VTC 2021 Helsinki Workshop:
Broadband Connectivity in 6G: Towards Terabits-per-Second Communications
25 April 2021
As fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks transition from academic research to commercialization, the wireless communication community has already started exploring the road to improving the broadband connectivity for the sixth-generation (6G) wireless systems. The current targets for 2030 include data rates increased by orders of magnitude (with peak up to 1 Terabits-per-second or Tbps), support for very high mobility (with speed up to 1000 km/h), and ubiquitous coverage of rural and remote areas. The achievement of these objectives will ignite a plethora of new use cases (such as extreme capacity xHaul, high-mobility hotspots, and fully autonomous vehicles) while realizing the full potential of others that have just emerged in 5G (such as smart transportation and industrial automation/robotics). At present, several technologies are being regarded as potential enablers to achieve the desired paradigm shift, including the adoption of new spectral bands (from Terahertz to optical wireless communications), cell-free massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs), integrated access and backhaul (IAB), and integrated terrestrial and satellite networks, to name a few. This workshop will focus on the enablers at the spectrum, infrastructure, and protocol/algorithmic levels that are required to realize the intended broadband connectivity goals in 6G, as well as its applications. It aims at gathering researchers from both academia and industry to open up new disruptive research avenues for the development of future wireless systems. It will include two keynotes, an interactive panel discussion, and up to 20 posters and presentations, with a session focused on 6G experimental platforms and demonstrations.
We invite submissions on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
All manuscripts should be converted to PDF format and uploaded to the Trackchair system via https://vtc2021s-rr-wks.trackchair.com/track/1957/submit.
Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE VTC Spring 2021 Conference Proceedings (Ei Compendex indexed) and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.
Paper Submission: 3 January 2021
Welcome and introduction
Keynote 1 – Confirmed speaker: Dr. Mikko Uusitalo (Nokia Bell Labs, Finland), “6G Vision and Connectivity”
Keynote 2 – Confirmed speaker: Dr. Nuria Gonzalez Prelcic (North Carolina State University, USA), “Broadband
Vehicular Communications at mmWave Carrier Frequencies: Recent Advances and Future Challenges”
Interactive poster session (3 posters)
Interactive poster session (10 posters)
Interactive panel discussion – Confirmed panelists: Prof. Merouane Debbah (Huawei Technologies, France),
Dr. Gustav Wickström (Ericsson, Sweden), Prof. Harald Haas (University of Edingburgh, UK), Prof.
Qingqing Wu (University of Macau, Macau), and Dr. Markus Myllyla, (Nokia Mobile Networks, Finland)
Technical Session (7 paper presentations)
The main conference will be in Helsinki: