Important Dates

ITC Conference
Paper registration:
Feb. 1, 2012 (ext. to Mar. 5)
Submission deadline:
Feb. 6, 2012 (ext. to Mar. 5)
Acceptance notification:
May 18, 2012
Camera-ready version:
June 8, 2012
Conference: Sep 4-7, 2012

Telecom Economics, Engineering and Policy Workshop
Submission deadline:
May 18, 2012 (ext. to May 28)
Acceptance notification:
June 15, 2012
Final version:
June 25, 2012
September 3, 2012

International Workshop on Self-managing and Autonomous Networks
Submission deadline:
May 4, 2012 (ext. to May 18)
Acceptance notification:
June 8, 2012
Final version:
June 25, 2012
September 3, 2012


Ruby Sponsors

Gold sponsors


Technical Co-Sponsors

EuroNF - Network of Excellence

In cooperation with ACM/SIGCOMM

ACM In Cooperation

International Workshop on 
Machine-to-Machine Communication: Applications, Requirements, and Challenges for Future Networks

M2M-Challenge 2012
Workshop cancelled


Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication refers to the continuously increasing number of networked devices/machines which communicate autonomously and independently from human interaction. The term M2M comprises communication from embedded devices in variety of sectors, such as in industry, healthcare, logistics, transportations, security, and in IT/networks. Additionally, the rise of smart phones leads to an increasing share of autonomous communication by networked apps and cloud applications. M2M communication is the enabling technology for the future Internet of Things (IoT).

The potentials, but also the challenges of M2M communication originate of its highly diverse use cases, applications and services. To exploit this potential, the network infrastructure must support the efficient transport of a huge number of connections with different requirements on QoS and bandwidth. The broad ranges of different applications which are utilizing M2M communications constitute a challenge for the development and standardization of efficient transport mechanisms, especially for tightly managed cellular networks such as 3GPP LTE, UMTS, and WiMAX.

The characterization and modeling of M2M applications in terms of technical and QoS requirements, as well as in terms of traffic patterns is fundamental for a deeper understanding of the impact on communication networks. These insights open a wide research area for future M2M communications, including investigations on scalability, wide-area coverage, energy-efficiency, spectral-efficiency, cost-efficiency, heterogeneity, cooperation, and security.


Invited Talk

It is a pleasure to announce that Fiona Williams (Research Director, Ericsson GmbH, Eurolab R & D) will give an invited talk on “Communications for Smart Energy - a growing challenge!

In addition, a demo on "The OpenMTC vision" offering M2M solutions for smart cities and the Internet of Things will be given by by Fraunhofer FOKUS and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB).

Scope of the Workshop

The scope of the workshop is on requirements, modeling, simulation and analysis of M2M applications, M2M communication systems, novel transportation techniques and emerging standards. The workshop is co-located with the 24th International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 2012).

We especially encourage contributions from appliances industry, smart grid providers and further consumers of M2M communications in order to gain insight into the various requirements on M2M communications from different sectors.

List of Topics:

  • M2M applications and their requirements on communication networks
  • Challenges of M2M on the network infrastructure, devices and architectures
  • Smart energy (meter and grid) communication and requirements
  • Traffic characterization and models of M2M communications
  • Autonomous mobile cloud applications
  • Challenges of Internet of Things
  • M2M system and network improvements for wireless communication
  • LTE RAN and EPC system improvements for MTC
  • Current trends related to M2M in network standardization bodies, such as 3GPP, IEEE and ETSI
  • Energy-efficient M2M devices
  • Robustness and reliability enhancements for M2M
  • Device and network models for M2M
  • Energy models for M2M
  • Novel wireless networking approaches for M2M applications
  • Regulatory issues and spectrum management for M2M/IoT communications
  • Energy efficiency of M2M devices and M2M-enhanced communication networks
  • Novel M2M applications and services

Paper Submission

We invite submissions of technical papers, position papers, and case studies relevant to the workshop. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

A special industry track is available for papers which contribute new challenges, requirements and applications from consumer M2M communication in the industry. The industry papers should be between 4 and 8 pages.

Authors should prepare a PDF version of their paper not exceeding 8 double-column pages in IEEE conference format with a font size not smaller than 10 points. Please submit the full paper for consideration to this workshop via EDAS:

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. In case of an acceptance, the final and camera-ready version has to take into account comments of reviewers and needs to follow the template’s requirements. Submission implies that, if accepted, the author(s) agree to publish in the proceedings and also that an author of the paper will register and present it at the workshop. Presentations are planned to include a 20 min talk maximum and a 10 min discussion. All accepted contributions will appear as full papers in the ITC conference proceedings and require a registration of at least one co-author as workshop participant before the deadline.

Accepted papers will be made available in the ACM Digital Library.


The registration and payment issues will be managed by the organization of ITC 2012. The registration deadline of the workshop is set to June 29, 2012.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: May 4, 2012 (extended to May 21)

  • Notification: June 8, 2012

  • Camera-ready: June 25, 2012

  • Workshop: September 3, 2012

Workshop organizers

Dr. Tobias Hossfeld, University of Würzburg
Dr. Andreas Maeder, NEC Laboratories Europe
Prosper Chemouil, Orange Labs, France (Co-Chair)
Kohei Shiomoto, NTT Labs, Japan (Co-Chair)
Klaus Kohrt, ITG-WG 5.2.4, Germany (Publicity Chair)

Technical Program Commitee

Anett Schuelke, NEC Laboratories Europe
Phuoc Tran-Gia, University of Wuerzburg
Christian Wietfeld, University of Dortmund
Joachim Sachs, Ericsson Research
Stephan Haller, SAP Research 
Sebastian Lehnhoff, University of Oldenburg
Catherine Rosenberg, Waterloo University
Klaus Kohrt, ITG-WG 5.2.4, Germany
Kolja Eger, Siemens AG
Thomas Magedanz, TU Berlin/Fraunhofer FOKUS
Barbara Staehle, Fraunhofer IIS
Hitoshi Ueno, Fujitsu
Takeshi Kitahara, KDDI R&D Labs
György Dan, KTH Stockholm
Hans Van den Berg, TNO and University of Twente
Tetsuya Yokotani, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation