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T15: Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Future Wireless Communications - VTC2021-Spring Helsinki

T15 Title: Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Future Wireless Communications

Organizer: Alessio Zappone
Organizer: Marco Di Renzo
Organizer: Shi Jin
Organizer: Merouane Debbah

Abstract: As 5G networks take their final form, connectivity demands continue to increase exponentially and new services pose more constraints on the performance that end-users expect. A recent technological breakthrough that holds the potential to meet these demands is that of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs). A RIS is a nearly-passive planar structure that can be equipped with a number of scatterers significantly higher than the number of antennas in a massive MIMO array. This makes RIS potentially able to provide high data rates with very low energy consumptions. Also, RISs can be programmed in real-time to adjust the phase of the incoming signals to focus the energy toward the intended receiver or to absorb interfering signals. The tutorial will first discuss the most recent standardization activities of 5G networks and then will explain why 5G technologies will not be able to keep the pace with the exponential increase of data connectivity demands by end-users. Then, the fundamentals of RIS will be introduced and the latest results regarding the modeling and design of RIS-based wireless networks, will be presented. Propagation channel models and network deployment approaches for RIS-based systems will be discussed, and the most performing algorithms for the optimization of the radio resources of RIS-based networks will be explained, including optimal power allocation, beamforming strategies, and RIS configuration. The tutorial will also present the latest experimental results on RIS-based wireless communications and will highlight the most relevant future research directions.

Bio: Alessio Zappone obtained his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2011 from the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. Afterwards, he has been with TU Dresden, Germany, from 2012 to 2016. From 2017 to 2019 he was the recipient of an Individual Marie Curie fellowship for experienced researchers, carried out at CentraleSupelec, Paris, France. He is now a tenured professor at the university of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. He is an IEEE senior member, serves as senior area editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and served twice as guest editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. He chairs the RIS special interest group REFLECTIONS, activated within the Signal Processing for Computing and Communications Technical Committee.

Bio: Marco Di Renzo received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2007. Since 2010, he is Associate Professor with Paris-Saclay University – CNRS, CentraleSupelec, Univ. Paris Sud, France. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), and co-founder of the university spin-off company WEST Aquila s.r.l., Italy. Dr. Di Renzo received the 2013 IEEE-COMSOC Best Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa; the 2017 IEEE-SEE Alain Glavieux Award. He serves as Editor in Chief of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS and Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Vehicular Technology Societies. He chairs the RIS special interest group RISE, activated within the Wireless Technical Committee.

Bio: Shi Jin received his Ph.D. degree in information and communications engineering from the Southeast University, Nanjing, in 2007. From June 2007 to October 2009, he was a Research Fellow with the Adastral Park Research Campus, University College London, London, U.K. He is currently with the faculty of the National Mobile Communications Research Laboratory, Southeast University. He serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IET Communications. Dr. Jin and his coauthors have been awarded the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in communication theory and a 2010 Young Author Best Paper Award by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Bio: Merouane Debbah obtained his Ph.D. from the Ecole Normale Suprieure Paris-Saclay (France). He worked for Motorola (France) from 1999-2002 and Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of Eurecom (France). Since 2007, he is Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (France). Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. He was associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Fellow. He received 19 best paper awards, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award, 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award. He received the Mario Boella award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011 and the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012.