International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for 5G Wireless Cellular Networks

In conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2015, Thursday, December 10, 2015, San Diego, CA, USA

Workshop Chairs

Wei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
Tommy Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Lingjia Liu, University of Kansas, USA

Technical Program Chairs

Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Canada
Charlie (Jianzhong) Zhang, Samsung Research America at Dallas, USA
Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada
Huseyin Arslan, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey

Plenary Speakers

Merouane Debbah, Huawei Technologies
Syed Ali Jafar, University of California, Irvine
Eduard Jorswieck, TU Dresden
Andreas Molisch, University of Southern California
John Smee, Qualcomm
Geng Wu, Intel

Panel Program

Driving Innovations in 5G

Nada Golmie, NIST
Thyagarajan Nandagopal, NSF
Sean Cai, ZTE
Maziar Nekovee, Samsung/mmMagic
Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon

Technical Program Committee

Hatem Abou-zeid, Queen's University
Ibrahim Abualhaol, Carleton University
Abdulkareem Adinoyi, Carleton University
Raviraj Adve, University of Toronto
Kelvin Au, Huawei Technologies
Erdem Bala, InterDigital
Anantharaman Balasubramanian, Interdigital Communications
Hadi Baligh, Huawei Technologies
Anass Benjebbour, NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Shengrong Bu, University of Glasgow
Zaher Dawy, American University of Beirut
Qinghe Du, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Salman Durrani, The Australian National University
Ozgur Ertug, Gazi University
Ramy Gohary, Carleton University
David Gonz醠ez G, Aalto University
Mark Hawryluck, Huawei Technologies
Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba
Hazer Inaltekin, Antalya International University
Mehmet Kemal Karakayali, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Witold Krzymien, University of Alberta / TRLabs
Nicholas Mastronarde, University at Buffalo
Hani Mehrpouyan, California State University
Keivan Navaie, Lancaster University
Apostolos Papathanassiou, Intel Corporation
Karim Seddik, American University in Cairo
Jaspreet Singh, SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc.
Cenk Toker, Hacettepe University
Zekeriya Uykan, American University of the Middle East
Stefan Valentin, Huawei Technologies
Xiaodong Xu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Rui Yang, Interdigital
Yang Yi, University of Kansas
Yasir Zaki, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission:

15 July 2015

Acceptance Notification:

1 September 2015

Camera-Ready Submission:

1 October 2015


Thursday, 10 December 2015


Plenary Talks
  • Plenary Talk #1 (8:30 am - 9:00 am):
  • 5G Systems Design Across Services

    Speaker: Dr. John Smee, Senior Director of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., USA

    Abstract: TBA

    Bio: Dr. John E. Smee is a Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds 54 US Patents, and has been involved in the system design for a variety of projects focused on the innovation of wireless communications systems such as CDMA EVDO, IEEE 802.11, and 3GPP LTE. His work involves taking advanced system designs and signal processing techniques from theory through design, standardization, implementation, and productization. He is currently the 5G project engineering lead in Qualcomm�s research and development group.
    John is a recipient of the Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and participated in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

  • Plenary Talk #2 (9:00 am - 9:30 am):
  • Network Slicing for Future 5G Wearable Devices and Internet of Things

    Speaker: Dr. Geng Wu, Fellow and Chief Wireless Technologist, Intel, USA

    Abstract: Network slicing is an important technology capability of 5G networks. With network slicing, one network can be sliced into multiple networks, each architected and optimized for a specific vertical application or services. Such network slicing already starts to happen in the wireless industry, usually in the software defined core networks though virtualization technology. We call this "vertical network slicing", since it turns one big network into multiple parallel vertical end-to-end networks. We envision this trend to continue, with virtualization technology applied across radio access network and portable devices, and across portable devices to wearable devices. The computing resources in the base station and the portable device will be horizontally sliced, and these slices together with wearable devices will be integrated together to form a virtual computing platform though a new 5G air interface design to significantly augment the computing capability of future portable and wearable devices. In this presentation we will discuss the architectural design for such future horizontal network slicing, and an future 5G air interface design that enables a new generation of virtualized mobile computing platforms for 5G wearable devices and the internet of things.

    Bio: Dr. Geng Wu is an Intel Fellow and chief technologist for wireless standards in the Platform Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. He leads Intel�s global 5G wireless technology development and ecosystem standards collaborations. Dr. Wu has more than 20 years of research and development experience in the wireless industry. He has contributed extensively to global 2G CDMA, 3G 1xRTT/UMTS/HSPA and 4G WiMAX/LTE radio interface and network architecture design and development. His current research interests include future mobile computing and communication platforms, network function and mobile device computing virtulization, radio channel modeling, next-generation air interface technologies, and user experience for mobile services and applications. Before joining Intel, Dr. Wu served as director of wireless architecture and standards at Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for system performance, standards research, and technology development in 3GPP2, 3GPP, IEEE and WiMAX.

