Prof. Qian Zhang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
Abstract: The IoT ecosystem consists of three parties: Internet-of-Thing systems, physical world and adversaries. We believe that a well-functioning IoT system should satisfy three basic requirements. Firstly, IoT devices should be able to properly interact with and intelligently sense the physical world. Secondly, IoT devices should be able to identify other authentic IoT peers to enable device cooperation. Thirdly, IoT system should be robust against spooﬁng from adversaries.
In this talk, I would like to share some of our recent efforts on intelligent and secure IoT sensing by examining the above requirements. Particularly, I would like to share some of work related to contactless sensing, secure IoT communication, as well as some potential spoofing attack that may exist in the smart sensing scenario.
Dr. Zhang joined Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Sept. 2005 where she is now Tencent Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She is also serving as the co-director of Huawei-HKUST innovation lab and the director of digital life research center of HKUST. Before that, she was in Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, from July 1999, where she was the research manager of the Wireless and Networking Group. Dr. Zhang has published more than 400 refereed papers in international leading journals and key conferences. She is the inventor of more than 50 granted International patents. Her current research interests include Internet of Things (IoT), smart health, mobile computing and sensing, wireless networking, as well as cyber security.
She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science (HKAES). Dr. Zhang has received MIT TR100 (MIT Technology Review) world’s top young innovator award. She also received the Best Asia Pacific (AP) Young Researcher Award elected by IEEE Communication Society in year 2004. She received the Best Paper Awards in several international conferences. She received the Oversea Young Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2006. She held the Cheung Kong Chair Professor (长江讲座教授) in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2012-2015).
Dr. Zhang is serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing (TMC). She is a member of Steering Committee of IEEE Infocom.
Dr. Zhang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Wuhan University, China, in 1994, 1996, and 1999, respectively, all in computer science.
Abstract: Millimeter wave (mmW) has been one of the most important technologies in the fifth-generation (5G) wireless communication networks. mmW antenna design has many unique challenging issues from design, fabrication to measurement. First this talk briefs the potentials and the key technical challenges in mmW antenna design in the coming 5G communication systems. Then, the metasurafce-based lens antennas are introduced to show the postential innvatove designs for the genration of high-gain multiple beams by planar metalenses. Also the application of characteristic mode analysis (CMA) to dual-band metantenna design is introduced for broadband 5G mmW systems.
Dr. Zhi Ning Chen, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr.. Zhi Ning Chen received his BEng, MEng, and PhD degrees all in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Communications Engineering (ICE), China and his second PhD degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, respectively.
Since 1988 he has worked several universities, research organizations and industry research centers as a professor, researcher, and manager. In 2012, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore as a tenured Full Professor.
Professor Chen is the founding General Chairs of four international events. Currently Dr Chen is interested in electromagnetic engineering and antennas/sensors for communication, radar, imaging, and sensing systems. He has published more than 680 academic papers and six books including Handbook of Antenna Technologies with 76 chapters as an Editor-in-Chief. He is holding 32 granted/ filed patents with 42 licensed deals with industry. He is the recipient of many international best paper and outstanding engineering awards.
Dr Chen was awarded a Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore for his contribution to research, development, and commercialization of electromagnetic theory and engineering in 2019 and elevated a Fellow of the IEEE for the contribution to small and broadband antennas for wireless applications in 2007. He served IEEE Council on RFID as a Vice President and a Distinguished Lecturer since 2015-2020. He severed IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation as an Associate Editor and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is the General Chair for IEEE International Symposium of Antennas and Propagation and URSI 2021.
Prof. Zhu Han
ECE Department and CS Department, University of Houston, USA
Abstract: Providing “connectivity from the sky” is one new innovative trend in wireless communications for beyond 5G or coming 6G communication systems. Satellites, high and low altitude platforms, drones, aircrafts, and airships are being considered as candidates for deploying wireless communications complementing the terrestrial communication infrastructure. Utilizing modern information network technologies and interconnecting space, air, and ground network segments, the aerial access network (AAN) has attracted many attentions from both academia and industry, which has been recognized as a potential solution for the 6G systems. AANs are subject to heterogeneous networks that are engineered to utilize satellites, high-altitude platforms (HAPs), and low-altitude platforms (LAPs) to build network access platforms. Compared to terrestrial wireless networks, AANs are characterized by frequently changed network topologies and more vulnerable communication connections. Furthermore, AANs have the demand for the seamless integration of heterogeneous networks such that the network quality-of-service (QoS) can be improved. Thus, designing mechanisms and protocols for AANs poses many challenges. To solve these challenges, extensive research has been conducted. Notice that AANs are not intended to replace the above existing technologies, but instead to work with them in a complementary and integrated fashion. However, design, analysis, and optimization of AANs require multidisciplinary knowledge, namely, knowledge of wireless communications and networking, signal processing, artificial intelligence (e.g., for learning), decision theory, optimization, and economic theory. Therefore, this talk first provides a general introduction to AANs integrated networks based on physical, MAC, and networking layer requirements, followed by some state-of-the-art of AANs along with possible applications.
Prof. Zhu Han received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 2000 to 2002, he was an R&D Engineer of JDSU, Germantown, Maryland. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Research Associate at the University of Maryland. From 2006 to 2008, he was an assistant professor in Boise State University, Idaho. Currently, he is a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as well as Computer Science Department at University of Houston, Texas. His research interests include security, wireless resource allocation and management, wireless communication and networking, game theory, and wireless multimedia. Dr. Han is an NSF CAREER award recipient 2010. Dr. Han has several IEEE conference best paper awards, and winner of 2011 IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize, 2015 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing and 2016 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the field of Communication Systems (Best Paper Award for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications). Dr. Han is the winner 2021 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He has been IEEE fellow since 2014, AAAS fellow since 2020 and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2015 to 2018. Dr. Han is 1% highly cited researcher according to Web of Science since 2017.
Abstract: This is an exciting time for the field of antennas and propagation because the anticipated future generations of wireless systems are bringing closer together antenna perspectives with propagation aspects. Antennas are one of the key enabling elements in many devices that impact the daily lives of billions of people for applications that include communications, computing and sensing. More recently, thanks primarily to the increased available computational power and higher demands for the quality of communication links, new research efforts are being devoted towards the creation of a smart electromagnetic environment. The novelty consists in achieving a holistic approach where the environment where propagation occurs, together with the wireless infrastructure and the users are all taken into account to improve the performance of the system by going beyond the standard concepts of wireless infrastructure and wireless channel. In fact, while traditional communication systems focus the radiated power along the terminal direction to maximize link quality and information transfer by, for instance, increasing the antenna gain and reducing the sidelobe level, next generation multi‐user multi‐antenna architectures could maximize the signal-to-noise-ratio by spatially distributing the power to constructively exploit the wave scattering phenomena in the multipath propagation environment, regardless of the gain, the sidelobe levels, or the grating lobes. As an example, for propagation in urban environments, the scattering scenario needs to be considered as an asset rather than an impediment. Accordingly, building walls may be seen as an opportunity to install intelligent reflective surfaces to improve coverage at locations that cannot be reached through direct line-of-sight-paths.
Prof. Danilo Erricolo, University of Illinois Chicago, IL, USA
Danilo Erricolo received the Laurea degree of Doctor (summa cum laude) in electronics engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, IL, USA. He is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory, and adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at UIC. In 2017 he was nominated a University of Illinois Scholar. During the summer of 2009, he was an Air Force Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, USA. He has authored or coauthored more than 290 publications in refereed journals and international conferences. His research interests are primarily in the areas of antenna design, electromagnetic propagation and scattering, high-frequency techniques, wireless communications, electromagnetic compatibility, the computation of special functions, and magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Erricolo was elected Full Member of Commissions B, C and E of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), a committee of the US National Academies. He served as Chair (2009-2011), Vice Chair (2006-2008) and Secretary (2004-2005) of the USNC-URSI Commission E on Electromagnetic Environment and Interference. He was Chair of the USNC-URSI Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition (2009-2014); Vice-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the XXIX URSI General Assembly, held in Chicago, IL, USA in August 2008; and Member at Large of USNC-URSI (2012-2017). He was the General Chairman of the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting, held in Chicago, IL, USA in July 2012. He was an Elected Member of the IEEE AP-S Administrative Committee (2012-2014); Chair of the IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer Program (2015-2016); and Chair of the Chicago Joint Chapter of the IEEE AP-S and Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (2011-2016). He has served on more than 50 conference technical program committees, chaired over 70 conference sessions and organized more than 30 special sessions at international scientific conferences. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION since August 2016.
Abstract:Due to benefits such as high reliability, scalability, computation speed, and cost-effectiveness, distributed computing has become a common approach for large-scale computation tasks. However, distributed computing faces critical issues related to communication load and straggler effects. In particular, computing nodes need to exchange intermediate results with each other in order to calculate the final result, and this significantly increases communication overheads. Furthermore, a distributed computing network may include straggling nodes that run intermittently slower. This results in a longer overall time needed to execute the computation tasks, thereby limiting the performance of distributed computing. To address these issues, coded distributed computing (CDC), i.e., a combination of coding theoretic techniques and distributed computing, has been recently proposed as a promising solution. Coding techniques have proved effective in WiFi and cellular systems to deal with channel noise. Therefore, CDC may significantly reduce communication load, alleviate the effects of stragglers, provide fault-tolerance, privacy and security. In this talk, we will discuss the motivation of the research of CDC, review several CDC works and present the applications of CDC schemes. We also discuss one of our recent works that focuses on the design of an incentive mechanism for the effective implementation of scalable and efficient CDC schemes over the distributed computing network.
Prof. Dusit Niyato
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dusit Niyato is currently a professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received B.E. from King Mongkuk’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand in 1999 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2008. His research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile networking and distributed computing. He won the Best Young Researcher Award of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Asia Pacific (AP) and The 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award. Currently, he is serving as editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (Radio Management and Multiple Access), an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Wireless Communications, and IEEE Network. He was a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society for 2016-2017. He was named the 2017-2020 highly cited researcher in computer science. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
Prof. Wei Hong
Southeast University, China
Abstract: In this talk, the recent advances in millimeter wave (mmWave) antennas and modules for mobile terminals in the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves (SKLMMW) of Southeast University and cooperative enterprises are reviewed.
Prof. Wei Hong received the B.S. degree from the University of Information Engineering, Zhengzhou, China, in 1982, and the M.S. and PhD degrees from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively, all in radio engineering.
Since 1988, he has been with the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves and serves for the director of the lab since 2003, and is currently a professor of the School of Information Science and Engineering, Southeast University. In 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998, he was a short-term visiting scholar with the University of California at Berkeley and at Santa Cruz, respectively. He has been engaged in numerical methods for electromagnetic problems, millimeter wave theory and technology, antennas, RF technology for wireless communications etc. He has authored and co-authored over 300 technical publications and two books. He twice awarded the National Natural Prizes, four times awarded the first-class Science and Technology Progress Prizes issued by the Ministry of Education of China and Jiangsu Province Government etc. Besides, he also received the Foundations for China Distinguished Young Investigators and for “Innovation Group” issued by NSF of China, and the 2021 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Prize etc.
Dr. Hong is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of CIE, the vice presidents of the CIE Microwave Society and Antenna Society, the Chair of the IEEE MTT-S/AP-S/EMC-S Joint Nanjing Chapter, and was an elected IEEE MTT-S AdCom Member during 2014-2016. He served as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on MTT from 2007 to 2010.
Even though 5G is at the early stage of large scale commercialization, many researchers, companies, government organizations and alliances have been looking beyond 5G and started to envision the next generation of wireless system: definition, use cases, requirements, new services, enabling technologies etc.. Traditionally, ITU-R lead the activities to study technology trend and vision for the next new generation mobile system. It initiated technology trend study in 2020 and vision study in this year.
As 5G starts to take hold, everything, in addition to every person, will be connected; with this hyper-connectivity, we will be able to automate every aspect of society. Looking beyond 5G, we predict that 6G will be the platform for connected intelligence, where the mobile network connects vast amounts of intelligent devices and connects them intelligently. Through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we will be able to build a real-time connection between the physical and digital worlds, allowing us to capture, retrieve, and access larger amounts of information and knowledge in real time and thus make the connected world a connected intelligence. As society moves towards the Intelligence of Everything, 6G will be the key to proliferating AI, delivering intelligence to every person, home, car, and business.
This talk will present an overall vision for 6G with drivers, key capabilities, use cases, KPIs and roadmap, followed by potential technologies/research directions and associated challenges.
Dr. Peiying zhu, Huawei Technologies Canada
Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently leading 5G and beyond wireless research and standardization in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced radio access technologies. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G/B5G vision and enabling technologies. She led the team to contribute significantly to 5G technologies and standardization. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Dr. Zhu has more than 200 granted patents.
Dr. Zhu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and the Ph.D. from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 1993, all in electrical engineering.
Prof. Nirwan AnsarI
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA
Abstract: The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) was coined in 1999 to describe the phenomenon of having a myriad of physical entities (gadgets, devices, sensors, etc.) connected via the Internet to provision various applications and services. Fortune Business Insights predicted that IoT market will worth $1.463 trillions by 2027, and Statista predicted that 75 billion IoT devices will be connected via the Internet by 2025. This humongous number of IoT devices generate exabytes of traffic per month, flooding and pressuring the network infrastructure. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed unprecedented extreme weather that has devastated millions of acres of habitat via fire, flood, etc. For more than two decades, Advanced Networking Laboratory at the New Jersey Institute of Technology has engaged in the race of enabling IoT with quality of service guarantees in a secure and environmentally friendly manner. I would use ComComAp2021 as a forum to not only share some ideas of our efforts on this subject but also to draw the audience into operationalizing sustainability in all sectors, particularly, information and communications technology.
Nirwan Ansari is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, MSEE from the University of Michigan, and BSEE (summa cum laude with a perfect GPA) from NJIT. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as well as Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
He authored Green Mobile Networks: A Networking Perspective (Wiley-IEEE, 2017) with T. Han, and co-authored two other books. He has also (co-)authored more than 600 technical publications, over 320 published in widely cited journals/magazines. He has guest-edited a number of special issues covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. He has served on the editorial/advisory board of over ten journals including as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, drone-assisted networking, and various aspects of broadband networks.
He was elected to serve in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors as a member-at-large, has chaired some ComSoc technical and steering committees, is current Director of ComSoc Educational Services Board, has been serving in many committees such as the IEEE Fellow Committee, and has been actively organizing numerous IEEE International Conferences/Symposia/Workshops. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials, and invited talks. Some of his recognitions include several excellence in teaching awards, a few best paper awards, NCE Excellence in Research Award, several ComSoc TC technical recognition awards, NJ Inventors Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award, NCE 100 Medal, NJIT Excellence in Research Prize and Medal, and designation as a COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer. He has also been granted more than 40 U.S. patents.