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Dr. Khaled B. Letaief
Vice-President, IEEE Communications Society
Provost, HBKU, Qatar and Chair Professor, HKUST, Hong Kong

Date: November 3, Tuesday
Time: 08:30-09:15
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title:Disruptive Technologies for 5G – The Next Wireless Frontier
We are witnessing an exciting time for future wireless networks with the emergence of 5G.  In contrast to 3G and 4G, which were mainly a continuation of their predecessors, 5G will represent a revolutionary leap and will have a huge impact on the transformation of wireless communications industries as well as vertical industries.   In this talk, we will describe the vision and opportunities of 5G mobile and wireless networks.  We will describe the key challenges and requirements such as uniform Gbps experience, reduced latency for delay sensitive services, and massive connectivity.  We also describe some of the important technologies ranging from air technologies and network design to services that are needed to meet the demands of beyond 4G wireless networks and guarantee broadband ubiquitous communications of all things, including human-to-machine and machine-to-machine, for a connected living.  The ongoing R&D and standardization activities such as METIS and IMT-2020 will also be introduced.
Biography:  Dr. Letaief received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1990.  From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Since 1993, he has been with HKUST where he has held numerous administrative positions, including Dean of HKUST School of Engineering, Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering department, Director of the Center for Wireless IC Design, Director of Huawei Innovation Laboratory, and Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology.
From September 2015, he joined HBKU as Provost to help establish a research-intensive university in Qatar in partnership with strategic partners that include Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and Texas A&M.
Dr. Letaief is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications and networks.  He served as consultants for different organizations including Huawei, ASTRI, ZTE, Nortel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Motorola.  He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and has served on the editorial board of other prestigious journals including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Series (as Editor-in-Chief).  

He is the recipient of numerous professional honors and distinguished awards, including the Mangoon Teaching Award from Purdue University in 1990; Michael Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST); 2007 IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award; 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award; 2011 IEEE Harold Sobol Award; 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award; and 12 IEEE Best Paper Awards.
Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of HKIE.  He is currently serving as the IEEE Communications Society Vice-President for Technical Activities, member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, and member of IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee.  He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.                                                                   

Dr.  Tom Luo
Professor and ADC Chair in Digital Technology
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota, Twin Cites

Date: November 4, Tuesday
Time: 08:30-09:15
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title: Optimal Joint Provision of Backhaul and Radio Access Networks
We consider a cloud-based heterogeneous network of base stations (BSs) connected via a backhaul network of routers and wired/wireless links with limited capacity. The optimal provision of such networks requires proper resource allocation across the radio access links in conjunction with appropriate traffic engineering within the backhaul network. In this work we propose an efficient algorithm for joint resource allocation across the wireless links and the flow control over the entire network, taking into account the buffer size, half-duplex and interference constraints. The proposed algorithm, which maximizes the min-rate among all the transmitted commodities, is based on a decomposition approach that leverages both the asynchronous Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM) and the weighted-MMSE (WMMSE) algorithm. We show that this algorithm is easily parallelizable and converges globally to a stationary solution of the joint optimization problem. The proposed algorithm can also be extended to networks with multi-antenna nodes and other utility functions.
    Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo received his B.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1984 from Peking University, Beijing, China. Subsequently, he was selected by a joint committee of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics to pursue Ph.D study in the United States. After an one-year intensive training in mathematics and English at the Nankai Institute of Mathematics, Tianjin, China, he studied in the Operations Research Center and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where he received a Ph.D degree in Operations Research in 1989.
     From 1989 to 2003, Dr. Luo held a faculty position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, where he eventually became the department head and held a Canada Research Chair in Information Processing. Since April of 2003, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) as a full professor. His research interests lies in the union of optimization algorithms, signal processing and digital communication.
Currently, he is with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, where he is a Professor and serves as the Vice President Academic.
      Dr. Luo is a fellow of IEEE and SIAM. He is a recipient of the 2004 and 2009 IEEE Signal Processing Societys Best Paper Awards, the 2011 EURASIP Best Paper Award and the 2011 ICC Best Paper Award. He was awarded the 2010 Farkas Prize from the INFRMS Optimization Society. Dr. Luo chaired the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on the Signal Processing for Communications (SPCOM) from 2011-2012. He has held editorial positions for several international journals including Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Mathematics of Computation and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He is the current Editor-in-Chief for the journal IEEE Trans. Signal Processing. In 2014 he is elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Shanzhi Chen
Executive Vice President of Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group
Director of State Key Laboratory of Wireless Mobile Communications

