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W10: Integrated Vehicular Sensing and Communications - VTC2022-Spring

W10: Integrated Vehicular Sensing and Communications

Co-chair: Fan Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Co-chair: Taneli Riihonen, Tampere University, Finland
Co-chair: Yuanhao Cui, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Co-chair: Athina Petropulu, Rutgers University, USA

Abstract: Driving a gradual integration of the physical and digital worlds is perceived to become a reality in the 6G era, from vehicles to drones, from surveillance facilities in cities to agricultural tools in the countryside. That is, future networks have the ability to “see” the physical world, which would be one of the unique capabilities of the next-generation networks, rather than communication-only. This novel capability drives us to re-think the designs of current communication infrastructures and terminals, in terms of fundamental limits and tradeoffs, information extraction and processing technologies, as well as the new challenges to public security and privacy.

For instance, vehicles may efficiently complete high-precision positioning, navigation and even construct a 3D map of the surrounding environment. By analyzing the average downlink and uplink path loss of mmWave frequency, the unprecedented roadside units (RSU) have the potential for high-reliability vehicle communications. By conducting a  mapping between the moving pattern of the human motions and the signal echoes reflected by various human body components, the vehicle infrastructure would also improve our understanding of pedestrians.

In essence, a radio emission could simultaneously convey communication data from the transmitter to the receiver and extract environmental information from the scattered echoes. Therefore, sensing and communication functionalities are possible to be jointly designed to utilize wireless/hardware resources efficiently and optimized to assist each other for mutual benefits. This type of research is typically referred to as Integrated Sensing And Communications (ISAC), which has been widely recognized to trigger a paradigm shift to the digital world, and meanwhile, will disrupt the future vehicle network.

Co-chair Bios:

Fan Liu

Bio: Fan Liu is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He received the Ph.D. and the BEng. degrees from Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, China, in 2018 and 2013, respectively. He has previously held academic positions in the University College London (UCL), firstly as a Visiting Researcher from 2016 to 2018, and then as a Marie Curie Research Fellow from 2018 to 2020. He was the recipient of the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award of Chinese Institute of Electronics in 2019, the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in 2018, and has been named as Exemplary Reviewer for several IEEE Journals. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, a Lead Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) Special Issue on “Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISCC)”, and a Founding Member of the IEEE WTC Special Interest Group (SIG) on ISCC. He has served as the organizer and Co-Chair of the IEEE ICC 2020 Workshop on Communication and Radar Spectrum Sharing, and of the ICASSP 2021 Special Session on Intelligent Sensing and Communications. His research interests include ISCC, vehicular network, and mmWave communications.

Taneli Riihonen

Bio: Taneli Riihonen received the D.Sc. degree (Hons.) in electrical engineering from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, in August 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the Faculty of Information Technology  and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland. He held various research positions at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering from September 2005 to December 2017. He was a Visiting Associate Research Scientist and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, from November 2014 to December 2015. Dr. Riihonen has been nominated 11 times as an Exemplary/Top Reviewer of various IEEE journals and has been serving as an Editor for the IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS since May 2017, and a guest editor for OJ-ComSoc. He has previously served as an Editor for the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS from October 2014 to January 2019. He received the Finnish Technical Sector’s Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation of the year and the EURASIP Best Ph.D. Thesis Award 2017. He is a Vice Chair of the IEEE ISAC Emerging Technology Initiative.

Yuanhao Cui

Bio: Yuanhao Cui received the B.Eng. (Hons.) from Henan University, and Ph.D. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. From 2016 to 2018, he has visited Aalto University in Finland. From 2019, he is the CTO and co-founder of Huawenmingde Inc, and Baichen Inc, focusing on the implementation and commercial usage of joint radar and communication systems, where he has been invested more than $3 million dollars. He is the co-chair of IWCMC 2021 workshop, WCNC 2021 workshop on ISAC, and has regularly served as a reviewer for various IEEE Transactions and Journals, as well as a TPC member for flagship IEEE conferences. He is now a consultant for Alibaba DAMO Academy on wireless communications, the chair-assistant of Science Communication Standing Committee of China Computer Federation (CCF). His research interests include precoding and protocol designs in ISAC, information theory, and stochastic signal processing.

Athina Petropulu

Bio: Athina Petropulu (FIEEE, FAAAS) received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston MA, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is Distinguished Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rutgers, having served as chair of the department during 2010-2016. Dr. Petropulu is Fellow of AAAS (2019) and IEEE (2008), and recipient of the 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by NSF and the White House. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2009-2011), IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President Conferences (2006-2008), and is currently member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP-05), Philadelphia PA, and is General Co-Chair
of the 2018 IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), to be held in Kalamata Greece in June 2018. She is recipient of the 2005 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and the 2012 IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award for “exemplary service in technical leadership capacities”. She was IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Signal Processing Society for 2017-2018.

Workshop paper submissions due EXTENDED: 23 March 2022
Acceptance notification: 17 April 2022
Final paper submission due: 1 May 2022

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