IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
3-6 June 2019 // Sochi, Russia


Tutorial 1: Towards High Speed Optical Wireless Communications using Spatially Structured Light (3 JUNE, 2019, 09:00h-12:40h)

Speakers: Dr. Abderrahmen Trichili (KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Prof. Boon S. Ooi (KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini (KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Abstract: Free space optics (FSO) is a license-free wireless communication technique that has recently received a great attention for a variety of applications. FSO is an attractive solution for last mile connectivity problem
in communication networks particularly when fiber optics installation is costly or unavailable. FSO can also be used to establish inter-buildings/cities secure communications and it can be deployed as a backup to optical fiber networks. Wireless optical communication can guarantee a high-bit-rate line of sight (LoS) transmission over long distances of up to several kilometers. Furthermore, free space communication is considered as a potential technique for scaling down bandwidth challenges in future 5G networks. Multiple wavelength FSO can guarantee better transmission capacities as demonstrated in. Data can be mapped on advanced modulation formats such as quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) and quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to achieve high bit rates as well as high spectral efficiency levels. Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) FSO communication has also been proposed, whereby multiple lasers are placed to transmit Gaussian beams to multiple receiving apertures.

A possible idea to further increase the capacity of free space wireless optical communication links is to use space division multiplexing (SDM). SDM has been firstly suggested as a potential solution to cope with future bandwidth issues for optical fiber networks and has been also introduced to FSO. The idea is to exploit the spatial structure of the light as an additional degree of freedom for optical communications. In SDM, each spatial mode, from an orthogonal mode basis, can be viewed as an independent data carrier scaling the transmission capacity by several orders of magnitude. A particular mode of choice is the orbital angular momentum (OAM) derived from the Laguerre Gaussian mode basis that have been used to
demonstrate beyond 1 Tbit/s transmission capacity. The goal of this tutorial is to introduce the concept of using OAM carrying light to establish outdoor wireless communication links. The attendees of the tutorial will become familiar with the basics of FSO using structured light beams, challenges and the potential of this technique to provide high-speed outdoor connectivity.

Bio: A. Trichili received the Diplôme d’Ingénieur and PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology from l’École Supérieur des Communications de Tunis (SUP’COM, Tunisia) in 2013 and 2017, respectively. During his doctoral study, he received a mobility fellowship from the University of Padova (Italy), where he spent one year at the Information Engineering Department (DEI). In February 2018, he joined KAUST University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) division. His current areas of interest include space division multiplexing, orbital angular momentum multiplexing, free space optical communication, and underwater wireless optical communication.

B. S. Ooi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAUST. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Glasgow (UK) in 1994. He joined KAUST from Lehigh University (USA) in 2009. His recent research is concerned with the study of III-Nitride based materials and devices, and lasers for applications such as solid-state lighting, visible light and underwater wireless optical communications, and energy harvesting devices. He currently serves on the editorial board of Optics Express and IEEE Photonics Journal. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).

M.-S. Alouini received the Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (TELECOM Paris Tech) and the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in Electronics of M.S.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1995, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998. He also received the Habilitation degree from the Université Pierre & Marie Curie in 2003. Prof. Alouini served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University ofScience and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include design and performance analysis of diversity combining techniques, MIMO techniques, multi-hop/cooperative communications systems, optical wireless communication systems, cognitive radio systems, and multi-resolution, hierarchical and adaptive modulation schemes. Prof. Alouini has published several papers on the above subjects, and he is co-author of the textbook Digital Communication over Fading Channels (Wiley Interscience). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communication Society, and a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers as well as the Shanghai Ranking/Elsevier list of Most Cited Researchers.

Tutorial 2: Softwarization Concepts and Practice in 5G Communication Systems: SDN, NFV, ICN (3 JUNE, 2019, 13:40h-17:20h)

Speakers: Prof. Fabrizio Granelli (University of Trento, Italy) and Prof. Frank Fitzek (TU Dresden, Germany)

Abstract: A big step lies ahead, when moving from today’s 4G cellular networks to tomorrows 5G network. Today, the network is used for content delivery, e.g. voice, video, data. Tomorrow, the 5G network will be fully softwarized and programmable, with new degrees of freedom.

The aim of the tutorial is to illustrate how the emerging paradigms of Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and Information Centric Networking will impact on the development of 5G systems and networks, both from the theoretical/formal as well as from the practical perspective.

The tutorial is split into two major sections: (i) the first one, where the attendees will learn the basics of SDN, NFV and ICN and their application in the framework of 5G (network slicing, mobile edge computing); (ii) the second one, where the attendees will deploy simple yet complete solutions for network slicing and mobile edge computing using their own laptops.

Through the above theory and practice sessions, the attendees will gain useful insights on such emerging aspects in SDN/NFV. Note: Most hands-on sessions will be performed by using virtual machines. For this reason, it is highly recommended to all attendees to install VirtualBox (preferred) or similar VM software before the event.

Additional useful software to download / install before the event:

Bio: Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). From 2012 to 2014, he was Italian Master School Coordinator in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ICT Labs Consortium. He was Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2016 and he is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Trentino Wireless and Optical Testbed Lab. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-15 and IEEE ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17. Prof. Granelli is IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services for 2018-19 and coordinator of the research and didactical activities on computer networks within the degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He was advisor of more than 80 B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses and 8 Ph.D. theses. He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals, books and conferences in networking, with particular reference to performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and chair of the communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona StateUniversity. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award
several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.