Guest Speakers

Title: Paving the Way Towards 5G Wireless Communication Networks 

5G wireless communication networks are expected to fulfill the demand for higher data rates, lower latency, and/or massive connectivity of a growing number of users/devices exploiting a variety of wireless applications. This envisioned rapid increase in the use of wireless services lead the wireless research community to start looking at new technologies to address problems related to the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum exhaustion. This includes the development of:

(i) new techniques and concepts such as massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems and  heterogeneous networks to improve the spectral efficiency at the link and network layers, respectively, and

(ii) novel schemes to better utilize the unregulated bandwidth in particular in the upper millimeter wave, THz, and optical portion of the spectrum. This talk will first go briefly over the vision and goals of 5G wireless communication networks.

Then it presents some of these emerging enabling technologies that need to be developed to pave the way towards the successful roll-out and operation of these future wireless networks. Finally, the talk offers at the end an overview of some of the recent results in the areas of full-duplex communication systems, heterogeneous networks, and optical wireless communication systems.

Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S’94, M’98, SM’03, F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.


Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researc and of the  Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most Cited Researchers, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society, and a co-recipient of best paper awards in ten IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC and DySPAN).His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

Title: 5G: Can we make it by 2020?

If we look at some of the goals of 5G versus where we are today,  we can see the gap that has to be bridged over the next few years. The goal of 1ms latency is nearly 50x better than current LTE systems. In order  to go from 100Mbps per user to 10Gbps,  we need 100x the throughput per connection. The current 10,000 connections per square kilometer needs to increase to 1Million connections, which corresponds to 100x increase in density. Reliable communications today with LTE top out about 350km/h and we expect to bring that up by 1.5x to 500km/h . Finally,  the current core networks and backhaul/fronthaul are inflexible with wasted pools of bandwidth. The introduction of SDN/NFV will allow much better ability to chop up and virtualize the network resources for lower operational costs and capital costs and much greater flexibility.

In this keynote, we will give an update on standardization process and the challenges ahead for a true deployment by 2020.

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is a IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. He received 16 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC best paper award, the 2015 ICC best paper award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award and the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009, Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards. He is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011 and the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Merouane Debbah

Huawei France R&D Center, France

Marco Di Renzo

Paris-Saclay University

Marco Di Renzo (S’05–AM’07–M’09–SM’14) received the Laurea degree (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and the D.Sc. degree (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) from the University of Paris-Sud, France, in 2013. Since 2010, he has been a CNRS Associate Professor (Chargé de Recherche Titulaire CNRS) with the Laboratory of Signals and Systems, Paris-Saclay University-CNRS, CentraleSupélec, University of Paris-Sud, Paris, France. His research interests include wireless communications, communication theory, and stochastic geometry. He currently serves as an Editor of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Communications Society 
and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is a recipient of several research distinctions, which include the 2013 Network of Excellence NEWCOM Best Paper Award, the 2013 IEEE-COMSOC Best Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA Region), the 2015 IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Best System Paper Award, the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., the 2015-2018 CNRS Award for Excellence in Research and in Advising Doctoral Students, , the 2016 MSCA Global Fellowship, as well as 6 Best Paper Awards at IEEE conferences. He is the project coordinator of two EU-funded multi-partner projects (ETN-5G wireless and ETN-5G aura).

On System-Level Analysis & Design of Cellular Networks: The Magic of Stochastic Geometry (from modeling to experimental validation)

This talk is aimed to provide a comprehensive crash course on the critical and essential importance of spatial models for an accurate system-level analysis and optimization of emerging 5G ultra-dense and heterogeneous cellular networks. Due to the increased heterogeneity and deployment density, new flexible and scalable approaches for modeling, simulating, analyzing and optimizing cellular networks are needed. Recently, a new approach has been proposed: it is based on the theory of point processes and it leverages tools from stochastic geometry for tractable system-level modeling, performance evaluation and optimization. The potential of stochastic geometry for modeling and analyzing cellular networks will be investigated for application to several emerging case studies, including massive MIMO, mmWave communication, and wireless power transfer. In addition, the accuracy of this emerging abstraction for modeling cellular networks will be experimentally validated by using base station locations and building footprints from two publicly available databases in the United Kingdom (OFCOM and Ordnance Survey). This topic is highly relevant to graduate students and researchers from academia and industry, who are highly interested in understanding the potential of a variety of candidate communication technologies for 5G networks.