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Advanced Technologies for Disaster-Resilient Networks

Date/Time: Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 11:00 - 12:30

Session Moderator Nei Kato, Professor, Tohoku University

Yoshiaki Nemoto, Director, Resilient ICT Research Center, NiCT
Hiroshi Kumagai, Vice Director, Resilient ICT Research Cener, NiCT
Atsushi Takahara, Executive Director, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories
Fumiyuki Adachi, Professor, Tohoku University
Noriharu Suematu, Professor, Tohoku University

The 3-11 devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 rendered destructive damage to the communication networks across a wide area of East Japan. The significance of promptly establishing disaster-resilient/disaster-relief networks has been reaffirmed in terms of the need to provide robust communication means to people in the affected areas, where the communication infrastructure is knocked out. In light of the increasing disasters around the globe, the theme of facilitating communication in emergency situations is of paramount importance. For setting out a course for solving this pressing issue, Japanese Government has initiated the National Project with a budget of more than 10 billion Yen starting after the disaster for constructing flexible and multiple networks by combining all technologies covering physical to application layers. Tohoku University, with a unique first-hand experience in encountering the significant damage made by the earthquake and tsunami in the Sendai area, has been collaborating with National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NiCT), NTT, and other organizations under the strong support of the government. In this IF&E panel, key members from government, industry (NTT), national institute (NiCT), and academia (Tohoku University) will be invited to serve as panelists. The whole national project will be introduced with the detailed research and development (R&D) results. Upon demonstrating the developed prototype, discussions with attendees from the aspects of latest wireless, mesh, ad hoc communication technologies, will be conducted. By sharing what Japan has experienced in the disaster, addressing the common challenge in disaster-resilient networks, and for the purpose of fully utilizing the results across the world in the future.

Immersive and 3D Multimedia

Date/Time: Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 14:30 - 16:00

Session Moderator Daniel Austin, Head of Research, Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre

Matthew Farrelly, VR Technical Manager, Mines Rescue
Anthony Collins, Product Leader, Cruiser Interactive
Justin Baird, Group Director of Innovation, Jumptank
Colin Wood, Leader, Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Systems, NSW Department of Education and Communities
Farzad Safaei, Founder and CTO, iSee Video Collaboration

Advanced multimedia is poised to reshape our society in the coming decade with a profound, transformative and disruptive impact on the services sector. Thanks to significant advances in the last few decades, the capability to generate, process, transmit and store multimedia content is now commonplace. But recent developments in immersive multimedia are likely to enable new modes of engagement. For example, immersive display systems and 3D virtual presence are now utilized to significantly improve complex training tasks or new revenue opportunities.; and utilizing a common virtual environment augmented with real content, such as spatially accurate audio and videos of a dispersed group (referred to as augmented virtuality), provides a compelling service delivery platform for remote education, distributed workforce and socialization. The path towards creating a seamless integration of the real and the virtual appears open and very exciting. In this panel, a number of leading case studies in this space are presented to highlight the future potential of this emerging technology.

5G - Global Initiatives and Spectrum

Date/Time:Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 16:30 - 18:30

Session Moderator Kyungwhoon Cheun, Senior Vice President, Head of Communications Research Team, DMC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Youngnam Han, Professor, KAIST; Head of Steering Committee, 5G Forum
Takehiro Nakamura, Director, Radio Access Network Development Department, NTT DoCoMo, Inc.; Leader of IMT-Partnership Group, ARIB and ARIB 2020 & Beyond Ad Hoc
Xiaohu You, Professor, Southeast University; 5G Expert Group of 863 Plan / IMT-2020 Promotion Group / FuTURE FORUM
Sun Lixin, Director, Huawei Technologies; WG Chair, ITU-R WP5D Technology WG / AWG
Eric Dahlman, Senior Expert, Radio Access, Technologies, Ericsson Research
Philipp Deibert, General Manager NGMN Alliance

The race to search for innovative solutions to enable the Next Generation Mobile Communications (5G era) has recently begun worldwide. In early 2013, the European Commission announced that it would invest €50 million in 2013 for 5G research in multiple projects such as METIS, quickly followed by  the formation of the Chinese Government-led IMT-2020 Promotion Group in February 2013, the initiation of the Korean Government-led 5G Forum in May 2013, and the formation of 2020 and Beyond Ad-hoc within ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses), Japan, in October, 2013. While the standardization of 5G specifications in standards  bodies such as the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and the formal ratification of 5G standards by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are still several years away, many share the vision of targeting 2020 for the initial commercialization of 5G cellular with drastically enhanced user experiences in several aspects including Gbps data rate support. Along with the 5G Vision & Requirements foreseen, the pressure of scarce spectrum resources is being magnified as the most critical issue. As such, the wireless communications community has recently turned its attention to the higher frequency bands (e.g., millimeter-wave) as a promising solution to alleviate the pressure of spectrum crunch. The idea behind the higher frequency bands is to take advantage of the huge and unexploited/under-utilized spectrum for mobile communications. Accordingly, regional/global spectrum activities have begun including studies on the spectrum coexistence, allocation for mobile cellular usages, and regulations. This session aims to bring together the experts involved in the 5G activities worldwide for presentations and discussion on the 5G Global Initiative with sharing Regional 5G Activities and viewpoints on Spectrum/Regulation for 5G cellular.

