2017 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop
June 11-14, 2017 – Natadola Bay, Fiji


Sunday June 11, 2017

06:30 pm                 Cocktail Reception

Monday June 12, 2017

Keynote 1

08:30 am                  Reinaldo Valenzuela (Nokia-Bell Labs): “5G Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges”

Session 1.  Communication-theoretic aspects of big data infrastructure 

Chair: Salman Avestimehr

09:30 am                  Babak Hassibi: “Consensus-Based Distributed Computing: Solving Linear Systems”

                                      Kannan Ramchandran: “On Coded Computation for Speeding Up Parallel Multi-Core Machine Learning”

10:30 am                 Coffee break

11:00 am                 Salman Avestimehr: “Coded Distributed Computing”

                                     Parastoo Sadeghi: “On Optimizing Communication Rates in Distributed Storage Systems”

12:00 pm                 Lunch

Session 2.   Machine Learning for future communications networks

Chair: David Gesbert

03:00 pm                 Robert Heath Jr: “Millimeter Wave V2I Beam Alignment: Learning to Point from Past Observations”

                                      Michele Zorzi: “On the Application of Machine Learning Techniques for Network Optimization”

                                      David Gesbert: “Learning from Flying Access Networks”

04:30 pm                 Coffee break

Panel Session 1.  “What will IoT be? Is unlicensed wide-area IoT doomed? Is uplink-dominated IoT wrong? Will the multi-service operators triumph over all others? ”

Chair: Petar Popovski

05:00 pm                 Petar Popovski: “Design Tradeoffs for Communication with Short Packets in Internet-of-Things Applications”

05:30 pm                 Panel Members:   Alex Grant, Petar Popovski,  Walid Saad, Jinhong Yuan, Michele Zorzi

06:30 pm                 Posters (with drinks)

07:30 pm                 Buffet

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Keynote 2

08:30 am                 Mike Honig (Northwestern University): “The Value of Shared Spectrum”

Session 3. Starting up with Communication Theory

Chair: Anton Monk

09:30 am                 Andrea Goldsmith: “A Professor’s Journey into Startup Land: Not for the Faint of Heart”

                                     Alex Grant: “Connecting things to the internet of things”

10:30 am                 Coffee break

11:00 am                 Mark Pinto: “HDAAS: A Scalable Massive MIMO System with Coherent Transceivers”

                                     Sriram Vishwanath­­­­­­­: “Bringing True Full Duplex Communications to Life: Promises and Challenges”

12:00 pm                Lunch

Session 4. Quantum Communications

Chair:  Jack Winters

03:00 pm                 Lajos Hanzo: “Harnessing Quantum-Computing and Signal Processing in Wireless Communications

                                    Robert Malaney: “Entangling Quantum and Wireless Communications”

                                    Jack Winters: “Leveraging Quantum Technology in Communications”

04:30 pm                 Coffee break

Panel Session 2. “How relevant is Communication Theory to Spectrum Policy? – Should communication theorists be more involved in policy debates or leave this for the lawyers?”

Chair:  Randall Berry

05:00 pm                 Panel Members:  Randall Berry, Danijela Cabric, Alex Gorokhov, Anant Sahai

06:00 pm                 Posters

07:30 pm                 Banquet

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Keynote 3

08:30 am                 Alex Gorokhov (Qualcomm): “Designing & Implementing 5G-NR Enhanced Mobile Broadband”

09:30 am                 Philip Whiting: “Carrier Sense Multiple Access Networks – Modelling, Results and Challenges”

10:00 am                 Coffee break

Session 5. New Frontiers in Wireless Networking

Chair: Andrea Goldsmith

           10:30 am                Jeff Andrews: “Throughput and SINR in Dense Wireless Networks”

   Elza Erkip: “An Economic Perspective on Spectrum and Infrastructure Sharing in Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks”

11:30 am                Coffee break

11:45 am                Tara Javidi: “An Active Hypothesis Testing Approach to Spectrum Sensing and mm-Wave Initial Access”

                                   Shuguang Cui: “New Paradigm in Energy Harvesting Wireless Communication”

12:45 pm                Concluding Remarks, Close