IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-19 April 2019 // Marrakech, Morocco
Touch through Wireless

Panel 2

Paving The Way Towards 6G.


Mobile communication systems have known a revolutionary progress in the last 40 years. From the first generation in the 1980s to the fifth Generation (5G), there was roughly a new generation every decade. After few years of extensive research, 5G is being standardized by 3GPP. It is expected that the standards will be approved by ITU around 2020 timeframe. Initial commercial deployments are expected to start around the same time frame since different stake holders are already working to launch 5G networks. In order to stay ahead of the game, researchers and industrials are starting to think about the evolution of wireless networks beyond-5G. The time frame for these standards will be around 2030-2035. The goal of this panel is to discuss the emerging technologies that will be the focus of wireless networks beyond 5G. In this panel, we will review the lessons learnt from the research and standardization phases of the 5G technology. We will also discuss the future evolution of wireless standards towards 6G and the different technologies that will be developed. 6G is expected to encompass technologies that will enable fully autonomous and self-driving cars, robotics, drones delivery services. It is also expected that 6G will also integrate terrestrial wireless and satellite systems for a global network coverage. Applications of Aritificial Intelligence (AI) are also in an exponential trend and will find applications in wireless communications, such as self-organized networks. All these items will be discussed by a panel of experts from both academia and industry. This panel discussion falls at the end of the 5G standardization process and as the research and standard communities are preparing the next steps and will help draw lessons from the 5G standardization process and prepare the next phase.

Panel Discussion Points::
  1. What lessons can we learn from the 5G research and standardization processes?
  2. How do you see the regional race to adopt the 5G (Europe, Asia, USA) and do you think that the same pattern will repeat in 6G? Will 5G/6G have a similar pattern as 3G/4G, i.e. the even generation 4G/6G is more commercially succesful than its old generation predecessor?
  3. What time frame will 6G follow? Do you think we will still observe the 10 years cycle or do you think that 5G will be a successful system with probably a longer cycle?
  4. What are the main breakthrough technologies that will emerge from 6G?
  5. What are the challenges that you see for the 6G evolution (technical, political and regulatory, etc)?
  6. Do you think that the broadcast-broadband convergence will finally happen? Will cellular network support TV broadcast and completely replace terrestrial networks for linear TV?
  7. Wireless charging/powering over a distance of multiple meters (rather than centimeters), will it be a key 6G technology?
  8. AI can be used to enhance communications, e.g. via self organization network. What are the main physical layer technologies that can benefit from artificial intelligence?

Panel Session Format:

The Panel will consist in a separate 5-10 min presentation by each of the panelist on the three major advances they think will make the most important part of 6G standards. The moderator will then ask question related to the 5G lessons and 6G expectations. For 30 minutes. The last 10 minutes will be open for public questions.

Panelist bios


Dr. Belkacem Mouhouche

Dr. Belkacem Mouhouche is a Chief Standards Engineer at Samsung Research UK. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecoms (Telecom Paristech) in France. During his Ph.D. he worked on 3GPP third generation systems (UMTS). He later worked as a 3GPP standard Engineer following the development of HSDPA and LTE systems. He was also involved in FP7 European Project "End to End Efficiency" (E3) where he worked on cognitive radio in heterogeneous systems. His research interest are in the area of advanced techniques for the physical layer of future communication systems including MIMO, beamforming and coding applied to wireless systems. Dr. Mouhouche was also heavily involved in the development of the latest broadcast terrestrial standard ATSC3.0 and led the broadcast activity within the 5G-PPP project "Fantastic-5G". Recently, he was appointed as the technical manager of 5G-PPP project "5G-Xcast" focused on new point to multipoint techniques for 5G networks.

Dr. Pengfei Xia

Dr. Pengfei Xia is currently Director and Principal Engineer at Huawei Device USA, San Diego, CA, USA. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has co-authored over 70 international journal and conference papers, more than 130 international patents (granted and pending), and numerous contributions to 3GPP 4G LTE, 5G NR, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15 international standards. He is a co-author of a book on millimeter wave wireless communications in 2010. His current research interests lie in the area of millimeter wave wireless communications and computing, vehicular communications and computing, B5G/6G communications and networking. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He has received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award 2011.


Merouane Debbah, Huawei

Mérouane Debbah received the M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, France. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Merouane is the receipient of many awards including the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award.

Rahim Tafazolli, 5GIC, Surrey University.

Rahim Tafazolli has been the Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS, formerly known as CCSR) since January 2010 and the Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. He has over 25 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops. He has also edited two books: “Technologies for the Wireless Future”, Vol.1 ( 2004) and Vol.2 (2006) both published by Wiley's. And he is co-inventor on more than 30 granted patents, all in the field of digital communications.

Hamid Aghvami, King’s College

Hamid Aghvami joined the academic staff at King’s in 1984. In 1989 he was promoted to Reader, and in 1993 was promoted Professor in Telecommunications Engineering. He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 1994 to 2014. Professor Aghvami carries out consulting work on Digital Radio Communications Systems for British and International companies; he has published over 550 technical journal and conference papers, and given invited talks and courses the world over on various aspects of Personal and Mobile Radio Communications. He was Visiting Professor at NTT Radio Communication Systems Laboratories in 1990, Senior Research Fellow at BT Laboratories in 1998-1999, and was an Executive Advisor to Wireless Facilities Inc., USA, in 1996-2002. He is the Chairman of Advanced Wireless Technology Group Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of Wireless Multimedia Communications Ltd, his own consultancy company. Professor Aghvami is the founder of the International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), a major yearly conference attracting some 1,000 attendees. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE.

Qingwen Liu, Tongji University

Qingwen Liu is currently Full Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He received the Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN), and the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). His current research interests lie in the area of long-range wireless power transfer, mobile power networks, cross layer designs, and 5G/6G technologies. One of his research papers on cross-layer design in wireless communication networks has received over 1000 citations.

Oghenekome Oteri, Interdigital Communications

Oghenekome (Kome) Oteri is Principal Engineer at Interdigital Communications. He received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and MS and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2005 respectively Since then, he has worked on multiple communications technologies including 802.11 WLANs, DSL, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX, 3GPP LTE. His research interests are in the areas of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications with a focus on techniques such as MIMO, beamforming, and Full Duplex communications and millimeter wave communications. He is currently working on applications of these technologies in both IEEE 802.11 and 3GPP NR and recently served as the secretary of the Full Duplex Technical Interest Group in the IEEE 802.11 Working Group. He is a co-inventor of over 20 granted patents, and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers.