IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
25–28 October 2022 // Singapore // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference


Title: Beyond 5G / 6G Communication Technologies for Sustainable Industries

Moderator: Haris Gačanin, 6GEM
Panelist 1 Aydin Sezgin, RUB
Panelist 2 Sumei Sun, I2R
Panelist 3 Iwao Hosako, NICT
Panelist 4 Ian Akyildiz, Georgia Tech
Summary: Previous generations of mobile communications technologies mainly targeted exchanging information via voice, data/video, and the Internet communications. Following the efforts of the BMBF 6GEM Research Hub in Germany, we address the research efforts of technology evolution toward 6G networks for industrial and experience-rich (i.e., extended reality, etc.) communications to digitalize the industrial applications. In particular, the vertical sectors such as automotive, production, healthcare, and logistics are early adopters of industry digitalization in the future. Therefore, this panel aims at shedding light on the ample opportunities and challenges with this fundamental change in communication technologies. To this end, the following objectives are addressed at the panel:

  • Will future use cases and requirements enhance or disrupt vertical industries?
  • What are the emerging communication technologies for developing and integrating the cyber-physical world in vertical industries, such as holographic, haptic, and experience-rich applications?
  • How can the scientific community enhance cooperation with verticals industries
  • Is 6G technology enough to adopt next-generation verticals, Industry 5.0?
  • How Industry 5.0 may look like, and how to raise awareness of technology evolution potential?
  • What is the role of AI in the establishment of sustainable industries?


Moderator: Haris Gačanin, 6GEM

Bio: Haris Gačanin (IEEE F’20) received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Sarajevo in 2000. In 2005 and 2008, respectively, he received MSc and Ph.D. from Tohoku University in Japan. He was with Tohoku University from 2008 until 2010, first as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow and later as an Assistant Professor. He joined Alcatel-Lucent Bell (now Nokia Bell) in 2010 as a Physical-layer Expert and later moved to Nokia Bell Labs as Department Head. Since April 2020, he has joined RWTH Aachen University. He is the head of the Chair for Distributed Signal Processing and co-director of the Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems. His professional interests are related to broad areas of digital signal processing and artificial intelligence with applications in wireless communications. He is a fellow of IEEE and a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society with numerous scientific publications (journals, conferences, and patents) and invited/tutorial talks. He is a recipient of several Nokia innovation awards, IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award in 2021, IEICE Communication System Study Group Best Paper Award (joint 2014, 2015, 2017), The 2013 Alcatel-Lucent Award of Excellence, the 2012 KDDI Foundation Research Award, the 2009 KDDI Foundation Research Grant Award, the 2008 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers, the 2005 Active Research Award in Radio Communications, 2005 Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2005-Fall) Student Paper Award from IEEE VTS Japan Chapter and the 2004 Institute of IEICE Society Young Researcher Award. Furthermore, he served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, associate editor of IEICE Transactions on Communications and IET Communications. In addition, he acted as a general chair and technical program committee member of various IEEE conferences.


Panelist 1: Aydin Sezgin, RUB

Bio: Aydin Sezgin received the Dipl.Ing. (M.S.) degree in communications engineering from Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (TFH), Berlin, in 2000, and the Dr. Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from TU Berlin, in 2005. From 2001 to 2006, he was with the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Berlin. From 2006 to 2008, he held a postdoctoral position, and was also a lecturer with the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, he held a postdoctoral position with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Head of the Emmy-Noether-Research Group on Wireless Networks, Ulm University. In 2011, he joined TU Darmstadt, Germany, as a professor. He is currently a professor of information systems and sciences with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. He is interested in signal processing, communication, and information theory, with a focus on wireless networks. He has published several book chapters more than 60 journals and 180 conference papers in these topics. He has coauthored a book on multi-way communications. Aydin is a winner of the ITG-Sponsorship Award, in 2006. He was a first recipient of the prestigious Emmy-Noether Grant by the German Research Foundation in communication engineering, in 2009. He has coauthored papers that received the Best Poster Award at the IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, in 2011, the Best Paper Award at ICCSPA, in 2015, and the Best Paper Award at ICC, in 2019. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2009-2014), and as an area editor for the Elsevier Journal of Electronics and Communications (2010-2011). He was also the General Co-chair of the 2018 International ITG Workshop on Smart Antennas, the program co-chair of  the 2019 Crowncom Conference, and the workshop co-chair of the 2022 WCNC workshop on rate-splitting and next generation multiple access. 


Panelist 2: Sumei Sun, I2R

Bio: Sumei Sun is a Principal Scientist, Deputy Executive Director (Research), and Head of the Communications and Networks Dept at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. She is also holding a joint appointment with the Singapore Institute of Technology, and an adjunct appointment with the National University of Singapore, both as a full professor. Her current research interests are in next-generation wireless communications, joint sensing-communication-computing-control design, and industrial internet of things. She is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology, Steering Committee Chair of IEEE Transactions on Machine Learning in Communications and Networks, a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society 2018-2024, a member at large (MAL) with the IEEE Communications Society (2021-2023), and a member of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Board of Governors (2022-2024).


Panelist 3: Iwao Hosako, NICT

Bio: Iwao Hosako received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. After two years with NKK Corp’s ULSI Laboratory from 1993 to 1994, he joined Communications Research Laboratory (former name of NICT). He is currently the Executive Director of the Beyond 5G Research and Development Promotion Unit and the Terahertz Research Center at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan. His research focuses on terahertz band semiconductor devices, cameras, and wireless systems. He was the Vice-Chair of the IEEE 802.15.3d Task Group and is currently the Vice-Chair of the IEEE 802.15 Standing Committee Terahertz (SC-THz) and IEEE 802.15.3mb. He was serving as a working group member of the Beyond 5G (6G) Promotion Strategy Roundtable of the Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications, Japan from Jan. 2020 to Jun. 2020.


Panelist 4: Ian Akyildiz, Georgia Tech

Bio: I.F. Akyildiz (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He is Founder and President of the Truva Inc., a consulting company based in Georgia, USA,  since 1989.  He is an Advisory Board member at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since June 2020. He is the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the newly established of  International  Telecommunication Union Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU J-FET) since August 2020. He served as the Ken Byers Chair Professor  in Telecommunications, the Past Chair of the Telecom Group at the  ECE, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, from 1985 to 2020. He had many international affiliations during his career and   established  research centers in Spain, South Africa, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, India and Cyprus. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE Fellow since 1996, and ACM Fellow since 1997. He received numerous awards from IEEE, ACM, and other professional organizations, including Humboldt Award from Germany and Tubitak Award from Turkey. In June  2022, according to Google Scholar his h-index is 133 and the total number of citations to his articles is more than 134+K. His current research interests include Networking 2030, Hologram and Extended Reality Communication, 6G/7G wireless systems, Terahertz Communication, Underwater Communication.


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