|08:00am - 08:50am Breakfast & Registration|
| 08:50am - 09:00am Welcome Remarks
Program Chairs: Haitham Hassanieh (UIUC) & Xinyu Zhang (UCSD)
|09:00am - 09:45am Academic Keynote|
| Keynote 1: Vehicle-to-X Communications: The Killer Application of Millimeter Wave|
Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. (University of Texas at Austin)
Abstract: Vehicles are becoming more intelligent and automated. To achieve higher
automation levels, vehicles are being equipped with more and more sensors. High
data rate connectivity seems critical to allow vehicles and road infrastructure
exchanging all these sensor data to enlarge their sensing range and make better
safety related decisions. Connectivity also enables other applications such as
infotainment or high levels of traffic coordination. Current solutions for
vehicular communications though do not support the gigabit-per-second data
rates. This presentation makes the case that millimeter wave communication is
the only viable approach for high bandwidth connected vehicles. The motivation
and challenges associated with using mmWave for vehicle-to-vehicle and
vehicle-to-infrastructure applications are highlighted. Examples from recent
work are provided including new theoretical results that enable mmWave
communication in high mobility scenarios and innovative architectural concepts
like position and radar-aided communication.
|09:45am - 10:10pm Invited Talk|
| Millimeter-Wave Wireless: A Cross-Disciplinary View of Research and Technology Development|
Prof. Akbar Sayeed (University of Wisconsin Madison)
Millimeter-wave (mmW) wireless is experiencing an explosive growth in research and technology development. Several factors are fueling the growth: the need for Gigabit rates and low latency; advances in mmW hardware, antennas, data converters, computational power, and prototyping platforms; and new paradigms for exploiting the large number of spatio-temporal degrees of freedom afforded by the large bandwidth and small wavelengths. The challenges in harnessing the potential of mmW wireless for communication and sensing are both physical and technological and inherently cross-disciplinary in nature. The tools available for research and technology development are rich and diverse, spanning signal processing and communication techniques, antenna, RF hardware and data converter design, prototype development and experimentation, and machine learning and data analytics. I will discuss the implications with recent developments in hybrid beamforming architectures, the need for cross-layer networking protocols for exploiting the advanced physical layer capabilities, the importance of accurate channel models in network performance prediction and simulation, and the role of channel signatures in sensing applications. I will also highlight the dual and key role of prototyping in mmW technology development: the cross-disciplinary challenges inherent in their design, and their facilitation of much needed channel measurements and experimentation. These findings and insights are informed by my group’s involvement in mmW research and technology development since 2010, and the outcomes of the first two workshops of the NSF Research Coordination Network on mmW wireless.
|10:10am - 10:25am Coffee Break|
| 10:25am - 11:20am Paper Session 1 |
Session Chair: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas (University of Buffalo)
| Experimental Feasibility Study of Motion Sensor-Aided mm-Wave Beam Tracking|
Julian Arnold (RWTH Aachen University), Ljiljana Simic (RWTH Aachen University), Petri Mähönen (RWTH Aachen University)
| Mobility Management for TCP on mmWave Networks|
Michele Polese (University of Padova), Marco Mezzavilla (NYU Wireless), Sundeep Rangan (NYU Wireless), Michele Zorzi (University of Padova)
| Neyman-Pearson Codebook Design for Beam Alignment in mm-Wave Networks|
Muddassar Hussain (Purdue University), David Love (Purdue University), Nicolo Michelusi (Purdue University)
|11:20am - 12:00pm Invited Talks|
| Channel Tracking in mmWave MIMO Systems|
Prof. Danijela Cabric (University of California Los Angeles),
Millimeter-wave (mmWave) systems require a large number of antennas at both base station (BS) and user equipment (UE) for a desirable link budget. Due to time varying channel under UE mobility, up-to-date channel state information (CSI) is important to obtain the beamforming gain. The overhead cost of frequent channel estimation becomes a bottleneck to achieve high throughput. In this talk, the state-of the-art algorithms for mmWave channel tracking are reviewed and compared. A novel tracking technique is presented for mmWave frequency selective channel using hybrid analog and digital beamforming architecture. During tracking, this technique exploits mmWave channel sparsity and uses only one training symbol to update the CSI. Our simulation study utilizes a dynamic channel simulator that builds on top of recently proposed geometric stochastic approach from mmMAGIC project at 28 GHz. Assuming 10m/s moving speed and 200 deg/s rotation speed at UE, the proposed algorithm maintains the 80% of the spectral efficiency as compared to static environment over a time window of 100 ms. The proposed tracking algorithm reduces the overhead by 3 times as compared to existing channel estimation technique.
| Pose Information Assisted 60 GHz Networks: Towards Seamless Coverage and Mobility Support|
Teng Wei (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
60 GHz millimeter-wave networking has emerged as the next frontier technology to provide multi-Gbps wireless connectivity. Recently proposed mmWave network standards, like 802.11ad, have spawned a new wave of applications such as wireless virtual reality and uncompressed miracast. However, due to ultra-high carrier frequency, the 60 GHz radios are extremely vulnerable to propagation loss and obstacle blockage. To combat the intrinsic signal attenuation, the use of highly directional phased-array antennas, with limited field-of-view (FoV), makes the mmWave links extremely sensitive to user mobility and orientation change. Hence, achieving stable 60 GHz connectivity, even at room-level, becomes a nontrivial task.
|12:00pm - 01:00pm Lunch Break|
|01:00am - 02:05am Industry Keynotes|
| Keynote 2: 3GPP 5G NR mmWave Standards|
Dr. Boon Loong Ng (Samsung)
Abstract: The cellular industry will see a drastic growth in the wireless data traffic and emergence of new services in the next few years, where the amount of data handled by wireless networks is expected to exceed 500 exabytes by 2020. The 5G cellular system is expected to meet this demand by significantly improving certain key performance indicators, including spectral efficiency, user experienced data rate, peak data rate, areal traffic capacity, network energy efficiency, connection density, latency, and mobility. To bring 5G visions to commercialization, New Radio (NR) standardization effort is well underway in the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), where cellular technologies for millimeter wave bands will be introduced, and the fundamental aspects of cellular systems are being redesigned, including numerologies, channel coding, and MIMO schemes. In this talk, the recent development on the physical layer of the 3GPP NR mmWave standards, including the principles of the design decisions, will be presented.
Bio: BOON LOONG NG received the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) degree and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2001 and in 2007, respectively. He is currently a Senior Staff Engineer with Samsung Research America – Standards & Mobility Innovation (SMI) Lab in Dallas, Texas. He is also the group leader for New Communications Technology Group, where the R&D focus is on system designs of next generation communication systems. He has contributed to 3GPP standards in RAN working groups since LTE Release 8, and holds numerous patents on LTE/LTE-A/LTE-A Pro.
| Keynote 3: Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G: Propagation, System Design and Performance|
Dr. Ashwin Sampath (Qualcomm)
Abstract: Recent years have seen considerable increase in activities related to 5G definition and associated research. While a number of novel use cases and services are being contemplated, there is consensus that data demand will continue to grow, putting further pressure on already congested spectrum. Millimeter-wave bands have been cited as having the potential to alleviate some of this pressure. This talk will cover the opportunities and challenges with mobile communications in the millimeter wave band for the deployments and use cases of interest. Specifically, the talk will first cover material and channel propagation measurements highlighting the contrast with sub-6GHz propagation. With those observations, a number of system design principles and associated device/component level requirements will be outlined and, where appropriate, 3GPP 5G NR support for these designs will be highlighted. Taking some of the design principles and component level considerations into account, coverage and capacity modeling results will be presented. Finally, some over-the-air test results from our prototype system at 28GHz will also be presented.
Bio: Ashwin Sampath is Senior Director of Technology at Corporate R&D, Qualcomm, NJ. He founded the millimeter wave research project within the R&D division and led the project from inception through the prototype phase, while also overseeing channel measurements/modeling and system design. In recent months, his focus has been on 3GPP 5G NR design/prototyping aspects, over-the-air performance optimization of millimeter wave systems and modem architecture. He has been with Qualcomm, CR&D since 2005 where he has led projects related to dense small-cell networks, topics in LTE-Advanced, 3G/4G multi-mode wireless modem design for small-cell ASICs and Femto cell SoC architecture. Prior to joining Qualcomm, from 2003-2005, he was with Texas Instruments, leading HSDPA systems engineering for a mobile SoC and before that, was Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs from 1997-2003. He has over 90 issued patents. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.
