IEEE BlackSeaCom 2015
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 14:00 – 15:30
P1: 5G Mobile System – Is It Just New Frequency Bands or Did We Miss Something Crucial in Earlier Generations?

Moderator: Prof. Matti Latva-Aho, Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland

  • Prof. Merouane Debbah, Huawei Research, France
  • Prof. Andreas Polydoros, University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof. Rahim Tafazolli, 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK

Abstract: The 5th generation (5G) mobile communications systems are expected to revolutionize everything seen so far in wireless systems. The requirements for 5G vary from application to application, but it will include data rates ranging from very low sensor data to very high video content delivery, stringent low latency requirements, low energy consumption, and high reliability. All of these technological requirements are expected to be achieved while keeping the same or lower cost than today's technologies. The application scenarios range from usual broadband mobile to machine-to-machine communications, real-time highly reliable control with low latency and low data rate sensor networks with large number of nodes, to mention a few. As this panel is composed of some of the leading researchers on wireless technologies, the target of the panel is to discuss what potential flaws have been built in current mobile systems and what the potential breakthrough technologies for 5G are. The panelists will also speculate what new business and revenue models one might see in future wireless systems.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 13:30 – 15:00
P2: Internet of Things – How to Break the Barriers for Business Development?

Moderator: Prof. Roberto Verdone, University of Bologna, Italy

  • Dr. George Suciu, BEIA Consult, Romania
  • Prof. Rahim Tafazolli, 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK
  • Prof. Gianluca Mazzini, Lepida SpA and University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Dr. Kamran Sayrafian, NIST, US

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered one of the major businesses in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for the next decade. Application areas span from vehicles, to agriculture, health, industrial processes, and smart cities. The IoT market is therefore huge and comprises players of different nature: commercial players (thing manufacturers or service providers), governments and utilities, research institutions, and academia. The role of these players is different, but they all need to cooperate to make IoT a successful business. A number of barriers still exist to the mass development of IoT applications; among them, the lack of standards and the difficulty of small players to test their applications and technologies over reliable and large scale testbeds. The panelists will identify and discuss such barriers and the options to overcome them.