IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking
15–17 December 2021 // Virtual Conference

Keynotes

Bilel Jamousi, Standardization Bureau (TSB), International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Title: International Standards to enable 5G networks and digital transformation

Abstract: The presentation will highlight the key role played by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in shaping the 5G landscape and driving 5G revolution through standardization. As a cross-cutting topic, 5G standardization work is carried out by ITU-R (Radiocommunication Sector) and ITU-T (Standardization Sector), covering various aspects including security, quantum key distribution, performance, signalling requirements, and environmental requirements. These efforts build on the work of the Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (FG-IMT2020) and other Study Groups by developing standards on softwarization, slicing, and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), architectural frameworks for machine-learning in network, etc. The presentation will also examine the existing challenges in the design, implementation and synchronization for 5G and beyond networks. It will chart out the potential of the 5G wave in reshaping business models across sectors, and launching innovative solutions to facilitate digital transformation in key domains including smart cities, finance, e-health and intelligent transportation systems.

Bio: Bilel Jamoussi is a distinguished engineer, leader, and diplomat; multilingual standardization expert and holder of 22 patents, Tunisian born Dr. Bilel Jamoussi has been Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau (TSB) in Geneva Switzerland since 2010. He has led the coordination of the bureau’s standards moving activities into a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utility, and banking. His innovative approach has served as a catalyst to launch new standards initiatives related to emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI and Quantum, attracting a new wave of memberships from non-traditional players.
He has also been credited with bringing the telco and financial sectors together to develop digital payments guidelines and standards with the aim of advancing financial inclusion globally. Bilel is recognized as a key figure in the ICT industry. Key achievements under his tenure have been important new standards while effectively managing staff by recruiting new talent, improving gender balance, delivering new work methods, and staying within budget. Prior to 2010, he worked in the private sector for 15 years and held senior executive positions such as Director of Standards for Nortel. In this role he participated in over 90 standards making bodies worldwide. In the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), he authored a number of Internet standards. As an IEEE Senior Member, he was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Bilel has lived in Tunisia, Canada, USA, and Switzerland, giving him a unique global viewpoint. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.

 

Dorothy Stanley, Hewlett Packard, USA

Title: IEEE 802.11 standards: Wi-Fi 6 and beyond

Abstract: IEEE 802.11 standards enable significant economic growth and societal development by providing the technical foundations of Wi-Fi products, now deployed globally in billions of units per year. This talk describes recently completed 802.11 standards and those under development. Enhancements supporting convergence between 5G and Wi-Fi RAN networks, operation in the 6GHz frequency band and new applications including positioning services, IoT, and rural connectivity are highlighted.

Bio: Dorothy Stanley is an HPE Fellow and head of standards strategy at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. She currently serves as Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group. She has chaired several task groups in the 802.11 Working Group and has served in numerous leadership roles in Wi-Fi Alliance. Previous to joining Aruba Networks in 2005, Stanley was a Consulting Member of the Technical Staff at Agere Systems for Wavelan products and a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Among Dorothy’s awards are 5 patents, a Wi-Fi Alliance Members Achievement Award, and numerous IEEE Standards Association awards.

 

 

Wanshi Chen, Qualcomm, USA

Title: 5G NR in 3GPP RAN: Current Status and Future Perspectives

Abstract: Despite the extreme challenges caused by COVID-19, 5G NR standardization in 3GPP is now entering a second phase with an official name: 5G-advanced, whose official logo was approved in April 2021. In this talk, we will first present the current status of 5G NR in 3GPP, followed by a detailed introduction of what’s lying ahead. It is expected that 5G advanced would not only continue evolving the traditional mobile broadband, but also provide further expansion to vertical domains. In addition, a good balance of device evolution vs. network evolution is necessary. Moreover, the evolutions would target commercial deployments not simply for an immediate commercial need, but also for longer-term commercial potentials, which is necessary in laying a solid foundation for future advances including 6G.

Bio: Wanshi Chen is currently 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Chair appointed in April 2021. From August 2017 to May 2021, he was 3GPP TSG RAN1 Chair, where under this position, he has successfully managed and led successful delivery of the first and the second 5G New Radio (NR) releases. He was a RAN1 vice chair from August 2013 to August 2017. Wanshi has over 20 years of experiences in telecommunications in leading telecom companies including operators, infrastructure vendors, and chipset vendors. He has been with Qualcomm since 2006. The highest degree that Wanshi has received is a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Wanshi is an avid Marathon runner with a personal best time of 2 hours and 54 minutes.