5G PPP Workshop on 5G Architecture and RAN Integration

Samsung Electronics Leadership Centre - Europe (SELCE), Chertsey, UK, 30-31 March 2017

Co-organising 5G PPP projects: mmMAGIC, METIS-II, 5G-Crosshaul, 5G NORMA

We plan to make a platform for sharing, discussing, debating relevant aspects of 5G system architecture and integration of multiple radio access technologies (RAT) at the RAN and beyond.Among other topics:
  • Multi-connectivity, multi-RAT & multi-service aspects
  • Network slicing, virtualization and flexible RAN design
  • System integration and deployment considerations

Volker Aue, 5G-Xhaul, CTO Airrays

Before founding Airrays, Volker was the lead architect of Intel’s LTE Modem platforms XMM7160 and XMM7260. He was co-founder and CTO of Blue Wonder Communications GmbH before the company was acquired by Infineon and later by Intel. Volker was also co-founder of Systemonic AG, later acquired by Philips, where he was responsible for system development. Volker has extensive experience in designing modem solutions for mobile communications, especially LTE and mobile WLAN and DVB-H/T. He received his MSc from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1994 and his PhD from TU Dresden in 2001

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Secretary General, 5G-IA

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Secretary General of the 5G Infrastructure Association, representing the digital & telecommunications industry (operators, manufacturers, research and academic institutes, SMEs) in the Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, since October 2016 with notably the role of assuring a clear voice of Europe on 5G around the world, reaching out to vertical industry sectors (“verticals”), coordinating the associated research projects and trials program in Europe, and promoting availability of radio spectrum, as well as a holistic standardization roadmap in view of reaching a globally harmonized and interoperable 5G standard. Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum from 2003 until 2016, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G UMTS and 4G LTE and evolutions, and to ensure their worldwide commercial success. Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, he has had various responsibilities at national and international levels including recent positions as VP International Mobile Support for Orange Group, and Senior VP Strategy, Communications and Wholesale Community at Orange until September 2016.

Ömer Bulakci, METIS-II, 5G PPP Architecture WG Vice-chairman, Huawei Tech. GRC

Dr. Ömer Bulakci received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2006 and the M.Sc. degree in communications engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany in 2008, and the doctoral degree in communications engineering from the Aalto University (formerly Helsinki University of Technology), Espoo, Finland, in 2013. From 2009 to 2012, he worked on relay networks at Nokia Siemens Networks (currently Nokia Networks), Munich, Germany, in support of his doctorate, and contributed to the standardization of relaying in LTE Rel. 10. Since October 2012, he has been conducting research toward 5G networks and contributing to EU flagship projects METIS and METIS-II at Huawei Technologies GRC, Munich, Germany. He is an author or a co-author of 70+ technical publications (scientific journals, international conferences, book chapters, and patents). His research interests include RRM, dynamic network topology, network slicing, and system design and performance analysis of 5G networks. He is currently leading the work package towards the agile resource management framework and synchronous control plane design in METIS-II and pursuing the role of 5G PPP Architecture WG vice-chairman.

Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum information and analysis, Ofcom

Cristina is the Director of Spectrum information and analysis, Spectrum Group at Ofcom. Cristina currently leads the Spectrum Mobile Data Strategy programme with a particular focus on assessing the implications of growing demand. Prior to working on 5G, Cristina led the development of a new spectrum sharing framework, and launched Ofcom open data policy. In particular Cristina was responsible for the release of the UK Interactive spectrum map and the release of information on spectrum use in open format. Prior to joining Ofcom Cristina held various marketing and strategy roles at Telefonica O2, EE (then Orange), and Ericsson (then Red Bee Media). Cristina holds a Master Degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy

Antonio de la Oliva, ETSI, Universidad Carlos III

Antonio de la Oliva obtained the Degree (5 years) on Telecommunication Engineering and his PhD from the University Carlos III of Madrid in December 2004 and July 2008, respectively. In June 2009, he received the Alcatel - Lucent award “ex-aequo”, to the best contribution to new IPTV services, granted by the Royal Telecommunication Engineering Institute of Spain. Antonio de la Oliva has served as Vice-chair of the IEEE 802.21b task group and Technical Editor of IEEE 802.21d, contributing significantly to the development of the IEEE 802 standards for Media Independent Handover Services. He has also served as Organizer of several conferences, workshops and journal special issues and he is actually serving as Area Editor of Elsevier Computer Communications. He has worked on several European Research projects, worth highlighting DAIDALOS II, CARMEN, MEDIEVAL, CROWD and now he is serving as deputy project manager of the H2020 5GPPP 5G-Crosshaul project. He is also serving as Rapporteur of the ETSI WP on Crosshauling.

