Industry Panels


Tuesday, 5 December, 10:45 – 12:15
 
Tuesday, 5 December, 14:00 – 15:30
 
Wednesday, 6 December, 11:00 – 12:30
 
Wednesday, 6 December, 14:00 – 15:30
 
Wednesday, 6 December, 16:00 – 17:30 
 
Thursday, 7 December, 11:00 – 12:30 
 
Thursday, 7 December, 16:00 – 17:30 
 



Tuesday, 5 December 
10:45 – 12:15
 
IPV-01: New Perspectives on Wireless Communication Networks for Industry Automation
 
Organizer:
Wei Liang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
 
Panelists:
Mark Nixon (Emerson Process Management)
Zhibo Pang (ABB Corporate Research)
Sauter Thilo (Vienna University of Technology)
Ludwig Winkel (Siemens)
 
Wireless communication is steadily increasing in many industrial automation applications, for the sake of flexible, competitive and cost-efficient production. However, due to the harsh industrial radio-frequency environment and the resource-constrained nodes, there is a need for communication protocols which is able to meet requirements including real-time, high reliability, energy efficiency and so on. So far, several standards such as WirelessHart, ISA100 and WIA-PA, have been proposed for wireless communication in process automation. In factory automation, wireless technologies are also attractive in mobile equipment, such as robot end effectors, track-mounted equipment, rotary equipment and mobile assets, controlling and monitoring, and general wire replacement. Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences is currently working on the standard WIA-FA which is the unique standard in the word for wireless communication in factory automation.
 
This panel aims to invite famous experts from industry to discuss the new perspectives on wireless communication networks for industry automation.



Tuesday, 5 December
14:00 – 15:30
 
IPV-04: 5G Use Cases, Services and Applications: Reality, Prospects and Challenges
 
Organizer:
Rao Yallapragada (Intel)
 
Panelists:
Wanshi Chen (Qualcomm)
Taro Eichler (Rhode & Schwarz)
Shugong Xu (Shanghai University)
Dirk Wolter (Cisco)
 
5G will herald and mark the start of new types of applications requiring unprecedented bandwidth, ultra-low latency and massive sensing capability. The use cases with 5G are planned over a wide spectrum of applications in enhanced mobile broadband delivery for hotspots, public transport, high resolution multi-media, connected vehicles, connected infrastructure for railways, roadways and airfields, tactile internet for machine critical operations, massive sensory networks and many more. 5G is anticipated to make it possible to efficiently enable diverse services - connecting a landscape of varied devices while accessing diverse networks.
 
Research and development efforts have moved into high gear in order to empower 5G and provide efficient mobile communications. This work will bring about the requisite functionality to allow devices fast access for massive (MTC) applications in large volume for sensors; wearables coupled with minimal overheads and the realization of low latency solutions for mission critical applications, in particular, at the edge of the network. Additionally, there is a significant industry interest in the use of 5G for fixed wireless access for streaming HD/UHD TV. What is the complexity of these use cases and why is it that only 5G can address them? What are the economic and technological forces driving to make these use cases and services a reality?
 
This panel will address these questions with a focus on the applications as well as the systems, standards and policies needed to bring the next generation to market. Panelists will present many of the mainstream uses cases 5G will enable once it is standardized for consumer, enterprise and different industry segments. In the panel discussion, they will also address what is the necessary framework that is anticipated in order to play a crucial role in enabling each use case and service. This panel will include representatives from manufacturers, chip makers, operators, test and measurement companies and policymakers – each presenting their perspectives and discussing challenges, solutions and come together to identify the key hurdles to 5G and how to overcome them.

 



Tuesday, 5 December
14:00 – 15:30 
 
IPO-01: Multi SDOs/Fora Industry Harmonization Initiative on Unified Standards, Information Models, Architectures, and 5G SW PoCs Programs combining SDN, NFV, Autonomics, Model-driven E2E Service Management & Orchestration
 
Organizer:
Ranganai Chaparadza (IPv6 Forum)
 
Panelists:
Taesang Choi (ETRI)
George Dabrowski (Huawei)
Tayeb Ben Meriem (Orange)
Robin Mersh (Broadband Forum)
Said Soulhi (Verizon)
 
