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WWRF 46 1st - 3rd of December, 2021 in Paris, France

From Connecting Things to Connected Intelligence

The Wireless World Research Forum plans to contribute towards the development of a smart mobile communication eco-system beyond 5G.  The widespread introduction of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is foreseen to provide a strong impetus towards improved network performance and cost-efficiency for current and even more for next generation mobile systems. Beyond 5G, services and networks will be managed more autonomously and are expected to offer increased flexibility and adaptability everywhere. Networks and applications need to become more intelligent, self-learning and context dependent. AI’s potential impact on consumer, society and industry-relevant aspects for end-to-end communication systems and uses cases will be tremendous. Future Cognitive Communication Systems are envisioned to be continuously learning, self-optimizing and capable of transitioning from just connecting humans and things – to connecting, sensing and actuating on everything – intelligently and in a purpose driven manner.

WWRF invites you to be a part of designing the future, by joining us for three days of wide-ranging discussions, presentations, innovative brainstorming and expert-level networking.

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Wednesday 1st December 2021
09:00 – 09:50 Plenary Session 1 – Opening of WWRF 46
09:00 – 09:10 Opening Speech Prof. Merouane Debbah, Chief Researcher at the Technology Innovation Institute (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
09:10 – 09:20 Welcoming Speech Dr Nigel Jefferies, Chairman, WWRF
09:20 – 09:50 Opening Keynote Eric Hardouin, Head of Orange R&D
10:10 – 12:10 Plenary Session 2 – Connected Intelligence
10:10 – 10:40 Edge Intelligence over Wireless: Present and Future Prof. Mehdi Bennis, Oulu University (Virtual)
10:40 – 11:10 Recent Progress in End-to-End Learning for the Physical Layer Dr Jakob Hoydis, NVIDIA
11:10 – 11:40 Communication between intelligent machines: spaces of semantic information Prof. Jean-Claude Belfiore, Huawei
11:40 – 12:10 From Conventional to Semantic Communications based on Deep Learning Prof. Geoffrey Ye Li, Imperial College London (Virtual)
14:10 – 16:40 Plenary Session 3 – 6G Programmes
Auditorium – chaired by Hendrik Berndt, Vice Chair EMEA WWRF
14:10 – 14:40 The European path towards Beyond 5G and 6G Bernard Barani, EU Commission (Virtual)
14:40 – 15:10 The Learning and Inference for 6G Wireless Dr Tong Wen, CTO, Huawei Wireless
15:10 – 15:40   Hexa-X – the European 6G flagship project Dr Mikko A. Uusitalo, Head of Research Department Wireless Advanced Technologies at Nokia Bell Labs Finland, Lead of Hexa-X (Virtual)
15:40 – 16:10 NGMN’s road towards 6G Feifei Lou/ Anita Döhler – CEO and Member of the Board NGMN Alliance (Virtual)
16:10 – 16:40 6G roadmap and preparations in Korea toward extended space Prof. LEE, HyeonWoo , DanKook Univ. Vice Chair, 5G Forum Executive Committee
Thursday 2nd December 2021
09:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 4 – Cybersecurity
09:00 – 09:30 Towards Context Aware 6G Security: New Opportunities and Challenges for Securing the Radio Access Prof. Ersi Chorti, École Nationale Supérieure de l’Électronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA) (Virtual)
09:30 – 10:00 How will our cryptographic toolkit and cyber security solutions be impacted by Machine Learning? Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), UAE (Virtual)
10:00 – 10:30 Prof. David Naccache, École Normale Supérieure
11.00 – 13.00 Plenary Session 5 – Non Terrestrial Network
11:00 – 11:30 Robot-augmented data harvesting, mapping, and localization for 6G networks Prof. David Gesbert, Professor and Head of the Communication Systems Department, EURECOM. (Virtual)
11:30 – 12:00 Towards 3D Wireless Networks Walid Saad, Virginia Tech
12:00 – 12:30 Satellites Role in the Digital Transformation Era Dr. Nader Alagha, European Space Agency (Virtual)
12.30 – 13:00 Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira, Professor Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
14:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session 6 – Next Generation Radio Technologies
14:00 – 14:30 The Next Level in Human-to-Human Communications: Ubiquitous Augmented/Virtual Reality Prof. Tom Marzetta, Distinguished Industry Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of NYU WIRELESS (Virtual)
14:30 – 15:00 Wave Control for Wireless Communications: From Time-Reversal Mirrors to Reconfigurable Intelligent Meta-surfaces Prof. Mathias Fink, ESPCI Paris, PSL University
15:00 – 15:30 Electromagnetic Interference in RIS-Aided Communications Prof. Luca Sanguinetti, University of Pisa, Italy (Virtual)
15:30 – 16:00 Basic considerations on Terahertz communication systems Dr. Werner Mohr, WWRF Fellow (Virtual)
09:00 – 10:00 Plenary Session 7 – Evaluation IMT-2020 Technologies
Auditorium – chaired by Prof Angeliki Alexiou, University of Piräeus (Virtual)
09:00 – 09:30 Evaluation results of the ETSI (TC DECT) AND DECT FORUM proposal as an IMT-2020 Candidate Technology Antonis Gotsis (University of Piraeus and Feron Technologies) (Virtual)
09:30 – 10:00 Modelling EUHT as a candidate technology for IMT-2020 Dr Arslan Usman, Kingston University
10:30 – 12:00 Plenary Session 8 – The role of Li-Fi in 6G (Panel Session) (Virtual)
Panel organizers: Dominic O’Brien (University of Oxford) and Marcos Katz (University of Oulu) >>>
10:30 – 12:00 Volker Jungnickel, Fraunhofer, Heinrich Hertz Institute Jean-Paul Linnartz, Eindhoven University of Technology >>> Harald Haas, University of Strathclyde >>> Steve Hranilovic, MacMaster University Takaya Yamazato, Nagoya University >>> Marcos Martinez, MaxLinear >>> Thomas Little, Boston University Anne Julien-Vergonjanne, University of Limoges >>> Maïté Brandt-Pearce, University of Virginia
  Closing Plenary Session