Green ICT

Date/Time: Thursday, 12 June 2014, 09:00 - 10:30

Session Moderator Charles Despins, President & CEO, Prompt inc.

Kerry Hinton, Principal Research Fellow; Director, Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications, University of Melbourne
Pierre Boucher, Director, Research, Ericsson
Mohamed Cheriet, Canada Research Chair, Sustainable and Smart Eco-Cloud; Director, Synchromedia Lab, University of Quebec (ETS)
Steve Collier, Director, Smart Grid Strategies, Milsoft Utility Solutions

Green ICT broadly refers to greening ICT infrastructures and greening through ICT applications various sectors of the economy. These environmental benefits can be in the form of improved energy efficiency, mitigation of carbon and polluting emissions as well as improved life cycle management. This panel session will address these challenges from both the communications and energy sector perspective with a focus on optical and wireless links, clouds and smart grids.

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems

Date/Time: Thursday, 12 June 2014, 14:00 - 15:30

Session Moderator Glenn Geers, Technology Director, Infrastructure Transport& Logistics, National ICT Australia

Mr John Wall, Manger, Road Safety Technology, Centre for Road Safety, Transport for New South Wales
Mr Stuart Ballingall, Project Director - Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, Austroads
Prof Alex Grant, Director Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia
Prof Pascal Perez, Research Director, SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Increasing traffic congestion is a worldwide problem that not only causes driver frustration but also has serious consequences for economic productivity, environmental sustainability and road safety. Many cities have deployed measures such as traffic signals to help alleviate these negative impacts. However, such measures are simply not enough given the ever increasing traffic demand.

Modern ICT systems in the form of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in which vehicles communicate with each other and with surrounding infrastructure provides a way forward. Such systems can take traffic efficiency, environmental sustainability and safety to levels well beyond those achievable by standalone systems.

In this session we will discuss some of the advantages of these systems and some of the barriers to their deployment in an Australian context.

Path from Research to Industry

Date/Time: Friday 13 June, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Session Moderator Daniel Austin, Head of Research, Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre

Dean Gingell, Principal, Lens10 Pty Ltd
Paul McCarthy, Director, Strategy & Innovation, Sirca Group Ltd
Jeremy Brun, Staff Software Engineer, Dolby Australia
Khimji Vaghjiani, Business Advisor, NSW Department of Trade and Investment

Commercial realization of one’s research is perhaps one of the most rewarding outcomes of R&D. However, given the fast pace of change in the communications sector and the market uncertainty associated with new products, the transition from a research idea or prototype to a viable commercial product remains a significant challenge. In this panel session, a number of leading innovators and entrepreneurs present their experience of going through this journey and discuss the pitfalls and the exciting opportunities encountered along the way.

Wireless Backhauls for Future Broadband Networks

Date/Time: Friday, 13 June 2014, 14:00 - 15:30

Session Moderator Jay Guo, Professor, CSIRO

Dr Woo-Jin Byun, Principal Researcher, Microwave Technology Research Section, ETRI, South Korea
Dr Xiaojing Huang, CSIRO
Monisha Ghosh, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Communications, Inc., USA


With the emergence of next generation broadband wireless access and mobile systems, huge demands are being placed on the backhaul infrastructure. As cost-effective alternatives to traditional copper and fibre backhauls, high speed wireless backhauls become more and more attractive. Meanwhile, small cell techniques have been recognized as the best ways to deliver high capacity in future 5th generation mobile systems. Due to small cell’s lower transmission power, shorter coverage range, and denser deployment, significant challenges have been imposed on wireless backhaul for providing low cost connectivity with high capacity and quality-of-service (QoS) support. Multi-gigabit data rates can be obtained using millimetre-wave (mm-wave) point-to-point systems, but the practical transmission range is still the major weakness. This wireless backhaul panel session will be focused on mm-wave backhaul design especially in the 70/80 GHz E-band  as well as on next generation 802.11 (Wi-Fi) standardization. A review on the demand for multi-gigabit wireless backhauls and their applications will be given. The high speed low latency E-band systems recently developed in industry and research institutions will be introduced. Finally a Q&A session will be held for the panellists to answer and discuss related commercial and technical issues.

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