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6th O-RAN 6G Workshop: The Road to 6G Standards: Views from Industry and Academia

Event Details

Organized by: O-RAN ALLIANCE’s Next Generation Research Group (nGRG)

Date: June 13, 2024

Location:

  • Location: Paradise City Incheon, Incheon, Korea
  • On-line streaming for remote access

Admission: Interested public is free to attend on-site or remotely. Registration is mandatory prior to the event.

Register here.

Agenda

(Incheon local time)

8:30 –  8:35      Welcome and opening

                                Dr. Chih-Lin I, TSC  co-chair, O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V., China Mobile, China

8:35 –  9:05      Keynote 1: Confluence of O-RAN, AI, and Silicon Technologies

                                Dr. Alex Choi, Chairman, O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V., Deutsche Telekom, Germany

9:05 –  9:35      Keynote 2: WasteFigure : New Figure of Merit for Sustainability and Green Engineering ofCircuits and Systems of all Types

                                Prof. Theodore Rappaport, New York University, USA

9:35 –  10:00     3GPP SA 6G Progress and Planning Update

                                Mr. Puneet Jain, 3GPP SA Plenary chair / Intel, USA

10:00 –  10:15   Coffee break

10:15 –  10:40   6G Evolution Toward Service Based RAN Architecture

                                Dr. Satashu Goel, Qualcomm, USA

10:40  – 11:05   Active Learning and Adaptive Sampling for Wireless Network Optimization

                                Prof. Tara Javidi, University of California, San Diego, USA

11:05 –  11:30    3GPP: Current Status and Initial 6G Discussion

                               Dr. Wanshi Chen, 3GPP RAN Plenary chair / Qualcomm, USA

11:30 – 11:55    5G-A steps to 6G - 3GPP CT Aspect

                                Mr. Biao Long, 3GPP CT Plenary Vice Chair / China Telecom, China

11:55 –  12:20   Digital Twins for 6G RAN: Pathto High Simulation Accuracy

                                Dr. Tommaso Balercia, Nvidia, USA

12:20 –  13:10   Lunch break

13:10 – 13:40    Keynote 3: Navigating the Future: 6G Standards and Innovations

                               Mr. Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Director General, Bharat 6G Alliance, India

13:40 -  14:05  The evolution of RAN – Leveraging the Strengths of O-RAN

                               Mr. Juha Kolmonen, Chief Wireless Officer, Nokia, Japan

14:05 –  14:30  Road to 6G - Ericsson expectations

                               Dr. Per Emanuelsson, Ericsson, Sweden

14:30 –  14:45  Coffee break 

14:45 –  15:10   Perspectives on AI Standards on 3GPP Stage 1

                               Mr. Xu Xia, former 3GPP SA1Vice Chair / China Telecom, China

15:10 –  15:35   Semantics-native Communication in the 6G Era

                               Prof. Mehdi Bennis, Oulu University, Finland

15:35 –  16:00  RAN Intelligence Evolution Towards 6G Standards

                               Dr. Chih-Lin I / Dr. JinriHuang, China Mobile, China

16:00 –  16:15   Coffee break 

16:15 –  16:40   Overall 6G System Design and Other Updates from Hexa-X-II

                               Dr. Mikko Uusitalo, Nokia, Finland

16:40 –  17:05  The path to AI Telco Infra Evolution

                               Mr. Minsoo Na, SK Telecom, Korea

17:05 –  17:30   TBA

                                Prof. Hans Schotten, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

17:30 –  17:55   Open 6G: Orchestration, Automation, Conflict Management, and Explainability in nextG Wireless Systems

                         Prof. Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University, USA

17:55 - 18:55    Panel: The Road to 6GStandards: Views from Industry and Academia 

Moderator:         Dr. Chih-Lin I, TSC  co-chair, O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V., China Mobile, China

Panelists:            Dr. Alex Choi, Chairman, O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V. / Deutsche Telekom, Germany

