Invited Speakers

Toward A Prospective New Paradigm Of Wireless BAN With B5G, Metaverse, And Interactive GPT In Medical, Automotive, And Other Fields

Ryuji Kohno,IEEE Life Fellow, IEICE Fellow
Professor Emeritus, Yokohama National University, Japan,
Vice-President, YRP International Alliance Institute and

Abstract: Wireless information and communication technologies (ICT) have been already researched and developed for many years, and results in many successes in academia and industry. However, the more successful research and a business are, the more competitive and deeper their research and business are used to be for challenging unsolved problems. To break through the problems and make a new paradigm it is necessary to approach any other technologies such as data science, metaverse, security, quantum, AI/ML computing, chat GPT, DX, etc. with wireless ICT. In a medical healthcare field, wireless body area network (BAN) has a huge potential to create innovation by promoting integrated research and development with cloud networks and data science such as integrated BAN/5G/AI platform. This talk focuses on comprehensive research, development, standard, regulation, field trials, business, and social services of universal platform with advanced information communication technology (ICT) and AI data science to achieve sustainable medical healthcare and other SDGs. 5G and Beyond 5G(6G) infrastructure networks could be applied with dependable wireless BAN and machine-learning with data mining for medical social platform using advanced ICT and data science. In particular, NICT projects on brain-machine-interface (BMI) and elderly people day care using ultra-wide band(UWB) wireless BAN and machine-learning are introduced as examples of integration among ICT, AI, and medical science. To manage make comprehensive design and operation of such a universal platform is not so easy but a key for sustainable success. This speech addresses latest business promotion with clinical trials, international standard of wireless BAN with enhanced dependability such as IEEE802.15.6ma, ETSI SmartBAN, and regulation update with regulatory scientific approach, and bigger market of the universal platform in automotive industry, social infrastructure maintenance, etc. Moreover, education of such a balanced expert for multidisciplinary fields could be covered.

Biography: Ryuji Kohno received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1984. He was a Professor and the Director of Centre on Medical Information and Communication Technology, in Yokohama National University (YNU) in Japan for 1998-2021 and then Professor Emeritus of YNU teaching in Toyo University. In his currier he played a part-time role of a director of Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory of SONY CSL during 1998-2002, directors of UWB Technology and medical ICT institutes of NICT during 2002-2012. For 2012-2020 he was CEO of University of Oulu Research Institute Japan – CWC-Nippon Co. and since 2020 Vice-President of YRP International Alliance Institute. The meanwhile for 2007-2020 a distinguished professor in University of Oulu in Finland and since 2006 a member of the Science Council of Japan. In IEEE he was a member of the Board of Governors of Information Theory Society in 2000-2009, and editors of Transactions on Communications, Information Theory, ITS, IEEE802.15 standardization TG6ma Chair, and IEEE Life Fellow. In IEICE he was a vice-president of Engineering Sciences Society of IEICE during 2004-2005, Editor-in chief of the IEICE Trans. Fundamentals during 2003-2005, and IEICE Fellow. He is a founder and a chair of steering committee of international symposia of medical information and communication technologies (ISMICT) since 2006. He has played a role of member in radio regulatory committee of the Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications (MIC) Japan and ITU-R. He has been chairing the IEEE802.15 task group (TG) 6ma on wireless BAN with enhanced dependability.



Huseyin Arslan, IEEE Fellow, NAI Fellow
Professor, Istanbul Medipol University
Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Istanbul Medipol University, Member of Turkish Academy of Science

Abstract Today’s wireless services and systems have come a long way since the rollout of the conventional voice-centric cellular systems. While 4G indicated that the evolution of cellular systems was directed more towards broadband connectivity than voice communications, 5G promised a paradigm shift with promising applications such as massive machine-type connectivity and ultra-reliable low-latency communication for variety of use cases including Industry 4.0 and Internet of things (IoT). This trend of increasing heterogeneity in terms of use cases and applications is bound to continue with the next-generation networks with even more stringent requirments related to cost, power efficiency, spectrum efficiency, extreme reliability, low latency, robustness against diverse channel conditions, cooperative networking capability and coexistence, dynamic and flexible utilization of wireless spectrum.

