Call for videos on “The Role of Cognitive and Intelligent Technologies in COVID-19 Pandemic”

Dear TCCN Members,

I hope this email finds you well.
We would like to bring your attention to this new initiative of the TCCN Technical Committee

Call for videos on “The Role of Cognitive and Intelligent Technologies in COVID-19 Pandemic”

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has unfortunately spread all over the world and changed the way we live. There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic will go down in history as one of the challenges humanity has ever faced. We are interested in receiving videos for either specialized audiences or the general public the various applications of cognitive and intelligent technologies in the fight against COVID-19 and the role of the cognitive technologies research in this battle. We would like to promote and advertise what IEEE ComSoc members are doing in this regard.

Submission instructions

Please send an email to mayuan@szu.edu.cn– subject “TCCN ComSoc COVID19 video series” – with the following information:
– Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s)
– A brief summary of the content of your video (no more than 200 words)
– The IEEE ComSoc member number of at least one of the authors
– A link to your video

The email address mayuan@szu.edu.cn has been configured to request a positive confirmation. Upon sending your message you will be asked to confirm by clicking on a link.

Videos can be submitted by 31-December-2020

They will be reviewed by an editorial board appointed by the ComSoc Online Content Board and, if considered to be of enough quality and rigor, they will be edited – if needed – and published in ComSoc video channels. The consent form to be signed allowing IEEE ComSoc to edit and publicly show the video will be forwarded to the authors upon receiving and screening the content.

The editors from TCCN for this video series are Daniel B. da Costa (danielbcosta@ieee.org) and Yuan Ma (mayuan@szu.edu.cn). If you have any comment/doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,
Daniel
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Benevides da Costa
Department of Computer Engineering, Area: Telecommunications
Federal University of Ceará (UFC)

Virtual Seminar #3

Dear TCCN fellow members,

Please find our 3rd free virtual seminar organised by the IEEE ComSoc TCCN on “Where No Cognitive Radio Has Gone Before: Machine Learning” delivered by Prof. Alexander Wyglinski.

Time and date: EDT 9:00am-10:00am (BST 14:00-15:00), Thursday, 3rd September 2020
Venue: online, registration via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/where-no-cognitive-radio-has-gone-before-machine-learning-for-space-com-tickets-116686106285
Title: Where No Cognitive Radio Has Gone Before: Machine Learning
Presenter: Prof. Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Abstract

In May 2017, the first-ever space-based cognitive radio experiments were performed using the NASA SCaN Test-bed located on the International Space Station (ISS). Followed by a second series of space-based cognitive radio tests in August 2018, these experiments yielded new knowledge and insights on how intelligent radio systems can operate in very challenging environments such as depths of space. In this talk, I will give an overview of the extensive five-year technical collaboration between Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Penn State, and NASA Glenn Research Center that resulted in these two space-based cognitive radio experiments in May 2017 and August 2018. In particular, details regarding the use of Reinforcement Learning Neural Networks (RLNNs) to form the core of a cognitive radio medium access control (MAC) layer will be presented, and issues such as catastrophic forgetting affecting the performance of our proposed cognitive radio will be discussed.

Biography

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is an internationally recognized expert in wireless communications, cognitive radio, 5G, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, satellite communications, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Wyglinski is a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Full Professor of Robotics Engineering (courtesy appointment) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, as well as the Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab). Dr. Wyglinski is very active in the technical community, serving on the organizing committees of numerous technical conferences and several journal editorial boards. These activities include serving as the General Co-Chair for the 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Fall 2015, as well as Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine. From January 2018 to December 2019, Dr. Wyglinski served as the President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, an applications-oriented society of approximately 5000 members that focuses on the theoretical, experimental, and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering in mobile radio, motor vehicles, and land transportation. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Wyglinski has published approximately 45 journal papers, over 120 conference papers, nine book chapters, and three textbooks. He is currently being or has been sponsored by organizations such as The MathWorks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, MITRE Corporation, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the ASEE.

Best regards,
Yue Gao
Chair, Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN)

Free Virtual Seminar #2

Dear TCCN fellow members,

Please find our 2nd free virtual seminar organised by the IEEE ComSoc TCCN on “From Cognition to Intelligence in Communications Networks” delivered by Professor Octavia Dobre.

Time and date: EDT 9:00am-10:00am (BST 14:00-15:00), Tuesday, 18th August 2020
Venue: online, registration via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-webinar-from-cognition-to-intelligence-in-communications-networks-tickets-114854360484
Title: From Cognition to Intelligence in Communications Networks
Presenter: Prof Octavia A. Dobre, Memorial University, Canada

Abstract

Since Mitola’s idea of cognitive radio which arose close to 2000, significant advancements have been made towards applying intelligence to communications networks. While 2020 marks an important milestone in the deployment of 5G wireless networks, planning to deliver enhanced mobile broadband, massive connectivity, ultra-reliability and lower latency, the need to move to beyond 5G wireless (B5G) has emerged in both industry and academia. B5G aims to provide a major paradigm shift from connected things to connected intelligence.

After 20 years, we can state that the time of extending cognition to artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of communications has arrived. The next decade is crucial for research and development activities to achieving a native AI-based 6G network, capable of not only advancing the digitalization of vertical industries, but also of addressing human challenges through a connected world.

This talk will provide a brief overview of advances in transitioning from cognition to intelligence in communications networks, with emphasis on the features of 5G, as well as on the envisioned 6G wireless. It will discuss the intelligence integration supported by mobile edge computing in both terrestrial and vertical dimensions of emerging communications networks, along with modalities of developing a deep learning network. Furthermore, applications of machine learning techniques to communications will be presented, e.g., for the identification of the signal type in both wireless and optical communications areas. Finally, the talk will highlight research directions for the application of AI to the field of communications.

Biography

Octavia A. Dobre is a Professor and Research Chair at Memorial University, Canada. Her research interests encompass various wireless technologies, such as non-orthogonal multiple access and intelligent reflective surfaces, blind signal identification, as well as optical and underwater communications. She has co-authored over 300 refereed papers in these areas.

Dr. Dobre serves as the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. She was the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as a Senior Editor, Editor, and Guest Editor for various prestigious journals and magazines.

Dr. Dobre was a Royal Society Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar. She obtained Best Paper Awards at various conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, and IEEE WCNC. Dr. Dobre is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Best regards,
Yue Gao
Chair, Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN)

Free Virtual Seminar by IEEE ComSoc TCCN

Dear TCCN fellow members,

With feedback and comments from our TCCN meeting early this month, we are starting to organise free virtual seminars to our Technical Community on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) members. Please see the following talk on “Deep Learning in Wireless Communications” by Professor Geoffrey Ye Li.

Time and date: EDT 9:00am-10:00am (BST 14:00-15:00), Friday, 24th July 2020
Venue: online, registration via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-virtual-seminar-deep-learning-in-wireless-communications-tickets-112946706640
Title: Deep Learning in Wireless Communications
Presenter: Geoffrey Ye Li, School of ECE, Georgia Tech

Abstract

It has been demonstrated recently that deep learning (DL) has great potentials to break the bottleneck of the conventional communication systems. In this talk, we present our recent work in DL in wireless communications, including physical layer processing and resource allocation. DL can improve the performance of each individual (traditional) block in a conventional communication system or jointly optimize the whole transmitter or receiver. Therefore, we can categorize the applications of DL in physical layer communications into with and without block processing structures. For DL based communication systems with block structures, we present joint channel estimation and signal detection based on a fully connected deep neural network, model-drive DL for signal detection. For those without block structures, we provide our recent endeavors in developing end-to-end learning communication systems with the help of deep reinforcement learning (DRL) and generative adversarial net (GAN).
Judicious resource (spectrum, power, etc.) allocation can significantly improve efficiency of wireless networks. The traditional wisdom is to explicitly formulate resource allocation as an optimization problem and then exploit mathematical programming to solve it to a certain level of optimality. Deep learning represents a promising alternative due to its remarkable power to leverage data for problem solving and can help solve optimization problems for resource allocation or can be directly used for resource allocation. We will first present our research results in using deep learning to reduce the complexity of mixed integer non-linear programming (MINLP). We will then discuss how to use deep reinforcement learning directly for wireless resource allocation with application in vehicular networks.

Biography

Dr. Geoffrey Li is currently a Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was with AT&T Labs – Research for five years before joining Georgia Tech in 2000. His general research interests include statistical signal processing and machine learning for wireless communications. In these areas, he has published over 500 referred journal and conference papers in addition to over 40 granted patents. His publications have been cited over 41,000 times and he has been listed as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind, also known as a Highly-Cited Researcher, by Thomson Reuters almost every year since 2001. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2006. He received 2010 IEEE ComSoc Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award, 2013 IEEE VTS James Evans Avant Garde Award, 2014 IEEE VTS Jack Neubauer Memorial Award, 2017 IEEE ComSoc Award for Advances in Communication, 2017 IEEE SPS Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award, and 2019 IEEE ComSoc Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award. He also won the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech

Best regards,
Yue Gao
Chair, Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN)

June 2020 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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While 5G is a reality and has already been commercially launched in several parts of the world, there exist already numerous efforts and initiatives from industry and academia to look beyond 5G and conceptualize 6G by describing its roadmap along with the emerging trends and requirements, as well as several enabling techniques and architectures. Future wireless systems should effectively support a universal and ubiquitous cyber physical structure, new spectrum access schemes, and new forms of communications, while taking into account the energy efficiency and security/privacy considerations.

Two promising technologies for enabling the 6G ecosystem are quantum communications and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS). In this regard, this Newsletter will delve on these two key technologies envisioned for 6G wireless networks. In the quantum communications area, we have interviewed Prof. Robert Malanev, from The University of New South Wales, Australia, Dr. Angela Sara Cacciapouti, from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and Prof. Mohsen Razavi, from University of Leeds, UK. We have also had the pleasure to get a position paper from Profs. Soon Xin Ng and Lajos Hanzo. Within the context of RIS, we have interviewed Prof. David Smith and Dr. Mohammadreza F. Imani, from Duke University, USA, Prof. Chau Yuen and Dr. Chongwen Huang, from Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore, and Prof. H. Vincent Poor, from Princeton University, USA, who provided us with their outlook on the opportunities and challenges on RIS. Furthermore, we are delighted to have two position papers on RIS, one written by Prof. George C. Alexandropoulos in conjunction with several collaborators, and another written by Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz, from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

I would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Daryus Chandra, from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, and Prof. George C. Alexandropoulos, from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, for their hard efforts in arranging the content of this Newsletter. Moreover, we want to thank all authors and interviewees for sharing with us their experience and time. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN Chair, Dr. Yue Gao and all TCCN officers. If you have any suggestion, feel free to contact me at: danielbcosta@ieee.org. We hope that you enjoy the material of this Newsletter!

Daniel Benevides da Costa
Director, IEEE ComSoc TCCN Newsletter
Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

December 2019 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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While 5G has been deployed around the world, there exist already numerous efforts and initiatives from industry and academia to look beyond 5G and conceptualize 6G by describing its roadmap along with the emerging trends and requirements, as well as several enabling techniques and architectures. The drivers of 6G will be a confluence of past trends (i.e., densification, higher rates, and massive antennas) and of new trends that include new services and applications, such as smart wearables, implants, extended reality devices, etc. Moreover, it is expected that 6G will be able to meet strict requirements for multiterabyte per second (Tb/s) and intelligent networks.

Two promising technologies for enabling the 6G ecosystem are terahertz (THz) communications and artificial intelligence (AI). In this regard, this Newsletter will delve on these two key technologies envisioned for 6G wireless networks. In the AI area, we have interviewed Prof. Tim O’Shea, from Virginia Tech, USA, Dr. Jakon Hoydis, from Nokia Bell Labs, France, Prof. Mérouane Debbah, from Huawei, France, and Prof. Deniz Gündüz, from Imperial College London, UK, who are leading experts in this area. We have also had the pleasure to get a position paper from Prof. Deniz Gündüz. Within the context of THz communications, we have interviewed Prof. Daniel Mittleman, from Brown University, Rhode Island, Prof. Josep M. Jornet, from Northeastern University, Boston, and Dr. Onur Sahin, from InterDigital Inc., London, who provided us with their outlook on the opportunities and challenges on AI. Finally, Prof. Cyril C. Renaud, from University College London, UK, provided a position paper that discusses the advancements in demonstration of wireless bridges at THz carrier frequencies over a fiber network as an argument to the advantages of using photonic solutions compared to electronics ones. It is also discussed the potential for photonic integration to create a viable THz photonics wireless technology.

I would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Prof. F. Rafael Marques Lima, from Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, and Dr. Hadi Sarieddeen, from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, for their efforts in arranging the content of this Newsletter. Moreover, we want to thank all authors and interviewees for sharing with us their experience and time. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN Chair, Dr. Yue Gao and all TCCN officers. If you have any suggestion, feel free to contact me at:
danielbcosta@ieee.org. We hope that you enjoy the material of this Newsletter!

Daniel Benevides da Costa
Director, IEEE ComSoc TCCN Newsletter
Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

May 2019 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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Since December 2015, this Newsletter has presented and discussed some emerging topics related to the TCCN areas of interest. More specifically, it has covered a broad range of applications and techniques, for instance, non-orthogonal multiple access, ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), millimeter wave communications, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications, and massive machine-type communications (mMTC). We have interviewed over a dozen experts in these fields, included several interesting position papers, and provided state-of-the-art reviews. My sincere thanks to all the previous directors for their
contributions and help which have made this Newsletter a great success.

From my side, I have contributed in two previous TCCN Newsletter editions as Feature Editor, and this TCCN Newsletter issue is the first one that I am acting as Director. It has been a great pleasure and honor for me, and I am excited to cover two areas that will likely have impact in 5G and beyond: a) Blockchain and b) Internet of Things (IoT). In the Blockchain area, we have interviewed Prof. Dusit Niyato, from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Dr. Bhaskar Krichnamachari, from USC, who are leading experts in this area. We have also had the pleasure to get a position paper from Dr. BhaskarKrichnamachari. Within the context of IoT, we have interviewed Prof. Luiz A. da Silva, from Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Samir Perlaza, from INRIA, France, and Prof. Sergey Andreev, fromTampere University, Finland, who provided uswith their outlook on the opportunities and challenges of IoT. Finally, Prof. Giancarlo Fortino and Dr. Claudio Savaglio, from Università della Calabria, Italy, provided a position paper that presents ACOSO-Meth (Agent-based Cooperating Smart Objects Methodology), the first agent-based methodology that specifically and seamlessly supports the main phases of engineering of IoT ecosystems and related services.

Finally, I would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Prof. Walid Saad, from Virginia Tech – USA, and Prof. Pedro H. J. Nardelli, from Lappeenranta University of Technology – Finland, for their efforts in arranging the content of this Newsletter. Moreover, we want to thank all authors and interviewees for sharing with us their experience and time. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Yue Gao and all TCCN officers. If you have any suggestion, feel free to contact me at: danielbcosta@ieee.org. We hope that you enjoy the material of this Newsletter!

Daniel Benevides da Costa
Director, IEEE ComSoc TCCN Newsletter
Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

Dec 2018 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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Over the past couple of years, we have strived to reshape this newsletter to expose some of the more emerging topics related to the TCCN areas of interest. In this regard, we have covered a broad range of applications and techniques, ranging from ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) to the Internet of Things. We have interviewed over a dozen experts in these fields, and included several interesting position papers and reviews of the state-of-the-art.

In this final TCCN Newsletter for which I will be the director, I am excited to cover two areas that will likely have impact in 5G and beyond: a) Communications with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and b) massive machine type communications (mMTC). In the UAVs area, we have reviewed two key papers from recent works. We have also had the pleasure to interview Dr. Christian Bettstetter from the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, is a leading expert in this area.

Moreover, Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu from Carelton University, who initiated much of the research on UAV communications, has also provided us with an exciting position paper in this domain. Within the context of mMTC, we have interviewed Dr. Giuseppe Durisi from Chalmers University, Sweden, Dr. Zaher Dawy from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and Dr. Toktam Mahmoodi from King’s College, UK, who provided us with their outlook on the opportunities and challenges of mMTC. Finally, Dr. Ekram Hossain from the University of Manitoba, Canada, provided a position paper that outlines the role of NOMA in machine type communications.

Finally, I would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Daniel Benevides da Costa from UFC – Brazil and Dr. Omid Semiari from Georgia Southern University, USA, for their efforts in arranging the content of this Newsletter. Moreover, we want to thank all interviewees for sharing with us their experience and time. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Jianwei Huang and all TCCN officers over the past two years. I look forward to seeing future TCCN newsletters with more exciting research insights and discussions.

Dr. Walid Saad
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA
http://resume.walid-saad.com

May 2018 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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For decades, the wireless network evolution has been driven by a strive for higher data rates. Indeed, the whole premise of 4G networks had been on delivering higher rate and high network capacity. However, the advent of the Internet of Things and associated services, such as autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, has radically changed the wireless landscape. In particular, we are witnessing a major shift from data rate-centric wireless networks, to networks that require very low latency and high reliability. In this new latency-centric landscape, cognitive networking approaches will inevitably play a key role. In this regard, this TCCN Newsletter will delve into two key emerging technologies that pertain to the paradigm of highly reliable, low latency communications: a) ultra reliable low latency communication (URLLC) and b) mobile edge computing (MEC). Both URLLC and MEC will be critical components of emerging 5G networks and major contributors for the shift from rate-centric systems to latency-centric systems. Consequently, exposing their challenges and opportunities is essential. In order to do so, this first issue of the TCCN Newsletter of 2018 will bring together two feature topics on URLLC and MEC. Within each feature topic, we review the state of the art and provide an in-depth exposition of some of the recent research contributions. For URLLC, we also provide two expert interviews with Drs. Mehdi Bennis and Marios Kountouris, that provide the academic and industrial perspectives on URLLC. In the context of MEC, beyond also reviewing key papers, we provide two expert interviews with Drs. Kaibin Huang and Yang Yang.

That said, we would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Daniel Benevides da Costa from UFC – Brazil and Dr. Jie Xu, from Guangdong University of Technology, for their efforts in arranging the paper reviews and expert opinion. Moreover, we want to thank all interviewees for sharing with us their useful experience and future outlook on the discussed areas. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Jianwei Huang and all TCCN officers. As always, if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me at: walids@vt.edu. We hope that you enjoy the material provided here!

Dr. Walid Saad
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA
http://resume.walid-saad.com

November 2017 edition of the TCCN Newsletter launched

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Dynamic spectrum access and spectrum sharing lie at the heart of cognitive radio networks. As such, developing new multiple access techniques along with exploiting unconventional frequency bands are necessary steps needed to ensure the wide-scale deployment of cognitive radio networks. In this regard, this TCCN Newsletter will delve into two key emerging technologies in this regard: a) non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and b) Millimeter wave communications (mmWave). Both NOMA and mmWave are considered as major components of emerging 5G networks and, as such, exposing their challenges and opportunities is essential. In order to do so, this second issue of the TCCN Newsletter of 2017 will bring together two feature topics on NOMA and mmWave. Within each feature topic, we review the state of the art and provide an in-depth exposition of some of the recent research contributions. For NOMA, we also provide a position paper from Dr. Zhiguo Ding’s group who has been the driving force behind many of the key contributions in NOMA. In addition to these two feature topics, we discuss the theme of “Spectrum Scarcity”, which has been driving much of the research in wireless networks, in general, and cognitive radio networking, in particular, over the past few years. Within the context of this theme, we get expert opinions from Drs. Akbar Sayeed and Mérouane Debbah along with two position papers from the groups of Dr. Danijela Cabric and Dr. George K. Karagiannidis, that expose various research challenges within this theme.

That said, we would like to thank our two feature topic editors: Dr. Daniel Benevides da Costa from UFC – Brazil and Dr. Omid Semiari, from Georgia Southern University, for their efforts in arranging the paper reviews, positions papers, and expert opinion. Moreover, we want to thank all authors and interviewees for contributing their significant research works to the two feature topics and sharing with us their useful experience and future outlook on the area. I would finally like to acknowledge the gracious support from the TCCN chair, Dr. Jianwei Huang and all TCCN officers.  As always, if you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me at: walids@vt.edu. We hope that you enjoy the material provided here!

Dr. Walid Saad
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCCN
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA
http://resume.walid-saad.com