dates

•   Full paper submission deadline: May 1, 2018 → May 21, 2018 (firm)
•    Short and demo paper submission deadline:  May 15, 2018 May 31, 2018 (firm) 
•    Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2018 → July 21, 2018
•    Camera-ready submission: August 15, 2018

Technology Program Topics

•    Spectrum measurements and models
•    Interference metrics and measurements
•    Security and privacy issues in spectrum access and management
•    Experimental prototypes and results from trials
•    New spectrum sharing models
•    Licensed shared access
•    Information-theoretic aspects of spectrum sharing
•    Energy-efficient dynamic spectrum access (DSA)
•    MAC and routing protocols for DSA
•    Wireless hardware architectures and implementation
•    Context-awareness in DSA (e.g., CBRS, LTE-LAA, LSA)
•    DSA and/or spectrum sharing in mmWave spectrum
•    Spectrum management for the Internet of Things (IoT)
•    Licensed shared access and secondary use of government spectrum bands
•    RF energy harvesting in dynamic spectrum access regimes
•    Low-power DSA
•    DSA testbed results
•    Application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to spectrum access and management 
•    Geolocation databases for dynamic spectrum access and sharing
•    Spectrum access and management for emerging technologies (e.g., autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), smart cities, etc.)
•    Coexistence of heterogeneous technologies in the same spectrum (e.g. WiFi and LTE).

Policy Program Topics

•    Business models and pricing for dynamic spectrum access
•    Market and regulatory approaches and trends to facilitate secondary spectrum access and usage
•    Market and regulatory approaches to enabling DSA
•    Software regulation/standardization and equipment certification
•    Industry and government roles in enabling dynamic spectrum access
•    Dynamic spectrum auctions and economics with focus on incentive auctions
•    Spectrum etiquettes and coexistence models
•    Spectrum sharing vs infrastructure sharing
•    Implications of cloud RAN systems
•    Defining/enforcing rights and responsibilities of spectrum licensees and easement
•    Standardization of DSA technology


Paper Submission Format

Authors will need to follow the IEEE conference paper style. Details about the format can be found here:

The maximum page limits for full, short, and demo papers are 10, 5, and 2 pages, respectively, including references and appendices.
To submit your paper, visit the following link:


Review Process (Full, Short, and Demo Papers)

Papers (except for demo papers) submitted to IEEE DySPAN 2018 will follow a double-blind review process. This means that authors of the submitted papers will need to remove all information revealing their identity (this includes author names, affiliations, references to citations that imply the work was previously done by the author(s), and references to sponsoring agencies). 


Best Paper Awards and Journal Special Issue

Full papers are considered for best paper awards and journal special issue invitation as follows. Two Best Paper Awards, each from the technology and policy programs, will be presented based on the evaluation of the technical program committee. Extended versions of selected full papers will be also invited for fast track review and possible publication in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN).