IEEE 5G Summit Shanghai, China

By Chong Han - Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Xinwan Li - IEEE ComSoc Shanghai Chapter Chair, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and Xudong Wang - Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Recently, the IEEE Communications Society has developed a strategic framework based on the principles that embrace industry’s interests and priorities while integrating the objectives of IEEE and ComSoc. In order to engage industry members with high value and innovative technologies, the IEEE Communications Society plans to hold a series of high impact one-day Summits in emerging technology areas under the 5G realm.

The IEEE Shanghai 5G Summit was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, on Friday, July 28, 2017. The honorary venue was located in Qian Xuesen Library and Museum, which was named after the scientist and father of China’s space program. The Shanghai 5G Summit is co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Shanghai Section, and the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This conference attracted more than 150 participants from top-rate universities such as Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China University of Science and Technology, and first-class enterprises, such as Huawei, ZTE, China Mobile, Qualcomm, National Instruments, among others.

The IEEE 5G Summit Conference was presided over by Professor Xudong Wang, General Chair of this conference, from UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Professor Xudong Wang, the general chair of the IEEE 5G Summit Shanghai, orchestrated the introduction of the conference, followed by four plenary speeches, given by Prof. Yi-Bing Lin from Taiwan National Chiao-Tung University, who presented “5G and IoT Make Better Smart Cities.” In addition, Prof. Norman C. Beaulieu from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications presented “The Forgotten Bottleneck Limiting Performance in Wireless Systems with Interference;” Prof. Summit Roy from the University of Washington talked about “An Overview of Spectrum Co-Existence Research at FUNLAB;” and Prof. Zhisheng Niu from Tsinghua University gave a plenary speech on “Hyper5G: from Networking Hype to Hyper Networking.”

In addition to the speakers from academia, seven industry leaders generously presented keynote talks. In particular, Dr. Zhiqin Wang, Vice President of the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, presented the IMT-2020 5G Advance Group’s status on 5G communication research and field tests. Dr. Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist at the China Mobile Research Institute, introduced China Mobile’s deployment of 5G communication systems and envisioned the development trend of 5G technologies. There were also two panel discussions on the topics of “Where is 5G going” and “NOMA in 5G,” which stimulated interesting and fruitful discussions in the venue. With continuous exploration and in-depth exchange of insightful ideas, the panelists depicted the development blueprints of 5G communications and brought up many exciting research ideas. Finally, this exciting event ended after the concluding remarks, presented by IEEE ComSoc Shanghai Chapter Chair, Prof. Xinwan Li.

This one day summit provided a rich platform for the leaders, innovators, and researchers from industry and the academic community to collaborate and exchange ideas in this emerging technology that may help drive standards and rapid deployment. For the first time, this summit was held together with IEEE 5G Tutorials on July 27, 2017, organized by Dr. Yang Yang from Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications.