IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
4-7 June 2018 – Batumi, Georgia


Tutorial 1: Wireless Radio Access for 5G and Beyond (5 JUNE, 2018, 08:30h-12:00h)

Speaker: Dr. Huseyin Arslan, IEEE Fellow

Dean, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey
Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA

Abstract: During the standardization of 5G, one thing has become certain: there is no single enabling technology that can achieve all of the applications being promised by 5G networking. This will be even more pronounced beyond 5G. For this purpose, the concept of using multiple OFDM numerologies, i.e., different parameterization of OFDM based subframes, within the same frame has been proposed in 3GPP discussions for 5G. This concept will likely meet the current expectations in multiple service requirements to some extent. However, since it is almost obvious that quantity of wireless devices, applications, and heterogeneity of user requirements will keep increasing towards the next decade(s), the sufficiency of the aforementioned flexibility level remains quite disputable considering future expectations. Therefore, novel RATs facilitating much more flexibility are needed to address the aforementioned technical problems.

Bio: Dr. Arslan (IEEE Fellow) has received his BS degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 1992; MS and Ph.D. degrees in 1994 and 1998 from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX. USA. From January 1998 to August 2002, he was with the research group of Ericsson Inc., NC, USA, where he was involved with several projects related to 2G and 3G wireless communication systems. Since August 2002, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Dept. of University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, where he is a Professor. In December 2013, he joined Istanbul Medipol University to found the Engineering College, where he has worked as the Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. He has also served as the director of the Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the same university. In addition, he has worked as a part-time consultant for various companies and institutions including Anritsu Company, Savronik Inc., and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Dr. Arslan’s research interests are related to advanced signal processing techniques at the physical and medium access layers, with cross-layer design for networking adaptivity and Quality of Service (QoS) control. He is interested in many forms of wireless technologies including cellular radio, wireless PAN/LAN/MANs, fixed wireless access, aeronautical networks, underwater networks, in vivo networks, and wireless sensors networks. His current research interests are on 5G and beyond, physical layer security, interference management (avoidance, awareness, and cancellation), cognitive radio, small cells, powerline communications, smart grid, UWB, multi- carrier wireless technologies, dynamic spectrum access, co-existence issues on heterogeneous networks, aeronautical (High Altitude Platform) communications, in vivo channel modeling and system design, and underwater acoustic communications. He has served as technical program committee chair, technical program committee member, session and symposium organizer, and workshop chair in several IEEE conferences. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Surveys and Tutorials and the Sensors Journal. He has also served as a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN), the Elsevier Physical Communication Journal, the Hindawi Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Wiley Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing Journal.

Tutorial 2: FPGA-based Hardware Accelerators for Applications in Communications and Networking (5 JUNE, 2018, 13:30h-17:00h)

Speakers: Dr. Valery Sklyarov, Dr. Iouliia Skliarova

Professor of Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics University of Aveiro, Portugal

Abstract: Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) were invented by Xilinx in 1985, i.e., a bit more than 30 years ago. The influence of FPGAs on many directions in engineering is growing continuously and rapidly. If we compare FPGA market in % by end applications then we can see that applications in the scope of communications occupy almost 50% of the market. There are many reasons and the most important are the inherent configurability of FPGAs and their relatively cheap development cost. Forecasts suggest that the impact of FPGAs will continue to grow and the range of applications will increase considerably in the future. Technical issues of the tutorial are: in the scope of reconfigurable logic (FPGA + programmable systems-on-chip – PSoC), applications and importance of FPGA/PSoC for the scope of communications and networking; hardware accelerators and what can we get from them; network-based data processing techniques and their impact on communications; network-based real-time priority buffering; demonstrations and examples.

Bio: Valery Sklyarov – Doctor of Science, Professor. He has the highest scientific and pedagogical degrees in two countries – in the USSR and in Portugal. He defended Ph.D. thesis in Minsk Radioengineering Institute (Belarus) in 1978 and Doctor of Science thesis in Leningrad Electrotechnical University – Russia (LETI) in 1986. In 2001 he defended and received the highest scientific and pedagogical degree in Portugal that is called Agregação. Valery Sklyarov is also a honorary doctor of Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). He published 21 books (individually and with coauthors) and about 350 scientific papers. Information about one of the latest books can be found here. He supervised more than 15 Ph.D. students (in Belarus, Portugal, and Estonia) who completed and defended their theses. Currently he coordinates the direction in the scope of Computer Systems Architecture in Aveiro University (Portugal). He took part and had been a principal investigator in scientific projects running in the European Union, Russia, Belarus, Portugal and in the USA. Frequently he presented plenary talks and tutorials in International conferences. He got a number of national and International scientific awards. During the recent years he was more than 20 times a president of Ph.D. academic council in Aveiro University (Portugal).

Iouliia Skliarova – Ph.D. She defended Ph.D. thesis in Aveiro University (Portugal) in 2004. She published 4 books (with coauthors) and about 200 scientific papers. Information about one of the latest books can be found here. She supervised 6 Ph.D. students (in Portugal, Kazakhstan, and Estonia). She took part and had been a principal investigator in scientific projects running in the European Union, Portugal and in the USA. She also presented plenary talks and tutorials in International conferences. She got a number of national and International scientific awards.