Keynotes2022-07-19T11:48:35+00:00

Mikael Rylander: “Shaping 6G: The evolutionary path with revolutionary technologies”

Chair: Ari T. Pouttu (Centre for Wireless Communications University of Oulu, FI)

Mikael Rylander

Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia, FI

Wednesday, 8 June, 9:15-10:00, Auditorium WTC

Abstract

Approximately every ten years, the opportunity presents itself to define the next generation of mobile networks. With currently more than 200 networks operational worldwide, 5G systems continue to evolve, but 6G research is in full swing driven by pre-competitive joint-research initiatives. At Nokia, we believe 6G will not just build on existing technologies, it will transform what a network can do. 6G will help us redefine how we live, work and take care of our planet. To achieve the vision, it requires a journey, fueled by new advances in technology and new standards in the coming decade. In this talk, Mikael will show our technology vision for 2030 and beyond as well as explore the six key building blocks for building 6G networks. He will show how each of these elements will bring our future vision to life.

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Mikael Rylander is focused on steering technology innovation for Nokia in this rapidly changing era of software-driven, open-network systems. He is responsible for driving Nokia’s technology leadership and its technology strategy as well as defining Nokia’s long-term technology vision. Mikael guides Nokia’s direction in critical future network architectures like 5G-Advanced and 6G. His team maps out the strategy for machine-learning and data-driven systems, security and privacy technologies and sustainable innovation. While keeping one eye on Nokia’s future, he keeps the other eye focused on industry and global trends to identify the opportunities on which Nokia can capitalize. Before taking on his current leadership role at Nokia, Mikael worked at cloud-native software-maker Mavenir. There he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Radio Units Business and led the development of its 4G and 5G RAN portfolio, effectively transforming Mavenir from a core and messaging software provider into a full-stack virtualized mobile network vendor. Prior to Mavenir, Mikael had a long tenure at Ericsson, holding multiple executive roles in R&D and product development. He worked across the range of Ericsson’s radio portfolio from the 2G era onwards, contributing to the development of GSM, WCMA, TD-SCDMA, LTE, 5G and transport products. Mikael played a key role in bringing to market Ericsson’s massive MIMO 5G radios in the sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. Given the depth and breath of his experience in every generation of communications technology for the last two decades, Mikael is uniquely positioned for the strategic visionary role with which Nokia has entrusted him. He was on the front lines as telecom’s focus shifted from voice to data and from fixed networks to mobility, and he is already well versed in the industry’s latest transformation toward virtualization and O-RAN. Mikael received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is now based in Espoo, Finland.

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Dimitra Simeonidou: “6G: From Digital Transformation to Socio-Digital Innovation”

Chair: Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA-LETI, FR)

Dimitra Simeonidou

Director Smart Internet Lab, Co-Director Bristol Digital Futures Institute, University of Bristol, UK

Thursday, 9 June, 8:30-9:15, Auditorium WTC

Abstract

5G was primarily developed with a focus on industry, addressing the importance of advanced connectivity and IoT to drive digital transformation in vertical sectors. 6G needs to take a more holistic approach towards people and economy, focusing on global societal challenges such as climate change, inclusion, poverty, skills, the future of work and civic renewal. This talk will introduce the notion of adopting Cyber-Physical-Social System (CPSS) approaches to the design of the next generation mobile networks. This is an emerging concept addressing the need to understand the impact of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) on society and vice versa, and design digital infrastructures accordingly. It reflects on projected trends of 6G, its users and their environment. The talk will further explain the rational for human-centric service models and will justify the need to leverage on human intelligence and co-creational methodologies in the design and delivery of future mobile networks.

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Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing on the fields of high-performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G/6G and smart city infrastructures. She is increasingly working with Social Sciences on topics of digital transformation for society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the multi-award-winning smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G and Open RAN pilots. She is the author and co-author of over 600 publications, numerous patents and several contributions to standards. She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks delivering SDN solutions for enterprise and emergency networks. Dimitra is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE) and a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar.

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Falko Dressler: “Going Beyond RF: Nano Communication in 6G+ Networks”

Chair: Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA-LETI, FR)

Falko Dressler

Prof., T.U. Berlin, DE

Thursday, 9 June, 9:15-10:00, Auditorium WTC

Abstract

Conventional wireless communication is based on electromagnetic waves.  Even though perfectly suited for classic telecommunication networks, communicating nodes on a nano or micro scale and operating in challenging environments such as liquids or (explosive) gases need to rely on different communication paradigms and technologies.  Examples range from communicating nanobots patrolling through the human body for medical purposes to air-based molecular communication, and to macroscopic scale communication in industrial facilities and pipe networks containing water, oil, or gases.  Such nano communication channels are considered to be based on traveling molecules, which can be composed of magnetizable elements, biochemical molecules, and other markers that can be detected using biological, chemical, or physical processes.  Nano communication, often referred to also as molecular communication, has the potential to complement classic radio-based telecommunication networks and, eventually, become an integral part of 6G+ solutions.  Various types molecular communication principles have been explored using analytical methods, simulation techniques, as well as lab experiments.  This includes channel characterization and prediction as well as modulation techniques.  In this talk, we study options for such nano communication.  Particular emphasis is given to applications in both precision medicine and industrial environments.

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Falko Dressler is full professor and Chair for Telecommunication Networks at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, TU Berlin. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively.  Dr. Dressler has been associate editor-in-chief for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and Elsevier Computer Communications as well as an editor for journals such as IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Network Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks.  He has been chairing conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE VNC, IEEE GLOBECOM.  He authored the textbooks Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks published by Wiley & Sons and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press.  He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker.  Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Fellow as well as an ACM Distinguished Member.  He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).  He has been serving on the IEEE COMSOC Conference Council and the ACM SIGMOBILE Executive Committee.  His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking (sub-6GHz, mmWave, visible light, molecular communication) and wireless-based sensing with applications in ad hoc and sensor networks, the Internet of Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems.

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Ruyue YN Li: “Evolution of Emerging Technologies Towards 5G-Advanced and 6G”

Chair: Luis M. Correia (IST/INESC-ID – University of Lisbon & INESC, PT)

Ruyue YN Li

ZTE Corporation, CN

Friday, 10 June, 9:00-9:45, Auditorium WTC

Abstract

Mobile communication technologies have been changing our lives at a steady pace with a regular cycle of decade. Now 6G is becoming one of the hot keywords while we are still evolving our 5G standards to 5G Advanced for extension of its business deployment covering more and more business sectors including verticals. In the past generations, we have seen how mobile services and applications boosted the innovation, industry eco-system and economy, and gradually re-shaped our human society. When we talk about the future of mobile communications, we must learn from the past and face concurrent challenges. Following the paradigm of mobile communications technology evolution, adopting mobile services in vertical segments, and ensuring sustainable market development will enlighten the evolution path towards 5G-Advanced and 6G.   Continuous advancements of emerging wireless technologies will fuel the smooth 5G Advanced evolution towards 6G.

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Ruyue YN Li is currently the Senior Managing Director of Radio System Standardization at ZTE Corporation in charge of research and standardization on radio system related 5G/6G technologies.  He received his Ph.D. and B.Eng. degrees from the University of Hong Kong and his M.S. degree from Stanford University. His research focuses on radio access technologies and network optimization in the cellular communication area with over 100 granted patents. Since he joined ZTE in 2009, he has been actively involved in wireless research and standardization activities including 3GPP RAN standardization.  Prior to ZTE, he worked for several telecommunication and semiconductor companies in the U.S., including Qualcomm and Marvell Semiconductor on the projects related to 2G/3G baseband algorithm design and LTE standardization. His recent research interests include massive MIMO, mmWave communications, beam management, RIS, AI/ML applications on MIMO, URLLC, green communication and interference coordination.

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Egon A. Schulz: “6G Drives Europe Innovations for the Next Decades”

Chair: Luis M. Correia (IST/INESC-ID – University of Lisbon & INESC, PT)

Egon A. Schulz

Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, Munich Research Center, European Research Institute, DE

Friday, 10 June, 9:45-10:30, Auditorium WTC

Abstract

The global progress in the 6G research is promising, the new use cases and new enabling technologies have been identified, and six major foundational capabilities will be presented: the native AI, the integrated sensing & communications, the extreme connectivity, the integrated terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, trustworthiness and sustainability. In this talk, we emphasise that the 6G capabilities can take the vertical industries to a new level of play. In conjunction, the machine learning and sensing capabilities will give the opportunities not  only to deliver the metaverse to the consumers but also to enable fully intelligent vertical business. We will also show some  6G technology proof-concepts.

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Dr. Schulz has more than 35 year’s experience in Mobile Communication Services, Research & Innovation, Product and Solution Creation Processes: Terminal & Infrastructure, Spectrum, Prototyping, Standardization, National/International Collaboration and Product oriented Research (PoR).
In 1988 he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens AG, Munich. In 1993 he was a director for System Engineering for RITL and wireless PBX systems based on DECT and WB-CDMA. From 1998 he was involved in the UMTS standardization. Since 2000 he has been serving as director for future radio concepts. Dr. Schulz has published numerous conference papers. In 2009 Dr. Schulz joined the Huawei’s Munich Research Centre as Director. He is Huawei’s representative in NetworldEurope Board and in 5G IA/6G IA Board. Dr. Schulz was strongly engaged in research and prototyping for 4G and 5G in particular in 5GPPP projects for designing, validation and verification of 5G. His current research work focuses on the mobile generation for the next decade, the 6G system.

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