4th ACM Workshop on Visible Light Communication Systems (VLCS 2017)

October 16th, 2017, Snowbird, UT, USA

Co-located with ACM MobiCom 2017


  • We are happy to announce that paper "Battery-free Visible Light Sensing" won the Best Paper Award! Congratulations to Ambuj Varshney (Uppsala University, Sweden), Andreas Soleiman (Uppsala University, Sweden), Luca Mottola (RISE SICS and Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Thiemo Voigt (RISE SICS and Uppsala University, Sweden)!
  • Keynote speaker and abstract are now available here.
  • Program is up! View it here.
  • Added Call for Position Papers and Demos
  • Submission deadline extended to July 9
  • Reminder about formatting
  • The authors should follow the formatting instructions for the main conference except for the page limit (6 pages total for the workshop, including all figures, references, and any appendices). You can use the standard sig-alternate-10pt.cls along with the following block in your main .tex file:

    %% Mobicom guidelines:
    %% Double column format with each column having dimensions 9.25 inches x 3.33 inches, a space of 0.33 inches between the two columns, and with no more than 55 lines of text per column

  • Website is up!

Visible Light Communication (VLC) has emerged as a novel wireless communication technology that leverages ubiquitous lights (i.e., from ceiling LED lights or LCD displays) to carry digital information wirelessly between devices. Operating on the visible light spectrum with a bandwidth 10K times greater than the radio frequency spectrum, it holds great potential to mitigate the problem of wireless bandwidth shortage in the near future.

VLC has been an active research topic in the past years. Research has already brought the technology close to commercialization and standardization. Despite its great promise, many challenges remain unsolved, especially when it comes to bringing the VLC technology to practical systems and identifying its killer applications that can attract a wide adoption.

The objective of this workshop is to move beyond VLC links and to explore VLC-enabled networks, systems, and applications. The workshop will bring together a diverse community to present and brainstorm on a broad set of VLC-related topics, which include but are not limited to the communication between screens and cameras as a special form of VLC, the coexistence of VLC and existing RF technologies, novel designs to overcome the inherent limitations of VLC links, and VLC applications that take advantages of the unique properties of VLC, such as fine-grained indoor localization, vehicular communication networks, and behavioral sensing.

We are seeking papers and demos on topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced VLC systems designs such as use of cameras, VLC MIMO, and VLC backscatter;
  • Coexistence of VLC and RF and/or Infrared;
  • VLC network designs including relay, backhaul, and LED-to-LED networks;
  • Medium access control issues including interference mitigation, multi-user access, and duplexing techniques;
  • Energy efficiency, privacy and security in VLC networks;
  • VLC applications including WLAN, Internet-of-Things (IoT), vehicular safety, medical services, industrial applications, robotics, positioning and mobility management, human-computer interaction (HCI) designs, and more.

Papers should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a PDF version of the full paper, with all fonts embedded, using the ACM conference proceedings format. The paper length is limited to six two-column pages, including all text, figures, references, and any appendix. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM VLCS proceedings and will be archived in the ACM Library. All papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award.

Since the review process is not double blind, please leave the author names on the paper.

Manuscripts must be submitted on the HotCRP website.

Please direct any questions about the paper submission process to the Program Co-Chairs (Marco Gruteser and Wenjun Hu) with "VLCS2017" in the subject.

Submission deadline: July 21 July 24
Notification: July 28
Position papers: We seek short descriptions of early-stage research ideas in general, but in particular those that point to future directions for the field, novel applications (especially killer apps for VLC), or identify technologies that are ready for market adoption. The last case can be thought of as pitching a startup idea and making arguments for market adoption, though not a full business plan.
Demos: We welcome any demos of research prototypes, new applications, or testbed setups.
Manuscripts should be submitted to the same HotCRP website for full workshops paper. Position papers should have the titles prefixed with "Position:...", and demo abstracts should have the titles prefixed with "Demo:" Please follow the formatting instructions for the main conference, except that both position papers and demo abstracts are limited to 2 pages, including any figures and references.

Paper submission: June 30, 2017 23:59 EDT, July 9, 2017
Acceptance notification: July 21, 2017 July 28, 2017
Demo submission: July 28, 2017 July 21, 2017 23:59 EDT July 24, 2017
Camera-ready: August 4, 2017