October 20 - 21, 2020

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Why Now

Each generation of wireless has been an approximate 10 year journey from early research and requirement definition through to commercial launch. With 5G launches underway, the research communities are ramping up on a vision for 6G use cases and technologies. The need for increased wireless capacity and support of more connected devices continues to show significant growth and is more essential than ever for maintaining economic productivity, health and safety. In addition, some of the most innovative technologies and solutions can address a need before it even arises.

While the 6G standard will be completed and commercialized as soon as 2028, the years between will require research and coordination among the industries leaders, innovators, and problem solvers to determine the promise and opportunity of 6G technology. Today is the best moment to begin shaping the technology of our future.

Why Attend

The 6G Symposium aims to increase public awareness, excitement, and engagement around articulating a strong vision for 6G. 

A curated agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions will explore the demand and opportunities for 6G enabling technologies like novel air interfaces, new network architectures and “killer” applications, and offers a variety of perspectives from the future developers, enablers, and disrupters of 6G technology.

Discussions will also emphasize the strategic, technical, and regulatory barriers to developing a 6G roadmap and the effort to develop a community-agreed definition of key performance indicators.   

What You’ll Learn

The 6G Symposium invites leading experts from across industry, academia, government agencies and the wireless ecosystem to brainstorm and begin to shape the next generation of wireless communication and network technologies.

From VIP panels to keynote speeches from industry’s leading minds and policy makers to engaging thought explorations of the potential and challenges in enabling 6G, this event will showcase all sides of this life-changing technology. 

Participants can expect to learn about the Beyond 5G roadmap, spectrum policy, KPIs, the 6G technology landscape, and more.

About Our Organizers

InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. Founded in 1972, InterDigital solves many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, and is listed on NASDAQ and included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

The WIOT Institute at Northeastern University is home to world-leading expertise, facilities, and technologies dedicated to making wireless communication systems faster, more intelligent, more energy-efficient, and more secure. The WIOT Institute at Northeastern University includes over 70 full-time faculty, researchers, and graduate students advancing the state-of-the-art in 5G and 6G wireless systems. The WIOT Institute at Northeastern University is sponsored through over $13M yearly in federal and industry funding and houses world-class facilities including Arena, a 64-antenna fully programmable indoor wireless testbed, Colosseum, the world’s largest wireless emulator, as well as programmable mmWave and TeraHertz radios at 60Ghz, 120GHz, 240Ghz, 1THz.

Organizers and Program Committee

Organizing Committee

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Doug Castor

Senior Director, InterDigital Research and Innovation

Doug is a Senior Director of Research and Innovation responsible for Technology Evolution and Protot

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Ravi Pragada

Senior Principal. InterDigital

Ravi Pragada is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital where he is responsible for incubation &

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Tommaso Melodia

Director of the WIOT Institute at Northeastern University

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and C

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Manu Gosain

Director of Industry Engagement for the Institute of Wireless Internet of Things

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director for PAWR and Director of Industry Engagement

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Doug Castor

Senior Director, InterDigital Research and Innovation

Doug is a Senior Director of Research and Innovation responsible for Technology Evolution and Prototyping. He manages a team of innovators, systems designers and implementation engineers who identify, design and prototype concepts for next generation wireless systems (5G & 6G). The results of Doug and his team’s work can be found at Mobile World Congress, Brooklyn 5G Summit, and numerous publications in the InterDigital Vault. Doug Castor has more than 25 years of experience in wireless system innovation, analysis, design and implementation. Since joining InterDigital in 2000, he has been developing and delivering next generation technology for the mobile wireless industry. His work has been incorporated into 3G (WCDMA and HSPA), 4G (LTE Advanced), and his recent research is targeted for 5G (NR) and 6G systems. Doug has directed departments as large as 35 employees within InterDigital’s Research and Innovation organization where he has both administrative and technical planning responsibilities. He is currently directing a development team aiming to bring gigabit data rates, extreme low latency and ultra low power to next generation mobile devices. Key technologies of interest to Doug include millimeter wave (mmWave) and terahertz frequencies applied to small cell access and backhaul, and multi-access edge computing. Doug’s work has resulted in demonstrating InterDigital’s EdgeHaul platform - the world’s first WiGig-based mmWave mesh backhaul system that can wirelessly transport multi-gigabit-per-second data to small cells. He is the inventor of 14 granted patents with many additional patent applications pending. Doug also has prior experience working for Lockheed Martin in satellite communications systems where he developed wireless performance analysis software and validated system designs prior to launch.

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Ravi Pragada

Senior Principal. InterDigital

Ravi Pragada is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital where he is responsible for incubation & strategy and for leading next generation air-interface and system technologies. Since joining InterDigital in 2001, he has held a variety of senior engineering and management roles. In those roles, he led InterDigital’s research and development teams covering incubation, pre-standards R&D, standardization, technology & product development, and prototyping. His research interests include all areas of advanced wireless solutions covering cellular, IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi®), and IoT technologies with a current focus on ultra-low power communications, sub-THz systems, AI/ML applied to wireless, unmanned aerial systems/drones, millimeter wave air-interface/backhaul design, device-to-device communications, and beyond 5G architectures. He served as vice-chair for the IEEE 1920: Aerial Communications and Networking Standards Working Group. He is a prolific inventor with 200+ granted or pending patent applications. He is a recipient of numerous innovation awards including InterDigital's Chairman's Award, President's Award, multiple CTO awards as well as Lucy Mahjobian distinguished publication award.

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Tommaso Melodia

Director of the WIOT Institute at Northeastern University

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2017 and received the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2018 - the highest research award in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. Prof. Melodia has served as Associate Editor fo IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Computer Networks, among others. He has served as Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, General Chair for IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWnet 2014. Prof. Melodia is the Director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. The PAWR Project Office is co-lead by Northeastern University and US Ignite and is overseeing the overall deployment and operation of the PAWR Program. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

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Manu Gosain

Director of Industry Engagement for the Institute of Wireless Internet of Things

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director for PAWR and Director of Industry Engagement for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100 million public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, 5G, dispersed computing, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member and serves as a board member for the OpenAirInterface Alliance. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

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Kaushik Chowdhury

Northeastern

Kaushik R. Chowdhury graduated with B.E. in Electronics Engineering with distinction from VJTI, Mumb

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Josep Jornet

Northeastern

Josep Miquel Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineeri

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Kaushik Chowdhury

Northeastern

Kaushik R. Chowdhury graduated with B.E. in Electronics Engineering with distinction from VJTI, Mumbai University, India, in 2003. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH, in 2006, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 2009. His M.S. thesis was given the outstanding thesis award jointly by the ECE and CS departments. He has also won the BWN researcher of the year award during his Ph.D. in 2007, and the best paper award in the AHSN symposium in IEEE ICC 2009. His expertise and research interests lie in wireless cognitive radio ad hoc networks, resource allocation in wireless multimedia sensor networks, and bio-medical applications of sensors. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society and the ACM.

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Josep Jornet

Northeastern

Josep Miquel Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking (UN) Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. He received the Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the Master of Science in Information and Communication Technologies from Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, in 2008. From September 2007 to December 2008, he was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, under the MIT Sea Grant program. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in August 2013. Between August 2013 and August 2019, he was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His current research interests are in Terahertz communication networks, wireless nano-bio-communication networks, and the Internet of Nano-Things. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 1 book and 3 US patents. His work has received more than 8,200 citations (h-index of 41 as of September 2020). Since July 2016, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Nano Communication Networks Journal. He is serving as the lead PI on multiple grants from U.S. federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2019 and is the recipient of several other awards from IEEE, ACM, and UB.

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October 20 - 21, 2020

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