Date: November 4, Wednesday
Time: 09:15-10:00
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title: TD-LTE Evolution and Future 5G Directions
TD-LTE has been regarded as an important milestone for the Chinese telecommunication industry in the 4G era, and it has received considerable attention around the world and has shown astonishingly fast development in recent years. This presentation presents TD-LTE and its evolution, including key technologies, standardization progress, industry achievement and also TDD+ evolution. Furthermore, in order to meet the requirement of the information society in 2020 and beyond, a new generation (5G) mobile broadband system is promoted. After presenting an overview of 5G including scenarios, KPIs and technology routes, this presentation pays attention to TDD’s role in 5G and finally presents a series of TDD priority technologies, such as massive MIMO, ultra dense network, high frequency band, flexible spectrum sharing and also Pattern Division Multiple Access (PDMA).
    Shanzhi CHEN received his Ph.D. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China, in 1997. He got M.S. (1991) from China Academy of Posts and Telecommunications (CAPT), and B.E. (1987) from Xidian University, China. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group and China Academy of Telecommunication Technology (CATT). He is also the director of State Key Laboratory of Wireless Mobile Communications, and the board member of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). He is a Guest Professor of BUPT and Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).
    Dr. CHEN has more than 20 years of experience in broadband communication and wireless mobile communication, both in industry and academia. He was a visiting researcher at the Alcatel Bell research Center in Antwerp, Belgium in 1996. He joined Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group in 1994, and has been serving as CTO since 2008. He devoted his researches and developments to TD-SCDMA 3G and TD-LTE-advanced 4G since 2004. He has authored/co-authored over 100 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings, and 20 invention patents.
   Dr. CHEN received the State Science and Technology Progress Award of China in 2001 and 2012 respectively, GuangHua Engineering Science and Technology Award from the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2012, and Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Nature Science Foundation of China in 2014.
    Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the China Institute of Electronics (CIE), a Fellow of the China Institute of Communications (CIC), and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is the Editor of the IEEE Network and the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, the Guest Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine and the IEEE Communications Magazine. He is also the Editor of the China Communications and the Journal of Communication. He was a member of the steering expert group on information technology of the 863 Hi-Tech R&D Plan of China from 1999 to 2011.
His current research interests include network architectures, 5G wireless mobile communications, Internet of Things (IoT) and vehicular network.

Pingzhi Fan
Institute of Mobile Communications, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, 610031, PR China,

Date: November 3, Wednesday
Time: 09:15-10:00
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title:Challenges & Opportunities of Communications, Computing and Storage

In this talk, information systems consisting of communications, computing and storage subsystems are considered. In the past, the three subsystems were independently progressed, and each of them has reached a stage of certain limit. In computing, Moore's Law may run out of steam soon based on silicon technology; in communications, the Shannon’s classical capacity limit has almost reached; in storage, although the optical disks and magneto-optical disks have developed very fast, it seems still a way to meet the rapid increase of big data. To cope with the impact of big data, it is proposed to integrate the traditionally individual computing, communications and storage subsystems, which are getting inevitably converged. An effective information system capacity is introduced and discussed, aimed at excavating potentials of information systems under a new paradigm with more degrees of freedom. In this talk, the convergence of computing, telecommunications and storage is investigated, and the effectiveness of data handling capability for a given information system is discussed.
Speaker’s short biography
Pingzhi Fan (IEEE Fellow) received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hull University, UK. He is currently a professor and director of the institute of mobile communications, Southwest Jiaotong University, China. He is a recipient of the UK ORS Award, the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by NSFC, and the chief scientist of a national 973 program. He served as general chair or TPC chair of a number of international conferences, and is the guest editor-in-chief, guest editor or editorial member of several international journals. He is the founding chair of IEEE VTS BJ Chapter, founding chair of IEEE Chengdu Section. He also served as a board member of IEEE Region 10, IET(IEE) Council and IET Asia-Pacific Region. He has over 200 research papers published in various academic English journals (IEEE/IEE/IEICE, etc), and 8 books (incl. edited) published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd/RSP (1996), IEEE Press (2011, etc), Springer (2004) and Nova Science (2007), and is the inventor of 20 granted PCT and Chinese patents. His research interests include high mobility wireless communications, 5G techniques, convergence of telecommunications, computing and storage, signal design & coding, etc. He is an IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2017), a fellow of IEEE, IET(IEE), CIE and CIC.

