IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
10–13 April 2022 // Austin, TX, USA
Boosting Verticals into Wireless Orbit

Industry Panels

Most of the Industry Program will be happening on-site and live streamed to remote attendees, while a small part will be only virtual. All presentations and panels will be available to be watched on-demand on the virtual platform from the conference dates.

List of Panels

IPA-1: How to Secure Future Communication Networks
IPA-2: Non-terrestrial Networks in 5G and 6G
IPA-3: AI for Network and Network for AI
IPA-4: 5G and Beyond Applications for Industry 4.0 and for Industry 5.0
IPA-5: From Theory to Practice: Emerging Antenna Array Technologies for 5G-Advanced
IPA-6: The Next Generation of Latency: What Will a 6G Time-Sensitive Network Look Like?
IPA-7: Sub-THz Innovations for 6G Wireless
IPA-8: Scaling in public and private networks with ORAN
IPA-9: Is XR a technology waiting for service or a service waiting for technology?


IPA-1: How to Secure Future Communication Networks

Moderator: Ashutosh Dutta, JHU/APL

Charles Clancey, SBP at MITRE Corp
Eric Burger, former CTO of FCC
Narednra Mangra, Principal at Globenet
Eman Hammad, Texas A&M COMMERCE Russell Teague, EXFO, USA

Abstract: The digital transformation brought by 5G and beyond technologies is redefining end-to-end (E2E) connectivity across a spectrum of usage profiles. These new capabilities highlight the importance of prioritizing security capabilities from the very beginning while 5G architecture is being defined and standardized—taking into account the evolving security threat landscape. Hosted by the IEEE Future Networks Initiative (FNI) Security and Privacy Working Group, hear from industry executives and experts on the challenges and opportunities that 5G and beyond technologies provide while also remaining secure and safe to use.


  1. What new usage profiles is 5G enabling?
  2. What security risks do these new profiles bring?
  3. What technologies are enabling safer communications?
  4. What best practices can be followed to ensure security?

Biographies: Coming Soon


IPA-2: Non-terrestrial Networks in 5G and 6G

Moderator: Giovanni Geraci, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain

Antonio Franchi, Head of Future Programme Acquisition, European Space Agency, United Kingdom
Arunabha Ghosh, Senior Manager, Amazon Lab126, USA
Symeon Chatzinotas, Professor and Head of the SIGCOM Research Group, SnT, University of Luxembourg
Xingqin Lin, Master Researcher and Standardization Delegate, Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, USA

Abstract: The proliferation of new satellite constellations, high-altitude platforms, and drones is envisioned to complement terrestrial cellular networks in new ways. Following this vertical expansion, the wireless industry and academia have been working on integrating non-terrestrial communications in next-generation mobile networks with the ultimate goal of supporting the “Internet of Everyone”.

Indeed, GEO, MEO, and LEO satellites, as well as high-altitude platforms, are well positioned to cover underserved areas and/or to complement ground connectivity in urban areas. Spaceborne and aerial communications can play a vital role in realizing ubiquitous coverage when a ground infrastructure is absent, and greater resilience through diversification when it is present. Either aerial or spaceborne cells could be offering multi-connectivity service to users whose terrestrial connection—due to overload, unavailability, or simply patchy coverage—is not as reliable as their use case might require, with such users receiving data from one pipe, the other, or both, as the integrated network sees fit.

Integrating and jointly operating multiple ground, airborne, and spaceborne network tiers could pave the way for a seamless and limitless global connectivity. Several research questions, however, remain unanswered in terms of power and latency limitations, deployment and architecture, spectrum sharing strategies, antenna design, and the role of AI in optimizing the integrated terrestrial and non-terrestrial cellular network of tomorrow.

In light of the unprecedented interest in the field, this panel will bring together industry and academic experts from both the cellular and satellite domains to share their latest updates and vision on the role of non-terrestrial networks in 5G and 6G.


  1. What can we expect in terms of terrestrial and nonterrestrial network integration in 5G and what will instead have to wait for 6G?
  2. What is likely to be the strongest complement to terrestrial networks: GEO satellites, NGSO satellites, or HAPs?
  3. What do you think would be the primary use case for satellite operators: fixed broadband connectivity or direct access?
  4. How do you see the mutual position of mobile network operators and satellite operators: partners, competitors, or both?
  5. How should the spectrum be shared between mobile network operators and satellite operators: completely orthogonal bands, adjacent bands, or overlapping bands with a cognitive radio approach?


Giovanni GeraciGiovanni Geraci

Giovanni Geraci (SM’19) is an Assistant Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and the coordinator of the Telecommunications Engineering degree. He was previously a Research Scientist with Nokia Bell Labs and holds a Ph.D. from UNSW Sydney. He also held research appointments at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, The University of Texas at Austin, CentraleSupelec, and Alcatel-Lucent.

He is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Communications Letters, and the IEEE ICC’22 Wireless Communications Symposium co-Chair. He is a frequent organizer of IEEE international workshops, has delivered over ten between IEEE ComSoc tutorials, industry seminars, and workshop keynotes, and co-edited the book “UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond” (Wiley – IEEE Press). He is also co-inventor of a dozen patents, has written for the IEEE ComSoc Technology News, and received international press coverage.

Giovanni was awarded two of the most competitive early-career fellowships in Spain: a “la Caixa” Junior Leader and a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellowship. He was named an Exemplary Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in 2017 and 2018. He received the Nokia Bell Labs Ireland Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in 2017, the IEEE ComSoc EMEA Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2018, and the IEEE PIMRC’19 Best Paper Award for his work on UAV-to-UAV Cellular Communications.

Antonio FranchiAntonio Franchi

Antonio Franchi works at the European Space Agency, where he is the Head of Future Programmes Acquisition. His current interests are in Satellite 5G and in Satellite Megaconstellations. Antonio has 28 years of experience in the satellite telecommunications industry. Prior to ESA, Antonio worked for over 20 years with a major global satellite operator, spearheading a new generation of satellite communications systems. He is author of 30+ articles and papers published at international conferences and professional magazines and he holds five international patents in the satcom field.

Arunabha GhoshArunabha Ghosh

Arunabha Ghosh is a Senior Manager at Amazon Lab126, responsible for communication systems design for Kuiper. Previously, he was an AT&T Fellow and the director of the Advanced Wireless Technology Group at AT&T Labs. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Symeon ChatzinotasSymeon Chatzinotas

Symeon Chatzinotas is Full Professor and Head of the SIGCOM Research Group at SnT, University of Luxembourg. He is acting as a PI for more than 20 projects. He was the co-recipient of the 2014 IEEE Distinguished
Contributions to Satellite Communications Award and Best Paper Awards at EURASIP JWCN, CROWNCOM, ICSSC. He has co-authored more than 450 technical papers. He serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology and the International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking.

Xingqin LinXingqin Lin

Xingqin Lin is a Master Researcher and Standardization Delegate at Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, currently driving 5G/6G research and standardization in the area of non-terrestrial networks. He is a member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board. He is co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” and the lead editor of the book “5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards.” He received the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional Award in Industry and the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize.


IPA-3: AI for Network and Network for AI

Moderator: Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies Canada Co., Ltd.

Geoffrey Ye Li, Imperial College London, UK
Tony Quek, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Octavia Dobre, Memorial University, Canada
Il-Min Kim, Queens University, Canada
Haris Gačanin, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Abstract: Following 5G that is connecting IoT, 6G would connect Intelligence, that is, to bring about top-notch intelligence to ending users and to exploit distributed intelligence resource in an optimal way. This task could be roughly divided into two modes: net4AI and AI4net.

For Net4AI, 6G is designed to serve AI applications that are different from traditional non-AI ones in many aspects such as data precision, latency, safety criticality, training/reasoning procedure etc.. Besides, future commercial AI applications may request over billions of neurons whose distribution, storage, exchange, and update would present great challenges for 6G wireless system.

For AI4Net, spectrum efficiency of 6G may be further improved by AI technologies and connected AI edge communication resource. However, more challenges would be between AI’s generalization and ever-changing channel environment. Some AI breakthrough such as RL, transfer learning, federated learning, and GAN may become promising solutions.


  1. [Net4AI: big model]: Along the recent AI tendency that DNN is becoming bigger and bigger, it is expected that commercial level DNNs in 2030 would have over billions of neurons. Training them and even inference over them would be costly in terms of energy, cooling, storage, computations. Following well-known cycle of centralization and distribution, how does 6G, Net4AI as target, handle with it? For example, can 6G become an organizer and optimizer of distributive AI resource over a wide network?
  2. [Net4AI: training data set]: Training a DNN-based AI is to learn the most essential, goal-oriented, and persistent patterns and distributions among training data set. As 6G will be transmitting training data sets, shall 6G transmit them accurately without any bit error or 6G shall consider new source coding scheme or mechanism for training data sets?
  3. [Net4AI: federated learning]: As DNN grows bigger, it would be extremely costly to transmit the gradients of an entire DNN in 6G for federated learning, especially in uplink. How can typical wireless technologies such as partial transmission, retransmission, incremental transmission, adaptive modulation coding scheme, adaptive scheduling help deployment of federated learning? How will non-i.i.d data distribution among workers affect the gradient transmission over 6G? How will clustering among workers affect the scheduling over 6G?
  4. [AI4Net: semantic communication]: Once moved to semantic level, source information could be compressed significantly and save transmission bandwidth. Most semantic codec can be learned in a data-driven and goal-oriented way. Most semantic communication examples are given in the area of texts, audios, and images. However, none of them is the bottleneck for wireless bandwidth. In which areas or applications can AI-driven semantic communication reduce important bandwidth?
  5. [AI4Net: Reinforcement Learning]: Wireless channel environment is ever changing. Although DNN has great improvement in memorizing changes and features by training data set, a true situation may become stranger. DNN must adapt itself to the new situation. RL is one of the most promising technologies. However, RL is limited to its complexity in terms of dimensions of states, especially in a real-time wireless case. This would eventually limit RL in 6G. As 6G will introduce more dimensions or degrees of freedom, how can RL continue to tackle with them?


Peiying ZhuPeiying Zhu

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.

Geoffrey Ye LiGeoffrey Ye Li

Geoffrey Ye Li is currently a Chair Professor in wireless systems with Imperial College London. Before joining Imperial in 2020, he was with Georgia Institute of Technology for 20 years and AT&T (Bell) Labs – Research for about five years. His general research interests include statistical signal processing and machine learning for wireless communications. In the related areas, he has published over 500 journal and conference papers in addition to over 40 granted patents. His publications have been cited by over 40,000 times and he has been recognized as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind, also known as a Highly Cited Researcher, by Thomson Reuters almost every year.

Dr. Li was awarded IEEE Fellow for his contributions to signal processing for wireless communications in 2005. He won several prestigious awards from IEEE Signal Processing Society (Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award in 2017), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2013 and Jack Neubauer Memorial Award in 2014), and IEEE Communications Society (Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 2013, Award for Advances in Communication in 2017, and Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award in 2019). He also received 2015 Distinguished ECE Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia Tech.

Tony QuekTony Quek

Tony Q.S. Quek is a tenured Full Professor with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), leading the Wireless Networks and Decision Systems (WNDS) Group. He is also the Director of Future Communications R&D Programme, ISTD Pillar Head, Sector Lead of SUTD AI Program, and Deputy Director of the SUTD-ZJU IDEA. He received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, respectively. At MIT, he earned the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a member in the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society, and a Fellow of IEEE.His current research interests include wireless communications and networks, network intelligence, big data processing, URLLC, and IoT.

Octavia DobreOctavia Dobre

Octavia A. Dobre received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, in 1991 and 2000, respectively. She was the recipient of a Royal Society (UK) Scholarship in 2000 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001. Between 2002 and 2005, she was with the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. In 2005, she joined Memorial University (MUN), Canada, where she is currently a Professor and Research Chair.

Dr. Dobre currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as Editor of the IEEE Systems and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. She was an Editor and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and a Guest Editor of other prestigious journals. She served as General, TPC and Tutorial Chair for numerous IEEE conferences. She is the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee, and served as Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering standing committee. Dr. Dobre is the recipient of the 2015 MUN President’s Award for Outstanding Research and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Il-Min KimIl-Min Kim

Il-Min Kim received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Taejon, Korea, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. From July 1997 to Aug. 2001, he worked as a Member of Technical Staff at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). From October 2001 to August 2002 he was with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, and from September 2002 to June 2003 he was with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2003, he joined the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, as Assistant Professor. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and in 2014 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor. He is currently Director of Wireless Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (WAI lab).

Haris GačaninHaris Gačanin

Haris Gačanin received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Sarajevo in 2000. In 2005 and 2008, respectively, he received MSc and PhD from Tohoku University in Japan. He was with Tohoku University from 2008 until 2010 first as Japan Society for Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellow and later, as Assistant Professor. In 2010, he joined Alcatel-Lucent, now Nokia, where he was a Department Head at Nokia Bell Labs until 2020. From 2017 until 2020 he was adjunct professor at University of Leuven (KU Leuven). Currently, he is a chair professor at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.


IPA-4: 5G and Beyond Applications for Industry 4.0 and for Industry 5.0

Moderator: Ke Guan, Professor, Deputy Director of Key Laboratory of Railway Industry of Broadband Mobile Information Communications, Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Bo Sun, Senior Specialist, ZTE Corporation
Maziar Nekovee, Professor, Dean of AI Institute, University of Sussex ZJSU and CTO, Quantrom Technologies Ltd.
Jiadong Du, Deputy director of the 5G Application Innovation Center of the Institute of Technology and Standards of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CATR))
Valerio Frascolla, Director Research and Innovation, Intel Labs
Marion Berbineau, Research Director, Université Gustave Eiffel in France

Abstract: Digitalization of the society, climate change, increasing demand in services and resources, supply chains and resiliency; these mega-trends all have major implications and pose new requirements in shaping the evolution of Industrial production moving towards Industry 5.0. One essential trend is the digital transformation that is visibly marked being currently deployed through the Industry 4.0 concept. Mobile applications, digital control, signalling and traffic management, digital platforms for predictive maintenance are the key areas of digital economy in industrial production. All of the above poses a future-proof new set of requirements, e.g., both advancement in fiber-based connectivity and wireless deployments in industrial environments, evolved mobile technologies and innovative satellite solutions, implementing 5G networks and beyond (B5G/6G). These communication infrastructures as well as other key digital technologies (artificial Intelligence, big data, cloud computing, internet of things, etc.,) will not only contribute to the digitization of current industry, but also trigger innovative digital business models to create new value chains for consumers and businesses.

Given that the industry has its own specific requirements for optimally customized service delivery, the ICT technologies, such as 5G Advanced/6G communication systems will need to provide tailor-made solutions for Industry 4.0/5.0 against the “one size fits all anywhere, anytime” approach of current systems. Therefore, it is of key importance to provide a platform where both the vertical industry and the communication industry can meet and converge. The aim of this panel is to contribute to this need by bringing together experts from both sectors together, who will discuss paradigm shift and roadmaps towards new approaches, future communication, and related technologies as enablers of the forthcoming Industry 5.0 paradigm, which is supposed to be ready to meet tomorrow's expectations and challenges, including sustainability, advanced security and safety operations, digital twinning and full digitalization.


  1. What are your visions for the evolution of Industry 4.0 towards Industry 5.0 and how will the revolutionary changes in industry affect society and economy?
  2. What is the most urgent demand for intelligent industry in the future that the existing communication system cannot meet? What are the main technical bottlenecks of the existing technology to meet this demand?
  3. What are the most crucial challenges for the ICT technologies to fulfil the requirement of key verticals industries like smart factory/railway (in terms of technology, policy, standards, or international collaborations)?
  4. How can industry (commercial companies) and academia (universities, research institutes) better synergize in the future? What can each side provide and in what aspects both sides can benefit?
  5. What are the climate impact of digital technologies and how can the ICT sector help vertical industry address the climate challenge?


Ke GuanKe Guan

Ke Guan received B.E. degree and Ph.D. degree from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He is a Full Professor in State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety & School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University. In 2015, he has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. From 2009 to 2018, as a Visiting Scholar, he spent 5 years in total at Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik (IfN) at Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain. He has authored/coauthored two books and one book chapter, more than 300 journal and conference papers, and four patents. His current research interests include measurement and modeling of wireless propagation channels, high-speed railway communications, vehicle-to-x channel characterization, and indoor channel characterization for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication systems. Dr. Guan is the pole leader of EURNEX (European Railway Research Network of Excellence). He was the recipient of a 2014 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award. His papers received ten Best Paper Awards, including IEEE vehicular technology society 2019 Neal Shepherd memorial best propagation paper award. He is an Editor of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, IEEE ACCESS, IET Microwave, Antenna and Propagation, Physical Communication, and a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Communication Magazine. He serves as a Publicity Chair in PIMRC 2016, the Publicity Co-Chair in ITST 2018, the Track Co-Chair in EuCNC, the International Liaison of EUSIPCO 2019, the Session Convener of EuCAP 2015-2019, and a TPC Member for many IEEE conferences, such as Globecom, ICC and VTC. He has been a delegate in 3GPP and a member of the IC1004, CA15104 and CA20120 initiatives.

Bo SunBo Sun

Mr. Bo Sun is a senior specialist on wireless communication technology and standardization in ZTE Corporation. His research interests include wireless communication system design and implementation, IoT and next generation wireless technologies, etc. He is proactive in IEEE wireless standard development and was honored with contribution awards for his contribution to several IEEE 802.11 standards. He was the PHY adhoc co-chair of IEEE 802.11 TGax which has successfully developed IEEE 802.11ax standard (a.k.a. Wi-Fi 6). Now, he is the chair of IEEE 802.11 TGbd (a.k.a. Next Generation V2X). He is also the chair of China NITS SC41 (IoT) WG2 (Networking and Communications).

Maziar NekoveeMaziar Nekovee

Prof. Maziar Nekovee is Dean of the AI Institute at University of Sussex-ZJSU and CTO of Quantrom Technologies, a start-up focusing on disruptive technologies for and investment in mobile communication and AI sectors. His current research focuses on THz communication for 6G and beyond, the applications of 5G/6G and AI in the health and other verticals, and sustainability. Prior to joining U. Sussex in 2017, he was Head of Samsung's European research and collaboration in 5G, where he developed new radio access technologies operating in millimetre-wave bands. Prior to Samsung he was with BT, where he worked on a range of fixed and wireless technologies, including cognitive radio/dynamic spectrum sharing, WiFi-based V2X, peer-to-peer and IP multicast. Maziar is the author of 120+ highly cited papers, 15 patents and one book. He has a PhD in Physics and a first degree in EEE, both from the Netherlands. He is co-chair of NetWorld Europe ETP, WG on Enabling Technologies and Verticals.

Jiadong DuJiadong Du

Dr. Jiadong Du has long been engaged in technical research and standardization of Internet of Things, wireless communication technology, mobile core network, etc., and has deep research on 5G and Internet of Things, Internet of Vehicles, Industrial Internet, etc. Recent years, Dr. Du has hosted and participated in many national science and technology Major Patents. He has been responsible for and participated in the support of related projects such as the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. At the same time, Dr. Du is also responsible for international and China standardization work in the Internet of Things. Internationally, Mr. Du participates in the relevant standardization work of international standardization organizations such as 3GPP, IEEE 802.11/802.15, oneM2M, etc.; In China, Mr. Du is responsible for the standardization of China Internet of Things wireless technologies and applications. Dr. Du has published more than ten articles in various academic journals, and participated in the compilation of books such as Evolved Packet System (EPS) Application Technology and Broadband China and Internet of Things.

Valerio FrascollaValerio Frascolla

Valerio Frascolla (MSc and PhD in Electronic Engineering) is Director of Research and Innovation at Intel and had been working at Ancona University, Comneon, Infineon, and as reviewer for the European Commission. He serves as chairman of several workgroups in European associations and is board of directors’ member of the BDVA association. He has expertise in wireless systems architecture, requirements management, and standardization. He is author of 70+ publications, reviewer for 25+ journals, has participated in the TPC of more than 60 conferences.

Marion BerbineauMarion Berbineau

Marion Berbineau received the Engineer degree from Polytech’Lille (France) and the Ph.D. degree from the Univ. of Lille, both in electrical engineering, respectively in 1986 and 1989. She is a full time Research Director at Université Gustave Eiffel in France, in the Component and SYStem department. She is associated researcher at LEOST laboratory. She is expert in the fields of radio wave propagation an signal processing in transport environments (particularly in railway tunnels and high speed lines), electromagnetic modeling, channel characterization and modeling, MIMO, wireless systems for telecommunications, cognitive radio for railways and GNSS localization-based system for ITS particularly for the rail and public transport domains. She is responsible for Railway research coordination at UNiversity. She is active as an expert for the GSM-R and FRMCS and future systems like 5G NR and beyond 5G. She is involved in several National and European research projects. She is author and co-author of several publications and patents. She is expert at the French national council for the railway system. She is on the reserve list of the Scientific Council of Shift2rail.


IPA-5: From Theory to Practice: Emerging Antenna Array Technologies for 5G-Advanced

Moderator: Zhenfei Tang, Senior Manager of Wireless Research, Huawei

Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden, Germany
Juho Lee, Fellow (Technical SVP), Samsung, South Korea
Emil Björnson, Associate Professor, Linköping University, Sweden
John E. Smee, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm, USA
Rui Sun, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, Huawei, China

Abstract: With the rapid deployment of 5G networks and the maturity of 5G handsets, more and more new applications keep emerging in the market, which definitely triggers an explosion of mobile data traffic. It is projected that the data of usage (DoU) of an individual user per month will reach 150 GB by 2025 from 10 GB in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65%. In addition to traditional data service, AV/VR will become popular and contribute DoU largely beyond 2025.

Toward 2025 and beyond, to meet these requirements and challenges, 5G-Advanced was approved by 3GPP for further evolving 5G with emerging technologies. 5G-Advanced will start from Release-18 and continue several releases.

Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) is one of the key enabling technologies and building blocks of 5G for both sub-7 GHz and mmWave frequencies to meet the extremely higher data rate. The evolution of massive MIMO is also recognized as one of the most crucial technical means in 5G-Advanced.

In theory, recently several prospective antenna array technologies represented by massive MIMO are emerging and getting more and more attention towards 5G-Advanced. For example, novel antenna system architectures, such as extremely large aperture arrays (ELAA) and smart surfaces (e.g., intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs) or reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs)), and evolved network architectures, such as cell-free massive MIMO or user centric no cell (UCNC) deployment. Machine learning (ML) used for massive MIMO is also one of hot topics for research.

However, in practice to render these promising technologies feasible for commercial rolling-out in future, there are still many issues and challenges that need to be addressed. The fundamental question is that in which practice scenarios those emerging technologies provide significant performance advantage over traditional technologies, such as massive MIMO, relay and repeater. With increasingly complex of implementation, reducing the product cost, size and weight while maintaining the performance is one of crucial factor for real deployment.

This panel of experts will be engaged in exchanging views on emerging multi-antenna array technologies from both theory and practice perspectives. We hope that this will inspire the large number of researchers and engineers from both academia and industry to think about and tackle the open issues towards the successful applications of these technologies in 5G-Adavnced toward 2025 and beyond.


  1. In theory, what are emerging antenna technologies for the next step of massive MIMO evolution?
  2. In theory, among these emerging antenna technologies which one is the most disrupt one which provide enormous gain and change the current massive MIMO architecture? And why?
  3. In theory, Would AI/ML be applied widely for massive MIMO which has already mature mathematical modelling and digit signal processing? And why?
  4. In practice, whether new antenna architecture, such as ELAA, IRS/RIS, and cell-free massive MIMO or user centric no cell (UCNC), will be used for 5G-Advanced towards 2025 and beyond.
  5. In practices, what are obstacles for these emerging antenna technologies used for 5G-Advanced? What are research and engineering directions to make those technologies happen in real deployment?


Zhenfei TangZhenfei Tang

Zhenfei Tang is the senior manager of wireless research in Huawei. He led 5G evolution research and managed a series of national projects from Huawei. He has been engaged in the research for 3G, 4G and 5G wireless communications systems and was the major representative of Huawei in 3GPP and IMT-Advanced Promotion Group in China since he joined Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd in 2005. Mr. Tang has more than 100 granted patents in the area of wireless communications and contributed more than 500 papers to international standards and meetings. He received his M.S. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2004.

Gerhard FettweisGerhard Fettweis

Gerhard Fettweis is a pioneering researcher in wireless technology. He has been the Vodafone chair professor at the Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden), in Germany, since 1994 and the head of the Barkhausen Institute since 2018. Fettweis has published more than 1,000 academic papers, and his research primarily focuses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. Fettweis coordinates the 5G Lab Germany and two German Research Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden: the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (CFAED) and the Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing (HAEC) research center. He is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH). He has received multiple IEEE recognitions, as well as the “Ring of Honor,” the highest award from the Institution of German Electrical Engineers (VDE). He cochairs the IEEE 5G Initiative and has helped organized numerous IEEE conferences, most notably as chair of the 2009 International Conference on Communications (ICC) and chair of the 2012 Technology Time Machine (TTM) conference. 

Juho LeeJuho Lee

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow (technical SVP) with Samsung Electronics, where he is leading research and standardization for mobile communications. He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies and is leading research for future technologies such as beyond 5G and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions. He also served as the rapporteur of the work item for specifying CoMP in 3GPP LTE-Advanced Rel-11. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively.

Emil BjörnsonEmil Björnson

Emil Björnson received the M.S. degree in engineering mathematics from Lund University, Sweden, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he held a joint post-doctoral position at the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio, SUPELEC, France, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He joined Linköping University, Sweden, in 2014, where he is currently an Associate Professor. In September 2020, he became a part-time Visiting Full Professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He has authored the textbooks Optimal Resource Allocation in Coordinated Multi-Cell Systems (2013), Massive MIMO Networks: Spectral, Energy, and Hardware Efficiency (2017), and Foundations of User-Centric Cell-Free Massive MIMO (2021). He is dedicated to reproducible research and has made a large amount of simulation code publicly available. He performs research on MIMO communications, radio resource allocation, machine learning for communications, and energy efficiency. He has been on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications since 2017. He has been a member of the Online Editorial Team of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications since 2020. He has been an Area Editor in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine since 2021. He has also been a guest editor of multiple special issues. He has performed MIMO research for over 15 years, his papers have received more than 14000 citations, and he has filed more than twenty patent applications. He is a host of the podcast Wireless Future and has a popular YouTube channel. He has received the 2014 Outstanding Young Researcher Award from IEEE ComSoc EMEA, the 2015 Ingvar Carlsson Award, the 2016 Best Ph.D. Award from EURASIP, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, the 2019 EURASIP Early Career Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2019 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Column Award, the 2020 Pierre-Simon Laplace Early Career Technical Achievement Award, the 2020 CTTC Early Achievement Award, and the 2021 IEEE ComSoc RCC Early Achievement Award. He also co-authored papers that received Best Paper Awards at the conferences, including WCSP 2009, the IEEE CAMSAP 2011, the IEEE SAM 2014, the IEEE WCNC 2014, the IEEE ICC 2015, and WCSP 2017.

John E. SmeeJohn E. Smee

John E. Smee is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning. John was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

Rui SunRui Sun

Rui Sun, Senior Vice President of Huawei Wireless Research, is currently leading the 5G and Beyond technologies research and development. He joined Huawei in 2000. For the past twenty years in Huawei, Mr. Sun has been served as Director of 2G/3G/4G R&D and business teams, and has been accumulated remarkable expertise in the fields of product development, basic research and industrial innovation. He has also made many outstanding achievements in each generation of mobile communications technology. In 2017, Mr. Sun was appointed to direct the Wireless Network Research Department, which was in charge of 5G technology research and standardization. From since, he has been devoting himself to the development and commercialization of 5G and beyond. The concept and vision of 5.5G was first proposed by Mr. Sun and his team. His team is collaborating with global universities and research institutes on more than 100 projects. Their work aims to help overcome worldwide technological challenges in 5.5G, including theoretical breakthrough, structure design, and prototype implementation.


IPA-6: The Next Generation of Latency: What Will a 6G Time-Sensitive Network Look Like?

Moderator: Sarah LaSelva, Services Marketing Manager, Keysight

Panelists: Coming Soon

Abstract: Coming Soon

Biography: Coming Soon

IPA-7: Sub-THz Innovations for 6G Wireless

Moderator: Carlos Faouzi Bader, Technlogy Innoation Institute-TII

Mohamed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.,Canada
Didier Belot, Programs Management, DSYS (System Department), CEA LETI, France
Alain Mourad, Director Engineering R&D, InterDigital Europe, UK

Abstract: Sub-Terahertz (THz) communications is envisioned as an enabling and highly promising wireless technology for the sixth generation (6G) and beyond wireless systems. This is due to several interesting features of THz waves, including the tens and hundreds of gigahertz bandwidths available (from 0.1 to 10 THz.). The THz band gives access to many applications in very diverse domains, ranging from Terabit WPAN to Terabit/s file transferring, small backhaul cells, server farms, or virtual and augmented reality applications. Nevertheless, there are many challenges from the device, communication, and networking perspectives, which require fundamentally new solutions to unlock the Sub-THz band for mobile communications applications. In this context, this panel aims to go over the opportunities and challenges of communication systems operating in the THz band by focusing on the research directions of potential RF technologies, and their development roadmap for lower 15GHz bands, mmWave bands, and Terahertz bands, to realize the diverse KPI for 6G.

Questions: Coming Soon


Carlos Faouzi BaderCarlos Faouzi Bader

C. Faouzi Bader received his PhD degree (with Honours) in Telecommunications in 2001 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid-Spain. He joined the Centre Technologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) in Barcelona-Spain as research associate in 2002, and from 2006- to 2013 as Senior Research Associate. From June 2013 to end December, he has been as Associate Professor at CentraleSupélec (France). Since 2017, he is as Honorary Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and during 2018-2019 the Head of Signals & Communications department at Institute of Electronics and Digital Technologies (IETR) in Rennes-France. From 2020 to end 2021, he took the position of the Director of research at Institut Supérieur D’Electronique de Paris-ISEP (France). From end of December 2021, he is Director Telecom at the IA & Telecommunications Centre of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi-UAE.

His research activities mainly focus on IMT-advanced systems as: 5G networks and systems, Cognitive Radio communication environment, and THz wireless communications (6G). He has been involved in several European projects from the 5th-7th EC research frameworks (8 EU funded projects and 10 national projects), from 2012 to 2013 he has been the general coordinator and manager of the EC funded ICT "EMPhAtiC" project focusing on "Enhanced Multicarrier Techniques for Professional Ad-Hoc and Cell-Based Communications". From 2007-2021. Prof. F. Bader has been the main coordinator of the BRAVE ANR French project at CentraleSupélec (France) where the main goal was the achievement of efficient waveform for THz/Terabits wireless communication devices.

He has published over 45 journals, 136 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences, more than 13 book chapters, and 4 edited books. He served as Technical Program Committee member in major IEEE ComSoc and VTS conferences (ICC, PIMRC, VTC spring/fall, WCNC, ISWCS, GLOBECOM, ICT). He is IEEE Senior Member since 2007.

Mohamed-Slim AlouiniMohamed-Slim Alouini

Prof.  Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Ctech) in 1998. He served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar before joining in 2009 the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where he is now a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the IEEE and Optica (Formerly the Optical Society of America (OSA)). He is currently particularly interested in addressing the technical challenges associated with the uneven distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies in far-flung, rural, low-density populations, low-income, and/or hard-to-reach areas.

Peiying ZhuPeiying Zhu

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/B5G vision and enabling technologies. She led the team to contribute significantly to 5G technologies and standardization. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G.

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.

Didier BelotDidier Belot

Dr Didier Belot, after 30 years with STMicroelectronics, has joined CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France, in 2014. He works as European Programs Coordinator in the System Division; he participates to roadmaps orientations and Programs management. He has written for the H2020 CSA NEREID program dedicated to the 2020-2030 European Roadmap, the connectivity chapter. He participates to ECS-SRIA connectivity chapter, and IRDS Outside System Connectivity task group. He presently co-chairs the Communication & Connectivity Experts Group of H2020 CSA CORENECT project. His research present interests are the mmW propagation through plastic; RF to Information transceiver design by Mathematics; THz communications; the III-V devices over Silicon for mmW and THz applications; and RF & mmW for Quantum computing. He was member of the French National Scientific Council for Micro and Nanotechnology field from 2012 to 2016, was member of different conferences program committees as RFIC, ESSCIRC, ISSCC, IEDM. He is member of the IEEE-MTT-9 Technology Committee, (mmW & THz Devices to System), and EuMW TPC. He is reviewer for IEEE MTT, and SSC journals, and author or co-author of about 200 publications and 70 patents.

Alain MouradAlain Mourad

Dr Alain Mourad is a Director Engineering R&D at InterDigital. He is currently leading the research and development of Next Generation Radio Access Networks (NG-RAN) at InterDigital European Labs (UK and Germany).

Prior to joining InterDigital, Dr. Mourad was a Principal Research Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Research Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). He is a prolific inventor with over 50 issued patents and a thought leader with numerous talks and publications. He received the Inventor of the Year Award from Samsung Electronics R&D in 2012 and 2013, InterDigital Innovation Awards in 2016 and 2018, and the 2018 Global Telecoms Awards “Highly Commended” in the category “Advancing the road to 5G”



IPA-8: Scaling in public and private networks with ORAN

Moderator: Caroline Chan, Intel.

Panelists: Coming Soon

Abstract: Standardization efforts in ORAN and 3GPP for 5G RAN deployment enable an unprecedented opportunity for the development of highly customized networks to support diverse and specialized applications such as Factory 4.0 and smart agriculture. But many challenges remain as to how this opportunity can be scaled from a few large and deep pocketed customers in the public and enterprise spaces to encompass small and medium size businesses, rural operators, and, government entities. This panel will address these challenges and offer solutions to scaling ORAN across licenced and enterprise applications.


  1. How hard is it for an enterprise customer with little RAN experience to deploy a customized RAN today, and in the future?
  2. What role will automation play in future RAN deployments?
  3. How important is the RIC to diverse deployments at scale and how will it be used?
  4. What are the greatest challenges to enabling diverse deployment at scale?

Caroline Y. Chan

Caroline Y. Chan is vice president in the Network and Edge Group and general manager of the group’s Network Business Incubator Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for driving new services running across the network infrastructure, working closely with network service cloud service providers and enterprises. Chan and her team will lead pathfinding of advanced technology solutions that are enabled and accelerated by 5G capabilities such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Immersive Media, Cloud gaming, and others. Chan was previously VP and GM of Intel 5G Infrastructure Division and before joining Intel, Chan had a 15-year career at Nortel Networks Corp., culminating in her role as director of 4G wireless product management. She serves as an independent director on EnerSys Inc. (NYSE: ENS) board. In addition, Chan serves on the board of the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) and CBRS Alliance. She is also an advisory board member for Advisory Council for Rural Edge Solutions (ACRES) and 5G Open Innovation (5GOI) Lab. Her contributions in the area of virtualized wireless radio access networks earned Chan an Intel Achievement Award in 2016. Chan was elected to be among the top 25 movers and shakers in the telecom industry 2018 by Fierce Telecom and among the top 5G 100 most influential individuals charting the course for the next generation of global communications in 2020 and 2021 by Light Reading.

IPA-9: Is XR a technology waiting for service or a service waiting for technology?

Moderator: Hemanth Sampath, Qualcomm Technologies.

Panelists: Coming Soon

Abstract: Have the stars aligned for extended reality (XR) and the coming metaverse? XR is likely to become the next computing platform. It will transform the way we interact with the world around us every day, delivering unprecedented new experiences and exponentially increased productivity. XR is inherently meant to be mobile, intuitive, immersive, and always-connected. However, technology advancements in the areas of low-power sensor processing, AI, and connectivity are required to enable broad adoption of XR. This panel will explore not only the necessary technology advancements required but also any other missing ecosystem pieces to accelerate XR adoption.

Questions: Coming Soon

Hemanth Sampath

Hemanth Sampath is the Sr. Director of engineering and head of 5G R&D for emerging applications at Qualcomm, focusing on XR/metaverse, cloud gaming and private networks. Prior to this role, he was the Wi-Fi R&D systems engineering lead for a decade, shaping 802.11 standards and core technologies like MU-MIMO and Mesh. From 2004-2008, he held engineering leadership roles on 4G (UMB) modem and standards. He received the 2013 Qualcomm IP Excellence Award and holds more than 290 patents. Prior to Qualcomm, he worked at Iospan Wireless and Marvell Semiconductors. Hemanth received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001.

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