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Title: Heterogeneous and Small Cell Networks: Theory, Standardization, and Deployment

Authors:  Ismail Guvenc, David Lopez-Perez and Sayandev Mukherjee


Outline for the Tutorial
  • Introduction (15 minutes)
    • Recent developments in HetSNets (50 minutes)
    • Range expansion in HetSNets
    • Interference coordination techniques for HetSNets (Rel. 10 (eICIC) and Rel. 11 (FeICIC) techniques)
    • Time domain interference coordination
    • Frequency domain interference coordination
    • Power control based interference coordination
    • Mobility management issues and handover parameter optimization
    • Enhanced PDCCH (ePDCCH) as a solution to solve control channel problems
    • ON/OFF cells and energy efficiency enhancements
    • Use of 256 QAM for HetSNets
    • Dynamic TDD for HetSNets
  • HetSNets performance analysis through stochastic geometry: bridging the gap between theory and practice (50 minutes)
    • Structure of the SINR distribution calculation problem
    • The role of Poisson Point Processes in enabling tractability of the SINR distribution problem
    • Results on SINR distribution for single and multi-tier heterogeneous cellular networks
    • Analytical methods for SINR analysis with power control, e.g., eICIC
    • Spectral and energy efficiency analysis for HetSNets with eICIC
  • Deployment challenges for hyper-dense HetSNets (50 minutes)
    • 1 Gbps/user: Need for higher small cell densities, more spectrum, more antennas
    • Mobility management: Dual connectivity and the Phantom cell concept
    • Back-haul planning: Fiber, microwave and large-scale antenna systems
    • WiFi and LTE coexistence in unlicensed bands
  • Open research challenges and concluding remarks (15 minutes) 


Ismail Guvenc (Senior Member, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of South Florida in 2006, with an outstanding dissertation award. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs during 2005, and with DOCOMO Innovations Inc. between 2006-2012, working as a research engineer. Since August 2012, he has been an assistant professor with Florida International University. His recent research interests include heterogeneous wireless networks and future radio access beyond 4G wireless systems. He has published more than 80 conference and journal papers, and several standardization contributions. He co-authored/co-edited three books for Cambridge University Press, is an editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, and was a guest editor for four special issue journals/magazines on heterogeneous networks. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/co-inventor in 22 U.S. patents, and has another 5 pending U.S. patent applications.

David López-Pérez (Member, IEEE) is a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, and his main research interests are in HetNets, small cells, interference and mobility management as well as network optimization and simulation. Prior to this, David earned his PhD in Wireless Networking from the University of Bedfordshire, UK in Apr. ‘11, and obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Telecommunication from the Miguel Hernandez University, Spain in Sept. ’03 & Sept. ’06, respectively. David was Research Associate at King's College London, UK from Aug. ‘10 to Dec. ‘11, carrying post-doctoral studies, and was with VODAFONE, Spain from Feb. ‘05 to Feb. ‘06, working in the area of network planning and optimization. David was also invited researcher at DOCOMO USA labs, CA in 2011, and CITI INSA, France in 2009. David is a recipient of both the Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Award of Excellence (2013) and Outstanding Achievement (2013), and a finalist for the Scientist of the Year prize in The Irish Laboratory Awards (2013). He has also been awarded as PhD Marie-Curie Fellow in 2007 and Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters in 2011. David is founding member of IEEE TSCGCC and author of the book Heterogeneous Cellular Networks: Theory, Simulation and Deployment (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Moreover, he has published more than 60 book chapters, journal and conference papers, all in recognized venues, and filed more than 17 patents. David is or has been guest editor of a number of journals, e.g., IEEE JSAC, IEEE Comm. Mag., TPC member of top tier conferences, e.g., IEEE Globecom and IEEE PIMRC, and co-chair of a number of workshops.

Sayandev Mukherjee (Senior Member, IEEE) Sayandev Mukherjee is a Senior Research Engineer at DOCOMO Innovations Inc., in Palo Alto, CA. He has worked at Bell Laboratories, Marvell Semiconductor Inc. and SpiderCloud Wireless Inc. Dr. Mukherjee has over seventy publications in journals and conferences, and has been awarded thirteen patents. He has been a Senior Member of the IEEE since 2005. He won the Wiley Best Paper Award at the International Workshop on Wireless Ad-hoc Networks (IWWAN) 2005 in London, UK. Dr. Mukherjee received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1997. His wireless research interests centre on intelligent resource allocation and the use of stochastic geometry in analytical modelling of heterogeneous cellular networks. He is the author of Analytical Modelling of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks: Geometry, Coverage, and Capacity (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Title : Learn the details of OpenFlow with Interactive Switch Visualization

Authors: C. Jasson Casey, Colton Chojnacki and Alex Sprintson


This tutorial session is aimed at researchers, hardware designers, software developers, and network operators that need a detailed explanation of the OpenFlow network abstractions and protocols. Participants will learn about the core data model that underlies the five existing versions of OpenFlow, its associated interface and semantics for packet processing. Focus will be given to the differences between OpenFlow versions and the process of writing OpenFlow applications. The lectures will use Flowgrammable’s visual OpenFlow simulator, Flowsim, to allow participants to follow lecture examples and explore key ideas.

OpenFlow is the critical technology in Software Defined Networking (SDN); however, most network practitioners cannot afford the time to maintain proficiency with the evolving standard. There are currently five major versions of OpenFlow (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4), with the promise of more releases to come. Within each version most features (match ARP SHA, set Ethernet source, etc.) are not required and applications must query target switch capabilities to determine availability. These are just some of the examples of the complexity SDN application developers and operators must handle.

In this tutorial we will present the OpenFlow abstract packet processing pipeline and its associated interface. We will provide an in-depth description of the data model of the existing five versions, describe the associated interface, contrast the differences between versions, and illustrate the feature discovery process. This will be accomplished with a combination of lecture material and interactive web-based visualization of an OpenFlow switch. Participants will be able to follow along and configure their own OpenFlow switches, issue OpenFlow messages, inject custom packet sequences into the pipeline, and observe the resulting behavior. Most importantly, participants develop an understanding of how the OpenFlow primitives: instructions, actions, meters, groups, ports, and queues can be used to specify common network functions. Finally, we will discuss current issues and research efforts as well as the technology outlook for OpenFlow and SDN technologies.


Jasson Casey:     Jasson is the founder and executive director of Jasson has over 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry split between network equipment companies and network service providers. Jasson is a research associate with the Open Networking Foundation, a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University, and a research affiliate with the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University. 

Colton Chojnacki:   Colton is an undergraduate student in the department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. Colton is a leading contributor to, a Google Summer of Code 2014 student, and part of the team named as a finalist in the Open Networking Foundation’s (ONF) OpenFlow Driver Contest from 2013.

Alex Sprintson:   Alex Sprintson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station. His research interests lie in the general area of communication networks with a focus on network coding and software defined networks. Currently, he serves as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committee for the IEEE Infocom 2006--2015.

Title: Rapid Prototyping of real-time Wireless Systems with NI LabVIEW (FREE: Sponsored by National Instruments)

Authors: Sanjay Challa and Dr. Douglas Kim

In today’s competitive wireless research space, the ability to quickly prototype ideas on hardware using real signals is more important than ever.  In this half day tutorial, you will gain hands-on experience with National Instruments’ integrated hardware and software platform for rapid prototyping of real-time wireless systems using the NI LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite (LabVIEW Communications) and the NI USRP-RIO FPGA-based software defined radio.   At the end of the tutorial, you will be able to design, simulate, and prototype a 20 MHz LTE-based real-time OFDM link on a high performance FPGA, and transmit data over the air using the link you design on the NI USRP-RIO.  The tutorial will cover the most important aspects of the idea-to-prototype flow in a single tool, including floating-point simulation, floating-point to fixed-point conversion, HW/SW partitioning, performance-complexity tradeoffs, and finally verification and testing on an FPGA-based software-defined radio.  Note: no prior experience with FPGA’s or NI hardware or software tools is required. 

Tutorial Outline:
  • Overview of NI LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite & NI USRP-RIO
  • System Architecture Definition
    • System Designer Tool
    • Reference Designs and Sample Projects
  • Initial Floating Point Algorithm Development
    • MathScript and C Nodes
    • Multi-Rate Diagram
    • Unit Testing
  • Preparing a Design for Deployment to FPGA
    • Fixed Point Conversion
    • System Testbenches
    • FPGA Simulation
    • FPGA Compile
  • Connecting and Exercising your Design Over The Air
    • Integrating the design into an existing Sample Project
    • Data communication to/from the FPGA 


Sanjay Challa:    
Sanjay Challa is a Product Manager for Embedded Software at National Instruments with a focus on real-time operating systems and FPGA-based embedded systems. He joined National Instruments in 2010 as a member of the Application Engineering department. Sanjay transitioned into his current role late in 2011, and has since driven the strategy and messaging around security, configuration management, and deployment of NI’s embedded hardware systems, and the NI Linux Real-Time OS. Sanjay received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Douglas Kim, Ph.D.:   Dr. Kim is a member of the Lead User & Advanced Platform Solutions group at National Instruments specializing in the development of hardware and software solutions for wireless communications research with a focus on real-time signal processing using FPGA’s.  Dr. Kim’s research in wireless communication system design spans both the commercial and defense industries having created real-time reference architectures for 3GPP LTE and blind signal detection/classification systems.  Dr. Kim is currently working on the definition and implementation of next generation wireless protocols for millimeter wave communications with transmission bandwidths in excess of 1 GHz.  He holds a BSEE and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Title: CloudRAN Architectures, Virtualization and Connectivity Solutions for 5G Cellular Communications

Author: Raghu M. Rao, Xilinx Inc.


The enormous growth in wireless network traffic has spurred the evolution of radio access networks. There is also a push towards energy efficiency (green base-stations) while trying to minimize cost of installing and maintaining base stations. Heterogeneous networks (HETNETs) which overlay “small cells” and wifi networks on top of the traditional macro cells are emerging to address the issues of increasing capacity and improving coverage. CloudRAN is another technology that is paradigm shift in radio access networks and its main motivation was to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency. CloudRANs centralize base-station processing by bringing signals from many different cells into a central server room and demodulate the signals in this one location. This minimizes operational costs and provides a means for energy efficiency also and now it is being seen as a means to improve network performance as well by minimizing inter-cell interference.

Small cell networks improve coverage and capacity but also increase inter-cell interference and increase hand-offs. There are techniques to mitigate such interference. Base station cooperation provides a means to improve network performance. However, these techniques require communication between base stations, which in turn increase network traffic and hence have seen limited deployment. CloudRANs enable pooling of base station resources and that enable multi-cell cooperation without increasing network traffic. Significant gains are seen from joint resource/spectrum allocation and collaborative multi-point transmission where base stations coordinate their transmissions to a subscriber unit. CloudRAN is also seeing increased interest due to the success and rapid adoption of cloud computing. Colocation of base station resources allows for pooling and sharing of resources and further to network virtualization.

In this tutorial we will present the evolution of the macro-cell RAN to the CloudRAN and also present a scheme for virtualization of baseband processing in a 3GPP-LTE network. We further discuss the various architectures for partitioning baseband processing which will determine the amount of data throughput needed between the base station pool and the radio heads (also known as front-hauling). We present some of the connectivity solutions being explored for front-hauling and for data transfer among the pool of physical resources for baseband processing.


Raghu Mysore Rao (
is a Principal Architect at Xilinx since 2005 working on signal processing and digital communication algorithms and architectures for FPGA implementation. Prior to Xilinx he has also worked at Mentor Graphics, Exemplar Logic and Texas Instruments. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has a Ph.D. in wireless communications from UCLA. His interests are in digital communication and signal processing algorithms and architectures for their efficient implementation on FPGAs. 

Title: From 4G to 5G: a (r)evolution?

Authors: Marcin Dryjanski and Slawomir Pietrzyk


LTE-Advanced as defined by 3GPP fulfills the ITU-R definition for being 4G system. One of the most important requirement for such a system is achieving 1Gb/s for low mobile service. As the deployments of 4G already took off, a concept of 5G is brought to the research community. Will the 5G be "just" an evolution of 4G, a totaly new radio interface or a communications revolution?

The workshop presents background and main features of LTE-Advanced being a 4G system, including Carrier Aggregation, CoMP and higher order MIMO. We firstly present 3GPP LTE from Release 8 up to Release 12 and then move to 5G concepts as seen by the research communities.


Marcin Dryjanski received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications from the Poznan University of Technology in Poland in June 2008. He spent 6 months in the at the TU Kaiserslautern in Germany during his Erasmus studentship. Since May 2008 Marcin serves as an R&D Engineer, and since January 2014 as Lead Expert at IS-Wireless. Marcin is an expert in PHY/MAC design, especially related to standards such as 3GPP E-UTRAN (LTE/LTE-A). He also takes part in FP7 5GNOW project working on MAC design for 5G systems based on non-orthogonal waveforms.

Dr. Slawomir Pietrzyk  received his PhD in the area of wireless access systems at the Delft University of Technology in 2005. He holds MSc in telecommunications (1997) from Kielce University of Technology. Slawomir is an author the book “OFDMA for Broadband Wireless Access” published in 2006 by Artech House. Currently, Slawomir acts as CEO at IS-Wireless (

Title: Physical Layer Modeling of LTE and LTE-Advanced Systems in MATLAB

Authors: Houman Zarrinkoub, PhD.


In this tutorial, we will showcase the use of MATLAB® and its new capabilities for physical layer modeling of LTE and LTE-A standards. The tutorial will introduce the LTE System Toolbox, which provides standard-compliant functions and tools for the design, simulation, and verification of LTE and LTE-Advanced communications systems. Through demonstrations you will learn how the Toolbox can help you measure and analyze the end-to-end performance of LTE and LTE-A communications links, can provide conformance test benches and wave forms to verify your designs and may be used as a golden reference model ensuring that your implementations comply with the LTE standard.

The tutorial is composed as a 3-hour seminar.

It is scheduled for Friday Dec. 12 (8:30am-12:15pm, half day seminar)

8:30-10:00 LTE/LTE-A Physical layer modeling
  • Basics of LTE technology
  • LTE channels and signals
  • Downlink and uplink processing chains
  • MIMO modes in LTE10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:15 LTE/LTE-A modeling & simulation in MATLAB
  • Use-cases for LTE modeling in MATLAB
  • End-to-end simulation
  • LTE waveform generation
  • LTE signal analysis
  • Golden reference for design verfication

12:15 Wrap-up/Sumary


Dr. Houman Zarrinkoub has served as a software development manager and a senior product manager with MathWorks, based in Massachusetts USA. He has been responsible for multiple signal processing and communications software tools within MATLAB and Simulink. Prior to MathWorks, he was a research scientist in the Wireless Group at Nortel Networks, where he contributed to multiple standardization projects for 3G mobile technologies. He is awarded multiple patents on topics related to computer simulations for signal processing applications. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite du Quebec, in Canada.

Title: Low Power Wide Area Machine‐to‐Machine Communications using LTE

Authors: Amitava Ghosh, Rapeepat Ratasuk, Nitin Mangalvedhe


The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to interconnection and exchange of data among devices. This capability will bring about tremendous improvements in user experience and system efficiency. To support IoT, machine‐to‐machine (M2M) communication is needed. An estimated 50 billion connected devices will be deployed by 2020 and the total M2M revenue is expected to grow from $200 billion in 2011 to $1.2 trillion in 2022. M2M services therefore are expected to be a key driver for growth in cellular. With the widespread introduction of LTE and decommissioning of legacy systems, M2M services on LTE are under consideration by many cellular operators. In LTE Rel‐12, low cost M2M devices with material cost comparable to EGPRS devices are being introduced. In addition, coverage enhancement techniques, which would be required to support M2M, are being standardized in Rel‐13.

In this tutorial, we will present an overview of M2M communications using LTE. The tutorial will cover the following topics –
  • Basics of LTE
  • M2M services and requirements
  • M2M in LTE (Rel‐12 and Rel‐13)          
    • Low cost M2M devices
    • Coverage enhancement features o Power saving features
    • Higher‐layer features
  • M2M deployment on LTE including capacity and coverage analysis, device battery life, support of large number of devices, and impact to human traffic
  • M2M analysis using real‐world deployment scenarios.

The tutorial will cover the basics of LTE physical layer and data transmission. Although M2M services and requirements vary widely, we will focus on low‐rate, low‐mobility, and delay‐tolerant applications such as smart meters, tracking, home security, remote diagnostics, and sensors. The introduction of low‐cost devices in LTE to support these services will be discussed. Coverage enhancements techniques, which would be required to support M2M, will be standardized to allow LTE coverage to be extended to devices in poor locations such as the basement. In addition, system coverage and capacity will be addressed. We will show that LTE can be used to efficiently serve both human and machine traffic. In addition, capacity results for some representative M2M services will be provided and their impact on human traffic will be discussed. Finally, M2M analysis using real‐world deployment scenarios will be presented.

Amitabha Ghosh ‐ Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS‐95, cdma‐2000, 1xEV‐DV/1XTREME, 1xEV‐DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX/802.16m, Enhanced EDGE and 3GPP LTE. Dr. Ghosh has 60 issued patents and numerous external and internal technical papers. Currently, he is Head, North America Radio Systems within the Technology and Innovation office of Nokia Solutions and Networks. He is currently working on 3GPP LTE‐Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior member of IEEE and co‐ author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE‐A”.

Rapeepat Ratasuk – Rapeepat Ratasuk ( received his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 2000. He is currently a Principal Research Specialist at Nokia Solutions and Networks. Dr. Ratasuk has extensive experience in 3G/4G cellular system design and analysis including algorithm development, performance analysis and validation, physical layer modeling and simulations. Dr. Ratasuk has over 35 issued patents and over 40 journal and conference papers. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and machine‐to‐machine communications.

Nitin Mangalvedhe – Nitin Mangalvedhe is a Senior Research Specialist at Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN). He was previously with Motorola since 1999 after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Mangalvedhe worked on various wireless access technologies for several years as part of Motorola Labs, with a focus on advanced receiver algorithms and design of next‐ generation wireless systems. Dr. Mangalvedhe’s recent focus has been on the design, development, modeling, and performance analysis of LTE/LTE‐Advanced systems. He has 5 issued patents and is a co‐ author of over 10 journal and conference publications. His current research interests span the areas of machine‐to‐machine communications and LTE for unlicensed bands.

Title: Vehicular Networking

Authors:  Onur Altintas and Falko Dressler

Looking back at the last decade, one can observe enormous progress in the domain of vehicular networking. In this growing community, many ongoing activities focus on the design of communication protocols to support safety applications, intelligent navigation, multi-player gaming and others. Very large projects have been initiated to validate the theoretic work in field tests and protocols are being standardized. With the increasing interest from industry, security and privacy have also become crucial aspects in the stage of protocol design in order to support a smooth and carefully planned roll-out. Researchers from academia and industry recently met at an international Dagstuhl seminar to discuss open research challenges as well as open issues related to market-oriented design. We are now entering an era that might change the game in road traffic management. This is supported by the U.S. federal government announcement in February 2014 that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to begin working on a regulatory proposal that would require V2V devices in new vehicles in a future year. This NHTSA announcement coincides with the final standardization of higher layer networking protocols in Europe by the ETSI.

From an industry point of view, vehicular networking serves as one of the most important enabling technologies required to implement a myriad of applications related to vehicles, vehicle traffic, drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In this tutorial we will look into applications and use cases of vehicular networking followed by an overview of the standardization activities. Next we will cover the communication protocol design as well as the deployment plans. We will also briefly talk about simulation tools for evaluation of various protocol designs. Before concluding, we will take a glimpse at the recently emerging reality of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles along with the issues surrounding them. Finally we will conclude with open issues that require further research.

The tutorial is supported by a textbook on “Vehicular Networking” authored by Falko Dressler that will be published just ahead of the tutorial lecture at Globecom 2014 by Cambridge Press.


Onur Altintas is a fellow of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Co. Ltd, in Tokyo. From 1999 to 2001 he was with Toyota Motor Corporation and from 2001 to 2004 he was with Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA, and was also a visiting researcher at Telcordia Technologies between 1999 and 2004. Before joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1999, he was a research scientist at Ultra High Speed Network and Computer Technology Labs (UNCL), Tokyo. Dr. Altintas received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Orta Dogu Teknik University, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan; all in electrical engineering. He served as the Co-Chair for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Workshops (V2VCOM 2005 and V2VCOM 2006) co-located with ACM MobiQuitous, and V2VCOM 2007 and V2VCOM 2008 co-located with IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. He also served as the Co-Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Automotive Networking and Applications (AutoNet 2006, AutoNet 2007 and AutoNet 2008) co-located with IEEE Globecom. He is the co-founder and general co-chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (IEEE VNC) held in Tokyo in 2009; in New Jersey in 2010; in Amsterdam in 2011, in Seoul in 2012 and in Boston in 2013. He also served as a guest editor for a special issue on Vehicular Communications for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine (2009) and EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (2009) and as Track Chair of Vehicular Electronics and Telematics for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC Spring 2009, 2011 and 2012). He is an IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer.

