< ICIIS 2019


Venue: OZO, Colombo
Date: 20th December 2019
Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

 Author registrants can freely attend one workshop session.
 Author registrants and workshop only registrants can freely attend the special session “5G Development, Applications and Research in 6G”.

Special Session on “5G Development, Applications and Research in 6G”

This session introduces you to 5G development, applications first. As we all know the deployment of 5G is underway. It is thus important to understand different possibilities as opposed to currently available 4G. The concept of small infrastructure operators, factory automation and vehicular networking are also some areas that need further discussion in the context of 5G. Prof. Nandana Rajatheva's talk will go into detail in these as well as the research leading to 6G. Visible light communication is also becoming a relevant area as we go higher in frequencies and Prof. Marcos Katz discusses possibilities here in terms of 6G research. With pervasive connections, security is a very important aspect to be fully investigated. Dr. Madhusanka Liyanage elaborates on the opportunities here. As a vertical application in 5G, Dr. Anil Fernando discusses intelligent mobility in high traffic areas.

Nandana Rajatheva is currently a Professor in Digital Transmission Techniques at the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland. He is a senior member of IEEE since 2001. His research interests include waveforms, channel coding for URLLC, application of beyond 5G machine learning in PHY/MAC and autonomous vehicles. His team includes 10 doctoral students, 10 Masters Students and 3 postdoctoral fellows. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 1987 ranking first in the graduating class. He obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He was a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar during the graduate studies in Manitoba. He held Professor / Associate Professor positions at University of Moratuwa and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand from 1995- 2010. He has supervised over 100 Masters and doctoral students and published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. He is now involved with 6G flagship project (2018-2026) at University of Oulu focusing on broadband connectivity and in the preparation of EU flagship project for 6G leading the task in machine learning for air interface design. He is the TPC chair of the 6G wireless summit to be held in March 2020 in Levi, Finland.

“Radio Access - 5G to 6G” by Prof. Nandana Rajatheva

5G wireless systems are now beginning to be deployed delivering broadband services known as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) along with the now well-known massive MIMO. In contrast to 4G industry-driven applications through machine type communications (MTC) are going to play a significant role. The concept of ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) is novel in 5G. In addition, there is expectation that a large number of low power devices are going to be connected giving rise to massive machine type communications (mMTC). This necessitates innovative methods of granting access and being energy efficient incorporating wireless energy transfer and related techniques. With mmWave we have more bandwidth, though it results in several challenges due to narrow beam widths and a large number of antenna elements to be used. Thus, currently beam alignment and related issues are under investigation. The applications needing localized services require positioning for transportation and logistics systems, augmented reality and health care. Moving to 6G, higher frequencies in the range of 300 GHz to THz are being investigated. Bit rates are expected to go into Tbps range. There is also a trend of going from massive MIMO in 5G to cell-free massive MIMO in 6G. Given the distributed nature of network, efforts are under way to incorporate aspects of AI, machine learning to air interface and other relevant areas. This talk will discuss current scenario in 5G, applications and research leading into 6G.

Marcos Katz is a Professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, since Dec. 2009. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Oulu, Finland, in 1995 and 2002, respectively. He worked in different positions at Nokia, Finland between 1987 and 2001. In 2001–2002 he was a Research Scientist at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu. In years 2003–2005 Dr. Katz was the Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics, Advanced Research Lab., Telecommunications R&D Center, Suwon, Korea. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as a Chief Research Scientist at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland. Prof. Katz served as the chair of Working Group 5 (on short-range communications) for the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in 2008-2012. Prof. Katz has written and edited six books in different areas of mobile and wireless communications. He has written more than 170 publications and holds more than 50 patents.

“Opportunities for VLC in 6G” by Prof. Marcos Katz

In this talk, we present and discuss the opportunities for visible light communications (VLC) in the upcoming 6G. As very high frequency bands are currently been considered for 6G, e.g., mm-waves and THz, the role of optical wireless communications is becoming increasingly important in future communications. First, the joint exploitation of radio and optical communications as a flexible way to provide wireless connectivity is discussed. A reconfigurable radio-optical network is presented. Our experimental testbed will also be introduced, and possible applications of such system will be presented. Other novels use of VLC will be discussed, including light-based IoT (LIoT) as well as the concept of living surfaces.

Dr. Madhusanka Liyanage is currently an Assistant Professor/Marie Curie Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his B.Sc. degree (First Class Honours) in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2009, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, in 2011, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in communication engineering from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, in 2016. From 2011 to 2012, he worked a Research Scientist at the I3S Laboratory and Inria, Shopia Antipolis, France. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Data61, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia, the Infolabs21, Lancaster University, U.K., and Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales during 2015-2018.

He has co-authored over 70 publications including three edited books with Wiley and one patent. Moreover, He has received two best Paper Awards in the areas of SDMN security (at NGMAST 2015) and 5G Security (at IEEE CSCN 2017). Additionally, he has been awarded two research grants and 21 other prestigious awards/scholarships during his research career. Dr. Liyanage has worked for more than twelve EU, international and national projects in ICT domain. He held responsibilities as a leader of work packages in several national and EU projects. Currently, he is the Finnish national coordinator for EU COST Action CA15127 on resilient communication services. In addition, he is/was serving as a management committee member for four other EU COST action projects namely EU COST Action IC1301, IC1303, CA15107, CA16226 and CA16116. Liyanage has over three years’ experience in research project management, research group leadership, research project proposal preparation, project progress documentation and graduate student co-supervision/mentoring, skills. In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, he won the Best Researcher Award at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu for his excellent contribution in project management and dissemination activities. Additionally, two of the research projects (MEVICO and SIGMONA projects) received the CELTIC and ITEA Excellence/innovation Awards in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Dr. Liyanage's research interests are 5G, SDN, IoT, Blockchain, MEC, mobile and virtual network security. More Info at www.madhusanka.com

“5G Security: Opportunities and Challenges” by Dr. Madushanka Liyanage

The evolution of mobile telecommunication networks is accompanied by new demands for the performance, portability, elasticity and energy efficiency of network functions. As a result, 5G mobile networks will adopt new networking concepts to improve the performance. The telecommunication standardization bodies are working on integrating novel networking concepts such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Cloud Computing, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Network Slicing principles to telecommunication networks. The target of such efforts is to innovate and develop new network concepts for meeting the future requirements of the evolving mobile networks. Present-day, mobile networks are suffering from many security limitations such as Securing only the perimeter, Distributed and uncoordinated security mechanisms, tightly coupled to physical resources, lack of adaptation and interoperability, over-provisioned security mechanisms, vulnerability to various IP based attacks, lack of visibility and high network monitoring overhead. The introduction of network softwarization, programmability, NFV, the separation of the control and data planes, the introduction of new network functions and even the introduction of new stakeholders such as Mobile Virtual network Operators (MVNO) are expected to solve the security limitation of current telecommunication networks. Despite the expected advantages, the adaptation of SDN, NFV, MEC and slicing concepts also brings many security disadvantages as well. For instance, adaptation of these technologies will minimize the technological gap between the common IP networks and 5G telecommunication networks. As a result, 5G mobile networks will be vulnerable to most the attacks which are available in general SDN and IP networks. Therefore, the introduction of all these new features has impact on how security needs to be assured and managed in 5G networks. This talk not only focuses on new opportunities but also on new challenges and vulnerabilities related to 5G security.

Prof. Anil Fernando received the B.Sc. Engineering degree (First class) in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1995 and the MEng degree (Distinction) in Telecommunications from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand in 1997. He completed his PhD in video processing and communications at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, UK in February 2001. Currently, he is leading the multimedia communications research group at the University of Surrey, UK. Prior to that, he was a senior lecturer in Brunel University, UK and an assistant professor in AIT. He coordinated several large international/national projects on video processing and communications. Currently he is leading two large international projects and has published more than 350 peer reviewed international papers and delivered more than 20 invited talks in major IEEE conferences. His main expertise is on video processing and communications/cloud communications, security, artificial intelligence and machine learning, 5G, Quality of Experience (QoE), intelligent video encoding for wireless systems and signal processing for other disciplines. He is a fellow of the HEA, UK.

“5G Vertical Applications: Autonomous Driven truck for Management Operations for Airports and Intelligent Mobility” by Dr. Anil Fernando

Services integrators with focus on transport infrastructure developing full stack driverless vehicle platforms and related intelligent mobility solutions are gaining a huge attention from the industry at the moment. High Traffic Destinations (HTDs) such as Airports, Shopping centres and business parks are some of these applications. Intelligent mobility optimisation platform that enables and enhances Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and supporting systems (e.g., fleet management) utilising principles from the fields of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and 5G technology. The markets are new yet grow fast. Some examples of markets are:

  • Mobility-as-a-Service and Freight-as-a-Service: global revenues of £810 Billion by 2030;
  • The Internet of Things: Market Cap of US$561Billion by 2022;
  • Concierge Services & Artificial Intelligence: Global Duty Free Market Cap of £59.37Billion by 2019;
  • Autonomous Pods (incl. environmental sensors): £51Billion per annum in the UK by 2030.

With the emerging 5G technology and AI are to accelerate the adoption of innovative transport and mobility solutions in smart cities and High Traffic Destinations to address accessibility, inclusivity, congestion and climate change for a sustainable future.

In this talk a real-time use case scenario of adopting autonomous technology at Southampton airport at UK will be discussed and presented.