IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
9-12 September 2018 – Bologna, Italy

KEYNOTES

ABSTRACT

We were privileged to be part of a £16m UK project on 5G. In this keynote, I will share the fascinating story on how we managed to be the first in the world to build and deploy an end-to-end 5G system. I will share the hard lessons learned but also the incredible transformative capabilities of 5G, both in our ecosystem as well as from a user point of view. An important constituent is the ability to deliver low-latency services which I believe will transform Virtual Reality to the novel concept of Synchronized Reality. I will explain the technical embodiments and how it underpins the next-generation Internet, the Internet of Skills. Finally, there will be a surprise live intervention from my end — stay “tuned”!

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Monday, September 10, 9:45, Room: TBD

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mischa Dohler, King’s College London, UK

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, former Minister David Willetts’ 8 Great Technology Fund, UK Regulator Ofcom, UK Ministries, No 10, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

He is also an entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on iTunes and an artist-verified Spotify account; as well as fluent in 6 languages. He has talked twice at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

ABSTRACT

5G New Radio (NR) Phase 1 (Release 15) standard will be approved in the June 2018. It is expected that standard compliant commercial products will be in trial shortly after. The large scale commercial deployment is expected next year. 5G is coming faster than expected. The phase 1 NR standard enables the roll out of enhanced mobile broadband, fixed wireless to home and some ultra low latency and high reliability services. In this talk, we will present the NR key features which make these services possible with insights on the decisions made. Expected performance and benefits comparing with the existing system will be provided. We then provides the outlook of NR phase 2 features and potential targeted new services. In the end, future research topics beyond Phase 2 will be discussed.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Tuesday, September 11, 9:00, Room: TBD

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Peiying Zhu, Huawei

Dr. Peiying Zhu is an IEEE Fellow and Huawei Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 200 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G. She co-chaired various 5G workshops in IEEE GLOBECOM. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products.

ABSTRACT

The use of flying robots (drones) carrying radio transceiver equipment is the new promising frontier in our quest towards ever more flexible, adaptable and spectrally efficient wireless networks. Beyond obvious challenges within regulatory, control, navigation, and operational domains, the deployment of autonomous flying radio access network

(Fly-RANs) also comes with a number of exciting new research problems such as the issue of autonomous real-time placement of the drones in a way that can guarantee user and network performance. We present several different scenarios of interest such as IoT monitoring and mobile broadband access. The approaches lie at the cross-roads between machine learning, signal processing and optimization. Some approaches exploit the reconstruction of 3D map from sampled radio measurements which can have application beyond the realm of communications. Early-stage practical realizations are demonstrated.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Tuesday, September 11, 9:45, Room: TBD

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

David Gesbert, Eurecom, France

David Gesbert (IEEE Fellow) is Professor and Head of the Communication Systems Department, EURECOM. He obtained the Ph.D degree from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, France, in 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he has been with the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University. He was then a founding engineer of Iospan Wireless Inc, a Stanford spin off pioneering MIMO-OFDM (now Intel).

Before joining EURECOM in 2004, he has been with the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo as an adjunct professor. D. Gesbert has published about 270 papers and 25 patents, some of them winning the 20015 IEEE Best Tutorial Paper Award (Communications Society), 2012 SPS Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, 2004 IEEE Best Tutorial Paper Award (Communications Society), 2005 Young Author Best Paper Award for Signal Proc. Society journals, and paper awards at conferences 2011 IEEE SPAWC, 2004 ACM MSWiM. He has been a Technical Program Co-chair for ICC2017. He was named a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in Computer Science.

David sits on the board of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance and is also a visiting Academic Master within the Program 111 at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Since 2015, he holds the ERC Advanced grant “PERFUME” on the topic of smart device Communications in future wireless networks (www.ercperfume.org).

ABSTRACT

Wireless networks of electronically controlled implantable medical sensors and actuators will be the basis of many innovative and potentially revolutionary therapies. The biggest obstacle in realizing this vision of networked implants is posed by the dielectric nature of the human body, which strongly attenuates radio-frequency electromagnetic waves used in traditional wireless technologies.

This talk will give an overview of ongoing research at Northeastern University exploring a radically different approach, i.e., establishing wireless networked systems in human tissues that transfer data and energy through acoustic waves at ultrasonic frequencies. We will start off by discussing applications of networked implantable medical systems. We will then analyze fundamental aspects of ultrasonic propagation in human tissues and their impact on the design of wireless networking protocols at different layers of the protocol stack. We will then discuss our work on designing and prototyping the first ultrasonic Internet-of-Things platform through a closed-loop combination of mathematical modeling, simulation, and experimental evaluation.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, September 12, 9:00, Room: TBD

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University, US

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Northeastern University in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and of the 2018 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award.

He is the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. He was the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, and serves in the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Biological, Molecular, and Multi-Scale Communications.

His research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

ABSTRACT

It has been nearly one decade since low power wide area networks (LPWAN) have emerged, with the ambition to provide the communication technology of choice for many IoT applications. The initial hype around LPWAN has generated a variety of proprietary and standard based technologies, vying for market adoption. The fierce rivalry is often battled out by the marketing machineries of their backers as technical features do not yet seem to play key differentiators. This talk we will reflect upon the current LPWAN technology landscape and the journey many of the technologies have since taken. It will examine existing differences in technology ecosystems and the business models they enable. Focusing on the main contenders, key deployments of networks and use cases across the world will be discussed highlighting hot and upcoming industry trends that can make a difference to LPWAN in future.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, September 12, 9:45, Room: TBD

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Alex Gluhak, Digital Catapult, UK

Alex Gluhak is Head of Technology and Lead Technologist for IoT at the Digital Catapult, where he is responsible for interventions to help UK companies grow faster using emerging digital technologies. For more than 15 years Alex has actively contributed to the research of mobile computing and IoT technologies and how they can be applied to problems in the energy, water and smart city domain. He has worked for companies such as Intel Labs and Ericsson and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers at International conferences and journals about his work.

Alex currently leads Things Connected (http://thingsconnected.net/) an innovation support programme to drive the adoption of Low Power Wide Area Networks in the UK. He also runs one of the world’s largest LPWAN meetup community with more than 700 members in London (https://www.meetup.com/LPWAN-London/)