Keynote Speakers

Towards Environment-Adaptive Wireless Access Network for 5G and Beyond

Abstract:

The 5th generation (5G) mobile communication systems are now about to be deployed worldwide. We need to prepare the rapid proliferation of 5G services. It is necessary to fully exploit the spatial dimension in radio access network (RAN) in 5G systems. In this talk, we will overview the wireless evolution from 1G to 5G systems. Then, we will point out that an environment-adaptive RAN consisting of distributed multi-input multi-output (MIMO) has a great potential of flexible deployment as well as achieving high spectrum and energy efficiencies. However, the radio resource management should handle a massive number of distributed antennas (DAs) and user equipments (UEs) and therefore, prohibitively high computational complexity is the biggest challenge in practice. This computational complexity problem can be alleviated by introducing location-based clustering of either DAs or UEs. For flexible deployment of RAN, a learning-based approach is essential. We will present the concept of the environment-adaptive RAN and discuss about its promising capability revealed by preliminary evaluation.


Speaker:

Fumiyuki Adachi, Specially Appointed Professor for Research, IEEE Life Fellow, IEICE Fellow

Affiliation:

Research Organization of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8577 Japan 

Biography: 

Fumiyuki Adachi received the B.S. and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1973 and 1984, respectively. In April 1973, he joined the Electrical Communications Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (now NTT) and conducted various researches on digital cellular mobile communications. From July 1992 to December 1999, he was with NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (now NTT DoCoMo, Inc.), where he led a research group on Wideband CDMA for 3G systems. Since January 2000, he has been with Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. His research interests are in the area of wireless signal processing (multi-access, equalization, antenna diversity, adaptive transmission, channel coding, etc.) and networking.

He is an IEEE Life Fellow and an IEICE Fellow. He was a recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Avant Garde Award 2000, IEICE Achievement Award 2002, Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2004, Ericsson Telecommunications Award 2008, Prime Minister Invention Award 2010, KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award 2012, C&C Prize 2014, IEEE VTS Stuart Meyer Memorial Award 2017, and IEEE ComSoc RCC Technical Recognition Award 2017.

AI Computing Changes the Landscape of Communications and Networking – M2M Communications 2.0

Abstract:

AlphaGo inevitably advances the technology frontier in artificial intelligence (AI) computing. Together with Internet and big data analytics, new technological opportunities emerge, namely, autonomous vehicles, service robots, smart manufacturing, and AIoT. Starting from statistical communication theory and online adaptive methodology in communications, AI computing have had and will have significant impacts on the design of communication systems and networks. Furthermore, collective performance of smart machines indicates the need of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that is fundamentally different from human-to-human (H2H) communication. Ultra-low latency is much more wanted than throughput for communication among smart machines. A disruptive and systematic approach to establish next-generation wireless networks will be introduced. Together with identified use cases identified by the ITU-T to apply machine learning to wireless networks, evolution toward future wireless network architecture for machine learning enables tremendous amount of smart machines in service, to realize the infinite technological opportunities toward future digital society.


Speaker:

Kwang-Cheng Chen, IEEE Fellow, Professor

Affiliation:

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Web page:

http://www.eng.usf.edu/chen/

Biography:

Kwang-Cheng Chen has been a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, since 2016. From 1987 to 2016, Dr. Chen worked with SSE, Communications Satellite Corp., IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, National Tsing Hua University, HP Labs., and National Taiwan University in mobile communications and networks. He visited TU Delft (1998), Aalborg University (2008), Sungkyunkwan University (2013), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012-2013, 2015-2016). He founded a wireless IC design company in 2001, which was acquired by MediaTek Inc. in 2004. He has been actively involving in the organization of various IEEE conferences and serving editorships with a few IEEE journals (most recently as a series editor on Data Science and AI for Communications in the IEEE Communications Magazine), together with various IEEE volunteer services to the IEEE, Communications Society, Vehicular Technology Society, and Signal Processing Society, such as founding the Technical Committee on Social Networks in the IEEE Communications Society. Dr. Chen also has contributed essential technology to various international standards, namely IEEE 802 wireless LANs, Bluetooth, LTE and LTE-A, 5G-NR, and ITU-T FG ML5G. He has authored and co-authored over 300 IEEE publications, 4 books published by Wiley and River (most recently, Artificial Intelligence in Wireless Robotics, 2019), and more than 23 granted US patents. Dr. Chen is an IEEE Fellow and has received a number of awards including 2011 IEEE COMSOC WTC Recognition Award, 2014 IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award, 2014 IEEE COMSOC AP Outstanding Paper Award. Dr. Chen’s current research interests include wireless networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT/CPS, social networks and data analytics, and cybersecurity.

Design Alternatives for Reliable and Scalable Data Acquisition From IoT Domains

Abstract:

In this work we discuss proxy architectures which interconnect IoT domains running CoAP with the rest of Internet including micro data centers and other domains building scalable hierarchical architectures. We assume that CoAP domain is terminated by an IoT proxy with cache, and describe and evaluate three design options for communication architecture. The first option is the default scenario with unicast communication using POST/GET messages, with proxy operating in forward or reverse mode, and reactive or proactive data collection. The second option is data collection via multicast GET messages from the proxy, including the impact of the leisure period which allows devices to reply after a arbitrary (random) delay upon receiving a multicast GET request. The final option is the use of ‘observe’ feature where clients subscribe to server notifications that inform them of changed data values. To maintain the freshness of cached records under random arrivals of observed data, we have implemented the evaluation of Max-Age parameter at the proxy. We have also implemented congestion control at IoT nodes which interacts with proxy’s freshness estimation and allows the proxy to perform its own congestion control. We present performance data of these options, including the probability of successful data transmission, round trip delay and energy consumption.


Speaker:

Jelena Mišić

Web page:

http://www.scs.ryerson.ca/~jmisic/

Biography:

Jelena Mišić is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and a Fellow of IEEE. She received her PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1993. She is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of wireless networking, Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communication, and network security, where she has authored or co-authored four books, over 130 journal papers, 24 book chapters, and 190 conference papers, which have received more than 6000 citations according to Google Scholar. She has chaired more than a dozen major international events and guest-edited more than a dozen special issues of various journals. She serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Network, IEEE IoT Journal, and Elsevier Computer Networks and Ad Hoc Networks journals. She serves as IEEE Vehicular Technology Society distinguished lecturer for 2017-2019.

P2P network issues in a blockchain-based ledger

Abstract:

Interconnection network and its performance have a major impact on the performance of blockchain-based distributed ledgers. In this talk, we present a brief overview of the Bitcoin's blockchain distribution network, followed by a model of the data distribution algorithm, and some performance results pertaining to block and transaction propagation times, fork probability, network partitioning in case of a fork event,

and duration of the inconsistent state of the ledger. Values of individual model parameters are derived from recent measurements and business analysis reports. We model the data distribution algorithm using branching processes in the network with random distribution of node connectivity. Then we apply Jackson network model to the entire network in which individual nodes operate as priority M/G/1 queuing systems. Data arrival to the nodes is modeled as a non-homogeneous Poisson process where the distribution of arrival rate to the nodes is derived from the analytical model of data delivery protocol. We show that the three-way forking probability is substantially lower than that of a two-way forking and that the partition sizes in the case of two-way forking tend to equalize when the number of nodes increases. We also show that the duration of ledger inconsistency state exhibits long tail probability distribution which means that successive forking events can force the ledger to remain inconsistent for a long time.


Speaker:

Vojislav B. Misic

Web page:

http://www.scs.ryerson.ca/~vmisic/

Biography:

Vojislav B. Misic is a Professor of Computer Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. His research interests include performance evaluation of wireless networks and systems and software engineering. He has authored seven books, more than twenty book chapters, more than 100 papers, and close to 200 conference papers in these areas. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Ad hoc Networks, Peer-to-Peer Networks and Applications, and International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems. 

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of ACM.


Harmonization and Integration between Wireless Power and Data Transmissions Based on Regulatory Science

Abstract:

Microwave wireless power transmission/transfer (WPT) has been researched and developed to mostly reach to commercial products while it performs longer distance power transmission than conventional electromagnetic and magnetic induction schemes. Huge demand of WPT applications for mobile rechargeable devices for IoT and M2M in general, and specific use cases of UAV or drones for emergency rescue and parcel delivery, implant medical devices etc. is supporting its research and development. However, there are several remained problems for practical uses; (1)EMC and human body protection guidance for WPT, (2)interference of WPT to radio licence system (primary user in radio regulation), (3)mutual interference between WPT and non-licence radio system in secondary users, (4)improvement of electricity feeding efficiency of WPT devices and antennas, (5)regulatory compliance testing, (6)international standard for global business and so on. This talk will cover current state of art in WPT, in particular, according to analogy of wireless communication theory and technology, newly invented technologies in physical, data link (media access control; MAC), network layers will be introduced to solve the above-mentioned problems such as multi-hop relay of WPT, MAC protocol for WPT and so on. These new theories and technologies of WPT could be integrated together with conventional wireless communication ones. Moreover, harmonization between WPT and other radio applications will be discussed to achieve their coexistence by logical numerical evaluation of risk versus benefit of radio uses, derivation of regulatory compliance guideline from various viewpoints of stakeholders based on regulatory science. International standard of WPT will be also addressed shortly.


Speaker:

Ryuji Kohno

Affiliation:

Director, Research Center for Novel Medical Systems Based on Interdisciplinary Research between Social and Natural Sciences, and Professor, Division of Mathematics, Physics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan, kohno-ryuji-ns@ynu.ac.jp

Chair, Kanagawa Medical Device Regulatory Science Consortium, Japan Distinguished Professor, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, ryuji.kohno@ee.oulu.fi

Biography:

Ryuji Kohno received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1984. Since 1998 he has been a Professor and the Director of Centre on Medical Information and Communication Technology, in Yokohama National University in Japan. In his currier he played a part-time role of a director of Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory of SONY CSL during 1998-2002, directors of UWB Technology and medical ICT institutes of NICT during 2002-2012. Since 2012 he is CEO of University of Oulu Research Institute Japan - CWC-Nippon Co. Since 2007 he has been a distinguished professor in University of Oulu in Finland. The meanwhile, he was a director of Kanagawa Medical Device Regulatory Science Centre for 2014-2019. He was members of medical devices committee in PMDA for 2012-2014 and the Science Council of Japan since 2006. He was a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Information Theory Society in 2000-2009, and editors of IEEE Transactions on Communications, Information Theory, and ITS. He was Vice-president of Engineering Sciences Society of IEICE during 2004-2005, Editor-in chief of the IEICE Trans. Fundamentals during 2003-2005. He is a founder and a chair of steering committee of international symposia of medical information and communication technologies (ISMICT) since 2006. He is fellows of IEEE and IEICE.

On the edge of 5G: a view of the R&D from Europe

Abstract:

This talk will address a set of guiding directions for the future research as we bring 5G into the market, relying on the European R&D context, and highlighting both evolutionary and revolutionary subjects.


Speaker:

Rui L. Aguiar

Affiliation:

Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Web page:

https://www.it.pt/Members/Index/357

Biography:

Rui L. Aguiar (born 1967) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro. He is currently a Full Professor at the University of Aveiro. He has been previously an adjunct professor at the INI, Carnegie Mellon University, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for topics associated with 5G and novel communication systems. He is currently co-coordinating a research line in Instituto de Telecomunicações, on the area of Networks and Multimedia. He is also the current Steering Board Chair of Networld2020 and an advisor for the Portuguese Secretaria de Estado das Comunicações.

In terms of professional associations, he is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM. He is serving as the Portugal Chapter Chair of IEEE Communications Society.

His current research interests are centred on the implementation of advanced wireless networks and systems, with special emphasis on 5G networks and beyond (including Future Internet discussions). He has more than 500 published papers in those areas and is regularly invited for keynotes on 5G and Future Internet networks.

The Challenges of Connected and Automated Mobility

Abstract:

Connected and automated mobility is a global, ambitious programme, with a multipronged focus: improving safety, thus reducing deaths on the road, improving transportation efficiency whilst reducing the environmental impact, and improving the quality of the mobility experience, for drivers and passengers.

The challenges are not necessarily technological, rather mainly legal and regulatory, reflecting growing safety, security and privacy concerns.

The presentation will focus on open technology issues and on the first instantiations of cross-border corridors aiming at delivering initial CAM services. Emphasis will also be put on the underlying, conflicting business-models under consideration.


Speaker:

Jorge Manuel Nunes Pereira 

Affiliation:

European Commission

Biography:

Between 1983 and 1988, he taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of IST as Full Lecturer in the areas of Electrotechnics and Electrical Measurements, Applied Electronics and Telecommunication Systems, and became Assistant Professor in 1994.

From 1988 to 1990, he worked at LinCom Corp., Los Angeles, in a NASA project on space-to-space communications, and on synchronization issues. From 1991 to 1993, he worked for Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) and PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology) on Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems (IVHS)/Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). From 1993 to 1996, at GTE Laboratories Inc., Waltham, MA, was responsible for Communication Analysis and Simulation in the Federal Highway Administration National IVHS Architecture study; represented GTE at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) IVHS Section, and in the High Speed Data Systems workgroup of the CDMA Development Group (CDG). 

He has been with the European Commission since September 1996, initially as Scientific Officer, becoming Principal Scientific Officer in 2005. He has been dealing with ICT, covering a broad variety of areas, with a focus on networking, devices, applications and services, testing and validation, as well as deployment. He is, since 2016, in the area of Future Connectivity Systems, focusing on 5G and beyond, where he is responsible for the areas of Advanced Spectrum Management; optical-wireless convergence; Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM); and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR).

In all those positions, he has been responsible for International Cooperation, namely with US, Japan, China, India and Brazil; for leading and animating important areas of research; for Conference and Exhibition organization at the Commission as well as for organizing Special Sessions and Workshops at major IEEE and other Conferences.

He has been involved in policy definition as well as policy and technology development in areas related to both research, development and innovation (R&D&I) and societal challenges in a number of areas: Advanced Spectrum Management, involved in the preparation of World Radio Conferences; Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM), where he is responsible for cross-border corridors; Emergency and Crisis Management and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR), coordinating the associated working group in the Communications Committee (COCOM); Energy Efficiency; Environmental Monitoring; and IPv6, where he is responsible for promotion and monitoring of IPv6 deployment. 

He was also responsible for the Future Internet Forum (FIF) involving the Member States and Associated States around the Future Internet initiative. 

Professional Activities

He is a member of the Advisory Board of John Wiley's Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, and of the Editorial Board of Kluwer Academic Publishers' Wireless Personal Communications Journal.

He is a Member of the IEEE, where he is Associate Editor for Mobile Radio, including Vehicular Communications, for the IEEE VTS Magazine, and a member of the IEEE 5G Summit Steering Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He also served as Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks.

He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer in Portugal. 

Awards

He received the Industry Achievement Award of the Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Forum in 2003, in recognition of his “outstanding contributions, research and development in the field of SDR”, and was inducted as life-member of the Wireless Innovation Forum.

He was inducted in the IPv6 Hall of Fame, at the IPv6 Forum Summit in Nanjing, China, in October 2019.




Large Intelligent Surfaces: One Step Beyond Massive MIMO

Abstract:

The evolution from 4G to 5G wireless systems was driven by the expected huge growth in user bit rates and overall required bit rates, and the same might be expect for beyond 5G systems. This means a substantial spectral efficiency increase, which must be achieved while maintaining or even improving the power efficiency. To accomplish this one needs to employ new transmission techniques, with the most promising ones based on the use of a large number of antennas. For this reason, massive MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) schemes, involving tens or even hundreds of antennas, are a key component of 5G, since they allow high capacity gains, while enabling significant power savings.  

LIS (Large Intelligent Surfaces) are the natural evolution of massive MIMO schemes. They will involve many thousands of antenna elements, allowing huge capacity gains, as well accurate positioning and efficient energy harvesting techniques. However, the implementation of LIS techniques involves considerable challenges. The same way that massive MIMO cannot be regarded as a scaled version of conventional MIMO, LIS schemes cannot be regarded as scaled versions of massive MIMO. 

In this talk we give an overview of LIS potentialities and challenges. We start by making an overview on the evolution from MIMO to massive MIMO, and its extension to LIS. Then we present the main features of LIS systems, as well as the implementation constraints and challenges, as well as potential solutions.


Speaker:

Rui Dinis 

Biography:

Rui Dinis received the Ph.D. degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2001 and the Habilitation in Telecommunications from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), in 2010. From 2001 to 2008 he was a Professor at IST. Currently he is an associated professor at FCT-UNL. During 2003 he was a visiting professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was a researcher at CAPS (Centro de Análise e Processamento de Sinal), IST, from 1992 to 2005 and a researcher at ISR (Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica) from 2005 to 2008. Since 2009 he is a researcher at IT (Instituto de Telecomunicações). 

Rui Dinis is a Distinguished Lecturer at IEEE VTS and is or was editor at IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Open Access Journal on Communications and Elsevier Physical Communication.

He has been actively involved in several national and international research projects in the broadband wireless communications area. His main research interests include modulation and signal design, equalization and multiuser detection, channel estimation and synchronization, nonlinear effects in digital communications and cross layer design and optimization.