- IEEE 1: IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed as a Semi-live Network
- IEEE 2: IEEE Future Networks Roadmap for 6G
TUESDAY, DEC 5 2.00 - 3:30 / LOCATION: PODIUM SPACE EXHIBITION HALL (GRAND BALLROOM)
Moderator: Dr Anwer Al-Dulaimi, EXFO, Canada
- Larry Peterson, ONF, USA
- Chih-Lin I, China Mobile, China
- Benoit Pelletie, VMware, Canada
- Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA
- Tracy Van Brakle, AT&T, USA
The IEEE is launching a groundbreaking testing platform aimed at accelerating innovation in 5G and 6G networks. This cutting-edge platform utilizes actual network components to faithfully replicate the operations of a functional 5G network. Encompassing all segments from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the core network, the platform faithfully emulates the behavior and functionality of both current and future networks. It is built on open-source technology, presenting immense opportunities for integrating new network functions through Open API and customizing network functionalities by modifying the underlying code. The platform adopts diverse 5G architectures to accommodate the varying visions and perspectives from around the world.Governed by the IEEE, this testbed is designed to evolve as a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, driven by the visions and requirements of consortium members. It leverages an Open API integration layer and a test controller, enabling the exploration of future federated testbed use cases. The industry panel aims to introduce the research community to this innovative project and emphasize the added value it brings compared to existing testbeds. Panellists will engage in discussions and deliver presentations highlighting the testbed's value proposition, diverse use cases, technology roadmap, advancements in 5G, and how these advancements can lay the foundation for 6G networks. The panel will also place emphasis on knowledge transfer and the adoption of new innovations based on industry standards. Recognizing IEEE GlobeCom as the most fitting platform for unveiling this initiative, the expert committee led by the IEEE is submitting this panel proposal for careful consideration.
- How do the availability, components, and flexibility of testing platforms significantly influence the evolution and advancements of next-generation networks?
- What are the indispensable elements that can effectively enhance the federated and intelligent testing capabilities of 5G and 6G networks?
- In what ways can testbeds seamlessly integrate into network infrastructure to provide improved awareness of network status changes, enable continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices, and facilitate closed-loop automation?
- What potential novel use cases can testbeds explore as proof-of-concepts for final operator deployments, contributing to the further development and optimization of network operations?
- How does the IEEE testbed play a pivotal role in shaping new standards, and what is its relevance and synergy with other projects, such as Open RAN and similar initiatives?
Anwer Al-Dulaimi is currently a Senior Manager of Emerging Technologies and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the 5G Center of Excellence at EXFO Inc., Montreal, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree from Brunel University, London, U.K., in 2012 after receiving M.Sc. and B.Sc. honours degrees in communication engineering. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in ECE Depart, University of Toronto, sponsored by Blackberry’s advanced research team. In his current role, Anwer is responsible for identifying new trends of mobile technology evolutions and the adaptation phases that EXFO need to take for compliancy. He is the chair of the newly established IEEE 5G and 6G Innovation Testbed working to develop a virtual testing platform for E2E network innovation. He is the chair of the IEEE 1932.1 Standard. He is also representing EXFO in many industrial forums such as One6G and other collaborative projects. He is the Editor of IEEE Future Networks Series on 5G & 6G published by IEEE VTM, editor of IEEE Communication Standards Magazine and guest editor of many other IEEE series issues. His research interests include 5G and 6G networks, cloud computing, Blockchains and cybersecurity. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the British Engineering Council since 2010. He is a member of the NSERC discovery grants committee and IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.
Larry Peterson is the Chief Technology Officer at ONF. He came to ONF from Princeton, where he was the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Princeton-hosted PlanetLab Consortium. He served as chair of the CS Department from 2003-2009. In 2007, Peterson co-founded CoBlitz LLC to commercialize CDN technology developed on PlanetLab. CoBlitz was acquired by Verivue Inc. in 2010, and subsequently by Akamai in 2012. Peterson is co-author of the best-selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (6E), which is now open sourced. His research focuses on the design and implementation of networked systems. Peterson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, was on the Editorial Board for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Journal on Select Areas in Communication, and served as program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University.
Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE ComSoc Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 IEEE ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 7th IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE 5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. She has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences and holds over 100 patents. She is co-author of the book “Green and Software-defined Wireless Networks –From Theory to Practice” and has also Co-edited two books: “Ultradense Networks –Principles and Applications” and “5G Networks –Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management”. Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.
Benoit Pelletie is currently Director, Edge AI Ecosystems in the Advanced Technologies Telco Edge Cloud Business Unit at VMware with a Global mandate. Co-founder of the $400M ENCQOR 5G Public Private Partnership initiative with international collaboration between Canada, USA, Europe and UK, executive member of the board for Innovation ENCQOR, a NPO created to deliver this PPP across Quebec-Ontario corridor. Creative thinker and passionate about collaborative innovation, disruptive technologies and execution! Proven leader with an intrapreneur mindset who creates rich and unique ecosystems that connect multinational corporations, SMBs, governments and academia. “Innovate or Evaporate” has been his mantra over the last 30 years in different industry markets: Telecomat VMware, Ciena and Nortel, Transport at Bombardier and Military Aerospace at Oerlikon Aerospace. Benoit held several leadership positions in design, system integration, program management and business development. Broad knowledge in Product Development and expertise in New Product Introduction of cutting-edge technologies along with government relationships. Benoit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke.
Ashutosh Dutta is currently Chief 5G Strategist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh is author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE and Distinguished member ACM.
Tracy Van Brakle is a Principal Member of Technical Staff with AT\&T Labs - Wireless Technologies. She is a co-chair and/or contributor within several open-source projects and standards development organizations (SDOs) as well as Principal Investigator (PI) for INDIGO (Intelligent 5G Networks Designed and Integrated for Globalized Operations), a recent awardee of the NSF Convergence Accelerator program. INDIGO involves integrating and automating open RAN technologies using model-driven interface specifications from O-RAN, 3GPP, and other SDOs, to address the security and resilience requirements of both military and civilian search-and-rescue teams. Tracy is also Co-PI or Industry Affiliate for NSF SII-NRDZ (Spectrum Innovation Initiative – National Radio Dynamic Zones) and NSF Regional Innovation Engines. Before joining AT&T, Tracy was a Senior Technologist with Goldman Sachs. She holds 17 active US patents in Wireless Technologies.
TUESDAY, DEC 5 4.00 - 5:30 / LOCATION: PODIUM SPACE EXHIBITION HALL (GRAND BALLROOM)
Moderator: Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
- Timothy Lee, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks
- Eman Hammad, University of Texas A&M
- Rose Hu, Utah State University
- Narendra Mangra, Globenet, USA, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Roadmap
INGR (International Networks Generation Roadmap) is a key component of IEEE Future Networks Technical Community (futurenetworks.ieee.org). INGR consists of 14 working groups: Applications and Services, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Connecting the Unconnected, Deployment, Edge Services and Automation, Energy Efficiency, Hardware, Massive MIMO, Millimeter Wave and Signal Processing, Optics, Satellite, Standardization and Building Blocks, Systems Optimization, and Testbed. As the industry continues to advance, the evolution and deployment of network generations is influenced and impacted not only by emerging, evolving, and potential convergence of technologies, but also by local and world socio-economic and health conditions (and politics). INGR is a living document that is updated annually. The inaugural INGR was released in 2020 and its focus was on the evolution of 5G networks. The intention of the 2022 INGR Edition was to take a more end-to-end perspective that included integrating future network technologies and establish a transdisciplinary framework and a predictive model for mobile networks. 2023 and the next two years will be a time of heavy 5G deployment, transformation at the edge, and increased interworking of network technologies and systems. Hence, the 2023 Edition of the IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) points to trends, challenges, and solutions in the current and near-term mobile network landscape, and the future vision as being cultivated through the activities of Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and the industry around the globe. This 2023 INGR Edition broadens applications of the transdisciplinary framework, progresses each technology and system challenges and opportunities especially while interworking with other areas — while noting lessons learned that can be applied to beyond 5G. As part of this panel, the working group co-chairs will share the highlights of various INGR technology working groups and how these will affect the evolution of next generation networks and deployments over varying timelines.
- What roles IEEE Future Networks plays towards roadmap for 5G and 6G?
- What is the collaboration model for IEEE Future Networks with other SDOs such as Next G Alliance, ITU and 3GPP?
- How can IEEE Future Networks Roadmap help develop technologies for humanitarian challenges and address Digital Divide?
- What are various industry verticals that can benefit from IEEE Future Networks Roadmap?
- How can IEEE Future Networks help accelerate the deployment bringing Theory to Practice?
Ashutosh Dutta is currently Chief 5G Strategist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh is author of more than 120 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh is IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and as an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2020-2022). Ashutosh currently serves as Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. He was recipient of 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award. Ashutosh is recipient of IEEE-USA’s 2010 Professional Leadership Award, 2022 IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor. He also received 2022 IEEE North American Region Exceptional Service Award. Ashutosh has served as the founding Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 90 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities and IPv6. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE, member of IEEE-HKN, and Distinguished member ACM.
Tim Lee currently is a Boeing Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company Research and Technology with focus on advanced microelectronics for communications, sensing and data processing. His areas of interests include RF electronics, and advanced packaging mission systems. He is the co-chair of the IEEE Future Networks Initiative with focus on RF / millimeter-wave electronics and antennas for 5G and 6G applications. He was the 2015 IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society president. Currently he is serving on the IEEE Board of Directors and as the IEEE Region 6 Director.
Eman Hammad is a cybersecurity & interdisciplinary professional focusing on trustworthy & resilient complex systems and emerging technologies. She is the director of the innovations in Systems Trust & Resilience (iSTAR) lab and professor of cybersecurity at Texas A&M University System. Recently, Eman was honored as one of Canada's Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity. Eman is actively involved with several IEEE initiatives and activities including Toronto ComSoc chapter, Future Networks INGR, P1950.1 smart cities standard, and Public Safety Technology Initiative. She delivered numerous invited talks and panels in academic and industrial conferences, chaired and co-chaired several conferences and workshops. Her service has been recognized by IEEE exceptional, chapter achievement, and exemplary service awards. Eman is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM and Cybersecurity.
Rose Hu is a professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Associate Dean for research of College of Engineering at Utah State University, where she also directs Communications Network Innovation Lab. Besides decades of academia experience, she has more than 10 years industrial R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry, and Intel as a technical manager, a senior research scientist, and a senior wireless system architect, actively participating 4G technology development, standardization, system level simulation and performance evaluation. Rose is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer, NIST Communication Technology Laboratory Innovator 2020. She is currently a co-chair of IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), IEEE ComSoc BoG as CIO, a voting member of IEEE ComSoc Conference Council, and site selection chair of GIMS standing committee.
Narendra Mangra is a Principal at GlobeNet LLC and provides advisory and consulting services. across industry, government, and academia. His diverse experience spans strategy development, roadmap development, spectrum management, mobile network planning and system deployments, enterprise-wide modernization, program management, and education. He is an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University. Narendra also leads several IEEE initiatives such as the Future Networks INGR, P1950.1 smart cities architecture standards development, Public Safety Technology Initiative, and the Telehealth and Transdisciplinary Framework Industry Connections. His current interests include comprehensive transdisciplinary frameworks, 5G and future networks, digital transformation, smart communities, and related ecosystems.