2010 IEEE Workshop on Optical Wireless Communications (OWC)

In Conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2010




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Zhengyuan Xu (Chair)

University of California, Riverside, USA

Steve Hranilovic (Co-Chair)

McMaster University, Canada

Mohsen Kavehard (Co-Chair)

Pennyslvania State University, USA

TPC Members

Jean Armstrong

Monash University, Australia

Shlomi Arnon

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,


John Barry

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Maite Brandt-Pearce

University of Virginia, USA

Ioannis Broustis

Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Jeffrey Carruthers

Boston University, USA

Christopher Davis

University of Maryland, USA

Yangyu Fan

Northwestern Polytechnical University,


Zabih Ghassemlooy

Northumbia University, UK

Valencia Joyner

Tufts University, USA

Kamran Kiasaleh

University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Erich Leitgeb

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Guifang Li

University of Central Florida, USA

Jianhua Lu

Tsinghua University, China

Hussein Mouftah

University of Ottawa, Canada

Sajid Muhammad

National University of Computer and

Emerging Sciences, Pakistan

Dominic O’Brien

Oxford University, UK

Brian Sadler

Army Research Laboratory, USA

Murat Uysal

University of Waterloo, Canada

Shali Xiao

Chongqing University, China

Xuping Zhang

Nanjing University, China


As part of the IEEE Communications Society’s premier international conference GLOBECOM 2010, the 2010 IEEE Workshop on Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) will be held on 10 December 2010, in conjunction with the GLOBECOM in Miami, Florida, USA. Traditionally, OWC relies on high power solid-state infrared lasers for medium-to-long range optical communications. Recently there have been tremendous advances in light emitting diodes, laser diodes, and photodiodes in visible light and ultraviolet wavelengths. Those semiconductor optical devices provide huge potentials for short/medium range wireless communication applications at small size and low cost.


This workshop aims to bring together researchers and engineers in emerging wireless visible light (VL) and ultraviolet (UV) communications, in addition to infrared (IR) communications or free space optics (FSO). It will primarily focus on short-to-medium range optical wireless communications, from indoor to outdoor, from atmosphere to terrestrial and underwater. Topics of interest include, but are NOT limited to:

OWC Device and Link Level

- Communication component design and optical device characterization

- Optical source radiation safety in communication design

- Noise modeling for optical wireless systems

- Modeling and characterization of indoor diffused and reflected light beams

- Atmospheric scattering, absorption, and turbulent channel modeling

- Underwater optical channel modeling and link design

- Beam diverging and concentrating techniques

- Optical/Electrical transceiver design, optimization and integration

- Modulation, coding and detection techniques adaptive to device and link properties

- MIMO, diversity, imaging receiver and advanced signal processing techniques

- Other link performance enhancement techniques

- Pointing, acquisition and tracking in mobile scenarios

OWC System and Network Level

- VL and UV communication system design perspectives

- UV communication range/rate/BER performance tradeoffs

- New results of IR communication

- Link duplexing and channel access techniques

- Wavelength planning and spatial reuse

- Integration of lighting with VL communication (VLC)

- Centralized and distributed OWC network designs

- Coexistence and interoperability of VLC with other communication networks

OWC Applications

- Geolocation, navigation and sensor networks

- Mobile-to-infrastructure and mobile-to-mobile communication

- Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-traffic light communication

- Next generation wireless networks

- Mobile ad hoc networks

- Underwater communication and sensor networks

- Inter-satellite FSO links and deep space optical wireless

- Ground-to-air and air-to-air FSO links


Important Dates

- Submission due: July 11, 2010 (Sunday), at 23:59 EST (New York Time) (updated)

- Decision notification due: August 13, 2010 (Friday)

- Camera-ready and registration due: Aug 31, 2010 (Tuesday)

- Workshop date: December 10, 2010 (Friday)


Submission Guidelines

IEEE OWC Workshop accepts only novel, previously unpublished papers in the area of optical wireless communications. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit an IEEE conference style paper up to 5 pages to this workshop (including all text, figures, and references) through EDAS submission system (indirect link http://www.edas.info/ or direct link http://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=8702), but one additional page is allowed with additional publication fee. (If any problem during submission is encountered, please contact: dxu@ee.ucr.edu). An accepted paper must be registered before the registration deadline. An accepted paper must be presented at the workshop. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of the paper from the workshop proceedings and the program. All accepted and presented papers will be included in the IEEE GLOBECOM proceedings and IEEE digital library. GLOBECOM has the right to remove an accepted and registered but not presented paper from the IEEE digital library.