IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
08-13 October 2017 – Montreal, QC, Canada

PANELS

IEEE PIMRC 2017 is pleased to announce the panels confirmed and scheduled within the technical program of the conference.

Date Room Time
09:00-10:30 13:30-15:00 16:30-18:00
Tuesday
10 October
Montréal Ballroom PA-01 IoT Developments in Connectivity for Industrial, Infrastructure, and Individual Applications
Wednesday
11 October
Ville-Marie   PA-03 Women in Science and Technology: Towards a Real Transformation
Montréal Ballroom PA-02 5G Research and System Design PA-04 Role of Unlicensed Spectrum in Next Generation Wireless Systems PA-05 Urban Connectivity: Challenges and Opportunity

 

ABSTRACT

The Internet of Things Applications are the ultimate manifestation of value. In IoT the composition of solutions, their development, deployment, and operation varies widely as do the specific implementations for connectivity. This panel brings together business leaders and technologists who are intimately Involved with and responsible for IoT Applications. The panelists will share their experiences and views with a focus on connectivity and communications, describing how current and future planned approaches can fulfill their connectivity needs. The panel will also discuss the work that needs to be done to enable IoT to reach its full potential.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Tuesday, October 10, 09:00-10:30, Montréal Ballroom

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR

Adam Drobot, Chairman, OpenTechWorks, Inc.; and Chair, IEEE IoT Activities Board, USA Adam Drobot

PANELISTS

Michael Starsinic, Principle Engineer, InterDigital, USA Michael Starsinic
Christopher Voss, Electronic Design Engineer, CAE Healthcare, USA
Yang Yang, Professor, SIMIT, and Director, WiCO, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Yang Yang
Juan Carlos Zúñiga, Senior Standardization Expert, Sigfox, Canada Juan Carlos Zúñiga

ABSTRACT

5G is still in its early definition stage. It is a remarkable time for researchers and system designers from across academia and industry to think of innovative approaches required to deliver the substantial improvements expected in multiple dimensions, encompassing spectral efficiency, achievable data rates, ultra-low latency, high reliability, energy consumption and simultaneous number of connected devices. The expert panelists will address opportunities and challenges faced by the evolution to 5G. The panel will discuss the state of the art of 5G research, as well as practical aspects driven by performance requirements and deployment cost, as related to 5G end to end system design. This will include spectrum, air-interfaces, architectural requirements to support 5G use cases, seamless multi-RAT integration, network transformation, network virtualization, standardization, deployment scenarios, user experience, and applications.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, October 11, 09:00-10:30, Montréal Ballroom

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR

Doru Calin, Nokia, USA Doru Calin

PANELISTS

Javan Erfanian, Chief Editor, NGMN 5G Initiative; and Distinguished Member of Technology, Wireless Technology Strategy, Bell Canada Javan Erfanian
Ali Khayrallah, Engineering Director, Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, USA Ali Khayrallah
Harish Viswanathan, Head of Radio Systems Research, Nokia Bell Labs, USA Harish Viswanathan
Jin Yang, Fellow, Verizon, USA Jin Yang

ABSTRACT

N2women is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields. The main goal of N2women is to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. N2women allows women to connect with other women who share the same research interests, who attend the same conferences, who face the same career hurdles and who experience the same obstacles. This N2women panel will discuss ideas about the participation, advancement and status of women in science and engineering fields. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Barriers and obstacles that women face in scientific careers;
  • How to encourage and inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers; and
  • Personal perspective and stories based on professional experience of panelists from academic and industrial research environments.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, October 11, 13:30-15:00, Ville-Marie

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR

Wafae Bakkali, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centrale Supélec and Sagemcom, France Wafae Bakkali

PANELISTS

Amira Alloum, Nokia Research Labs, France Amira Alloum
Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Distinguished technologist, CableLabs, USA Jennifer Andreoli-Fang
Ayça Özçelikkale, Associate Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden Ayça Özçelikkale
Catherine Rosenberg, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada Catherine Rosenberg

ABSTRACT

Successive generations of cellular communications standards have aimed at increasing network throughputs by utilizing a variety of tools including increased spectral efficiency, cell densification and also utilizing more frequency spectrum. With licensed spectrum becoming scarcer and therefore more expensive in recent times, the cellular industry has turned its attention towards unlicensed spectrum for additional capacity. Several 4G LTE-based technology options such as LWA, LWIP, LAA and MulteFire are considered by the industry to address the spiking data needs by tapping into unlicensed spectrum in local area network deployments. Moreover, 3GPP has included a Study Item in its ongoing Release-15 work for the 5G New Radio (NR) operation in unlicensed spectrum (including the standalone mode). With this growing momentum it seems likely that operations in unlicensed spectrum will feature prominently in future cellular systems. However, co-existence with Wi-Fi and conformance with regional regulatory considerations are some issues that need to be adequately addressed for widespread acceptance of these technologies. In this panel we propose to hear the views from experts from vendors, cellular operators, cable operators and industry groups on a variety of related issues such as standalone operation challenges, operator deployment and use plans, Wi-Fi coexistence issues, coexistence in the 60 GHz band, operation in the CBRS band and others.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, October 11, 13:30-15:00, Montréal Ballroom

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR

Arnab Roy, Staff Engineer, InterDigital Communications, USA Arnab Roy

PANELISTS

Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs, USA Jennifer Andreoli-FangPA4
Belkacem Mouhouche, Principal Standards Engineer, Samsung Electronics Research, UK Belkacem Mouhouche
Tamer Kadous, Sr. Director of Engineering, Qualcomm Research, USA Tamer Kadous
Samian Kaur, Principal Engineer, 5G Wireless, Comcast Cable, USA Samian Kaur

ABSTRACT

The future of connectivity will reshape our cities, and it is closer than you think. 5G, the next iteration of wireless broadband, promises to offer mobile ultra-broadband, very low-latency services, and capillary networks that will enable the multi millions of wireless sensors necessary for the rollout of the Internet of Things (IoT) across countries and cities. These networks will play an important role in making smart cities possible and enable the digital urban transformation overall.

“Autonomous vehicles will be controlled in the cloud. Smart-city energy grids, transportation networks, and water systems will be controlled in the cloud. Immersive education and entertainment will come from the cloud. Such futures, however, won’t come to pass unless the pathway to the cloud is low-latency, ultra-fast, and secure,” former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech in 2016, encouraging to speeding up 5G deployment across USA in order to keep the U.S. at the forefront of wireless communications leadership.

As network technologies evolve at a very high pace in Telecommunication, so do all of the techniques, algorithms and methodologies that relate to building and deploying networks based on those emerging technologies. Past technologies have led to a lot of research activities being carried on in areas such as frequency allocation optimization, wave propagation modeling (e.g. at millimeter waves) or statistical modeling of network performance (in licensed, light licensed and unlicensed frequency bands), in general covering the fields of predicting and optimizing the performance of the deployed network.
5G complement existing technologies and offers new paradigms in terms of network air interface, topology and balance between the core, backhaul and access network.

This panel session will review recent progresses in all those areas to serve an optimal connectivity contributing to the Smart City connectivity.

The panelists will provide multiple insights into challenges to come and research areas in which the knowledge of our scientific communities and industrial practice needs to progress based on recent pre-5G and IoT deployments.

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING ROOM

Wednesday, October 11, 16:30-18:00, Montréal Ballroom

ORGANIZER/MODERATOR

Yves Lostanlen, CEO ENGIE SIRADEL North America, Canada Yves Lostanlen

PANELISTS

Saad Ahmad, Staff Engineer, InterDigtal Saad Ahmad
Ahmed Alsohaily, Member of the 5G Spectrum and Wireless Networks Team, TELUS, Canada Ahmed Alsohaily
Angelo Cuffaro, Senior Director and Chief Scientist R&D, XCellAir, Canada Angelo Cuffaro
Benoit Fleury, VP Product Line Management, iBwave, Canada Benoit Fleury