Panels Welcome to the 6G Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
3rd — 4th November 2022
Venue : W Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Day: 1
08 Novemer 2022
PAN 1: The Roadmap to 6G
Moderator: Prof. Sami Muhaidat, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi-UAE
Abstract: The emergence of new disruptive technologies is paving the way towards shaping the upcoming sixth generation (6G) of wireless networks, which is envisioned to enable several innovative applications over a ubiquitous, secure, self-sustainable, and fully intelligent platform. This panel brings together speakers from academia and industry to exchange visions and discuss key technical challenges and potential solutions associated with 6G
  • 1. What is driving the innovation in 6G?
  • 2. What are the potential new capabilities of 6G and their respective performance indicators?
  • 3. How will AI shape the future of 6G?
  • 4. How will 6G reduce the energy consumption in wireless network while still meeting the unprecedented traffic demands?
  • 5. How will post-quantum security/cryptography of 6G be ensured and how post-quantum security will affect the performance?
Dr. Sami Muhaidat
PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Ertugrul Basar
Associate Professor - Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Koç University, Istanbul
Nawaf I. Almoosa
Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Director of Emirates ICT Innovation Centre (EBTIC)
Ernesto Damiani
Khalifa University, UAE
Angeliki Alexiou
Professor - Department of Digital Systems
ICT School, University of Piraeus, Greece
Day: 2
09 Novemer 2022
PAN 2: The Role of 6G in Advancing Smart Cities Service and Applications
Moderator: Prof. Fakhri Karray and Dr. Moayad Aloqaily Mohamed Ben Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence -MBZUAI. Abu Dhabi-UAE. E-mails,
  • 1. Enrico Natalizio, Vice President of the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC),Technology Innovation Institute.
  • 2. Hussein Mouftah, University of Ottawa, Canada, Email:
  • 3. Murat Uysal, Özyeğin University, Turkey. Email:
  • 4. Ismaeel Al Ridhawi, Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Kuwait, Email:
Abstract:The topic of smart services and emerging applications for the advancement of smart cities is a new vision and strategy for Abu Dhabi’s smart city. Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies is the enabler of this vision.
Prof. Fakhri Karray
Mohamed Ben Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence -MBZUAI
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Enrico Natalizio
Vice President of the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC)
Technology Innovation Institute
Prof. Hussein T. MOUFTAH
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Distinguish University Professor School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Murat Uysal
Professor - Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. Ismaeel Al Ridhawi
Associate Professor - Department of Computer Engineering
Kuwait College of Science and Technology, Doha, Kuwait
Day: 3
10 Novemer 2022
PAN 3: Edge AI: Dream or Reality? The Limit is the Sky!
Moderator: Dr. Hakim Hacid
Technology Innovation Institute , Abu Dhabi,UAE
Abstract:The Artificial Intelligence (AI) community has invested a lot to develop techniques able to digest very large amounts of data to extract added value information and knowledge. Most techniques, especially the deep learning models, needs a lot of computation/storage power, making them appropriate for cloud-based environments. This makes the intelligence far from the end-user, raising concerns about, e.g., data privacy and latency. Edge AI comes to bring solutions for some problems inherent to the cloud and focuses on best practices, architectures, and processes for extending data AI outside the cloud. Edge AI bring AI closer to the end-user and uses, e.g., less communication resources, as the processing is operated directly on the edge device.

Edge AI is combined with a cloud architecture to perform inference. The training of the models is left to the cloud AI. In fact, while training AI models necessitates may sophisticated micro-controllers and architectures with a high computation power, e.g., GPUs, inference on the other hand can run on standard CPUs equipping most of today's smart devices. Highly efficient AI chips, becoming more and more available nowadays, can also improve the performance of edge devices in the inference and reduce energy consumption.

Edge AI is at its early stage and the future seems with no limit. This panel will discuss the principles, opportunities, and requirements of an efficient and useful Edge AI that goes beyond the inference.
  • 1. How do you define Edge AI from your perspective (AI, Edge Computing, Network, Security)? And what, in your opinion, are the ingredients boosting this paradigm, i.e., why now?
  • 2. What kind of AI challenges do you think Edge AI is (would be) solving, and how? Do you have in mind some challenging enough use cases that could support the need for Edge AI?
  • 3. What can Edge AI do that the traditional AI can’t do?
  • 4. Is Edge AI a dream or a real paradigm that will last for long and bring solutions to real problems?
  • 5. Do you think that the UAE could play a role in this area? What do you think could/should be done to excel in it?
Dr Hakim Hacid
Principal Scientist
Technology Innovation Institute (TII)
Dr. Yan Chen
Senior Expert of Wireless Communications
Dr. Zakaria Maamar
Technological Innovation at Zayed University, Dubai, UAE
Dr. Imran Zualkernan
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Dr. Abderrahmane Lakas
Day: 3
10 Novemer 2022
PAN 4: 6G Network security : Challenges and Opportunities.
Moderator: Dr. Adel Ben Mnaouer
Canadian University Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Abstract:As a new foreseen future wireless telecommunications technology with a big bunch of promises expected to be delivered, and as a vital enabling technology for several disrupting technologies such as remore robotic surgery, shaping a holographic society (thru metaverse), enhancing digital sustainability among others, addressing security concerns constitute a strong pillar of current and future research endeavour. Indeed, as the stakes are at all time high in the above mentioned application domains, definiltely, challenges in providing tamper-proof security solutions are expected to be of similar magnitude.

The applicability of Physical layer security solutions devised for 6G technology need to be revisted, adapted, enhanced or modified to be applicable to the 6G Technoly. A proven technology such as Blockchain presents itself as a serious player in the provisioning of security constructs for 6G enabled applications. As such, Blockchain rigid profing mechanisms and Smart contracting may need adaptability to be applicable. That constitutes a Challenging field of research and investigation.

This panel is bringing experts in 6G and in Security (including the Blockchain technology) from Academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities present and expected to be encountered in 6G Networks and what are the best practices and tools that will help to secure this type of Networks.
  • 1. What are the major security risks affecting 6G enabled application domains?
  • 2. Are traditional encryption techniques still constitute viable techniques applicable to 6G networks?
  • 3. What opportunities does Blockchain bring forward to secure 6G technologies and related
  • 4. Will an insecure 6G networking technology be able to deliver the promised disrupting technologies successfully.
  • 5. What new insurance and opportunities will provide a well-secured 6G Networking technology?
Dr. Adel Ben Mnaouer
Professor - Canadian University Dubai
Dubai, UAE
Dr. Moayad Aloqaily
R&D Manager at MBZUAI University
Dr. Bassem Ouni
Lead Researcher
Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Chan Yeob Yeun
Associate Professor
Khalifa University, UAE
Dr. Deepak Puthal
Assistant Professor
Khalifa University, UAE
Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui
Polytechnique Montreal, Canada