Falko Dressler is a Full Professor of Computer Science heading the Computer and Communication Systems Group at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Paderborn. He is still affiliated with the University of Innsbruck as a full professor. Dr. Dressler received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Before moving to Innsbruck, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Computer Networks and Communication Systems chair at the Department of Computer Science, University of Erlangen, coordinating the Autonomic Networking group. He is an Editor for journals such as IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET), and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He was Guest Editor of special issues on self-organization, autonomic networking, and bio-inspired communication for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and others. Dr. Dressler was General Chair of IEEE/ACM BIONETICS 2007, IEEE/IFIP WONS 2011, and IEEE VNC 2014, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE VNC, IEEE VTC, IEEE GLOBECOM, and ACM MSWiM, Area TPC Chair for IEEE INFOCOM, and Poster/Demo Chair for ACM MobiCom. He regularly serves in the program committee of leading IEEE and ACM conferences. Dr. Dressler wrote the textbook Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks, published by Wiley in 2007. Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in the fields of inter-vehicular communication, self-organization, and bio-inspired and nano-networking. Dr. Dressler is a Senior Member of the IEEE (COMSOC, CS, VTS) as well as a Senior Member of ACM (SIGMOBILE). He is actively participating in the IETF standardization. His research activities are focused on adaptive wireless networking and self-organization methods with applications in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, inter-vehicular communication, bio-inspired and nano-networking, and network security.

Title: How to build and test a 5G Wireless Radio Access Network (RAN) Today

Authors: David Squires and John Ye


There are over 5 billion mobile cellular users in the worldwide, and 1 out 4 users are using a smartphone to surf the Internet today. By 2020, with the rapid growth of Internet-of-things (IoT), over 50 billion devices will be connected constantly. The next generation 5G wireless networks will need to support 1000-fold gains in capacity, connections, and a 10 Gb/s individual user experience capable of extremely low latency and response times.

World’s leading telecommunication companies and government sponsored research institutes are planning to spend over $5 billion US dollar in the next 5 years on 5G R&D alone, all for the same goal of a fully operational 5G network by year 2020 if not sooner. Nevertheless, 5G networks are not just an upgrade of 4G. It will require new technology breakthroughs in all aspects of the existing network, and fundamentally change the way we access the RF spectrum, process the data, and interconnect on a massive scale.

This tutorial addresses some of the key 5G challenges and requirements in the Radio Access Network (RAN) layer, as well as explores new design and development solutions that can demonstrate key technology advancements in carrier aggregation, spectral agility, and massive MIMO.

David Squires is the VP of Business Development at BEEcube. He held many positions in management and marketing over an 18 year career at Xilinx including Chief Strategist, Senior Director DSP, Director of Strategic Marketing. Prior to that he held management positions at several EDA startups and designed analog ICs for National Semiconductor. David holds 7 US Patents and holds a BSEE degree from McMaster University, Canada and an MSEE degree from the California Institute of Technology.

Title: What You Need to Know About Military, National, and International Spectrum Processes

Author: Nelson Pollack


The tutorial provides an overview of the complex inter-relationships among key military, US national and international spectrum organizations that generate national and global telecommunication spectrum policies and technical standards. Special emphasis is placed on providing attendees with insights regarding how they can fully represent their organizations or companies in these organizations. The tutorial details the agenda and US preparations for the 2015 World Radio Conference that will change international spectrum policies and technical standards. The tutorial includes detailed background and "how to" material on military-specific spectrum processes including the Request for Frequency Allocation Approval, DD Form 1494. and Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessment. Other topics include how to read a frequency allocation table, basics of the technical aspects of spectrum management, the regulatory status of unlicensed devices that comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and Regulations, etc. The tutorial incorporates practical and theoretical information that will be of immediate use and long-term value for anyone that designs, acquires, manages, or uses devices dependent on assured access to the radio frequency spectrum.


Mr. Nelson Pollack served as the Technical Director of the Air Force Frequency Management Agency. During 
his 35 year federal career, he represented the US Air Force within many key DOD, US national, and 
international spectrum management technical and policy organizations. Mr. Pollack served for 10 years as the 
United States member of the NATO Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Advisory Committee where he 
assisted the development of Allied spectrum-related technical standards and policies. He frequently briefed the 
NATO staff and member states on the latest technical and strategic developments affecting US spectrum 
management. Mr. Pollack was a member of the US delegation to the 2003 World Radio Conference (WRC-03) 
and contributed to the DOD and US preparations for the WRC-07. Mr. Pollack is the author of three approved 
US input contributions to the international preparations for WRC-15. 
Currently, Mr. Pollack’s company, Spectrum Analytics, LLC, provides specialized spectrum regulatory and 
technical consulting services to DOD agencies and the US defense industry. Mr. Pollack is the lead author of 
six previous US input contributions to the ITU and over 20 regulatory and technical spectrum supportability 
risk assessments, a new acquisition requirement mandated by DoD Instruction 4650.01. 
Mr. Pollack is one of the founding members of the faculty of the Radio Spectrum Institute (RSI), where he 
teaches a module on international spectrum management and a module on military spectrum management, 

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