Keynotes

Chair: Filipe Cardoso (EUCNC2020 TPC Co-Chair, Poly. Inst. Setubal, Portugal)

Matti Latva-aho

(Director for 6G Flagship, University of Oulu, Finland )

Tuesday, 16 June, 9:15-10:00 CEST, Recommended re-viewing, address to be define soon
Tuesday, 16 June, 10:30-10:45 CEST, Live interaction, address to be define soon

 

Abstract

As 5G research is maturing towards a global standard, the research community must focus on the development of beyond-5G solutions and 2030 era, i.e. 6G. It is not clear yet what 6G will entail. It will include relevant technologies considered too immature for 5G or which are outside the defined scope of 5G. It is envisioned that we need new KPI drivers towards 6G besides the current 5G technical superiority KPIs: global megatrends, UN sustainability goals, emerging new technical enablers are emerging critical drivers towards 2030 solutions. Global coverage with services scaling, super efficient short range connectivity and accurate localization are missing features within current mobile systems and deserve special attention. Value chains are likely to be revolutionized via emergence of different verticals needs as well as local spectrum licensing. To summarize, 6G is not only about moving bits: it will become a framework of services, including communication service where all user specific computation and intelligence may move to edge cloud. Integration of sensing, imaging and highly accurate positioning capabilities with mobility opens a myriad of new applications in 6G era.

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Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 – 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.

Chair: Vlatko Lipovac (EuCNC 2020 Host and TPC Chair, Univ. Dubrovnik, Croatia)

Dan Kilper

(Director, Center for Integrated Access Networks, University of Arizona, USA)

Tuesday, 16 June, 16:00-16:45 CEST, Recommended re-viewing, address to be define soon
Tuesday, 16 June, 16:45-17:00 CEST, Live interaction, address to be define soon

 

Abstract

Optical communication system technology development has historically been driven by performance advances in the backbone of the Internet. In recent years, markets have shifted, and the role of optical systems is being redefined. Metropolitan traffic growth continues to outpace long haul traffic growth, bringing more focus onto capacity and the use of optical systems in the network edge. The emergence of edge cloud computing and demanding requirements for 5G networks are adding fuel to this trend. Optical transmission inherently provides the deterministic, ultra-low latency and high speeds targeted in 5G and beyond networks. As a result, optical systems are undergoing a transformation from a high performance, capacity driven backbone technology to a scalable, flexible software defined edge network technology. Open and disaggregated optical line systems are being introduced in whitebox platforms using software defined networking controls. The system complexity required to handle the optical physical layer, however, remains an obstacle. The challenge for optical systems is to embrace a new roadmap that untangles this complexity in order to achieve the flexibility and intelligent software control needed to deliver on the full promise of the 5G vision.

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Dr. Dan Kilper is the Director of the Center for Integrated Access Networks and a research Professor in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He holds adjunct faculty positions at the Columbia University Data Science Institute and Trinity College Dublin. He is a faculty appointee at NIST. He received MS (1992) and PhD (1996) degrees in Physics from the University of Michigan. From 2000-2013, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs, and he co-founded Palo Verde Networks, a startup developing optical technologies for AI controlled software-defined optical networks. He holds thirteen patents and authored six book chapters and more than one hundred sixty peer-reviewed publications. His research is aimed at solving fundamental and real-world problems in communication networks, addressing interdisciplinary challenges for smart cities, sustainability, and digital equity.

Chair: Vlatko Lipovac (EuCNC 2020 Host and TPC Chair, Univ. Dubrovnik, Croatia)

Nicolas Demassieux

(Senior Vice President Research, Orange, France)

Wednesday, 17 June, 9:45-10:30 CEST, Recommended re-viewing, address to be define soon
Wednesday, 17 June, 10:30-10:45 CEST, Live interaction, address to be define soon

 

Abstract

As 5G deployments are happening around the globe, the research community has started to look into what could be the network technologies for the 2030 horizon. So far, research is ongoing on basic technology components, but initiatives are on preparation to build an initial vision on what a “Beyond 5G” or “6G” system could be and should do, like the ICT-52 call for projects in Europe.
But after 30 years of successful development of mobile networks and of their extraordinary global adoption, we are entering a different era: what drove the technical evolutions (increase of coverage, throughput, capacity with lower latencies) could well be challenged by needs of a very different nature (sustainability, security and resilience, frugality…).
In Orange, we think the technology has to respond to needs of the society. Citizens, enterprises, public services and communities should have a growing part of defining what comes next. The economics, energy and more generally environmental impacts need to guide the development of any large scale technological effort. This leads to trade-offs between requirements, tradeoffs that will need to be decided in the system design or to be left settable by operators and/or users when the technology is deployed. Therefore, we think it is essential that a vision of the needs of the society in 2030-2040 is framed in parallel with technological research, before we engage into putting together the technical components into an actual system design. In this talk, we will share our vision on the stakes of the 2030-2040 society that future networking technologies will need to address, as well as our priorities for Beyond 5G system design.

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Nicolas Demassieux leads the research of Orange, a company ranked 19th in BCG’s 2018 most innovative companies report. With his team, he drives the vision, strategy and execution of research programs involving 700+ engineers and PhD students in multiple countries. A strong advocate of an integrative research culture, fully digital and human, he is involved in the domains of connectivity, infrastructure virtualization, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Security and Trust, with application domains such as digital personal life, digital societies (cities, agriculture, transport, health, industry…), digital enterprises and digital emerging countries.
Inspired by his interest in natural sciences (biology, ecology, geology) and his humanist vision, Nicolas is passionate about ethics, sustainable digital technology, and the evolution of our complex physical and biological planet.

Chair: Filipe Cardoso (EUCNC2020 TPC Co-Chair, Poly. Inst. Setubal, Portugal)

Wen Tong

(Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless, Huawei Technologies, Canada)

Wednesday, 17 June, 14:30-15:15 CEST, Recommended re-viewing, address to be define soon
Wednesday, 17 June, 15:15-15:30 CEST, Live interaction, address to be define soon

 

Abstract

Today, 5G becomes a reality as we have witnessed the global roll-out of 5G networks. The 5G deployment will realize the vision of “connect of everything” and become the fundamental platform to enable the digital transformation for every vertical business.
Next on the horizon, we see the emerging of 6G, 6G is believed to realize “connected intelligence”, and solving human challenges in many aspects. The research community start to look into the vision and requirements to define the 6G, the long term process for technology research, ecosystem alignment and global standardization will continue to carry on for next 5 to 8 years, in this talk we share our perspective on the 6G evolution and its path.
We also present the earlier definition for 6G and the view on enabling technologies. The spectrum allocation opportunities and envisioned timeline. We discuss the key question regarding the applications and services which can be enabled by 6G.

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Dr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless.
Dr. Tong is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, He was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist, spearhead to lead Huawei’s 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 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 had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with 440 granted US patents.
Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance.