Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ala Al Fuqaha, HBKU, Qatar

Keynote Title: Human-Centric Machine Learning Driven Internet of Things: Robustness, Ethics, and Explainability

Keynote Date: June 29, 2021

Keynote Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote Abstract: TBA

Short Bio:

Dr. Ala Al-Fuqaha is currently a professor at the Information and Computing Technology division, college of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. His research interests include the use of machine learning in general and deep learning in particular in support of the data-driven and self-driven management of large-scale deployments of Internet of Things and smart city infrastructure and services, Wireless Vehicular Networks, cooperation and spectrum access etiquette in cognitive radio networks, and management and planning of software defined networks. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an ABET commissioner. He serves on editorial boards of multiple journals including IEEE Communications Letter, IEEE Network Magazine, and Springer AJSE. He also served as chair, co-chair, and technical program committee member of multiple international conferences including IEEE VTC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, and IWCMC.

Dr. Peiying Zhu, Huawei, Canada

Keynote Title: 6G: From Connected People, Things to Connected Intelligence

Keynote Date: June 30, 20221

Keynote Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote Abstract:

As 5G starts to take hold, everything, in addition to every person, will be connected; with this hyper-connectivity, we will be able to automate every aspect of society. Even though 5G is at the early stage of large scale commercialization, many researchers, companies, government organizations, alliances etc.. have been looking beyond 5G and started to envision the next generation of wireless system: definition, use cases, requirements, new services, enabling technologies etc.. Traditionally, ITU-R lead the activities to study technology trend and vision for the next new generation mobile system. It initiated technology trend study in 2020 and vision study in this year.

While 5G opens the door for the Internet of Everything , we predict that 6G  will be the platform for connected intelligence, where the mobile network connects vast amounts of intelligent devices and connects them intelligently. Through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we will be able to build a real-time connection between the physical and digital worlds, allowing us to capture, retrieve, and access larger amounts of information and knowledge in real time and thus make the connected world a connected intelligence. As society moves towards the Intelligence of Everything, 6G will be the key to proliferating AI, delivering intelligence to every person, home, car, and business.This talk will present an overall vision for 6G with drivers, key capabilities, use cases, KPIs, time line and the potential enabling technologies.

Short Bio:

Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently leading 5G and beyond wireless research and standardization in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced radio access technologies. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. She led the team to contribute significantly to 5G 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 relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Dr. Zhu has more than 200 granted patents. 

 

Dr. Xinhui Wang, ZTE, China

Keynote Title: NEXT TO REL-17, 5G-ADV OR 6G?

Keynote Date: July 1, 2021

Keynote Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote Abstract:

The first release (Rel-15) of 5G new radio has been completed by 2019. Since then, the global campaign of 5G commercialization is in full swing. In the meantime, the standardization society envisions more vertical applications as the enhancement of 5G in later releases (Rel-16 and Rel-17), such as V2X, Industrial IoT, wearables, non-terrestrial networks, AR/VR, utilization of unlicensed spectrum, etc.

The evolution of wireless communications will never stop. Almost every 10 years there will be a new generation of wireless system. With the success of massive deployment of 5G base stations and popular using of 5G cell phones, people are beginning to think about the future, e.g. vision of 6G. From the standardization point of view, the first release of 6G specification from 3GPP is likely to be ready by 2029~2030. Before that, we still have about 3-4 releases for 5G stage 2. In Rel-18 and beyond, let us call it 5G-Advanced, we should keep digging the potentials of 5G network to continue the prosperity of 5G industry. Those advanced techniques should cover not only the traditional broadband personal use cases, but also the emerging use cases of verticals as well as the universal enabler, AI.

In this talk, I will show our views on the scope of 5G-Advanced. I will talk about the potential enhancements of the fundamental structure in various aspects as well as more fancy ideas from the long-term point of view, more specifically, that includes AI for 5G, Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces, massive MTC, Industrial IoT 2.0, MESH network, integrated terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, and so on.

Short Bio:

Dr. Wang Xinhui is currently the Director of Wireless Standardization and Industrial Relationship in charge of technology innovation, standardization, strategy and industrial relationship building, Vice President of ZTE Corporation. Since 2006, he has been focusing on advanced radio access technology research and standardization with over 50 granted patents held globally. He has been elected Vice Chairman of 3GPP GERAN TSG for three consecutive terms since 2011. He serves as Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group, Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2030(6G) Promotion Group and CCSA TC5 vice chairman.

 

Dr. Sonia Aissa, INRS, Montreal, Canada

Keynote Title: Becoming Efficient about Energy Efficiency

Keynote Date: Friday, July 2, 2021

Keynote Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote Abstract: TBA

Short Bio:

Sonia Aïssa received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique), Montreal, Canada, where she is a Full Professor and known as one of its most distinguished professors for her excellence in research, education, and outreach. Prof Aïssa’s research interests are in the broad area of wireless communication systems and networks and include the modeling, design and performance analysis, and wireless power technology. Her awards include the NSERC University Faculty Award 1999, the FRQNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship 2001-2006, the INRS Performance Award for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and outreach multiple times since 2004, the FRQNT-SYTACom Technical Community Service Award 2007, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award 2013, and multiple Best Paper Awards in the IEEE and the Japanese IEICE. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 2013-2016. She is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Aïssa has an outstanding record of service to the IEEE. She was a Member-At-Large of ComSoc’s Board of Governors 2014-2016, and serves regularly on many of its standing committees. Her editorial activities include: Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2014-2019, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2004-2012, Associate Editor and Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine 2004-2015, Technical Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine 2006-2010, and Associate Editor of Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal 2007-2012. She currently serves as Editor-At-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. She has been involved in organizing many flagship conferences of the IEEE and is currently serving as the TPC Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications. She is active in promoting women in engineering, and is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal.