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5G: The Nervous System of the Digital Society and Digital Economy

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 9:45–10:30 (Main Auditorium)

David Soldani, VP of European Research Centre, Huawei

This keynote introduces the main ICT challenges and opportunities in EU, 5G vision and main research and innovation initiatives ongoing globally. It will then describe Huawei's multitenant network and services vision and the most important 5G enabling technologies, leveraging Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). Special attention will be paid on 5G as the nervous system of the Silver Economy, looking at a better age friendly environment (housing), which can help people live longer independently and thus reduce costs of long term care. The Silver Economy is defined as the economic opportunities arising from the public and consumer expenditures related to population ageing and specific needs of the people over 50. This is estimated to be a business at $7 trillion per year, which makes it the 3rd largest economy in the world. By 2020 the private spending power of the elderly generation will reach $15 trillion globally. As for public spending, in the EU, it is projected to grow by more than 4% of GDP until 2060. In this context, 5G will be an integral part of the overall solution to the ambient (housing) assisted living concept, where service robots, mobiles, holographic rendering, cars, etc. could be connected using 5G communication technologies. Conclusions are drawn on the main standardization activities and roadmap towards the IMT for 2020 and beyond.

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.

5G Mobile Communications - Key Enabling Technologies and Recent R&D Results

Wednesday 13 May 2015, 9:00–9:45 (Main Auditorium)

Wonil Roh, Vice President and Head, Advanced Communications Lab, DMC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics

This talk presents the vision, requirements, and the key technologies envisaged for the 5G mobile communications in 2020 and beyond era. The requirements emerged for the 5G era include massive capacity with order of magnitude data rate improvement as well as uniform Gbps experience, reduced latency for delay sensitive services, massive connectivity supporting innumerable simultaneous connections, and all these demands with energy efficient as well as cost effective solutions. The talk will put forth a few key technologies ranging from air technologies and network design to services along with the recent R&D achievements proving the feasibility of the proposed technologies and showing a bright prospect of 5G.

Dr. Roh is currently a Vice President and Head of Advanced Communications Lab at Samsung Electronics Corp in Korea, responsible for research of next generation mobile communications technologies. He started working at Samsung Electronics in 2003 in research and development of CDMA and Mobile WiMAX base-stations with the main focus on multi-antenna algorithms and system analysis. Then he led overall WiMAX standard activities and strategy in Samsung including IEEE, the WiMAX Forum and ITU-R, and served as Chair of Technical Working Group (TWG) of the WiMAX Forum from 2006 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been leading research efforts for the next generation cellular (Beyond 4G or 5G) technologies at DMC R&D Center with a focus on development of disruptive technologies and feasibility studies.
Dr. Roh holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.

Visual Communication

Wednesday 13 May 2015, 9:45–10:00 (Main Auditorium)

Thomas Wiegand, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

The next generation of video applications will cover large areas of our lives. Starting from the known media applications, digital video will find its way into the traffic, medical and industrial areas posing new challenges. One such new requirement is ultra low delay video as part of the Tactile Internet for augmented reality applications in cars or head-mounted displays. Here, a strong interaction between the video codecs and the network architecture is necessary. The talk will provide an overview of the challenges of future visual communication.

Thomas Wiegand is a professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Technical University of Berlin, chairing the Image Communication Laboratory, and is jointly heading the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany.

He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, in 1995 and the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2000. He joined the Heinrich Hertz Institute in 2000 as the head of the Image Communication group. From 2008-13, he was jointly heading HHI's Image Processing department. His research interests include video processing and coding, multimedia transmission, as well as computer vision and graphics.

From 1993 to 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at Kobe University, Japan. In 1995, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. From 1997 to 1998, he was a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, USA and served as a consultant to 8x8, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, USA. From 2006-2008, he was a consultant to Stream Processors, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA. From 2007-2009, he was a consultant to Skyfire, Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA. Since 2006, he has been a member of the technical advisory board of Vidyo, Inc., Hackensack, NJ, USA. From 2011-2012, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University, USA.

Since 1995, he has been an active participant in standardization for multimedia with successful submissions to ITU-T VCEG, ISO/IEC MPEG, 3GPP, DVB, and IETF. In October 2000, he was appointed as the Associated Rapporteur of ITU-T VCEG. In December 2001, he was appointed as the Associated Rapporteur / Co-Chair of the JVT. In February 2002, he was appointed as the Editor of the H.264/MPEG-AVC video coding standard and its extensions (FRExt and SVC). From 2005-2009, he was Co-Chair of MPEG Video.

Enabling Automotive IoT

Thursday 14 May 2015, 8:30–9:15 (Main Auditorium)

Andy Birnie, Freescale

Automotive is already the 2nd largest generator of data on the Internet of Things. The use cases are endless & imaginative, but this presentation will explore the challenges that the Automotive IoT presents to the Automotive OEMs, Tier1s and semiconductor vendors. The subjects of connectivity, security and functional safety will be covered along with a brief look at how to make an autonomous car!

After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Andy had various roles in product & technology development, but is currently Systems Engineering Manager for Automotive Microcontroller within Freescale. In this role Andy is responsible for working with Tier1s and OEMs to understand market trends and customer demands, to define the next generation of microcontrollers, keeping Freescale at the forefront of automotive electronics systems technology for the next 10 years. Andy sits on the OPEN Alliance steering group, pushing adoption of Ethernet into automotive, and was a founder member of the AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) consortium in the UK.

Wireless Communications for Vehicle Safety and Automated Driving

Thursday 14 May 2015, 9:15–10:00 (Main Auditorium)

Luca Delgrossi, Director Autonomous Driving U.S., Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc.

Wireless communications are destined to play a central role in the future of the automobile and will change the way we look at transportation systems. Extensive research conducted over the last decade shows how unprecedented levels of safety on the roads can be reached by developing systems where vehicles, other road users, and roadside infrastructure cooperate together. Moreover, it is expected that wireless communications will provide a key foundation to support the deployment of automated cars, perhaps the most fascinating and challenging trend in the automotive industry. In this talk, the speaker will recall his experience with building connected as well as automated vehicles and highlight results, achievements, and open challenges. The talk will address a number of ideas and solutions based on different wireless communications technology and present several state-of-the-art prototype systems built to test and prove them.

Dr. Luca Delgrossi is Director Autonomous Driving U.S. at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc. A pioneer in vehicular communications, he coordinated the team that developed the first 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications radio and On-Board Equipment. At the 15th ITS World Congress in New York, in 2008, his team showcased a Mercedes-Benz S550 engaging automated braking upon the detection of an imminent red light violation. More recently, his team designed and built nine Mercedes-Benz C300 and four Freightliner Cascadia trucks for the USDOT V2V Safety Pilot Model Deployment field trial. Currently, he is the lead of a competence center focusing on digital maps for highly automated driving as well as connected vehicles solutions.
Dr. Delgrossi holds a PhD in Computer Science. He has conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, Internet Engineering Task Force, IBM European Networking Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Currently, Dr. Delgrossi represents Mercedes-Benz at the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC).
He is the author of over 70 publications in scientific journals and conferences and is Co-Editor of the IEEE Communication Magazine Automotive Series. With Dr. Tao Zhang, he authored the book "Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy", published by Wiley in 2012.

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