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5G: Converging Towards IMT-2020 Submission

Available on Demand

Thursday, 26 October 2017 • 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT, 15:00 UTC/GMT

60 Minutes

The path to 5G standardization is a long one with a very busy and tight schedule.  Several milestones towards IMT-2020 submission have been reached in various standards organizations.  After releasing the IMT-2020 requirements document earlier in February, the ITU-R WP5D group has delivered the IMT2020 evaluation document in June, setting the stage for standards organizations to propose and submit radio interface technologies for evaluation. This webinar will shed light on the complex standardization and evaluation process for IMT-2020 and will provide updates on the latest status following the ITU-R workshop on IMT-2020 terrestrial radio interfaces that took place on Oct. 4th in Munich, Germany.



Dr. Benoît Pelletier

Dr. Benoît Pelletier
InterDigital Canada Ltée

Dr. Benoît Pelletier is Member of Technical Staff specializing in wireless system design for 5G systems at InterDigital Canada Ltée. He received a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications and Signal Processing in 2007 from McGill University, Montréal, Canada. Since 2007 with InterDigital Canada Ltée, he has contributed to the evolution of HSPA/HSPA+ systems supporting the research and standardization efforts from 3GPP Release 8 through 12. In 2012 he joined the LTE-Advanced R&D and standardization group where he participated to the development of D2D and V2x architectural and protocol aspects. His current work now focuses on the design of system aspects of 5G wireless systems, specializing in L1/L2 protocol and architecture. His role at InterDigital further includes technical co-supervision of collaborative academic research projects with local universities. In addition to participating to the 3GPP standardization technical work, he is also an author on numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and has also been granted several U.S. patents. His current research interests include 5G system and architecture design, vehicular communications, device-to-device communications, Hybrid-ARQ and statistical signal processing.

Ahmed Alsohaily

Ahmed Alsohaily
Assistant Director of the Wireless Lab
University of Toronto

Ahmed Alsohaily is the Assistant Director of the Wireless Lab, University of Toronto and a member of the 5G Spectrum and Wireless Networks team at TELUS. He is also an adviser for the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) alliance and actively contributes to 3GPP, ITU and the IEEE ComSoc Standards Development. Ahmed received his Bachelors of Engineering from King Saud University and both his Masters of Engineering and PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Giovanni Romano

Giovanni Romano
Radio Access Standards – Coordinator
Telecom Italia

Giovanni Romano is currently coordinating TIM activities on technical standards related to radio access and spectrum. In October 2016, Giovanni was nominated Alternate Board Director, representing TIM in NGMN. He is also Board "Champion" for the NGMN 5G Ecosystem Focus Area. Since 1996, Giovanni has been active in several international standardisation fora and he is currently attending 3GPP RAN and NGMN. He is currently coordinating the exchange of information between 3GPP and ITU-R. Giovanni served as Vice-Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group RAN for the period 2013-2017. Until 2005, Giovanni was project leader of several activities within the R&D Centre of Telecom Italia, including UMTS performance evaluation, quality of service verification, standardisation, field trials and testing.

Venkatesh Sampath

Venkatesh Sampath
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Standards Policy
Ericsson Canada Inc.

Venkatesh Sampath joined Ericsson Canada in January 2008, and is currently working as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Standards Policy. In this role, Mr. Sampath has the dual responsibility of coordinating Government and Industry Relations (GIR) and carrying out technology and standardization activities related to present and future mobile wireless networks. Mr. Sampath works closely with Industry Canada and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on spectrum and technology matters. He is the Chair of the Canadian Evaluation Group and is a Canadian delegate to the ITU.

Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Sampath worked as a private consultant from 2003-2007 for various companies both in the United States (Nexius, Nextel, Flarion Technologies) and Canada (Oz Communications, Trio Capital) in a mainly technology capacity such as the testing of base-station and user equipment to get the CE mark, laboratory and field testing of Flash-OFDM networks.

Between 1996 and 2002, Mr. Sampath was with Microcell Telecommunications, where he was Director of the R&D/Standardization group. Mr. Sampath holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering – both from Université Laval (Québec city). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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