This session presents the progress the Joint SDOs/Fora Industry Harmonization Initiative continues to make in bringing together various SDOs/Fora to work towards harmonization of architectures, information models and standards for the emerging complementary networking paradigms by employing various instruments for standards harmonization. The Joint SDOs/Fora Industry Harmonization Initiative focuses on Standards for SDN (Software-Defined-Networking), NFV (Network-Functions-Virtualization), ETSI GANA model based AMC (Autonomic Management & Control of Networks and Services using closed control-loops for real-time and predictive analytics and self-adaptation/dynamic-policing of network resources and services), E2E Orchestration of Services and Resources, Closed-Loop Service Assurance and Big-Data Analytics for AMC, and the combined roles of all these management & control software paradigms in 5G. This session presents a Unifying Architectural Framework for the paradigms and the need for its adoption by 5G Research/R&D programs so as to help close standards gaps (e.g., APIs) being exposed in the unifying architecture. The session also covers the following: Joint SDOs/Fora 5G Software PoCs (Proof of Concepts) efforts on Use Cases that leverage a combination of AMC, SDN, NFV, and E2E Orchestration; efforts on Unified Information Models; Model-Driven E2E Service Management & Orchestration; Open-Source SDN, NFV, AMC for Closed-Loop Service Assurance, and Orchestrators.

 



Wednesday, 6 December
11:00 – 12:30
 
IPV-03: 5G - Accelerate 5G Adoption in Enterprises and Verticals: Learnings, Pitfalls and Controversies
 
Organizer:
Caroline Chan (Intel)
 
Panelist:
Udayan Mukherjee (Intel)
Katsumi Tanoue (NEC)
 
With 5G deployment cost expected to exceed that of 4G, everyone from operators to vendors are keen to look at expanding 5G adoption into verticals. Enterprise applications tend to run well in the cloud, public, hybrid or private, where the providers market to abundance of compute. Traditionally, telco thrives on scarcity – spectrum is precious, applications must be optimized for highest efficiency. In 5G era, the cloud/IT and communications worlds collide and must adapt to live in harmony.
 
In this panel, we will discuss the contradictions, the learnings, pitfalls, and best practices. We will debate how best to adapt to the breadth of 5G use cases, converge 5G with the IT thinking (open source software anyone?). We will also debate the hot topics like cloudification of 5G RAN; security; cloud-native network functions; E2E service management; and on-boarding.

 



Wednesday, 6 December 
11:00 – 12:30 
 
IPV-07: Massive MIMO – Challenges on the Path to Deployment
 
Organizer:
Ian Wong (National Instruments)
 
Panelists:
Amitava Ghosh (Nokia)
Erik Larsson (Linkoping University)
Ali Panah (Facebook)
Raghu Rao (Xilinx)
Shugong Xu (Shanghai University)
 
Massive MIMO has come a long way since its inception in 2010, and numerous works from academia and industry have shown its feasibility and potential as THE most promising technology to bring about vast improvements in spectral efficiency. The time is now ripe to see its fruition in terms of deployment for future wireless networks, but numerous challenges remain. This panel would be focused on the practical aspects of large scale deployment of Massive MIMO for below 6 GHz, and the research challenges that remain to also see it deployed in frequencies above 6 GHz. The panel would also discuss which specific applications and use cases are most suitable for Massive MIMO. The panelists include world experts on this topic from both academia and various segments in the wireless industry.

 



Wednesday, 6 December 
11:00 – 12:30 
 
IPV-10: Commercialization and Standardization Challenges for LiFi
 
Organizer:
Nikola Serafimovski (pureLiFi)
 
Panelists:
Richard Krebs (Trimble)
John Parello (Cisco)
Martin Siegel (Zumtobel Group)
Bernhard Siessegger (OSRAM)
 
The continued growth in demand for wireless communications requires increasing spectrum resources and increasing densification of wireless networks. This demand is evident in the rising cost of spectrum and deployment of ever denser wireless networks. Optical wireless communications, or LiFi, can provide access to the globally harmonized, license exempt light spectrum. In addition, LiFi lends itself to the deployment of ultra-dense wireless networks.
 
There are several market trends that are driving the demand for LiFi. Indeed, the deployment of LED lights enables the wide-spread and cost-effective deployment of LiFi systems for wireless communications. This has caused a notable increase in the research of LiFi communications as well as an increasing number of companies trying to commercialize the technology.
 
The development and testing of multiple proof of concept systems as well as the drive to larger mass market deployments has resulted in multiple proprietary systems and multiple standardization efforts.

 



Wednesday, 6 December 
14:00 – 15:30
 
IPV-09: Recent Progress and Future Evolution of Massive MIMO for cm-wave and mm-wave Bands
 
Organizer:
Anass Benjebbour (NTT DoCoMo)
 
Panelists:
Taro Eichler (Rhode & Schwarz)
Gu Liang (Huawei)
Ali Sadri (Intel)
Toshifumi Sato (NEC)
Ji-Yun Seol (Samsung)
 
Massive MIMO is considered as the main game changing technology from 4G to 5G. The benefits brought by Massive MIMO in terms of capacity and coverage are key enablers towards significant spectral efficient enhancements in cm-wave bands and the effective utilization of mm-wave bands for mobile communications. In recent years, major advances have been made by mobile vendors in order to bring Massive MIMO to reality. Further technology developments are also being continued in order to enable the use of Massive MIMO for further higher frequency bands. In this industry panel, after reviewing the issues related to 5G Massive MIMO and the main advances made to overcome them, we will discuss the possible deployments of Massive MIMO in base station and mobile terminal sides for early 5G deployments in 2020 and the potential evolution directions of the Massive MIMO technology towards the future.

 



Wednesday, 6 December 
16:00 – 17:30 
 
IPV-02: Role of Licensed and Unlicensed Millimeter Wave in delivering the Promise of 5G
 

Organizer:
Carlos Cordeiro (Intel)
 
Panelists:
Djordje Tujkovic (Facebook)
Yongbin Wei (Qualcomm)
Pengfei Xia (Huawei)
 
Millimeter wave based technologies are considered a key ingredient of future advanced wireless broadband services and 5G systems. These technologies promise to deliver multi-gigabit data rates at (sub-) millisecond latencies. Similar to lower frequency bands below 6 GHz, technologies are being developed for both licensed (e.g., 28 GHz, 39 GHz) and unlicensed (e.g., 60 GHz) millimeter wave bands. Although there has been significant research and development around millimeter wave technologies, the path for mass market deployment of millimeter wave still faces many roadblocks. This panel will explore not only the technologies that are enabling mobile broadband services in the millimeter wave bands being developed in both 3GPP and IEEE 802.11, but will also discuss the challenges in terms of cost, integration into consumer devices, “killer” applications, market adoption and deployment. The panel will include leading industry experts in both licensed and unlicensed millimeter wave technologies and business that will engage in a lively debate to answer if, how and when millimeter wave becomes a key part of next generation wireless networks.

 



Wednesday 6 December 
16:00 – 17:30 
 
IPV-06: 5G Today and 5G Tomorrow: Technology Trends shaping the Evolution of 5G
 
Organizers:
Ahsan Aziz (National Instruments)
Sarah Yost (National Instruments)
 
Panelists:
Gerhard Fettweis (Vodafone/TU Dresden)
Amitava Ghosh (Nokia)
Chih-Lin I (China Mobile)
Juho Lee (Samsung)
 
The 3GPP will have just met to finalize the New Radio L1 and L2 standards for 5G before Globecom.  But the standards are defining what 5G will be based on the technology we have today, and technology is constantly changing and evolving.  For example, 5 years ago the concept of massive MIMO was nothing more than that a concept that had been proposed and looked promising based on simulations.  Today it has been prototyped and taken to initial field trials and appeared in many 3GPP contributions.  The availability of new technology forces change and evolution in our wireless networks, even post standardization.  Consider how today we have an LTE and an LTE Advanced path—new technologies allowed for further advancement of the LTE standard that was not possible at the time of LTE’s initial standardization and deployment.  So now we must pause and ask ourselves, what will this look like for 5G?  In the next 5 years, technologies that are only concepts today could be commercially available.  How do we envision these new technologies impacting the evolution of 5G? Academic researchers are on the forefront of new research.  How do they envision the research that they are doing now being turned into commercial products?  Are the topics they are researching viable from an industry point of view, or should academia be focusing on different areas? 
 
This panel aims to combine the view point of cutting edge academic researchers and industry leaders to examine what opportunities we have looking 5 years forward to shape and advance 5G as it becomes broadly deployed.
 



Thursday, 7 December 
11:00 – 12:30 
 
IPO-02: Future-indoor Communication Networks: Requirements and Challenges on the Path toward 5G
 
Organizer:

Haris Gacanin (Nokia Bell Labs)
 
Panelists:
Howard Benn (Samsung)
Eisuke Fukuda (Fujitsu)
Benoît Pelletier (InterDigital)
Anthony C. K. Soong (Huawei)
 
Indoor networks are an essential part of the overall connectivity experience and are expected to face significant technological challenges in order to cope with the increase in traffic and user expectations. In order to overcome these challenges, different technologies (both wireline and wireless) need to be understood across different domains (i.e., systems, network services and devices). This panel will gather industry experts to discuss future research directions related to indoor networking in 5G with respect to gigabit network connectivity, autonomous operations, adjacent IoT services and multi-technology interdependence.
 
 



Thursday, 7 December  
16:00 – 17:30 
 
IPV-08: 5G Wireless Networks and Experimental Testbeds
 
Organizers:
Vincent Kotzsch (National Instruments)
Amal Ekbal (National Instruments)
 
Panelists:
Gavin Horn (Qualcomm)
Ingrid Moermann (Ghent University)
Slawomir Pietrzyk (IS Wireless)
Peter Rost (Nokia)
Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA/LETI)
 
5G NR standardization has been proceeding in 3GPP with the goal to complete the work on phase 1 by mid-2018 and phase 2 by end of 2019. New access technologies like Massive MIMO, mmWave and a flexible, scalable PHY numerology and frame structure are important elements in 5G NR. The L2/L3 stack is being enhanced to meet the high throughput and low latency requirements in the target usage scenarios. In addition, new architectures and concepts are being discussed such as functional split and network slicing with the goal to enable a more flexible software defined architecture. Enhancements in RAT interworking also plays a central role with improved interfacing options between legacy and future access technologies enabling, for example, tight interworking with LTE leading to faster initial deployments. This panel brings together internationally recognized leaders in industry and academic research and development. The goal of this panel is to gain insight into how the rich set of existing and new technologies can jointly be used for efficient 5G wireless network design. The panel will also discuss how prototyping results can contribute to the design and standardization process by improving the confidence that new technology proposals can be commercialized.
 



Thursday, 7 December 
16:00 – 17:30 
 
IPO-03: Future Cognitive Mobile Networks – Connecting Management and Orchestration
 
Organizer:
Markus Gruber (Nokia Bell Labs)
 
Panelists:
Fredrik Gunnarsson (Ericsson)
Muhammad Ali Imran (University of Glasgow)
Dirk Kutscher (Huawei)
Jozsef Varga (Nokia Bell Labs)
 
The goals when running a mobile network have remained the same over the years, namely reducing CAPEX/OPEX by decreasing the necessary level of manual intervention and increasing the network performance. However, the complexity has dramatically increased: 5G networks will have to be able to deal with dynamic slice management and a multi-cloud environment with flexibly orchestrated resources while guaranteeing challenging latency requirements and seamless mobility. As a response to this, a more intelligent, or cognitive, self-management approach will be necessary where meaningful information, many of which will be based on machine learning, is shared across the mobile network management and orchestration domains. Cognition will be represented by modular, programmable pieces of software that connect both domains in a truly end-to-end and conflict-free manner. This panel will assemble stakeholders from two, so far relatively unrelated, communities: the one working on self-organizing networks (SON) and the other one working on orchestration bringing in additional virtualization aspects.

 



Thursday, 7 December
16:00 – 17:30 
 
IPO-04: 5G Standards - Technologies and Roadmap
 

Organizer:
Juho Lee (Samsung)
 
Panelists:
Balazs Bertenyi (Nokia Bell Labs)
Gerhard Fettweis (Vodafone/TU Dresden)
Takehiro Nakamura (NTT DoCoMo)
Lei Wan (Huawei)
Geng Wu (Intel)
 
With expectation that initial commercialization would take place around 2020, 5G mobile communication is recently gathering increased momentum around the world. Following the discussion on 5G vision and key requirements, such as high data rate, low latency, and massive connectivity, various candidate technologies have been proposed and investigated. The candidate enablers for 5G mobile communications include massive antenna technologies to provide beamforming gain and support increased capacity, new waveforms to flexibly accommodate various services and applications with different requirements, new channel coding schemes for support of very high data rate up to 20 Gbps, new multiple access schemes to support massive connections, etc. There is increasing interest in utilizing very high frequency bands up to 100 GHz as well as the legacy cellular frequency bands.
 
As 5G discussions gain momentum in the industry, it is clear that 3GPP will be the right forum to develop the 5G standards, in addition to the evolution of the LTE and LTE-Advanced family of 4G standards. In March 2017, 3GPP finalized the feasibility study on New Radio (NR) for 5G and started the normative work for developing 5G NR specifications by June 2018 for inclusion in Rel-15. 3GPP also agreed to an intermediate milestone to complete the specifications for non-standalone 5G NR, where a mobile device should connect to both LTE and 5G NR, by December 2017 to meet the industry interest for early deployments in 2019 in several regions in the world. It was also decided in 3GPP to start feasibility studies later in 2017 for a few selected technology areas to prepare for the second phase of 5G NR standards in Rel-16 that would be released in December 2019.
 
In this panel, we will bring together leading experts from major operators, infrastructure, terminal and chipset vendors as well as other key members of wireless communications industry ecosystem. We believe this panel can shed some lights on the important 5G technology drivers for the industry to focus on and the standards roadmap to realize commercial deployments of 5G networks in 2020 and beyond. The views and insights shared by these experts will have a lasting impact on the extended cellular R&D community for years to come.

This panel will be a very timely event for industry experts and researchers worldwide to share the state-of-the-art development and expected future of 5G standards and technologies, since in December 2017, the first version of 5G standard will be released by 3GPP and it should be possible to forecast what technologies would be specified for inclusion in the second phase of 5G standard in Rel-16.