The First West Asian Colloquium on Optical Wireless Communications



The First West Asian Colloquium on Optical Wireless Communications will be held at Isfahan, Iran on 25 April 2018.

In recent years wireless communications have significantly evolved due to the advanced technology of smartphones, portable devices and the growth of the Internet of Things, e-Health, e-Commerce, intelligent transportation systems and social networking. It is forecasted that the wireless mobile traffic will be dominant over the data network beyond 2017. More recently we have seen growing research and development interest in Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) in a number of applications as a complementary technology to cellular systems, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, in order to solve the spectrum crunch and provide high data rates in urban environments and crowded locations. OWCs offer many advantages such as free license, wide bandwidth, inherent security and no radio frequency based interference, and multiple functionalities, which could be a potential candidate for the emerging 5G wireless communications.

This first colloquium aims to cover the entire field of OWC and bring together researchers, software, and hardware developers from academia and industry working in OWC, to present, share, and discuss their latest research results. The colloquium will also include a practical demonstration of working systems.

High quality and original technical papers are solicited to be presented at this event.

Best Papers will be published in a Special Issue of the Elsevier journal Optik.

All papers will be indexed by ISC and CIVILICA.

Conference Topics

  • All organic based VLCs
  • Channel modeling and characterization
  • Channel capacity analysis
  • Diversity techniques
  • Dimming, data communications, and localization in VLCs
  • Free space optics (indoor, outdoor and underwater)
  • Hybrid RF/OWC technology
  • MIMO for OWC
  • Modelling of various noises in optical wireless communications
  • Modulation, coding and detection schemes
  • Mobile-to-infrastructure and mobile-to-mobile optical communication
  • OWC duplexing and multiple access techniques
  • Ultraviolet communications
  • Applications of OWC (VLC, FSO) for:                      
            Device-to-device communications
Intelligent transportation systems (e.g. vehicle-to-vehicle
and vehicle-to-traffic communications,trains,planes,etc.)
Inter and intra chip communications
IoT and wireless sensor networks
Indoor GPS
5G Networks                  

  • Novel (photonic) devices and components OWC
  • OWC networks: architecture,PHY/MAC design,cross-layer design etc.
  • Next-generation wireless networks
  • OWC transceiver design and optimization

Important Dates

Conference date 25 April 2018
Submission date 10 January 2018
Acceptance notification 10 February 2018
Camera-ready paper 10 April 2018

Keynote Speakers


Affiliation: Czech Technical University in Prague 


Prof. Stanislav Zvanovec received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague in 2002 and 2006, respectively. To date, he works as a full professor and deputy head of the Department of Electromagnetic Field and chairperson of the Ph.D. branch at CTU. His current research interests include Free Space Optical and fiber optical systems, Visible Light Communications,OLED,RF over optics and electromagnetic wave propagation issues for millimeter wave band. He is the head of Free-space and fiber optics group at CTU ( Till 2014 he was a chair of the Joint MTT/AP/ED/EMC chapter of the IEEE Czechoslovakia Section and he is head of the Commission F „Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing“ of the Czech National URSI Committee. He leads research and participates within in the frame of international projects ESA PECS no. 98069,ESA 4000105298/12/NL/CLP,ACE 2,EU COST projects IC1101 OPTICWISE (Optical Wireless Communications – An Emerging Technology) as vice chair of WG1,IC0802,IC0603,CA16220,Centre for quasi-optical.

Affiliation: Fresnel Institute,Marseille,France


Dr. Mohammad-Ali Khalighi is Associate Professor in Ecole Centrale Marseille and head of “Telecommunications and Antenna Processing” in Fresnel Institute research lab. His main research areas of interest include signal processing for wireless communication systems with an emphasis on the physical layer aspects of free-space, underwater, and indoor visible-light optical communications. So far he has served as the Technical Program Committee member for more than 20 international conferences and workshops in the communications area and is currently serving as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications. Also, he was the Vice Chair of WG2 of the FP7 IC1101 COST Action on optical wireless communications and is the project coordinator for the H2020 ITN MSCA “VISION” on visible-light communications. Dr. Khalighi is the recipient of the Scientific Excellence Award from the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education for the period of 2009–2017.

Invited Speaker


1-Department of Electronics Telecommunications and Informatics,University of Aveiro,Aveiro Portugal.
2-Instituto de Telecomunicações,Aveiro,Portugal.


Luis Nero Alves IEEE member since 2003. Graduated in 1996 and received his MSc degree in 2000, both in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Aveiro. Obtained the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aveiro in 2008. His expertise is on integrated circuit design for optical wireless applications. Since 2008 he has been the lead researcher from the Integrated Circuits group at Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro. His current research interest is associated with the design and performance analysis of optical wireless communication systems, with special flavor in visible light communications. Other research topics include materials and devices for IoT sensing devices. He has authored and co-authored several research articles in these fields. Luis Nero Alves has participated/coordinated several research projects in the fields of optical wireless communications and sensing devices (with both national – FCT/VIDAS, FCT/EECCO, IT/VLCLighting – and international – EU-CIP/LITES, EU-FP7/RTMGear, EU-COST/OPTICWISE, EU-COST/MEMOCIS, EU-MSCA/VisIoN). Luis Nero Alves has also served on the technical program committee of several international conferences on the field of optical wireless communications. He has also served as reviewer for several journals in Optical communications, amongst which,
IEEE/PTL, IEEE-OSA/JLT, and Elsevier/OC.

Conference Venue

Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) is located 20 Kilometers (15-minute drive) Northwest of the city of Isfahan. The University is a state-run university under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. IUT is one of the major universities and research poles in Iran in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture and natural resources. IUT was founded in 1974 and began its academic activities in 1977 with about 800 students in five departments. Today the enrollment has grown to more than 9700 in fourteen independent departments in three levels of BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. The graduates from IUT have found great and varied opportunities and have played their key roles in a rapidly changing economic and industrial environment.
Isfahan University of Technology