International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for 5G Wireless Cellular Networks

In conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, Monday, December 8, 2014, Hilton Austin, TX, USA

Workshop Chairs

Wei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
Charlie (Jianzhong) Zhang, Samsung Research America at Dallas, USA
Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada

Technical Program Chairs

Huseyin Arslan, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey
Lingjia Liu, University of Kansas, USA
Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Canada

Plenary Speakers

Jens Zander, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Jianglei Ma, Huawei Technologies, Canada
Akbar Sayeed, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Wilhelm Keusgen, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany
Erik Dahlman, Ericsson Research, Sweden
Erik G. Larsson, Linkoping University, Sweden
Robert Heath, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Panel Program

5G: What to expect, and where to start?

Gerhard Fettweis, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Theodore S. Rappaport, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, USA
Wen Tong, Huawei Technologies, Canada
JiYun Seol, Samsung Electronics, USA
Kenneth Stewart, Intel Corporation, USA

Amitabha Ghosh, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Finland
Technical Program Committee

Hatem Abou-zeid, Queen's University
Ibrahim Abualhaol, Carleton University
Abdulkareem Adinoyi, Carleton University
Raviraj Adve, University of Toronto
Kelvin Au, Huawei Technologies
Erdem Bala, InterDigital
Anantharaman Balasubramanian, Interdigital Communications
Hadi Baligh, Huawei Technologies
Tuncer Baykas, Istanbul Medipol University
Anass Benjebbour, NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Shengrong Bu, University of Glasgow
Gurhan Bulu, Hacettepe University
Houda Chafnaji, INPT Rabat
Ngoc Dao, Huawei Technologies
Zaher Dawy, American University of Beirut
Pawel Dmochowski, Victoria University of Wellington
Qinghe Du, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Salman Durrani, The Australian National University
Ozgur Ertug, Gazi University
Hamid Farmanbar, Huawei Technologies
Jong-kae Fwu, Intel Corporation
Tolga Girici, TOBB University of Economics and Technology
Ramy Gohary, Carleton University
David González G, Aalto University
Kamal Harb, University of King Fahd of Petroluim and Mineral
Mark Hawryluck, Huawei Technologies
Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba
Hazer Inaltekin, Antalya International University
Yupeng Jia, National Instruments
Shi Jin, Southeast University
Mehmet Kemal Karakayali, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Witold Krzymien, University of Alberta / TRLabs
Moon-il Lee, InterDigital Communication
Pascal Lorenz, University of Haute Alsace
Jianglei Ma, Huawei Technologies
Nicholas Mastronarde, State University of New York at Buffalo
Hani Mehrpouyan, California State University
Keivan Navaie, University of Leeds
Hosein Nikopour, Huawei Technologies
Apostolos Papathanassiou, Intel Corporation
Hamid Saeedi, Tarbiat Modares University
Karim Seddik, American University in Cairo
Jaspreet Singh, Samsung Telecommunications America
Cenk Toker, Hacettepe University
Dimitris Toumpakaris, University of Patras
Zekeriya Uykan, Aalto University
Murat Uysal, Ozyegin University
Stefan Valentin, Bell Labs
Xiaodong Xu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Rui Yang, Interdigital
Yavuz Yapici, TUBITAK
Yang Yi, University of Kansas
Yifei Yuan, ZTE Corporation
Yasir Zaki, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
Liqing Zhang, Huawei Technologies

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission:

21 July 2014

Acceptance Notification:

1 September 2014

Camera-Ready Submission:

1 October 2014


8 December 2014


Plenary Talks
  • Plenary Talk #1 (8:30 am - 9:00 am):
  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? .. no it’s 5G!

    Speaker: Prof. Jens Zander, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    Abstract: As the mobile industry is gearing up for a new generation of mobile communication systems, things are not as they used to be – or are they? What are the key challenges that we see and how are these challenges to be met – and by whom - will be the topic of this talk. Some see the challenge it as “much more of the same” and look for solution to the problem to provide “1000 times more data rate – at the same cost as today”. One key element in this quest is the hunt for new (licensed) frequency spectrum. Others think that we already have the basic tools for containing the “data tsunami” and that the real challenges are in reliable real-time control of cars or in remotely managing 50 billion “things”. Yet others see an ever bigger picture: A 5G system is not just a network providing mobile connectivity, but is rather a global, distributed computational platform. Further, we will discuss the fact that HOW these visions can be effectively realized, is highly dependent on WHO provides the services. There are many new players waiting in the wings, from Google and Amazon to your local facility management company, that all want their piece of the traditional operators business.

    Bio: Jens Zander is a full professor, co-founder and Scientific Director of Wireless@KTH at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). Dr Zander has authored several textbooks on radio communication and radio resource management. He is on the board of directors of the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been TPC Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conferences in 1994 and 2004, General Chair for Crowncom 2012 and IEEE DySPAN 2015, and is one of the organizers of the Johannesberg Summits on 5G. His current research interests include architectures, resource and flexible spectrum management regimes as well as economic models for future wireless infrastructures.

  • Plenary Talk #2 (9:00 am - 9:30 am):
  • Software Defined Air Interface: an Air interface Design Paradigm Shift for 5G

    Speaker: Dr. Jianglei Ma, Huawei Technologies, Canada

    Abstract: It is expected that 5G wireless network will provide services and applications with extremely diverse requirements, such as required data rate, latency and reliability. 5G will also support more heterogeneous transmit nodes and devices. In addition, 5G should utilize all spectrums, including cellular spectrum, high frequency spectrum and unlicensed spectrum. Given these requirements, a one size fit all approach for air interface design will be no longer effective. In this talk, we will discuss software defined air interface. Software configurability of the 5G air interface is essential to provide the required flexibility. With such mechanism 5G air interface can be customized to best serve different applications under different transmission and reception conditions in spectrum efficiency and cost efficient manner.

    Bio: Jianglei Ma is a principal engineer in the Wireless Technology Lab at Huawei Canada R&D center. Her research area is next generation wireless access technologies. She is currently leading 5G air interface research in Huawei. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Jianglei was a manager in the Wireless Technology Lab at Nortel. She was involved in the research of 4th generation of wireless system with more than 100 granted US patents.
    Jianglei Ma was a visiting Associate Professor of Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Professor of National Laboratory of Millimeter Waves & Dept. of Electronic Engineering in Southeast University.
    Jianglei Ma received her Ph.D. degree from Southeast University in China.

  • Plenary Talk #3 (11:00 am - 11:30 am):
  • Millimeter-Wave MIMO Architectures for 5G Gigabit Wireless

    Speaker: Prof. Akbar Sayeed, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

    Abstract: Millimeter-wave technology is emerging as a promising candidate for meeting the exploding data rate requirements of data-hungry mobile wireless devices in 5G and beyond. In addition to the orders-of-magnitude larger available bandwidth compared to existing systems, mmW wireless also enables high-dimensional (massive) MIMO operation with relatively compact antennas. However, harnessing these opportunities poses new technical challenges spanning communication theory, signal processing, antenna design, and RF architectures. In particular, conventional high-dimensional MIMO designs suffer from a prohibitively high complexity. I will first outline a beamspace MIMO framework that serves as a natural workhorse for the design and analysis of mmW MIMO transceivers and channels. I will focus on two beamspace MIMO architectures for taming the transceiver complexity: phased-array-based designs, and a new continuous aperture phased (CAP) MIMO architecture that uses a lens-based front-end for analog beamforming. Initial theoretical results on the potential advantages of mmW MIMO technology will be presented, including gains in capacity and power efficiency, and dense beamspace multiplexing capability. Results from our ongoing efforts in CAP-MIMO prototype development will be briefly discussed, along with an outlook for mmW technology.

    Bio: Akbar M. Sayeed is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University before joining Wisconsin. Dr. Sayeed is a recipient of the Robert T. Chien Memorial Award for his doctoral work, the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the UW Grainger Junior Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Sayeed is a Fellow of the IEEE (2012), and has served the IEEE in a number of capacities, including: as a technical program co-chair for the 2007 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop, the 2008 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, and the 2014 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances for Wireless Communications; as an elected member of the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking technical committee of the Signal Processing Society; and as a Guest Editor for special journal issues. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. His research interests include wireless communications, signal processing, communication and information theory, machine learning, time-frequency analysis, and applications in wireless communication and sensor networks.

  • Plenary Talk #4 (11:30 am - 12:00 am):
  • Advanced Channel Measurements and Channel Modeling for Millimeter-Wave Mobile Communication

    Speaker: Dr. Wilhelm Keusgen, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany

    Abstract: The utilization of millimeter-wave frequency bands between 10 and 100 GHz is seen as a key technology for future 5G mobile radio networks. The availability of multiple Gigahertz of bandwidth promises to be an answer to the increasing data rates in access and backhaul links. Successful design of millimeter-wave mobile communication systems will rely on profound knowledge and modeling of the outdoor radio channel. Comparing to the legacy frequency bands, the knowledge at millimeter-wave frequencies is still very limited. The talk gives an overview over current measurement campaigns of the mm-wave mobile outdoor channel in urban and rural environments. Broadband and high-speed measurement techniques are discussed, which allow the collection of statistical relevant data and the evaluation of time variance. Recent results of true multi-band measurements are shown and the very first directive measurements utilizing large phased array antennas are introduced. Finally, a quasi-deterministic modeling approach useful for millimeter-wave channel modeling is presented.

    Bio: Wilhelm Keusgen received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.S.E.E.) and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.E.E.) degrees from the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, in 1999 and 2005, respectively.
    From 1999 to 2004, he was with the Institute of High Frequency Technology, RWTH Aachen University, where he worked on microwave frontend technologies, millimeter wave antennas and the reciprocity of multiple antenna systems.
    Since 2004 he is heading a research group for millimeter-waves and advanced transceiver technologies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, located in Berlin, Germany. The group focuses on the implementation of future broadband wireless communication systems. His main research areas are millimeter wave communications, measurement and modeling of wireless propagation channels, multiple antenna systems, and compensation of transceiver impairments. Since 2007 he also has a lectureship at the Technical University Berlin.

  • Plenary Talk #5 (2:00 pm - 2:30 pm):
  • Future wireless access

    Speaker: Dr. Erik Dahlman, Ericsson Research, Sweden

    Abstract: Fifth generation (5G) wireless access is the next generation wireless-access system expected to reach market around 2020. 5G will provide the long-term platform for the fully connected network society providing unlimiting access to information and sharing of data anywhere and anytime for anyone and anything. As such, 5G needs to provide a much wider range of capabilities and satisfy a much wider range of requirements, compared to earlier generations of wireless access In this talk we will discuss the key technology components that are to be considered as part of the realization of 5G wireless access, including areas such as
    - mmw radio access
    - spectrum flexibility
    - massive multi-antenna transmission and inter-site coordination
    - ultra-lean design
    - multi-hop and device-to-device communication
    We will also provide an overview of the ongoing Ericsson 5G trial activities.

    Bio: Erik Dahlman is Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. He was deeply involved in the development and standardization of 3G wireless access. Later on he was involved in the standardization/development of 4G (LTE) wireless access and its continued evolution. His currently focuses on research and development of future 5G wireless access.
    He is the co-author of the book 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband and its follow-up 4G – LTE and LTE-Advanced for mobile broadband. He is frequent speaker at different international conferences and holds more than 100 patents within the area of mobile communication.
    In 2009 he received the Swedish Government Major Technical Award for his contributions to the technical and commercial success of HSPA. In the spring of 2014 he, together with some colleagues at Ericsson, was nominated for the European Inventor Award, the most prestigious inventor award in Europe, for his contributions to LTE.

  • Plenary Talk #6 (2:30 pm - 3:00 pm):
  • Massive MIMO: 12 Myths and one Grand Question

    Speaker: Prof. Erik G. Larsson, Linkoping University, Sweden

    Abstract: The exponential growth rate in wireless traffic has been sustained for over a century (this is known as Cooper's law). This trend will continue and perhaps even accelerate, due to new applications such as augmented reality and internet-of-things. Massive MIMO is a key technology for providing orders of magnitude more data traffic. Despite the attention it is receiving, Massive MIMO is also subject to widespread misunderstanding. This talk will address some of the most common misconceptions, and also ask a grand, open question about this emerging technology.

    Bio: Erik G. Larsson is Professor and Head of the Division for Communication Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ISY) at Linkoping University (LiU) in Linkoping, Sweden. He joined LiU in September 2007. He has previously held positions at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, University of Florida, George Washington University (USA), and Ericsson Research (Stockholm). He received his Ph.D. from Uppsala University in 2002.
    His main professional interests are within the areas of wireless communications and signal processing. He has published some 100 journal papers on these topics, he is co-author of the textbook Space-Time Block Coding for Wireless Communications (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003) and he holds 10 issued and many pending patents on wireless technology.
    He is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and he has previously been Associate Editor for several other IEEE journals. He serves as vice-chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SPCOM technical committee in 2014. He also serves as chair of the steering committee for the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters in 2014-2015. He is active in conference organization, most recently as the Technical Chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers 2012 and Technical Program co-chair of the International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing 2012.
    He received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Column Award 2012.

  • Plenary Talk #7 (3:00 pm - 3:30 pm):
  • Millimeter Wave MIMO Precoding/Combining: Challenges and Potential Solutions

    Speaker: Prof. Robert Heath, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

    Abstract: Millimeter wave (mmWave) communication is one way to alleviate the spectrum gridlock at lower frequencies while simultaneously providing high bandwidth communication channels. MmWave makes use of MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) through large antenna arrays at both the base station and the mobile station to provide sufficient received signal power. This talk illustrates how beamforming and MIMO precoding in mmWave systems are different than their lower frequency counterparts, due to the different hardware constraints and channel characteristics. Two potential architectures are presented: hybrid analog/digital precoding/combining and combining with low-resolution analog-to-digital converters. The potential gains and design challenges for these strategies are discussed and future research directions are highlighted.

    Bio: Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award. He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.