IEEE International Conference on Communications
7-11 June 2020 // Virtual Conference
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Dublin, Ireland Time Zone (GMT+1)

Monday, 8 June 2020

IP-01: Industrial Views on Trends and Technologies Beyond 5G
IPS-01: Next-generation Wi-Fi: Towards Extremely High Throughput with 802.11be

IP-02: Photonics Defined Holographic Radio for 6G

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

IP-03: Technologies for 5G Evolution and Beyond
IPS-02: Closing the Loop with Infrastructure & Automation

IP-04: Towards Global Connectivity: Emerging and Future Aerial Backhaul and Access Solutions

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

IP-05: Opportunities and Challenges for AI in 5G and Beyond
IPS-03: Understanding 5G NR Physical Layer

IP-06: Evolution of Mobile Communications from 5G to 6G

IFE-02: Executive Forum 2

Industry Executive Forums

IFE-02: Executive Forum 2: Opportunities for Startups in the Industrial Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine Communication Space

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Time: 16:30-18:00

Organizer: Dirk Pesch
David MacDonald, CEO, Danalto, Ireland
John Doyle, CTO, Benetel, Ireland
Phillip Struß, CEO, Cedalo, Germany
Tolgay Ungan, CEO, Endiio, Germany

Abstract: 5G is driving our society and industry to the next revolution we have never seen before. Three typical application scenarios have been identified, namely eMBB (enhanced broadband), uRLLC (ultra-reliable and low latency communication), and mMTC (massive machine type communications), featuring three extremes of the performance requirements. 3GPP has released the first 5G standardization in the year 2018 and further releases are ongoing. The power of 5G is unleashed and amplified as the 5G networks are rolling out globally starting from 2019. It is expected that the speed of maturity for 5G networks and handsets would be 2 to 3 times faster than the previous generations, enabling transformation in every aspect of our lives and work in the next few years to come.

Since people tend to overestimate what can be done in one year and to underestimate what can be done in ten years, at the gate of the global large scale deployment of 5G, researchers have already started to answer the question “what’s next?” Discussion on potential new applications, new business models, new technology trends, as well as new requirements beyond 5G are expected. Views from industry originated from the experience of 5G implementation and applications will definitely shed some lights to the future research, which is the key motivation of this panel.


David McDonald

Co-founder and CEO/Chair of danalto, David has considerable experience in management and commercial strategy development for information and communication technology businesses, particularly in early and medium stage companies in optical communications and IoT. Recent positions have included Product Development, Engineering Management and Executive Management at Intune Networks and Danalto. David, an engineer by background, has a technical MBA from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin and a PhD in Lightwave Communications.

Talk Title: Software defined location for the IIoT

Abstract: Asset tracking is becoming table stakes for IIoT – full stop. This needs to be done in a more uniform, “energy passive”, management-able, sustainable and seamless manner. Particularly in the Wide Area, where context and situation become more critical, especially between indoor and outdoor transitions. This talk briefly illustrates how this is a significant challenge awaiting a robust scalable set of tools to solve and one of many challenges awaiting start-ups with great ideas to solve.

John DoyleJohn Doyle

John Doyle founded Benetel in 2001 where he currently serves as CTO. He graduated with a B.Eng(Electronics) from University of Limerick in 1984. After an initial period at General Electric he joined AT&T where he led Modem and RF design teams developing and deploying Point to Multipoint Microwave Radio. Subsequently in Lucent Technologies he led Systems Engineering and RF Design teams developing GSM base stations for applications from in-building Picocells through to Macrocells. Within Benetel he led the development of various low power radio systems, Ultra WideBand Radio and 3G Cellular Base stations. This work contributed to the development of the world’s first 3G femtocells and the development of a private LTE network Small Cell product range. Most recently he is engaged in programs such as Facebook TIP and the O-RAN Alliance contributing to open network definition and the development and supply of Benetel’s O-RAN compliant 4G and 5G Remote Radio Units for vRAN applications.

Philipp StrussPhilipp Struß

Philipp Struß is co-founder and CEO of cedalo. He studied Industrial Engineering and Management (M.Sc.) at the KIT in Karlsruhe, the UPM in Madrid and the University of Cambridge with focuses on data analytics, manufacturing and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). He worked as an analyst in business intelligence (Jedox AG), as a process engineer in the sensor production (Bosch) and as a strategic consultant (McKinsey). In 2017 he founded cedalo to empower non-programmers to build full digital solutions for their specific use cases.

Talk Title: Event Stream Processing for Everybody

Abstract: The capability to create automated processes for connecting, analyzing, and controlling data is crucial for companies and employees. Especially, processing data as it occurs and regarding it as real-time event streams is a big advantage and often critical because it empowers to analyze the present and act immediately. However, most people are not software engineers and, therefore, lack the skills to automate their expertise and turn their ideas into an application.

This talk shows how non-programmers can create digital solutions for their specific use cases.

Tolgay UnganTolgay Ungan

Founder and managing director of Endiio Engineering GmbH (since 2012) formerly SmartExergy WMS GmbH in Freiburg.

Studied electrical engineering and philosophy at TU Berlin and Hanover University (2000-2006)

DFG scholarship in the research group "Micro Energy Harvesting" at the Institute for Microsystem Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. (2007-2011)

PhD at the chair for electrical measurement and test methods on the topic "Wireless remote power supply for the energy supply of self-sufficient microsystems". (2011)

PostDoc and head of the research group "" Energy Harvesting and RF-Systems "" at the Chair of Electrical Measurement and Testing. (2010-2012)

Founder and managing director Endiio GmbH (since 2015) in Vienna (Austria).

Talk Title: Predictive Maintenance 2.0 with Wireless and Self-Powered AI-Sensors

Abstract: The Endiio solution makes industrial components intelligent and connected by adding a retrofittable and self-powered IIoT sensor platform (RetrofitBox) for wireless condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of drives, bearings and transformers to improve production efficiency and minimize the risk of machine downtime.


Industry Panels

IP-01: Industrial Views on Trends and Technologies Beyond 5G

Date: Monday, 8 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizer: Wen Tong (Huawei)
Dr. Patrick Waldemar, Vice President Telenor Research in Telenor Group
Dr. Erik Dahlman, Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research
Dr. Yoshihisa Kishiyama, Manager of the 5G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO
Markus Dillinger, Director for 5G Industry Communications, Huawei

Abstract: Coming soon.


Wen TongWen Tong

Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless. He is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, Dr. Tong was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist and leads Huawei’s 10-year-long 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.

Dr. Tong is industry recognized leader in invention and standardization of advanced wireless technologies, he is the key contributor to 3GPP since its inception. Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with more than 450 granted US patents.

Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Patrick WaldemarPatrick Waldemar

Patrick Waldemar joined Telenor in 2002 and is Vice President in Telenor Research. He has more than 15 years of management experience and education within Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing and Information Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunication from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Master of Management from Oslo Business School (BI).  He has experience from research & development in telecommunications and the oil industry, software development and strategic management work. Over the last 8 years, Patrick has been head of Telenor's research on next generation technologies focusing on 5G. Previously he has been head of development in Canal Digital.

Erik DahlmanErik Dahlman

Erik Dahlman joined Ericsson in 1993 and is currently Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. He has been involved in the development of wireless access technologies from early 3G, via 4G LTE, and most 5G NR. He is currently focusing on the evolution of 5G as well as technologies applicable to beyond 5G wireless access. He is the co-author of the books 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband, 4G – LTE and LTE-Advanced for mobile broadband, 4G – LTE-Advanced Pro and The Road to 5G and, most recently, 5G NR – The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology. He has a PhD in Telecommunication from the Royal Institute of Technology.

Yoshihisa KishiyamaYoshihisa Kishiyama

Dr. Yoshihisa Kishiyama joined NTT DOCOMO, INC. in 2000. He is currently a Manager of the 5G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO. Dr. Kishiyama has been engaged in the research and development for the 4G and 5G mobile communications systems. He is also a technical concept maker for the new generation systems, and a writer of 5G/6G white papers in NTT DOCOMO. He has more than 400 granted patents in the area of mobile communications.

Markus DillingerMarkus Dillinger

Markus Dillinger received his Diplom-Ing. degree in telecommunications in 1990 from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1991 he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens for development of GSM base stations.

From 1995 on, he was working on the definition of the third mobile radio generation in the European research projects. From 2000 he led Software Defined Radio research activities within the Siemens network division. He was leading several EU research programmes.

From 2005 onwards he was director for mobile broadband solutions and later for enterprise solutions dealing with railway projects.

In 2010 he joined Huawei Germany and was director for enterprise solutions for smart grid.

In 2013 he has joined Huawei European Research Centre as Head of Wireless Internet Technologies where he runs private and public R&D programmes for e.g. car-to-car and automation supporting 3GPP standardization and normative work for the vertical industry.

He is Steering Board member of EATA, was Technical Manager of 5GCar project and initiator of 5GCroCo project.

In September 2016 he was appointed as Executive Committee member for the 5GAA and re-assigned in following years. These 3 Executive Committee members are responsible for the 5GAA operation. He was the initiator of 5GAA and leads the Munich team for their technical contributions to Working Groups in 3GPP / 5GAA.

IP-02: Photonics Defined Holographic Radio for 6G

Date: Monday, 8 June 2020
Time: 11:30-14:00
Organizer: Jingyi Zhou (ZTETX)
Moderator: Shilong Pan (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)
Prof. Thas A Nirmalathas (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Prof. dr. ir. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Dr. Yifei Yuan (China Mobile, Beijing, P.R. China)

Abstract: As 5G entered into the implementation stage, the curtain for 6G (5G and beyond) is lifting. Ultrabroadband system warrants photonics‐based holographic radio in microwave/mmWave/Terahertz band to play an essential role. Recent research demonstrating various groundbreaking achievement such as RF Photonic Chip that combining technology of spatial RF spectral coherent holographic integration processor and an ultra‐broadband photonic holographic RF receiver with bandwidth up to 40GHz; an implementation of optical subsystem of holographic RF spatial reconstruction through microwave photonic antenna array and optical processor based on SLM (spatial light modulator); a movable scanning antenna and a reference receiving antenna to successfully achieve WiFi‐based microwave holographic imaging.

In the theoretical research front, academia throughout the world has conducted preliminary research on holographic channels using linear system theory and Fourier transform. Such Fourier plane wave spectrum characterization can help to establish holographic radio channel establishment and calculation with efficiency. There are also theoretical researches that worked on holographic radio interference positioning and achieved centimeter‐level positioning accuracy.

In the optical computing front, research results such as photonic processor used a PCI expansion card; true photonic computing chip facilitates next‐gen AI, and a three‐value optical computing prototype also progressed with certain technical maturity.

Although significant progress has been made in both theoretical and implementation fronts, this panel of experts will be engaged in discussions of

  • Integration of electromagnetic communication and Holographic radio theory, method, and modeling.
  • Replacing traditional Rayleigh scattering propagation models with spatial correlation models, modeling and channel estimation of holographic channels;
  • Calculate, fast reconstruction algorithm for RF holographic space; Calculate and reconstruct holographic electromagnetic space with RF holographic algorithm
  • Time Reversal, Time Lens and Phase Conjugation Theory for Smart Holographic Radio
  • Space‐time precoding and distributed space‐time coding for smart holographic radio
  • 6G multi‐purpose and multi‐functional systems, multi‐task and multi‐functional spectral coordination and pattern recognition theory and algorithms.
  • Potential 6G Spectrum from 100GHz to 3THz carries ultra‐low‐delay and ultra‐reliability requirements
  • Smart Holographic Radio System Architecture ‐ hierarchical heterogeneous optoelectronic hybrid computing and signal processing architecture such as SLM, SHB, and PIC for energy efficiency, latency and flexibility in 6G systems
  • High Power UTC‐PD and Advanced Electro‐Optic Modulator Technology
  • Antenna front end with integrated microwave photonics
  • Large‐scale photonic integration, electro‐optical hybrid, and analog‐digital photonic hybrid integration technologies
  • Photonic Microwave Systems
  • Photonic Computing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

We are calling upon wireless communication and photonic communities to join us further explore such a promising field. In the end, we are hoping the research and experimentation will result in a multi‐purpose 6G photonic fusion that contains communication, computing, perception, and 3D imaging, be the native home of many killer apps.


Jingyi Zhou

Jingyi Zhou

Jingyi Zhou is a standard director of ZTE (TX) Inc. In this role, he is responsible for Identifying, defining the relevant areas for standardization, open‐source/industry alliance participation, and product development. He is also accountable for industry relationships and partnership development. Jingyi has extensive experience in standards and industry forum operation. He has worked on the leading edge of Wireless and ITC technologies for the past two decades and playing the role of helping convergence of IT and CT. Jingyi is a board member of the IEEE‐SA Standards Board(SASB), member of New Standard Committee(NesCom from 2017‐2019), Industry Connection Committee (ICCom 2018‐2020), and Audit Committee (AudCom from 2018 ‐ 2020). Jingyi successfully Organized and Moderated AI/ML sessions for IEEE ICC 2019, IEEE GlobeCom 2019. Jingyi is also the lead delegate of ZTE to O‐RAN Alliance advancing ML/AI in Wireless Open Radio Access Network (RAN).

Shilong PanShilong Pan

Dr. Shilong Pan received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he was a “Vision 2010” Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Canada. He joined the College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, in 2010, where he is currently a Full Professor and an Executive Director of the Key Laboratory of Radar Imaging and Microwave Photonics, the Ministry of Education. His research has focused on microwave photonics, which includes optical generation and processing of microwave signals, photonic microwave measurement, and integrated microwave photonics. Prof. Pan has authored or co‐authored over 430 research papers, including more than 240 papers in peerreviewed journals and 190 papers in conference proceedings.

Prof. Pan is currently an associate editor of Electronics Letters, a Topical Editor of Chinese Optics Letters, and is a Technical Committee member of IEEE MTT‐3 Microwave Photonics. He has also served as a Chair of a number of international conferences, symposia, and workshops, including the TPC Chair of the International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks in 2015, and TPC Co‐chair of IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics in 2017. Prof. Pan is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE and IET, and a senior member of IEEE. He was selected as an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2019.

Thas A NirmalathasThas A Nirmalathas

Thas is a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne and also the Group Head for the Electronic and Photonic Systems Research Group. 

Prof Nirmalathas obtained his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne.  Over the past two decades, he has held many senior leadership positions at the University of Melbourne including Head of Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2010-2012). In 2012, he cofounded Melbourne Accelerator Program, an initiative to establish entrepreneurship culture at the university and was its Director from 2012 to 2014. Between 2014 and 2019, he was the founding Director of the Networked Society Institute – an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on challenges and opportunities arising from the society’s transition towards a networked society.

He has a broad research interests spanning across access networks, optical-wireless network integration, mobile-access edge computing, photonic reservoir computing, internet of things, and broadband wireless systems and devices.

Idelfonso Tafur MonroyIdelfonso Tafur Monroy

Prof. Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is Full Professor in the Electro-Optical Communication group and the Institute for Integrated Photonics. His research focuses on photonic terahertz systems. His long-term vision is to advance photonic techniques and technologies for the generation, detection and processing of electro-magnetic waves in the sub-THz to THz spectrum domain. At the technological level, the development of complex THz functionalities in compact modules with satisfactory performance metrics for applications (e.g. communications, agri-food, security, bio-medical) supported by photonic integration circuits.  At the theoretical level, to develop pertinent models for THz systems and sub-systems and co-design approaches with electronics.  

Tafur Monroy is team leader in project 5G PPP blueSPACE, a European research project led by TU/e that will develop wireless technology for 5G wireless systems. It aims to increase the speed of the current 4G network by a factor of 100. He is also leader of the H2020 ITN CELTA project (Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Technologies for Enabling Terahertz Applications).

Tafur Monroy is also involved in the Danish startup Bifrost Communications, which has the potential to save the global telecommunications industries millions of Euros.  

He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 20 PhD students. 

Yifei YuanYifei Yuan

Dr. Yuan received his Bachelor & Master degrees from Tsinghua University of China, and a Ph. D from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He was with Alcatel-Lucent from 2000 to 2008, working on 3G/4G key technologies. From 2008 to 2020, he was with ZTE as technical director and chief engineer responsible for standards research on LTE-Advanced and 5G. Since 2020, he has been with China Mobile Research Institute as Chief Expert, responsible for advanced technologies of 6G.

His research interests include MIMO, channel coding, non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), internet-of-things (IoT), resource scheduling. He has extensive publications, including 6 books on LTE-Advanced relay, LTE-Advanced key technologies & system performance, narrow-band (NB) IoT, 5G channel coding, 5G ultra-dense networks (UDN), and 5G non-orthogonal multiple access, respectively. He has over 50 granted patents. He is the rapporteur of NOMA study item in 3GPP. He is the recipient of Best Paper Award by IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Board for co-authoring a paper on NOMA in IEEE Communications Magazine. He serves as the editors of IEEE Communications Letters, and China Communications.

IP-03: Technologies for 5G Evolution and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizer and Moderator: Kiran Mukkavilli, Senior Director of Engineering, Qualcomm Wireless Research
Juho Lee, Technical SVP, Samsung Electronics 
Takehiro Nakamura, SVP and General Manager, 5G Laboratories, NTT DoCoMo 
Stefan Parkvall, Senior Expert, Ericsson Research 
Tim Frost, Distinguished Engineer, Vodafone 
Antti Toskala, Bell Labs Fellow, Nokia Bell Labs,Espoo, Finland

Abstract: The completion of Rel 15 specification in 3GPP led to the first wave of 5G NR deployments all around the world, with 2020 widely acknowledged as the year of 5G. The first release of 5G NR in 3GPP was built upon the expertise developed within the community through the releases from 8 through 14 of LTE and LTE-A, and helped develop a feature rich specification for 5G incorporating Sub-6GHz (FR1) and mmW (FR2) with licensed/unlicensed/shared spectrum models, SA and NSA architectures, addressing distinct verticals such as eMBB and URLLC. A wide range of applications are expected to be enabled by 5G networks spanning each of the verticals including novel applications such as XR and latency/reliability sensitive industrial networks, in addition to offering legacy services at a much higher Quality of Service and better User Experience. With the stable baseline and the rich feature set offered by the first few releases of NR,  we expect Rel 18 and beyond to start the study of several promising technologies which have been investigated in literature but have been hitherto deemed not ready for development at scale and/or in a cost effective manner. Full Duplex communication is one such example, where recent studies show that the technology may find commercial viability even in macro deployments and can potentially change the TDD/FDD paradigm that wireless networks are built around. Another example is the challenge and associated solutions for enabling a 5G enabled wide area AR experience in a consumer-friendly form factor, including the capacity, latency and power consumption requirements for enabling such services at scale. Massive MIMO is the building block that enables the use of mid-band and high-band spectrum for 5G. Several promising technologies are evolving in this space including Large Intelligent Surfaces that can be used to program wireless environments in a smart way. Such technologies also enable radar applications using communication networks. On the higher bands, there is active research ongoing to enable THz waves for communication and sensing. Last but not the least, no discussion about 5G evolution is complete without addressing the role of ML and AI. It is expected that some, if not all, of these technologies will define the evolution of 5G and lay the foundation for 5G Advanced and beyond. We have assembled a panel of experts with a rich experience in shaping major developments in cellular, representing key players in the wireless eco-system spanning operators, infra, handset and chipset vendors, to share their views on the major technological developments that are likely to shape the evolution of wireless communications. We believe this is an important topic for both industry and academia, as we collectively look for the next frontiers to conquer to ensure a meaningful evolution and also for timely adoption of the latest breakthroughs from the research community

Questions (specify 5 questions to be discussed/answered in the panel):

  1. What are the likely applications and their associated requirements that will continue to drive evolution of 5G?
  2. What technologies on the horizon are ready to make an impact in the next 5-10 years? Any fundamental breakthrough in understanding or implementation that makes them ready for deployment at scale?
  3. How can 5G evolve to better support new and emerging services such as XR, edge computing, compact wearables with wide area connectivity which continue to drive requirements for power, throughput, reliability, form factor to their extremes?
  4. When does ML/AI first enter 5G and in what form? Does the role of network and device change in a fundamental way with the vision of ML/AI in wireless?
  5. How do we separate hype from reality for untested technologies? As we start looking at fundamentally new technologies pushing the boundaries, what is the role of prototyping and real world data? How does academic research complement efforts from industry?


Kiran Mukkavilli

Dr. Kiran Mukkavilli is a Sr. Director of Engineering in Qualcomm Wireless Research. He currently leads the systems research team for sub-7GHz technologies of 5G. He joined Qualcomm in 2003, holds more than 125 granted U.S.patents, and has been involved in system design, standardization, implementation and commercialization of a variety of projects at Qualcomm. He was one of the principal architects of MediaFLO, a mobile broadcast solution from Qualcomm, and played a key role in the product development, standardization and commercialization efforts. He was also the systems design lead responsible for commercialization of the UMTS modem in Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801 products. In his current role, he is responsible for R&D efforts for PHY/MAC system design, standardization and prototyping for Sub 7GHz aspects of 5G NR. He successfully led Qualcomm’s effort to set up industry’s first end to end Rel 15 spec compliant 5G NR call with the leading infra vendors using proto UE implementation. Dr. Mukkavilli received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University and holds Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Juho LeeJuho Lee 

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow (technical SVP) with Samsung Electronics, where he is leading research and standardization for mobile communications. He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and is leading research for future technologies such as beyond 5G and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions. He also served as the rapporteur of the work item for specifying CoMP in 3GPP LTE-Advanced Rel-11. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively.

Takehiro NakamuraTakehiro Nakamura 

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990.  He is now SVP and General Manager of the 5G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014. Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013. He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Application Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

Stefan ParkvallStefan Parkvall

Stefan Parkvall is currently a Senior Expert at Ericsson Research working with research on 5G and future radio access. He is one of the key persons in the development of HSPA, LTE and NR radio access and has been deeply involved in 3GPP standardization for many years. Dr Parkvall is a fellow of the IEEE, served as an IEEE Distinguished lecturer 2011-2012, and is co-author of the popular books “3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband”, “HSPA evolution – the Fundamentals for Mobile Broadband”,  “4G – LTE/LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband”, “4G, LTE Advanced Pro and the Road to 5G”, and “5G NR – The Next Generation Wireless Access”. He has more than 1500 patents in the area of mobile communication. In 2005, he received the Ericsson "Inventor of the Year" award, in 2009 the Swedish government’s Major Technical Award for his contributions to the success of HSPA, and in 2014 he and colleagues at Ericsson was one of three finalists for the European Inventor Award, the most prestigious inventor award in Europe, for their contributions to LTE. Dr Parkvall received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1996. His previous positions include assistant professor in communication theory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and a visiting researcher at University of California, San Diego, USA.

Tim Frost

Tim Frost is a Distinguished Engineer at Vodafone Group. He joined Vodafone in 2000, holding different roles within Vodafone in the Radio Access Network area. He has been an active contributor to HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced, NR and IoT 3GPP standardisation, has been key in driving the 3GPP support for new vertical industry sectors, and also contributed to European spectrum regulatory activities in ETSI and CEPT. From 2011-2014, he was chairman of the ETSI ISG ORI that developed and published a global interface standard between Base Station Baseband and Radio Unit in support of an Open RAN. In his current role, he leads Vodafone’s 3GPP RAN delegation, and is chair of the Direct-to-Cloud task force within the IHE/Personal Connected Health Alliance – developing interoperable protocol guidelines for cellular and IoT-based connected healthcare. Tim holds a Bachelor degree in Communication Systems Engineering, and more recently a CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing.

Antti ToskalaAntti Toskala

Antti Toskala (M.Sc) joined the Nokia Research Center in 1994, where he undertook WCDMA system studies as Reseach Engineer and later as Senior Research Engineer and CDMA Specialist.

He chaired the UMTS physical layer expert group in ETSI SMG2 during 1998, and from 1999 until 2003 he worked in 3GPP as chairman of the TSG RAN WG1. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as Senior Standardization Manager with System Technologies, at Nokia Networks and contributed to product development as the HSDPA Chief Architect for Nokia Networks.

From 2005 onwards he worked with Nokia Networks as Senior Standardization Manager focusing on HSPA and LTE standardization, and later as Head of Radio Standardization with Nokia Siemens Networks focusing on LTE and LTE-Advanced work in 3GPP.

He has co-authored 8 books in 3G, 4G and 5G, the latest one “5G technology – 3GPP New Radio”). As part of the 2010 LTE World Summit LTE Awards, he received the “Award for Individual Contribution for LTE Development” recognizing his contribution to both LTE standardization and LTE knowledge spreading in the industry.
He was nominated as Nokia Fellow in 2015 and Bell Lab Fellow in 2016. Currently he is with Nokia Bell Labs, in Espoo, Finland, heading Nokia 3GPP RAN Standardization, with technical focus on 5G and 5G evolution.

