mmNets 2017

1st ACM Workshop on Millimeter-Wave Networks and Sensing Systems
Snowbird, Utah, USA, October 16, 2017



 Academic Keynote:

     Industry Keynotes:

Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. (UT Austin) Dr. Boon Loong Ng (Samsung) Dr. Aswhin Sampath (Qualcomm)
Robert Heath Boon Loong Ng Ashwin Sampath

Keynote 1: Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. (UT Austin)

Title: Vehicle-to-X Communications: The Killer Application of Millimeter Wave

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.

Bio: Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award,  the  2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He authored  "Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall in 2017) and "Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP” (National Technology and Science Press in 2012). He co-authored “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall in 2014). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Keynote 2: Dr. Boon Loong Ng (Samsung)

Title: 3GPP 5G NR mmWave Standards

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: Aswhin Sampath (Qualcomm)

Title: Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G: Propagation, System Design and Performance

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.