Keynotes

Biswanath Mukherjee

(Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, USA)

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Abstract

The network user, armed with increasingly-capable smart devices, is becoming more powerful. The user is demanding that newer IT infrastructures, e.g., Beyond 5G – consisting of the communication networks, (edge and cloud) data centers, distributed network functions, etc. – become more agile, and the services they facilitate become more application-centric, leading to exceptional user experience. For the network user, it is no longer satisfactory for the infrastructure operators to claim that their newer resources can support many orders of magnitude higher bandwidth and much lower latency by focusing on only the lower layers of the protocol stack (Layers 1-3). Noting that different applications have different tolerances to available bandwidth, latency, etc., novel methods are required to develop real-time application-centric user-experience analytics for future IT infrastructures. Given the huge data volumes involved, appropriate AI and machine-learning methods need to be applied.

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Biswanath Mukherjee received the BTech (Hons) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1980) and PhD from University of Washington, Seattle (1987). He was General Co-Chair of IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, TPC Co-Chair of OFC’2009, and TPC Chair of IEEE INFOCOM’96. He is Editor of Springer’s Optical Networks Book Series. He has served on 8 journal editorial boards, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network. He has supervised 72 PhDs and currently mentors 12 advisees, mainly PhD students. He is winner of the 2004 Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, the 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and the 2016 UC Davis International Community Building Award at UC Davis. He is co-winner of 11 Best Paper Awards, mostly from IEEE conferences. He is author of the textbook Optical WDM Networks (Springer, January 2006). He is Founder and President of Ennetix, Inc. He is winner of the IEEE COMSOC’s inaugural Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area”. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Michele Zarri

(Technical Director, GSM Association, United Kingdom)

Date and room to be defined

 

Abstract

The presentation will cover the following:
• Who is GSMA?
• The role and objectives of GSMA in the 5G era
• An evolving technology enabling revolutionary business models
• Alternatives for introduction of 5G

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Michele Zarri is a technical director in GSMA where he works on advanced technologies and 5G. Michele graduated in telecommunications engineering at University of Pisa (Italy) and completed his studies at King’s College of London (UK). Prior joining the GSMA Michele worked for Deutsche Telekom where he accrued more than 15 years of experience in standardization of mobile technologies. Michele served as chairman of working groups both in 3GPP and GSMA.

Thomas Kürner

(University Professor, Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Germany)

Date and room to be defined

 

Abstract

Already a couple of years ago THz communications have not only become an attractive new research area on channel modeling but also triggered a couple of projects heading to develop appropriate technological solutions to enable the set-up of hardware demonstrators. In parallel discussions and activities in standardization and regulation already took off. In October 2017, IEEE published Std. IEEE 802.15.3d-2017 the worldwide first wireless communications standard operating in the 300 GHz frequency band. In parallel to the standardization process activities at the ITU-R level targeting on the provision of an appropriate regulatory framework at the World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-2019) via a dedicated agenda item have taken off. The speaker has been actively involved in all those areas. The talk will provide a brief overview on the current status of the development of THz Communication systems focusing on the past and current activities at IEEE 802 and the WRC 2019 preparations as well as on recent results on advanced channel characterization at 300 GHz and hardware demonstrators operating in this frequency range.

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Thomas Kürner received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and his Dr.-Ing. degree in 1993, both from University of Karlsruhe (Germany). From 1990 to 1994 he was with the Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE) at the University of Karlsruhe working on wave propagation modelling, radio channel characterisation and radio network planning. From 1994 to 2003, he was with the radio network planning department at the headquarters of the GSM 1800 and UMTS operator E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG, Düsseldorf, where he was team manager radio network planning support responsible for radio network planning tools, algorithms, processes and parameters form 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is Full University Professor for Mobile Radio Systems at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. His working areas are indoor channel characterisation and system simulations for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication system, propagation, traffic and mobility models for automatic planning and self-organization of mobile radio networks and vehicle-to-X communications.

Walter Weigel

(Vice President, Huawei European Research Institute, Belgium)

Date and room to be defined

 

Abstract

Vertical industries and applications have been among the key use cases fostering 5G research in the past years, driving the definition of new generation wireless technologies. Autonomous driving, digital factories, remote surgery, just to mention a few well known cases, posed hard challenges to cellular communication systems, as they require ultra-low latency and ultra-high reliability connectivity, potentially for massive number of devices and sensors. Solutions to such challenges are now coming to maturity and being standardized for the early drop of 5G end to end systems, which will enable a plethora of new services and business. Within this framework, this presentation will give some insights in these scenarios comprising real 5G tests and the design of the radio interface.

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Dr. Walter Weigel graduated from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, with the Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1984 and with the Ph. D. degree in 1990. From 1984 to 1991 he was assistant professor at the Institute of Data Processing at the Technical University in Munich.
Dr. Weigel is since 1st April 2015 CSO and VP of the European Research Institute of Huawei, based in Leuven, Belgium and Munich, Germany.
He was from September 2006 to July 2011 the Director General of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute ETSI. Between February 1991 and February 2015 he held several positions within Siemens AG, including VP of External Cooperations and Head of Standardization in Corporate Technology, VP of the Research & Concepts-department of the Mobile Networks business unit as well as Head of the business segment Video Processing for the semiconductor business unit (today Infineon).
He is a lecturer at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, member of the Innovationsdialog of the German Government and of the Aalborg University Industry Advisory Council, member of the Senate of Acatech (German academy of technical sciences) and of the Board of 5GAA, former member of the IEEE Board of Governors as well as of the Key Enabling Technologies working group of DG Grow.