6G and NTN: Challenges and Solutions Contest

6G and NTN: Challenges and Solutions Contest

Contest is open to residents of the United States of America and other countries, where permitted by local law, who are the age from twenty (20) to thirty-five (35).

The first author of each submitted paper should be a full-time undergraduate/graduate student at the time of submission, a Ph.D. student, or have received his/her Ph.D. in 2021, 2022, or 2023.

Entry Period:  October 13, 2023 to October 27, 2023, at time 23:59 PST 

How To Enter: Submissions will be collected though EDAS - link to be posted at start of entry period

The applicant has to submit an innovative idea in the field of 6G Satellite Systems and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) in the form of a short paper according to the IEEE Conference template.

The required paper length is up to 5 pages, double column (Times New Roman, 12-pt font size, and 20-pica column width), including references, tables, and figures of results. The submitted manuscript should not exceed 5000 words (including title, authors' names/info, abstract, body (introduction to conclusion), figures, tables, captions, footnotes, acknowledgments, and references).

The paper should cover one or more of the following topics:

  • Satellite 6G and NTN architectures (including functional splits and relation with Open-RAN)
  • Satellite IoT and multi-layer NTN architectures
  • Optical wireless communications, including inter-satellite links
  • Routing in 3D multi-orbit NTN systems
  • AI for optimization
  • Edge computing
  • Security via satellite
  • Quantum communications via satellite
  • Standardization and regulation activity (3GPP, ETSI, IEEE, CCSDS, ITU, WRC).
  • Satellite signal processing, waveform design, and link-layer optimization
  • PHY layer co-existence and interference handling in NTN

There is a limit of max one paper submission (entry) per person.

Prize: The top three (3) submissions will receive a prize. Prize amounts will be:

  • $500 First Prize 
  • $300 Second Prize
  • $200 Third Prize

The top three prize winners will be invited to present their paper on an IEEE Future Networks webinar during December 2023. They will also be invited to submit their paper to the IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus publication. 

Official rules will be posted shortly

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