Workshop on "Last-mile" Challenges and Standardization Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure

Workshop Date: Monday, 7th January 2019


The world is undergoing an unprecedented pace of urbanization; and if present trends continue, the world urban population will rise at a phenomenal rate in the next ew years. This rapid scale of urbanization will need smarter, sustainable cities based on smart infrastructure that are able to effectively and efficiently manage city utilities and services for its citizens.

Electric grids, water distribution systems, transportation systems, communication infrastructure, waste treatment plants, commercial buildings, hospitals, homes and education centers are existing vital facilities and infrastructure components that shape the liveability standard of a city. In the future, newer infrastructures and services will also bring benefits and create opportunities of added value to its citizens. An efficient and effective management of these existing and new city-wide systems’ requires digital transformation ​and harmonization ​of its traditional infrastructure.


The 2nd edition of LastMileS workshop, ​held in conjunction with ​COMSNETS 2019, is a cross-cutting forum where technology, techno-commercial and governance aspects will converge under the overarching theme of “Last-mile Challenges and Standardization Opportunities in Smart Infrastructure​”. LastMileS will bring together researchers, practitioners, smart-city stakeholders and thought-leaders, in a collaborative discussion mode, to present their latest innovations in the area of an appropriate “last-mile” communication, networking, and data transfer framework; with a deep focus on enabling digital transformation and harmonization of smart infrastructure to help bring down the CAPEX and OPEX in the upcoming smart cities deployments around the world.

The workshop format will include invited talks and peer-reviewed paper presentations. Hence, we welcome submissions that provide a systems approach to smart infrastructure; which address the complex interplay of various technical aspects within the “last-mile” service delivery purview at large scale​. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on experimental results of deployed systems, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, and innovative applications; with a clear focus on standardization elements.

Topics of interest include, and are strictly limited to:

  • Practical experiences from “large-scale, city-wide” deployments, measurements, case studies and applications

  • System design/architectural nuances and best practices for “large-scale city-wide” deployments

  • Interoperability and harmonization challenges in “large-scale city-wide” systems, and standardization models

  • “Last-mile” system (i.e., device, network, topology, data, configuration, mobility, and fault) management and troubleshooting at “large-scale”

  • Programming and debugging methodologies at “large-scale”

  • Dependability, adaptation, intermittency, and assembly methodologies at “large-scale”

  • Trust, security, privacy, and authentication methodologies at “large-scale”

  • Energy harvesting/scavenging methodologies and best practices for “decade long” operational life-time

  • Middleware design methodologies for “large-scale” systems

  • Edge-driven computing models and light-weight virtualization for heterogeneous data traffic and QoS requirements

Two types of submissions are solicited:

  • Full papers: ​Maximum length of 6 pages, including title, author list, abstract, all figures, tables, and references. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper.

  • Vision abstracts: Extended abstract that offers a future vision for a research and standardization direction in this space, of maximum length of 3 pages. The abstract should include title, author list, narrative (the vision statement), and references. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the workshop and participate in a future visions session. The session will include short talks by author of accepted abstracts, followed by discussion.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Keynote Speaker

Invited Speaker
Niraj Nanavaty

Niraj Nanavaty

Nokia, India

Subhas Mondal

Subhas Mondal

Wipro, India

Abhijan Bhattacharyya

Abhijan Bhattacharyya

TCS R&I, India

Krishna M Kumar

Krishna M Kumar

Huawei, India

Sanil Kumar

Sanil Kumar

Huawei, India

Abhijit Lele

Abhijit Lele

Robert Bosch, India

Bighnaraj Panigrahi

Bighnaraj Panigrahi

TCS R&I, India

Khanjan Desai

Khanjan Desai

TCS R&I, India

Kishor Narang

Kishor Narang

Narnix Technolabs, India

Panel Discussion

Title: Standardization and Deployment Challenges in Last-mile Systems for Emerging Markets

Jishnu Aravindakshan

Jishnu Aravindakshan

Tejas Networks, India

Amarjeet Kumar

Amarjeet Kumar

ProCubed Inc., India

Amit Kumar Saha

Amit Kumar Saha

CISCO, India

Himanshu Tyagi

Himanshu Tyagi

IISc Bangalore, India




09:00 - 09:15

LastMileS Workshop Opening
Workshop Chairs

Session - 1: Curtain Raiser

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote - 1: AI, 5G and Last-mile Solutions
Satish Jamadagni (Reliance Jio, India)

10:00 - 10:30

Invited Talk - 1: 5G for "Last-mile" and Last Few Meters Access
Niraj Nanavaty (Nokia, India)

10:30 - 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 2: Research Outcomes

