IEEE Global Communications Conference
7–11 December 2021 // Madrid, Spain // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Connecting Cultures around the Globe

Industry Presentations

IP 1: Enabling 6G Hardware (by IMEC)
IP 2: Artificial Intelligent Regulator (by ASSIA)
IP 3: Examination of traditional regulatory limits in the face of technology advancements in 5G/6G using large, active antenna arrays (by Intel)
IP 4: Evolving Virtualized Radio Access network for 5G and beyond – opportunities and challenges (by Intel)
IP 5: A Primer on Wi-Fi 7: Objectives, Standardization, and Research (by Nokia)
IP 6: 5G Private/Enterprise Network for industrial verticals addressing TSN & URLLC workloads (by Intel)
IP 7: Second wave of disaggregated RAN (by IS-Wireless)
IP 8: Failures of TCP/IP: We need security, privacy, control and accountability! (by Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.)
IP 9: 5G powered Smart Cities and Emergency Healthcare Systems with prototype demonstration (by Accenture)
IP 10: Quantum powered 5G Operations Center with prototype demonstration (by Accenture)


IP 1: Enabling 6G Hardware (by IMEC)

Presenter:
Michael Peeters, IMEC

Abstract: As we move into the era of 6G pre-competitive research, we need to make sure that we tackle the big challenges first. Much of 6G will be defined by de evolution of 5G (as has happened in the past), but there will be aspects that require more if we want to create a network that will truly serve new usecases driven by new users. In this talk, we want to focus on those aspects where we expect that we will need more than piggybacking on the steady improvement of Moore’s law for digital performance.

We see 4 major domains that we wish to tackle, from the perspective of IMEC and its ecosystem as a neutral ground through our open innovation approach:

  • Sub-THz radio technologies driving compound semiconductor devices and circuits (e.g. InP) at cost
  • Dynamic spectrum, spatial and infrastructure sharing
  • Distributed massive MIMO and its deployment complexity
  • Integrated/joint communication and sensing

Biography:

Michael PeetersMichael Peeters

IMEC

Michael Peeters is VP of R&D for Connectivity at imec. His previous experience as CTO for both the Wireline and Wireless business lines at (what is now) Nokia was built on the culture, enthusiasm, and love for technology and science that he got from his time at Bell Labs—and the principles of Free Inquiry bestowed on him by his Alma Mater, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Next to this, he has served as the President of the CBRS Alliance, on the Board of 5G Americas, and on the Board of ATIS. Passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers with the challenges of communications, he currently also lectures in Advanced Wireless and 5G Networks at the University of Antwerp.

During his research career starting with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. An electrotechnical engineer by training, he is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of the VUB.

 

IP 2: Artificial Intelligent Regulator (by ASSIA)

Presenter:
John M. Cioffi, ASSIA

Abstract: Spectrum regulation challenges grow for both unlicensed (e.g., Wi-Fi) and licensed (e.g., cellular) opportunities, particularly those created by 10's to 100's of billions of connected, communicating devices. Dynamic, cognitive solutions just begin to find field use and initiate the inevitable march towards increasingly artificially intelligent allocation of spectra and space. This talk reviews some multiuser fundamentals, their complexity of solution, and how they may find future application to magnify spectral efficiency by orders of magnitude.

Biography:

John M. Cioffi

ASSIA

John M. Cioffi – Illinois-BSEE: 1978, Stanford-PhDEE: 1984; Prof. EE, Stanford, 1986-present, now recalled emeritus. Founder Amati 1991 (1997 purchased by TI); Chairman and CEO ASSIA Inc. Cioffi's specific interests are in the area of high-performance digital transmission. Awards include IEEE AG Bell (2010), Kirchmayer (2014) and Millennium Medals; Member Internet (2014) and Consumer-Electronics (2018) Halls of Fame; Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National (2001) and UK Royal (2009) Engineering Academies. Has served over a dozen boards of director PhyTunes (Chairman), Marconi Society (Vice-Chairman), Tinoq, and AltoBeam. 800+ papers and 150+ heavily licensed patents.

