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Tuesday 12 May 2015, 11:00–12:30 (Level 1 Auditorium)

mmWave Technology for Telecommunications: Scope, Status & Way Forward in Pre-development & Standards

Moderator:   Valerio Frascolla, Intel
 
Panelists:Laurent Dussopt, CEA-Leti
 Zhinong Ying, Sony Mobile
 Mark Beach, Bristol University
 André Bourdoux, IMEC
 Maziar Nekovee, Samsung
 Federico Boccardi, Ofcom
 

Summary—Radio frequency bands in the range ~30-300GHz and the technologies needed to make use of them are broadly recognized in the telecommunication arena as a pillar of the forthcoming 5G telecommunication architecture. Therefore the scope of this panel is to trigger an open discussion between panellists and audience about mmWave technology, its current status and main technical hurdles, with emphasis on standards and regulatory bodies. The panel will focus on some key questions, among which: Why at all - Advantages and disadvantages of mmWave vs. WiFi and other wireless technologies; European collaborative research projects – What are the main ones currently working on mmWave-related aspects?; Use cases and deployment scenarios – What are the most relevant ones and what will be the main benefits for the final user?; First prototypes – What are the main hurdles at the PHY layer in 28/40/60/90 GHz bands?; Standardization – What is the current status and what are the forthcoming activities? A broad palette of expertise and visions from different angles (academia, research institutes, industry and regulatory body) will ensure a complete coverage of the topics under focus, which, by all means, can also be tuned according to the feedback received from the audience during the discussion

Valerio Frascolla, Intel (Moderator)

Dr. Valerio Frascolla obtained the MSc and the PhD in electrical engineering from Ancona University, Italy, where he worked as research fellow till 2006, when he moved to Germany to join Comneon as concept engineer, focusing on SW architectures for mobile phones and attending 3GPP CT1 and CT Plenary standardization bodies. In 2010 he moved to Munich and joined Infineon Technologies as funding and research project manager, focusing on design and requirement management of wireless platforms. Since 2011 he is the European responsible person for funding activities and innovation manager at Intel Mobile Communications. Dr. Frascolla is an experienced project and program manager, obtained the CSM and CSPO certifications in 2013, has been contributing in different roles to several European and national funded projects and acts as facilitator of innovation using agile methodologies. He has a track record of technical excellence, is author of several papers, invited speaker and member of numerous TPC. His research interests are in Hw/Sw co-design, 5G wireless communications and low-power system design.

Laurent Dussopt, CEA-Leti

Dr. Laurent Dussopt received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. From September 2000 to October 2002, he was a research fellow with The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he developed reconfigurable microwave circuits and antennas based on RF-MEMS technology. Since 2003, he has been with CEA-LETI, France, as a research engineer and project leader on radio and antenna systems. He was appointed as chief scientist of the Systems and Integration Solutions division of CEA-LETI in 2013. Since 2014, he coordinates the EU project MiWaveS on millimeter-wave communications for access and backhaul in future wireless heterogeneous networks.
Dr. Dussopt has published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals and conferences and several book chapters, he is a senior member of IEEE and a research director of CEA. His research interests include mainly advanced antenna systems for wireless communications at microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies.

Zhinong Ying, Sony Mobile

Zhinong YING is a principle engineer of antenna technology in the Network research Lab within the Technology Office, Sony Mobile Communication AB, Lund, Sweden, also as a distinguish engineer within the whole Sony group. He joined Ericsson AB in 1995. He became Senior Specialist in 1997 and Expert in 2003 in his engineer career at Ericsson. He served as TPC Co-Chairmen in International Symposium on Antenna Technology (iWAT), 2007, He has been a guest professor in Zhejiang University, China since 2001. He is a senior member of IEEE. He was a member of scientific board of ACE program (Antenna Centre of Excellent in European 6th frame) from 2004 to 2007. He has authored and co-authored over 120 papers in various of journal, conference and industry publications. He holds more than 110 patents and pending in the antenna and mobile network areas. He contributed several book chapters including “Mobile Antenna Handbook 3rd edition” edited by H. Fujimoto and “Handbook of Antenna Technologies” edited by Z. N. Chen. He had invented and designed various types of multi-band antennas and integrated antennas for the mobile industry.
His main research interests are small antennas, broad and multi-band antenna, multi-channel antenna (MIMO) system, antenna for body area network, antenna and propagation in 5th generation mobile network including massive MIMO and mm wave, near- field and human body effects and measurement techniques.

Mark Beach, Bristol University

Mark Beach is a Professor in Radio Systems Engineering at the University of Bristol (UK) pursing research in the field of 5G wireless connectivity. This includes the use and characterisation of millimetre wave bearers, massive MIMO based wireless access and disruptive technologies such as full-duplex. Mark also manages the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications hosted at Bristol is the technical programme co-chair of VTC 2015 Spring.

André Bourdoux, IMEC

André Bourdoux received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1982 from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He joined IMEC in 1998 and is now Principal Scientist in the "Circuits and Systems for ICT" Department of IMEC. He is a system level and signal processing expert for the mm-wave and sub-10 GHz baseband teams and for the mm-wave radar team. His current research interests are multi-disciplinary, spanning the areas of wireless communications and signal processing, with a special emphasis on broadband systems and emerging physical layer techniques. He holds several patents in these fields. He contributes for IMEC to mm-wave standards in IEEE802.11 and IEEE802.15. He is the author and co-author of over 120 publications in books and peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Maziar Nekovee, Samsung

Dr. Maziar Nekovee is a Chief Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK (SRUK) where he leads Samsung’s European research and collaborations in next generation mobile communications standards (5G), including the EU’s Horizon 2020 5G PPP and UK’s 5GIC initiative. He also represents, on behalf of Samsung, the terminal and device sectors in the EU’ 5G Infrastructure Association. Prior to joining Samsung he was with BT (British Telecom) where he pioneered and led research in cognitive radio, white space and dynamic spectrum sharing technologies as well as providing technical consultancy on 4G spectrum auction and mobile strategy to business units. In additions to his experience in mobile and telecom industry he has 15 years of experience in leading and conducting research in top UK universities, including Imperial College and UCL, and collaboration with top universities in Europe, USA, Korea and China. Maziar has a PhD in theoretical physics and a first degree and MSc in electrical engineering (cum laude) both obtained in the Netherlands. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and one book (on cognitive radio), and has several patents. His current research focuses on research for future standardisation of disruptive technologies for 5G radio access networks, including mm-Wave communications and spectrum sharing technologies.

Federico Boccardi, Ofcom

Federico Boccardi is a Principal within Spectrum Technology in Ofcom. He received the M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2002 and 2007 respectively, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Oxford Saïd Business School in 2014. Before joining Ofcom, he was with Bell Labs (Alcatel-Lucent) from 2006 to 2013 and with Vodafone R&D in 2014. During his career, he held leadership positions in different EU collaborative projects and in the 3GPP standardisation activity for LTE and LTE-Advanced. He carried out research and led research projects on MIMO, MMW communications, device-centric architectures, CoMP and small cells. He holds more than 100 between issued or pending patents, peer-reviewed international research papers and 3GPP contributions. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. His current interests fall at the intersection between technology innovation and strategy.

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Wednesday 13 May 2015, 11:00–12:30 (Level 1 Auditorium)

Software Defined 5G Networks and Services

Moderator:   David Soldani, Vice President (VP) of Huawei European Research Centre (ERC)
 
Panelists:Dirk Trossen, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe
 Gunnar Mildh, Expert in radio network architecture, Ericsson Research
 Xavier Costa-Pérez, Head of the Wireless & Backhaul Networks R&D Group, NEC Laboratories Europe
 Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit European Commission, DG, Connect, Belgium
 Jean-Sébastien Bedo, Strategic Advisor, Orange Labs Research, France
 

Summary—This panel will address the main issues related to the definition and embedding of a “plastic” 5G architecture that supports Control and User Plane (re-)configurability as well as flexible C-Plane procedures. The architecture is expected to meet the most crucial 5G requirements, especially in terms of latency, reliability for mission critical machine communication and scalability to billions of connections, as well as new delay critical services, such as virtual reality office, teleprotection for smart grid, real-time remote computing for mobile terminals etc; and to enable the integration of heterogeneous next generation devices. Based on emerging technologies, such as SDN, NFV and cloud/edge computing, new procedures and protocols for an efficient and unified connection, mobility, security and routing management need to be redesigned so that they can run on top of the SDN directly as applications, developed and tested against state of art 3GPP functions, running on virtual machines in cloud platforms and SDN based transport network layer. The distinguished speakers will present their views on this important subject, possible solutions, what needs to be tested and standardized to realize this vision.

David Soldani, Vice President (VP) of Huawei European Research Centre (ERC) (Moderator)

David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree with maximum score and “cum laude approbatur” in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in technology with distinction from Aalto University, Finland, in 2006. In 2014, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK. He is one of the top experts in multi-disciplinary, transformative frontier research. He has been active in the ICT field for more than 20 years, successfully working on 150+ R&D projects for 2-5G and contributing to 100+ quality deliverables: from strategic research and innovation to modeling, simulations, emulations and innovative proof of concepts with stakeholders. Dr. Soldani is currently Vice President (VP) of Huawei European Research Centre (ERC) and Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) in Europe. Areas of his responsibility and expertise include, but not limited to: Future Wireless, Network, IoT and Multimedia Technologies. Dr. Soldani represents Huawei in the Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association, in Brussels, and Steering Board (SB) of NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe.

Dirk Trossen, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

Dirk Trossen is a Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. His main responsibility lies in establishing the European presence of InterDigital through engagements within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 workprogramme as well as within UK-funded efforts. Dirk has more than 15 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. His main contributions can be found in the area of inter-domain networking as well as seamless handovers and new service concepts for operators. He was the technical lead of the European efforts PSIRP and PURSUIT, performing research on large-scale publish-subscribe information-centric networking systems in the context of the Future Internet. He is also an active contributor to European efforts in the 5G(PPP) space through contributions to ETP and 5GPPP whitepapers.
Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently 32 international patents.

Gunnar Mildh, Expert in radio network architecture, Ericsson Research

Gunnar Mildh received his M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2000. In the same year, he joined Ericsson Research, Ericsson AB, Stockholm, and has since been working on standardization and concept development for GSM/EDGE, HSPA, and LTE(-A). His focus areas has been on radio network architecture and protocols, and recently on 5G architecture including RAN and Packet Core. He is currently an expert in radio network architecture at the Wireless Access Network Department, Ericsson Research.

Xavier Costa-Pérez, Head of the Wireless & Backhaul Networks R&D Group, NEC Laboratories Europe

Dr. Xavier Costa-Pérez is the Head of the Wireless & Backhaul Networks R&D Group at NEC Laboratories Europe, where he has managed several projects related to mobile networks. In the wireless LAN area, he led a team contributing to NEC’s mobile phones evolution, which received an R&D Award for the work on N900iL, NEC’s first 3G/WiFi phone. In the 4G area he managed a team researching on next generation base stations which received NEC’s R&D Award for successful technology transfers. In 3GPP he contributed to the SA1 RAN Sharing Enhancements efforts where new requirements for future systems were defined. In IEEE he contributed to the development of the 802.11e and 802.11v standards being included in the major contributor list. He has served on the Program Committees of several conferences (e.g. IEEE Greencom, WCNC, and INFOCOM), published over 50 papers and holds over 20 patents. He received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and was the recipient of the national award for the best Ph.D. thesis on ‘Multimedia Convergence in Telecommunications’.

Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit European Commission, DG, Connect, Belgium

Dr. Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then served as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes. In 1994, he joined the European Commission Directorate General "Information Society", and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of the unit dealing with research and policy in the field of RFID, Internet of Things and networked enterprise systems. He is currently Deputy head of the unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. His responsibilities cover the definition of the research strategy related to future networks (5G) and systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness.

Jean-Sébastien Bedo, Strategic Advisor, Orange Labs Research, France

Jean-Sébastien Bedo graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech in 2004. He is a member of the Board of Directors of 5G Infrastructure Association and of the Steering Board of NetWorld2020 ETP. Since 2009, he has been working for Orange Innovation, Marketing and Technologies department as strategic advisor for network technology choices. Before that, he was head of Orange research activities in economics. He co-advised six Ph.D. and post-doctoral students. He was also involved in several collaborative European research projects and published journal and conference articles on smart grid economics, Internet networks, and traffic forecasting.

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Wednesday 13 May 2015, 18:00–19:30 (Main Auditorium)

What is driving 5G?

