KEYNOTE TALK 1:

5G Evolution and Beyond

Vida Ilderem, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, USA.

Abstract: Advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) where things and devices are becoming more intelligent and connected requires networks to become faster, smarter, and more agile to handle the unprecedented increase in volume and complexity of data traffic. The 5G era is upon us, ushering in new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape. It is transformative and presents an inflection point not only due to major improvements required over 4G/LTE data rates, throughput, and capacity, but also is the first wireless protocol to address the inclusion of massive number of the machines/things in the network some of which require lower latencies and higher reliability. This talk will highlight the technology innovations required to make 5G and beyond a reality.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Vida Ilderem is Vice President and director of Wireless Communication Research (WCR) at Intel Labs. WCR explores breakthrough wireless technologies to fulfill the promise of secure, energy efficient, seamless and affordable connection and sensing for people and things. Prior to joining Intel in 2009, Vida served as vice president of Systems and Technology Research at Motorola's Applied Research and Technology Center, where she was also recognized as Motorola Distinguished Innovator. Vida holds a doctorate and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University, Fresno. She has 27 issued patents, and has given numerous invited talks and keynotes at IEEE and other venues on nanotechnology, RF, IoT & Wearables, 5G/5G+, and innovation. .

KEYNOTE TALK 2:

Radio Design in the Age of 5G: A Perspective on Technologies and Solutions

Peter A. Rabbeni, Globalfoundries, CA, USA.

Abstract: With the deployment of networks and devices for sub-6GHz in the next 12-24 months, 5G promises to be as disruptive to wireless communications as data was to voice. 5G will spark new applications and use cases which will leverage the large BW, high capacity and low latency the standard promises to deliver. Challenges however remain with regards to how the radio will be architected and what technologies will be used to not only support 5G communications but also coexist with existing LTE networks while continuing to not only drive lower cost year to year but also lower power and better efficiency. This talk will present some of the operational challenges for 5G-capable radios, some of the architectural solutions being considered and the technologies best positioned to help deliver the required performance.

Speaker's Bio: Peter has a passion for mobile wireless technologies. He is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in the wireless industry ranging from system/circuit engineering, sales, marketing and business development at both the OEM and silicon levels. His passion for wireless is rooted in his early work at the US Army Millimeter Lab at Ft. Monmouth, NJ where he managed much of the day-to-day lab testing while still pursuing his undergraduate degree. He has held several senior positions at Raytheon, Ericsson and IBM. While at IBM, he built a vertically-integrated semicondutor portfolio strategy which focused on solving real-life wireless market issues by collaborating with customers in their respective markets. His efforts are responsible for more than $3B+ in silicon design-wins worldwide. He is responsible for cultivating IBM's RF foundry presence in Asia and turned this into one of the most successful design-win engines within IBM Microelectronics. Peter is currently the VP RF BU Business Development and Product Marketing at GlobalFoundries and continues to leverage this same customer engagement philosophy. His most recent accomplishment is helping lead the successful M&A and integration of the IBM RF foundry business with GlobalFoundries. Peter has repeatedly demonstrated a record of excellence in on-time product lauch/execution, design-win achievement and business profitability/growth in each role he has pursued. He is a recognized leader, innovator and mentor having received numerous awards for being a top performer across multiple roles and responsibilities and is a regular speaker at various industry conferences and trade shows. He holds a MSEE and BEEE degree with a focus in RF/wireless system design and is an alumni of IBM's management training program. Peter enjoys sharing ideas on "whats next" in wireless and travels extensively to meet with clients to discuss their views.

KEYNOTE TALK 3:

ComSenTer: Pushing Frequency, Bandwidth, and Spectral Efficiency by 10X Cubed for mm-Wave and Terahertz Arrays for Communication and Imaging Applications

Ali M. Niknejad, UC Berkeley, CA, USA.

Abstract: The ultimate goal of the ComSenTer is to demonstrate record wireless transfer speeds, record high resolution mm-wave/THz imaging, and record distance and energy efficient mm-wave and THz links. These core technologies will enable a new breed of ubiquitous devices (both mobile and fixed) that will autonomously discover each other to form a hierarchical mesh network and support end-to-end connectivity without the need to tap into a physical fiber optic infrastructure. Moving to higher carrier frequencies allows arrays with thousands of elements to fit into relatively compact form factors. We envision a system that can simultaneously handle thousands of wireless beams using spatial multiplexing and interference cancellation, with peak data rates up to 100 Gb/s per stream. Such a platform would be handling an aggregate data rate as high as > 10 Tb/s and lead to profound impacts in the capability of wireless networks for communication, imaging, and sensing. In comparison with projected 5G systems, our research aims to push the theoretical limits in terms of not only the bandwidth, but critically, the number of simultaneous beams. Dramatically expanding the number of beams is crucial to enabling the future vision of ubiquitously deployed devices that are able to seamless connect and communicate with each other (without being limited by interference), and represents a unique future direction for this center as compared to other on-going industrial as well as academic research. Two key testbeds will be highlighted that will be used to demonstrate the core technology.

Speaker's Bio: Ali M. Niknejad received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2000, where he is currently a professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and a faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the associate director of the ComSenTer, a multi-university center for converged terahertz communications and sensing. Prof. Niknejad and his co-authors received the 2017 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award, the 2017 Most Frequently Cited Paper Award (2010-2016) at the Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and the CICC 2015 Best Invited Paper Award. Prof. Niknejad is the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the co-recipient of the 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, the 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper, and the co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004. He is a co-founder of LifeSignals and inventor of the REACH(™)technology, which has the potential to deliver robust wireless solutions to the healthcare industry, and co-founder of RF Pixels, a 5G technology startup.

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE:

5G and the Rise of Directive Communications: THE END OF THE MARCONI ERA IS NEAR

Gabriel M. Rebeiz, UC San Diego, CA, USA.

Abstract: During the past 50 years, phased-arrays have being largely developed for the defense sector. Today, due to the increased demand for data, there is a need for base-station and mobile-user phased-arrays which can provide high-capacity data services through directional links. Both digital-beamforming at the element level (sub-6 GHz) and hybrid (i.e. analog/digital) beamforming for the mm-waves bands are being developed for 5G systems. These commercial investments are leading to dramatic changes in phased-arrays: High-EIRP high-performance systems at 12, 14 GHz and 28 GHz (SATCOM), X/Ku-band (Radars), 24-30 GHz, 37-42 GHz and even 60 GHz (all for 5G), and with multiple beams, are now available at low cost. The single most important aspect of these arrays is their use of advanced silicon technologies and planar antennas for dramatically lowering the development and unit cost. Also, new ways of doing complete BIST (built-in-self-test) is lowering the cost of phased-array test. The talk will summarize the work in this area, and present a roadmap for the future to further lowering the cost of phased-arrays.

Speaker's Bio: Prof. Gabriel M. Rebeiz is a Member of the National Academy, Distinguished Professor and the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He is an IEEE Fellow, and is the recipient of the IEEE Daniel E. Nobel Medal, the IEEE MTT Microwave Prize (2000 and 2014), the IEEE MTT 2010 Distinguished Educator Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation 2011 John D. Kraus Antenna Award. His group has lead the development of complex RFICs for phased array applications from X-band to W-band, culminating recently in wafer-scale integration with high-efficiency on-chip antennas. His phased array work is now used by most companies developing complex communication and radar systems. He has graduated nearly 100 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.