IEEE International Conference on Communications
14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal
Connectivity – Security – Privacy


Besides technical paper presentations, the workshop will feature two keynotes and one demo on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces for wireless communications. 

Keynote 1 by Dr. Vincenzo Sciancalepore - NEC  Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany.

Title: Rethinking wireless network design for 6G

Abstract: Information communication, computation and storage technologies are jointly reshaping the way we leverage on technology. This leads to a wide range of big data and artificial intelligence applications while paving the road to a full customized autonomous user experience. The recent standardized 5G industry is intensively working today on designing, prototyping and testing fundamental technological advances to deliver the promised performance in terms of latency, energy efficiency, wireless broadband capacity, elasticity, etc. Nevertheless, looking at the ever-increasing requests for new services and predicting the development of new technologies within a decade from now, it is already possible to envision the need to move beyond 5G so as to design a new architecture incorporating new key-technologies to satisfy upcoming needs at both individual and societal levels. It is mandatory to fully understand the key enabling technologies that will enable 6G networks to meet its challenging performance targets and how the Cloud will play an additional operational role in future wireless networks. Therefore, there is an impelling need to move to a sixth generation (6G) of mobile communication networks, starting from a gap analysis of 5G, and predicting a new synthesis of near-future services, like holographic communications, high precision manufacturing, a pervasive introduction of artificial intelligence and the incorporation of new technologies, like sub-THz or Visible Light Communications (VLC), in a truly 3-dimensional (3D) coverage framework, incorporating terrestrial and aerial radio access points to bring cloud functionalities where and when needed on demand. All will be encompassed in a full picture by showing the extraordinary opportunities that goal-oriented wireless semantic communications and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs) will offer to 6G systems as core-technologies to control the Smart Radio Environment while achieving unprecedented KPIs.

Vincenzo Sciancalepore ( is a Senior Researcher and RAN specialist at NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany. He received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Telematics Engineering in 2011 and 2012, respectively, whereas in 2015, he received a double Ph.D. degree from Politecnico di Milano and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. From 2011 to 2015 he was Research Assistant at IMDEA Networks, focusing on inter-cell coordinated scheduling for LTE Advanced networks and device-to-device communication. He was also the recipient of the national award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the area of communication technologies (Wireless and Networking) issued by GTTI in 2015. He is currently focusing his activity in the area of network virtualization and network slicing challenges with an extended vision on mobile edge computing research topic. He is the standard delegate of NEC actively contributing to the standard ETSI MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) ISG. He is currently involved in the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC) supervising the initiatives on Aerial communications as well as member of the IEEE Mobile Communication Networks Standards Committee (IEEE MobiNet-SC). Since August 2020, he is chairing a new ComSoc Emerging Technologies Initiative (ETI) on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs). He has published several international Research Papers and patents. He has been involved in a number of European Projects and recently he has successfully delivered a 5GPP project, namely 5GNORMA, leading a working task on virtual network function orchestration topics. He is also actively leading a work package in a H2020-fundeed project called 5G-CARMEN that will analyze and deploy 5G technologies along selected stretches of the motorway between Italy, Austria and Germany to improve the mobility of people and goods throughout Europe. Currently, he is the Technical Manager of a European H2020 Project, namely RISE-6G, on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces.


Keynote 2 by Prof. Dinesh Bharadia -  University of California San Diego, CA, USA

Title: Breaking the curse of MIMO throughput scalability with Smart Surfaces.

Abstract: In the last decade, MIMO spatial multiplexing has promised to increase data throughput by orders of magnitude. However, we are yet to enjoy such improvement in real-world environments, as achieving the capacity of the MIMO channels requires rich scattering and therefore often precludes effective MIMO spatial multiplexing. Furthermore, the gains are limited by scattering of the environment rather than MIMO antennas.  In this talk, I would present ScatterMIMO, which uses smart surface to increase the scattering in the environment, to provide MIMO spatial multiplexing gain. Specifically, the smart surface pairs up with a wireless transmitter device say an active AP, and re-radiates the same amount of power as any active access point (AP), thereby creating virtual passive APs. ScatterMIMO allows the smart surface to provide spatial multiplexing gain, which can be deployed at a very low cost. Furthermore, ScatterMIMO can provide signals to their clients with power comparable to real active APs, and can increase the coverage of an AP. Furthermore, we design algorithms to optimize ScatterMIMO’s smart surface for each client with minimal measurement overhead, supporting the high mobility of the clients.

Dinesh Bharadia is Assistant Professor at UC San Diego, where he leads the wireless communication sensing and networking group (WCSNG). His research interests include advancing the theory and design of modern wireless communication and sensing systems, and low-power networks. In recognition of his research, he was named a Marconi Young Scholar for outstanding wireless research and awarded the Michael Dukkakis Leadership award. He was also named as one of the top 35 Innovators under 35 in the world by MIT Technology Review in 2016 and worldwide Forbes 30 under and 30 for Science category in 2018. He received his Ph.D. in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University. His Ph.D. thesis invalidated a long-held assumption in wireless communication by building full-duplex radios. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Principal Scientist for Kumu Networks, where he worked to commercialize his research on full-duplex radios, building a product which underwent successful field trials at Tier 1 network providers worldwide like Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2010. He is a recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, as well as a gold medal at IIT Kanpur for graduating at the top of his class. His research has been published at top conferences like SIGCOMM, NSDI, MobiCom, etc and has been cited over 6500 times according to Google Scholar. 

Experimental Results and Testbed Implementation by Prof. Fan Yang -Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Title: Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface for Future Wireless Communications: Physical Realization and System Demonstration.

Abstract: Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) exhibit great potential for future wireless communications. This talk will first present the designs and prototypes of various RISs. Their scattering performance and power consumptions will be discussed in details. Next, representative testing results will be reported where the RISs are incorporated between base stations (BS) and user equipment (UE). It is expected this talk will support the deployment of RIS in future wireless communication systems.

Fan Yang is a Professor at the Electronic Engineering Department, Tsinghua University. His research interests include antennas, surface electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, and applied electromagnetic systems. He has published six books and over 400 journal articles and conference papers. He is anACES Fellow and IEEE Fellow, as well asan IEEE APS Distinguished Lecturer.



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