Moderator:   David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom
 
Panelists:Rahim Tafazolli, Director of 5GIC and Institute of Communication Systems, University of Surrey
 Hans-Peter Mayer, Head of Next Generation Wireless research, Bell Labs Wireless
 Paul Crane, Head of Practice, Research and Innovation, BT
 Olav Queseth, Senior Researcher, Ericsson
 

Summary—The 5G vision lies in the future development of a hyper-connected society with business, people, things and services connected anywhere and anytime. The realization of this vision is driven by two streams of development: • the demand and market creation for 5G networks and services and • the development of the technologies to address new challenging service scenarios, which cannot be offered by current 4G networks. The new services are demanding stepwise improvements in capacity, connectivity, latency, throughput and performance and all this must be provided with dramatic improvements in energy consumption, availability, security, reliability and efficiency - and all this must be available for significantly less cost. We must also stress the point that 5G is not 4G + 1. It must be a new network concept incorporating all access technologies. The panel will address the promising opportunities and directions that European industry is taking in terms of Standards, Spectrum usage and needs, new 5G radio interface(s) design, interference management, device centric networking and security approaches to deal with the explosion in the number of devices. A significant improvement in the mobile quality of experience through ultra-fast big data and content distribution should be delivered by these future cellular networks.

David Kennedy, Director, Eurescom (Moderator)

David Kennedy, Director of Eurescom in Germany, has a background in Network planning from his time with Eircom in Ireland and many years’ experience in Collaborative research projects and initiatives both in Ireland and with Eurescom in Germany. More recently he has been involved in the European Future Internet initiative and now the European 5G initiative. Eurescom also hosts and operates the CELTIC-PLUS Eureka Cluster Office which is also active in supporting research on Networks and solutions for future communications from an End to End perspective. His current ambitions include ensuring high speed connectivity will become available across Europe in an economic and viable form within the next decade.

Rahim Tafazolli, Director of 5GIC and Institute of Communication Systems, University of Surrey

Rahim Tafazolli is the Director of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) and 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), University of Surrey in the UK. He has published more than 500 research papers in refereed journals, international conferences and as invited speaker. He is the editor of two books on “Technologies for Wireless Future” published by Wiley’s Vol.1 in 2004 and Vol.2 2006. He is currently board member of many national and international research and innovation initiatives. He was appointed as Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum) in April 2011, in recognition of his personal contribution to the wireless world. As well as heading one of Europe’s leading research groups.

Hans-Peter Mayer, Head of Next Generation Wireless research, Bell Labs Wireless

Hans-Peter Mayer is Head of Next Generation Wireless research within Bell Labs Wireless. He received a PhD degree in Physics from University of Tübingen in 1987. After joining Alcatel-Lucent he worked on high-speed optoelectronic components. Between 1992 and 1995 he led the research and industrialization activity on 1.55µm DFB lasers for WDM and for 10 Gb/s systems, later including integrated and hybrid optoelectronics.
From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Mayer has led the research on the early UMTS definition, followed by the realization of first UMTS, HSPA and LTE trial systems. Hans-Peter Mayer has done several research projects on LTE advanced; he was the co-initiator for the German EASY-C project and the FP7 project ARTIST. Today he is leading Bell Lab’s research on 5G wireless systems, with involvement in the European METIS, 5GNOW and future projects in Horizon 2020.

Paul Crane, Head of Practice, Research and Innovation, BT

Paul Crane is Head of Practice in BT’s Research and Innovation group. Paul leads applied research activities in Mobile, Network Services and Sustainability. The objective of this work is the development and delivery of technical solutions for next generation services. His current research activities are focused on the application of emerging mobile technologies to needing the needs of consumer and business customers. Paul is a telecommunications engineer, with over 20 years in the industry. He has undertaken a variety of from strategic technology roles with BT in the UK, USA and Europe. Paul has a personal interest in the development of voice, multimedia communications and mobile technology.

Olav Queseth, Senior Researcher, Ericsson

Dr. Olav Queseth received his MSc in computer engineering in 1995 from Chalmers, Sweden and a PhD degree in 2005 from KTH, Sweden in Radio Communications Networks. He is currently working at Ericsson as a senior researcher. He joined the 5G research project METIS in 2012 and since April 2014 he is the project coordinator. Prior to that he has worked with spectrum issues in the regulatory domain and before that he worked with standardization of radio aspects in 3GPP. He joined Ericsson in 2007 after doing spectrum research in the Ambient networks EU research project.

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