IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China
22-24 October 2017 – Qingdao, China


Prof. Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Waterloo, Canada
Fellow of the IEEE, Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society of Canada
Date: Monday, 23 October, 2017

Time: 9:00-9:45
Room: Golden Olive Hall

Connected Vehicles for Modern Transportation Systems

Abstract: Modern society depends on faster, safer, and environment friendly transportation system. Vehicular communications network in terms of vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure, vehicle to pedestrian, vehicle to cloud, and vehicle to sensor, provides a solution to modern transportation. In this talk, we first introduce the all connected vehicles. We then present the challenges and scientific research issues. of vehicular communications network. As examples, we show how to utilize mobility characteristics of vehicles to derive the achievable asymptotic throughput capacity in VANETs, and how to develop the charging strategies based on mobility of electric vehicles to improve the electricity utility, in order to approach load capacities of charging stations in VANET-enhanced smart grid. We conclude the talk by discuss the future autonomous driving.

Biography: Xuemin (Sherman) Shen is a University Professor  and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Shen’s research focuses on wireless resource management, wireless network security, wireless body area networks, smart grid and vehicular ad hoc and sensor networks. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE IoT Journal. He serves as the General Chair for Mobihoc’15, the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE GC’16, IEEE Infocom’14, IEEE VTC’10, the Symposia Chair for IEEE ICC’10, the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Globecom’07, the Chair for IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Communications. Dr. Shen was an elected member of IEEE ComSoc BoG, the chair of IEEE ComSoc Distinguish Lecturer selection committee, and a member of IEEE ComSoc Fellow evaluation committee. Dr. Shen received the Excellent Graduate Supervision Award in 2006, and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) in 2003 from the Province of Ontario, Canada. Dr. Shen is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, Canada, an IEEE Fellow, an Engineering Institute of Canada Fellow, a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow, a Royal Society of Canada Fellow, and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Communications Society.


James Kimery
Director of Marketing,
National Instruments, USA
Date: Monday, 23 October, 2017

Time: 9:45-10:30
Room: Golden Olive Hall

Accelerating Design and Test for 5G mmWave

Abstract: The combination of 4G broadband access and smart devices has transformed all of our lives and opened our eyes to the possibility of mobile broadband access anywhere and everywhere.  5G is more than increased data rates but also increases in capacity, lower latency, and new network topologies that will provide the infrastructure to deliver these new capabilities and services to create a new wireless ecosystem unlocking tremendous economic potential.  With these objectives, the question of spectrum arises.  Spectrum below 6 GHz is scarce and capacity and bandwidth depend largely on spectrum availability.  Knowing this spectrum constraint, researchers are investigating new spectrum frontiers in the cmWave and mmWave frequency ranges presenting unprecedented technical and business challenges. From working with researchers all over the world, NI has been at the forefront of the mmWave explorations mmWave mobile access and gained unique insight.  This talk will review the background and history of these explorations, lessons learned, and also the future challenges that lie ahead.  MmWave poses many challenges but there is potential to accelerate mmWave adoption through a platform based approach that streamlines design to test.

Biography: James Kimery is a Director of Marketing for National Instruments SDR and Wireless Research initiatives.  In this role, James is responsible for company’s 5G strategy encompassing both research and business initiatives.  James also leads NI’s RF and Communications Lead User program which works with leading researchers across the world to accelerate the transition from theory to prototype and deployment.  James also manages the company’s software defined radio business including the Ettus Research subsidiary acquired by NI in 2010.  In 2014, James chaired the IEEE Globecom industry committee which was held in Austin, Texas.  Prior to joining NI, James was the Director of Marketing for Silicon Laboratories’ wireless division. As Director, the wireless division grew revenues exceeding $250M (from $5M) and produced several industry innovations including the first integrated CMOS RF synthesizer and transceiver for cellular communications, the first digitally controlled crystal oscillator, and the first integrated single chip phone (AeroFONE).  AeroFONE was voted by the IEEE as one of the top 40 innovative ICs ever developed.  James also worked at National Instruments before transitioning to Silicon Labs and led many successful programs including the concept and launch of the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) platform.  James was a founding member of the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance, VISA working group, and PXI System Alliance.  He has authored over 60 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test and measurement related topics.  James holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MBA) and Texas A&M University (BSEE).



Prof. Robert Schober
Department of Electrical, Electronics, and Communication Engineering (EEI)
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)
Fellow of the IEEE, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Engineering Institute of Canada
Date: Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Time: 9:00-9:45
Room: Golden Olive Hall

Synthetic Molecular Communication

Abstract: Synthetic molecular communication is an emerging research area offering many interesting and challenging new research problems for communication engineers, biologists, chemists, and physicists. Synthetic molecular communication is widely considered to be an attractive option for communication between nanodevices such as (possibly artificial) cells and nanosensors. Possible applications of the resulting nanonetworks include targeted drug delivery, health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and “bottom-up” manufacturing. To accommodate this exciting new and fast growing research area, IEEE and ACM have recently founded several new conferences and journals.

In this keynote, we will give first a general overview of the areas of synthetic molecular communication and nanonetworking. Components of synthetic molecular communication networks, possible applications, and the evolution of the field will be reviewed. Subsequently, we will give an introduction to various synthetic molecular communication strategies such as gap junctions, molecular motors, and diffusion based molecular communication. Thereby, we will focus particularly on diffusion based synthetic molecular communication, identify the relevant basic laws of physics and discuss their implications for communication system design. One particular challenge in the design of diffusive synthetic molecular communication systems is intersymbol interference. We will discuss corresponding mitigation techniques and provide some results. Furthermore, we will present several receiver design options for diffusive synthetic molecular communication, discuss their respective advantages and disadvantages, and elaborate on the impact of external phenomena such as molecule degradation and flow. In the last part of the talk, we will discuss some research challenges in synthetic molecular communication from a communication and signal processing point of view.

Biography: Robert Schober (S’98, M’01, SM’08, F’10) was born in Neuendettelsau, Germany, in 1971. He received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuermberg in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From May 2001 to April 2002 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 2002 to 2011, he was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU), Erlangen, Germany. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

Robert received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier–Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, the 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, and a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship. In addition, he has received several best paper awards for his research. Robert is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. Currently, he is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communication and serves on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Furthermore, he is a Member at Large of the Board of Governors and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society.



Prof. Shaohua Yu
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering,
Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications
Date: Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Time: 9:45-10:30
Room: Golden Olive Hall

Recent Progress of 3U Optical Transmission Systems

Abstract: Ultra-high-speed, ultra-large-capacity and ultra-long-haul (3U) are the forever pursuit of optical communication. As a new mode of optical communication, 3U transmission can greatly promote next generation optical internet and broadband mobile communication network development and technological progress. This talk introduces the new scientific problems, key technologies and important achievements in 3U transmission research.

Biography: Yu Shaohua (born in Wuhan in 1962), expert in optical fiber transmission system and network technology. He obtained the PhD degree in 1992 from Wuhan University and then entered the Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (WRI) in 1993. He had been Engineers, senior engineers, master tutor, deputy director of the research laboratory, doctoral tutor, general manager of FiberHome network, vice president of FiberHome, and deputy chief engineer of the WRI. Currently, he is the chief engineer and vice president in WRI, China communication association executive director, deputy director and director of the academic committee member, committee of national 863 plan of optical communication network and communication subject experts. He is also the chief scientist in former national key basic research development program (973 Plan), “super high speed ultra large capacity ultra long distance optical transmission basic research”, and the vice chairman in International Telecommunication Union ITU-T optical and access network research group (SG15). He was elected as academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2015.

He has long been engaged in the research of optical fiber transmission system and communication network technology, and is one of the pioneers in the integration of SDH and Internet in China’s telecommunications transmission network. He holds 106 patents (including 7 patents authorized by the United States), 102 published papers, and 4 books. He proposed and commercialized the integrating the Ethernet and SDH network to transmit LAPS system and metropolitan area network MSR (MSR) system equipment to solve the problem of “SDH can only work for single voice design business” and “N metropolitan area network business require N duplicated network”. Compared with pure router transmission, LAPS has the same transmission rate and costs less than 1/10.  He is the first one in the 100-year history of ITU-T to proposed three international ITU standards, such as LAPS and MSR from China. As an early invention technology in two international mainstream programs, LAPS has been produced and referenced by more than 40 global system equipment manufacturers and more than 10 chip manufacturers. In the SDH transmission network of the Internet, his proposed method can solve the problem of coverage and speed of the Internet, and make contributions in the Metro packet ring network transmission of a variety of services and other international hot issues.

As the first completed person and unique completed unit, he won two National Technology Invention Second Prize and two National Science and Technology Progress Second Prize, one Chinese patent gold medal, and two awards of excellence. He also had three national information industry major technological invention. He had also won the title of youth science and technology award, Chinese national outstanding professional and technical person, new century talents project national candidates, Hubei province top science and technology award, Guanghua Engineering Science and technology award, the national outstanding scientific and technological workers, national intellectual property leading talent and the national model worker.