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W6: Empowering Wireless Networks with Digital Twin - VTC2022-Fall - London/Beijing

W6: Empowering Wireless Networks with Digital Twin
Presented virtually and in London

Co-chair: Merouane Debbah, Technology Innovation Institute, UAE
Co-chair: Lina Bariah, Technology Innovation Institute, UAE

Abstract: Embracing the principles of network virtualization and digitization as a main pillar in the upcoming wireless generation has motivated the emergence of the digital twin (DT) paradigm as an enabler for 6G networks. The key concept of the DT technology is to create a digital replica of the physical components and functions of wireless networks, with the aim to realize ultra-reliable, low latency communication, while ensuring high energy-efficiency in resource-constrained networks. It is envisaged that DT will be the seed for the efficient deployment of intelligent, fully automated, zero-touch networks, in which artificial intelligence algorithms will be leveraged at the digital realm to enable virtualized network monitoring and operation. The aim of this workshop is to solicit research papers with original contributions, that address and promote the recent advancements in the integration of DT and wireless networks. It is worthy to note that the research on the interplay of DT and wireless networks is relatively new and has not been well investigated in the recent literature, and therefore, this workshop aims to promote the research on this field, and to bring together contributors from academia and industry to present the research on the practical implementation, analysis, design and modeling, and applications, and to identify technical challenges of DT in 6G networks. It further opens the floor for interactive live discussions among highly skilled researchers (through its panel discussion) in order to explore the potential advantages realized when integrating the DT paradigm in the design and optimization of future wireless networks.

Workshop program is available here: WS 6-Program


Co-chair’s Bios:


Merouane Debbah

Bio: Merouane Debbah (Fellow, IEEE) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. He was with Motorola Labs, Saclay, France, from 1999 to 2002, and also with the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria, until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was an Assistant Professor with the Mobile Communications Department, Institut Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France. In 2007, he was appointed Full Professor at CentraleSupelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. From 2007 to 2014, he was the Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. From 2014 to 2021, he was Vice-President of the Huawei France Research Center. He was jointly the director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab as well as the director of the Lagrange Mathematical and Computing Research Center. Since 2021, he is Chief Research Officer at the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi. He leads jointly the AI and Telecommunication centers. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. He is an IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow, a Eurasip Fellow, an Institut Louis Bachelier Fellow and a Membre émérite SEE. He was a recipient of the ERC Grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering) from 2012 to 2017.



Lina Bariah

Bio: Lina Bariah (Senior Member, IEEE) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in communications engineering from Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. She was a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 2019, and an affiliate research fellow, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. She is currently a Senior Researcher at the technology Innovation institute, a visiting research scientist at Khalifa University, and an affiliate researcher in the University at Albany, USA. Dr. Bariah is a senior member of the IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and IEEE Women in Engineering. She is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Communication Letters, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, and an Area Editor for Physical Communication (Elsevier). She is a Guest Editor in IEEE Network Magazine, and the RS Open Journal on Innovative Communication Technologies (RS-OJICT). Dr. Bariah was a member of the technical program committee of a number of IEEE conferences, such as ICC and Globecom. She is currently organizing/chairing a number of workshops. She serves as a session chair and an active reviewer for numerous IEEE conferences and journals.

Workshop paper submissions due: 14 August 2022
Acceptance notification: 20 August 2022
Final paper submission due: 24 August 2022

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