Globecom 2016: Presentation of Latest 5G Technologies and Remaining Issues

IEEE Globecom 2016 in a glance:

The 59th annual IEEE Global Communications Conference was held in Washington DC, from 5-7th of December 2016. It was interesting for me to see so many researchers which I had seen them before only at the end of journal papers.

Our contribution:

I (with my colleagues Istiak, Vorvait, Ciceck, and Guowang) are here to present our latest research works. On 5th of December, I presented the following paper: Battery Lifetime-Aware Base Station Sleeping Control with M2M/H2H Coexistence, which you can download it from here and the presentation file from here.

I also attended the tutorial on –Wireless Communications and Networking with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  – which was offered by Walid Saad and Mehdi Bennis. You can find more information about the this topic here.

It is worth noting that almost in almost half of the technical sessions, the presented results and techniques were related to IoT, either aiming at solving the scalability issues or energy efficiency issues. Unfortunately, in most presented works on energy efficiency for IoT, they were trying to do something to decrease the required transmit power, e.g. by sending a drone to a  region in order to decrease the required transmit power from 4 mW to 2 mW. The ones who have attended  my Lic seminar know what is wrong here! Most IoT devices want to send a few bits not MBytes of data, and hence, increasing signaling and waiting time for the arrival of UAV are much more dangerous for battery lifetime than the required transmission power. In some sessions, I tried to feedback the authors about this issue based on our contributions.

Some points from the conference:

  1. Vahid Tarokh, Professor in Harvard, in the keynote session gave a talk on using new models for big data processing coming from a massive number of IoT devices. The interested reader may refer to here for more information. I searched his works and found here that he has a pending grant for this topic and from his initial results in the GC2016, it seems that this topic will be important in near future.
  2. Similar to our works on techno-ecomonic topics, I found a group in France have worked on an interesting topic, which might be of interest of techno-economic researchers in our group. They have modeled cost for deployment of sensors, replacement of batteries by workers, and cost for wireless power transfer, and etc., to find when the CAPEX will be less than OPEX. They found that for dense machine deployment, e.g. the inter-distance is less than 3 meters, it is worth to use wireless power transfer. You may refer to their paper here.
  3. From my point of view, at least a tutorial on techno-economic topics was missing in this conference. Almost all people who I offered them the newly posted paper by Jens [1] became interested in the topic. I hope to see more contribution from CoS in the next events.


  1. Jens Zander, Beyond the Ultra-Dense Barrier – Paradigm shifts on the road beyond 1000x wireless capacity, submitted to IEEE Communications Magazine, 2016





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