Keynote Speaker I

Dr. Sofiène Affes

Professor, EMT Centre, INRS,

Cyrille Duquet Research Chair in TelecommunicationsTeam Leader, The Wireless LabMontreal, QC,

Title: New Radio Interface Technologies: Recent Progress Made
under 5G and New Directions Paving the Way Towards 6G

Abstract: We will quickly review in this talk the wide plethora of new RIT (radio interface technology) features collectively developed by our research community over the past decade targeting 5G deployment by 2020. We will then survey the Wireless Lab’s <> own research contributions under two major topics on: 1) wireless access virtualization both at the infrastructure (or base-station) and user-equipment sides, and 2) multi-node D2D MIMO cooperation and relaying with collaborative beamforming. We will also discuss the parallel progress made recently within ITU-R WP 5D efforts on IMT 2020 standardization. Finally, we will conclude this talk by identifying most likely technologies that might characterize advanced releases (i.e., 5G+/B5G) of IMT 2020 in the near future and the most promising new research directions paving the way towards 6G evolution by 2030.

Biography: Sofiene Affes received the Engineering Diploma in Telecom and the Ph.D. Degree (Hons.) in Signal Processing from Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was Research Associate with INRS, Montreal, QC, Canada, until 1997, Assistant Professor until 2000, and Associate Professor until 2009. He is currently Full Professor at INRS and Director of PERWADE, a unique M$4 research-training program on wireless in Canada involving 27 academic and industrial partners from 8 universities and 10 industrial organizations. He has been twice the recipient of a Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award from NSERC, from 2008 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016. From 2003 to 2013, he was Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications. Since October 2017, he holds a Cyrille-Duquet Research Chair in Telecommunications. In 2008 and 2015, he received the VTC and ICUWB Chair Recognition Award and Certificate from IEEE VTS and MTT-S, respectively, for exemplary contributions as General Co-Chair to the success of both conferences held in Montreal at their Fall-2006 and 2015 editions, respectively. In 2017, he served as General Chair of 28th IEEE PIMRC and 29th IEEE 5G Summit both held also in Montreal. His team received Best Paper Awards at IEEE Globecom, ICASSP, and VTC. He currently contributes or has previously acted as an Editor for three IEEE Transactions (on Communications, on Signal Processing, and on Wireless Communications), the Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing, MDPI Sensors, and Frontiers in Communications and Networks.