IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
6-9 July 2020 // Virtual Conference


 Title: Intelligent Environments to Realize Communication in 6G Wireless Systems 

Speaker: I.F. Akyildiz (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) 

Abstract: Electromagnetic waves undergo multiple uncontrollable alterations as they propagate within a wireless environment. Free space path loss, signal absorption, as well as reflections, refractions, and diffractions caused by physical objects within the environment highly affect the performance of wireless communications. Currently, such effects are intractable to account for and are treated as probabilistic factors. This talk proposes a radically different approach, enabling deterministic, programmable control over the behavior of wireless environments. The key enabler is the so-called HyperSurface tile, a novel class of planar meta-materials that can interact with impinging electromagnetic waves in a controlled manner. The HyperSurface tiles can effectively re-engineer electromagnetic waves, including steering toward any desired direction, full absorption, polarization manipulation, and more. Multiple tiles are employed to coat objects such as walls, furniture, and overall, any objects in indoor and outdoor environments. An external software service calculates and deploys the optimal interaction types per tile to best fit the needs of communicating devices. Evaluation via simulations highlights the potential of the new concept for 6G wireless systems.

Biography: I.F. Akyildiz is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group.  Dr. Akyildiz is Megagrant winner in Russia. He is Megagrant lead researcher at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Kharckevich Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, since January 2018. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE Fellow (1996) and an ACM Fellow (1997). He received numerous awards from IEEE and ACM. Due to Google scholar, his papers received over 109K citations and his h-index is 120 as of January 2020. His current research interests are in 6G Wireless Systems, TeraHertz Band Communication, Intelligent Surfaces, Internet of xThings.

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Industry Keynote Title: What does New IP Do and Why?

Speaker: Richard Li (Futurewei Technologies Inc., USA)

Abstract: The Internet has been very successful in our times. But it starts to show signs of its weakness, incapability and vulnerability in face of upcoming applications, industry verticals, and network infrastructural changes such as industrial control and manufacturing, driverless vehicles, holographic type communications, and ManyNets, which gives rise to New IP. This presentation talks about the weakness of the current Internet, lists some new capabilities and services that would be expected from the Internet infrastructure, outlines a framework for New IP, and shows why New IP would be able to support future applications. New IP is expected to get the Internet ready for the next wave of future applications and industry verticals.

Biography: Dr. Richard Li is Chief Scientist and Vice President of Future Networks, and the Head of Network Technologies Lab at Futurewei, USA. Richard also serves as the Chairman of the ITU-T FG Network 2030. Previously he was the Vice Chairman of the European ETSI ISG NGP (Next-Generation Protocols) from January 2016 to December 2019. He has also chaired steering committees and technical program committees of some academic and industrial conferences. During his career, Richard spearheaded network technology innovation and development in Routing and MPLS, Mobile Backhaul, Metro and Core Networks, Data Center, Cloud and Virtualization. Currently he leads a team of scientists and engineers to develop technologies for next-generation network architectures, protocols, algorithms, and systems in the support of forward-looking applications and industry verticals in the context of New IP and Network 2030.


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