                             Dr. Per Emanuelsson, Ericsson, Sweden

                        Dr.  Douglas Knisely, Qualcomm, USA  

                             Mr. Juha Kolmonen, Chief Wireless Officer, Nokia, Japan

                             Mr. Minsoo Na, SK Telecom, Korea

                            Prof. Hans Schotten, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

18:55–  19:00  Wrap up

Session and Speaker Information

Dr. Alex Choi, Chairman, O-RAN Alliance

⬛ Title: Confluence of O-RAN, AI, and Silicon Technologies
Abstract:

This presentation explores the integration of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and silicon technologies, highlighting their transformative impact on telecommunications. We discuss how these elements enhance network flexibility, efficiency, and intelligence. The talk outlines O-RAN's advancements, AI's role in optimizing network operations, and the critical support of advanced silicon technologies. Through case studies, we demonstrate their combined effect on network performance and innovation. Finally, we address upcoming challenges and future directions, emphasizing strategies for integrating these pivotal technologies to revolutionize mobile networks.

Bio:

Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, a South Korean luminary in the global mobile telecommunications sector, boasts over three decades of industry experience. He is the current leader of T-Labs at Deutsche Telekom AG's Group Technology and has been the Chair of the O-RAN Alliance since 2022, steering the shift of radio access networks towards more open and intelligent frameworks. His career in leadership began at LG Electronics, where he notably served as the Head of the Mobile Core Technology Lab and the Next Generation Telecommunications Lab from 1998 to 2011. He later joined SK Telecom in South Korea as the CTO and Head of both the Corporate R&D Division and the Technology Strategy Office, where he spearheaded the development of pioneering ICT technologies, including 5G, AI/ML, cloud solutions, Software Defined RAN, and autonomous networks. Dr. Choi's contributions extend beyond corporate roles, having led the Korea Artificial Intelligence Industry Association and co-founded the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a collaborative effort initiated by Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, and SK Telecom. Today, as Chair of the O-RAN Alliance, Dr. Choi continues to champion innovation at the intersection of AI, mobile technology, and network architecture. He is dedicated to advancing technology frontiers, crafting strategies that enhance both business and consumer experiences, and guiding the industry towards a more connected, intelligent, and open future.

Prof. Theodore Rappaport

⬛ Title: Active Learning andAdaptive Sampling for Wireless Network Optimization

Abstract:

This talk reports on how ideas from active machine learning, adaptive sampling, and feedback information theory can be used to optimize the design and operation of wireless networks. Active learning broadly considers the problem of learning when data acquisition and labeling is costly and/or complex. This problem is receiving a lot of attention in scientific experiment and engineering designwhere conventional (passive) machine learning approaches fail due to scarcity of clean/reliable data. This talk reports on a concrete example where active learning and adaptive sampling can enhance wireless network design: adaptive antenna arrays and beam-forming techniques are becoming essential components of(sub-)millimeter-wave system design especially in face of stochastic mobility, unknown channel conditions, and other stochastic channel impairments. Time permitting, I will discuss how active information acquisition can provide a framework for empirical/blackbox optimization of radio access network as well as anomaly detection with significantly less data.

Bio:

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University (NYU), and is a professor in the NYU Courant Computer Science Dept. and the NYU School of Medicine. He founded the NYU WIRELESS research center in 2012 and the wireless research centers at the University of Texas Austin (WNCG) and Virginia Tech (MPRG) earlier in his career. His work has provided fundamental knowledge for wireless system design and radio propagation in wireless channels for the first IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, the first U.S. digital TDMA and CDMA standards, the first public Wi-Fi hotspots, and proved the viability of millimeter wave, and then Terahertz frequencies for 5G, 6G, and beyond. He founded two businesses that were sold to publicly traded companies – TSR Technologies, Inc. (cellular/paging intercept and E911) and Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. (site-specific wireless network design, deployment and management), and was an advisor to Straight Path Communications which sold 5G millimeter wave spectrum to Verizon. He holds more than 100 patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the Wireless Hall of Fame, the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors, and a life member of the American Radio Relay League. His amateur radio call sign is N9NB.

