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

PANELS

P1 Timely Access to Spectrum – The Key Enabler for Novel 5G Businesses

Monday, September 10, at 11.00-12.30

Room: tbd

ABSTRACT

Key to the success of 5G services is the ability to timely access suitable harmonized mobile spectrum in required locations on appropriate terms based on the needs of the use case and the business model. In terms of global harmonization, 3GPP and ITU are moving forward with standards and spectrum for 5G with special focus on emerging novel use cases (IoT, digital automation, smart cities, augmented/virtual reality) with diverse requirements. No wireless 5G services can be provided credibly and scalable without internationally agreed technical specifications and access to sufficient amount of harmonized radio spectrum. Spectrum is an essential enabler for 5G, and significant changes in spectrum characteristics are expected with respect to previous generations, including the amount and bandwidth of spectrum, type of spectral bands, and also, the ways of authorizing the use of spectrum, including unlicensed and shared use. In particular, different spectrum sharing mechanisms would inevitably lead to a range of novel implementation solutions and business models, ranging from stand alone to hosting on a public mobile network or a dedicated wholesale network. Flexible 5G NR framework will natively support different spectrum types: licensed, shared and unlicensed, and new sharing paradigms through scalable OFDM-based interface, TDD self-contained and flexible slot-based structure, network MIMO and mobile mmWaves. For example, utilization of higher spectrum bands at mmWaves calls for local spectrum licensing as the radio range will be very small compared to current spectrum bands. Unbundling investments in spectrum, infrastructure and services will lower entry barrier for new service providers and leads to new incentives for local players for building and operating networks, as well as offering localized context depended services. This panel would give an overview of the current status in spectrum for 5G, and what kinds of novel deployment solutions and business models could be expected via different spectrum types and sharing schemes.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Seppo Yrjölä, Nokia Corporate Strategy and Development, Finland

Seppo Yrjölä is a Sr. Principal Innovator at Nokia Corporate Strategy and Development, in Finland. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Dr. Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Oulu. He conducts multi-disciplinary research combining technology, business and regulatory aspects for the development of future mobile communication systems.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Doriana Guiducci, (European Communications Office, Brussels) has been the first Italian spectrum expert to join in 2017 the European Communications Office (ECO) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her main areas of responsibility regard the preparation of the next World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-19) as well as spectrum engineering and frequency management work for the development of efficient and effective spectrum policies within CEPT, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations. Doriana worked for over a decade at Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, the Cultural and Research Institution that supports the Italian Administration on telecommunications and information technology matters. She holds a Ph.D in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering and a Telecommunications Engineering degree gained at University of Bologna (Italy).

 

Luigi Ardito, Director, Government Affairs Qualcomm, US

 

Enrico Buracchini (Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy) received, with full marks, the degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna in October 1994. In December 1994, he was employed in the Mobile Services Division of CSELT (R&D labs of Telecom Italia Group), now TILab, as a Research Engineer. His activity concerns the study of multiple access methods (TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA) for mobile communications systems. He is currently managing, as senior project manager, the activities on 5G NR (New Radio) into the Innovation Dept of TIM and he is the technical reference of the TIM 5G San Marino PoC. He is currently 3GPP RAN1 and ITU R 5D delegate for TIM and he was part of Italian Delegation to ITU R TG8/1 group dedicated to IMT 2000 standardisation. He managed, in 2000-2003 period, several consultancy projects for international TIM activities in Austria, Greece and Spain on UMTS. He was involved in several European research programs dedicated to 3G, 4G and 5G (Metis2). He published several papers on third and future generation mobile systems, smart antennas, SW radios and Cognitive Radios. Since 2003, he has managed R&D projects dedicated to ‘Systems beyond 3G’ including TILab E2R I & II and E3 activities, where he was also WP leader. He did several lectures @ former Telecom Italia School (SSGRR) on GSM, UMTS, HSDPA, SDMA and SDR, several lectures in Universities (Bologna, Catania, Milano, UPRC, UOA) on “Evolution of mobile systems” and several tutorials in conferences on SDR & CR. Since 2009, he is also lecturer of the course “Mobile telecommunication networks” inside the master on Wireless Systems & Technologies for foreign students of Politecnico di Torino.

 

Dr Marja Matinmikko-Blue(University of Oulu, Finland) is Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager at Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu. Prior to joining CWC, she worked in 2001-2015 at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. where she led national spectrum sharing trial projects. Currently she manages uO5G project that has proposed a new micro operator concept for boosting local service delivery in 5G. She holds a Dr.Sc. (Tech.) degree in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Oulu on cognitive radio techniques, and is finalizing her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management on stakeholder analysis for spectrum sharing. She conducts inter-disciplinary research on future mobile communication networks from business, technical, and regulatory perspective in close collaboration with industry, academia, and regulators. She has published over 100 scientific papers and prepared 100 contributions to spectrum regulatory forums in Europe (CEPT) and globally (ITU).

 

Tony Lavender is CEO of Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience spanning industry, regulation and consulting. He has worked on a wide range of communications policy, telecoms regulation and radio spectrum issues. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he is chairman of the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of consulting assignments on radio spectrum policy and management and is currently participating in a project with the European Commission on the 5G mmWave ecosystem. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

P2 Transforming the Automotive Revolution and Impacting Mobility?

Tuesday, September 11, at 11.00-12.30

Room: tbd

ABSTRACT

The move to automation and autonomous systems has gained momentum, setting the stage for potentially massive changes in the way the world works and communicates. The internet of things will be at the heart of the next automation revolution. As a consequence, the significance and reliance on capable communication systems for vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communication is a key asset with new requirements on advanced driving use cases (e.g. truck platooning). This, combined with sensor-based technologies will enhance the performance of automated driving and increase further traffic safety by collaboration between road users. The truly intelligent, fully connected car requires a massive amount of computing power and super-high-speed communications systems such as 5G V2X. Whereas, the mobile communications industry is striving towards targeting communication needs of network upgrades and vertical industries with corresponding requirements being set for the standardization of 5G until 2020 (3GPP Rel16) with large commercial launches by 2025. The size and potential impact of the automotive revolution requires more than gut feeling to drive the right decisions for a successful mobility strategy. Only a good understanding of the potential outcomes and a data-driven mind-set can enable actors to adjust to the full impact of the disruption on their business. This panel will discuss how the Automotive and Telecom Industry can best benefit from 5G V2X that is flexible in its functional and topological configuration. The need for connectivity platforms, creating in-vehicle-services ecosystems, or even unique car features with respect to applications, data, and media besides efficiently support a wide range of 5G V2X services and business models. As well as, what are the actions required consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as integration and availability of Industry fora solutions, standardization or policy and the time lines for execution.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Richard Stevens, IDC ITALIA SRL

Stevens is a director in the Government Consulting Unit in IDC where his work focuses on economic and policy analysis for topics including IoT, Cloud Computing, telecommunications and BigData for vertical Industries including Autonomous Vehicles. With a background in software development, Stevens has lead numerous international teams to develop enterprise class application platforms. Stevens’ expertise includes information architectures, workflows, rules, policies, interfaces, events, messages and data in middleware and execution environments.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Markus Dillinger (Huawei) received his Diplom-Ing. degree in telecommunications in 1990 from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1991 he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens for development of GSM base stations. From 1995 on, he was working on the definition of the third mobile radio generation in the European research projects. From 2000 he led Software Defined Radio research activities within the Siemens network division. He was leading several EU research programmes. From 2005 onwards he was director for mobile broadband solutions and later for enterprise solutions dealing with railway projects. In 2010 he joined Huawei Germany and was director for enterprise solutions for smart grid. In 2013 he has joined Huawei European Research Centre as Head of Wireless Internet Technologies where he runs private and public R&D programmes for e.g. car-to-car and automation supporting 3GPP standardization and normative work for the vertical industry. In September 2016 he was appointed as Executive Committee member for the 5GAA. These 3 Executive Committee members are responsible for the 5GAA operation.

 

Dr Ilaria Thibault (Vodafone Group UK) received her B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in telecommunications engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, and her Ph.D. degree in information and communication technologies jointly from the University of Bologna, Italy, and from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, in 2013. She is currently working as principal researcher in Vodafone Group R&D and focusing on the development and prototyping of 5G technologies and connected car solutions. Her main research interests are network deployment models for ultra-reliable and low -latency services, future technologies for industrial IoT, and physical layer aspects of wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communications. She is currently leading a task force within NGMN on 5G Extreme Requirements and is involved in 5GAA as a Vodafone delegate for the working group on use cases and requirements.

 

Taimoor Abbas is with Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden, since 2014, as a senior system design engineer. He is leading research projects in the area of 5G and V2X at Volvo Cars. He earned his Ph.D. degree in radio systems and M.S. degree in wireless communications from the department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, Sweden, in 2014 and 2009, and M.Sc. degree in electronics from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2006. During 2008-2009, he has been with Ericsson Research for his master thesis internship. He is representing Volvo cars in EU 5GCAR projects, 5GAA, ETSI and 5GPPP towards ITS-G5 and 5G V2X research and standardization. His research areas include V2X communication, MIMO systems, 5G for automotive, and, radio channel measurement and modelling.

 

Serino Angellotti. Maserati

 

 

P3 A world of Networked Agro-food Sustainability

Wednesday, September 12, at 11.00-12.30

Room: tbd

ABSTRACT

A number of significant technology changes has enabled the rise of IoT.  At farms, wireless IoT sensors can transmit information about soil moisture and nutrients to agricultural experts across the country. IoT alarm systems, equipped with batteries that last for years, provide homeowners with long-term protection. Although these applications serve different purposes, they all share one characteristic: dependence on strong connectivity. Device manufacturers, and companies in various industries choose from more than 30 different connectivity options with different bandwidth, range, cost, reliability, and network-platforms features either for their own use or for sale to the public. This wide variety, combined with constantly evolving technology requirements, creates a quandary. Although Cellular 5G networks—now being refined—might eventually become a universal solution for IoT connectivity, companies cannot afford to defer their IoT investment until 5G arrives. Yet, the suppliers of solutions need to be aggressive with their solution and applications. In farming, estimates that IoT techniques—using sensor data to guide a seed-planting machine to the optimum depth based on soil conditions at a specific place in the field, for example—can increase yields by up to 25 percent. Other IoT applications that can be used in “precision farming” include using sensors to determine when to irrigate and spray insecticides. Statistics show ever since, agricultural yield improvements with a huge potential economic impact or Farming value-added ~$3trillion/year which is 10–25% gain in yields. Livestock monitoring (agriculture) ~$1trillion with value of livestock Up to 60% and reduction in losses. Each sector will have different Internet of things connectivity needs for its top user cases over the next five years. Sensor monitoring, Machine Control, Climate and Weather conditions, Irrigation, automation connectivity to and within factories, food-and-beverage industries, robotics, agriculture monitoring and nanotechnologies in general etc. with Use of both radio or Satellite technologies but also with 5G where possible. Government agencies and institutions could, bring all stakeholders together to work toward consensus. This could do a great deal to advance the Internet of Things and generate the economic and social benefits. Hence, achieving the transition towards agri-food industry 4.0 and this with improved/advanced food manufacturing, faster uptake/implementation/application of new technologies by agri-food companies and efficient use of data (big data management). This panel will discuss the challenge of integrating these requirements in a Standardized IoT and cellular 5G environment and perhaps how the expected value in the IoT supplier ecosystem will most likely shift to software and services to lower the barriers for Agro-food companies and implement the newest smart electronic systems to embrace a sustainability awareness in the Internet of Things (IoT) transition of the agri-food industry.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Sjaak Wolfert, Sr. Scientist Information Management & ICT in Agri-Food at Wageningen University

Dr. Sjaak Wolfert studied Plant Science in Wageningen and finished his PhD ‘Sustainable agriculture: how to make it work?’ in 2002. Currently, he is working as Senior Scientist at Wageningen University & Research in the field of Information Management & ICT in Agri-Food. Topics that are currently interesting Sjaak are the application of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data in agri-food production.  Special attention is paid to socio-economic aspects such as the role of data sharing, business modelling and governance issues. He is scientific coordinator of (inter)national projects such as the EU-project Internet of Food and Farm (IoF2020) and DATA-FAIR. He is affiliated  with the Information Technology Group of Wageningen University and was president of the European Federation of ICT in Agriculture (EFITA). Sjaak is a visionary, challenged by complex problems that require a science-based approach where organizational and technical aspects need to be combined.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Dr Srđan Krčo, is a co-founder and CEO of DunavNET, a company designing turnkey IOT solutions for smart cities, agriculture and manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience, working with large multinational companies, managing international collaborative research and innovation projects and driving development of DunavNET. Currently, he is coordinating a research and innovation H2020 project TagItSmart, creating IoT enablers facilitating improvement and transparency in the food supply chain and more general in the FMCG domain. Srdjan is combining his telecommunications background and rich experience in the IoT system design, to drive architecture design of IoT solutions for different domains, including agriculture. He is one of the founding members of the International IoT Forum and is actively participating in IoT-EPI (IoT European Platforms Initiative) and AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) activities. In 2007, Srdjan won the Innovation Engineer of the Year award in Ireland. He has published over 15 patents and more than 70 papers at international conferences and journals. He is a frequent speaker at international events addressing IoT and its applications. Srdjan is a Senior IEEE member. Recently, he was awarded MVP (most valuable professional) status for IoT activities by Microsoft.

 

Stefano Giordano is associate prof at the Univ. of Pisa and responsible of the TLC networks labs. He is senior member of the IEEE Comsoc and former Chair of the CSIM TC. He received the Italian national academic qualification as full professor. He is member of IFIP WG 6.3 and of the ISOC (1992). He is the representative of the UNIPI in the Scientific Committee of CNIT and the representative in GTTI. He founded with Juniper Networks the first European Juniper Networks Higher Learning Center. He was reviewer of the NSF in USA, of the EU, of Italian Ministry of Research. He is author of more than 300 papers on intl conferences and journals. He is associate editor of the Wiley’s IJCS and of the JCSS. He is member of the editorial board of the IEEE COMST. He was co-founder of three start-ups (Nextworks, Netresults Natech) and co-founder of the Cubit Consortium where at present is president of the Scientific and Technical Committee). He is vice-president of the TLC Eng Program at Unipi.

 

Francesco Mazzola (CEO at T.net Italia spa), graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and attended several postgraduate degree programs. He has performed his first experience as an expert in multidisciplinary engineering at Snamprogetti (ENI) of San Donato Milanese and then at Agip Petroli of the same group. CEO and CIO of T.net Italia since 2002 he has leaded T.net, a private held company, into ambitious projects, such as the Oncology Network of Eastern Sicily, whose project received in 2008 in Cernobbio (Italy) the award as an Excellence in Health Digital Information Systems while in 2014, an advanced Hybrid Cloud Project became an Emear Case Study of Cisco Systems. Since 2007 he has been working on cognitive computing, machine learning (HIS, Pollution Air Modeling) and Software Defined Network development. In 2015 he started the IOT Business Unit of T.net Italia and he is actually involved in building the Middleware Infrastructure and developing the Software Defined Radio to let IOT Sensors talking efficiently to ITS in Smart Road and Smart City context optimizing V2X Communications. He’s also Tech Leader with the University of Catania (IT) in a Smart Farm (Precision Lifestock Farming) Internet of Things Solution and Application named “CowTech”. Keynoter in several Intelligent Transportation Systems Conferences and Events, he is also Senior Member at IEEE and in the IEEE Smart Cities Working Group.

 

Marcelo Sampeio de Alencar (Department of Electrical Engineering, UFCG) received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil, 1980, his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, from Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Brazil, 1988 and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, 1993. He worked for the Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), for the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil and for the State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC). Since 2017 he is with the Federal University of Bahia. He was visiting professor at the University of Toronto. He is founder and President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Communications (Iecom). He has been awarded several scholarships and grants, from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CNPq), from the IEEE Foundation, from the University of Waterloo, and from the Federal University of Paraiba. He received an achievement award from the Brazilian Telecommunications Society (SBrT), an award from the Medicine College of the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), and an achievement award from the College of Engineering of the Federal University of Pernambuco. He published over 450 engineering and scientific papers and 22 books. He also wrote chapters for 11 books. He served on the Board of Directors of SBrT and on the SBMO Council. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a columnist for the traditional Brazilian newspaper Jornal do Commercio, since April, 2000. Marcelo S. Alencar is a laureate of the prestigious 2014 Attilio Giarola Medal, of the Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society (SBMO).

 

P4 Wireless Positioning and Navigation

Monday, September 10, at 14.00-15.30

Room: tbd

ABSTRACT

The advent of wireless location systems (e.g. 5G mobile system), the internet of things, and new navigation systems (e.g. Baidu system in China) sets a novel paradigm for wireless positioning and navigation solutions. Wireless location systems have been studied extensively in past decades, primarily to support location based applications and services. Globally there is no single overall solution of positioning and navigation to meet the requirements for all scenarios and requirements. Combining all available signals into a very precise hybrid positioning system using cloud technologies seems to be a very appealing concept.

The goal of the panel is to bring together researchers from industry and academia to present and discuss the latest developments in wireless positioning and navigation techniques, their impact on services and applications and the resulting technical challenges. We expect the panel will also motivate new research efforts in this area. The panel is going to cover but not limited to the topics as follows:

  • 5G positioning progress in 3GPP
  • High-accuracy positioning techniques and applications
  • Satellite navigation techniques and system developments
  • Hybrid wireless positioning and satellite navigation techniques

The panel is expected to have 90-120 minutes for discussion.  The panel chair will first introduce the panel topic and background, introduce every speaker, and encourage the audience to ask the speakers questions.  Then every speaker will give a 5-10 minute presentation on their views and the technical progress of wireless positioning and navigation.  An important aspect is Q&A between speakers and audiences.

The invited speakers are from top chipsets (Qualcomm), vendors (Huawei) and academics (IMDEA Networks Inc., SJTU) which represent the leading research work on wireless positioning and navigation.  It is expected that this panel will attract the attendees of their companies and partners as well as PIMRC attendees who are interested in wireless positioning and navigation.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Yi WangHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China

Dr. Yi Wang [SM’11] is currently a research expert at Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. He received the M.S.E.E and Ph.D degrees in information engineering department from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. He was one of the initial researchers of FuTURE program in 863 when he worked in Tsinghua University during 2000-2002. He visited the University of Kiel in Germany as senior researcher. Since 2005 he joined Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. he led a series of research projects covering the air interface of LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G systems. Currently he is leading 5G positioning research in Huawei. Dr. Yi Wang owns over 100+ patents and 90+ papers. Many patents have been realized in LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G products and adopted in 3GPP and IEEE802.11 standards.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Prof. Di He, is currently an associate professor at Shanghai Key Laboratory of Navigation and Location-based Services in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received the M.S. degree from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 1999, and Ph.D. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. From 2004 to present, he has been an associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His research interests include wireless positioning, wireless communications and wireless signal processing. Dr. Di He has published more than 150 conference and journal papers and holds 10 patents. He is a senior member of IEEE.

 

Dr. Armin Dammann (German Aerospace Center (DLR)) received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ulm, Germany, in 1997 and 2005 respectively. In 1997 he joined the Institute of Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as a research staff member. Since 2005 he is head of the Mobile Radio Transmission Research Group. His research interest and activities include signal design and signal processing for terrestrial wireless communication and navigation systems. In these fields, he has been active in several EU-projects, e.g., WINNER, WHERE and WHERE2. Armin Dammann is lecturer at the Technical University of Munich for “Robot and Swarm Navigation”.

 

Dr. Fredrik Gunnarsson (Ericsson, Sweden[SM’14] is an expert in RAN automation and positioning at Ericsson Research, working on research, concept, standardization and realization aspects. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Linkoping University, Sweden, in 2000, where he still holds a position as associate professor. Dr. Gunnarsson is a senior member of IEEE, and one of the organizers of the annual workshop IWSON. He was appointed Ericsson inventor in the year 2014, and has h-index 32.

 

Dr. Florin Grec (European Space Agency) received his B.Sc. degree in Geodesy from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania, in 2013 and M.Sc. degree in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milano, Italy, in 2015. He is currently working as GNSS Evolutions Strategy Engineer in the Directorate of Navigation at ESA and focusing on the development of open standards for High-Accuracy GNSS services and R&D in the area of Network RTK and PPP-RTK technologies, and hybridization between terrestrial positioning technologies and GNSS. During 2014 he has been with Leica Geosystems AG for his master internship where he gained an in depth knowledge on GNSS CORS network management and Network RTK techniques. Before joining ESA, he was a Research Fellow in the Polytechnic University of Milano and his work focused on low-cost GNSS solutions for landslides monitoring and GNSS antenna calibration. He is currently representing ESA in 3GPP for the working groups on LTE and 5G positioning enhancements.

 

Alexey Khoryaev is a Senior Research Scientist in Intel Corporation’s Next Generation & Standards Group, where he has worked since 2003 on wireless technologies and standards. His research interests are physical layer design for communication systems, digital signal processing, and hardware architectures. Starting from 2009, Alexey contributed to standardization of location based services for Wi-MAX-II system focusing on physical layer aspects. In 2012, Alexey began serving as a 3GPP RAN1 delegate contributing to the physical layer design of 4G and 5G cellular technologies (LTE and NR). In recent years, his primary focus has been the development of radio-layer solutions for Cellular-V2X communications and wireless positioning technologies. He received his M.Sc. from the Radiophysics Faculty of the Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia.