3rd ACM Workshop on Visible Light Communication Systems (VLCS 2016)

October 3rd, 2016, New York, USA

Collocated with ACM MobiCom 2016


  • We are happy to announce that paper "Visible Light based Activity Sensing using Ceiling Photosensors" won the Best Paper Award! Congratulations to Mohamed Ibrahim, Viet Nguyen, Siddharth Rupavatharam, Minitha Jawahar, Marco Gruteser, Richard Howard from Rutgers University!
  • We had a great workshop with many interesting discussions on VLC. The slides of most talks have been made available online. Feel free to check them out.
  • The preliminary program is up! Please register the workshop before Aug. 28 to get a lower rate!
  • We are still open to accepting demos. Please email the workshop co-chairs if you would like to submit a demo.
  • We are excited to have Prof. Thomas Little to deliver the keynote!
  • The submission site is up!
  • Consider submitting your work! Please check our call for papers for submission detail.
  • Website is up!

Visible Light Communication (VLC) emerges 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 spectrum frequency, 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. Manuscripts must be submitted on the HotCRP website. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a PDF version of the full paper, with all fonts embedded, using the ACM conference proceedings format. Please refer to MobiCom'16 submission instructions for the detailed formatting requirement (make sure to keep the paper six pages max). Paper length is limited to six two-column pages. 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.

Please direct any questions about the paper submission process to the Program Co-Chairs (Patrick Yue and Xia Zhou) with "VLCS2016" in the subject.

Paper submission: 5pm PDT, July 1, 2016
Acceptance notification: July 22, 2016
Demo submission: 5pm PDT, July 29, 2016
Camera-ready: August 5, 2016