Call For Papers

5G networks are expected to support massive user connections and the exponentially increasing wireless services, which makes information security unprecedentedly important. Physical layer (PHY) security exploits the intrinsic characteristics of wireless channels, such as noise, fading, and interference, to degrade the received signal qualities at the malicious users. In this manner, information leakage can be prohibited even though upper-layer encryption is not applied. PHY security can realize adaptive signal design based on real-time channel conditions, thereby providing flexible security levels. Moreover, PHY security techniques match the features of 5G networks well. The adoptions of massive MIMO and high-frequency communications in 5G bring in new opportunities for the development of PHY security strategies. Specifically, the employment of massive MIMO greatly enriches the spatial resolution of wireless channels and offers additional spatial resources to combat eavesdropping; abundant spectra within the high frequency band provide favorable conditions for physical-layer secret key generation. Therefore, the applications of PHY security techniques to 5G networks is a promising security provisioning solution. Moreover, it would be more advantageous by combining PHY and upper layer security techniques via cross-layer design. Some interesting topics include PHY-authentication, CSI-based secret key generation and encryption, anti-eavesdropping cross-layer resource allocation, content-aware signal design and secure transmission, etc.

This workshop is dedicated to cover the recent advances in PHY and cross-layer security techniques for 5G wireless networks. The topics of this workshop include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Information-theoretic fundamentals for PHY and cross-layer security techniques
  • PHY authentication techniques in 5G
  • CSI-based key generation and encryption algorithms
  • Secure transmissions in massive MIMO and millimeter wave systems
  • Advanced coding techniques for security in 5G
  • Low complexity signal design toward enhanced security
  • Security threats and countermeasures in full-duplex communications
  • Secure massive access techniques in IoT applications
  • PHY and cross-layer design for secure multimedia delivery in 5G
  • Security provisioning for NOMA
  • Security-throughput-delay tradeoff analysis for PHY security strategies
  • Testbed development for the evaluation of PHY and cross-layer security solutions
This workshop accepts only novel, previously unpublished papers. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a 6-page IEEE conference style paper (including all text, figures, tables, and references) through EDAS submission system ( The timetable is as follows:
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 1 July, 2017
  • Acceptance Notification: 1 September, 2017
  • Final Version: 1 October, 2017
  • Workshop Date: 4 December, 2017