 

IP 3: Examination of traditional regulatory limits in the face of technology advancements in 5G/6G using large, active antenna arrays (by Intel)

Presenter:
Reza Arefi, Intel

Abstract: As they implement new technologies, regulators around the world work within the limits and procedures referenced in the ITU Radio Regulations (RR), a set of international regulations by all ITU-R member states that govern the use of spectrum by existing and emerging wireless technologies. However, the RR do not encompass every new technological concepts. And, as a result, adapting new technologies and concepts to work within the limits and procedures of outlined in the RR is not always straightforward. The use of active antennas, in which transmitters are integrated with the radiating structure, is one such topic.

Over the past couple of years, the ITU-R has been discussing how to apply conducted power limits to 5G transmitters using active antennas. The variance in the interpretations being debated is such that there could be quite a significant adverse impact on the deployment, operation, and performance of 5G stations. This challenge would only grow due to the trend in 5G/6G towards larger active arrays with potentially hundreds of transmitters. It is crucial to consider what these regulatory limits are, both in letter and spirit, how they have been used in the past, what impact the new interpretations could have, and in what ways they can accommodate multi-antenna and other new technologies.

Biography:

Reza Arefi

Intel

Reza Arefi leads Emerging Spectrum Strategies and Planning at Intel. In his role, he develops market-driven spectrum and regulatory strategies that support Intel’s existing and future wireless products. Reza has been actively contributing to standards, industry and international spectrum regulations since 1998, often in leadership roles. These included chairing various activities in IEEE LMSC (802), chairing Regulatory Working Group of WiGig Alliance, ITU-R SG1 (spectrum management), SG3 (propagation), and SG5 (terrestrial services).

Reza’s ITU-R leadership roles have led to development of several ITU-R Reports and Recommendations, latest of which is the now widely-used Recommendation ITU-R M.2101 on modeling of 4G/5G systems for use in spectrum sharing studies. He currently chairs the Joint Working Group 3K-3M on Clutter Loss in ITU-R SG3.

Reza has been with Intel since 2005. Prior to Intel, he worked for several technology companies including Siemens AG, LCC, and Arraycomm in various roles involving research, design, and deployment of various wireless and wireline communication technologies including smart antennas and 2G/3G network design and optimization.

Reza has also been actively involved in many industry forums over the years. Currently, he is an Executive Board member and Vice President of Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) and a member of GSA’s Spectrum Group Management Team.

With more than 25 years of experience in his field, Reza has made significant contributions to the development of 5G standards and technologies. He is regularly invited to speak at various conferences and industry events, including invited papers and keynotes, the latest of which was a keynote at an NSF SII center workshop (BEST-NEST) on the topic of spectrum sharing. He has also served as a Review Panelist on NSF’s SII grant proposal evaluation.

 

IP 4: Evolving Virtualized Radio Access network for 5G and beyond – opportunities and challenges (by Intel)

Presenter:
Udayan Mukherjee, Intel
Caroline Chan, Intel

Abstract: This session will discuss the evolution of radio access network to open and virtualized cloud native RAN. It will focus on the RAN networks today for 5G, current ecosystem landscape, emerging trends in this space for 5G and beyond. It will also talk about the opportunities and challenges as well as how our network will become scalable specifically in the context of virtualization. The session with discussion some of evolving trends towards 6G and how cloud native technologies and ubiquitous computing will play a crucial role going forward. Why is this topic important: Analysts are getting more bullish on ORAN/vRAN – Dell ORO recently increased the ORAN/vRAN adoption from 10 to 14% by 2025. There are lot of innovations and investments being done in both hardware and software associated with ORAN/VRAN. Multiple partnerships/consortiums are being formed across the RAN ecosystem. The usage will also extend from Macro network to enterprise & IOT networks as well. What industry challenges are you addressing / solving? This will address dynamic scalability of a network and availability of multiple ecosystem options that will deliver TCO benefits for the end customer.

