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Keynote Speakers

Professor Fumiyuki Adachi
Tohoku University, Japan

Dr. Chih-Lin I

Chief Scientist, China Mobile Inc.

Professor Victor O.K. Li

The University of Hong Kong, China

Professor P. R. Kumar

Texas A&M University, USA

Dr. Wen Tong
Wireless CTO, Huawei

Monday Morning, 08 April 2013

Title: Spectrum & Energy-Efficient Distributed Antenna Network for Future Wireless Communications


For future wireless communications, the development of gigabit wireless technology that can achieve broadband data transmissions of higher-than-1Gbps is indispensable. The gigabit wireless channel is severely frequency-selective. Frequency-domain wireless signal processing may play an important role in achieving a good signal transmission performance in a severe frequency-selective fading channel. Other important issues exist. The available wireless bandwidth is limited. Therefore, a wireless technique which can significantly increase the throughput without expanding the signal bandwidth is required. Furthermore, gigabit data transmission needs prohibitively high transmit power if the present network architecture is employed. A new wireless network that can significantly reduce the transmit power is required. An introduction of distributed antenna network (DAN) architecture is a promising solution to this issue. In this talk, we will overview the recent advances of DAN technology. Particular attention is paid to distributed multi-input/multi-output (MIMO) signal transmission techniques, including space-time coded diversity, relay, beamforming and spatial multiplexing, combined with frequency-domain equalization.

Speaker Biography : Fumiyuki Adachi joined the NTT in 1973 and conducted various types of research of digital cellular mobile communications. From 1992 to 1999, he was with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., where he led a research group on Wideband CDMA for 3G systems. Since January 2000, he has been with Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, where he is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Communication Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IEICE Fellow. He was a recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Avant Garde Award 2000, IEICE Achievement Award 2002, Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2004, Ericsson Telecommunications Award 2008, Telecom System Technology Award 2010, and Prime Minister Invention Award 2010.

Monday Morning, 08 April 2013

Title: Towards Green and Soft


The rapid adoption of Smart Phones has triggered an explosive growth of mobile Internet applications. The scale of mobile Internet is expected to grow exponentially in coming years, with up to 1000x traffic load increase by year 2020. Unfortunately, the ARPU growth curve is believed to be much flatter. As the world largest mobile service provider, China Mobile is facing a big challenge to figure out a technical road map to increase its network capacity dramatically while keep the TCO at a reasonable level to maintain its viability. To this end, we envision increasing importance of making our network green as well as the emerging trend of all network elements going soft. It will be highly energy efficient, with centralized processing resource pool and distributed simple access element, supporting extremely high density yet low cost and low power deployment. It will also be based on a unified IT hardware platform, supporting real-time reconfiguration and dynamic computing resource allocation/migration. This presentation will share our vision and staged R&D effort marching toward green and soft.

Speaker Biography : Chih-Lin I, winner of CCCP “National 1000 talent” program, Chief Scientist of China Mobile, Head of Green Communication Research Center (GCRC) of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), is in charge of advanced wireless communication R&D effort of CMRI. Dr. I received her Ph.D degree from Stanford University in 1987. After that, she joined AT&T Bell Labs, and was one of the pioneers in CDMA technologies. She was the Director of Wireless Communications Infrastructure and Access Technology in AT&T Bell Labs; the Director of Wireless Communication Technology Department in ITRI of Taiwan; VP and GD of Communications Technology Domain in Hong Kong ASTRI. She was a Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and the Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE WCNC, the Chair of Steering Committee of ASTRI-Tsinghua MBC Joint Research Lab, and the Chair of Advisory Committee of ECE Dept of HKUST. She is currently the Honorary Director of AWTRC of CAS-ICT and the Chinese State Council Foreign Expert in communication technologies.

Tuesday Morning, 09 April 2013

Title: Can Wireless Technologies Save the Environment?


Advancement in wireless technologies is a double-edged sword in terms of its impact on energy usage and the environment.  Wireless communications and networking applications such as cloud computing, web applications, global information systems, and the Internet have fueled a major increase in electric power consumption, while wireless devices, such as MP3 players, personal computers, and smart phones have created a huge problem in electronic garbage disposal.  On the other hand, wireless communications and networking can enhance the production of clean energy by increasing the penetration of renewable energy generation in power grids, and help protect the environment by monitoring and possibly mitigating the generation of pollutants.   In this talk, we discuss challenges and opportunities in wireless communications and networking research in energy and environment and some related projects at the University of Hong Kong Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment.
Speaker Biography : Victor O.K. Li received all SB, SM, EE and ScD degrees from MIT. He is Associate Dean of Engineering, acting Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Chair Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  He also chairs the Executive Committee of the HKU Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment.  Previously, he was Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA, and Director of the USC Communication Sciences Institute. Sought by government, industry, and academic organizations, he has lectured and consulted extensively around the world. He has received numerous awards, including the PRC Ministry of Education Changjiang Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Visiting Fellowship in Communications, the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, and the Order of the Bronze Bauhinia Star, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the IEEE, the IAE, and the HKIE.

Tuesday Morning, 09 April 2013

Title: A Clean Slate Approach to Security of Wireless Networks


Hitherto, security has been an afterthought: First design for performance, then worry about security. Attacks are identified, then defenses are suggested, more attacks are identified, more defenses suggested, and the cycle goes on. No guarantees are provided concerning the complete system. We reverse this paradigm. We provide a theoretical framework that guarantees security when the capabilities of wireless nodes are subject to axiomatic conditions. We present a theory and complete protocol suite that enables good nodes, intermingled with unknown bad nodes, to proceed from primordial birth in a hostile environment to a provably secure and nearly optimal functioning network.
Speaker Biography : P. R. Kumar is currently at Texas A&M University, where he holds the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering. He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queueing networks, scheduling, wafer fabrication plants, information theory, wireless networks, sensor networks, cyberphysical systems, the convergence of control, communication and computation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the USA, as well as the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World. He received the IEEE Field Award for Control Systems, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society.

Wednesday Morning, 10 April 2013

Title: Progress toward the Future Mobile Broadband Communications


With the rapid migration of all the network access service onto mobile devices, the unprecedented growth of mobile traffic data presents a critical challenge to wireless industry, especially the ultimate capacity of the mobile network and how to deliver such a capacity is a key topic for the research community, and the traditional information transmission and processing paradigm is required to be further explored and expanded. In this talk, we will point out the demand for technology innovations and breakthroughs in several fronts, and the needs and progresses for fundamental research to improve the spectrum efficiency, the need for re-architect the radio networking protocol and network architecture. We will also present the advanced computing technology impact on the wireless networking, form device to core networks, especially the fusion of cloud-computing and networking technologies and summary the path towards the evolution of next generation wireless technology in 2020 time frame.
Speaker Biography : Wen Tong is the CTO of Wireless NA, Huawei Fellow. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, he was the Nortel Fellow and Head of the Network Technology Global Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 100 U.S. awarded patents and more than 200 patents filings. From 1999 to 2006, he had been a driving force in developing foundational technologies for all the 4G wireless networks–OFDM-MIMO. In Nortel, he was the head of Wireless Technology Labs, and then the head of Network Technology Labs. In 2007, Dr. Tong was inducted as Nortel Fellow, a lifetime honor bestowed to selected 8 individuals in Nortel’s R&D community in Nortel’s 114 years history. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s most prolific inventor and member of Executive Edge team.







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