IEEE Future Networks Tutorials


The tutorial day will include several state-of-the-art technologies relevant for 2030 and beyond era. The event is a golden opportunity for researchers, professors and students from both academia and industry to learn about the latest advances on some of the hottest topics towards 6G – such as Quantum communications, Bio signal processing, Blockchain technologies, THz radio technologies, Wireless AI, Molecular communications, Visible light communications, AR/VR & holographic communications as well as Localization techniques for beyond 5G.

Program Outline 24 March, 2019 TENTATIVE

9:30-12:30 Tutorial 1: Beyond 5G: What will it be?
Mérouane Debbah (HUAWEI, Paris)

9:30-12:30 Tutorial 2: mmWave Localization: on the convergence of sensing and communication beyond 5G
Henk Wymeersch (CHALMERS University, Sweden)

9:30-12:30 Tutorial 3: Ambient and Quantum Backscatter Communications
Riku Jäntti (Aalto University, Finland)
13:30-16:30 Tutorial 4: Integrated Circuit Design for Terahertz Applications
Ullrich R. Pfeiffer (University of Wuppertal, Germany)

13:30-16:30 Tutorial 5: Future IoT connectivity
Petar Popovski (Aalborg University)

Tutorial 1: SUN 24 MARCH 9:30-12:30

Beyond 5G: What will it be?

Mérouane Debbah (HUAWEI, Paris)

The standardization for 5G wireless systems is maturing and researchers around the world have already started to look at beyond the 5G systems. Although the next G gossip is at a premature stage, this talk aims to provide an overview of the vision, challenges and key enabling technologies envisioned by the wireless community. The tutorial will mostly focus on the  fundamental technologies and will discuss potential research directions to meet the requirements of next generation wireless systems.

Tutorial 2: SUN 24 MARCH 9:30-12:30

mmWave Localization: on the convergence of sensing and communication beyond 5G

Henk Wymeersch (CHALMERS University, Sweden)

Positioning of devices using radio-frequency signals has been realized in a variety of dedicated systems, including LORAN-C and GPS for outdoor positioning, as well as ultra-wide band and WiFi for indoor positioning. A cheaper solution is offered through cellular radio signals, but suffer from low accuracy. Consequently, their main application has been limited to the (mandatory) localization of emergency calls. Thanks to the technological components of 5G (i.e., the use of large carrier frequencies, large bandwidths, large antenna arrays, network densification, and device-to-device communication) 5G systems can be the first generation offering high-accuracy localization, together with high coverage while maintaining low cost. This talk will describe the main benefits of 5G from a positioning perspective, and show it can lead to radically new designs for localization and map building. In a sense, 5G will behave very much like radar, beckoning the question “will radar behave like 6G” and “will 6G be used for radar”? To this end will address the question of how radar could be used as a communication technology and highlight several challenges.

Tutorial 3: SUN 24 MARCH 9:30-12:30

Ambient and Quantum Backscatter Communications

Riku Jäntti (Aalto University, Finland)

Low-power wireless communication has been identified as one of the key enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). The performance of the contemporary IoT connectivity solutions is mainly limited by congestion, interference, and limited operation time with the battery. These limitations hamper the scaling of the IoT deployments. In this talk, we envision a new solution to the IoT connectivity combining existing and emerging wireless communication systems (hereafter legacy systems) with a new layer of ultra-low-power or passive ambient backscatter communication (AmBC). It can operate under very low signal-to-noise ratio conditions, share the spectrum with legacy systems without causing harmful interference to them, and scale to support a large number of devices. We will also discuss how the emerging microwave quantum technology can be utilized to enhance the performance of backscatter communications beyond the limits of classical solutions.

Tutorial 4: SUN 24 MARCH 13:00-16:30

Integrated Circuit Design for Terahertz Applications

Ullrich R. Pfeiffer (University of Wuppertal, Germany)

The push towards terahertz frequencies presents both challenges and opportunities for emerging applications and circuits. This tutorial presents  recent attempts to operate silicon technologies close to and beyond their  transistor cut-off frequencies. Silicon BiCMOS process technologies have  recently reached fmax as high as 0.7 THz, which enables circuits to operate  fundamentally up to about 300 GHz with reasonable RF circuit performance.  Beyond fmax, where transistors do not provide power gain, circuits may be  operated sub-harmonically to extend further the operation region. Despite  their increased receiver NF, such circuits prove to be useful for emerging  applications. At terahertz frequencies, on-chip antennas may be implemented  with reasonably high efficiencies and very small area, thus eliminating the  need for additional external components such as expensive waveguides or  horn antennas. Topics covered during the tutorial include:

1) Fundamental and sub-harmonic RF circuit design methodologies
2) RF power generation techniques and their limitations at terahertz  frequencies (>300GHz)
3) Terahertz circuit characterization methodologies
4) Summary of SiGe HBT terahertz benchmarking circuits
5) Examples include 240GHz Tx/Rx chip-sets for communication, 240GHz radar
transceiver, and heterodyne and direct detection circuits up to 1THz.
6) Emerging terahertz applications

Tutorial 5: SUN 24 MARCH 13:00-16:30

Future IoT connectivity

Petar Popovski (Aalborg University)

The future wireless landscape, often associated with 5G, envisions three types of connectivity: enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), and massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC). The latter two are seen as two generic types that support the future Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, putting forward new types of requirements and research challenges, such as: protocols that operate with short packets, access for massive number of devices, techniques to achieve and assess extremely high reliability, etc. This set of challenges is radically enriched by the advent of blockchain systems and smart contracts that allow autonomous interaction among IoT devices. The consensus protocols that set the basis for blockchain systems are critically reliant on communication, but they change the traffic pattern that has been envisioned for pre-blockchain IoT connectivity. This talk will give a perspective on the communication engineering challenges related to the future IoT connectivity, outline methods and architectures to solve them and provide communication-theoretic insights in some of the fundamental tradeoffs.


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