Biography:

Udayan Mukherjee

Intel

Udayan is the Intel Fellow and Chief technologist of Wireless Network for Intel’s Networking and Edge Group. He leads technology and product development related to wireless radio access and core networks, including Cloud-RAN, virtual RAN, base stations based on the 5G and mobile edge platforms, as well as gateways and packet core solutions. Udayan has been very involved with IEEE, ORAN alliance and TIP/Facebook, has been previous keynote speaker at IEEE Globecom (2018 @ Abu Dhabi), was distinguished speaker in 2019 (@ Hawaii) and delivered keynotes/discussed related topics in multiple other IEEE, FCC and global forums. Mukherjee’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization and mobile edge services and applications including private network for industrial.

Caroline Chan

Intel

Caroline Chan is Intel’s Vice President and leads network incubation group addressing enterprise/Private Network. Caroline has also been a regular industry participant and been on Light Reading’s “the 5G 50 to watch” list as well as in the board of FB’s TIP project.

 

IP 5: A Primer on Wi-Fi 7: Objectives, Standardization, and Research (by Nokia)

Presenter:
Lorenzo Galati-Giordano, Nokia
Giovanni Geraci, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Boris Bellalta, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract: As hordes of data-hungry devices challenge its current capabilities, Wi-Fi strikes again with 802.11be, alias Wi-Fi 7. This brand-new amendment promises a (r)evolution of unlicensed wireless connectivity as we know it, unlocking access to gigabit, reliable and low-latency communications, and reinventing manufacturing and social interaction through digital augmentation. More than that, time-sensitive networking protocols are being put forth with the overarching goal of making wireless the new wired. With its standardization process being consolidated, we will provide an updated digest of 802.11be essential features, place the spotlight on some of the must-haves for critical and delay-sensitive applications, and illustrate their benefits through standard-compliant simulations.

Biography:

Lorenzo Galati-GiordanoLorenzo Galati-Giordano

Nokia

Lorenzo Galati-Giordano (SM’20) is Senior Research Scientist at Nokia Bell Labs since 2015. His current focus is on future indoor networks and next generation Wi-Fi technologies, an area where he is contributing to the ongoing IEEE 802.11be standardization with pioneering works on large antenna arrays solutions for the unlicensed spectrum and receiving international attention from the press. He received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in wireless communication from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2005 and 2010, respectively, and the master's degree in Innovation Management from IlSole24Ore Business School, Italy, in 2014. He was also an R&D Engineer for Azcom Technology, an Italian SME, from 2010 to 2014. Lorenzo has more than 10 years of academical and industrial research experience on wireless communication systems and protocols, co-authored 20+ commercial patents, 30+ publications in prestigious books, IEEE journals and conferences, and 10+ standard contributions in the IEEE 802.11be.

Giovanni GeraciGiovanni Geraci

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Giovanni Geraci (SM’19) is an Assistant Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He was previously a Research Scientist with Nokia Bell Labs and holds a Ph.D. from UNSW Sydney.Giovanni serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE ComSoc and IEEE VTS, and as an Editor for the IEEE TWC and IEEE COMML. He has delivered 10+ tutorials and co-chaired 10+ workshops, symposia, and industry forums, all at first-tier IEEE ComSoc events. Giovanni is co-inventor of a dozen patents. He received the IEEE PIMRC’19 Best Paper Award and the IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Boris Bellalta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Boris Bellalta (SM’13) is an Associate Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where he heads the Wireless Networking group. His research interests are in the area of wireless networks and performance evaluation, with emphasis on Wi-Fi technologies, machine learning, and resource management. His recent works on multiuser communication, spatial reuse and spectrum aggregation for IEEE 802.11ax have received special attention from the research community and industry. He is currently involved as principal investigator in several EU, national and industry funded research projects that aim to push forward our understanding of complex wireless systems. The results from his research have been published in 100+ international journal and conference papers. He has supervised 11 PhD students. At UPF he is giving several courses on networking, queueing theory, and wireless networks.

 

IP 6: 5G Private/Enterprise Network for industrial verticals addressing TSN & URLLC workloads (by Intel)

Presenter:
Udayan Mukherjee, Intel
Caroline Chan, Intel

Abstract: This session will discuss how to design a 5G based Enterprise/Private network using virtualized, containerized open platform. The Architecture consists of have 5G Radio Access network, the multi access components for non 3GPP access and distributed Packet Core optimized on Intel Architecture, that can be deployed on-premises, or hybrid/cloud model.

Biography:

Udayan Mukherjee

Intel

Udayan is the Intel Fellow and Chief technologist of Wireless Network for Intel’s Networking and Edge Group. He leads technology and product development related to wireless radio access and core networks, including Cloud-RAN, virtual RAN, base stations based on the 5G and mobile edge platforms, as well as gateways and packet core solutions. Udayan has been very involved with IEEE, ORAN alliance and TIP/Facebook, has been previous keynote speaker at IEEE Globecom (2018 @ Abu Dhabi), was distinguished speaker in 2019 (@ Hawaii) and delivered keynotes/discussed related topics in multiple other IEEE, FCC and global forums. Mukherjee’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization and mobile edge services and applications including private network for industrial.

Caroline Chan

Intel

Caroline Chan is Intel’s Vice President and leads network incubation group addressing enterprise/Private Network. Caroline has also been a regular industry participant and been on Light Reading’s “the 5G 50 to watch” list as well as in the board of FB’s TIP project.

 

IP 7: Second wave of disaggregated RAN (by IS-Wireless)

Presenter:
Aleksandra Chećko-Jelonek, IS-Wireless

Abstract: At present the O-RAN architecture provides a promising solution of an open-RAN ecosystem, where based on the defined functional splits (CU, DU, RU) a multi-vendor solution can theoretically be achieved. This so called “wave 1.0” 5G that is capable of utilizing only basic (rough) virtualization as well as introducing essential interfaces to enable open-ecosystem, like: E2 for the control of CU/DU/RU as well as A1, O1, O2 for policy based management, network configuration and monitoring. The existing state-of-the art based on IS-Wireless analysis and experiences (also as O-RAN member) should be upgraded to what we call open-RAN Wave 2.0 in order to allow greater flexibility of functional split as well as improve the capability of addressing the challenges of ultra-dense networks. Flexibility of functional splits is essential to adjust open-RAN based networks to the existing infrastructure capabilities including not only fronthaul but also midhaul interfaces. Fronthaul is understood mainly as splits beyond 6 and especially the 7.2 O-RAN split that requires a certain level of capacity, which may be even quadrupled with the split 7.1. In the midhaul e.g. where the CU-CP with RIC (RAN intelligent controller), CORE, MEC and application servers are located, the infrastructure can also vary in capacity. With highly granularized network functions packaged as VNF/CNF (virtual machines of containers) and also providing multitude of split options it is easier to tailor deployment of open-RAN network to fit into available fronthaul and to optimize cost of hardware and network. Moreover, it is then more convenient to orchestrate such “workloads” (i.e. 5G radio stack functions) across edge-cloud continuum, also including edge micro data centers. In this way, multiple split association types can also be achieved naturally e.g. split per slice, per UE, per bearer. The underlying compute resources can also be utilized more efficiently as particular workloads can be fitted to a variety of acceleration cards (GPU, FPGA, SmartNIC) or computer architectures (x86, ARM). Eventually such fine grained, highly composable (orchestrated) disaggregated open-RAN can be called open-RAN Wave 2.0, as it enables achieving higher capacities for network operators who are aiming to address the challenges of ultra-dense networks. Efficient data-driven resource management (both radio and compute) with the novel paradigms like cell-free (or distributed cell-free massive MIMO) are becoming more straightforward to be implemented with such improved open-RAN architectures.

Biography:

Aleksandra Chećko-Jelonek

IS-Wireless

Aleksandra Chećko-Jelonek (female) is passionate about mobile networks, their architecture and optimization. She currently works as Software Defined RAN Product Manager at IS-Wireless. Aleksandra completed her PhD at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (2016) with MTI Radiocomp in the area of Cloud RAN and fronthaul. She did her MSc in telecommunications at DTU and Lodz University of Technology, Poland.

