NEW! The Tactile Internet

Instructors: Frank Fitzek, Gerhard Fettweis

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT

Online via WebEx

Course Description

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, e.g. voice, video, data.  Tomorrow, the 5G network will provide a ubiquitous Tactile Internet infrastructure for controlling and steering real and virtual objects.  For this we must create a control processing and a control communications infrastructure.  For enabling the former, distributed mobile edge cloud computing will be created at a level unheard of today.  For enabling the latter, latency and resilience requirements must 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. 

The course starts with a high level introduction of use case and deriving the technical requirements for the Tactile Internet.  Later technical solutions are introduced that enable the Tactile Internet.  A holistic understanding of 5G technologies is presented.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is interested in understanding the requirements for the Tactile Internet and gaining insights into the big picture of 5G technologies.


NEW!  The Tactile Internet

Frank Fitzek

Professor, TU Dresden; Coordinator 5G lab Germany

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and chair of the Deutsche Telekom chair of communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany.

He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology - Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) - Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor.

He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree "Doctor Honoris Causa" from Budapest University of Technology and Economy (BUTE).

His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

NEW!  The Tactile Internet

Gerhard Fettweis

Professor, TU Dresden; Coordinator 5G lab Germany

Gerhard P. Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you are expected to have:

  • An understanding of why 5G is disruptive compared to 4G
  • Familiarity with the core technology network coding and compressed sensing
  • Knowledge of use and business cases of 5G
  • An understanding of the importance of low latency and its 1ms delay requirement for control communication
  • A holistic picture of 5G

Course Content

  • Motivation and Use Cases of the Tactile Internet
  • Transportation
  • Remotely Controlled Robots
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Grids
  • Motivation and Examples
  • Requirements of the Tactile Internet
  • Throughput
  • Latency
  • Security
  • Heterogeneity
  • The 1ms Enablers
  • Fast Computing
  • Multi-Core Platform
  • Many-Core Platform
  • Massive-Core Platform
  • Fast Transportation
  • Wireless Transportation
  • Massive MIMO
  • Modulation and Coding
  • Backbone Communications
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Content Centric Networks
  • Information Centric
  • Fast Cloud
  • Distributed Clouds
  • Agile Clouds
  • Tactile Internet Technologies
  • Network Coding
  • Intra Flow Network Coding
  • Min Cut Max Flow Theorem
  • Butterfly Example
  • Compute and Forward vs. Store and Forward
  • Example Implementation
  • COPE
  • Inter Flow Network Coding
  • Concept of RLNC
  • On the fly coding
  • Sliding Window
  • Fulcrum
  • Tuneable Codes
  • Telescopic Codes
  • Perpetual Codes
  • Recoding Concept and Benefit
  • Complexity and Overhead of Network Coding
  • Energy Consumption
  • Encoding Header Overhead
  • Heterogeneous Packet Lengths
  • Implementation of Network Coding
  • Kodo
  • Kodo-Python
  • Kodo-Basic Simulator
  • Fifi-Python
  • Compressed Sensing
  • Future Trends of Internet Technologies


Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. You will earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participation in this course and completion of the course evaluation.

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, cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Course Agenda

The course will begin at 9:00am Eastern with a brief introduction about ComSoc and your participation in this course.  After that the instructors will lecture until about 12:00pm Eastern (New York time) and then we will break for an hour.  The course is scheduled to conclude at 4:30pm Eastern.  Short 5-15 minute breaks can be anticipated in the first and second half of the day's sessions.

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