IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
29 April - 2 May 2019 // Paris, France

Workshop on Ultra-high Broadband Terahertz Communication for 5G and Beyond networks - Program

The 1st International Workshop on Ultra-high Broadband Terahertz Communication for 5G and Beyond networks (UBTCN’19)

Monday, 29 April 2018 ● 13:30 – 18:30 ● Room: Studio B

Communication over Terahertz (THz) bands is emerging as a new technology to fulfill the requirements of beyond 5G networks. These 5G future networks particularly require ultra-high bandwidth, negligible latency and seamless communication for a large number of devices and applications. Moreover, the significantly reduced antenna size requirements enable novel applications at the nanoscale. The current research on THz communication is more towards the devices, materials, and antenna design. However, to achieve the data rate and latency goals of 5G and beyond networks, more research is required to develop efficient and novel physical, MAC and network layer techniques including Massive MIMO, beamforming, and switching, medium access and sharing, scheduling and synchronization, routing and resource allocation. The traditional techniques of communication cannot be directly applicable to THz bands as they do not consider the unique characteristics of Terahertz band like reflection, path loss, and absorption over short distance propagation.

The UBTCN workshop aims to unite the key enabling players to achieve the goals for future 5G and beyond networks. The main objectives are; to have an overview of the current research in this area; to explore and discuss key challenges; to highlight new research directions for future networks and to share views on the high frequency bands; and to define the feasibility of these bands as a good candidate to be supported by funding bodies for ultrahigh speed networks action plans and standardization.


General Chairs:

Alan Davy (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Jeroen Famaey (University of Antwerp & imec, Belgium)


Technical Program Chairs:

Saim Ghafoor (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Mubashir Husain Rehmani (Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Wouter Tavernier (Ghent University & imec, Belgium)
Eduard Alarcon (UPC, Spain)



13:30 – 13:35

Opening Session

Chairs: Alan Davy and Jeroen Famaey


13:35 – 14:30

Keynote Session

Keynote: Towards Beyond 5G - A  Perspective for THz communications

Thomas Kurner (TU Braunschweig, Germany)

Already a couple of years ago THz communications have not only become an attractive new research area on channel modelling but also triggered a couple of projects heading to develop appropriate technological solutions to enable the set-up of hardware demonstrators. In parallel discussions and activities in standardization and regulation already took off. In October 2017, IEEE published Std. IEEE 802.15.3d-2017 the worldwide first wireless communications standard operating in the 300 GHz frequency band. In parallel to the standardization process activities at the ITU-R level targeting on the provision of an appropriate regulatory framework at the World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-2019) via a dedicated agenda item have taken off. The speaker has been actively involved in all those areas. The talk will provide a brief overview on the current status of the development of THz Communication systems focusing on the past and current activities at IEEE 802 and the WRC 2019 preparations as well as on recent results on advanced channel characterization at 300 GHz and hardware demonstrators operating in this frequency range.


Bio: Thomas Kürner received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and his Dr.-Ing. degree in 1993, both from University of Karlsruhe (Germany). From 1990 to 1994 he was with the Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE) at the University of Karlsruhe working on wave propagation modelling, radio channel characterisation and radio network planning. From 1994 to 2003, he was with the radio network planning department at the headquarters of the GSM 1800 and UMTS operator E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG, Düsseldorf, where he was team manager radio network planning support responsible for radio network planning tools, algorithms, processes and parameters form 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is Full University Professor for Mobile Radio Systems at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. His working areas are indoor channel characterisation and system simulations for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication system, propagation, traffic and mobility models for automatic planning and self-organization of mobile radio networks and vehicle-to-X communications. In 2012 he was a guest lecturer at Dublin City University within the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative in Ireland. He has been engaged in several international bodies. Amongst others he has actively contributed to the channel modelling document supporting the standardization of IEEE 802.11ad. Currently he is chairing the IEEE 802.15 IG THz. He was also the chair of IEEE 802.15.3d TG 100G, which developed the worldwide first wireless communications standard operating at 300 GHz. He is also the project coordinator of the recently granted H2020-EU-Japan project ThoR (“TeraHertz end-to-end wireless systems supporting ultra-high data Rate applications”). Prof. Kürner is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and from 2012 to 2017 he was the founding chair of the EurAAP WG Propagation.


14:30 – 15:30

Session 1: Nanoscale Terahertz Networks

MetaSurface Structure Design and Channel Modelling for THz Band Communications
Luigi La Spada (Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom), Valeria Loscri (Inria Lille-Nord Europe, France), Anna Maria Vegni (Roma Tre University, Italy)

Invited Talk: All-Electronic 100 Gb/s High-Speed Wireless Transmission on a THz Carrier
Robert Elschner (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Germany)


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:00

Session 2: Macroscale Terahertz Networks

Exploiting Multipath Terahertz Communications for Physical Layer Security in Beyond 5G Networks
Vitaly Petrov (Tampere University of Technology, Finland), Dmitri Moltchanov (Tampere University of Technology, Finland), Josep M. Jornet (University at Buffalo, USA), Yevgeni Koucheryavy (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Joint Two-Level Spatial Multiplexing and Beamforming in Terahertz Ultra-Massive MIMO Systems
Longfei Yan (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China), Chong Han (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China), Jinhong Yuan (University of New South Wales, Australia)


17:00 – 18:00

Panel: The future of Terahertz communications and networking research

Moderator: Jeroen Famaey (University of Antwerp and IMEC, Belgium)

Panelists: Thomas Kurner (TU Braunschweig, Germany), Johann Marquez-Barja (University of Antwerp – imec, Belgium) and Noureddine Boujnah (WaterfordInstitute of Technology, Ireland)


18:00 – 18:10

Closing Session


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