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Online Course

26 January 2023 - 10:00 am to 2:30 pm EST

Registration closes on 24 January 2023 at 5:00pm EST

Online via WebEx


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CEU Credits: 0.45 CEUs

Course Description

With the flurry of activities, initiatives, research and reports on the vision, definition, design, usage scenarios, and capabilities of future 5G-Advanced and 6G technologies, there is much curiosity and interest to understand the context, the path, and the building blocks in this journey. As we consider this, these questions may come to mind:

What research and innovation topics and ingredients are needed for the formulation and validation of mid to long-term systems and enablers of future use cases, needs, and plans? 

How to align with vision, drivers and design requirements?

How to understand the end-to-end context, attributes and roadmap?

How do we prepare for strategic decision-making in all aspects, from research to innovations, design of technologies and paradigms, management and policies, as well as academic programs?   

In this new course, the instructor will guide participants on a journey to understand the vision and new paradigms in 5G and beyond.  You’ll explore its potential impact on socio-economic transformation, the future of Internet of Things, the automated industries, the digital experience, and the environment, among others.  5G Advanced and its abilities to address the needs of future trends, and the motivations and drivers for new systems will be discussed.  The driving factors, use case and usage scenario requirements, enabling technologies, and ITU-R expected timeline for development of vision and requirements for IMT systems of 2030 and beyond are explored.

The discussion on potential extended and new use cases will include how the new technologies will enable immersive human communications, extended reality and digital experience, advancements in robotics, wearables, body & brain-machine interactions, intelligent autonomous vehicles, and smart industry (4.0+).   A key focus of the session will be on technologies, enablers and design requirements. This includes integration of AI/ML, sensing, imaging and localization, computing, digital twins, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, energy harvesting, new architectures and topologies, etc.   An analysis of the implications of critical, massive and extreme requirements, as well as native integration of other technology paradigms will be provided, along with potential implementation scenarios.  Integrated security from design and forward-looking evolution of cloudification, softwarization, and cognitive automation, are outlined along with a clear focus on end-to-end energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.  The course will conclude with a discussion on and summary of research challenges and a look at the global status, timeline and way forward. Success factors will include enabling the trends and use cases while considering design imperatives and considerations, with respect to user needs and experience, performance, efficiencies, societal needs, and economic and environmental sustainability.

Who Should Attend

This course is well-suited for industry / enterprise R&D and other professionals, public or private (from juniors to subject matter experts in various fields and wide range of industries), academia (researchers, program developers, educators), consultants and self-employed who would like to learn more about 5G evolution towards beyond 5G and 6G, in an end-to-end context setting. 


Javan Erfanian

Javan Erfanian

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer


Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will gain an understanding of:

  • 5G evolution technology and design paradigms and potentials to start responding to socio-economic transformation, automated industries and Internet of Everything
  • 5G Advanced to further fulfill the full 5G vision and connect to systems beyond 5G
  • Trends, gaps, motivations and driving factors for systems beyond 5G towards late 2020s and 2030s - Societal, environmental, economic & operational demands
  • Use cases, usage scenarios, capabilities and (extreme) requirements, feasibility and differentiation towards 6G
  • Particular focus on technology trends and details of each technology candidate, enablers, new and disruptive paradigms, novel architectures, extreme disaggregation co-existing with integration of intelligence, communications, control, computing, localization and sensing, energy efficiency and environmental impact
  • End-to-end design implications, imperatives and considerations
  • Examples and case studies
  • Global status and timeline
  • Key questions and challenges, research status, direction, prioritization and R&D needs

Course Content

A general course outline follows:

  • Motivation & Context 
  • Vision of 5G evolution to beyond 5G, socio-economic digital transformation – new capabilities and new paradigms
    • 5G evolution realities to meet its vision - 5G-Advanced
  • Road to late 2020s and 2030s - Trends and expected demands, gaps, and motivations for new systems - Driving factors                                           
    • Use cases and usage scenarios - Expanded and new capabilities. feasibility and (extreme) requirements, 5G differentiation
  • Major focus on new technology paradigms, disruptors, and novel architectures
    • Enabling technologies – with linkages to use cases
    • Detailed technology candidates
    • Design considerations
    • Research status, challenges, and expected direction
  • Case studies
  • Global status & timeline
  • Wrap-up and way forward

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.45 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

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