Given that wireless connectivity is becoming an imperative part of our existence, not just from the communication but also sensing perspective, it is important for the enabling technologies to keep up with the ever increasing requirements. Consequently, 6G envisions a network empowered with intelligent, aware, and flexible technologies that can scale with the various use cases, applications, and deployment scenarios. The emergence of software-defined networks allows the
automatic configuration of devices and their parameters, systems, and services according to the user’s context. Some of the more-popular technologies in this regard include integrated sensing and communication, non-terrestrial networks, non-orthogonal techniques for increased efficiency, higher frequency bands (mmWave and THz), smart radio environments etc.

A fundamental part of any wireless communication standard is the PHY/MAC design. In this regard, the current OFDM technology has enjoyed unprecedented success with it being the only waveform being used for multiple generations of cellular systems (albeit with the introduction of multiple numerologies). However, given its limitations in terms of satisfying the new requirements, it is high time to look at potential alternatives for 6G PHY. Accordingly, in this presentation, we will identify the waveform design criteria for the upcoming 6G standards. The potential directions and research opportunities to address the challenges and requirements of the 6G vision will be discussed. Some of the discussions can be listed as below:

  • Waveform for integrated sensing and communication
  • mmWave and THz waveform design issues
  • Multi-connectivity and synchronization
  • NTN and waveform relations
  • Secure waveforms
  • Flexibility in waveform design
  • Non-orthogonal waveforms
  • Hybrid waveforms and multi-numerology

Biography: Dr. Arslan (IEEE Fellow, NAI Fellow, Member of Turkish Academy of Science) received his BS degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 1992; his MS and Ph.D. degrees were received respectively in 1994 and 1998 from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. From January 1998 to August 2002, he was with the research group of Ericsson, where he was involved with several projects related to 2G and 3G wireless communication systems. Between August 2002 and August 2022, he was with the Electrical Engineering Department, at the University of South Florida, where he was a Professor. In December 2013, he joined Istanbul Medipol University to found the Engineering College, where he has been working as the Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. In addition, he has worked as a part-time consultant for various companies and institutions including Anritsu Company, Savronik Inc., and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Dr. Arslan served as the founding Chairman of The Board Of Directors of ULAK Communication company, which is the Turkish telecom equipment provider. He was also the member of the Tubitak Scientific Board. Since May 2021, he is serving as a Member of the Board of Directors for Turkcell, the biggest cellular operator in Turkey while also operating in Ukrain, Belarus, and Cyprus.

Dr. Arslan conducts research in wireless systems, with emphasis on the physical and medium access layers of communications. His current research interests are on 6G and beyond radio access technologies, physical layer security, interference management (avoidance, awareness, and cancellation), cognitive radio, multi-carrier wireless technologies (beyond OFDM), dynamic spectrum access, co-existence issues, non-terrestial communications (High Altitude Platforms), joint radar (sensing) and communication designs. Dr. Arslan has been collaborating extensively with key national and international industrial partners and his research has generated significant interest in companies such as InterDigital, Anritsu, NTT DoCoMo, Raytheon, Honeywell, Aselsan, Vestel,Türkcell, Keysight technologies. Collaborations and feedback from industry partners has significantly influenced his research. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Arslan has also contributed to wireless communication education. He has integrated the outcomes of his research into education which lead him to develop a number of courses at the University of South Florida and Istanbul Medipol University. He has developed a unique “Wireless Systems Laboratory” course (funded by the National Science Foundation and Keysight technologies) where he was able to teach not only the theory but also the practical aspects of wireless communication system with the most contemporary test and measurement equipment.

Dr. Arslan has served as general chair, technical program committee chair, session and symposium organizer, workshop chair, and technical program committee member in several IEEE conferences. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Surveys and Tutorials and the Sensors Journal. He has also served as a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN), and several other scholarly journals by Elsevier, Hindawi, and Wiley Publishing.


Future Life With Beyond 5G/6G And R&D Activities In NICT

Kentaro Ishizu
Director, Beyond 5G Design Initiative

Abstract: In the 2030s, services will become more diverse, not only from traditional networking companies but also from various industries. These services will rely on advanced Beyond 5G/6G technologies that are being actively developed through research and development efforts. However, the current mobile communication system’s architecture primarily emphasizes network performance and is not designed to effectively support a wide range of potential systems. In this discussion, we will start by outlining our vision for life in the 2030s based on a white paper published by NICT. We will then delve into the R&D activities required to realize this vision. We introduce a novel concept of Beyond 5G as a cross-industry service platform, where systems from different industries are thoughtfully organized and optimized for users. We will also showcase the architecture for Beyond 5G/6G, along with practical demonstration systems that have been implemented using this
architecture. Our goal is to foster collaboration across different industries, making this presentation as accessible as possible to researchers
from a wide range of fields.

Enhancing Angle Estimation In MmWave: When Nonuniform Array Meets Hybrid Beamforming

Hsuan-Jung Su
Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering,
National Taiwan University

Abstract: The millimeter wave (mmWave) band provides abundant bandwidth suitable for future wireless networks and services emphasizing on intelligence everywhere that relies on integrated communications, control and computation. The short wavelength and high attenuation of mmWave necessitate massive miltiple input multiple output (mMIMO) techniques. However, the cost, power comsumption and heat dissipation issues make implementing mMIMO challenging. The hybrid beamforming (HBF) architecture stands out as a practical tradeoff between these issues and performance. In general the performance of HBF is limited by the number of RF chains which is usually much smaller than the number of antenna elements. In this talk, we consider non-uniform array processing to alleviate the performance loss of HBF and enhancing the degree of freedom (DOF), hence detectable signal dimension, beyond the number of RF chains. An HBF structure with non-uniform array connection will be introduced to avoid the ambiguity often seen in angle of arrival (AOA) estimation in HBF systems. The related analog sub-array design and more effective signal processing algorithms, such as those based on compressed sensing, in order exploit as much potential DOF as possible will be discussed. AOA estimation examples will be presented to show the superior performance of the proposed HBF architecture.

Biography: Hsuan-Jung Su received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 1992, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. From 1999 to 2000, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland. From 2000 to 2003, he was with the Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, New Jersey, where he received the Central Bell Labs Teamwork Award in 2002 and the Bell Labs President’s Gold Award in 2003 for his contribution to the 3G wireless network design and standardization. In 2003, Dr. Su joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, where he is currently a Professor, and has served as the Director of the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering from 2018 to 2021. Dr. Su served as the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering (IJEE) from 2020 to 2023, Area Editor of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) journal (Elsevier) from 2012 to 2023, and has guest edited special issues for journals such as IEEE Access. He has also served on the organizing committees and TPCs of many international conferences, including serving as the Executive Chair of IEEE Globecom 2025, TPC Co-chair of WPMC 2012, TPC Co-chair of IEEE GreenCom 2014, TPC Chair of WOCC 2015, TPC Co-chair of IEEE Globecom 2020, and Tutorial Co-chair of EuCNC 2022. Dr. Su was the Chair (2013-2015) of the Taipei Chapter of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and has been an officer of the IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Board serving various roles since 2014. He received the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor Award in 2020 from the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (CIEE) and the Future Tech Breakthrough Award in 2019 from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan. His research interests cover coding, modulation, signal processing, interference management, resource allocation, and MAC protocols of wireless communication, cognitive, M2M (IoT), D2D and non-terrestrial networks.

The Potential Of Open Radio Access Networks For Future Smart Cities

Vladimir Poulkov
Professor, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Abstract: Future smart cities will require highly developed and intelligent wireless communication access infrastructures in order to connect a vast array of various devices, sensors, and user terminals. Such access networks must have the necessary intelligent mechanisms to respond to the needs of an increasing variety of users (human and non-human), to cope with the high user density in SCs, their mobility, new and increasing service requirements, traffic dynamics, SC complex wireless channel conditions, etc. The talk presents an overview of the evolution of the Radio Access Network towards virtualized, open, and intelligent wireless access architectures and outlines their advantages and potential for future Smart Cities. The challenges for the implementation of open and intelligent unified wireless access for future SCs are considered. 

Biography: Prof. VLADIMIR POULKOV received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Sofia (TUS), Sofia, Bulgaria. He is Full Professor at TUS with more than 40 years of teaching, research, and industrial experience, managing numerous educational, R&D, and engineering projects in the field of telecommunications. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Telecommunications at TUS and Vice Chairman of the General Assembly of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Currently he is Chairman of the Cluster for Digital Transformation and Innovation in Bulgaria, Chairman of the Board of the Research and Development and Innovation Consortium at Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria, and Member of the Accreditation Council of the Bulgarian National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency. He is Head of the Teleinfrastructure R&D Laboratory at TUS and the Intelligent Communication Infrastructures R&D Laboratory at Sofia Tech Park, author of many scientific publications, tutoring B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. courses in the field of Information Transmission Theory and Wireless Access Networks. He is a Fellow of the European Alliance for Innovation and Senior Member of IEEE.

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