IEEE Global Communications Conference
4–8 December 2022 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Accelerating the Digital Transformation through Smart Communications

Industry Panels

Most of the Industry Program will be happening on-site and live streamed to remote attendees, while a small part will be only virtual. All presentations and panels will be available to be watched on-demand on the virtual platform from the conference dates.

LIST OF PANELS:


IPA 1: MEGA-CONSTELLATION-BASED NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORK FOR 6G

Moderator: Wen Tong, Huawei Technologies Canada Co., Ltd., Canada

Panelists:
Björn Ottersten, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Canada
Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, Great Britain
Riccardo De Gaudenzi, European Space Agency (ESA), The Netherlands

Abstract:
Non-terrestrial networks (NTN) are complimentary to terrestrial network and expected to provide eMBB services to the areas where there are limitations. In recent years, this non-terrestrial industry has been evolving at an unprecedented speed. A couple of mega constellations have been initiated or planned in the coming years as the cost of launching rockets and rolling out satellites are hugely reduced, which make it possible to build mega (Low Earth Orbit) LEO/VLEO constellation. The emergence of low-cost mega LEO/VLEO constellations tends to be a game changer, since (i) their lower orbit altitude ensures a low latency close to that of a global cellular network and (ii) the scale of constellation provides much higher area capacity than a traditional satellite network. Both are crucial to providing eMBB services. The integration of NTN into terrestrial cellular networks is another important aspect in achieving truly global coverage, since it facilitates seamless roaming between cellular and non-terrestrial networks with a single device. The above-mentioned low latency, high capacity and seamless roaming will jointly contribute to a better user experience. However, a set of enablers are needed to realize the benefits of LEO/VLEO constellations. In this panel, we would like to invite experts from both industry and academia to shape the future of integrated mega constellation based network, deep dive the pain point of existing solutions and find out the potential research directions.
 

IPA 2: INDUSTRY PANEL ON RECONFIGURABLE INTELLIGENT SURFACES (RIS) FOR 5G-ADVANCED AND 6G

Moderator: Nan Zhang, ZTE Corporation, China

Abstract:
With the deployment of 5G networks and the start of standardizing 5G-Advanced, both academia and industry are exploring actively into future technologies for next generation wireless communication systems. Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) have been envisioned to reduce the energy consumption and improve the spectral efficiency of wireless networks by artificially re-configuring the propagation environment of electromagnetic waves. RIS-based transmission, in which the large number of small, low-cost, and passive elements on RIS only reflect the incident signal with an adjustable reflection amplitude and phase shift without requiring a dedicated energy source for radio frequency processing, decoding or encoding, is completely different from existing active relays and open up a new area of research for wireless communications. RISs are being discussed actively in regional and global standardization development organizations and are likely to become a critical component of 5G-Advanced networks.
 

IPA 3: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY: PATHWAYS TO ACCELERATE 6G CANDIDATE TECHNOLOGY AREAS

Moderator: Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University, USA

Panelists:
Roger Nichols, Keysight Technologies, USA
Ali Khayrallah, Ericsson Inc., USA
Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Kiran Mukkavilli, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., USA
 
Abstract:
The scope of this panel is twofold; firstly, to provide an overview of globally identified 6G candidate technology areas and secondly; to suggest a roadmap for leveraging public-private partnership research testbeds to influence the 6G vision and accelerate the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization, and market readiness for 6G. The panel will detail the technology areas, some of which are being discussed in 5G whereas others represent fundamental departures from the concepts and architectures of 5G, spanning the domains of: · Component technologies · Radio technologies · System and network architecture · Native and Cross Domain AI · Trustworthiness - Security, Reliability, Privacy, and Resilience
 

IPA 4: INTEGRATED SENSING AND COMMUNICATION (ISAC), NEW CORNER STONE FOR 6G

Moderator: Jian Li, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China

Panelists:
Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada
 
Abstract:
ISAC has been now widely recognized as one of most important 6G key enabler. With integrated sensing capability, 6G will be no longer just a platform that connects everything. It will be an intelligent platform that offers both integrated sensing and communications (ISAC) and integrated computing and communications. This platform will provide intelligent services and applications for industries to create greater social value. Bit transmission is not the only function of the 6G network. The physical world will be reconstructed and represented by using the propagation properties of radio waves such as reflection, scattering, refraction, and multipath. The 6G network will serve as a sensing network and 6G terminals will serve as sensing terminals. With network sensing and terminal sensing working in tandem, we can model the physical world covered by the entire network based on 6G. The sensing data extracted from the 6G network will not just be used for modeling the physical world, it will also serve as a big data source and entry for AI learning. Network sensing will enable a new usage scenario beyond communications, covering a series of use cases, including device-based or device-free target positioning, imaging, environment reconstruction and monitoring, and gesture and action recognition. Such use cases will be widely applied to industries, including human-machine coordination, environment reconstruction for smart cities, climate sensing, healthcare, and security detection.
 

IPA 5: 6G MASSIVE MIMO: EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION?

Moderator: Jianglei Ma, Huawei, Canada

Abstract:
MIMO technology has been a key technical component for LTE and LTE-advanced. Although a variety of MIMO modes, including open-loop MIMO, closed-loop MIMO, transmit diversity, spatial multiplexing, etc were supported by LTE, only limited number of antenna ports were assumed especially for early LTE deployment. To support C-band transceiver with more digital RF chains and millimeter wave transceiver with large number of antenna elements, massive MIMO has been considered as one of basic enabling technologies in designing NR system. Beamforming and beam management technologies, including high-precision CSI acquisition for MU-MIMO transmission, beam training and tracking, beam failure recovery have been designed and specified by NR standards. In order to meet 6G requirements new spectra such as 10~15GHz mid-band and high end mmWave & THz are being explored. On the other hand, the emergence of new materials (e.g. meta-surface material), advanced antenna array design technology, native AI learning and sensing capability provide us new enablers to achieve technology breakthrough in the research of 6G massive MIMO. It is expected that 6G ultra-Massive MIMO technologies will significantly increase system capacity for 6G network. The proposed panel will address new massive MIMO innovation opportunities and new challenges to researchers in academy and industry.
 

IPA 6: THE ROLE OF DIGITAL TWINS IN 6G

Moderator: Ben D Coffin, Keysight, USA

Abstract:
Simulation and emulation capabilities have significantly improved with the advances in compute power in the last few decades. Many applications are utilizing the power of enhanced simulation and emulation, but the wireless network quickly becomes an application that can maximize these tools due to its ever-increasing scope, scale and expanding requirements. As new network topologies are explored and the complexity of the network increases, these network tools can harness the capabilities of Digital Twins to evaluate wired and wireless network functions, design resiliency, and validate network design. This spike in complexity in network topologies is happening in tandem to the need flexible and adaptive research platforms that are capable of iterating and scaling from 5G to 6G and beyond in order to deliver novel technical results but still be useable by the larger research community. Digital twins, measurement and data fed simulations and models, offer an infrastructure to meet the rapid acceleration of design challenges that face a research ecosystem. Understanding the architectures, tools and methodologies for these model-based systems and being able to contrast them and utilize them with their physical counterparts will be integral in their use.

 

IPA 7: 6G RESEARCH & INNOVATION CLUSTER (6G-RIC): A PERSPECTIVE ON SUB-THZ COMMUNICATION AND SENSING

Moderator: Slawomir Stanczak, Technische Universität Berlin & Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Germany

