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5G Physical Layer: Technology Opportunities and Challenges

Monday 19 September 2016, 9:30–10:30 (Ballroom: Outremont-Westmount)

Reinaldo. A. Valenzuela, Director, Communications Theory Research Dept., Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

The insatiable demand for media rich content and the increasing availability of advanced devices such as smart phones, tablets, etc., has forced the mobile communications eco system to start in earnest to consider the next generation solutions to address these needs. Some of the options being mentioned as ingredients for such 5th Generation mobile radio systems include Small Cells, HetNets, Carrier Aggregation, Machine-to-Machine, Internet-of-Things, Relays, Device-to-Device and operation in the millimeter wave spectrum range, among others. In this talk, I will review some of the background trends driving the evolution of broadband wireless access that will impact the technology choices beyond 2020. Then, I will consider in some detail some of the most intriguing options service providers may consider.

Reinaldo A. Valenzuela: Fellow IEEE. IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award. Bell Labs Fellow. WWRF Fellow, 2014 IEEE CTTC Technical Achievement Award, 2015 IEEE VTS Avant Garde Award. B.Sc. U. of Chile, Ph.D. Imperial College. Director, Communication Theory Department, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories. Engaged in propagation measurements and models, MIMO/space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays, HetNets, small cells and next generation air interface techniques and architectures. He has published 190 papers and 44 patents. He has over 24,000 Google Scholar citations and is a Highly Cited Author In Thomson ISI and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Channels and systems for wireless communications in high-mobility environments

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 9:00–09:45 (Ballroom: Outremont-Westmount)

Andy Molisch, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

As 5th generation wireless systems are emerging, it becomes clear that one of the main applications will be communication in high-mobility environments. Two scenarios draw particular attention: high-speed trains (HST) and V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure) communications. V2X communications serve to increase safety and improve efficiency of vehicular traffic, e.g., warning of emergency stopping maneuvers, traffic jams, and road hazards. Furthermore, they will serve as a critical component of autonomous vehicles. HSTs are a major mode of long-distance passenger transportation in many areas of the world, and enabling passengers to access high-speed wireless links will increase their appeal to users. Furthermore, also HSTs can use wireless connections for improved safety and reliability.
This talk will start out with a review of these applications and the resulting requirements for 5G systems for V2X and HST. We will then discuss the particular properties of propagation channels in these environments, which are significantly different from many other cellular channels. We then discuss various approaches to dealing with the main channel effects such as high Doppler spreads, channel nonstationarities, and shadowing, and discuss transmission strategies that are well suited for these environments. We finally outline established (IEEE 802.11p) as well as emerging 5G (3GPP) system designs for these environments

Andreas F. Molisch received his PhD and habilitation from TU Vienna in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He subsequently was at TU Vienna, FTW, AT&T (Bell) Labs, Lund University, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. Since 2009 he has been Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, where he is also currently Director of the Communication Sciences Institute. His research interest is wireless communications, with emphasis on wireless propagation channels, multi-antenna systems, ultrawideband signaling and localization, novel cellular architectures, and cooperative communications. He is the author of four books, 18 book chapters, more than 450 journal and conference papers, as well as 80 patents. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and IET, as well as Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and recipient of numerous awards.

Networked Society and 5G

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 9:45–10:30 (Ballroom: Outremont-Westmount)

Jaco du Plooy, Head of Technology, Ericsson, Customer Unit Canada

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5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile communications and will be a key component of the networked society. In particular, 5G will accelerate the development of critical machine type communications (MTC) with capabilities including very high achievable data rates, very low latency and ultra-high reliability – all of which are of critical importance as vehicular technology evolves on the road to 5G.

Jaco du Plooy is Head of Technology for Ericsson in Customer Unit Canada. He is responsible for the complete Ericsson portfolio including Network, IT, Cloud and Media products and services towards Ericsson customers in Canada and has 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
du Plooy joined Ericsson US in 2004 and has spent over 12 years working with a large tier 1 operator in the US launching innovative services in wireless access (2G, 3G, 4G) and was also responsible for Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking, IPTV, Voice/Packet core and IMS. In addition to these responsibilities, he provided technology leadership in Internet of Things and 5G before moving to Canada in June 2016.
Prior to joining Ericsson, he held various Network Planning, Engineering and consulting positions with mobile operators and consulting firms based in the UK and South Africa.
du Plooy holds a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sustainable Spectrum Management for Vehicular Technology

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 9:00–9:45 (Ballroom: Outremont-Westmount)

Jean Luc Bérubé, President, Communications Research Centre

With the increasingly wireless connected society, spectrum regulators worldwide are facing relentless demand for more access to spectrum, be it from the latest applications, services or emerging technology like self-driving cars. While the current paradigm of assigning fixed frequencies for a given service is still relied upon, the prevailing view of the Canadian spectrum regulator is that this paradigm is not sustainable in the long ‎run, both from the pace of spectrum release required to sustain innovation as well as which spectrum to release. This talk will present some of the issues faced by the Canadian spectrum regulator and the steps taken towards a sustainable spectrum management regime in Canada to support innovation

Dr. Jean Luc Bérubé became President of the Communications Research Centre in 2011, after serving 17 months as a research vice-president. When he joined CRC in 2009, he brought a proven track record in managing the human and technological issues inherent in complex telecommunications R&D projects.
Dr. Bérubé is overseeing three research priorities including a foresight function for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and direct client support R&D. Chief among CRC's clients is ISED's Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications sector, followed by other government organizations, industry and academia. Rounding out CRC's research priorities is Grand Challenge R&D, tackling challenges of spectrum awareness, spectrum use and spectrum supply, all of which are central to meeting wireless demand for a modern digital economy.
Dr. Bérubé began his career in 1984 as a design engineer with Canadian Marconi Company. In 1993 he joined Nortel, leading teams designing advanced telecommunications equipment. He moved to Motorola in 1997, working to ensure that product planning and customer needs were tightly aligned. In 2000 Dr. Bérubé joined Altera Corporation, where he oversaw both applications and market development for the Canadian wireless and broadband network communications sectors.
Dr. Bérubé holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), a Master of Applied Science degree from Montréal's École Polytechnique, and a Doctorate from UNB, all in electrical engineering.

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 9:45–10:30 (Ballroom: Outremont-Westmount)

Where is 5G leading us?

Moderator:   Charles Despins, Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Panelists:Peiying Zhu, Huawei Fellow, Wireless Technology Lab, Huawei
 Hakan Andresson, 5G Strategy responsible, Ericsson


Charles Despins’ career has spanned more than 30 years in both the academic and industry segments of the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. In addition to his academic research work in the Université du Québec network, he has held various posts in the private sector, namely at CAE Electronics, Microcell Telecommunications (Canadian cellular operator) and later at Bell Nordiq Group as vice-president and chief technology officer. He has also worked as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China. From 2003 to 2016, he was also and CEO of Prompt inc., an ICT university-industry research and development consortium. He is now a faculty member at École de Technologie Supérieure (Université du Québec) in Montreal, with research interests in wireless communications. He is also a guest lecturer at the Desautels faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada as well as M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Despins is a Fellow (2005) of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a recipient (2006) of the Outstanding Engineer award from IEEE Canada. He is a former recipient of the “Best Paper of the Year” award in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is currently a frequent advocate on issues regarding the opportunities ICT offer to achieve sustainability in the 21st century.

Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 150 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and co-chaired for various 5G workshops. She is actively involved in IEEE 802 and 3GPP standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products.
Peiying Zhu received the Master of Science degree and Doctor Degree from Southeast University and Concordia University in 1985 and 1993 respectively.

Håkan Andersson is “5GStrategy Responsible” and has been driving Ericsson’s 5G Strategy at the company’s Business Network Products since May 2014. Before the current position, he spent 5 year at the Ericsson Group Function for Technology, where he was responsible for driving the Ericsson Technology Strategies.
From 2003 and in the work leading up to the development and launch of 4G/LTE, Andersson had a similar role for LTE and was responsible for the development of the strategies and investment plans leading up to the establishment of a dedicated product line for LTE in 2007.
Dr. Andersson started in Ericsson Radio Research in 1990, and has since then held various positions both in Research and Technology, as well as Product Management, in different parts of the world. His career includes positions as head of Technology for Ericsson Philippines, Head of Industry Relations in Singapore, Director at Group Function Portfolio Management and CTO of the AT&T account in the US.
Andersson Holds a Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctors degree in Physics, both from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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