The role of THz wireless and Integrated Sensing and Communications in future Perceptive 6G networks
Panel Lead/Moderator: Prof. Angeliki Alexiou (University of Piraeus)
Bio: Angeliki Alexiou is a professor of Broadband Communications Systems at the department of Digital Systems, ICT School, University of Piraeus, Greece. She received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1994 and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London in 2000. Since May 2009 she has been a faculty member at the Department of Digital Systems, where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Broadband Communications and Advanced Wireless Technologies. Prior to this appointment she was with Bell Laboratories, Wireless Research, Lucent Technologies, (later Alcatel-Lucent, now NOKIA), in Swindon, UK, first as a Member of Technical Staff (January 1999- January 2006) and later as a Research Manager (February 2006-April 2009). Professor Alexiou is a co-recipient of Bell Labs President’s Gold Award in 2002 for contributions to Bell Labs Layered Space-Time (BLAST) project and the Central Bell Labs Teamwork Award in 2004 for role model teamwork and technical achievements in the IST FITNESS project. Professor Alexiou is the Chair of the Working Group on Radio Communication Technologies and of the Working Group on High Frequencies Radio Technologies of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). She is also leading the activities and technical contributions of WWRF to ITU-R WP5D. Her current research interests include radio interface for 6G systems, MIMO, THz wireless communication technologies, Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces, Joint Communications and Sensing and Machine Learning for wireless systems. She is the project coordinator of the H2020 TERRANOVA project and the technical manager of the H2020 ARIADNE project and the SNS JU (EC Horizon Europe) INSTINCT project.
Panelists: Prof. Christos Masouros (University College London)
Bio: Christos Masouros (SMIEEE, MIET) received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2004, and MSc by research and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK in 2006 and 2009 respectively. In 2008 he was a research intern at Philips Research Labs, UK, working on the LTE standards. Between 2009-2010 he was a Research Associate in the University of Manchester and between 2010-2012 a Research Fellow in Queen's University Belfast. In 2012 he joined University College London as a Lecturer. He has held a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship between 2011-2016.
Since 2019 he is a Full Professor of Signal Processing and Wireless Communications in the Information and Communication Engineering research group, Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and affiliated with the Institute for Communications and Connected Systems, University College London. His research interests lie in the field of wireless communications and signal processing with particular focus on Green Communications, Large Scale Antenna Systems, Integrated Sensing and Communications, interference mitigation techniques for MIMO and multicarrier communications. Between 2018-22 he was the Project Coordinator of the €4.2m EU H2020 ITN project PAINLESS, involving 12 EU partner universities and industries, towards energy-autonomous networks. Between 2024-28 he will be the Scientific Coordinator of the €2.7m EU H2020 DN project ISLANDS, involving 19 EU partner universities and industries, towards next generation vehicular networks. He was the recipient of the 2023 IEEE ComSoc Stephen O. Rice Prize, co-recipient of the 2021 IEEE SPS Young Author Best Paper Award and the recipient of the Best Paper Awards in the IEEE GlobeCom 2015 and IEEE WCNC 2019 conferences. He has been recognised as an Exemplary Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Exemplary Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing, and Editor-at-Large for IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. He has been an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, and a Guest Editor for a number of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications issues. He is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Emerging Technology Initiative on Integrated Sensing and Communications (SAC), Vice Chair of the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Special Interest Group on ISAC, and Chair of the IEEE Green Communications & Computing Technical Committee, Special Interest Group on Green ISAC. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association Working Group on ISAC performance metrics, and a founding member of the ETSI ISG on ISAC. He is the TPC chair for the IEEE ICC 2024 Selected Areas in Communications (SAC) Track on ISAC, and Chair of the "Integrated Imaging and Communications" stream in IEEE CISA 2024.
Panelists: Dr. Andreas Mueller (Robert Bosch GmbH)
Bio: Dr. Andreas Mueller is a renowned expert at the forefront of connectivity research and 5G/6G innovation. As the leader of Bosch's strategic 6G activities across diverse business units and sites, he spearheads holistic transformative endeavors aligned with business imperatives. With his profound expertise in communication technologies for the IoT, Andreas also serves as the Chief Expert in this field. Moreover, he has held the position of General Chair of 5G-ACIA, the globally leading organization driving and shaping Industrial 5G, since its establishment in 2018. Andreas’ pivotal contributions also include coordinating and advancing Bosch's Industrial 5G undertakings over the last couple of years, focusing on key areas such as private networks, Open RAN, AI/ML, and edge computing. Equipped with a robust background in telecommunications and vertical industry applications, Andreas is uniquely positioned to drive the transformative 5G/6G-enabled revolution across various sectors.
Panelists: Dr. Youssef Nasser (Greenerwave)
Bio: Youssef Nasser obtained his executive MBA from the prestigious ESCP Business School in Paris, in 2022, and his PhD in wireless communications in 2006 from National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble. He is currently the Director of 5G/6G Business Unit with Greenerwave, a French startup developing reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, smart and holographic antennas.
Youssef is a Senior Executive with over twenty years’ experience in the Telecom world, shared between academia and industry including major industrial groups. Longwise, his motivation and passion for technology have led him into the entrepreneurship world through a startup on spectrum management.
Along his career, he has successfully led major R&D and industrial projects in the telecom industry including but not limited to 4G, 5G, DVB. Some of these projects have received gold and silver awards from the European Commission for their achievements. He has deployed several technological solutions in telecom sector and actively contributed to several telecom standards. He has chaired several industry associations and technology development conferences. He published over 130 articles in internationally renowned journals and conferences. His areas of interest are mobile communications systems, spectrum management, telecom strategies.
Panelists: Prof. Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven)
Bio: Prof. Sofie Pollin is professor at KU Leuven focusing on wireless communication systems. Before that, she worked at imec and UC Berkeley, and she is currently still a principal member of technical staff at imec. Her research centers around wireless networks that require networks that are ever more dense, heterogeneous, battery powered, and spectrum constrained. Her research interests are cell-free networks, integrated communication and sensing, and non-terrestrial networks.
6G research in industry and academia has revolved around identifying critical scenarios for connectivity and inventing powerful and cost/power efficient enablers to address the corresponding challenges. There seems to be an agreement among the various stakeholders that critical usage scenarios will include a group of extreme evolution of the well-known 5G usage scenarios (MBB, URLLC, MMTC) and a group of revolutionary usage scenarios with a clear emphasis on ‘beyond communications’ objectives. Reliable, resilient, and tactile connectivity ‘beyond the transmission of bits” will require the integration of breakthrough technologies that combine the merits of intelligent and immersive connectivity with situational awareness, localization, environmental mapping, multi-functional communications and sensing and the ability to tune/reconfigure the wireless environment on the fly. Advanced sensing technologies, intelligent material science and cyber-physical intelligence are expected to play a significant role. Moreover, the utilization of THz wireless technology could catalyze the transition to this new ‘beyond communications’ era.
In this panel discussion, renown experts from industry and academia will discuss:
- cutting-edge technology enablers
- novel ‘beyond communications’ network architecture
- suitable usage scenario and performance evaluation criteria
- critical technology gaps
- paradigm shifts in research, technology stakeholders chain, standardization arena and market adoption
Panel duration 1 hour 30 minutes
- Each panellist will present a short statement/position towards the panel theme (max 10 min per panellist)
- Questions by the audience and the moderator to be answered by panel members