Keynote Speakers

Mohamed-Slim Alouini

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Califonia Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998. He served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar before joining in 2009 the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where he is now a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE as well as of the OSA and he is currently particularly interested in addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies in far-flung, low-density populations, low-income, and/or hard-to-reach areas.

Towards Environment-Aware Wireless Networks

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The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of the information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as economy, education, and health to name a few. In this context, and as the standardization of the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication systems (WCSs) has been completed, and 5G networks are in their early stage of deployment, the research visioning and planning of the sixth generation (6G) of WCSs are being initiated. 6G is expected to be the next focus in wireless communication and networking and aim to provide new superior communication services to meet the future hyper-connectivity demands in the 2030s. In addition, keeping in mind that urbanized populations have been the major beneficiary of the advances offered by the previous generations of WCSs and motivated by the recently adopted united nation sustainability development goals intended to be achieved by the year 2030, 6G networks are anticipated to democratize the benefits of ICT and to bring global connectivity in a sustainable fashion in order to contribute to developing tomorrow’s digitally inclusive and green world. In this context, this talk aims to (i) provide an envisioned picture of 6G, (ii) serve as a research guideline in the beyond 5G era, and (iii) go over some of the recently proposed green technologies to offer high-speed connectivity not only in urban environments but also in under-covered areas in order to serve and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.

Xavier Costa-Pérez

NEC Laboratories Europe

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Xavier Costa-Pérez is ICREA Research Professor, Scientific Director at the i2cat Research Center and Head of 6G Networks R&D at NEC Laboratories Europe. His research focuses on the digital transformation of society driven by the interplay of mobile networks and AI. His team generates research results which are regularly published at top scientific venues, produces innovations which have received several awards for successful technology transfers, participates in major European Commission R&D collaborative projects and contributes to multiple standardization bodies.

Disruptive Technologies for Future 6G Networks

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In this talk we will review emerging disruptive technologies expected to shape future 6G networks. Several topics will be covered comprising, AI-driven automation for industry verticals, O-RAN network disaggregation, smart surfaces and wireless sensing. Early research results will be presented on these topics along with major joint academia-industry efforts in large-scale projects.

WiMob 2021




11 - 13 Oct, 2021  


General Chair

Abderrahim Benslimane
Avignon University, France