Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speech 1:
6G: Holistic Network Virtualization and Intelligence.
Prof. Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
Next-generation wireless networks should have scalable network architecture, provide automated network management, and perform intelligent and flexible resource allocation in order to support diversified applications with various quality of service requirements. Through network virtualization and intelligence, this presentation will provide potential solutions to achieve the goal.

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen (M’97–SM’02–F’09) is a University Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on network resource management, wireless network security, Internet of Things, 5G and beyond, and vehicular ad hoc and sensor networks. Dr. Shen is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, Canada, an Engineering Institute of Canada Fellow, a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow, a Royal Society of Canada Fellow, a Chinese Academy of Engineering Foreign Member, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Communications Society.
Dr. Shen received the Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research from the Canadian Society of Information Theory (CSIT) in 2021, the R.A. Fessenden Award in 2019 from IEEE, Canada, Award of Merit from the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) in 2019, James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2018 from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Joseph LoCicero Award in 2015 and Education Award in 2017 from the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and Technical Recognition Award from Wireless Communications Technical Committee (2019) and AHSN Technical Committee (2013). He served as the Technical Program Committee Chair/Co-Chair for IEEE Globecom’16, IEEE Infocom’14, IEEE VTC’10 Fall, IEEE Globecom’07, and the Chair for the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Wireless Communications. Dr. Shen is the President Elect of the IEEE ComSoc. He was the Vice President for Technical & Educational Activities, and Vice President for Publications. Dr. Shen served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE IoT JOURNAL, IEEE Network, and IET Communications.

Keynote Speech 2:
Challenges and Views for 6G Research : an European View
Prof. Rui Luis Aguiar

Head of Networks and Services, Instituto de Telecomunicações
The presentation will discuss current challenges for the development of 6G. The presentation will highlight the societal pressures driving innovation inside Europe, and highlight some of the technical challenges that will need to be addressed for reaching the KPIs that we expect to see in the upcoming systems.

Rui L. Aguiar (born 1967) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro, where he is currently a Full Professor. He has supervised more than than 20 PhD and 100 Master students. He was the founder of the ATNOG research group, an advanced telecommunication research group at the Universidade de Aveiro and is currently co-coordinating a research line in Instituto de Telecomunicações, on the area of Networks. He has been an advisory for the portuguese Secretaria de Estado das Comunicações. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM. He is serving as the Portugal Chapter Chair of IEEE Communications Society and has been serving as Steering Board Chair of Networld Europe, the European ETP representing the telecommunications community. As further community engagement, he has served as Technical and General (co)Chair of several conferences (ICNS, ICT, ISCC, Mobiarch, Monami, NTMS, etc). He has more than 500 papers published.

Keynote Speech 3:
Evolution from 5G to 6G
Dr. Juho Lee

Fellow, Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics
Since the start of commercial deployments of 5G communication systems, the mobile industry has been focusing on realization of 5G vision characterized by three representative use cases, i.e., enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine type communications (mMTC). Following the successful start of 5G deployments, there has been discussion on evolution of 5G. 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) recently held a workshop to prepare technologies for the evolution to 5G-Advanced.
In parallel to the effort for 5G evolution, we can see that initial consideration about the next generation of mobile communications, i.e., 6G, is already happening. Considering the general trend of introducing new services with higher requirements over different generations of communication systems, it would be natural to expect that 6G technologies need to be developed to envision more advanced services than 5G.
This presentation will introduce the expected plan and candidate technologies for 5G evolution. Further, initial views about vision, requirements, and technologies for 6G will be discussed.

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow 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. He is now leading research for future technologies such as 5G evolution 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 received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 2000. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE.

Keynote Speech 4:
The Road to New Wireless Frontier 2030
Dr. Byoung-Hoon Kim

Senior VP/Head of Future Technology Center, LG Electronics
While 5G networks are widely deployed and 3GPP standardization community is discussing the skeleton of 5G-Advanced evolutionary standards, a number of leading R&D organizations have already started to explore and develop next-generation wireless technologies for 6G. Wireless communication industry is expected to initiate the 6G standardization around 2025, aiming the first commercialization in 2029-2030.
In this presentation, we first introduce 6G visions and promising use cases to be anticipated in our society and industry around 2030, which require substantially improved communication capabilities and performances in comparison with those of the current 5G wireless networks.
As key 6G enabling technology candidates, Terahertz communication and Full Duplex Radio (FDR) are extensively investigated for potential cellular network applications. Terahertz communication is the radio transmission and reception technology over 100GHz frequency spectrum, which has a potential to provide ultra-high data rate due to a broad bandwidth but suffers from a significant radio propagation loss and RF/antenna fronted implementation challenges. FDR is a transceiver technology which enables simultaneous transmission and reception in a given carrier frequency band. The potential benefits and standardization prospect of FDR are discussed and in-device self-interference, cross-link interference and their mitigation technologies are thoroughly investigated. System design aspects and performance analyses for Terahertz communication and FDR are demonstrated on the basis of LG Electronics’ prototype implementation and measurement results.

Byoung-Hoon Kim received the B.S. and M.E. degrees in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science, from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1994, 1996, and 2000, respectively. From 2000 to 2003, he was with GCT Semiconductor, developing W-CDMA and WLAN chip sets. From 2003 to 2008, he was with QUALCOMM, where he was responsible for MIMO technology development and 3GPP LTE standard and design works. Since March 2008, he has been with LG Electronics currently as SVP and Head of Future Technology Center, developing advanced communications, AI, robotics, connected car, media, and IoT technologies. He has made extensive contributions to 3GPP, IEEE802.11, and 5GAA standards and assumed the role of a member of board of directors of Wi-Fi Alliance. He is a Fellow of IEEE, an Associate Member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and was elected as the 1st IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher in 2001. Dr. Kim is co-author of Scrambling Techniques for CDMA Communications (Springer, 2001).

Keynote Speech 5:
Pushing the Boundaries of AI Research
Dr. Jilei Hou

Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Qualcomm has a rich history of foundational research across technologies that have led to breakthrough innovations. In this talk, we will talk about how Qualcomm AI Research is pushing the boundaries of AI research in a few exciting areas. An area that we put substantial effort into is AI model efficiency research which brings state-of-the-art power efficiency and performance to the mobile platforms. This is what is going to allow mobile AI to truly scale and become ubiquitous. Next, we will introduce personalized AI which allows machine learning model adaptation and continuous learning subject to user behavior and preference. This is an area where Qualcomm will play significant leadership to drive the technology adoption and eco-system advancement including on-device training. Last, learning representation is on the frontier of AI innovations to improve model expressive power, allow model explanability, or train with less or no data annotation. We will demonstrate a few advanced techniques that Qualcomm provides the thought leadership in the research community ranging from unsupervised learning, geometric deep learning, to quantum machine learning.

Dr. Jilei Hou is a Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and currently leads Qualcomm AI Research group at Corporate R&D. Jilei obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego and joined Qualcomm in 2003. He made substantial contributions in technology innovation, standardization, and product commercialization across wireless 3G/4G/5G standards. In 2011, he moved to Beijing and became the Head of Qualcomm Research China. In this role, he developed the China R&D team into a local research powerhouse, where he initiated 5G research and intelligent robotics programs that benefit Qualcomm business interests in the Greater China region. In 2017, he moved back to San Diego and currently leads the AI Research effort. He is responsible for building the machine learning research infrastructure, driving technical innovations for next-gen hardware and software platforms, and leading forward looking research to benefit technology verticals. He is board members for a few university collaboration joint AI labs. He is an IEEE Senior Member and participated in several Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposia organized by US National Academies of Engineering.

Keynote Speech 6:
Integration of Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial Networks Towards 6G
Dr. Woo Jin Byun

Assistant VP, ETRI
Until now, mobile communication infrastructure has been mainly built-in urban areas. Mobile communication services could not be used smoothly in the air, sea, and remote areas. However, as the cost of launching and producing satellites has decreased, efforts are being made to build and service non-terrestrial networks such as low-orbit satellite networks in areas with weak mobile communication infrastructure. Currently, the non-terrestrial network and the mobile communication network are separated. However, in the 6G era, mobile communication networks and non-terrestrial networks are expected to be integrated. Integration of non-terrestrial networks and mobile networks will be discussed in this talk.

He received Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST) Daejeon, Korea, in 2000. In 1999, he joined Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company, Suwon, Korea, where he developed mobile communication devices such as power amplifiers and radio modules from 1999 to 2004. Since 2004, he has been a member of researchers in ETRI. He has received best paper award at ETRI Journal, best researcher from KIEES and certificate of the Minister of Science and ICT (Korea Government). He serves as a member of Editorial Committee at ETRI Journal. He was with the ATHENA group at Georgia Institute of Technology as a visiting scholar from 2015 to 2016. He is currently serving as Assistant Vice President for Radio Satellite Research Division at ETRI.