5G-enabled Smart Building: Technology And Challenge


The aims of this workshop include:

  1. to demonstrate the technological development of 5G-enabled smart building, renewable energy and energy storage;
  2. to identify the challenge and the potential bottleneck about multiple sensors and multiple dimensional data processing in the above areas;
  3. to pinpointing the research direction that 5G and beyond 5G could provide.


Smart buildings are the heart of smart cities in future society. With the commercialization of 5G technology, smart buildings have been replacing the traditional types and have played an increasing role due to their high integration among people, devices and things. In recent years, some advanced 5G-based technologies as the enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communication (mMTC) and ultra-relaible and low latency communication (URLLC) have been gradually applied to the smart home, video surveillance, security system, fire system, energy related systems, etc. Therefore, these smart devices interact with each other and further the supported infrastructure using various technological advances can  furnish multiple intelligent services to their users. It is worth noticing that the amount of data generated by smart buildings can be overwhelming when scaling the buildings from small, medium, large, to ultra-large. In other words, we are facing an explosion of ultra-big-data, generated, transported, processed, analyzed, and monitored in almost real-time. It is an extraordinary challenge to measure and acquire these immense computing and communication power almost instantly. Besides, how to combine 5G with artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things(IoT), AR, VR and other intelligent technologies is another research focus, which can benefit the smart buildings with high efficiency, high reliability and sustainable development.

The workshop aims to provide a research venue for exchanging and discussing the technical trends and challenges of 5G-enabled smart buildings. Both theory- and application-driven studies are invited for participation.

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  • Networked control systems
  • Multi-network cooperative control
  • Sensor technology and application
  • Network security
  • Data fusion technology of 5G-enabled smart buildings
  • Information management and remote control
  • Advanced technologies in energy related systems
  • Ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy control applications
  • Key theory and application of 5G with AI, IoT, AR, VR

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Yanmin Wang
School of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Yanmin Wang received the B.Eng., M. Eng. and Ph. D degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China, in 2002, 2005, and 2009, respectively.Since 2010, she has been working in the Research institute of Smart Building and Automation, the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin, China. And from 2014, she is the Associate Director of the institute. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Research Fellow with the School of Astronautics, HIT, Harbin, China. From 2012 to 2016, she was a Research Fellow with the School of Instrumentation Science and Engineering, HIT, Harbin, China. From 2013 to 2014, she was a visiting scholar with the School of Computer Science and IT, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. From 2017, she is a member of Green Energy Professional Committee of Chinese Architecture Society. In 2019, she has visited Monash University, Melbourne, Australia supported by the Ministry of industry and information technology of China and Harbin Institute of Technology. Her research interests include networked control, smart building and information, building automation system.

Prof. Xiaofeng Liu
The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT, Harbin, China

Xiaofeng Liu received the B.Eng. and M. Eng. degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation and the School of Mechatronics Engineering, HIT, Harbin, China, in 1991 and 2020, respectively.  

Since 1991, he has been engaged in building electrical for more than 20 years. He has hosted hundreds of projects related to smart buildings and published articles in leading journals of China such as Building Electric and Cryogenic Building. Currently he is the Chief Electrical Engineer of the first branch of The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT. He is the director of Heilongjiang Building Electrical Association and Heilongjiang Building Electrical Information Network, respectively. He is the secretary-general of Harbin Civil and Architectural Society Building Intelligent Professional Committee and an expert member of Intelligent Building Branch of Heilongjiang Construction Industry Association. His research interests include civil building power distribution, fire protection and optimization of building, smart building system integration.

Prof. Niaona Zhang
Changchun University of Technology, Changchun, China

Niaona Zhang received the B.Eng. and M. Eng. Degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Changchun, China, in 1994 and 1999, respectively. She received the Ph. D degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, HIT, China, in 2006.

Since 1994, she has been working in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun, China, as Assistant (1994-1999), Lecturer (2000-2005), Associate Professor (2006-2010), and Professor (2011-present). She was also a Research Fellow at the National Key Laboratory of automobile simulation and control of Jilin University. In 2019, she has visited University of British Columbia, Canada. In 2019, she was awarded as an expert with outstanding contributions in Jilin Province, and the assistant dean at the Automotive Engineering Research Institute. Her current research interests include the networked control, collaborative control and multi-agent control system.


All registered and presented workshop papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library: BROADNETS Conference Proceedings.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, such as Web of Science, EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, EU Digital Library, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, Zentralblatt MATH.

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Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

The workshop accepts regular papers (12-20 pages) as well as short papers (6-11 pages).

All conference papers undergo a thorough peer review process prior to the final decision and publication. This process is facilitated by experts in the Technical Program Committee during a dedicated conference period. Standard peer review is enhanced by EAI Community Review which allows EAI members to bid to review specific papers. All review assignments are ultimately decided by the responsible Technical Program Committee Members while the Technical Program Committee Chair is responsible for the final acceptance selection. You can learn more about Community Review here.

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
14 July 1 August 2021
Notification deadline
16 August 2021
Camera-ready deadline
7 September 2021
Video submission deadline
9 September 2021
Start of Conference
28 October 2021
End of Conference
31 October 2021