IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2018 // Abu Dhabi, UAE
Gateway to a Connected World


IEEE GLOBECOM 2018 Keynote LIvestream
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Monday, 10 December, 10:00-11:30

Room: ADNEC Hall 3

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Nokia

Marcus WeldonAs President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio. 

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision.

He combines his vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University.  In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division.  He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials. 

He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in ICT in 2014 and one of their ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’.  He is on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and an advisor to select Venture Funds.  He is the editor of the recent book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective” (Taylor and Francis, 2015).

Title: Is the Network the Nexus of New Value Creation (and a New Reality)?

We are entering an era that will be unlike any other in the history of digital networks, an era that will be as transformative as the first and second industrial revolutions which were driven by the deployment of large-scale physical networks. In short, we are on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, which will be defined by the sensing of all physical systems and spaces, and the augmentation of all physiological systems (e.g. humans) with new devices, and software and hardware assistants, and driven by the need for renewed productivity in everything we do. I will discuss the key drivers in this new value paradigm and the role of the networking infrastructure. I may even venture to propose a new geopolitical reality that will be the by-product of this next phase of human existence.

Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow and CTO, Wireless Network, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Wen TongDr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless. Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, he was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei. He currently leads Huawei’s 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995.

Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. In 2014, he was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems”. He has pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with 380 granted US patents.

Dr. Tong is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board of Directors of the WiFi Alliance.

Title: A Perspective of Wireless Innovations in the Next Decade

As we witness a global roll-out of 5G wireless, it is certain that 5G will unleash a new wave of revolutions in many aspects of our daily life and work. 5G will change the society. Whilst wireless technology will continue to innovate in several fronts, in particular, the radio technology and the networking technology, we need a long term view on the direction of future wireless. In this talk, we explore the future of wireless from the following perspectives: (1) the key role for future wireless is the cyber-controlled digital-world and physical-world, the neural network for society (2) the key requirement for future wireless is the trusted global connectivity and geo-sovereignty as the sustainable socio-economics fabric (3) the key capability for future wireless is the human-like-cognition-centric network based on the intelligent software. We also present some research challenges and technology breakthroughs required to deliver the vision for the future wireless.

Tuesday, 11 December, 10:30-12:00

Room: ADNEC Hall 3

Gerhard P. Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden

Gerhard P. Fettweis

Gerhard P. Fettweis is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994, and heads the Barkhausen Institute since 2018, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.

Gerhard P. Fettweis, F’09, earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr at RWTH Aachen. After one year at IBM Research, San Jose, he moved to TCSI, Berkeley. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden. Since 2018 he heads the Barkhausen Institute. He researches wireless transmission and chip design, coordinates two DFG centers (cfaed and HAEC), the 5GLab Germany, has spun-out sixteen startups, and is member of 2 German academies: (Sciences) “Leopoldina”, (Engineering) “acatech”.

Title: Why Would We Need 6G?

Cellular has made many big leaps forward. 1st generation (1G) was about telephony, but only 2nd generation (2G) made it happen for everyone. 3G was to enable video telephony and wireless internet, however 4G made it happen.

Today 5G is understood to bring connectivity as an enabler for new services and products, ready to disrupt many industries. However, did we get it right, or which role does 5G have for real? Clearly, one big new application domain of 5G is to enable to remotely control objects (e.g. vehicles) via the network in a coordinated fashion, a step towards the Tactile Internet. Another aspect is to offer a new level of broadband connectivity of 1Gb/s and beyond, however, for what?

Now, as 5G is preparing to be rolled-out, it is important to analyze what we have and to project what we need. This makes it clear that there is a true need for yet another step beyond 5G. Identifying the open research challenges and giving first answers is exciting. 6G will e.g. truly empower the Tactile Internet, it will bring mm-wave communications beyond 100GHz, and we will see data rates beyond 10Gb/s as needed for mobile virtual reality. We need to revisit system theory, network architecture concepts, and understand how to design 100Gb/s modems that are powered with less than 2W.

The talk will analyze 5G, envision the future beyond 5G, and identify fascinating research challenges ahead, spanning from circuit to network design.

Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Stanford Platform Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University

Guru Parulkar

Guru Parulkar is Executive Director of Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Stanford Platform Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University. At ONF he leads open source projects ONOS and CORD.

Guru has been in the field of networking for over 25 years. He joined Stanford in 2007 as Executive Director of its Clean Slate Internet Design Program.  At Stanford Guru helped create three programs: OpenFlow / Software-Defined Networking, Programmable Open Mobile Internet 2020, and Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory.

Prior to Stanford, Guru spent four years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and worked with the broader research community to create programs such as GENI, Future Internet Design, and Network of Sensor Systems. Guru received NSF Director's award for Program Management excellence.

Before NSF Guru founded several startups including Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Sceos (IPO’d as Ruckus Wireless). Guru served as Entrepreneur in Residence at NEA in 2001 and received NEA's Entrepreneurship Award.

Prior to this Guru spent over 12 years at Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Professor of Computer Science, Director of Applied Research Laboratory and the head of research and prototyping of high performance networking and multimedia systems.

Guru received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1987. Guru is a recipient of the Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and the Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award.

Title: Internet Infrastructure Transformation with Open Source and Disaggregation

The Internet infrastructure has been undergoing a major transformation over the past several years. This transformation can be best described in terms of three major trends: network device disaggregation, software-defined networking, and open source. This had led to network operators having more control of their infrastructure, increased rate of innovation and reduced capital and operational cost of the infrastructure. In this talk, I will take you through this journey and also highlight exciting opportunities ahead.

Wednesday, 12 December, 10:30-12:00

Room: ADNEC Hall 3

Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS

Ibrahim Gedeon

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.

Within industry Ibrahim has held leadership roles and chaired many events in the IEEE and received the IEEE Canada's Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001. He serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s GTB Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

Title: Leveraging Adjacencies

The telecommunication industry has evolved from enabling bytes per minute into delivering an array of entertainment options within seconds. The underlying research spans across multiple science and engineering disciplines.

As technology leaders and contributors in the communications research space, we must recognize the adjacencies and leverage them so we can work together more efficiently. This keynote will discuss how we can collaborate to continue growing our industry, while making the world a better place.

Udayan Mukherjee, Intel Fellow, Network Platforms Group and Chief Technologist, Network Infrastructure

Udayan Mukherjee

Udayan Mukherjee is an Intel Fellow in the Network Platforms Group and chief technologist for network infrastructure at Intel Corporation. He leads technology and product development related to wireless radio access and core networks, including Cloud-RAN, virtual RAN, base stations based on the LTE and LTE-Advanced standards, and mobile edge platforms, as well as gateways and packet core solutions. Mukherjee is also responsible for establishing new growth areas for Intel in the telecommunications market segment, a role that includes developing technologies and optimizations for telecom platforms designed for software-based networking and network function virtualization, developing wireless-specific intellectual property, and leading Intel’s 5G wireless network technology development.

Mukherjee’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization; and mobile edge services and applications.

A specialist in communications and compute system design and development, Mukherjee joined Intel in 2000. Before assuming his current role, he led Advanced TCA-based telecom server development as principal engineer in Intel’s Modular Communications Platform Group. He also led technology development in areas such as memory power management and chassis-, shelf- and rack-based manageability software, and he spearheaded Intel’s efforts to deliver the industry’s first draft of a carrier-grade telecom Linux specification.

Before joining Intel, Mukherjee spent more than a decade leading engineering teams at various technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and First Data Corp.

A three-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award, Mukherjee was appointed an Intel Fellow in 2016. He has been granted 10 U.S. patents, with additional patents pending, and is the author or co-author of multiple papers on topics related to wireless and telecom technologies.

Mukherjee holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Durgapur in India, and earned dual master’s degrees in systems science and industrial engineering from Louisiana State University.

Title: Evolution of NFV/SDN for New 5G Network Platforms and Use Cases

As wireless mobile traffic explodes creating an unprecedented demands on networks, service providers are looking for equipment that delivers greater agility and economics to address constantly changing market requirements. The industry has been focused on developing more interoperable solutions based on software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) principles. At the core of these two approaches is the decoupling of network functions from hardware through abstraction. Consequently, software workloads will no longer need to be tied to a particular hardware platform, allowing them to be controlled centrally and deployed dynamically throughout the network as needed. Moreover, network functions can be consolidated onto standard, high-volume servers, switches, and storage, further reducing time-to market and costs for network operators.

The 5th generation wireless technologies are essentially about communication and computing coming together. Specifically, 5G is about how communication transforms computing, enabling a new generation of devices that offer unprecedented user experience, and intelligence to things we interact with in our daily life. This massive technology transformation addresses various new and diverse revenue generating use cases like mission critical IOT, massive IOT as well as enhance broadband, each of which has different end2end latency, throughput and bandwidth characteristics. To address these diverse needs, the network has to be flexible and elastic in nature which in turn requires new ways of designing the system.

For 5G Networks, slicing techniques development and implementation is a key ingredient to create self-contained logical systems from a common pool of physical resources (including computing, communication, storage, etc.). This is mainly enabled by virtualization techniques and advances in computation and communication capabilities. Examples of slicing include vertical network slicing for different services/applications or groups of users, and horizontal edge computing slicing for computing offloading to augment device capability. The solutions currently developed are aimed to achieve real-time, deterministic performance using open source components and are also applicable to deploying solutions for the cloud and enterprise.

This keynote will address the current state-of-the-art of 5G infrastructure development and specifically how Intel is playing a key role in creating flexible new network platforms to address diverse needs of new and evolving use cases. This keynote will address evolving needs of the technologies including hardware and software constituents to facilitate the design of such a Network with Virtual RAN, Distributed Core, Mobile Edge Compute, and front-hauls/back-hauls connectivity.

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