IP-04: Towards Global Connectivity: Emerging and Future Aerial Backhaul and Access Solutions

Date: Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Time: 12:30-14:00
Organizer and Moderator: Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Professor of Electrical Engineering King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
David Gallimore, UAS Head of Solution Architect Airbus Defence and Space
Tony Azzarelli, VP International Regulatory and Policy Affairs
Morio Toyoshima, Director, Space Communications Laboratory, Wireless Networks Research Center, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo, Japan
Tomaso de Cola, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), German Aerospace Center, Institute of Communications and Navigation, Satellite Networks

Abstract: One of the main reasons attributed to the digital divide is the business cost and return on investment (RoI). In poorer or lower population density regions, the cost of deployment of optical fiber in the backbone network and related infrastructure, in particular a reliable electrical power grid, becomes prohibitively large, whereas the RoI remains marginal at best. In this scenario, a viable solution to cut down on the cost factor is to deploy satellites in the backbone network in order to provide connectivity to far-flung or less populated areas, to passengers in airplanes, ships, and trains, or to disconnected people in areas affected by natural disasters. More specifically, a constellation of satellites can provide worldwide coverage if a sufficient number of those are utilized. For instance, in recent years, different constellations of satellites have been proposed to provide global broadband access to Internet which includes the Starlink supported by SpaceX with 12000 LEO satellites, Amazon’s Project Kuiper with 3236 LEO satellites , Oneweb with 900 LEO satellites, and Telesat LEO with 300 to 500 satellites. Such a large number of satellites has allowed mass production of components, thereby resulting in a significant reduction in satellite manufacturing costs.

Alternatively, if a large footprint on the remote location is not required, a high altitude platform (HAP) or a swarm/cascade of HAP’s can be used in the backbone network at a height of about 18–28 kilometers in the sky. The service model envisaged in this regard comprises of two configurations. In the first arrangement, a single HAP functions in a “tower-in-the-air” configuration whereby it relays data obtained from the ground station (uplink) to various service delivery stations (such as base stations) in the downlink. In the second configuration, a swarm/cascade of HAP’s is used as both relay nodes and service delivery devices for the local users. The same configuration can also be used in conjunction with LEO or MEO satellites if the area to be covered is significantly large. In this context, this panel aims to go over the recently proposed aerial backhaul and access solutions to provide high-speed connectivity in under-covered areas to serve and contribute to the development of far-flung regions

Q1: What lessons can we learn from previous and current aerial backhaul and access solutions such as Iridium and Teledesic?

Q2: What are the challenges (technical, political and regulatory, etc …) that you see for the emerging and future aerial backhaul and access solutions?

Q3: What are the main breakthrough technologies that will emerge with these different solutions?

Q4: What are the innovative business models that might be better suited for the deployment of these solutions?

Q5: What is the timeline to deploy these aerial networks and the different target applications?

David Gallimore will talk about the exciting Airbus Zephyr Project.
Tony Azzarelli will talk about the interesting One Web LEO Satellite Constellation project and Founder and CEO Azzurra Telecom Ltd.
Morio Toyoshima will talk about Next Generation Very High Throughput Satellite Systems.
Tomaso de Cola will talk about Integrated Satellite – Terrestrial Networks.


Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S’94-M’98-SM’03-F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems with current emphasis on global connectivity.

David GallimoreDavid Gallimore

David Gallimore is currently Head of Unmanned Air Systems Solution Architects at Airbus Defence and Space, focusing on delivering capability with UAS systems. David joined Airbus 14 years ago after a career in the Royal Air Force specialising in Satellite Communications. With over 30 years’ experience of managing large engineering projects and as Head of Engineering for Zephyr, David understands the challenges involved in delivering cutting edge technology successfully.

Tony Azzarelli

Tony has more than 25 year experience in the telecommunication sector with senior management appointments at Azzurra Telecom, Access.Space, OneWeb, UK Regulator Ofcom, Inmarsat, The Boeing Company, the European Space Agency and ICO Global Communications.

Tony Azzarelli is the CEO and founder of Azzurra Telecom Ltd (UK), providing Regulatory and market access services, and also Director and co-founder of ACCESS.SPACE, a new alliance for the small satellite sector. Tony is also a senior market access and licensing advisor at OneWeb.

Tony has always strived to initiate, develop and promote global harmonized licensing and spectrum policies for space and terrestrial wireless technologies, and believes that this is necessary for the proper economic and societal growth and development of a country and its industry.

He holds a Doctor’s degree in Electronics from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), an MBA from the Open University of London (U.K.), and studied LLM in Air and Space Law at the Institute of Law, Leiden University, Holland. Attended the 1993 Summer Session of the International Space University, in Huntsville, USA.

Morio ToyoshimaMorio Toyoshima

Morio Toyoshima received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2003 in electronics engineering. He joined the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) (former CRL, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications), Japan, in 1994 and soon after was engaged in research for the Engineering Test Satellite VI (ETS-VI) optical communication experiment and later involved in the Ground-to-Orbit Laser-com Demonstration (GOLD) experiment with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He joined the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (former NASDA), for the development of the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite (OICETS) from 1999 to 2003. In December 2003, he became a Senior Researcher of the Optical Space Communications Group, NICT. Starting in October 2004, he spent one year as a guest scientist at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in the field of optical space communications. In 2006 he conducted the ground-to-OICETS laser communication experiments in NICT. He was involved in the development of a Small Optical TrAnsponder (SOTA) for a 50 kg-class micro-satellite and conducted the first optical and quantum communications experiments from 2014 to 2016. He is currently developing the hybrid High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) with RF and optical communication systems onboard the Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9). His research interests are satellite communications, space laser communications, laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence, and quantum cryptography. He is now the Director of the Space Communications Laboratory, the Wireless Networks Research Center in NICT, since 2011.

Tomaso de ColaTomaso de Cola

Tomaso de Cola was born in Manosque, France, on April 28, 1977. He received the ``Laurea" degree (with honors) in telecommunication engineering, in 2001, the Qualification degree as Professional Engineer in 2002 and the Ph. D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Robotics and Telecommunications in 2010 from the University of Genoa, Italy. From 2002 until 2007, he has worked with the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), University of Genoa Research Unit, as scientist researcher. Since 2008, he has been with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), where he is involved in different European Projects focusing on different aspects of DVB standards, CCSDS protocols and testbed design. He is co-author of more than 80 papers, including international conferences and journals. His main research activity concerns: TCP/IP protocols, satellite networks, transport protocols for wireless links, interplanetary networks as well as delay tolerant networks.  Dr. de Cola has served on the technical program committee at several IEEE International Conferences and has served as guest editor for IEEE JSAC, IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine and as associate editor for IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Wireless Communication Letters, IEEE Systems Journal, and Elsevier Computer Networks. He is serving as chair of the Satellite and Space Communications (SSC) technical committee within ComSoc. He is also acting as deputy area director for the space-internetworking services (SIS) area within the CCSDS standardization body as well as SatCom WG chair within the Networld2020 ETP platform.

