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Opening Plenary Session

Monday 16 May 2016, 8:30–10:30 (Ballroom 2-3)

Opening Speeches by General Chairs and Technical Program Committee Chairs


Steps Towards 5G: Challenges and Enabling Technologies for New Applications

Wanshi Chen, Vice Chairman, 3GPP TSG RAN1, Qualcomm

This presentation will cover new cellular technologies beyond LTE Advanced leading up to and including the smooth introduction of 5G. These technologies build on the tremendous scale and success of the LTE platform, enabling new use cases and improving existing ones.

Wanshi Chen has over 15 years of experience in telecommunications with leading telecom companies including operators, infrastructure vendors, and user equipment vendors. From 1996 to 1997 he worked at China Mobile focusing on wireless network installation, maintenance, field test and debugging, and performance characterization and optimization. From 2000 to 2006 he worked for Ericsson Wireless Communications, San Diego, and was responsible for 3GPP2 related system design, integration and performance optimization for commercial products, and 3GPP2 standardization.

In May 2006 Wanshi Chen joined Qualcomm, San Diego, where, as one of the key team members, he has been contributing to the design, development and specification of LTE standardization through active participation in 3GPP RAN1.

Wanshi Chen received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and has been a 3GPP TSG RAN1 Vice Chairman since August 2013.

Enabling 5G Technologies for a Unified Adaptive Software Defined Air Interface

Ganghua Yang, Vice Director, Communication Technology Lab & Director, Algorithm Lab, Huawei

This presentation first introduces the common 5G technology requirements. Then the speaker will introduce the enabling 5G technologies such as massive-MIMO, non-orthogonal waveforms, and millimeter wave communications. In particular, this talk will point out the major challenges in the baseband algorithms for 5G systems.

Ganghua Yang received his BSc degree from the Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering of Zhejiang University, China in 1991. He received his MSc degree from China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT) in 1994.

He was a researcher focusing on the physical layer of TDMA mobile communications systems in the First Research Institute of CATT from 1992 to 1995. He has worked for Huawei since April 1996. From 1996 to 2002, he led the research and development of the first commercial GSM system in China at Huawei Technologies Ltd. Co. He was conferred the Second Prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award in 2000.

He was the chief scientist for Radio Access Networks, Wireless Networks Product Line from 2003 through 2008, where he focused on key features and platforms of 3G. He was also one of the founders and inventors of CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface). He was a senior technology strategy expert for wireless communications from 2008 to 2012 in Huawei’s Department of Corporate Technology Planning.

Currently he is the Vice Director of the Communications Technology Lab and the Director of the Algorithm Lab of Huawei Central Research Institute. His current research area is algorithms in 5G.

Lunch Session

Monday 16 May 2016, 13:00–13:15 (Ballroom 2-3)

Real-time mmWave Prototyping: 28 GHz and Beyond

Sarah Yost, SDR Product Marketing Manager, National Instruments

As the IMT's 2020 deadline approaches for 5G standardization, mmWave frequencies have come into the spotlight as a technology that will be used to realize the technology demands of 5G. The largely uninvestigated mmWave spectrum poses many questions for communications researchers ranging from defining the propagation environment with new channel sounding measurements to evaluating new coding strategies and physical layer schemes. Real-time prototyping has become an essential step in validating new 5G technology candidates. New advances in RF, ADC and DAC, and FGPA technologies provide the building blocks necessary to fully exercise prototyping in this new spectrum.

Sarah is a product marketing manager at National Instruments for the software defined radio team. She started her time at NI working as an applications engineering where she focused on NI’s RF product line. She then spent time working as the test engineer for Ettus Research creating manufacturing test code for a large variety of USRPs. After spending time getting to know the USRP hardware and software, she moved into a marketing role to continue working with SDRs and interact with customers doing cutting edge research. Prior to her time at NI, Sarah worked as a system test engineer at Raytheon working on aircraft RADAR systems. Sarah has her B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University.


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