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Getting Ready for 5G

Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:45–10:30 (Toronto Ballroom)

Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies Canada

Significant progresses have been made over the past few years in the standardization, field trials, commercial deployment plans and vertical market usage evaluations. The large scale commercial deployment may be earlier than the original anticipated 2020 target date. In this talk, an overview on the latest 3GPP 5G standard progress will be given including highlights on the key technologies and its roadmap. In addition, the latest Huawei 5G field trial results with multi-cells will be presented, including the demonstration of ultra-reliable and low latency application of autonomous driving car.

Biography—Dr. 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 200 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 3GPP and IEEE 802 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.

ACE Vehicles and their Impact on the 21st Century

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:00–9:45 (Toronto Ballroom)

Barrie Kirk, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)

Autonomous, connected and electric (ACE) vehicles will change our lives, cities, society and the world in the 21st Century as much as the arrival of cars did during the 20th Century. Barrie Kirk's keynote will be in three parts: 1) an overview of the status, deployment and trends of AVs; 2) the big-picture socio-economic impacts on our lives, the economy and the world, and 3) more detailed information on the many impacts on the auto and technology sectors.

Biography—Barrie Kirk, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including senior management positions in Ottawa-area companies. He is a well-known consultant, speaker and broadcaster on automated vehicles. His other roles include the Board of Directors of Unmanned Systems Canada and the Automotive Advisory Board of Centennial College, Ontario. Barrie received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from Coventry University, U.K. and is a Professional Engineer.

The Internet-Above-the-Clouds

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:45–10:30 (Toronto Ballroom)

Lajos Hanzo, University of Southampton

Air transport has become an essential economic and social conduit throughout the world, which is expected to
grow continuously in the coming years. Demands of “free flight” for air traffic and “Internet above the clouds” for in-flight entertainment has inspired the conception of Aeronautical Ad-hoc Networks (AANET), which are reminiscent of high-end Vehicular Ad-hoc Networking (VANET). They might be characterized as autonomous and self-configured wireless networking solutions for high-velocity aircraft. However, given the typically on order of magnitude higher aircraft speed, when compared to VANETs, AANETs tend to exhibit more dynamic topologies, larger and more variable geographical network size, stricter security requirements and more acrimonious propagation conditions. These characteristics lead to more grave challenges in scheduling, routing, channel modeling and antenna design, just to mention a few. These differences render many traditional VANET protocols inapplicable for AANETs, hence motivating the design of radically-improved AANET protocols in support of the unorthodox AANET scenarios and requirements. This keynote will characterize the associated scenarios, characteristics, requirements and challenges. Furthermore, we will critically appraise the applicability of existing VANET solutions to AANETs and motivate the research community to solve the rich set of open research problems in this radically new field.

Biography—Lajos Hanzo is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), FIEEE, FIET and a EURASIP Fellow. He co-authored 18 IEEE Press - John Wiley books totalling in excess of 10 000 pages on mobile radio communications, published about 1600+ research entries at IEEE Xplore, organised and chaired major IEEE conferences and has been awarded a number of distinctions. Lajos is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. During 2008 - 2012 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and also a Chaired Prof. at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Lajos has 30 000+ citations. For
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Wireless Powered Communication Systems as an Enabling Technology for the Internet of Things

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:00–9:45 (Toronto Ballroom)

Robert Schober, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Although wireless power transfer (WPT) has been first proposed by Nikola Tesla more than one hundred years ago, the application of this concept as a means to facilitate perpetual energy supply for wireless communication systems has emerged only recently. In fact, WPT and simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) are now seen by many as promising enabling technologies for large-scale sensor networks and the Internet of Things. In this talk, we will first discuss the benefits, limitations, and possible applications of WPT/SWIPT systems. In the main part of the talk, we will investigate the implications of WPT/SWIPT on the design and optimization of wireless communication systems with special emphasis on the impact of the adopted energy harvesting model. In the last part of the talk, we will elaborate on the challenges that have to be overcome to make WPT/SWIPT practical and suggest some topics for future research.

Biography—Robert Schober (S'98, M'01, SM'08, F'10) was born in Neuendettelsau, Germany, in 1971. He received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), Germany, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From May 2001 to April 2002 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 2002-2011, he was a Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at FAU. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

Dr. Schober received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier-­Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, the 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, and a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Stacie Fellowship. In addition, he received several best paper awards. Dr. Schober is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. From 2012-2015 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the new Communication Society (ComSoc) journal IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communication and serves on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Furthermore, he is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors and a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc.

How to Harness Opportunistic Resource and Capability: A Collaborative Network Design Approach

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:45–10:30 (Toronto Ballroom)

Yuguang (Michael) Fang

Connected things in various cyber-physical systems (CPSs) such as IoTs and smart cities enable us to sense physical environments, extract intelligent information, and better regulate physical systems we heavily depend on in our daily life. This has also generated tremendous traffic burden on our existing telecommunications infrastructure, resulting in significant spectrum shortage. Moreover, it has been witnessed that battery-powered devices such as smart phones tend to deplete their energy much faster than before and this trend will continue if not carefully considering network-wide power consumption. Furthermore, heterogeneity in network technologies and devices and the lack of comprehensive study on interdependency in a system of systems have also caused serious concerns on security and privacy. How to take a holistic approach to carefully examining network-wide design issues on spectrum, energy and security is of paramount importance.

In this keynote, the speaker will discuss various related problems and challenges in a connected world and then present a novel collaborative network solution to enabling connected things to effectively harvest in-network capability (spectrum, energy, storage, and computing power) in a cognitive fashion to intelligently manage the spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency, and yes, security!

Biography—Dr. Yuguang "Michael" Fang received MS degree from Qufu Normal University, Shandong, China in 1987, PhD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and PhD degree from Boston University in 1997. He was an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2000. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2000 and has been a full professor since 2005. He held a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship (2006-2009, 2017-2020), a University of Florida Term Professorship (2017-2019) and Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship awarded by the Ministry of Education of China (is currently affiliated with Dalian Maritime University).

Dr. Fang received the US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2001 and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002, 2015 IEEE Communications Society CISTC Technical Recognition Award, 2014 IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award, and multiple Best Paper Awards from IEEE Globecom (2015, 2011 and 2002) and IEEE ICNP (2006). He has also received 2010-2011 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, 2011 Florida Blue Key/UF Homecoming Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2009 UF College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2013-2017), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications (2009-2012), and serves/served on several editorial boards of journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2003-2008, 2011-2016), IEEE Transactions on Communications (2000-2011), and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002-2009). He has been actively participating in conference organizations such as serving as the Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM’2014 and the Technical Program Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'2005. He is a fellow of the IEEE (2008) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2015).


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