WS4: Workshop on Autonomic/Autonomous Networking and Autonomy in Future Networks, Interoperability & APIs, Progress & Open Challenges in Standards

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Future Networks in B5G and 6G will continue to expand in scale, complexity and interconnectivity, and will be highly shaped by distributed systems that serve various use cases like mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications) and URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications). This will be coupled with an increasing demand for autonomy in self-organization and self-management, automation and interoperability on a very dynamic flexible basis. Systems-of-systems architectures will become more relevant as multiple autonomous/semi-autonomous systems adaptively seek to operate and interact with their peers. Customized behavioral and workflow modelling for each useC2 General case per customer/user is already gaining importance across functional and non-functional domains such as Security, QoS, Mobility, Resilience and Survivability, etc. Research on autonomous systems and autonomic networks recognizes the benefits to interacting with other systems when needed and should explore frameworks that will enable this dynamic interactivity under the emerging concept of Federation of Autonomic/Autonomous networks (ANs). The use of Federation and in some cases Governance interfaces and mechanisms is a promising technology for interconnecting systems, innovation and service delivery by the federating systems and allowing asset sharing and extending traditional eco-systems and value-chains with further resources and stakeholders (including new ones that were never involved in the traditional ICT ecosystems but should now be involved in 5G and 6G ecosystems). Interconnecting stakeholders, subsystems, and frameworks is and will remain a key enabler in future B5G and 6G use cases.


Any frameworks for Autonomic/Autonomous Networking and Autonomy in Future Networks, that could enable such interoperability will need to address the critical issues of resilience, security and reliability, and should employ operational interfaces and metrics (APIs, SLAs/KPIs) to support such objectives.

This workshop aims to invite contributions that explore how to enable effective, reliable and scalable adaptive interoperability while balancing degrees of autonomy in Future Networks of B5G/6G. This workshop plans to focus on topics including but not limited to:

  • Unified Data APIs for Universal interoperability
  • Autonomic/Autonomous Networks (ANs) in B5G/6G and Degrees of Autonomy in the Evolution of ANs
  • Cognitive Security Management and Control and Behavioral/Workflow Modelling of Security in B5G/6G
  • Slicing, End-to-End Service Provisioning, Assurance, and Modelling
  • Governance and Federation Interfaces and associated APIs for Autonomic/Autonomous Networks (ANs) in 5G and Beyond
  • Uses Cases and Application of ETSI GANA Multi-Layer Autonomics and Multi-Layer AI Framework for Autonomic/Autonomous Networking (ANs) in 5G and 6G
  • Solutions that address “Needs” and “Standards Gaps” described in the IEEE INGR Future Networks Systems Optimization Roadmap Chapter (2022 Edition) w.r.t Standards for Autonomic/Autonomous Networking (ANs) for 5G and Beyond
  • The value of Federated Testbeds in Testing Federated Autonomic/Autonomous Networks (ANs) in 5G and 6G
  • Methods and Mechanisms to guarantee Interoperability and Interworking among multiple standardized architectural frameworks for Autonomic/Autonomous Networking (ANs) for 5G and 6G
  • Roles of (Meta)-Modeling in Autonomic/Autonomous Networking (ANs) for 5G and 6G
  • Testing AI Models and Algorithms for Autonomics (e.g., AI Models use in ETSI GANA Cognitive Decision Elements (DEs))
  • Methods and Techniques for Knowledge Management and Dissemination in Autonomic/Autonomous Networking (ANs) in 5G and 6G


Eman Hamman, University of Toronto, Canada,
Ranganai Chaparadza, IPv6 Forum, Germany,
Muslim Elkotob, Vodefone, Germany,