WS3: Incorporating physical layer security in 6G security protocols

Paper Submission: 30 June 2022
Notification: 30 July 2022
Camera Ready and Registration: 30 August 2022

Authors of accepted papers may choose to present in-person or virtually.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE Future Networks World Forum 2022 Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore.

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Sixth generation (6G) systems will be required to meet diverse constraints in an integrated ground-air-space global network. In particular, meeting overly aggressive latency constraints, operating in massive connectivity regimes, with low energy footprint and low computational effort, while providing explicit security guarantees, can be challenging. In addition, the extensive introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and the rapid advances in quantum computing are further developments that will increase the attack surface of 6G systems. Quite importantly, the massive scale deployment of low-end Internet of things (IoT) nodes, often produced following non-homogeneous production processes, and, importantly, with expected lifespans exceeding 10 years, poses pressing questions with respect to the conceptualization of the overall security architecture. In this setting, quality of security (QoSec) is envisioned as a flexible security framework for future networks with highly diverse non-functional requirements. In parallel, the integration of communications and sensing, along with embedded (on-device) AI, can provide the foundations for building autonomous and adaptive security controls, dabbed as context-aware security. It is in this framework that we envision the incorporation of physical layer security (PLS) schemes in 6G security protocols, introducing security controls at all layers, for the first time. This exciting prospect does not come, however, without challenges. Despite intense research interest in PLS for more than two decades, it’s incorporation in actual security products remains rather elusive, with a few exceptions in terms of RF fingerprinting ( and multi-factor authentication ( The proposed workshop aims at closing the gap between theory and practice in PLS and will focus on proposals for PLS primitives and schemes with explicit security guarantees.



Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • PLS in the quality of security framework (QoSec)
  • PLS in the VLC, intelligent reflective surfaces (IRSs)
  • Physical-layer authentication, high precision localization and fingerprinting
  • Joint secure communication and sensing and interplay with PLS
  • AI/ML enabled PLS, context aware PLS
  • Advances in wiretap and reconciliation coding
  • Security maps and PLS with explicit security guarantees
  • Active attacks in mmWave and SubTHz wiretap links
  • Device pairing and challenge-response authentication at PHY
  • Latency constrained PLS
  • Hybrid PLS-cryptographic schemes
  • Demonstrators and use cases of PLS for 6G
  • Privacy solutions at the physical layer
  • Semantics-aware secrecy



Arsenia Chorti, ETIS UMR 8051, CY University, ENSEA, CNRS & ETIS, France,
Stefano Tomasin, University of Padova, Italy,
Nikolaos Pappas, Linköping University, Sweden,
Parthajit Mohapatra, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati, India,
Eman Hammad, University of Toronto, Canada,
Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA,