IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecture

20 May 2015 @ 16:00 – 17:00
Room 418, Macleod Building, UBC
2356 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Title: 5G Evolution and Candidate Technologies

Presented by: Dr. Rath Vannithamby, Intel Labs

Abstract: As 4G standards have completed and networks are beginning to be deployed, the attention of the mobile research community is shifting towards what will be the next set of innovations in wireless communication technologies.  Given a historical 10-year cycle for every generation of cellular advancement, it is expected that networks with 5G technologies will be deployed around 2020. Technologies for future cellular wireless networks and devices are expected to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse set of devices and services in 5G. In this presentation, I will discuss the usages and technologies that will comprise the next set of cellular advancements in 5G.  In particular, I will discuss a) the applications and usages for future 5G communications, b) a set of key metrics for these usages and their corresponding target requirements, and c) the potential network architectures and enabling technologies to meet 5G requirements. It is expected that some of the new technologies comprising 5G will be evolutionary, covering gaps and enhancements from 4G systems, while some other technologies will be disruptive.  These technologies will encompass the end-to-end wireless system: from wireless network infrastructure to spectrum availability to device innovations. I will also provide an overview of 5G activities around the world to understand the vision and research direction of various teams as they tackle the challenging problems of capacity, massive number of IoT devices, ultra-low latency, ultra-low power efficiency, etc. that wireless networks are expected to face beyond 2020.

Rath Vannithamby received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in EE from the University of Toronto. He leads a team responsible for 5G and Internet of Things research in Intel Labs. Previously, he was a researcher at Ericsson. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer. He has published over 50 journal/conference papers and has over 150 patents granted/pending. He is a co-editor of a couple of books “Towards 5G: Applications, Requirements and Candidate Technologies” by Wiley and “Design and Deployment of Small Cell Networks” by Cambridge Press, in production. He has also authored chapters of 3 books. Dr. Vannithamby has given keynote speeches in IEEE APWiMob’14, IEEE ISTT’14, and IEEE GC’10 Broadband Wireless Access workshop. He is currently an associate editor for two journals: (i) Journal of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and (ii) IEEE Internet of Things Journal. He was a lead-chair for workshops on (i) “5G Technologies” and (ii) “M2M Communications for IoT” in IEEE ICC 2014. He is a co-chair for Industry Forum and Exhibits in IEEE GC’15. He was a Guest Editor for EURASIP JWCN SI on RRM for 3G+ Systems. He was a TPC track-chair for PIMRC’11. He has also served on TPC for IEEE ICC, GC, VTC, WCNC, and PIMRC. His research interests are in the area of 5G, M2M Communications for IoT, energy efficiency, low-latency, QoS for mobile internet applications, cross-layer techniques.