| 02:05am - 03:00am Paper Session 2 |
Session Chair: Kate Lin (National Chiao Tung University)
| Mitigating Lateral Interference: Adaptive Beam Switching for Robust Millimeter-Wave Networks|
Daniel Steinmetzer (TU Darmstadt), Adrian Loch (IMDEA Networks Institute), Amanda García-García (IMDEA Networks Institute), Joerg Widmer (IMDEA Networks Institute), Matthias Hollick (TU Darmstadt)
|Invited Paper: A Lens Array Multi-beam MIMO Testbed for Real-Time mmWave Communication and Sensing|
Akbar Sayeed (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Christopher Hall (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Kevin Zhu (University of Wisconsin)
| Programmable Weight Phased-Array Transmission for Secure Millimeter-Wave Wireless Communication|
Yuanquan Hong (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Xiaojun Jing (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Hui Gao (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Hai Huang (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ning Gao (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Jianxiao Xie (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications)
|03:00pm - 03:45pm Invited Talks|
| mmWave Challenges and Opportunities for 5G and Beyond
James Kimery (National Instruments)
The combination of 4G broadband access and smart devices has transformed all of our lives and opened our eyes to the possibility of mobile broadband access anywhere and everywhere. 5G is more than increased data rates but also increases in capacity, lower latency, and new network topologies that will provide the infrastructure to deliver these new capabilities and services to create a new wireless ecosystem unlocking tremendous economic potential. With these objectives, the question of spectrum arises. Spectrum below 6 GHz is scarce and capacity and bandwidth depend largely on spectrum availability. Knowing this spectrum constraint, researchers are investigating new spectrum frontiers in the cmWave and mmWave frequency ranges presenting unprecedented technical and business challenges. From working with researchers all over the world, NI has been at the forefront of the mmWave explorations mmWave mobile access and gained unique insight. This talk will review the background and history of these explorations, lessons learned, and also the future challenges that lie ahead.
Mark Cudak (Nokia Bell Labs)
|03:45pm - 04:00pm Coffee Break|
|04:00pm - 05:00pm Invited Talks|
| A Full Stack Perspective of 5G mmWave Communications|
Marco Mezzavilla (New York University)
In this talk, Dr. Mezzavilla will provide a description of the most recent activities and key finds conducted at NYU WIRELESS relatively to mmWave communications. The focus will be on NYU's end-to-end research platform, which comprises a channel sounder equipped with 12 steerable antenna elements, a mmWave channel emulator, and a customizable open source network simulator for 5G end-to-end mmWave cellular systems. This platform has been recently awarded a NIST grant to assess the feasibility of mmWave communications for emergency scenarios. Dr. Mezzavilla will then delve into the core of the network simulator, and present some of the most recent results related to the performance of TCP over intermittent mmWave links.
| Multi-User 60 GHz WLANs: from Standards to User Selection Policies|
Yasaman Ghasempour (Rice University)
Multi-user transmission at 60 GHz promises to scale the throughput of next generation WLANs via simultaneous transmission of multiple independent data streams. This feature is identified as one of the main design elements of IEEE 802.11ay, next generation of Wi-Fi standards that promises 100-Gbps communications. In this talk, I will describe the motivation and rationale behind multi-user 60 GHz transmissions as well as the technical challenges, including beam steering and user selection. Specifically, I will experimentally show how the choice of users and analog beams are tied together using a programmable wideband testbed with phased antenna arrays. Instead of the joint selection of users and analog beams, I will describe the design of a low-complexity decoupled structure in which beam training precedes user selection. Finally, I will discuss user selection policies in multi-user 60 GHz systems that are possible due to millimeter-wave radio propagation characteristics.
| Enabling High-Quality Untethered Virtual Reality|
Omid Abari (University of Waterloo)
Today's high-end virtual reality (VR) systems require a cable connection to stream high- definition videos from a PC or game console to the headset. This cable significantly limits the player's mobility and, hence, the user's VR experience. The high data rate requirement of this link (multiple Gbps) precludes its replacement by today's wireless systems, such as Wi-Fi.
|05:00pm - 06:00pm Panel Discussion|
Millimeter Wave Research Across the Stack: From Applications to Physical Layer|
Moderator: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas (University of Buffalo)
Panelists: Robert W. Heath Jr. (University of Texas at Austin), Akbar Sayeed (University of Wisconsin Madison), Ashwin Sampath (Qualcomm), James Kimery (National Instruments), Mark Cudak (Nokia Bell Labs), Petri Mähönen (RWTH Aachen University).