Keynote Speakers

 | Post date: 2019/07/21 | 

Prof. Beatriz Ortega Tamarit
Instituto de Telecomunicaciones y Aplicaciones Multimedia (ITEAM),
Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Enabling technologies for 5G networks include the use of millimeter waves (MMW) between 30-100 GHz to overcome spectral congestion and increase bandwidth; small cells to allow frequency reuse with a large number of base stations and also massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) full-duplex transmission and beamforming techniques.
A major challenge in the 5G mobile radio access network is the efficient integration of a large number of small cells into the existing network. A fully centralized Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) approach shifts the signal processing from the remote radio heads (RRHs) to a base band unit (BBU) in a central unit and therefore leads RRHs as based on opto-electrical converters, electrical amplifiers and antennas. In a C-RAN architecture for 5G networks deployment, the data will be carried by a MMW signal and delivered from a central station (CS) to an optical distribution network (ODN). Transportation of radio signals over large distances makes advantage of the low optical fibre losses but, moreover, the inclusion of free-space optics (FSO) links is a promising solution to meet future capacity and coverage challenges while reducing the infrastructure costs, especially in rural or remote areas, as well as crowded urban segments.
One of the most challenging stages in these systems is the generation of the MMW signals due to the limited frequency response of electronic components. During the last two decades, a large variety of microwave photonic (MWP) solutions for MMW signal generation have been proposed in the literature including phase control, sideband injection locking, frequency multiplication or nonlinear mechanisms, amongst others. However, the role of MWP signal generation in future 5G networks deployment will be properly defined according to the requirements of future mobile networks and also considering other practical issues, such as cost and complexity of these systems.

Prof. Beatriz Ortega received the M.Sc. degree in Physics in 1995 with distinction from the Universidad de Valencia, and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering in 1999 from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPVLC). She joined the Departamento de Comunicaciones at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in 1996, where she was engaged to the Optical Communications Group and her research was mainly done in the field of fibre gratings. From 1997 to 1998, she joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom), where she was involved in several projects developing new add-drop filters or twin-core fibre-based filters. In 1999 she got an Associate Lectureship at the Telecommunications Engineering Faculty in the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia and she is a Full Professor since 2009. She has published more than 130 international papers in IEEE and OSA high impact journals about fiber devices, optical networks, and microwave photonic systems with an H factor of 27 according to the SCOPUS database. She also has more than 120 contributions at the most relevant international conferences in the Optical Communications field, with more than 20 invited conferences. She owns 3 patents and is co-founder of the company EPHOOX Technology, S.L., founded in 2016 as a spin-off of the UPV. She has participated in several European Networks of Excellence, many research projects funded by the European Union, and more than 25 national research projects. Since 2015, she is the Director of the Master on Communication Technologies, Systems, and Networks at the Universitat Politécnica de València. Most of her work over the last 20 years has been oriented towards optical fiber devices, photonic microwave filters, and advanced modulations for high performance and low cost networks. Currently, her research activity at the Photonics Research Laboratory Group at UPVLC focuses on the development of reconfigurable and scalable 5G networks based on microwave photonics technology and also on developing converged fiber-wireless optical indoor networks.

Prof. Min Zhang
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China
Towards Practical VLC Applications
After a surge of research on key technologies of VLC systems, considerable bitrate have been achieved through various schemes, such as DMT, OFDM, MIMO, DPD... To promote the VLC technologies, attention should be paid also to its practical application scenarios, such as broadband access, optical networking and indoor positioning.
This talk will introduce the recent work in the State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications. We designed and implemented a VLC networking system, with one VLC access point (VLC-AP) and several VLC user equipment models (VLC-UEs), operating through the self-developed protocol which maintains a simple mechanism of time division multiple address (TDMA). The user terminals (such as PADs and laptops) are connected to VLC-UEs via Ethernet interface and they can access the Internet through the VLC-AP and also they can perform peer-to-peer communication. Various files (such as txt, mp3, mp4 and so on), are able to be transmitted through real-time uplinks and downlinks in this network, including real-time voice and real-time video. The interrupted services are restored automatically. However, dynamic TDMA mechanism is to be implemented in the future and the flexibility at VLC-UEs is to be improved to support seamless handover from one VLC-AP to another.

Min Zhang received the Ph.D. degree in optical communications from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China, where he is currently a Professor, the Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, and the Deputy Dean of the School of Optoelectronic Information. He holds 45 China patents. He has authored or coauthored over 300 technical papers in international journals and conferences and 12 books in the area of optical communications. His main research interests include optical communication systems and networks, optical signal processing, and optical wireless communications.

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