New Focused sessions proposals (author, title, short description) should be sent to prof. Pleskacz till 30.11.2017.

Focused sessions of Track 1

Focused session 1-1 (Joint session of MIKON and URSI) Highly-Integrated Millimeter-Wave Radar Sensors in SiGe BiCMOS Technologies
Focused session 1-2 Recent advancements in computer vision and image processing with special focus on deep learning methods

Focused sessions of Track 4

Focused session 4-1 Medical Cyber-Physical Systems – Challenges, design, and applications

Focused sessions of Track 5

Focused session 5-1 Radio Channel Modelling in 5G Networks
Focused session 5-2 Radio Channel Modelling for Special Applications
Focused session 5-3 (Joint session of MIKON and URSI) Electromagnetic fields and waves in the ELF and VLF range

Focused sessions of Track 6

Focused session 6-1 mmWave Communications in 5G
Focused session 6-2 Wireless technologies for high-density WLAN networks
Focused session 6-3 Dynamic Spectrum Access
Focused session 6-4 D2D Communications in the 5G Era
Focused session 6-5 Energy-Efficient 5G Communication

Joint focused session of URSI and MIKON:
„Highly-Integrated Millimeter-Wave Radar Sensors in SiGe BiCMOS Technologies”

Focus area overview

Recent advances in Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS technologies in terms of high frequency characteristics have opened up the mm-wave frequency region for the implementation of high-performance sensor applications with an unprecedented level of resolution and integration. Low-cost miniaturized multi-channel radar sensors with extremely high complexity become feasible in the SiGe BiCMOS technologies. To push the radar sensor into broader application areas, research and developments are currently being carried out to further increase its integration level, reduce its manufacturing cost and use novel modulation techniques suitable for MIMO operations. This session will present the latest SiGe radar sensors at different frequency bands and for various applications. It will focus on novel scalable radar architecture and circuit topology, integration of antennas and different radar techniques.

Session chair/organizer:

Session co-chair:

Dr Herman Jalli Ng

Circuit Design / mm-Wave Wireless
IHP – Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Pohl,

Professorship for Integrated Systems,
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Focused session:
„Recent advancements in computer vision and image processing with special focus on deep learning methods”

Focus area overview

Computer vision has recently gained significant attention from the research community as one of the first successful artificial intelligence domains that can be useful in everyday life. Visual search recognition, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping and object detection and classification are just a few examples of applications that have been integrated both in hardware and software solutions. Moreover, recently proposed advancements in many of those solutions involve tight integration with other sensors available in modern mobile devices, e.g. infrared scanners, depth sensors or magnetic field detectors. In this session, we will discuss successful applications of computer vision and image processing methods in working applications, their theoretical background as well as their relation to multimodal signal processing.

Session chair/organizer:

dr inż. Tomasz Trzciński

The Institute of Computer Science
Warsaw University of Technology

Tomasz Trzciński is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Graphics in the Institute of Computer Science at Warsaw University of Technology since 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Vision at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2014. He has (co)-authored papers in top-tier computer science conferences (CVPR, ECCV, NIPS) and high impact factor journals (TPAMI, TIP, TMM, PRL). He frequently serves as a reviewer in major computer vision conferences (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, BMVC) and international journals (TPAMI, VISI, CVIU, TCSVT). His professional appointments include work with Google in 2013, Qualcomm Corporate R&D in 2012 and Telefónica R&D in 2010. In 2017, he was appointed a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Focused session:
„Medical Cyber-Physical Systems – Challenges, design, and applications”

Focus area overview

Medical Cyber Physical Systems (MCPS) represent a new generation of dependable, interconnected, intelligent systems of medical devices that enable a holistic treatment of patients. MCPS are recognized as a separate class of Cyber-Physical Systems due to a tight integration of embedded control of the networked medical devices with complex and often life-critical human physical processes. New innovative applications of autonomous, adaptive, learning and cooperative MCPS are becoming feasible.
Telemonitoring as a part of telemedicine is of rising importance, diversity and scale of medical services. It enables an early recognition of threatening symptoms, long-term monitoring and care in the comfort of patients’ homes, using information transfer instead of costly transport of patients or physicians. MCPS by presenting a new level of integrated network intelligence offer possibilities for radically new telemedical services.
This Focused Session is soliciting papers that address design issues of dependable MCPS systems including: model driven development, networking based on modern wireless technologies, human-machine interfaces, reference architectures, integrated tool sets for MCPS design, and interoperability of medical devices. Furthermore, we would like to discuss innovative applications of CPS in healthcare.

Session chair/organizer:

prof. dr hab. Janusz Jeżewski,
dr inż. Adam Pawlak,
prof. Andrzej Pułka,

Focused session:
„Radio Channel Modelling in 5G Networks”

Focus area overview

In order to ensure the overall system performance of the 5th-generation (5G) radio communication networks, a good and deep understanding of the radio channel is required. This has to be made possible by studying propagation channel via measurements, simulations and developing models considering various network types and various scenarios (e.g. mmWave communications, body area networks, vehicular communications, M2M communications, etc.). This session will give the possibility to exchange views on various methodologies of channel modelling, including simulation and measurements, and to discuss approaches to integrate results in order to build flexible channel models for 5G networks.

Session chair/organizer:

dr inż. Sławomir J. Ambroziak,

Focused session:
„Radio Channel Modelling for Special Applications”

Focus area overview

Currently conducted measurement and simulation studies focus on radio channel analysis for different environments, especially in the context of the upcoming 5G solutions. Development of systems for special applications i.e. high-speed data transmission in maritime and coastal environment, airborne localization applications require knowledge about radio channel to maximize their efficiency. On this session the radio channel modelling for special applications will be discussed focusing on unusual environments i.e. maritime, air, mines etc.

Session chair/organizer:

Krzysztof K. Cwalina,
Piotr Rajchowski,

Joint focused session of URSI  and MIKON:
„Electromagnetic fields and waves in the ELF and VLF range”

Focus area overview

The main goal of this session is to present recent studies in the areas of extremely low frequency (ELF, f < 3 kHz) and very low frequency (VLF, 3-30 kHz) electromagnetic waves. We are particularly interested in modeling and measurements of natural electromagnetic fields and their sources, but other contributions that advance knowledge in the ELF and VLF range are also welcomed.
Solicited topics for this session include, but are not limited to:

  • modeling radio wave propagation in the ground-ionosphere waveguide
  • modeling sources and their radiation (lightning discharges, atmospheric discharges associated with Transient Luminous Events)
  • estimating source parameters using inverse solutions
  • the Schumann resonances in the spherical ground-ionosphere cavity
  • influence of strong lightning discharges on the parameters of ground-ionosphere waveguide
  • influence of space weather on radio wave propagation
  • radiolocation and remote sensing of natural sources in the ELF and VLF range
  • antennas, receivers, and signal processing.

Session chair/organizer:

Janusz Mlynarczyk

Department of Electronics,
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Janusz Mlynarczyk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics, AGH University of Science and Technology. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France, and from AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. His Ph.D. research focused on radio wave propagation in the ionosphere.
He has co-authored more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Radio Science, and Journal of Geophysical Research. His fields of interest include antennas, radio wave propagation in the ELF, HF and UHF bands, wireless communication, and RF electronics.

Focused session:
„mmWave Communications in 5G”

Focus area overview

The race is ongoing globally towards developing key technical components and concepts for a new 5G mobile radio access technology operating in frequency bands in the range 6 to 100 GHz. The use of such high frequencies for mobile communications is challenging but necessary for supporting 5G’s extreme mobile broadband service which will require very high (up to 10 Gbps) data rates, and in some scenarios, also very low end-to-end latencies (down to 1 ms). This special session will focus on signal processing techniques and communication algorithms and theory for mmWave Communications in 5G.

Keywords: 5G, mm-wave, access, backhaul, fronthaul

Session chair/organizer:

Tommy Svensson

Department of Electrical Engineering,
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden,

Tommy Svensson [S’98, M’03, SM’10] is Professor in Communication Systems at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he is leading the Wireless Systems research on air interface and wireless backhaul networking technologies for future wireless systems. He received a Ph.D. in Information theory from Chalmers in 2003, and he has worked at Ericsson AB with core networks, radio access networks, and microwave transmission products. He was involved in the European WINNER and ARTIST4G projects that made important contributions to the 3GPP LTE standards, the EU FP7 METIS and the EU H2020 5GPPP mmMAGIC 5G projects, and currently in the EU H2020 5GPPP 5GCar project, as well as in the ChaseOn antenna systems excellence center at Chalmers targeting mm-wave solutions for 5G access, backhaul and V2X scenarios. His main research interests are in design and analysis of physical layer algorithms, multiple access, resource allocation, cooperative systems, moving networks and satellite networks. He has co-authored three books, 63 journal papers, 114 conference papers and 49 public EU projects deliverables. He is Chairman of the IEEE Sweden joint Vehicular Technology/ Communications/ Information Theory Societies chapter, has served as editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and as coordinator of the Communication Engineering Master’s Program at Chalmers,

Focused session:
„Wireless technologies for high-density WLAN networks”

Focus area overview

All over the world hundreds of millions wireless devices are shipped every year. A great number of researches still develop new transmission and receiving methods to improve the wireless performance. These methods (MIMO technique, Space Time Coding, transmit beamforming, transmit diversity, LDPC and turbocoding, MAC throughput enhancements, etc.) allow to achieve greater range and higher data rate of the wireless communications.
The purpose of the special session is an answer the following question: “How to provide the users of high-density wireless networks with the highest throughput and required transmission quality?”
The main goal of this special session is to discuss original technical problems ranged over the following topics connected with the high-density wireless networks: Quality of Service mechanisms, Channel Coding, Space Time Coding, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output techniques, OFDM Systems, Multiuser Detection, Receiver Algorithms, Interference Rejection, MAC Efficiency Enhancements, Security Methods..

Session chair/organizer:

dr inż. Piotr Remlein,
dr hab. inż. Maciej Krasicki,
dr inż. Robert Kotrys,
dr hab. inż. Paweł Szulakiewicz, prof. PP;

Focused session:
„Dynamic Spectrum Access”

Focus area overview

Explosion of the technical systems using wireless technologies (“addicted to spectrum“) results in the intense increase of spectrum scarcities. Big data transmitted by commercial and non-commercial networks needs more spectrum and more effective spectrum use. These circumstances became an inspiration to create a concept of spectrum sharing and as the result of it is the paradigm of dynamic spectrum access. The embodiment of this philosophy is cognitive radio.
The main goal of this session is to discuss wide range of topics related to the implementation of this paradigm into practice.

Session chair/organizer:

dr hab. inż. Marek Suchański, prof. WIŁ,

Focused session:
„D2D Communications in the 5G Era”

Focus area overview

Device-to-device (D2D) communications will enable direct communications between devices in cellular networks, thus potentially improving the spectrum utilization of the geographical region, enhancing the overall throughput, and increasing energy efficiency, also enabling new peer-to-peer and location-based applications and services, as well as help offload traffic from congested traditional cellular networks.
D2D systems should be able to use the same spectrum resources occupied by traditional cellular devices via an opportunistic manner in order to facilitate the point-to-point connectivity needed in D2D communications. Innovative network architectures and applications will redefine the current state-of-the-art with respect to wireless connectivity, 5G next generation cellular communications, Internet of Things (IoT), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

Session chair/organizer:

Dr Vlad Popescu received the M.Sc. degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering in 1999 and the PhD degree in Telecommunications in 2006, both from the Transilvania University of Brasov / Romania. In 2000 he spent four months at the University of Malmö in Sweden specializing in Multimedia applications. In 2001 / 2002 he spent one year as a research fellow at the Technical University in Aachen, Germany. In 2004 / 2005 he returned to Aachen at the same University to finish the experimental part of his PhD studies on wireless communication in underground environments. In 2009 he has been visiting professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari.
Dr. Popescu is since 2000 with the Department of Electronics and Computers, Transilvania University of Brasov / Romania, currently as an associate professor. He also collaborates close with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari / Italy both on research and didactical level. His main research topics of interest are telecommunications, cognitive radio systems, multimedia and IoT applications.

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Dr Mauro Fadda is a post doc researcher in Electronic and Information Engineering at the University of Cagliari/Italy. In 2007 he spent one year as a researcher at the I.E.I.I.T. / C.N.R. (National Research Center) in Bologna developing UMTS mobile-network simulation software. In 2008/2009 he was a researcher at the Sardegna Ricerche (Research Center of Sardinia) in Pula/Italy implementing different web communication applications. In 2010 he received a two years “Young Researchers Grant” funded by Sardinia Region studing on wireless sensor networks and cognitive technologies. He received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2006 from the University of Bologna/Italy and his Ph.D. from the University of Cagliari/Italy in 2013. In 2014/2015 he worked on “Opportunistic Vehicle to Grid Communications in the UHF Band” for the research unit of the Italian University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) at the University of Cagliari. Currently, he is working on a project titled “Cognitive Smart TV: a joint Social Internet of Things and Cognitive Radio approach for future broadcasting services”.

Focused session:
„Energy-Efficient 5G Communication”

Focus area overview

We will discuss several problems referring to 5G Internet of Things, Energy-Efficient 5G Communication and Resource Pricing in 5G.

Session chair/organizer:

Prof. dr hab. inż. Hanna Bogucka,