IP-05: Opportunities and Challenges for AI in 5G and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizer: Eduardo Esteves (Qualcomm)
Moderator: Eduardo Esteves, VP Product Management, Qualcomm Research
Alex Choi, SVP Strategy and Technology, Deutsche Telekom  
Juho Lee, Technical SVP, Samsung Electronics  
Jakob Hoydis, Head of Research, Nokia Bell Labs France  
John Smee, VP Engineering, Wireless Research, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.  

Abstract: Data-centric approaches to optimize and design new wireless communication solutions are being extensively researched by academia and industry. Some good opportunities may lie ahead for all layers including PHY, MAC, networking and overall system level optimizations. For example, some good results employing deep learning and other machine learning techniques have been shown in a wide range of areas from channel estimation, prediction, beamforming, coding, non-linearity mitigation to beam management, positioning, mobility management, resource allocation, as well as TCP/IP optimization, security, traffic and network performance prediction. However, a data-centric approach implies that data is available during various phases of new wireless system development and implementation including design, standardization, performance validation, real deployment optimizations, etc. The industry will need to adapt its current technology development paradigms to facilitate collection and sharing of datasets while also considering the impact of data ownership, user privacy, power consumption, storage requirements, etc. For example, currently 3GPP RAN 1 & 2 debate and evaluate new PHY/MAC features based on performance metrics mostly derived from parametric simulation models. New AI-based features and algorithms will require datasets to be made available from the early stages of standardization reflecting not only synthetic realizations but also real-world scenarios. Moreover, minimum performance and conformance specifications will need to adapt to a new data-centric model. Mechanisms for data collection need to be built in the specifications to allow for testing and further field optimizations. In this panel, we will discuss some of the most promising developments in data-driven wireless designs, and how the challenges related to data collection and availability might be addressed by the industry for next generation of 5G and Beyond standards.

Questions (specify 5 questions to be discussed/answered in the panel)

  1. What are the most promising AI-based features and algorithms for next generation PHY, MAC and higher layer wireless protocols?
  2. What would be the requirements and challenges for 3GPP to adopt a data-driven design and specifications?
  3. What roles should the UE and gNB have in learning algorithms that optimize UE, network and overall system performance?
  4. While there exists support for UE data collection and reporting, new AI-based solutions will require massive data collection at the UE and network. What are the opportunities and challenges to enable such new paradigms considering user privacy, power consumption, memory, etc? Who owns and can benefit from the collected data? What’s the role of centralized learning vs. federated learning?
  5. What concrete steps and recommendations can be made to address the challenges of introducing AI-based designs as part of next generation standards?


Eduardo EstevesEduardo Esteves

Eduardo Esteves is vice president of product management in Qualcomm’s Research group. He currently leads the team responsible for technology incubation, strategy and industry collaboration. He has contributed to the evolution of satellite and wireless communications for more than 20 years. His areas of expertise include 5G, 4G, wireless modem design, mobile computing and its applications leveraging sensor processing, computer vision and neural networks algorithms and hardware accelerators. Dr. Esteves received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He holds more than 35 U.S. patents related to wireless communications and applications.

Alex ChoiAlex Choi

Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is SVP of Strategy and Technology Innovation (STI) of Deutsche Telekom and as such, he has responsibility for several strategic projects including Network Differentiation, 5G, Edge, Campus Networks & Cloudification. Dr. Choi has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunication industry & consumer electronics and has been thought leader driving forward key strategic and research topic in TelCo and AI. He played a critical role in the development of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and as CTO for SK Telekom, key focus was on the development of next generation ICT technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and autonomous driving. With the introduction of "NUGU", the first AI- based virtual assistant in Korea, Dr. Choi was influential in the development of AI solutions.

Juho LeeJuho Lee

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow (technical SVP) with Samsung Electronics, where he is leading research and standardization for mobile communications. He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and is leading research for future technologies such as beyond 5G and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions. He also served as the rapporteur of the work item for specifying CoMP in 3GPP LTE-Advanced Rel-11. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively. 

Jakob HoydisJakob Hoydis

Jakob Hoydis (S’08-M’12-SM’19) received the diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in electrical engineering and information technology from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and the Ph.D. degree from Supéléc, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He is currently head of a research department at Nokia Bell Labs, France, focusing on radio systems and artificial intelligence. Prior to this, he was co-founder and CTO of the social network SPRAED and worked for Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are in the areas of machine learning, cloud computing, SDR, large random matrix theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communications. He is a co-author of the textbook “Massive MIMO Networks Spectral, Energy, and Hardware Efficiency” (2017). He is recipient of the 2019 VTG IDE Johann-Philipp-Reis Prize, the 2019 IEEE SEE Glavieux Prize, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the IEEE WCNC 2014 best paper award, the 2013 VDE ITG Foerderpreis Award, and the 2012 Publication Prize of the Supéléc Foundation. He has received the 2018 Nokia AI Innovation Award, the 2018 Nokia France Top Inventor Award, and has been nominated as an Exemplary Reviewer 2012 for the IEEE Communication Letters. He is currently chair of the IEEE COMSOC Emerging Technology Initiative on Machine Learning as well as Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

John SmeeJohn Smee

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning. John was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

IP-06: Evolution of Mobile Communications from 5G to 6G

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Time: 12:30-14:00
Organizers: Juho Lee (Samsung) and Charlie Zhang (Samsung)
Moderator: Juho Lee (Fellow (Technical SVP), Samsung Electronics, Korea)
Gerhard Fettweis (Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden, Germany)
Takehiro Nakamura (SVP and General Manager of the 5G Laboratories, NTT DOCOMO, Japan)
Erik Dahlman (Senior Expert, Ericsson, Sweden)
John Smee (VP Engineering, 5G Wireless R&D Lead, Qualcomm)

Abstract: With the start of commercial deployments of 5G communication systems, many people are wondering what is going to happen with 5G and whether 5G will be able to create meaningful business impacts. Those include the provisioning of new media experiences such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) over mobile networks, the support of new vertical services such as connected vehicles and smart factories, etc. While the mobile industry is mainly focusing on the realization of 5G technologies, we can see that initial consideration about the next generation of mobile communications, i.e., 6G, is already happening.

Considering the general trend of introducing new services with higher requirements over different generations of communication systems, it would be natural to expect that 6G technologies need to be developed to envision more advanced services than 5G. Mobile hologram is an example of such new services that could be made possible with 6G. Another example is provisioning of truly immersive experiences in a virtual world by incorporating VR, AR, and mixed reality (MR). In order to support these services, 6G would need to support much higher data rate and much lower latency than 5G. While more studies are needed to define proper requirements for 6G, initial investigation already suggests rough estimates such as 1 Tbps peak rate, 10 Gbps user-experienced data rate, and 0.1 ms air latency.

This proposed panel will be a very timely opportunity to discuss about evolution of 5G technologies taking into accounts the challenges, limitations, and even myths that were found out during the commercial deployment of 5G networks. Further, initial views about vision, requirements, and technologies for 6G can be discussed. Candidate technologies for 6G include but are not limited to use of terahertz spectrum, spectrum sharing, full duplex, convergence of computing and communications, AI-powered communications, and LEO/VELO satellite communications.

In this proposed panel, we will bring together leading experts from the mobile industry as well as the academia. The proposed panel can serve as a good opportunity to share the technology leaders’ views about the technology evolution from 5G to 6G and can provide a bridge between academia and industry.

Questions (specify 5 questions to be discussed/answered in the panel):

  1. What are new services and business impacts that would be enabled by 5G?
  2. What would be possible evolution paths of 5G in the future?
  3. What are initial views about vision, requirements, and technologies for 6G?
  4. How to create momentum for research activities on 6G?
  5. How can 6G be differentiated from 5G?


Juho LeeJuho Lee

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow (technical SVP) with Samsung Electronics, where he is leading research and standardization for mobile communications. He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and is leading research for future technologies such as beyond 5G and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions. He also served as the rapporteur of the work item for specifying CoMP in 3GPP LTE-Advanced Rel-11. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively.

Charlie Zhang

Charlie Zhang is a VP and head of Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab with Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping and standards for 5G cellular systems and future multimedia networks. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison. From August 2009 to August 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO and CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE, etc. Before joining Samsung, he was with Motorola from 2006 to 2007 working on 3GPP HSPA standards, and with Nokia Research Center from 2001 to 2006 working on IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX) standard and EDGE/CDMA receivers. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.

Gerhard FettweisGerhard Fettweis

Gerhard P. Fettweis F’09, is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994, and heads the Barkhausen Institute since 2018, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and has coordinated 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. In 2019 he was elected into the DFG Senate. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research. He also serves on the board of National Instruments Corp, and advises other companies. 

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out seventeen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G/Future Networks Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014. 

Takehiro NakamuraTakehiro Nakamura

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 5G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014. Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013. He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Application Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum. 

Erik DahlmanErik Dahlman

Erik Dahlman joined Ericsson in 1993 and is currently Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. He has been involved in the development of wireless access technologies from early 3G, via 4G LTE, and most 5G NR. He is currently focusing on the evolution of 5G as well as technologies applicable to beyond 5G wireless access. He is the co-author of the books 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband, 4G – LTE and LTE-Advanced for mobile broadband, 4G – LTE-Advanced Pro and The Road to 5G and, most recently, 5G NR – The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology. He has a PhD in Telecommunication from the Royal Institute of Technology.

John SmeeJohn Smee

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, standardization, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning. John received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University. 


Industry Seminars

IPS-01: Next-generation Wi-Fi: Towards Extremely High Throughput with 802.11be

Date: Monday, 8 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizers: Adrian Garcia Rodriguez (Nokia Bell Labs) et al. 

Abstract: Wi-Fi is among the greatest success stories of this new technology era, and has become an essential part of the home, and a key complementary technology for both enterprise and carrier networks. Since the requirements of wireless data services continue to increase in many scenarios such as homes, enterprises, and hotspots, the Wi-Fi community is aiming high and has recently initiated discussions on new IEEE 802.11 technical features for bands between 1 and 7.125 GHz. The creation and standardisation of the next-generation of Wi-Fi technology beyond Wi-Fi 6—referred to as 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT)—targets to increase peak throughput and ensure that Wi-Fi meets the requirements set by incoming applications, thereby maintaining—or even augmenting—its appeal to consumers.  The scope of the proposed industrial seminar is to provide the research community with fresh updates on the most recent outcomes and directions related to the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, directly from the IEEE 802.11be standardization meetings.


Lorenzo Galati GiordanoLorenzo Galati Giordano

Lorenzo Galati Giordano (M’15, SM’20) is Member of Technical Staff at Nokia Bell Labs Ireland since 2015. Lorenzo’s current focus is on future indoor networks and next generation Wi-Fi technologies, an area where he is contributing to the ongoing IEEE 802.11be standardization with pioneering works on large antenna arrays solutions for the unlicensed spectrum. Lorenzo received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in wireless communication from Politecnico di Milano , Italy, in 2005 and 2010, respectively, and the master's degree in Innovation Management from IlSole24Ore Business School, Italy, in 2014. He was also Marie-Curie Short Term Fellow at University of Bedfordshire (UK) in 2008, researcher associate with the Italian National Research Council in 2010 and R&D Engineer for Azcom Technology, an Italian SME , from 2010 to 2014. Lorenzo has more than 10 years of academical and industrial research experience on wireless communication systems and protocols, co-authored 15+ commercial patents, 30+ publications in prestigious books, IEEE journals and conferences, and 9 standard contributions in the IEEE 802.11be.

Giovanni GeraciGiovanni Geraci

Giovanni Geraci (SM’19) is an Assistant Professor at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was previously a Research Scientist with Nokia Bell Labs and holds a Ph.D. from the UNSW Sydney. He serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Communications Letters, and has been a panelist, workshop keynote and co-chair, and industrial or tutorial speaker at IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom , IEEE WCNC , IEEE PIMRC , and IEEE VTC . He is co-inventor of a dozen filed patents on wireless communications and networking. He was the recipient of the IEEE PIMRC ’19 Best Paper Award and of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle-East & Africa.