Prof. Tara Javidi

⬛ Title: Active Learning and Adaptive Sampling for Wireless Network Optimization
Abstract:

This talk reports on how ideas from active machine learning, adaptive sampling, and feedback information theory can be used to optimize the design and operation of wireless networks. Active learning broadly considers the problem of learning when data acquisition and labeling is costly and/or complex. This problem is receiving a lot of attention in scientific experiment and engineering design where conventional (passive) machine learning approaches fail due to scarcity of clean/reliable data. This talk reports on a concrete example where active learning and adaptive sampling can enhance wireless network design: adaptive antenna arrays and beam-forming techniques are becoming essential components of (sub-)millimeter-wave system design especially in face of stochastic mobility, unknown channel conditions, and other stochastic channel impairments. Time permitting, I will discuss how active information acquisition can provide a framework for empirical/blackbox optimization of radio access network as well as anomaly detection with significantly less data.

Bio:

Tara Javidi (Fellow, IEEE) received her BS in electrical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She received her MS degrees in electrical engineering (systems) and in applied mathematics (stochastic analysis) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as well as her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science in 2002. In 2005, she joined the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a Jacobs Family Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Founding Faculty and Fellow of Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. She is also a founding co-director of UCSD Center for Machine-Intelligence, Computing and Security. Tara Javidi’s research interests are in theory of active learning, information acquisition and statistical inference, information theory with feedback, stochastic control theory, and wireless communications and communication networks. Tara served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2017/18) as well as Communications Society (2019/20). She is also the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Jorunal of Selected Areas in Information Theory. She and her Phd students are recipients of the 2021 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. In addition to her many research awards, she has also received awards for her exceptional University service/leadership and for her sustained contributions to diversity.

Dr. Wanshi Chen

⬛ Title: 3GPP: Current Status and Initial 6G Discussion
Abstract:

5G standardization in 3GPP is now entering the 2nd release (Release 19) of 5G-Advanced. At the same time, there is increasing attention on 6G including the initial discussion starting from late 2023 in 3GPP. In this talk, we will first present a high-level summary of 5G-Advanced, aiming for addressing immediate and longer-term commercial needs. This is followed by the introduction of the progress on 6G discussion in 3GPP so far, with the related efforts scheduled to start in 3GPP soon.

Bio:

Wanshi Chen is currently 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Chair appointed in April 2021. From August 2017 to May 2021, he was 3GPP TSG RAN1 Chair, where under this position, he has successfully managed and led successful delivery of the first and the second 5G New Radio (NR) releases. He was a RAN1 vice chair from August 2013 to August 2017. Wanshi has over 20 years of experiences in telecommunications in leading telecom companies including operators, infrastructure vendors, and chipset vendors. He has been with Qualcomm since 2006. The highest degree that Wanshi has received is a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Wanshi is an avid Marathon runner with a personal best time of 2 hours and 54 minutes.

Mr. Puneet Jain

Title: 3GPP SA 6G progress and planning update

Abstract:

This presentation provides an update on progress on the 3GPP 6G timelines/work plan, a summary from the IMT2030 use case workshop, and a Stage-1 6G study item organization.

Bio:

Puneet Jain is a Senior Principal Engineer and Senior Director of Technical Standards at Intel Corporation. Within this role, he leads the Network Standards team, spearheading research and standardization efforts in the realm of end-to-end network architecture for cutting-edge mobile broadband technologies such as 5G, 5G-Adv, and 6G. Puneet is the current 3GPP TSG SA Chair. Prior to this, he served as the 3GPP SA2 Chair (2019 – 2023) and as the 3GPP SA2 Vice-Chair (2015 – 2019). Additionally, he has held key roles such as TSDSI Global SDO Task Force co-chair (2021 – 2022) and oneM2M Steering Committee Vice-Chair (2014 – 2016).

Mr. Biao Long

⬛ Title: 5G-A steps to 6G - 3GPP CT Aspect
Abstract:

In this talk, I will discuss the 5G-A steps to 6G from 3GPP CT points of view. Firstly, 3GPP Technical Specification Groups and three stages approach to Feature through releases will be introduced. Secondly, we will focus on some of the important features in 5G-A(mainly Release 18), highlight the key technical points and introduce the end-to-end solutions. At last, we will provide the 6G planned activities in 3GPP CT and concluding thoughts.

Bio:

Mr. Biao Long is currently a Vice Chair of 3GPP TSG CT appointed in March 2023. He joined China Telecom in 2007 and has been dedicated to the research and evolution activities from 3G through 4G and now 5G/6G core network. He has 17 years’ experience in the mobile communications industry, including 13 years’ contribution in 3GPP.

He is also the director of 3GPP CT/SA standards team & chief delegate at 3GPP TSG CT/SA in China Telecom, directing the team as rapporteur on the many work items in 3GPP CT WGs and SA WGs. He is leading internal coordination and supervising China Telecom’s standardization activities in TSG-CT and TSG-SA and actively involved in the release timeline/planning and prioritization exercise in 3GPP plenary. Besides, he also has extensive experience in wide variety of telecom standards including GSMA, CCSA and IMT-2020(5G).

Dr. Tommaso Balercia

⬛ Title: Digital Twins for 6G RAN: path to high simulation accuracy
Abstract:

The digital twin is emerging as a key technology to increase network observability during the design, optimization, and operation of wireless networks. Achieving the highest physical accuracy for digital twins, however, requires significant breakthroughs across a variety of technical fields. In this presentation, we

• go over a set of key challenges in achieving physically accurate simulations,

• and NVIDIA’s Aerial Omniverse Digital Twin advancements in addressing them.

Bio:

Tommaso Balercia is a principal engineer and the lead architect of the 5G/6G RAN digital twin at NVIDIA. He received his M.Sc (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche (2007, Italy) and his Ph.D degree from the Technische Universität Braunschweig (2013, Germany). Prior to NVIDIA, he led the design of key receiver algorithms for Intel’s 5G modem SoC. His areas of interest cover digital signal processing, machine learning, and simulation technology.

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Pathak

Bio:

Mr. R.K. Pathak, after completing Masters in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, U.P. India, joined Central Government, in 1987. Since then he has been involved in Government in various disciplines like test and certification, Make in India policy formulation and implementation. He has more than 37 years of experience with 15 year in senior positions at Government of India.  

Mr Pathak is recognized for his exceptional contributions to technological innovation, indigenous manufacturing and global collaboration. He was instrumental in setting up of the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), driving technology standards and innovation. He was also Director of Telecom Centre of Excellence India and instrumental in setting up of Telecom Equipment and Services Export promotion Council(TEPC). Mr. Pathak was instrumental in conceptualization and execution of Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Telecom and Networking Products, funding guidelines Digital Communication Innovation Square and Telecom Technology Development Fund.

Prior to joining Director General position in Bharat 6G Alliance, Mr. Pathak was Member Secretary in High level Forum for 5G India 2020 and implemented “Making India 5G Ready”. He was also Member Secretary of Technology Innovation Group on 6G and played strategic role in Bharat 6G Vision document and setting up of Bharat 6G Mission as its Head.

Mr. Pathak's strategic insight extends to nurturing Indian start-ups and the "Make In India" campaign, fostering innovation, standardisation and technology commercialisation. Leading the Bharat 6G Alliance with his forward-looking approach, he continues shaping India's telecom landscape, inspiring innovation, collaboration, and progress.

Mr. Juha Kolmonen

Abstract:

Governments around the world are requesting secure, reliable, and resilient network connectivity for the societies. RAN is evolving from 2G/3G/4G/5G single-vendor in one area to multi-vendor capabilities in 5G enabled by O-RAN meeting the operators expectations e.g. to secure the supply chain. Nokia has been pioneering the multi-vendor already from 4G RAN FH between radio and baseband with one CSP, and paving the way to global 5G multi-vendor solution as the founding member of the O-RAN alliance. Commercial multi-vendor 5G O-RAN is a reality needing major investments to secure the interoperability between vendors. How are we going to leverage the strengths of O-RAN on towards a global, unified approach benefitting both the end users and the industry?

Bio:

Juha Kolmonen has 30 years of leadership experience in different roles in mobile communications at Nokia Mobile Networks from 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G to Beyond 5G. The last 11 years, Juha has been working for multi-supplier 4G RAN and 5G O-RAN solutions in a close collaboration with NTT Docomo. Juha is born in Finland, lived the past 13 years in Asia, out of which the last 4.5 years in Japan inspired and led team as head of the global development team. He is contributing to the societies also as a Vice President / Vice Chair at Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan having a wide network in other industries, countries, governments, academia, and research activities including 6G Flagship, and Beyond 5G consortium.

Dr. Per Emanuelsson

Title: Road to 6G - Ericssonexpectations

Abstract:

This presentation will describe Ericsson’sexpectations on the road to 6G. High lebel use cases will be presented. Keyprinciples of 6G architecture will be discussed. We will emphasize theimportant role of both O-RAN Alliance and 3GPP in the 6G standardization.

Bio:

Per Emanuelsson works as a Principal Researcherin Ericsson. He is heavily involved in standardization and is currently Head ofDelegation for the Ericsson participation in O-RAN Alliance. Per has been withEricsson since 2019. Before that he spent more than twenty years at TeliaCompany, where the main working areas were network strategy, standardization.Per holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Solid StatePhysics.

Mr. Xu Xia

⬛ Title: Perspectives on AI standards on 3GPP stage 1
Abstract:

As moving into the 6G era, AI is identified in the center of the 6G portrait to start getting into the 3GPP standard. This talk will provide an overview of the AI progress from the 5G to 6G system in 3GPP. The speaker will explain the technical and business motivations for AI standards, the important new use cases and corresponding requirements on SA1.

Bio:

Mr. Xu Xia graduated in 2005 from Chonbuk National University (South Korea) with a Master of Science degree in Information and Communication. He has been with China Telecom Research Institute since 2012 and his activities mainly focus on core network innovation. Currently he is Standards Director heading standardization for 6G, B5G, and Industry convergence. He has made extensive contributions to GSMA, CCSA and 5GAA standards and holds the role of vice chair of 3GPP SA1 (2019-2023).

Mr. Minsoo Na

⬛ Title: The path to AI Telco Infra Evolution
Abstract:

This presentation will address the company’s view on future telco. infrastructure as known as 6G. The path to AI Telco. infrastructure will be presented by reflecting expectation of 6G era as well as evolution to AI Telco. infrastructure.

Bio:

Mr. Minsoo Na is currently Director and Head of 6G Development Team of Infra Tech. Office, where he leads end-to-end 6G R&D at SK Telecom, the largest mobile network operator in Korea. He has elected as Alterative Board Director at NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance) as well as co-leader at RS01 (Research Stream 01), nGRG (Next Generation Research Group) of O-RAN ALLIANCE.

He has been leading various ICT R&D projects at SKT and successfully deployed new technologies in on 5G/LTE-A/LTE/UMTS and global standardization & alliance on relative topic such as 3GPP, GSMA, NGMN as well.

MIN SOO, 260+ patents holder, has over a decade of experience in the wireless telecommunication fields. It has 140+ patents in Korea and 120+ patents in international countries. Accordingly, he won the best inventor award 4 times (2021/2017/2016/2015) at SK Telecom.

Prof. Mehdi Bennis

⬛ Title: Semantics-native Communication in the 6G Era
Abstract:

This talk will provide a brief introduction of VisionX sitting at the intersection of learning, reasoning and communication in terms of key enablers and mathematical tools, while contrasting it with current efforts in this exciting research area. Subsequently, recent results in semantics-native communication and learning emergent communication protocols in various use cases will be presented.  This talk will highlight the importance of transmitting semantic information as opposed to raw data that is either redundant, stale or useless to a receiver to carry out a task.

