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Wednesday Sept. 3rd, Plenaries (8:45am – 10:30am)
Plenary 1: Prof. Andrea Goldsmith
The Stephen Harris Professor
School of Engineering, Stanford University


Talk Title:  5G and beyond: What lies ahead for wireless system design
Abstract: Wireless technology has enormous potential to change the way we live, work, and play. Future wireless networks will support Gigabit per second multimedia communication between people, devices, and the “Internet of Things” with high reliability and uniform coverage indoors and out. Software will create a virtual wireless network cloud, enabling resource management, seamless connectivity, and roaming across heterogeneous access networks. The shortage of spectrum will be alleviated by advances in massive MIMO and mmW technology as well as cognitive radios, and breakthrough energy-efficiency algorithms and hardware will be employed to make wireless systems “green”. There are many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to make this vision a reality. This talk will describe the challenges of “5G and beyond” wireless system design, along with recent technology innovations that address some of these challenges.
Short Bio: Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She was previously on the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. She co-founded and served as CTO for two wireless startups: Accelera, Inc., which develops software-defined wireless network technology, and Quantenna Communications Inc., which develops high-performance WiFi chipsets. She has previously held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and she has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society joint paper award, the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book ``Wireless Communications'' and co-author of the books ``MIMO Wireless Communications'' and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Dr. Goldsmith is currently on the Steering Committee for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and has previously served as editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the Journal on Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory and in Networks, the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. Dr. Goldsmith participates actively in committees and conference organization for the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies and has served on the Board of Governors for both societies. She has been a Distinguished Lecturer for both societies, served as the President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, founded and chaired the student committee of the IEEE Information Theory society, and currently chairs the Emerging Technology Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee in the IEEE Communications Society. At Stanford she received the inaugural University Postdoc Mentoring Award, served as Chair of its Faculty Senate, and currently serves on its Faculty Senate and on its Budget Group.

Plenary 2: Dr. Chih-Lin I
China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies
China Mobile Research Institute


Talk Title: SmartTile: Driving LSAS from Theory to Practice
Abstract: 1000x system capacity improvement is widely expected to be achieved by next generation wireless network (IMT2020 or 5G). Further exploration of spatial resource has been identified as one of key elementary solutions. Increase the number of BS antennas from less than ten to hundreds (large scale antenna systems - LSAS) can dramatically improve the system performance, in term of both spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency, theoretically. Nevertheless, there is always big gap between theory and practice before engineering challenges are properly solved. How to deploy so many antenna elements in a compact form and in what shape? How many and what kind of RF chains do we need? How do non-ideal facts, such as phase noise and carrier frequency drift, impact the system performance? This talk will share CMCC’s effort on solving those technical challenges within our SmartTile for Invisible Basestation project.
Short Bio:
Chih-Lin I is the China Mobile Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies, in charge of advanced wireless communication R&D effort of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI). She established the Green Communications Research Center of China Mobile, spearheading major initiatives including 5G Key Technologies R&D; high energy efficiency system architecture, technologies, and devices; green energy; C-RAN and soft base station.
Chih-Lin received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, has almost 30 years’ experience in wireless communication area. She has worked in various world-class companies and research institutes, including wireless communication fundamental research department of AT&T Bell Labs; Headquarter of AT&T, as Director of Wireless Communications Infrastructure and Access Technology; ITRI of Taiwan, as Director of Wireless Communication Technology; Hong Kong ASTRI, as VP and the Founding GD of Communications Technology Domain. Chih-Lin received the Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, and is a winner of CCCP “National 1000 talent” program. She was an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of ComSoc Meeting and Conference Board, and the Founding Chair of IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She is currently an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, and a Network Operator Council Member of ETSI NFV.

Thursday Sept. 4th, Plenaries (8:50am – 10:30am)
Plenary 1: Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Chief Wireless Technologist Intel Wireless Products R&D, and Intel Fellow
Intel Corporation


Talk Title: PIMRC and Mobile Communications – The Next 25 Years
Abstract: It is 25 years since the 1st PIMRC event at King's College, London in 1989. At the time, advanced 2G networks were just being activated, nascent 3G direct sequence CDMA and later WCDMA networks were being conceived, and the packet-switched future of HSPA and LTE was a distant vision. It has been an interesting journey, and today we are sometimes invited to believe that one of the achievements of the past 25 years, specifically the advent of coding schemes that approach AWGN channel capacity, means the age of intense mobile communications innovation is at end.
Nothing could be further from the truth. As the first LTE-Advanced networks come on-line, as 802.11ac and Bluetooth Low Energy (Smart) devices deploy, as new models in machine-type and public safety communications emerge, and as we prepare for an intense period of 5G innovation, the evidence is all around us that in today’s heterogeneous and interference-limited networks, such thinking is deeply misguided and that the next 25 years will require the same commitment and creativity from the mobile engineering community as the past, if not more.
In support of this assertion, we first look at the state-of-the-art and outlook for mobile semiconductor innovation, at the contemporary realization of multi-core architectures, processor virtualization and at the integration of protocol, baseband and RF functions. We pay special attention to the emerging class of low power internet-of-things devices. We consider next steps in the field of multi-antenna baseband signal processing including near-optimum MIMO detectors, interference-cancelling receivers, and emerging techniques for mobile non-linear signal processing including power amplifier linearization,  power management, and antenna impedance matching for maximum power transfer. We consider advances in mobile 1-D and 2-D source coding including the realization and implementation of H.265 and beyond for mobile applications and the potential impact of WebRTC. Finally, we venture into the next 25 years of network design and – as we stand on the verge of 5G – we speculate on new spectrum management techniques, designs for new frequency bands, optical signal transport and network function virtualization.
The mobile future is bright, and there is much to be done.
Short Bio: Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Stewart is Chief Wireless Technologist Intel Wireless Products R&D, and Intel Fellow. In this role he contributes to innovation in wireless system-on-chip solutions, cellular and connectivity transceiver solutions, codecs, radio access offloading and routing, and location systems.
Most recently, Dr. Stewart was Chief Technology Officer for TE Connectivity’s Wireless business unit. He led the development, delivery and deployment of conventional and CPRI-based advanced multi-wavelength digital distributed antenna systems (DDAS), including low- and high-power multi-band multi-carrier remote radio heads (RRH) for LTE, WCDMA/HSPA, CDMA and 802.11. He drove the implementation of TE’s first Gbps optical switching fabric for the flexible delivery of capacity within the network, TE’s first hybridized small cell and DDAS RAN implementation, and the integration of TE’s advanced DDAS systems with its rapid fiber deployment technology.
Previously, Dr. Stewart was Vice President, Standards and Research at Motorola Mobile Devices, where he led the Standards and Research Lab which made contributions to the creation of 3GPP’s LTE specification, and previously the WCDMA HSDPA and HSUPA specifications. In this period he served as advisor to Motorola senior leadership on technical and strategic issues in radio access networks and multimedia. In his career at Motorola, Dr. Stewart designed and productized advanced wireless solutions for LTE, WCDMA and CDMA base stations and terminals, interference-suppressing MIMO receivers, WiFi offloading and traffic routing middleware and next-generation audio codecs.
Dr. Stewart has served as Motorola Dan Noble Fellow and Motorola Science Advisory Board member and holds more than 80 issued patents. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, where he is also Visiting Professor.

Plenary 2: Dr. Peiying Zhu
Huawei Fellow / Senior Director

Talk Title: 5G Enabling Technologies

Abstract: 5G wireless networks will support a1,000-fold gain in capacity, with connections for at least 100 billion devices, and a 10 Gb/s individual user experience capable of extremely low latency and response times. 5G will extend its service from enhanced mobile broadband to vertical markets such as connected cars, health care, industry automation and smart metering. This grand vision leads to a very diverged set of requirements and challenges. There are many questions arising: what are the key service and requirements for 5G? Is a single system/network sufficient to meet such demands? Is there a need to design a new radio access technology? What are key enabling technologies?
This talk will first elaborate the implications of 5G vision and requirements on air interface and network architecture design principles. Then we will highlight several key technologies which will enable an adaptive and unified air interface design. With such a framework, it is feasible to optimize the system design based on service, device capability, mobility, deployment scenarios and spectrum usage and provide a mechanism for future service expansion. Finally, recent progresses of Huawei's 5G research will be presented. 

Short Bio: Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow and the Senior Director of Huawei Research. The focus of her research team is advanced wireless access technologies for LTE/LTE-A and beyond. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, she was a Nortel Fellow and the Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered researches and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of technologies developed by the team have been adopted into WiMAX /LTE standards and 4G products. She has more than 100 granted patents in those areas. She was actively involved in IEEE 802.16 and LTE standard development, served IEEE 802.16j relay Task Group vice chair, various ad-hoc chairs, and IEEE 802.16 Working Group Secretary positions. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member and Treasurer.

Friday Sept. 5th, Plenary (9:40am – 10:30am)
Plenary 1: Prof. Theodore Rappaport
David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor
NYU Polytechnic


Talk Title: Milliimeter Wave Wireless Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!
Abstract: This talk highlights the massive growth in applications and data consumption by mobile consumers, and shows pathways to completely new wireless systems, devices, and architectures that will support thousands of times the capacity of today's wireless networks. Using the uncharted millimeter frequency spectrum, and by exploiting adaptive antennas that are physically small but electrically large, this keynote illustrates how pioneering field work on spatial processing, antennas and propagation promises that future wireless networks will be noise-limited, rather than today's interference-limited situation, thereby creating  entirely new research opportunities and product vistas for the wireless industry.
Short Bio: Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a professor of radiology at the NYU School of Medicine.Rappaport is the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, one of the world’s first academic research center to combine engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier, he founded two of the world’s largest academic wireless research centers: the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@Virginia Tech, in 1990.
Rappaport is a pioneer in radio wave propagation for cellular and personal communications, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over three decades, and he and his students have invented measurement equipment, simulation methodologies, and analytical approaches for the exploration and modeling of radio propagation channels and communication system design in a vast range of spectrum bands for emerging wireless systems. More recently, his work has explored the mmWave bands for future broadband access.
Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, assisted the governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for Internet access, and conducted research for NSF, Department of Defense, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, having published over 200 technical papers and over 20 books, and is a highly sought-after expert. He has over 100 patents issued or pending. As a faculty member, Rappaport has advised approximately 100 students who continue to accomplish great things in the communications, electromagnetics, and circuit design fields throughout industry, academia, and government.
In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. (taken private in 2011 by Carlyle Group). In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for wireless network design and management that he sold in 2005 to Motorola. Rappaport received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of his alma mater.








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