Duncan Wall, Business Development Director, Telecoms, Arqiva

Duncan is the Business Development Director for the Telecoms Division and leads Arqiva’s work with mobile operators to help them increase network capacity and performance; he has development responsibility for both outdoor and indoor small cell and distributed antenna solutions. As well as mobile operators Arqiva also works with location partners to solve capacity and coverage issues they face and manages a large range of street assets for local authorities. During his time at Arqiva he has held a range of positions across sales, product, and strategy disciplines with a focus on WiFi, urban capacity solutions and M&A activity and; prior to this he worked as a management consultant providing strategic advice to a number of telecoms, media and technology organisations. He was a co-founder of UK Broadband Ltd. that was acquired by PCCW in 2003, and stayed with the company during its 3G, WiFi + WiMAX and early LTE deployment.

Erik Guttman, 3GPP SA Chairman,  Samsung UK

Erik Guttman, employed by Samsung Electronics, has been actively involved in networking and telecommunications standardization for over 20 years. He currently serves as the 3GPP Service and System Aspects Technical Specification Group Chairman. Preceding this, he held the position of 3GPP System Architecture working group for two terms. He has also chaired and actively contributed to numerous IETF working groups including SVRLOC (Service Location Protocol) and ZEROCONF (Zero Configuration Networking). Erik's background includes leading research and product development projects that introduced emerging network application and system functions to operating environments. Erik developed frameworks and tools for distributed installation, testing and deployment. Erik served Chief Technical Officers as system architect and requirements researcher. Erik obtained a BA in Philosophy and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Kostas Katsalis, COHERENT, EURECOM

Dr. Kostas Katsalis is a post doctoral research fellow in EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis,France. He holds a Ph.D. (2010-2015) and a MSc (2007) in Electrical Engineering both from University of Thessaly, Greece under the supervision of Prof. Leandros Tassiulas. He received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Patras, Greece in 2005. He was a research associate and a researcher in the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI) of CERTH, Greece for 6 years, while he also has 2 years experience in the mobile services industry. He has participated in the technical management activities for the FP7 CONTENT project and 5G-PPP XHAUL, and he is now involved in the 5G-PPP COHERENT and the Fire+ Q4Health projects. He is also a co-founder of the MOSAIC-5G open source community. MOSAIC-5G is an ecosystem of open-source projects for understanding, creating and sustaining open, flexible and integrated 5G networks. His research interests focus on Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization, Network Slicing and RAN sharing, Service Differentiation, QoS, Stochastic Control Theory and network optimization.

Alexandros Kostopoulos, SESAME, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization

Dr. Alexandros Kostopoulos holds two Master Degrees in Telecommunications (University of Athens), and in Computer Science (University of Piraeus). He received his Ph.D from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) in 2013. He was a visiting lecturer in AUEB, as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Computer Science, in Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). He is currently working at the Research and Development Division of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (O.T.E.) on several EU, as well as national research projects. He has published 25 papers in scientific journals and conferences with more than 100 citations.

Ping-Heng Kuo, 5G-Crosshaul,  InterDigital Europe

Ping-Heng (Wallace) Kuo is a staff engineer at InterDigital Europe, London, UK, focusing on pre-standard research of 5G radio access network technologies. He is currently involved in the European 5G-PPP 5G-Crosshaul project, and additional collaborative projects in the UK researching radio access technologies for 5G and beyond. Prior to joining InterDigital in 2016, he has been a wireless communications technologies research engineer and a 3GPP RAN1 delegate at Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan for 7 years. Ping-Heng also held a visiting scholar position at Harvard University in 2014, and he has served as an editor of Industry Perspectives Column for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine in 2015.  He received his Ph. D. from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and conducted an internship at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Korea.

Toktam Mahmoodi, Lecturer in Telecommunications, King's College London

Dr Toktam Mahmoodi is with the academic faculty of the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) in King’s College London. She is one of the leading members of the Tactile Internet Lab and principal and co-investigator of number of research projects funded by telecom industries, UK Research Councils and European Commission, on subjects such as low-latency communications, SDN and NFV, and eHealth. Among others, Toktam has a leading role in EPSRC INITIATE, H2020 VirtuWind, and MRC InDEx projects. Prior to her current position, Toktam was visiting research scientist at F5 Networks, research associate in Imperial College London, researcher in Mobile VCE Core 4, and R&D Engineer in telecommunication industry. She is a member of the ACM and a Senior member of the IEEE.

Klaus Moessner, Speed-5G, University of Surrey

Klaus Moessner (male) is a Professor in the Institute for Communication Systems, at the University of Surrey. Klaus was involved in a large number of projects in the Cognitive Communications, Service provision and IoT areas. He was responsible for the work on cognitive decision making mechanisms in the CR project ORACLE, and led the work on radio awareness in the ICT FP7 project QoSMOS and is now leading the H2020 Speed5G project. In the past, Klaus was the founding chair of the IEEE DYSPAN Working Group (WG6) on Sensing Interfaces for future and cognitive communication systems. He was involved in the definition and evaluation of cooperation management between autonomous entities, in the UniverSelf project, and was technical manager of the iCore project and has the same role in the H2020 project CPaaS.io; he was project leader of IoT.est, SocIoTal, and at current leads the iKaaS project. His research interests include cognitive networks, IoT deployments and sensor data based knowledge generation, as well as reconfiguration and resource management; he is senior member of IEEE.

Peter Rost, 5G NORMA, Nokia

Peter Rost (S'06-M'10-SM'15) received his Ph.D. degree from Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, in 2009 under supervision of Prof. G. Fettweis, and his M.Sc. degree from University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, in 2005. Peter has been with Fraunhofer Institute for Beam and Material Technologies, Dresden, Germany; IBM Deutschland Entwicklung GmbH, Böblingen, Germany; and NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany.  Since May 2015, Peter is member of the e2e Architecture research group at Nokia Bell Labs, Munich, Germany, where he is Project Manager of the European H2020 project 5G-NORMA and works in business unit projects on 5G Architecture. Peter has been involved in several EU projects (e.g. FP7 iJOIN as Technical Manager), and standardization (e.g. 3GPP RAN2). Currently, Peter serves as member of IEEE ComSoc GITC, IEEE Online GreenComm Steering Committee, and VDE ITG Expert Committee Information and System Theory. He is an Executive Editor of IEEE Transactions of Wireless Communications. Peter further supported several conferences, e.g. IEEE ICC 2009 and IEEE VTC Spring 2013 (TPC Chair). Peter published more than 40 scientific publications and he is author of multiple patents and patent applications.

Mehrdad Shariat, mmMAGIC, Samsung UK

Mehrdad Shariat received the BSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran in 2005. He received the PhD degree in Mobile Communications from University of Surrey, UK in 2010. He is currently working as part of 5G research team in Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK), working as dissemination leader and technical contributor in mmMAGIC and technical contributor in METIS II, 5G PPP projects. Before joining SRUK, Mehrdad was working as a research fellow in the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He has contributed to several UK and EC co-funded projects including Mobile VCE (Core 4), BeFEMTO, iJOIN, MiWaveS and collaborative industry projects on mm-wave small cell backhauling. His research interests include cross-layer optimization, radio resource management, and packet scheduling for backhaul and access in cellular and mesh networks.

Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, British Telecom

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Technology. He is responsible for end to end 5G network architecture with a particular focus on RAN and backhaul/x-haul strategy and architecture. He has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, mainly in radio access, transmission and transport network strategy, architecture and design. Andy Sutton’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN architectures and protocols, RAN dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and now BT. Andy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Salford and a research mentor at the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. He sits on the industry advisory boards of the EU FP8 H2020 iCirrus project and Tweether project. He contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET and Fellow of the ITP.

Francesco Tusa, 5GEx, UCL

Francesco Tusa received a Master Post-degree in Open Source and Information Security in 2008 and a PhD in Advanced Technologies for Information Engineering in 2011 from University of Messina. He worked as Research Associate at University of Messina and University of Westminster. He is currently a Research Associate at UCL EEE department. He co-authored over 30 conference and journal papers. He is editor of the book Achieving Federated and Self-Manageable Cloud Infrastructures: Theory and Practice. His research interests and expertise are in the area of distributed systems, virtualisation and Cloud computing, Grid and High Performance Computing, systems management, Information Security, and Federation of distributed computing systems. He have been actively working as IT Security and Distributed Systems Analyst in cloud computing, virtualisation and Storage for the European Union Projects RESERVOIR and VISION-CLOUD. He was involved in the design and implementation of the CLEVER cloud middleware. He is currently working in the EU project 5GEx to design and implement the service assurance part of the software prototype as well as on the testbed and experimentation. He has also technical experience in managing large testbeds, clusters and distributed computing infrastructures as he worked on the experimentation and validation activities in the above EU projects and in the Research IT Services Department at UCL.

Dan Warren, Head of 5G Research, Samsung UK

Dan Warren joined Samsung as Head of 5G Research in January 2017. He leads a team of researchers working on cutting-edge radio technology innovation, who are contributing heavily to EU-funded 5G projects, and 3GPP standardisation of 5G. In addition, Dan also supports Samsung’s engagements with customers on future technology, and performs a strategic role spotting technological innovation and market opportunities that can be used to create new Samsung products. Prior to Samsung, Dan held senior technical and strategic roles at Capita, GSMA, Vodafone and Nortel. Dan is a widely respected authority on technical, strategic and commercial matters relating to Internet of Things, Voice over LTE and IMS, Roaming and Interconnect and end-to-end network architectures

William Webb, Consultant and Author, Webb Search Limited

William is CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology and Head of Consulting at Webb Search. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015. William has published 14 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey, Southampton and Trinity College Dublin Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities.

Workshop structure

30 March - (9:30~17:00) - Day 1 (5G PPP Day)

Link: Agenda of Day 1

Confirmed presentations:
  • Secretary General, 5G-IA: Jean-Pierre Bienaimé
  • 5GPPP Architecture WG: Ömer Bulakci, Huawei Tech. GRC
  • mmMAGIC: Architectural enablers for 5G mm-wave RAN integration, Mehrdad Shariat, Samsung UK
  • METIS II:  5G RAN: Design Guidelines and Key Considerations, Ömer Bulakci , Huawei Tech. GRC
  • 5G-XHaul: 5G RAN Architecture for MMIMO, Volker Aue, Airrays
  • 5G-Crosshaul: On the slicing of Crosshaul transport network, Ping-Heng (Wallace) Kuo, InterDigital Europe
  • 5G NORMA: RAN slicing: architecture view, integration for flexible RAN technologies and functional arch., Peter Rost, Nokia
  • COHERENT: Software-defined Control and Coordination for the Heterogeneous RAN towards 5G, Kostas Katsalis, EURECOM
  • SESAME: Design Aspects for 5G Architectures, Alexandros Kostopoulos, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization
  • Speed-5G: The Speed-5G eDSA approach for resource management across air interfaces in 5G systems, Klaus Moessner, University of Surrey
  • 5GEx: Multi-Domain monitoring orchestration for service assurance, Francesco Tusa, UCL

31 March - (9:00~16:00) - Day 2 (5G: from Theory to Practice)

Link: Agenda of Day 2

Confirmed speakers and Panellists:
  • Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum information and analysis, Ofcom
  • Antonio de la Oliva, ETSI, Universidad Carlos III
  • Duncan Wall, Business Development Director, Telecoms, Arqiva
  • Erik Guttman, 3GPP SA Chairman, Samsung
  • Toktam Mahmoodi, Lecturer in Telecommunications, King's College London
  • Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, British Telecom
  • Peter Virk, Director of Connected Car and Future Technology, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Dan Warren, Head of 5G Research, Samsung UK
  • William Webb, Consultant and Author, Webb Search Limited
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Samsung Electronics Leadership Centre - Europe (SELCE), Chertsey, UK, 30-31 March 2017

  • Eastworth House, Eastworth Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8SH
  • 15 mins by Taxi from Heathrow- T5
  • Centre Phone number - +44 (0)1932 575600
  • Centre Opening times - 8.15am – 5.45pm
  • Car Parking - Plenty of free car parking spaces available at the back & side (over the bridge) of the building
  • A social dinner (self-paid) has been arranged in the Crown Hotel, Chertsey, on Day 1 evening for interested attendees.

List of hotels nearby:

The Crown HotelT: +44 1932 564 6577 London Street Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AP
Travelodge Chertsey Hotel (budget option)T: +44 871 559 1863Windsor Road Egham Surrey TW20 0AG
Mercure London Staines upon Thames Hotel (10 mins by train)T: +44 1784 334800Thames St, Staines TW18 4SJ
Oatlands Park Hotel (15 mins by taxi)T: +44 1932 847 242Oatlands Drive Weybridge, Surrey Kt13 9hb
Keynotes and Presentation slides from Day 1 and Day 2 are available here for interested readers.