Welcome to the 6G Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
3rd — 4th November 2022
Venue : W Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Vice President of the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC)
Technology Innovation Institute
Title: UAV and mobile networks: synergies, challenges and perspectives
As soon as national legislations allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to fly autonomously, we will see swarms of UAV populating the sky of our smart cities to accomplish different missions: parcel delivery, infrastructure monitoring, event filming, surveillance, tracking, etc.
The main issues that a designer of a UAV network must face are related to the altitude of the UAVs above the ground as well as their mobility in a three-dimensional space. Furthermore, the UAVs are physically constrained by the limitations on the carriable payload as well as energetically constrained by the limited battery capacity. These issues make UAV communications very specific and raise a set of interesting research challenges for networks practitioners as well as for optimization researchers: How to take into account the effects of dominant UAV-ground channels and the consequent interference? How to use UAV mobility to improve the network performance while letting them carry out their mission? How to track the different communications requirements for application and control data?
In this talk, a survey of the current state of the art of the solutions for the mentioned problems will be presented, with a focus on the promising research directions for a smooth integration of UAV networks into future mobile communication systems.
Enrico Natalizio (Member IEEE) is currently a Vice President of the Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC) with the Technology Innovation Institute (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Full Professor with the LORIA laboratory at the Université de Lorraine (France). He obtained his master’s degree magna cum laude and his Ph.D in Computer Engineering at the University of Calabria (Italy) in 2000 and 2005 respectively. In 2005-2006 he was a visiting researcher at the BWN (Broadband Wireless Networking) Lab at Georgia Tech in Atlanta (USA). From 2006 till 2010, he was a research fellow at the Titan Lab of the Università della Calabria (Italy). In October 2010, he joined POPS team at Inria Lille – Nord Europe (France) as a postdoc researcher and from 2012 till 2018 he was an Associate Professor at the Université de technologie de Compiègne (France). His research interests include UAV, robot and sensor communications with applications in networking technologies for disaster management and infrastructure monitoring and IoT privacy and security. He is currently an associated editor of Elsevier Vehicular Communications, Computer Networks, and a former associate editor of Elsevier Ad hoc Networks.
Founder and President of the Truva Inc
Advisory Board member at TII
Holographic Type Communication (HTC) has been identified as an important service that will be supported by
6G wireless systems. It provides truly immersive experiences for a large number of novel applications, such as telepresence conferences and holographic healthcare, by displaying multi view high resolution 3D holograms of human beings or objects and creating multi sensory media (Mulsemedia), including audio, haptic, smell, and taste. HTC will play an important role in realizing Metaverse by connecting the physical and virtual world seamlessly. HTC faces great challenges in transmitting high volume data with high throughput and guaranteed end to end latency which cannot be addressed by existing communication technologies. In this talk, the basics and generic architecture of the HTC systems are introduced. The encoding and decoding of hologram and mulsemedia are discussed, and envisioned use cases and technical requirements are introduced. Furthermore, the limitations of existing wireless and wired networks in realizing HTC are explained and the promising 6G and beyond networking technologies are pointed out. Particularly, on the HTC source side, the point cloud encoding and mulsemedia synchronization solutions are introduced and explained. On the HTC networking side, many new directions and according challenges such as semantic communications, deterministic networks, time sensitive networks, federated networks, distributed encoding and decoding, and predictive networks are covered as they may help to satisfy the high data rate and guaranteed end to end latency requirements of the HTC. On the HTC destination side, the heterogeneity of HTC devices, synchronization, and user motion prediction are explored and according research challenges are highlighted.
I.F. Akyildiz (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He is also Founder and President of the Truva Inc., a consulting company based in Georgia, USA, since 1989. He is an Advisory Board member at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since June 2020. He is the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the newly established of International Telecommunication Union Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU J-FET) since August 2020. He served as the Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunications, the Past Chair of the Telecom Group at the ECE, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, from 1985 to 2020.
He had many international affiliations during his career and established research centers in Spain, South Africa, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, India and Cyprus. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE Fellow since 1996, and ACM Fellow since 1997. He received numerous awards from IEEE, ACM, and other professional organizations, including Humboldt Award from Germany and Tubitak Award from Turkey. In June 2022, according to Google Scholar his h-index is 133 and the total number of citations to his articles is more than 134+K. His current research interests include Networking 2030, Hologram and Extended Reality Communication, 6G/7G wireless systems, Terahertz Communication, Underwater Communication.
Huawei Advanced Wireless Technology Lab, Paris
Title: AI for networks and networks of AIs need new foundations: Towards a theory of semantic information
In future 6G networks AI will be native. It will help 6G standard to achieve its KPIs thanks to the data sent by multiple sensors and a priori knowledge of the channel, at the PHY layer, or thanks to reinforced learning capabilities of the agents in the MAC layer. The construction of a digital twin is one example of a semantic encoding that can be performed to minimize memory and communication bandwidth. But another type of application will also be present in 6G networks: building networks of AIs, which will need the use of a common language, with its own syntax and also carrying its own semantics. All these applications require new foundations, natively incorporating the notion of language (which can be very general) and the related notions of syntax and semantics. We will introduce the notions of semantic information related to concepts and the ones related to logical deductions as examples of simple languages.
Jean-Claude Belfiore graduated from Supelec, got his PhD from Telecom Paris and the Habilitation from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). He has been a professor at Telecom Paris in the Communications & Electronics department until 2015. In 2015, he joined the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab of Huawei as head of the Communication Science Department. Jean-Claude Belfiore has made pioneering contributions on modulation and coding for wireless systems (especially space-time coding) by using tools of number theory. He is also one of the co-inventors of the celebrated Golden Code of the Wi-Max standard. Jean-Claude Belfiore is author or co-author of more than 200 technical papers and communications and has served as advisor for more than 30 Ph.D. students. He was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory for Coding Theory and has been the recipient of the 2007 Blondel Medal. Since Jean-Claude Belfiore has joined Huawei Paris Research Center, he has been involved in the 5G standardization process, essentially in Channel Coding (Polar Codes for 5G) and he is currently working in the area of AI for 6G and semantic information. Since 2021 he is the director of the Huawei Advanced Wireless Technology Lab, Paris.
Prof. Hendrik Berndt
Vice-president of the Wireless World Research Forum
Advisory Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)
Prof. Hendrik Berndt
Title: The Next Generation 6G - How much is too much ?
Research and Development for the next Generation mobile communication 6G take up momentum on a truly global scale. Compared to previous generations advanced and unprecedented technologies are expected to emerge, but most of all new approaches to capture and satisfy societal demands are inevitable. The keynote will address some of the most discussed 6G technological and societal challenges in different regions worldwide and controversially debate its impact on society at large.
Dr.-Ing. Hendrik Berndt held various C-level and managerial positions in research and operations within the telecom industry in Germany and worldwide. He serves as Vice-president of the Wireless World Research Forum for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Currently he has dedicated himself as Senior Advisor to partners in Asia, the Americas and Europe to contribute to the foundation of the next generation in mobile communication. Center stage take 6G eco-system solutions that serve the bigger global societal ICT challenges. Berndt is advisor to the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) Japan. By now over more than two decades he has been continuously appointed to support the European Commission for establishing next generation mobile communication system research directions, currently with focus on Beyond 5G/6G. From 2015 to 2020 he served as board member of IEEE ComSoc Industry Communities Board, vice-chairing its Special Interest group for 5G. Berndt has been founder of the 2015 established International Institute for Innovation Aysén–Patagonia. There he has been supporting sustainable natural resource exploitation, by applying IoT to develop solutions for environmental issues within the uniqueness of the Chilean region of Patagonia. From 2001 until 2014 Berndt held the position as Chief Technology Officer & Chief Science Officer of DOCOMO’s Communications Laboratories Europe, in Munich, Germany. From 2000 to 2010 he has been teaching concurrently as Visiting Professor at the Global Information and Tele-communication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Berndt was stationed from 1993 until end of 2000 in the USA. During these years he was working within Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ; as Executive Director of Advanced Technology for Global One in Reston, Virginia and held the position as Chief Technology Officer of the TINA-C headquarters in New Jersey. He is author and editor of several books. “Towards 4G Technologies: Services with Initiative” published by John Wiley & Sons has been translated into Chinese and published by China Machine Press. Recent co-authored publications, „6G Vision and Requirements: Is There Any Need for Beyond 5G?“, July 2018, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, and the „White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN Social Development Goals“ from April 2020, are directed towards 6G development.
Professor - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Title: Communication and Sensing: From Compressed Sampling to Model-based Deep Learning
The famous Shannon-Nyquist theorem has become a landmark in analog to digital conversion and the development of digital signal processing algorithms. However, in many modern applications, the signal bandwidths have increased tremendously, while the acquisition capabilities have not scaled sufficiently fast. Furthermore, the resulting high rate digital data requires storage, communication and processing at very high rates which is computationally expensive and requires large amounts of power. In this talk we consider a general framework for communication and sensing including sub-Nyquist sampling, quantization and processing in space, time and frequency which allows to dramatically reduce the number of antennas, sampling rates, number of bits and band occupancy in a variety of applications. Our framework relies on exploiting signal structure, quantization and the processing task in both standard processing and in deep learning networks leading to a new framework for model-based deep learning. It also allows for the development of efficient joint radar-communication systems and near-field processing. We consider applications of these ideas to a variety of problems in wireless communications, imaging, massive MIMO systems, automotive radar and ultrasound imaging and show several demos of real-time prototypes including a wireless ultrasound probe, sub-Nyquist automotive radar, cognitive radio and radar, dual radar-communication systems, analog precoding, sparse antenna arrays, and a deep Viterbi decoder. We end by discussing more generally how models can be used in deep learning methods with application to a variety of communication settings.
Yonina Eldar is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel where she heads the center for Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing and holds the Dorothy and Patrick Gorman Professorial Chair. She is also a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, an IEEE Fellow and a EURASIP Fellow. She received the B.Sc. degree in physics and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, in 2002. She has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2013), the IEEE/AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2014) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2016). She was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. She received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences, the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research (twice), the Hershel Rich Innovation Award (three times), the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions, and several teaching awards. She received several best paper awards and best demo awards together with her research students and colleagues, was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and was a member of the Israel Committee for Higher Education. She is the Editor in Chief of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing, a member of several IEEE Technical Committees and Award Committees, and heads the Committee for Promoting Gender Fairness in Higher Education Institutions in Israel.
SVP and General Manager of the 6G-IOWN Promotion Department
Title: 5G evolution and 6G powered by IOWN
Study, development and standardization for technologies toward the evolution of 5G are ongoing, taking into account issues in early 5G services and emerging market needs. In parallel, research focused on technologies and services for 6G is accelerating throughout the world. NTT DOCOMO is very aggressive for 5G Evolution and 6G. And NTT group is promoting IOWN, Innovative Optical and Wireless Network. Both of 6G and IOWN are targeting common future communication society in 2030s. In this presentation, our vision and latest activities for 5G Evolution and 6G powered by IOWN will be explained.
Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 6G-IOWN Promotion Department in NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in R&D and the standardization activities for advanced radio and network technologies of W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced, 5G and 6G. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) since October 2014, the leader of Cellular System Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum since 2016, and the leader of White Paper Subcommittee in Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium in Japan since February 2021. Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since 1999, including as chairman of 3GPP TSG-RAN from April 2009 to March 2013.
Dr. Li Tian
Head of Standards Strategy Department
Dr. Li Tian
Title: The Continuation of Wireless Innovation Paradigm towards a Sustainable Future
Mobile communication technologies have been changing our lives at a steady pace with a regular
cycle of decade. Now we are still evolving our 5G standards to 5G-Advanced for extension of its
business deployments including vertical applications. While 6G is getting more clear as the
delivery of technology trends report by ITU-R and the vision of IMT for 2030 and beyond is
shaping up gradually. In the past generations, we have seen how mobile services and applications
boosted the innovation, industry eco-system and economy, and gradually re-shaped our human
society. In the meantime, UN’s sustainable development goals towards 2030 are of great
importance for the shared future for all mankind. Following the paradigm of wireless technology
evolution, adopting mobile services in vertical segments, and ensuring sustainable market
development will enlighten the evolution path towards 6G. Continuous advancements of emerging
wireless technologies will fuel the smooth 5G Advanced evolution towards 6G.
Dr. Li Tian is currently the Head of Standards Strategy Department of ZTE Corporation. He is
actively involved in various global standardization organizations including 3GPP, ITU, IEEE. His
research interests are in the field of 5G and beyond radio access technology, and his team
contributed significantly to advanced technologies like AI/ML, future networks, video coding,
automobile electronics, network security, etc. He is the first author of a book and contributed to
multiple book chapters, with over 50 academic papers published and over 50 patents held globally.
Li served as the co-chair of IWCMC2020 workshop and keynote chair of WCNC2021, he has
delivered multiple keynotes in various academic and industrial events, and he also served as the
rapporteur for several 3GPP work items.
Senior Vice President of Wireless Research
Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow, IEEE Fellow,
and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently leading 5G and beyon
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.