Invited Talks

The 4th Industrial Revolution and Our Strategy for a Better World



Prof. Heung-No Lee

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea



The 4th Industrial Revolution was the main topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2016. Dr. Klaus Schwab, the chairman of the WEF, has named it with an intention to describe how fast the world is changing driven by the so called disruptive technological advances and how deeply the lives of people are forced to alteration. These waves of changes will hit every region around the globe and everyone will be forced to change. Words of warning go viral such that an entity leading such changes will thrive while the others who are not prepared for them will perish. This has created a Tsunami of discussions at least within Korea where the winning performance of AlphaGo Spring 2016 has proven how powerful today's breakthrough technology could be. The impact is indisputable. Almost everyone agrees immediately. Even an ordinary people can grab the importance of preparedness right away. While some are awed by them, others perceive opening of enormously many new opportunities that advances of new technologies will take the human to the next level. As we study more, visons with concrete action plans are realized within leading nations such as Germany and U.S.A. with revolutionary outcomes being sprung up. For example, we see how Germans has renovated its old manufacturing industry under the theme of Smart Factory, a revolutionary idea incubated carefully executed for the last decade by Dr. Z?lke who coined the term Industry 4.0. The storm of discussions to date is to provide us with a chance to carefully thought out our future and prepare us to make the world a better place to live in. When we work together to shape out a desirable future, such a future will come true as reality someday. In this talk, I aim to discuss the narrative of 4th industrial revolution, showcase a selected set of fundamental technologies and thoughts deriving the effort, and discuss how they can be utilized to make a better future for all.



Dr. Heung-No Lee graduated from University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), U.S.A. with Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees all in Electrical Engineering, awarded in 1999, 1994 and 1993 respectively. He moved to HRL Laboratory, Malibu, California, and worked there as Research Staff Member from 1999 to 2002. He was then appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. in 2002. He moved to Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea, in 2009 with the rank of Associate Professor. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor at GIST. His research lies in the areas of Information Theory, Signal Processing Theory, and Communications Theory, and his application areas include Wireless Communications and Networking, Compressive Sensing and Optical Engineering, Biomedical systems, and Brain Computer Interfaces. He served as the Lead Guest Editor for EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking in 2010 and 2011, and as the Area Editor for the AEU International Journal of Electronics and Communications from 2013 to 2017. He was the Chapter Chair for IEEE Signal Processing Society at Pittsburgh, U.S.A., from 2005 to 2008. He served as the Secretary of IEEE Gwangju Section, Gwangju, Korea, from 2010 to 2011. He worked as the Chair of IEEE Gwangju Section from 2012 to 2016. He served as a member of technical program committees for several IEEE conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Communications and IEEE Globecom. National awards include Top 50 R&D Achievements of Fundamental Research in 2013 (National Research Foundation), Top 100 National R&D Research Award in 2012 (the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) and This Month Scientist/Engineer Award (National Research Foundation) in January 2014. He has published more than fifty international journal papers and more than a hundred international conferences and workshop papers. He was the Director of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science track in GIST College in 2014. From March 2015 to March 2017, he served as the Dean of Research at GIST. From 2016, he has served as the Director of GIST Research Institute.


Industrial Internet of Things



Dr. Sun Sumei

Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)






Sumei SUN obtained the B.Sc.(Honours) Degree from Peking University, China, the M.Eng Degree from Nanyang Technological University, and Ph.D Degree from National University of Singapore. She's been with Institute for Infocomm Research (formerly Centre for Wireless Communications) since 1995. She was the Communication Systems and Signal Processing (CSSP) Technology Group Leader during 2000 to 2002, Modem Technology Laboratory Head during 2003 to 2006. Since 2007, she has been the Head of Modulation & Coding Department, developing physical layer-related solutions for next-generation communication systems.

Dr. Sun has authored and co-authored more than one hundred technical papers in prestigious IEEE journals and conference. She is co-recipient of IEEE PIMRC'2005 Best Paper Award. She is inventor and co-inventor of over twenty patents and patent applications, many of which have been licensed to industry with multi-million dollar licensing returns. For her achievement in technology invention and industry contribution, she and her team was honored with the Scientist-Entrepreneur Award from the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in 2008. Dr. Sun has served as the TPC Chair of 12th IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2010 (ICCS 2010), General Co-Chair of 7th (2010) and 8th (2011) IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Asia Pacific Wireless Communications Symposium (APWCS), and Track Chair of Signal Processing for Communications, Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference 2010 (APSIPA ASC 2010). She is now serving as Track Co-Chair of Transmission Technologies, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2012 Spring, to be held in May 2012, in Japan. She has also served as TPC members for many prestigious IEEE conferences for many years, for example, International Conference for Communications (ICC), Globecom, WCNC, PIMRC, etc. She is been actively contributing to IEEE publications and is serving now as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and Editor of the inaugural IEEE Wireless Communication Letters.

Her research interests lie in general digital communication systems and specifically in signal processing, coding and modulation techniques for communication systems. Her recent research focus is on energy efficient multiuser cooperative MIMO systems, joint source-channel processing for wireless multimedia communications, advanced metering infrastructure for smart grid, and wireless transceiver design.


Title TBA



Mr. Akira Matsunaga

Senior Director

Mobile Network Technical Development Division Technology Sector KDDI Corporation



The presentation first addresses the 5G system concept which KDDI is envisioning and the network concept to realize the system concept. Then, the presentation introduces the demonstration of applications specifically tailored for 5G, which was carried out in the 5G trial field. Finally, key technological challenges to realize 5G from operator’s viewpoint are also addressed.



Akira Matsunaga received B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He joined KDD Co. Ltd. (currnetly KDDI Corporation) in 1983 and was engaged in R&D of satellite communications, strategic technology planning of mobile network, and development of mobile radio access network.

He is currently engaged in the strategic planning of 5G mobile technology. He also serves as an Acting Chair of Technical Committee of 5GMF (The 5th Generation Mobile Communication Promotion Forum) in Japan. He was the Vice Chair of TSG-S of 3GPP2 during 2001-2004.


Data-Driven Cognitive Networks



Prof. Li-Chun Wang

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan



A significant change in wireless networks recently is that much more data are collected from various sources, including channels, locations, radio access options, social networks, network state and management. The availability of this large amount and various types of data can potentially help a traditional knowledge-driven mobile network be transformed into a more powerful data-driven cognitive network (D2CN) with the help of machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, and statistical reasoning. Hence, from the holistic aspects of signal processing, network planning, and user customization, the performance of D2CN can be significantly improved.

In this talk, we first introduce what data science (or data-driven research) is. Next, we take power control issues of ultra-dense small cells (UDSC) as an example to illustrate how a data-driven approach can empower self-organizing network (SON) to enhance the throughput and energy efficiency of UDSC, and provide application-aware flow QoS control. Last, we highlight some important data-driven wireless network research directions in the future.



Li-Chun Wang (M'96 -- SM'06 -- F'11) received Ph. D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he was with AT&T Laboratories, where he was a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Wireless Communications Research Department. Since August 2000, he has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and is jointly appointed by Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering of the same university.

Dr. Wang was elected to the IEEE Fellow in 2011 for his contributions to cellular architectures and radio resource management in wireless networks. He won the Distinguished Research Award of National Science Council, Taiwan (2012). He was the co-recipients of IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Board Best Award (2015), Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Paper Award (2013), and IEEE Jack Neubauer Best Paper Award (1997).

His current research interests are in the areas of software-defined mobile networks, heterogeneous networks, and data-driven intelligent wireless communications. He holds 19 US patents, and have published over 200 journal and conference papers, and co-edited a book, “Key Technologies for 5G Wireless Systems,” (Cambridge University Press 2017).