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W11: Broadband Connectivity in 6G: Towards Terabits-per-Second Communications - VTC2021-Spring Helsinki

W11: Broadband Connectivity in 6G: Towards Terabits-per-Second Communications – CANCELLED

Organizer: Nandana Rajatheva
Organizer: Josep Miquel Jornet
Organizer: Qingqing Wu
Organizer: Wen Xu
Organizer: Ke Guan
Organizer: Italo Atzeni
Organizer: Tommy Svensson

Abstract: As fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks transition from academic research to commercialization, the wireless communication community has already started exploring the road to improving the broadband connectivity for the sixth-generation (6G) wireless systems. The current targets for 2030 include data rates increased by orders of magnitude (with peak up to 1 Terabits-per-second or Tbps), support for very high mobility (with speed up to 1000 km/h), and ubiquitous coverage of rural and remote areas. The achievement of these objectives will ignite a plethora of new use cases (such as extreme capacity xHaul, high-mobility hotspots, and fully autonomous vehicles) while realizing the full potential of others that have just emerged in 5G (such as smart transportation and industrial automation/robotics). At present, several technologies are being regarded as potential enablers to achieve the desired paradigm shift, including the adoption of new spectral bands (from Terahertz to optical wireless communications), cell-free massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs), integrated access and backhaul (IAB), and integrated terrestrial and satellite networks, to name a few. This workshop will focus on the enablers at the spectrum, infrastructure, and protocol/algorithmic levels that are required to realize the intended broadband connectivity goals in 6G, as well as its applications. It aims at gathering researchers from both academia and industry to open up new disruptive research avenues for the development of future wireless systems. It will include two keynotes, an interactive panel discussion, and up to 20 posters and presentations, with a session focused on 6G experimental platforms and demonstrations.

Bio: Nandana Rajatheva is currently a Professor with the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland. He is a Senior Member, IEEE and received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 1987, ranking first in the graduating class, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He was a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar during the graduate studies in Manitoba. He held Professor/Associate Professor positions at the University of Moratuwa and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, from 1995 to 2010. He has co-authored more than 200 refereed papers published in journals and in conference proceedings. His research interests include waveforms, channel coding for URLLC, applications of beyond 5G machine learning in PHY/MAC, and autonomous vehicles.

Bio: Josep Miquel Jornet received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of ECE, the Director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking Laboratory and a Core Member of the Institute for the Internet of Things at Northeastern University. His research interests are in THz-band communications and Wireless Nano-bio-communication Networks. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 1 book, and has also been granted 3 US patents, which accumulate over 8,400 citations (h-index of 41) as of October 2020. He is serving as the lead PI on multiple grants from U.S. federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and of several other awards from IEEE, ACM and UB.

Bio: Qingqing Wu (S’13–M’16) received the B.Eng. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from South China University of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2012 and 2016, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Macau, Macau, China. His current research interest includes IRS, UAV communications, and SWIPT. He has published over 70 IEEE journal and conference papers including 15 ESI highly cited papers, 3 ESI hot papers and 3 IEEE Comsoc Best Readings, which have been cited over 4700 times in google scholar. He was the recipient of the IEEE WCSP Best Paper Award in 2015, the Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Funding in SJTU in 2016, the Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award of China Institute of Communications in 2017. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society. He is the Lead Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC “UAV Communications in 5G and Beyond Networks”, and the Guest Editor for IEEE OJVT on “6G Intelligent Communications” and IEEE OJCS on “Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface-Based Communications for 6G Wireless Networks”.

Bio: Wen Xu received the Dr.-Ing. degree from Technische Universität München, Germany, in 1996. From 1995 till 2006 he was with Siemens AG, Munich, heading the Algorithms and Standardisation Lab. From 2007 till 2014, he was with the Infineon Technologies AG (later Intel Mobile Communications), Neubiberg, Germany. He joined Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH – Munich Research Center, in 2014, and is leading the Radio Access Technologies (RAT) Dept which is involved in numerous public funded projects (H2020 projects Fantastic5G, mmMAGIC, METIS-II, 5G-Xhaul, ONE5G, etc). His research interests include signal processing, source/channel coding, and wireless communications systems. He has published 100+ peer-reviewed conference and journal papers, and has numerous patents granted.

Bio: Ke Guan received B.E. degree and Ph.D. degree from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He is a Professor in State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety & School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University. In 2015, he has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. In 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Research Scholar with the Institut für Nachrichtentechnik (IfN) at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. From September 2013 to January 2014, he was invited to conduct joint research in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. He has authored/coauthored two books and one book chapter, more than 200 journal and conference papers, and four patents. His current research interests include measurement and modeling of wireless propagation channels, high-speed railway communications, vehicle-to-x channel characterization, and indoor channel characterization for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication systems. Dr. Guan is the pole leader of EURNEX (European Railway Research Network of Excellence). He was the recipient of a 2014 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award. His papers received eight Best Paper Awards, including IEEE vehicular technology society 2019 Neal Shepherd memorial best propagation paper award. He is an Editor of IEEE ACCESS, the IET Microwave, Antenna and Propagation, Physical Communication, and a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Communication Magazine. He serves as a Publicity Chair in PIMRC 2016, the Publicity Co-Chair in ITST 2018, the Track Co-Chair in EuCNC, the International Liaison of EUSIPCO 2019, the Session Convener of EuCAP 2015-2019, and a TPC Member for many IEEE conferences, suchas Globecom, ICC and VTC. He has been a delegate in 3GPP and a member of the IC1004 and CA15104 initiatives.

Bio: Italo Atzeni received the PhD degree (Hons.) in signal theory and communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia–BarcelonaTech, Spain, in 2014. Since 2019, he is with the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, where he is a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor. From 2014 to 2017, he was a Researcher with the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Laboratory, Paris Research Center, Huawei Technologies, France. From 2017 to 2018, he was a Research Associate with the Communication Systems Department, EURECOM, France. He has previously held a research appointment at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, in 2013. His primary research interests are in communication and information theory, statistical signal processing, convex and distributed optimization theory, and their applications to decentralized decision making in heterogeneous wireless communication networks. He received the Best Paper Award in the Wireless Communications Symposium at IEEE ICC 2019. He was granted the MSCA-IF grant for the project “Device-Centric Low-Complexity High-Frequency Networks” (DELIGHT) in 2020.

Bio: Tommy Svensson [S’98, M’03, SM’10] is Full Professor in Communication Systems at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, leading Wireless Systems research on air interface and networking technologies for access, backhaul/ fronthaul in 5G and Beyond/ 6G mobile communications. He received a Ph.D. in Information theory from Chalmers in 2003, has worked at Ericsson AB with core networks, radio access networks, and microwave transmission products, and has been deeply involved in European research towards 4G and 5G system concepts. His research interests include design and analysis of physical layer algorithms, multiple access, resource allocation, cooperative MIMO systems, C-V2X, and satellite networks. He has co-authored 5 books, 89 journal papers, 127 conference papers and 53 public EU projects deliverables. He is Chairman of the IEEE Sweden joint Vehicular Technology/ Communications/ Information Theory Societies chapter, founding editorial board member and editor of IEEE JSAC Series on Machine Learning in Communications and Networks, has been editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Guest editor of several top journals, organized several tutorials and workshops at top IEEE conferences, and served as coordinator of the Communication Engineering Master’s Program at Chalmers.


Workshop paper submission due EXTENDED: 10 January 2021
Acceptance notification: 31 January 2021
Final paper submission due Extended: 4 March 2021

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