Bio:

Dr Mehdi Bennis is a full (tenured) Professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland and head of the intelligent connectivity and networks/systems group (ICON). His main research interests are in radio resource management, game theory and distributed AI in 5G/6G networks. He has published more than 200 research papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, the all-University of Oulu award for research, the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award and the 2020-2021 Clarviate Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Dr Bennis is an editor of IEEE TCOM and Specialty Chief Editor for Data Science for Communications in the Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal. Dr Bennis is an IEEE Fellow.

Dr. Mikko Uusitalo

Title: Overall 6G system design and other updates from Hexa-X-II

Bio:

Mikko Uusitalo is Head of Research Department Radio Systems Research Finland at Nokia Bell Labs. Mikko is leading the European 6G Flagship project Hexa-X-II and was leading Hexa-X. He obtained a M.Sc. (Eng.) and Dr.Tech. in 1993 and 1997 and a B.Sc. (Economics) in 2003, all from predecessors of Aalto University. Mikko has been at Nokia since 2000 with various roles, including Principal Researcher and Head of International Cooperation at Nokia Research. Mikko is a founding member of the CELTIC EUREKA and WWRF, the latter one he chaired for 2004-2006. Mikko is a WWRF Fellow. Mikko has been nominated among Nokia top inventors six times, Mikko’s H-index is 40+ and i10-index 100+. Mikko has more than 230 granted patents. In 2020 Mikko received the Cross of Merit of the Order of White Rose from the President of Finland. Mikko has and has had numerous board and advisory positions in many important groups in the industry, academia or government side.

⬛ Title: RAN Intelligence Evolution Towards 6G Standards

Dr. Jinri Huang

Bio:

Jinri Huang received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Xiamen University in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wireless communication from Tsinghua University in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He is the Project Manager with the China Mobile Research Institute. He has been actively involved in various SDOs including NGMN, ITU-T, ETSI, and O-RAN ALLIANCE. He is co-chairing IEEE 1914 WG, O-RAN WG1, and O-RAN Open Source Community Technical Oversight Committee. His main interests include next generation RAN evolution, e.g. network functions virtualization and AI/ ML for wireless communication.

Dr. Chih-Lin I

Bio:

Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE ComSoc Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 IEEE ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 7th IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE 5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, the Founding Chair of IEEE WCNC Steering Committee, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, a Senior Editor of IEEE Trans. Green Comm. & Networking, an Area Editor of ACM/IEEE Trans. Networking; Executive Co-chair of IEEE Globecom 2020, IEEE WCNC 2007, IEEE WOCC 2004 and 2000; a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF.

She has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences and holds over 100 patents. She is co-author of the book “Green and Software-defined Wireless Networks -- From Theory to Practice” and has also Co-edited two books: “Ultra-dense Networks -- Principles and Applications” and “5G Networks -- Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management”. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of WWRF. Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.

Prof. Tommaso Melodia

⬛ Title: Title: Open 6G: Orchestration, Automation, Conflict Management, and Explainability in nextG Wireless Systems
Abstract:

This talk will present an overview of recent work in the Open6G center laying the basic architectural and algorithmic principles for new approaches to designing open, programmable, AI-powered, and virtualized next-generation cellular networks. We will discuss a forward-looking agenda aimed at developing programmable testbeds enabling 6G research in networked intelligence. We will then cover research challenges and recent progress in architectural design, intelligence orchestration, conflict avoidance, and explainability.

Bio:

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Member, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He received several best paper awards, including at IEEE Infocom 2022. Prof. Melodia is the Editor in Chief for Computer Networks and a co-founder of the 6G Symposium, and served as the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom, and General Chair for ACM MobiHoc, among others. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of wireless networked systems has been funded by many US government and industry entities.