IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
8-11 September 2019 // Istanbul, Turkey


Monday Morning, 9 September 2019, 10:00 – 10:30

Embracing 5G: Strategy, Challenges, Best Practices

by Dr. Gediz Sezgin, Executive Vice President – Network Technologies, Turkcell

Abstract: Telecom Industry urgently needs massive rejuvenation due to incremental traffic growth without revenue increase. 5G seems to be a huge opportunity to generate new revenue streams by defining particular business cases. On the contrary to legacy technologies like 2G, 3G, and 4G, 5G will not only connect people and terminals, but also transform the businesses. It will be extremely critical to have precise investment plans, fully automated troubleshooting mechanisms, AI-based self-organized/self-optimized networks and agile operation capabilities to satisfy the business case based subscriber requirements. In this keynote, we will be looking forward for business transformation with efficient 5G networks. We will also share 5G live network experience and finally talk about some hot study items.

Biography: Gediz Sezgin joined Turkcell as Network Engineer in 1995. In October 2015, he was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Network Technologies. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Information and Communication Technologies, Chief Information and Communication Technologies Officer, Director of Application Operations, Director of Service Network under the ICT Function and held various executive positions in the Technology Function. Mr. Sezgin started his career at Alcatel Teletaş in 1991. He graduated from İstanbul Technical University in Electronics and Communication Engineering and received his Ph.D. degree from the same university.

Tuesday Morning, 10 September 2019, 11:00 – 12:30

Evolving 5G for the Next Decade

by Dr. Magnus Frodigh, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research, Ericsson

Abstract: The first commercial deployments of 5G have already taken place in the USA, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, and the market acceptance has been very good – 5G meets its expectations. Meanwhile, the plans for the first steps for the evolution of the 5G standards and networks are in place, and we expect to develop numerous enhancements over the years to come. Important use cases for 5G will expand from the initial ones of fixed wireless access and enhanced mobile broadband, to an internet of sensors and machine-to-machine communication.

Biography: Dr. Magnus Frodigh has been Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research since 2018. He was Research Area Director for Network Architecture and Protocols at Ericsson Research from 2007 to 2018 with responsibility for driving long-term technology leadership research in the areas of network architecture and protocols comprising radio, transport and core networks, including network management.

Dr. Frodigh joined Ericsson in 1994 and has since held various key senior positions within Research & Development and Product Management, focusing on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies, and expanding collaborations with both academia and industries. He holds 29 patents.

Dr. Frodigh was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1964.  He holds a Master of Science degree from Linköping University of Technology, Sweden, and earned his Ph.D. in Radio Communication Systems from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Frodigh is adjunct Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Wireless Infrastructures since 2013.

Machine Learning Meets Mobile Communications

by Prof. Vincent Poor, Princeton University

Abstract: Mobile communications and machine learning are two of the most exciting and rapidly developing technological fields of our time. In recent times these two fields have begun to merge in two fundamental ways. First, while mobile communications has developed largely as a model-driven field, the complexities of many emerging communications scenarios is giving rise to the need to introduce data-driven methods into the design and analysis of mobile networks. And, conversely, many machine learning problems are by their nature distributed due to either physical limitations or privacy concerns; this distributed nature gives rise to the need to consider mobile networks as part of learning mechanisms, i.e., as platforms for machine learning. This talk will illuminate these two perspectives, while focusing primarily on the latter, by considering communication issues arising in distributed learning problems such as federated learning and collaborative learning. These issues will be illustrated through examples from recent research in the field.

Biography: H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in EECS from Princeton in 1977, and has also received honorary doctorates for a number of universities in Asia, Europe and North America. From 1977 until joining the Princeton faculty in 1990, he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also held visiting positions at several other universities, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge.  Dr. Poor’s research interests are in information theory and signal processing, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, and other national and international academies. He received the Marconi and Armstrong Awards of the IEEE Communications Society in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 2017.

Wednesday Morning, 11 September 2019, 11:00 – 12:30

The 5G Journey and the Next Frontiers

by Dr. Peiying Zhu, Director, 5G Wireless Research, Huawei

Abstract: For many researchers, 5G has been a 10-year long journey, while 5G commercial services just started to shape up this year. Even though the initial products are mainly designed for much faster mobile broadband service and extremely fast fixed wireless to the home service, the strong capabilities of 5G have opened the door for many exciting use cases, leading to the soaring subscribers of 5G services.  There are well defined standard roadmaps delivering 5G services to support vertical industries such as industry automation, autonomous driven cars, smart cities etc.  The talk will first discuss initial user experiences, applications and challenges of 5G Rel-15 NR commercial products, then present key new features being developed in Rel-16. It will be shown that the combinations of these two releases will fulfill the ITU 5G requirements. 5G will further evolve to expand the capabilities to serve more and more vertical markets. With this overall 5G roadmap in mind, the presenter will explore some research directions which may be considered beyond 5G and potential candidates for the next generation.

Biography: Dr. Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow and IEEE 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. 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 Relays. 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 Doctorate Degree from Southeast University and Concordia University in 1985 and 1993, respectively.

Using Light to Build the Future Wireless Nervous System

by Prof. Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh

Abstract: What is a brain without the nervous system? A question which seems important at a time where almost everybody talks about artificial intelligence and machine learning. This talk is about the future wireless nervous system which translates to massive and secure wireless connectivity. To this end, it seems important to recall that the combined visible light and infrared spectrum is 2600 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum. This is one of the key drivers to consider ‘light’ to build the next generation of wireless networks. This is what we call LiFi. This talk will provide a general background to the subject of optical wireless communications. We will introduce a light communication taxonomy, discuss typical use cases and highlight existing challenges. We will showcase a few recent breakthrough achievements on the physical layer that led to experimental transmission speeds greater than 15 Gbps from off-the-shelf light emitting diodes (LEDs). We will demonstrate that LiFi ultimately can achieve transmission speeds of Tbps. Moving on, we show how this technology can be used to create ultra-dense wireless networks achieving orders of magnitude improvements of area spectral efficiency and physical layer security. An overview of recent standardization activities will be provided – primarily focusing on the new IEEE 802.11bb LC (light communication) Study Group activities. Lastly, we will discuss commercialisation challenges and argue that the light bulb can become the new platform to deliver future smart-x environments.

Biography: Professor Harald Haas holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the principal, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd. He is also the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Edinburgh.

He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi in 2006 and 2011 respectively. LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011.

Prof. Haas was an invited speaker at TED Global 2011, and his talk: “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb” has been watched online more than 2.6 million times. He gave a second TED Global lecture in 2015 on the use of solar cells doubling as LiFi data detectors and energy harvesters. This has been viewed online more than 2.4 million times.  Professor Haas holds 47 patents and has more than 30 pending patent applications. He has published more than 450 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. He has been on the Thomson Reuters list of highly cited Researchers in 2017 and 2018. Prof Haas has delivered 50 keynote talks at international conferences and workshops.

In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in the UK.  Prof. Haas is the recipient of the Tam Dalyell Prize 2013 awarded by the University of Edinburgh for excellence in engaging the public with science.  In 2014, he was selected by EPSRC as one of ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Leaders in the UK. In 2016, he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2017. In the same year he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and was elevated to IEEE Fellow. In 2018 he received an extension of his EPSRC Established Career Fellowship.