11:00 - 11:30

Invited Talk - 2: Cognitive Automation in 5G
Subhas Mondal (Wipro, India)

11:30 - 11:45

Paper - 1: E-healthcare Delivery Solution
Himadri Roy, Priyata Mukhopadhyay, Nandini Mukherjee (Jadavpur University, India)

11:45 - 12:00

Paper - 2: Delay-sensitive Wireless Relaying in Multi-Robot Indoor Networks
Bighnaraj Panigrahi, Sipra Behera, Samar Shailendra, Hemant Kumar Rath, Arpan Pal (TCS R&I, India)

12:00 - 12:15

Paper - 3: RSS Characterization in Wireless Heterogeneous Network
Rahul Agrahari, Rakesh Mishra (Feroze Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology, India)

12:15 - 12:30

Paper - 4: Design considerations for Packet Re-transmission in LoRaWAN Deployments
Anitha Varghese, Deepaknath Tandur, Sameer Chouksey (ABB Corporate Research, India);
Dacfey Dzung (ABB Switzerland Ltd. & Corporate Research, Switzerland)

12:30 - 13:00

Invited Talk - 3: Understanding and Addressing the Issues in Internet's Last Leg: Demonstrating a Practical Top-down Approach
 Abhijan Bhattacharyya (TCS R&I, India)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Session - 3: Technology Deep Dive

14:00 - 14:30

Pamela Kumar (TSDSI, India)

14:30 - 14:50

Invited Talk - 4.1: Information-centric Networking: A Deep Dive
Bighnaraj Panigrahi, Khanjan Desai (TCS R&I, India)

14:50 - 15:10

Invited Talk - 4.2: Information-centric Networking: A Deep Dive
Bighnaraj Panigrahi, Khanjan Desai (TCS R&I, India)

15:10 - 15:30

Invited Talk - 5.1: Edge Computing Architecture and Open Source Platforms Demystified !*
Krishna M. Kumar, Sanil Kumar (Huawei, India)

15:30 - 16:00

Tea/Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:20

Invited Talk - 5.2: Edge Computing Architecture and Open Source Platforms Demystified !*
Krishna M. Kumar, Sanil Kumar (Huawei, India)

Session - 4: New Perspectives

16:20 - 16:45

Invited Talk - 6: Electrification & Digitization of the Last Mile: A Game Changer or Technology’s False Hope?
Abhijit Lele (Robert Bosch, India)

16:45 - 17:00

Invited Talk - 7: Nation Standardization Strategy & Roadmap in the most Heterogenous Paradigm of Last Mile Communication
Kishor Narang (Narnix Technolabs, India)

17:00 - 17:45

Panel : Standardization and Deployment Challenges in Last-mile Systems for Emerging Markets
 1. Jishnu Aravindakshan (Tejas Networks, Bangalore)
2. Amarjeet Kumar (Procubed Inc., India)
3. Amit Saha (CISCO, India)
 4. Himanshu Tyagi (IISc Bangalore, India)

17:45 - 18:00

LastMileS Workshop Closure
Workshop Chairs

Submission Guidelines
  • LastMileS invites submission of original work not previously published, or under review at another conference or journal.

  • Submissions (including title, author list, abstract, all figures, tables, and references) must be no greater than 6 pages in length for Full papers​, and must be no greater than 3 pages in length for Vision abstracts​. A minimum number of 3 pages are required.

  • Reviews will be single-blind​: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission.

  • Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines as given on IEEE Website; and those that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed.

  • All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the LastMileS workshop submission site on EDAS.

  • All workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) will appear in conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Papers can be submitted through EDAS : Click Here

Important Deadlines
Submission Due 12th November 2018, 11:59 pm AoE
Notification of Acceptance 30th November 2018
Camera Ready Due 14th December 2018
Mock Presentation 17th-21st December 2018
Workshop 7th January 2019

TPC Members
  1. Ashwin Ashok, Georgia State University, USA
  2. Nirupama Bulusu, Portland State University, USA
  3. Sam Darshi, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India
  4. Chamath Keppitiyagama, University of Colombo , Sri Lanka
  5. Chinmoy Kundu, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  6. Kai Li, CISTER, Portugal
  7. D. Manjunath, IIT Mumbai, India
  8. Aashish Mathur, IIT Varanasi, India
  9. Bighnaraj Panigrahi, TCS (R&I) Bangalore, India
  10. Bharat Rawal, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  11. Ramona Trestian, Middlesex University, UK

LastMileS Workshop Co-Chairs
Prasant Misra

Prasant Misra

TCS Research & Innovation, India

Samar Shailendra

Samar Shailendra

TCS Research & Innovation, India