  • Plenary Talk #3 (11:00 am - 11:30 am):
  • An Information Theoretic Perspective on Avoiding Strong and Ignoring Weak Interference

    Speaker: Prof. Syed Ali Jafar, University of California, Irvine, USA

    Abstract: We will revisit the robust principles of ignoring interference when it is weak and avoiding it when it is strong, in both cases exploring information theoretic optimality with very limited channel knowledge at the transmitters. Optimal interference avoidance will be shown to be essentially equivalent to the index coding problem which will be explored from an interference alignment perspective. Ignoring interference, i.e., treating interference as noise will be shown to be optimal for the entire capacity region (within a constant gap) if for each user, desired signal strength is no weaker than the sum of the strengths of the strongest interference caused by the user and the strongest interference suffered by the user, with all signal strengths measured in dB scale.

    Bio: Syed A. Jafar received his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi, India, in 1997, M.S. from Caltech, USA, in 1999, and Ph.D. from Stanford, USA, in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs, Qualcomm Inc. and Hughes Software Systems. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine. His research interests include multiuser information theory, wireless communications and network coding. Dr. Jafar received the NSF CAREER award in 2006, ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, School of Engineering Maseeh Outstanding Research Award in 2010, School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research Award in 2015, UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research in 2015, and the Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering in 2015. His co-authored papers received the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award in 2009, IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2013, IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award in 2015, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (to student co-authors) in 2015, an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2012 and an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2014. Dr. Jafar received the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year award five times, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014, from the Engineering Students Council and the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the School of Engineering. He was a University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow in 2010 and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Dr. Jafar was recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and included by Sciencewatch among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2009-2012. Dr. Jafar was elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to analyzing the capacity of wireless communication networks.

  • Plenary Talk #4 (11:30 am - 12:00 am):
  • Optimal Resource Allocation in Distributed Heterogeneous 5G Wireless Networks

    Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eduard Jorswieck, Technische Universit�t Dresden

    Abstract: TBA

    Bio: Eduard Jorswieck (S�01 � M�03 � SM�08) received the Diplom-Ingenieur (M.S.) degree and Doktor- Ingenieur (Ph.D.) degree, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Technische Universit�t Berlin, Germany, in 2000 and 2004, respectively. He was with the Broadband Mobile Communication Networks Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz- Institut, Berlin, from 2000 to 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was with the Department of Signals, Sensors and Systems, Royal Institute of Technology, as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and an Assistant Professor. Since 2008, he has been the Head of the Chair of Communications Theory and a Full Professor with the Technische Universit�t Dresden, Germany. He is principal investigator in the excellence cluster center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfAED) and founding member of the 5G lab Germany ( His main research interests are in the area of signal processing for communications and networks, applied information theory, and communications theory. He has authored over 80 journal papers, 10 book chapters, some 220 conference papers and 3 monographs on his research topics.
    Eduard was a co-recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award in 2006 and co-authored papers that won the Best Paper or Best Student Paper Awards at IEEE WPMC 2002, Chinacom 2010, IEEE CAMSAP 2011, IEEE SPAWC 2012, and IEEE WCSP 2012.
    Dr. Jorswieck was a member of the IEEE SPCOM Technical Committee (2008-2013), and has been a member of the IEEE SAM Technical Committee since 2015. Since 2011, he has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING. Since 2008, continuing until 2011, he has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING LETTERS, and until 2013, as a Senior Associate Editor. Since 2013, he has served as an Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

  • Plenary Talk #5 (1:45 pm - 2:15 pm):
  • TBA

    Speaker: Dr. M�rouane Debbah, Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, Huawei

    Abstract: TBA

    Bio: M�rouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Sup�rieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees. 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 Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was 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 are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. 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. M�rouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is an IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, 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 as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009 , Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards. In 2011, he received the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award and in 2012, the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award.

  • Plenary Talk #6 (2:15 pm - 2:45 pm):
  • Hybrid Transceivers for Massive MIMO - Some Recent Results

    Speaker: Prof. Andreas Molisch, University of Southern California, USA

    Abstract: Massive MIMO, where dozens or hundreds of antenna elements will be used at the base station, will form an important avenue for increasing spectral efficiency in 5G systems. However, the hardware cost and energy consumption of an equally large number of RF chains might be prohibitive. For this reason, hybrid transceivers, which combine an analogue (RF) beamforming matrix with a smaller-dimension digital beamforming, have recently drawn great attention. This talk will report some recent results for such systems. We will consider particularly the impact of using such systems at both the base station and mobile stations. Such a setup that is of particular interest for mm-wave systems, where beamforming gain at both link ends is critically for obtaining sufficient SNR. Some new aspects of combining hybrid transceivers with antenna selection will also be discussed.

    Bio: Andreas F. Molisch is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, where he is also currently Director of the Communication Sciences Institute. His research interest is wireless communications, with emphasis on wireless propagation channels, multi-antenna systems, ultrawideband signaling and localization, novel cellular architectures, and cooperative communications. He is the author of four books, 16 book chapters, more than 420 journal and conference papers, as well as 80 patents. He is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and IET, Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and recipient of numerous awards.