Adrian Garcia-RodriguezAdrian Garcia-Rodriguez

Adrian Garcia-Rodriguez (S’13, M’17) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from University College London (U.K.) in 2016. Since 2016, he is a Research Scientist in Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland) where he focuses on next-generation Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11be) and UAV communications. He actively contributes to the 802.11be task group and regularly attends the IEEE standardization meetings. He organized tutorials at IEEE WCNC 2018 and IEEE ICC 2018 on unlicensed spectrum technologies, the industrial seminars “Next-generation Wi-Fi: Extreme High Throughput and Real Time Applications” at IEEE ICC 2019 and “Future Indoor Networks: The Role of Wi-Fi and Its Evolution” at IEEE Globecom 2018, and delivered the industrial presentation “Drone Base Stations: Opportunities and Challenges Towards a Truly “Wireless” Wireless Network”, which won the Most Attended Industry Program Award at IEEE Globecom 2017.

David López-PérezDavid López-Pérez

David López-Pérez (M’12 SM´17) is a telecommunications engineer, who has devoted most of his career to the study of both cellular and Wi-Fi networks, where his main research interests are in network performance analysis, both theoretical and simulation-based, network planning & optimisation as well as technology & feature development. David's main contributions are around the understanding of small cells and ultra-dense networks. He has also pioneered work on cellular and Wi-Fi inter-working, and investigated both multi-antenna capabilities and ultra-reliable low latency features for future indoor networks. David was recognised as Bell Labs Distinguished Member of Staff in 2019, has authored 1 book on small cells, and has published more than 150 research manuscripts on a variety of related topics. David has filed 52 patents applications with more than 25 granted as of today, and has received a number of prestigious awards. He is an editor of IEEE TWC.

IPS-02: Closing the Loop with Infrastructure & Automation

Date: Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizer: Sunku Ranganath (Intel)

Abstract: Transformation of network softwarization towards 5G inherently requires satisfying the requirements across a broad scope of verticals like virtualized infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, visual cloud, etc., while maintaining Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) criteria required to satisfy service constraints including latency. While individual aspects of telemetry, monitoring, service assurance, remote analytics, offline telemetry processing, observability, load balancing, etc., have always existed, there is an urgent need for ensuring these aspects work together across ETSI NFV layers in a consistent, predictable & automated way in order to provide true capabilities of scalable and resilient closed loop automation. This presentation aims to demystify various aspects of closed loop automation in 5G networks with emphasis on various closed loops possible and/or available at NFVI and VNFM by contextualizing telemetry & monitoring constraints, importance of closed loop across layers with reference to open source initiatives across OPNFV and ONAP communities to help ease the adoption of 5G software.

The structure of the presentation is divided in the following sections:

  1. Background and Introduction of closed loop automation
  2. Telemetry & monitoring
  3. MANO layer interfaces
  4. Analytics in closed loops
  5. Dynamic infrastructure Provisioning
  6. Demos of closed loop use cases
  7. Challenges & view ahead.


Sunku RanganathSunku Ranganath

Sunku is a Network Software Engineer with current focus is in monitoring & observability in Telco/Edge applications with emphasis on closed loop network automation. Sunku is active in Collectd & OPNFV Barometer community with past contributions to OpenStack. Has been a speaker at multiple conferences, FOSDEM, ONS, OSS, IEEE NetSoft, GlobeCom, TMA, etc., organizer of OPNFV closed loop automation working group and co-organizer of OpenInfra-PDX meetup group. Sunku has over 5 years of experience in NFV industry while about 10 years in software development. 

Emma CollinsEmma Collins

Emma Collins received her B.Eng and research M.Eng in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2002/2004. Having worked as an embedded software engineer for 6 years in Avocent and ACI Worldwide, she moved to Intel where she worked as an application engineer gaining experience supporting customers designing their IOT and Telco products with Intel processors. Currently a Solutions Architect in the Network Platform Automation group, Emma drives the telemetry and automation strategy for the team.

John BrowneJohn Browne

John is a Principal Engineer with Intel’s Network Platform Group specialising in Network Automation and NFV . John has over 30 years of Telecommunications industry experience with Operators and Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers, holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering and has been awarded 13 patents across NFV, telecommunications, security and semi-conductor technology.

Krzysztof KepkaKrzysztof Kepka (KK)

Krzysztof is a Software Engineer, currently looking after creating value out of telemetry in automated fashion across Telco/Edge use cases. Krzysztof is contributing to OPNFV Barometer and collectd communities engaging NFV industry past 2 years, with over 8 years of experience in software development.

IPS-03: Understanding 5G NR Physical Layer

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Organizer: Houman Zarrinkoub (Mathworks)
Co-Presenter: Nadia Shivarova (Mathworks)

Abstract: 5G systems and networks are being developed and deployed around the world. For engineers who design and implement 5G base stations (gNB) and hand-held devices (UE) a detailed knowledge about 5G New Radio physical layer is essential. Even for service provides who setup 5G networks, this knowledge is helpful to test and verify 5G installations. Many attendees of the ICC conference are either working now or - as students or researchers - will work in the future on 5G and upcoming standards. We believe a detailed presentation on 5G NR PHY specifications could be quite valuable for these practicing aspiring engineers.

The seminar will be presented as an instructor-led lecture. We use slides and MATLAB demos and examples to illustrate various aspects of the topic. The topics covered in the seminar are as follows:

  1. Introduction to 5G NR
  2. 5G waveforms, frame structure and numerology
  3. Uplink and downlink data channels and signals
  4. Uplink and downlink control channels and signals
  5. Control Resource Set (CORESET)
  6. Chanel modeling
  7. Chanel estimation and equalization based on Demodulation Reference Signals (DMRS)
  8. Synchronization Signal Blocks
  9. Initial acquisition procedures: Cell search and random-access channel (RACH)
  10. Signals for Channel Sounding


Houman ZarrinkoubHouman Zarrinkoub

Dr Houman Zarrinkoub is a senior wireless product manager at MathWorks, based in Massachusetts, USA. During his 19 years of service at MathWorks, he has served as a development manager for multiple signal processing and communications products. He presently manages MathWorks products for modelling and simulation of 5G, WLAN and LTE technologies. Prior to MathWorks, he was a research scientist at Nortel Networks, where he contributed to multiple standardization projects for mobile communications and speech processing. Houman is the author of a book on LTE technology and holds multiple patents in simulation of signal processing systems. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications from Université du Québec, in Canada. 

Nadia ShivarovaNadia Shivarova

Nadia Shivarova is an application engineer with MathWorks , based in Glasgow, UK where she focuses on wireless products such as 5G NR, LTE , WLAN , Antenna and RF. She joined the company in 2016 as a quality engineer for HDL products. She holds a MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow.