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IEEE ICC 2017 Announces its Industry Program

IEEE ICC 2017 Announces its Industry Program

Hundreds of Communications Experts to Discuss Next Wave 5G, IoT, AI, Big Data & Spectrum Sharing Innovations in Paris, France from 21-25 May

IEEE ICC 2017(, the leading international venue dedicated to the advancement of wireless and wireline communications worldwide, will host nearly 20 industry sessions devoted to the latest developments in next wave technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, Big Data & spectrum sharing. Held this year from 21-25 May at the Paris Congress Center (Palais des Congrès) in Paris, France, IEEE ICC is recognized globally as an annual showcase of innovation exploring the latest in communications technologies and policies.

This year, the Industry Program will address a wide array of topics ranging from standardization to propagation challenges, including security, artificial intelligence in networks, and spectrum, among others, most of them addressing 5G, but not entirely. The program will begin on Monday, 22 May with two panels on 5G and IoT, followed by the CTO Forum addressing “From Myth to Reality: Rapid Deployment at Scale toward 5G Global Success.” This forum brings together high-level representatives from leading mobile operators and manufacturers to critically assess such measures, from standardization pace to over-the-air trials and interoperability testing for validation, in order to drive the ecosystem toward rapid and wide-scale commercialization, which are the basis for making 5G success.  The session is intended to be an open and frank debate among developers, operators and vendors about the timeline and potentials for 5G to address the larger vision beyond 2020. 

These highly focused panels will continue through Wednesday, 24 May with a broad range of experts from operators, vendors, service providers, consultants, among other industry players, as well as academia, research centers, standardization bodies and regulators. Discussions center on topics such as:

  • Big Data Analytics for Smart and Connected Health
  • 5G C-RAN and X-Haul
  • Spectrum Sharing in Future Wireless Communications Systems
  • ComTech Innovation and Trends towards Smart Connected Car Environment
  • Challenges and Opportunities in SDN/NFV and 5G Security
  • 5G: What Architecture to Serve Vertical Industries?
  • The Path to and Obstacles in Network Virtualization
  • Propagation Challenges in New 5G Use Cases
  • 5G Progress and Challenges
  • Network AI

The program also offers two seminars dedicated to simulation tools and measurement equipment and testbeds. One, “The Road to 5G: Design, Simulate and Prototype Wireless Systems using MATLAB and Simulink,” will be given by John Wang of MathWorks. The talk will discuss how MATLAB and Simulink provide an integrated environment for designing, simulating, and prototyping 5G wireless systems, giving up to-date progress on MATLAB and Simulink in the 5G area and how it can address engineers’ and researchers’ challenge in 5G areas, such as mm Waves, Massive MIMO, and prototyping. The other, “Real-Time Prototyping of Massive MIMO,” will be presented by Douglas Kim of National Instruments. It will provide insights into Massive MIMO and rarely shared information on the implementation of such a complex system, presenting information on the practical challenges associated with the implementation of such systems, and a close examination of a test bed, using real-world over-the-air channels and true real-time data rates.

Other significant events to be held during the heart of the conference will include the presentation of nearly 1,200 original scientific papers, as well as the keynotes of leading industry executives and researchers. For instance, Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and CTO of Nokia, will share insights on driving technological and architectural innovations during the opening and keynote session. Over next few days Marcus will be joined by:

  • Georges Karam, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sequans Communications, who will speak on “4G Wireless Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)”
  • Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, Head of Huawei Wireless Research and CTO of Huawei Wireless, who will detail “The Blueprint of 5G - A Global Standard”
  • Alain Aspect, Director of Research at CNRS and Professor at École Polytechnique, who will talk about “From Einstein’s Doubts to Quantum Information: A New Quantum Revolution”
  • Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, who will address “The On the Path to 5G”
  • Giuseppe Caire, Professor at Technical University of Berlin, who will discuss “Wireless Edge Caching: Promises and Recent Advances”

For more information about IEEE ICC 2017 including program updates and registration information, please visit All website visitors are also invited to network with colleagues and peers, share their professional experiences through the conference’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

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The IEEE Communications Society’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE Communications Society’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE Communications Society, or ComSoc, is currently the third largest Society (29,000+ members) within the 420,000 member IEEE.  IEEE itself was formed on January 1, 1963 from the combination of the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers, founded 1884) and the IRE, (Institute of Radio Engineers, founded 1912). 

Founded in 1952 (65 years ago) with the formation of the IRE’s Professional Group on Communications Systems, ComSoc was approved for elevation to Society status in the fall of 1971 and officially began operations on January 1, 1972.

The Society currently operates with a 21-voting member Board of Governors. We are heavily involved in the communications area through our many conferences, workshops/symposiums, technical committees, publications, and standards activities.

Our conferences embrace cutting-edge technologies at ComSoc sponsored global events. Every year, thousands of participants come to discover new ideas, explore innovative solutions, and network with the leaders who are changing the world of communications. Our workshops and symposiums provide small, intimate settings and a relaxed ambiance, where participants can concentrate on technical interchange with their colleagues and enjoy unique social events and experiences.

For many years, ComSoc has been a leader within IEEE in developing and delivering innovative and effective educational offerings with a global reach. ComSoc’s educational activities facilitate professional development opportunities for both learners and instructors through a variety of programs, like the IEEE ComSoc Training Program, that allows practitioners to grow through various stages of their careers whether that be from the perspective of gaining or sharing knowledge and expertise. Programs engage practitioners throughout the lifetime of their career, from establishing university accreditation in telecommunications; hosting ComSoc Summer Schools and Young Engineer & Scientist Initiative (i-YES) Panel Sessions at conferences for graduate students and young professionals; to IEEE WCET professional certification and continuing education programs helping practitioners stay up to date and competitive in the industry. Students, young professionals and practitioners from every IEEE Region have participated in ComSoc’s educational programs and continue to benefit from the technical leadership of the Society.

Our technical committees define and implement the technical directions of the Society. As a fundamental element of the Society, all members are invited – and encouraged – to participate in one or more of our technical committees. These committees, networks of professionals with common interests in communications, usually meet twice each year at major conferences. Throughout the year, these committees also play a major role in determining which events (conferences, workshops, etc.) are technically co-sponsored by ComSoc.

Our flagship publication is IEEE Communications Magazine, which was first published in 1975. It offers technical and general interest articles, Society news and events, featured topics, and advertising that partially subsidizes its cost. It is sent to all ComSoc members as an added benefit of membership. Originally a paper publication, IEEE Communications Magazine is now also available in a digital version and 80% of our members receive it in this form.

Communication standards enable the global marketplace to offer interoperable products and services at an affordable cost. Standards Development Organizations bring together stakeholders to develop consensus standards for use by a global industry. Because of this, standards are extremely important to the work and careers of communications practitioners and are an important part of ComSoc’s effort to bring more practitioners into the Society.

What is new for the IEEE Communications Society going forward is our work with IEEE on new initiatives.  We are developing these new areas, covering multiple Societies, as major areas of interest and work. Foremost is our current IoT Initiative consisting of seven major Society contributors (ComSoc, Signal Processing, Consumer Electronics, and 4 others) and 10 minor contributors (Power, Industrial Electronics, and 8 others). Meetings, conferences, a magazine, and other related offerings are in the pipeline.  Other initiatives that we are working on are 5G, Green ICT, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, and Fog Computing.

From telephone communications advances in 1962 to today’s gigabit transmissions, wireless phones, miniaturization, and other technological advances, our Society has been a major contributor.  We look forward to being a part of these game-changing industry advances by our 75th Anniversary.




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Stay Ahead of the Game. ComSoc Training Introduces New Course on the Tactile Internet

Stay Ahead of the Game. ComSoc Training Introduces New Course on the Tactile Internet
A big step lies ahead when moving from today’s 4G cellular networks to tomorrow’s 5G network. Today the network is used for content delivery. Tomorrow, the 5G network will provide a ubiquitous Tactile Internet infrastructure for controlling and steering real and virtual objects, which requires latency and resilience to be met by designing networks along new paradigms. The resulting Tactile Internet will shape our future and our society, touching almost every part of life.
Taught by Frank Fitzek, wireless and mobile 5G communication networks expert, and Gerhard Fettweis, Co-Chair of the IEEE 5G Initiative and original creator of the concept of Tactile Internet, this new course will introduce both the requirements and the technical solutions that enable the Tactile Internet, presenting a holistic understanding of 5G technologies. 
Seating is limited.
Registration closes on 10 April 2017
You can earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Recommended Reading:

From the institue: the IEEE news source:
Q&A With Gerhard Fettweis, Creator of the Tactile Internet

From the IEEE ComSoc Technology News:
Global Reach: Will the Tactile Internet Globalize Your Skill Set?

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Tech Focus: Massive MIMO

Tech Focus: Massive MIMO

Learn from the experts in the area of Massive MIMO. Register now for your free access to the following papers.

Reciprocity Calibration Methods for Massive MIMO Based on Antenna Coupling
Joao Vieira; Fredrik Rusek; Fredrik Tufvesson, 2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference, Pages: 3708 - 3712, DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2014.7037384

Achieving "Massive MIMO" Spectral Efficiency with a Not-so-Large Number of Antennas
Hoon Huh; Giuseppe Caire; Haralabos C. Papadopoulos; Sean A. Ramprashad
IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2012, Volume: 11, Issue: 9, Pages: 3226 - 3239, DOI: 10.1109/TWC.2012.070912.111383

Massive MIMO Real-time Channel Measurements and Theoretic TDD Downlink Throughput Predictions
Siming Zhang; Paul Harris; Angela Doufexi; Andrew Nix; Mark Beach
2016 IEEE 27th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Pages: 1 - 6, DOI: 10.1109/PIMRC.2016.7794647


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