Abstract:
The exploitation of the large portions of available spectrum in the sub-THz band (90-300GHz) is one of the most promising directions for enhancing the capacity of current wireless access networks. However, several formidable technological, societal, and business challenges need to be addresses, in particular related to the development of economically attractive and energy efficient solutions. A part from its obvious impact in terms of costs and range of use cases, energy efficiency is a crucial parameter in the context of the ambitious climate targets imposed, for instance, by the German and Brazilian governments. Addressing these challenges requires a complete rethinking of the entire value chain of communication systems, and hence a continuous interaction between academia, industry, government, and public interest organizations. Furthermore, possible synergies with new promising paradigms such as reflective intelligent surfaces (RISs) or integrated sensing and communication (ISAC) need to be explored. Following the above spirit, this panel will bring together experts from top Brazilian institutions, and prominent partners of the German 6G Research & Innovation Cluster (6G-RIC). The 6G-RIC is a research hub designed to provide scientific and technical foundations for the next generation of mobile communications, and it is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. It is based on the interdisciplinary and coordinated collaboration of a total of 32 research groups from 20 universities and research institutions, supported by more than 60 associated partners from science, industry, and governing bodies.
 

IPA 8: LOCALIZATION AND SENSING IN 5G-ADVANCED AND BEYOND - RESEARCH AND STANDARDISATION OUTLOOK

Moderator: Mythri Hunukumbure, Samsung Electronics, United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Panelists:
Andrea Conti, DE and CNIT, University of Ferrara, Italy
David M Gutierrez-Estevez, Samsung Electronics, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Sara Modarres Razavi, Ericsson Research, Sweden
Joerg Widmer, IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
 
Abstract:
Localization technologies have advanced rapidly in recent years. Within 3GPP, support for localization started in 3G and early 4G to meet coarse outdoor emergency response requirements and evolved in LTE-Advanced to accommodate the burgeoning commercial applications. 5G localization aims to satisfy very tight accuracy, latency and reliability requirements of multiple verticals like Industry IoT and V2X, covering both indoor and outdoor scenarios. Presently in the research domain, much work is done to include AI/ML techniques for improving the accuracy and reliability of localization. There is also huge interest in passive localization or sensing as a beyond 5G or 6G technology - using the radar like properties of the higher frequency mm-wave and THz bands. While these developments open up opportunities for novel services and applications, they also raise ethical questions about handling of sensitive data and user privacy. 3GPP is also responding to these research developments, with 5G- Advanced study items and use case/requirements definitions on these topics included in the current Release 18. At this critical juncture, where rapid progress made within the last few years can be outpaced by the new challenges and opportunities, we propose this Industry panel on localization and sensing. We will have 3GPP subject matter experts from key industry players and leading research professors to share their views on this intriguing topic.

 

IPA 9: INDUSTRY PANEL PROPOSAL: INDUSTRIAL PANEL ON AI FOR 5G AND BEYOND

Moderator: Liya Yuan, ZTE Corporation, China

Abstract:
There is a clear sense that AI can be a disruptive enabler to build a more agile and efficient future network. However, despite the constant efforts from researchers and engineers, the potential of AI is far away from being fully exploited and there's still a great gap between the current intelligence level of the network and our fancy expectations for it. Hence this panel is proposed to discuss the challenges and opportunities that we may face in "AI for 5G and beyond" exploration.

 

IPA 10: ACCELERATING INDUSTRY VIA MISSION-CRITICAL NETWORKS: REAL-WORLD STORIES AND FORWARD-LOOKING APPS

Moderator: Catello Di Martino, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Panelists:
Marcelo Marcomini,Flex, Brazil
Lucas Weng, Itaú Unibanco, Brazil
Mario Azevedo, Vale, Brazil
Fabiana Morgante de Alencar, BTP, Brazil
 
Abstract:
This panel include experts from world leading industries to identify what has been achieved so far and what is still to be done for boosting current production processes through mission-critical wireless networks. This panel will help both academic and industrial communities to prioritize their backlog for more focused effort towards the most needed solutions for 5G and beyond, focusing on open problems and forward-looking use cases.

