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6G Communication and Wireless Technologies

Dates: 5-9 June 2023
Location: Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Organized By: The Institute for the Wireless IoT at Northeastern University and IEEE Student Branch at Northeastern University

Program Chairs: Prof. Josep M. Jornet (Committee Chair), Prof. Stefano Basagni, Dr. Vitaly Petrov, Prof. Elena Bernal Mor, Prof. Tommaso Melodia
The Institute for the Wireless IoT at Northeastern University

Co-Organizers: Logan Bader and Alexander Ingare
IEEE Student Branch at Northeastern University

About the Program

The focus of this school series is next-generation communication and networking technologies for 6G wireless systems. Lectures will mainly focus on the key technological enablers and innovations at physical and network layers, including, but not limited to: exploiting frequencies above 100 GHz; network sensing; Open Radio Access Network (ORAN), and artificial intelligence-driven communication algorithms and protocols. The program will also include discussions on breakthrough applications and services for 6G, such as the Metaverse, ubiquitous Extended Reality (XR), and intelligent connected robotics. As 6G is expected not to be the last generation of wireless systems to appear, the last day of the school will be focused on presenting trending research topics, still at the early stages of exploration. These areas provide pointers to research topics that could be tackled during the later stages of the 6G timeframe or within future systems (i.e., 7G). The content is set wide enough to cover all the essential elements of the 6G landscape while maintaining a clear focus on next-generation physical-layer, MAC and network-layer solutions for high-rate connectivity.  Participants will have opportunities to interact through hands-on exercises, demos, and lab visits.

The participants will be introduced to the use of:

  1. TeraNova, the world first communications and networking testbed operating at multiple sub-Terahertz and true Terahertz frequencies (up to 1050 GHz)
  2. X-Mili, the open, programmable platform for mmWave solutions
  3. Colosseum, the world largest wireless network emulator;
  4. state-of-the-art indoor (anechoic chamber) and outdoor drone flying cages, 5700sf and 30000sf, respectively, and
  5. connected intelligent robots


Monday, 5 June 2023

Location: ISEC Building (First Floor)

8:30 - 8:50 am Intro and School Program Outline
Josep M. Jornet, Northeastern University
8:50 - 9:00 am Welcome Message
Tara McNally, IEEE ComSoc
9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote: Next Gen Wireless Communications: Intelligence, Resilience and Ubiquity
Thyagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation
10:00 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 am Terahertz communications for 6G: How Far Are We?
Josep M. Jornet, Northeastern University
11:30 - 12:30 pm Terahertz Test and Measurement: On Earth and Elsewhere
Eric Bryerton, Virginia Diodes
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Channel  Modeling
Sundeep Rangan, New York University
3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:30 pm Student Poster Session
4:30 - 6:00 pm New Insights into Characterizing Sub-THz EVM for 6G Research
Greg Jue, Keysight
6:00 - 9:00 pm Social Program: Welcome Reception
Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Location: ISEC Building (First Floor)

8:00 - 9:00 am Keynote: Mobile Wireless Communications – Standards and Technologies
Havish Koorapaty, Ericsson
9:00 - 10:00 am Connectivity and Sensing Challenges in XR for 6G and Beyond: A Look at Emerging Technologies and Applications
Ivan Simões Gaspar, Microsoft
10:00 - 1:00 pm Lab Tours and Demos
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm Lab Tours and Demos
3:30 - 4:30 pm A Brief Tutorial on Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND)
Muriel Medard, MIT
4:30 - 4:45 pm Coffee Break
4:45 - 5:45 pm Industry Panel and Career Fair
Chair: Vitaly Petrov, Northeastern University
Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Location: Dana Research Center, Room 442 (4th Floor)

9:00 - 10:00 am What the Innovative Wireless Engineer Needs to Know about Spectrum Policy
Mike Marcus, Northeastern University
10:00 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 am The Value Proposition for Developing Technical Standards in the IEEE
Paul Nikolich, IEEE
11:30 - 12:30 pm AI-Native Wireless Communications, Sensing and Computing
Francesco Restuccia, Northeastern University
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm Non-terrestrial Networks
Michele Zorzi, University of Padova
3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Robotics: Thoughts on the Interrelationships between Sensing, Navigation, Communications, Computation and Power
Hanumant Singh, Northeastern University
5:00 - 5:45 pm Break
5:45 - 8:00 pm Social Program: Boston Duck Tour
Thursday, 8 June 2023

Location: Northeastern University - Innovation Campus at Burlington (Bus tour from NU dorm)

8:00 - 9:00 am Bus from NU dorms to Burlington
9:30 - 9:45 am Coffee Break
10:00 - 11:00 am Toward Open, Programmable, Virtualized, and AI-driven Wireless Systems
Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
11:00 - 12:30 pm Colosseum Wireless Network Emulator
Pedram Johari, Northeastern University 
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 pm Colosseum Tour
Pedram Johari, Northeastern University
2:00 - 3:00 pm Drone Cage and Chamber Tour
Salvatore D'Oro, Northeastern University
3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Bus Back to Boston
5:00 - 6:00 pm  
6:00 - 8:00 pm Social Program: Gala Dinner
Friday, 9 June 2023

Location: Dana Research Center, Room 442 (4th Floor)

10:30 - 11:30 am Quantum Computation for NextG Wireless Baseband Processing 
Kyle Jamieson, Princeton - REMOTE
11:30 - 12:30 pm Molecular Communication Theory: Foundations and Future Perspectives
Massimiliano Pierobon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm Visible Light Communication and Sensing
Xia Zhou, Columbia University
3:00 - 3:30 pm Closing Remarks
Stefano Basagni/Vitaly Petrov, Northeastern University