Prof. Andreas F. Molisch
University of Southern California

Date: November 4, Wednesday
Time: 10:20-11:00
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title: Higher, denser, wilder: the road to 5G

5G will be a system that truly builds on the legacy of 4G, but contains a number of additional, innovative, components that will allow to handle the required orders-of-magnitude increase in throughput and data rate. This presentation will discuss three of those components: (i) the move to higher frequencies, namely the mm-wave band, (ii) the densification of simultaneously served users in a cell through the use of massive MIMO, and (iii) the emergence of device-to-device communications as an additional way to communicate in an increasingly heterogeneous network. I will describe the fundamentals of each of these approaches, as well as the main technical challenges both from a theoretical and an implementation perspective. I will also describe the interaction between them - for example, massive MIMO will first be introduced at mm-wave frequencies because it is essential there to achieve sufficient range. A discussion of the standardization of these fundamental technologies will round off the talk.

Speaker’s short biography:
Andreas F. Molisch received the Dipl. Ing., Ph.D., and habilitation degrees from the Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, in 1990, 1994, and 1999, respectively. From 2000-2002 he was with AT&T (Bell) Laboratories Research (USA), and from 2002-2008 with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (USA), most recently as Chief Wireless Standards Architect. Concurrently, he was Professor and Chairholder for Radio Systems at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Since 2009, he is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Wireless Devices and Systems (WiDeS) group at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA, and since 2011 also the Director of the Communication Sciences Institute at USC. His current research interests are the measurement and modeling of mobile radio channels, ultra-wideband communications and localization, cooperative communications, multiple-input–multiple-output systems, wireless systems for healthcare, and novel cellular architectures. He has authored, coauthored, or edited four books (among them the textbook Wireless Communications, Wiley-IEEE Press; Chinese translation published by PHEI), 18 book chapters, some 180 journal papers, 260 conference papers; which have been widely cited. He also has more than 80 patents and 70 standards contributions, many of which have found their way into widely used products as well as the LTE and 802.11 standards. Dr. Molisch has been an Editor of a number of journals and special issues, General Chair, Technical Program Committee Chair, or Symposium Chair of multiple international conferences, as well as Chairman of various international standardization groups. He has received numerous awards, among them the Donald Fink Prize of the IEEE, and the Eric Sumner Award of the IEEE (the Technical Field Award for communications of the IEEE). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Fellow of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Moe Win
Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: November 3, Tuesday
Time: 10:20-11:00
Room: Venice Ballroom

Title: Location, Location, and Location !

The availability of positional information is of extreme importance in numerous wireless applications. The coming years will see the emergence of location-aware networks with sub-meter localization accuracy, minimal infrastructure, and robustness in harsh (GPS challenged) environments. To reach this goal we advocate network localization and navigation, a new paradigm that exploits a combination of wideband transmission and spatiotemporal cooperation. Our work has addressed this problem from three perspectives: theoretical framework, cooperative algorithms, and network experimentation. We will give an overview of our recent research results in this exciting field. 

Speaker’s short biography:
Moe Win is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to joining MIT, he was with AT&T Research Laboratories for five years and with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for seven years. His research encompasses fundamental theories, algorithm design, and experimentation for a broad range of real-world problems. His current research topics include network localization and navigation, network interference exploitation, intrinsic wireless network secrecy, adaptive diversity techniques, and ultra-wideband systems.

Professor Win is a Fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, and the IET, and served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an elected Member-at-Large on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors (2011−2013). He was the Chair (2004−2006) and Secretary (2002−2004) for the Radio Communications Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He was honored with two IEEE Technical Field Awards: the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award and the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award (jointly with Professor R. A. Scholtz). He received the International Prize for Communications Cristoforo Colombo, the Copernicus Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Ferrara, and the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.








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