 

IPA 11: MEGATRENDS TO ROADMAPS TO STANDARDS: IEEE NETWORKS PANEL

Moderator: Rakesh Kumar, IEEE, USA

Panelists:
Rakesh Kumar, IEEE, USA
Dejan Milojicic, IEEE, USA
William Tonti, IEEE, USA
Anwer Al-Dulaimi, IEEE, USA
Mehmet Ulema, Manhattan College, New York, USA
 
Abstract:
Megatrends in Wireless Communication include electrification; data, bandwidth, latency, automation, and AI; along with current technologies and future requirements. These Megatrends have broad implication across the Communications space and will influence the upcoming releases of the existing IEEE Networks Generation Roadmap (INGR). The panelists will describe: - What is a Technical Roadmap, and what is currently included in the INGR - A current view of Communication Megatrends - How these Megatrends may influence future INGR releases - Opportunity for the Communications Industry to incorporate Megatrends into the INGR roadmap Note: One or more presenters may be remote.

 

IPA 12: IEEE 5G & BEYOND TESTBED: JOURNEY FOR INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS

Moderator: Anwer Al-Dulaimi, EXFO Inc., Canada

Abstract:
The IEEE Future Networks Initiative has begun a newly funded project to create a virtual testing and experimentation platform to accelerate network innovations. This platform will host an end-to-end 5G network in the form of a private network that incorporates all segments from RAN through core network. The platform is meant primarily to help industry emulate the functionality and behavior of 5G and Beyond 5G networks. This project comes on the heels of a global financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, where many innovation projects were dropped for cost-saving reasons. The goal of this project is to develop a collaborative platform that brings value to individual member companies while encouraging and facilitating reduced-cost industry-centered innovation in collaboration with academia, governments, etc. The current inaugural members are EXFO, AT&T, VMware, China Mobile, and Samsung, who will provide oversight of the deployment of the platform's basic infrastructure over the coming 12 months. Long term, the platform will encourage participation from academia to stimulate next-generation network advances and easy collaboration opportunities between academia and industry. The discussions and presentations from member companies will provide an overview of the platform design, evolution plan, relevance to industry, 5G and 6G advancement opportunities, transformation of knowledge, and adoption of new innovations by standards. The project members recognize that IEEE GlobeCom is the most relevant venue to this initiative and so have written this proposal for consideration by industrial panel committee.

 

IPA 13: IEEE FUTURE NETWORKS ROADMAP TOWARDS 6G

Moderator: Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA

Panelists:
Tim Lee, IEEE MTT-S, USA
 
Abstract:
INGR (International Networks Generation Roadmap) is a key component of IEEE Future Networks Initiative (futurenetworks.ieee.org). The first version of roadmap white paper was published in 2017 that led to the creation of 15 working groups. These working groups include Applications and Services, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Connecting the Unconnected, Deployment, Edge Services and Automation, Energy Efficiency, Hardware, Massive MIMO, Millimeter Wave and Signal Processing, Optics, Satellite, Standardization and Building Blocks, Systems Optimization, and Testbed. As the industry continues to advance, the evolution and deployment of network generations is influenced and impacted not only by emerging, evolving, and potential convergence of technologies, but also by local and world socio-economic and health conditions (and politics). So much can happen in a year, which is why the INGR is a living document that is updated annually. The inaugural INGR was released in 2020 and its focus was primarily on the evolution of 5G networks. The intention of the 2021 INGR Edition was to take a more end-to-end perspective that included integrating future network technologies and establish a transdisciplinary framework and a predictive model for mobile networks. 2022 and the next two years will be a time of heavy 5G deployment, transformation at the edge, and increased interworking of network technologies and systems. Hence, the 2022 Edition of the IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) points to trends, challenges, and solutions in the current and near-term mobile network landscape, and the future vision as being cultivated through the activities of Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and the industry around the globe. This 2022 INGR Edition broadens applications of the transdisciplinary framework, progresses each technology and system challenges and opportunities especially while interworking with other areas - while noting lessons learned that can be applied to beyond 5G. As part of this panel, the working group co-chairs will share the highlights of various INGR technology working groups and how these will affect the evolution of next generation networks and deployments over varying timelines.

