IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
24–27 June 2024 // Tbilisi, Georgia

Tutorials

TUT-01: Spectrum Coexistence in Modern and Future Wireless Networks

Monday, June 24 | 8:30 - 10:00 

ABSTRACT

The wireless spectrum has become a valuable resource due to the increasing capacity demands in modern wireless technologies. While it is commonly known for its importance in the context of cellular communications, it is also significantly important in many other applications such as WiFi, satellite communications, radio altimiter, to name a few. Hence, it is particularly important to regulate the use of such an important resource among different applications. Additionally, it is important to design smart coexistence solutions between different technologies in a way that ensures a certain level of performance quality for each of these coexisting technologies. For instance, 5G communication systems can cause harmful interference to radio altimiter, which is used by aircrafts to estimate their altitude during take off and landing. Similarly, while 28-GHz band is licensed for fixed satellite services for Earth-to-space uplink transmissions, it is also used by the terrestrial cellular and backhaul networks for downlink operation. Another example is the 6-GHz which has recently been unlocked for unlicensed use by WiFi and cellular networks, in addition to incumbent applications which includes fixed point communications such as wireless backhaul. Hence, it is important to model, analyse, and design coexistence techniques for each of the aforementioned scenarios while accurately capturing the imposed regulations.

In this tutorial, we discuss analytical approaches that enable designing such techniques in a tractable way, lending useful insights to the network designers. In particular, we cover each of the coexistence scenarios provided above in addition to providing a detailed description of how stochastic geometry can be used to provide a framework that helps in modelling and designing an efficient coexistence technique.

BIOS

Mustafa A. Kishk [S’16, M’18] is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Engineering Department at Maynooth University, Ireland. Before that, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the communication theory lab at KAUST. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from Cairo University in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2018. His current research interests include UAV-enabled communication systems and satellite communications.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini [S’94-M’98-SM’03-F’09] was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining KAUST, Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

 

TUT-02: Towards Integrated, Intelligent and Ubiquitous 6G Connectivity

Monday, June 24 | Part 1 - 13:00 - 14:30

Monday, June 24 | Part 1 - 15:00 - 16:30    

ABSTRACT

Following the recently adopted IMT-2030 framework by ITU-R, several major technologies of integrated sensing and communications (ISAC), intelligent metasurfaces (IM), such as reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), and nonterrestrial networks (NTN) for integrated, intelligent and ubiquitous 6G connectivity have emerged which herald a new era by transcending conventional communication networks and infrastructure to highly energy efficient, with ultrahigh data rates, shared hardware and spectral resources, smart radio environment, with exploration of high frequency bands such as centimeter wave (cmWave), terahertz (THz), and multiple use cases for 6G, such as ISAC for robotics, and NTN for public safety. The amalgamation of these technologies, such as IM-assisted ISAC, NTN with ISAC signalling, IM aided NTN-TN integration, will also provide a paradigm shift to the way we communicate wirelessly today. Early study items on ISAC are being carried out in 3GPP Rel. 19 to support communications-assisted sensing, and sensing assisted communications. While since 3GPP Rel. 17, NTN technology is one of the major technologies considered for global connectivity. In this direction, evolving signal processing methods, edge-cloud computing, AI and next generation multiple access (NGMA)-assisted deployments for low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/flying platforms, have drastically changed the current realization of the space, sky and terrestrial communication networks. Besides, interference management using NGMA approaches such as rate-splitting multiple access, becomes important for multibeam multicast LEO satellites in NTN. This tutorial presents a comprehensive overview of emerging solutions, vision, trends, fundamentals, challenges, use cases, technology synergies among ISAC, IM and NTN, to provide integrated, intelligent and ubiquitous 6G connectivity.

BIOS

Prof. Aryan Kaushik is with University of Sussex, UK, since 2021. Previously he has been with UCL, UK, University of Edinburgh, UK, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, and held visiting appointments at Imperial College London, UK, University of Bologna, Italy, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Athena RC, Greece, and Beihang University, China. He is Editor of three upcoming books by Elsevier, IEEE CTN, IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, IEEE OJCOMS (Best Editor Award 2023), IEEE Communications Letters (Exemplary Editor 2023) and several IEEE special issues such as in IEEE Network, IEEE IoT Magazine, IEEE OJCOMS, etc. He has delivered 58 invited speeches/tutorials globally such as at IEEE ICC 2024, IEEE ICMLCN 2024, IEEE VTC-Spring 2023-24, IEEE GLOBECOM 2023, etc. He has been involved in 9 Organizing/Technical Program Committees of IEEE conferences such as IEEE ICC 2024-26, IEEE ICMLCN 2024, IEEE WCNC 2023-24, IEEE BlackSeaCom 2024, IEEE WF-PST 2024, etc., and has organized over 16 workshops in IEEE conferences such as IEEE ICC 2024, IEEE GLOBECOM 2023, IEEE PIMRC 2022-2024, etc.

Prof. Wonjae Shin is Associate Professor at Korea University, South Korea. Prior to that, he was Faculty Member with Ajou University and Pusan National University. He received B.S. and M.S. from KAIST, South Korea, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and Ph.D. from Seoul National University, in 2017. From 2007-14, he was a Technical Staff with the Samsung AIT and Samsung Electronics Ltd., South Korea. From 2016-18, he was Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow with Princeton University, NJ, USA. He was recipient of Fred W. Ellersick Prize and Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award from IEEE ComSoc in 2020, Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award in 2017, Gold Prize from IEEE Student Paper Contest in 2014, and Award of the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea in 2017. He was a co-recipient of the SAIT Patent Award (2010), Samsung JIT (2010), Samsung Human Tech Paper Contest (2010), and Samsung CEO Award (2013). He is Editor for IEEE OJCOMS, workshop co-chair at IEEE flagship conferences.

 

TUT-03: Towards Ultra Reliable Wi-Fi

Monday, June 24 | 10:30 - 12:00 

ABSTRACT

Typically, achieving highly reliable data transmission means ensuring a high probability of data delivery. With sufficient leeway in the delay constraints, reliable delivery can be easily provided with retransmission of undelivered packets. However, this problem changes drastically if delay budgets are small. This challenge is known as ultra-reliable low-latency communications in 5G or support of real-time applications in the Wi-Fi 7 domain. In Wi-Fi networks, which currently handle about half of all user traffic, the primary obstacles to timely packet delivery include random access issues, interference, and traffic surges. With the rising popularity of Cloud VR applications, online gaming, and industrial automation, the demands for low latency, minimal packet loss, and high throughput are becoming increasingly challenging.

In this tutorial, we will explore strategies to satisfy these demands consistently for any user, at any time, and in any location. We will explain the main features of modern Wi-Fi, including MU-MIMO and OFDMA, multi-link operation and so others introduced in the recently released IEEE 802.11ax standard aka Wi-Fi 6 and IEEE 802.11be aka Wi-Fi 7 that is under development now. We will explain, why they cannot guarantee quality of service for real-time applications, though the latter is its key target. Finally, we will describe how the Wi-Fi 8 technology, the development of which commenced in 2023, aims to tackle this challenge by promising ultra-high reliability.

We will consider how promising approaches are being implemented in the future Wi-Fi standard, what and why is left beyond the scope of the standard, and how the research community can contribute to maximizing user experience in Wi-Fi networks.

BIO

Prof. Evgeny Khorov (Ph.D.'12, D.Sc.'22, IEEE Senior Member) leads the Wireless Networks Lab of the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His main research interests are related to next-generation Wi-Fi, 5G/6G systems, Wireless Internet of Things, and QoS-aware optimization. He has led dozens of academic and industrial projects. Being a voting member of IEEE 802.11, he contributed to the Wi-Fi 6 standard. He has authored over 180 papers, which received several Best Paper Awards from IEEE/ACM/Elsevier. Also, he was awarded national and international prizes in science and technology. Evgeny Khorov gives tutorials and participates in panels at large IEEE events. He chaired TPC of various IEEE and IETF conferences and workshops. In 2020, he was awarded as the Editor of the year of Ad Hoc Networks.

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