 

IP 8: Failures of TCP/IP: We need security, privacy, control and accountability! (by Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.)

Presenter:
Alfred Strauch, Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.
Steven Carbno, Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.
Irfan Al-Anbagi, Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.

Abstract: 

TCP/IP is not secure, a fundamental change is required. One owner environments (VPN and firewalls) do not support shared operations and devices. This presentation will examine the fundamental weaknesses of TCP/IP and why can we not fix the existing infrastructure. Also, what will be the protocol requirements for TCP/IP replacement taking into account security and efficiency considerations and how digital rights can be defined, managed and protected.

Biography:

Alfred Strauch

Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.

Alfred Strauch, President Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd. Alfred graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Art and Sciences. He has been involved in the computer industry for more than 25 years (including 15 years in the surveillance industry.

Steven Carbno

Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.

Steven Carbno, Technology Architect and Senior Programmer, Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd. BSc from University of Regina, 20 years of programming experience. Architect and developer of “No Trust Security” architecture and protocol to secure, monitor, operate, manage and support IoT devices.

Irfan Al-Anbagi

Smart Talk Beacon Solutions Ltd.

Irfan Al-Anbagi, Associate Professor, University of Regina University of Ottawa, Canada, Post-doctorate, Computer Engineering August 2015, Area of Study: WSNs; vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems; electric vehicles (EVs); smart grid systems; electrification of transport systems. Security and reliability in networked cyber-physical systems including: QoS, reliability, optimization, and cybersecurity; modeling of failure propagation in networked systems; Security and QoS in cloud-edge architectures; smart grid communication systems; ambient intelligence in IoT systems; wireless sensor networks and their implementation in critical applications.

 

IP 9: 5G powered Smart Cities and Emergency Healthcare Systems with prototype demonstration (by Accenture)

Presenter:
Sanjay Tiwari, Accenture

Abstract:  Science & Technology have transformed the major industries from ages. The advancement in transport industry has cut down the travel journey times from years to months to hours.

Similarly, the banking industry has seen the transformation from long queues at banks to transactions within seconds via internet banking. In case of Healthcare industry, even after a century the scenarios are quite different as the impact of diseases are always unknown and capabilities of remote technology to provide cure are nascent in nature. Therefore, there is a lot of scope to implement technology advancements in Health Care Industry.

The purpose of our presentation is to set forth the exciting capabilities and innovations that are possible through 5G in Healthcare Industry. 5G is the next-generation technology designed to meet future wireless connectivity requirements like to expedite health services, remote diagnosis and surgeries etc. at very large scale by enabling faster speeds, bandwidth and lower latency through key network services i.e. eMBB, URLLC and mMTC.

 

IP 10: Quantum powered 5G Operations Center with prototype demonstration (by Accenture)

Presenter:
Sanjay Tiwari, Accenture

Abstract: The Network has evolved over the period from being static to complex and highly dynamic in nature. The Fault detection and monitoring techniques have also evolved significantly. With 5G revolution, telecom network is bound to become denser and more complicated. This would lead to ineffectiveness of existing monitoring techniques.

Network Monitoring system will have the requirement of detecting fault without using static rules or historical data dependency. To achieve this, one might have to utilize the common behavior of the network for the RCA, however, such solution involves solving NP Hard problems which can’t be efficiently solved by classical computers, leading the way for Quantum algorithms and computers. Our solution focuses on managing multidimensionality, dynamicity and complexity of heterogeneous network with diverse services and data, and develop a computational model or framework with Quantum technology that can collect, discover, mine and analyses the root cause in real-time of a complex network topology.

Biography:

Sanjay Tiwari

Accenture

Sanjay Tiwari is a Telecom expert & Tech enthusiast with 18+ years of Industry experience. Currently, he is 5G & OSS Industry lead at ATCI. He has represented Accenture in Global Telecom events like IEEE & 5G Asia etc. as a Co-chair, Speaker and Panelist. He is a keen believer in Thought Leadership initiatives and Filed over 12 patents in areas of 5G & next generation OSS and has 6 Patent Grants. Along with this, He has certification in the areas of Cloud & Networks.

 

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