 

IPA 14: NGA SHAPING 6G VISION

Moderator: Ali Khayrallah, Ericsson Inc., USA

Abstract:
The purpose of the panel is to present the ATIS Next Generation Alliance (NGA), an initiative to advance North American leadership in mobile technology. Since the original call to action by ATIS in Fall 2020, NGA is now a fully formed organization representing members from industry, academia and government. NGA has organized the following working groups: National 6G Roadmap, Technology, Applications, Spectrum, Green, and Societal and Economic Needs. These groups have issued publications reporting on their findings. We highlight 2 outcomes: - Roadmap to 6G, which outlines 6 audacious goals in the areas of trust; security and resilience; digital world experience; sustainability; cost-efficient solutions; distributed cloud and communications systems; and AI-native wireless solutions. - Research priorities, which cover applications; technologies; sustainability goals; and social and economic drivers; identify barriers and challenges. In addition, NGA recently launched it Research Council, with 6 experts from academia and 6 from industry, to drive the NGA agenda forward, in particular in engagements with academic, governmental, and industrial research forums

 

IPA 15: ELECTROMAGNETIC INFORMATION THEORY: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE MASSIVE MIMO EVOLUTION

Moderator: Tengjiao Wang, Huawei Technologies, China

Panelists:
Mérouane Debbah, Technology Innovation Institute, France
Cheng-Xiang Wang, Southeast University, China & Purple Mountain Laboratories, China
Emil Björnson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Linglong Dai, Tsinghua University, China
 
Abstract:
In the past ten years, massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) has been developed rapidly from a theoretical concept to a practical technique and greatly enhanced the performance of 5G wireless communications. In the future, it is predicted that the data of usage (DoU) of an individual user per month will increase from 10 GB to 150 GB by 2025. In order to meet the immensely higher data rate, reliability, and traffic demands in the future 5G-Advanced communications, novel architectures and frameworks beyond massive MIMO are rapidly emerging to fully utilize the electromagnetic waves to convey information, including holographic MIMO, extremely large antenna arrays (ELAA), reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), etc. The ultimate limitation of the channel capacity and the ways to achieve this capacity are two fundamental questions for these novel architectures. However, current analysis and design methods are usually based on the scalar-quantity, far-field, planar-wavefront, monochromatic and other non-physically-consistent assumptions, which may cause mismatch between the system design and the realistic propagation environment. To solve this problem, the emerging electromagnetic information theory (EIT) is proposed and has attracted increasing interests from both academia and industry. By integrating the statistical information theory with the deterministic electromagnetic theory, it is able to build a more physically consistent communication model and establish more fundamental limitations. It is expected that EIT will bring brand new theoretical analysis and system design paradigms to the future wireless communications beyond massive MIMO.

 

IPA 16: FUTURE G RESEARCH PLATFORMS

Moderator: Serge Fdida, Sorbonne University, France

Panelists:
Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University, USA
José F. de Rezende, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ivan Seskar, WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA
Gustavo Correa, CPqD, Brazil
 
Abstract:
This panel will discuss the critical enabling technology that the community wants to develop for 6G, and possibly beyond, so that the future standards can be shaped accordingly. The science of Digital Infrastructures raises multiple complex challenges to the research community that already started to explore them with an agenda towards 6G!. Experimentation is becoming an even more important methodology to assess and qualify the diverse design assumptions and choices in realistic conditions.

 

IPA 17: NETWORK AS A PLATFORM (NWAAP): OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Moderator: Deepak Kataria, Ericsson, USA

Abstract:
Network as a Platform (NWaaP) reimagines CSP (Communication Service Provider) network as a platform with exposure capabilities across different layers of stack such as RAN, Edge, Core, Cloud, OSS, BSS. These exposure capabilities are available as Network APIs to partners (HCPs, IT/OTT players), so they can build innovative applications and services for their customers in B2B, B2B2X settings. This does not preclude B2C or internal use cases for CSPs. This panel will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with providing customer-facing cloud-based platforms and software that will enable CSPs to deliver the next wave of premium and new communication experiences.

 

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