1st ACM Workshop on Visible Light Communication Systems

September 7, 2014, Maui, Hawaii

In conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2014


• Tianxing Li, Chuankai An, Andrew Campbell, and Xia Zhou from Dartmouth College were awarded the 2014 VLCS Workshop's Best Paper Award for their work HiLight: Hiding Bits in Pixel Translucency Changes. Congratulations!

Workshop Theme

 Visible Light Communication (VLC) is a revolutionary communication technology that makes use of visible light from LED lights or LCD display to carry digital information wirelessly between devices. One of its greatest advantages is that the available bandwidth of the visible light spectrum is much larger - more than 10,000 times larger - than that of the RF spectrum, potentially solving the problem of wireless bandwidth shortage in the near future. In addition, since the radiation pattern of a " visible light transmitter," i.e., a light, can be easily regulated by its optical design, and visual obstacles such as walls can fully contain the radiation energy (i.e., interference) to a smaller space, the optical spectrum can be used in a very efficient and hence scalable manner. Finally, lights for illumination purposes already exist in every place in our daily life - there are already 12 billion electric light bulbs in the world, consuming about 1/8 of the total electricity use - and hence they, or at least a large portion of them, can easily serve as the new infrastructure to provide pervasive wireless communications with minimum additional energy consumption and deployment cost.

For the past few years, visible light communications has been an active research topic, and research has already brought the technology closer to commercialization and standardization. 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-centered topics including unique devices such as camera-based communication to new application scenarios such as vehicular safety networks. The workshop will bring to light new application domains that could take advantage of the unique properties of VLC and enable understanding of how these diverse application requirements would shape the design of next-generation VLC systems.

Call for Papers, Demos, and Posters

The 1st ACM Workshop on VLC systems seeks paper, demo, and poster submissions on the following topics:

• VLC applications including WLAN, vehicular safety, medical services, industrial applications, and robotics
• Novel designs for VLC systems exploiting advanced VLC paradigms such as use of cameras and VLC MIMO
• VLC services such as positioning and security
• System designs and architectures coupling VLC capabilities with RF
• Novel VLC network designs including relay, backhaul, and access
• Medium access issues including interference mitigation, multiuser access, and duplexing techniques
• Mobility management

For Authors

Important Dates

Poster and Demo Deadline: July 16th, 2014
Paper Registration Deadline: June 8th, 2014, 5:00PM CDT
Paper Deadline: June 9th, 2014, 5:00PM CDT
Authors Notification: July 4th, 2014
Camera Ready Paper: July 19th, 2014
Workshop: September 7th, 2014