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T16: Rate Splitting Multiple Access for Beyond 5G: Principles, Recent Advances, and Future Research Trends - VTC2021-Spring Helsinki

T16 Title: Rate Splitting Multiple Access for Beyond 5G: Principles, Recent Advances, and
Future Research Trends

Organizer: Bruno Clerckx
Organizer: Aydin Sezgin
Organizer: Yijie (Lina) Mao

Abstract: MIMO has grown beyond the original point-to-point channel and nowadays refers to a diverse range of centralized and distributed deployments. Numerous techniques have been developed in the last decade for MIMO wireless networks, including among others Multiuser-MIMO (MUMIMO), CoMP, Massive MIMO, Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA), millimetre wave (mmwave) MIMO. All those techniques rely on two extreme interference management strategies, namely fully decode interference and treat interference as noise. Indeed, while NOMA based on superposition coding with Successive Interference Cancellation (SIC) relies on strong users to fully decode and cancel interference created by weaker users, MU-MIMO/Massive MIMO/CoMP/mmwave MIMO based on linear precoding rely on fully treating any residual multi-user interference as noise. In the presence of imperfect channel state information at the transmitter (CSIT), CSIT inaccuracy results in additional multi-user interference that is treated as noise by all those techniques.

To efficiently cope with the high throughput, reliability, heterogeneity of Quality-of-Service (QoS), and massive connectivity requirements of future multi-antenna wireless networks, multiple access and multiuser communication system design need to depart from two conventional and extreme interference management strategies, namely fully treat interference as noise (as commonly used in 4G, MU-MIMO, CoMP, Massive MIMO, mmwave MIMO) and fully decode interference (as in NOMA).

In this tutorial, we depart from those two extremes and introduce the audience a more general, more robust, and more powerful transmission framework, namely, Rate Splitting Multiple Access (RSMA) based on linearly precoded Rate-Splitting (RS) at the transmitter and SIC receivers to decode part of the interference and treat the remaining part of the interference as noise.

Bio: Bruno Clerckx is a (Full) Professor, the Head of the Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Lab, and the Deputy Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Group, within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London, London, U.K. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied science from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2011, he was with Samsung Electronics, Suwon, South Korea, where he actively contributed to 4G (3GPP LTE/LTEA and IEEE 802.16m) and acted as the Rapporteur for the 3GPP Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) Study Item. Since 2011, he has been with Imperial College London, first as a Lecturer from 2011 to 2015, Senior Lecturer from 2015 to 2017, Reader from 2017 to 2020, and now as a Full Professor. From 2014 to 2016, he also was an Associate Professor with Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. He also held various long or short-term visiting research appointments at Stanford
University, EURECOM, National University of Singapore, The University of Hong Kong, Princeton University, The University of Edinburgh, The University of New South Wales, and Tsinghua University.

He has authored two books, 190 peer-reviewed international research papers, and 150 standards contributions, and is the inventor of 80 issued or pending patents among which 15 have been adopted in the specifications of 4G standards and are used by billions of devices worldwide. His research area is communication theory and signal processing for wireless networks. He has been a TPC member, a symposium chair, or a TPC chair of many symposia on communication theory, signal processing for communication and wireless communication for several leading international IEEE conferences. He was an Elected Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SPCOM Technical Committee. He served as an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING. He has also been a (lead) guest editor for special issues of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE ACCESS, the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS and the IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN SIGNAL PROCESSING. He was an Editor for the 3GPP LTE-Advanced Standard Technical Report on CoMP.

Bio: Aydin Sezgin is a Professor of information systems and sciences with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. He received the Dipl.Ing. (M.S.) degree in communications engineering from Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (TFH), Berlin, in 2000, and the Dr.Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from TU Berlin, in 2005. From 2001 to 2006, he was with the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Berlin. From 2006 to 2008, he held a postdoctoral position and a Lecturer with the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, he held a postdoctoral position at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Head of the Emmy-Noether- Research Group on Wireless Networks, Ulm University. In 2011, he joined TUDarmstadt, Germany, as a Professor. He is interested in signal processing, communication, and information theory, with a focus on wireless networks. He has published several book chapters over 40 journals and 140 conference papers in his research topics. He has co-authored a book on multiway communications. He has received the ITG-Sponsorship Award, in 2006. He was a first recipient of the Prestigious Emmy-Noether Grant from the German Research Foundation in communication engineering, in 2009. He has co-authored papers that received the Best Poster Award from the IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, in 2011, the Best Paper Award from ICCSPA, in 2015, and the Best Paper Award from ICC, in 2019. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, from 2009 to 2014.

Bio: Yijie (Lina) Mao is a postdoctoral research associate with the Communications and Signal Processing Group (CSP), Department of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Imperial College London (London, United Kingdom). She received the B.Eng. degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree from the Queen Mary University of London (London, United Kingdom) in 2014. She received the Ph.D. degree in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department from the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) in 2018. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) from Oct. 2018 to Jul. 2019. Her research interests include Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) communication networks, rate-splitting and non-orthogonal multiple access. She served as the co-chair for 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) and 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) on the workshops of Rate-Splitting and Robust Interference Management for Beyond 5G.