ML Competition – DeepSense-ITU Multi-Modal Sensing Aided Beam Prediction Challenge: Towards Generalization

This machine learning competition targets developing multi-modal sensing (radar, LiDAR, camera, position) aided mmWave beam prediction approaches that perform well on real-world data and can generalize to unseen scenarios, which is addressing an important challenge for 6G and beyond.

You can find more information on the competition page:

https://deepsense6g.net/multi-modal-beam-prediction-challenge/

 

Timeline:
Registration: Open until September 30, 2022
Release of the development dataset: June 20, 2022
Release of the test dataset: October 1, 2022
Submission deadline: October 15, 2022
Final ranking (and announcing the winners): October 31, 2022
Grande challenge finale: November – December 2022

 

Prizes:
1st winner: A cash prize of $4000
2nd winner: A cash prize of $2000
3rd winner: A cash prize of $1000

This competition is organized by the Wireless Intelligence Lab at Arizona State University in collaboration with Qualcomm and is sponsored by Qualcomm and ITU.

Registration pagehttps://challenge.aiforgood.itu.int/match/matchitem/72

A New Workshop on ISAC – Information Theoretic Limits and Signal Processing Techniques

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to attend a new virtual workshop on Information Theoretic Limits and Signal Processing Techniques for Integrated Sensing and Communication (ISAC), which will be held on January 19, 2022, at 14:00-17:30 CET (13:00-16:30 UTC).

The workshop will bring together several leading academics and researchers working on various aspects related to ISAC. We have a total of six speakers, who will cover a wide variety of topics including information-theoretic limits, signal processing techniques, applications, and practical implementations. Each talk will be 30 minutes long, including a short Q&A session.

Please find below the schedule and list of speakers, the zoom link, and the titles and abstracts for the talks.

Best regards,

Mari Kobayashi, Hamdi Joudeh, Giuseppe Caire and Frans Willems

 

Schedule:

14:00-14:10 Opening

14:10-14:40 Michèle Wigger, TelecomParisTech, France

14:40-15:10 Christos Masouros, University College London, UK

15:10-15:40 Bhavani Shanker, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

15:40-16:00 break

16:00-16:30 Robert Heath, North Carolina State University, USA

16:30-17:00 Franz Lampel, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

17:00-17:30 Tara Javidi, University of California, San Diego, USA

 

Zoom link:

https://unsw.zoom.us/j/85931665240?pwd=eVVaQkpWNlNPODBMTEIzajdoYUpUdz09

Password: 144409

 

 

Talks:

Michèle Wigger, TelecomParisTech, France

Title: A Network Information-Theoretic Approach to Integrated Sensing and Communication
Abstract: We present a network information-theoretic formulation of the integrated sensing and communications problems for broadcast and multi-access scenarios. New bounds (achievable schemes and information-theoretic converse results) are provided on the fundamental performance tradeoffs between sensing and communication over multi-access (MAC) and broadcast channels (BC). As we will see, due to their distributed nature, MAC transmitters have to integrate coded information related to the sensing task in the coding scheme they are using for data communication to the receiver.  This is in contrast to point-to-point (P2P) channels and BCs with a single transmitter, where this transmitter attains the optimal sensing performance by simply applying a symbol-wise estimator to its inputs and the backscattered signals, and as such only depends on the choice of the input distribution but not on the coding scheme used for data communication.

 

Christos Masouros, University College London, UK

Title: Joint signalling design for Integrated Sensing and Communications

Abstract: The integration of sensing and communications (ISAC) is shown to offer significant gains in spectrum, power, complexity and cost. The provision of both sensing and communication functionalities from a single transmission requires the design of new signalling approaches, as communication signalling is

not designed for sensing and radar signalling is not designed for information exchange. This talk will overview research activities on the design of joint ISAC signalling, and highlight benefits, opportunities, and challenges in this area.

 

Bhavani Shankar, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg 

Title:  ISAC with Large Scale Aperture Arrays

Abstract: There has already been a number of seminal works on the disruptive architecture of a converged sensing and communication system having both functionalities and is already being considered for 6G. Following the trends of spectrum requirement for current and next generation radar and communications, mmWaves and beyond are being investigated. To ensure meaningful communications in those bands by overcoming the free space loss, large scale aperture arrays with capability to form multiple beams have been proposed. This talk explores the implications of using such large apertures in the context of ISAC bringing out the additional challenges offered by integrating sensing on the design of hybrid beamformers/ precoders and information processing. The talk will also touch upon the current developments with intelligent surfaces and graphene-based antennas have enabled implementations of thousands of antennas in a small form factor.

 

Robert Heath, North Carolina State University, USA 

Title: A Low-Complexity Millimeter-Wave Proof-of-Concept Platform for MIMO Joint Communication-Radar

Abstract: A fully-digital wideband joint communication-radar (JCR) with a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) architecture at the millimeter-wave (mmWave) band will enable high joint communication and radar performance with enhanced design flexibility. A quantized receiver with few-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) will enable a practical JCR solution with reduced power consumption for futuristic portable devices and autonomous vehicles. In this talk, I review our recently developed joint communication-radar proof-of-concept platform, named JCR70, to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of these JCR systems using real channel measurements in the 71-76 GHz band. I summarize some of the results we have obtained using conventional and generalized approximate message passing algorithms with different targets and ADC resolutions.

 

Franz Lampel, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands 

Title: OTFS, Radars, and the Zak Transform

Abstract: Recently, Orthogonal Time Frequency Space modulation (OTFS) has been introduced and demonstrated to outperform OFDM in many scenarios. Like OFDM, which maps symbols on an orthogonal set of signals in the frequency domain, OTFS maps symbols on an orthogonal set of signals in the delay-Doppler domain. In radar, on the other hand, target parameters of interest are range and velocity, typically determined by measuring the propagation delay and the Doppler shift of a signal. Thus, both concepts operate in the same domain. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how OTFS and radar are related to each other. Therefore, we will discuss the discrete Zak transform that provides a fundamental connection between OTFS and radars.

 

Tara Javidi, University of California, San Diego, USA 

Title: Active and Dynamic Beam Tracking Under Stochastic Mobility

Abstract: We consider the problem of active and sequential beam tracking at mmWave frequencies and above. We focus on the dynamic scenario with stochastic mobility such as UAV to UAV communications where we formulate the problem to be equivalent to tracking an optimal beamforming vector along the line-of-sight path. In this setting, the resulting beam ideally points in the direction of the angle of arrival with sufficiently high resolution. Existing solutions account for predictable movements or small random movements using filtering strategies or by accounting for predictable mobility but must resort to re-estimation protocols when tracking fails due to unpredictable movements. We propose an algorithm for active learning of the AoA through evolving a Bayesian posterior probability belief which is utilized for a sequential selection of beamforming vectors. We also propose an adaptive pilot versus communication allocation strategy based on a trade-off of mutual information versus spectral efficiency. Numerically, we analyze the performance of our proposed algorithm and demonstrate significant improvements over existing strategies. At the end, we discuss natural extensions where AI-based techniques can be exploited to improve on the stochastic mobility models.

Call for Technical Articles for ISAC Focus First Issue – ISAC for Vehicular Networks

About ISAC Focus

ISAC-Focus is the quarterly newsletter of the Integrated Sensing and Communication Emerging Technology Initiative (ISAC ETI) of the IEEE Communications Society. The aim of this ETI is to explore and support a wide variety of research directions and standardization opportunities related to Integrated Sensing and Communication (ISAC).

ISAC refers to the design paradigm and corresponding enabling technologies that combine sensing and communication systems to utilize resources efficiently and even to pursue mutual benefits.

As the ETI’s newsletter, ISAC-Focus aims to promote effective communications between academic and industrial communities in ISAC and fast disseminate the latest development of ISAC technologies to its members and the wider societies. ISAC-Focus will include four major components: a video interview, technical articles/highlights, industrial activities, and standardization progress, and ISAC Events. It will be published as a multimedia online newsletter. Excluding the video Interview, the other parts will be in an electronic booklet.

 

Call for Technical Articles

This is the call for technical articles for the first issue of ISAC-Focus. The technical theme of this issue is ISAC for Vehicular Networks.

The article shall focus on the latest development of ISAC technologies for applications in vehicular networks. The article can be a review of the latest technologies on the focus of this issue, or an introduction of specific development of the authors’ own group in this area. Technologies can be published or non-published but shall be no more than one year old from the date of being made to the public.

  • The article is required to be rewritten in MS Word format for easy edition.
  • The article shall be written in the style of a tutorial, and optimized for online reading.
  • Each article shall not be more than 1500 words (main body only, exclusive of abstract, reference, and author bios), 6 figures and tables, and 10 reference papers. Up to 3 simple equations are allowed.
  • The Abstract is limited to 200 words. Author photos and affiliations are needed, together with an optional short biography (up to 150 words). Submission in double-column is preferred.

The submitted articles will be reviewed by one or more of the ISAC-Focus editors. We aim for fast publication of the results. Hence, there will be generally only one round of review.

The deadline for the article submission of this issue is 6 August.

Please submit your articles to Dr. Kai Wu, and cc to Prof. Andrew Zhang. Please use the subject: Article Submission for ISAC Focus (Issue One). You may contact Andrew Zhang if you have any questions on ISAC-Focus.

ISAC-Focus Announcement : Intergrated Sensing and Communication Newsletter

We are thrilled to announce that after one month preparation, ISAC Focus, the official newsletter of the ISAC-ETI, is now established! We would like to thank the ISAC-ETI members’ strong support of ISAC-Focus, and special thanks to Prof. J. Andrew Zhang, for his efforts in leading this publication and putting together an excellent editorial team.

Now please allow me to introduce the editors of ISAC-Focus.

 

They are:

Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Zhang, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Please direct all general inquiries on ISAC-Focus to Andrew; for specific inquiries, you may contact respective editors directly.

 

Editor-in-Chief Assistant

Kai Wu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Please submit all technical articles to Kai Wu, and he will coordinate the review and editing of the newsletter’s technical articles.

We may move to an online submission system in the future.

 

Editors for Video Interview

Prof. Nuria Gonzalez Prelcic, ECE Department, NC State University,  USA

Prof. Jonathan Manton, University of Melbourne

 

Editors for Technical Articles

  •   Dr. Le Zheng, APTIV, USA
  •   Dr. Xinping Yi, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  •   Dr. Padmanava Sen, leading the RF Design Enablement Group at Barkhausen Institute, Dresden, Germany
  •   Dr. ZhongXiang Wei, Tongji University, China
  •   Prof. Shashikant Patil, Associate Professor, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Department, MPSTME Shirpur, SVKM’s NMIMS,  Shirpur Campus, India
  •   Dr. Munyaradzi Munochiveyi (MUNYA), senior lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and a research associate at Asia University, Taiwan

 

Editors for Industrial Activities and Standardization Progress

Dr. Fei Gao, Head of Perception and Automation, Bell LABs, China;

Dr. Pu (Perry) Wang, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Signal Processing Group, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), USA

 

Editor for ISAC Events and Others

Dr. Yuanhao Cui, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

The Editorial Team will be adjusted and expanded in the future. We may also move to an online submission system, once we have received enough submissions.

We aim to publish our 1st issue in September, focusing on ISAC for Vehicular Networks. Stay tuned!

IEEE ICC 2023 Symposium Chairs nominations

IEEE ICC 2023 Symposium Chairs nominations

IEEE ICC 2023 will be held in Rome, Italy. We are writing to ask for nominations for symposium chairs for all symposia, including track chairs for the Selected Areas of Communications (SAC) symposium.

In your nomination/self-nomination, please include the following in a single PDF file:

  • The nominee’s name, email address, affiliation, and webpage (or short biography).
  • short biography of the nominee including the experience in all prior Globecom/ICC symposia chaired or experiences in other major conferences.
  • Indicate a list of up to 3 symposia or tracks that he/she is qualified to chair (in order of priority).

Nomination submission deadline: May 23, 2020

Please note that any candidate that has chaired, or has been selected to chair, for symposia from ICC’20 through GLOBECOM’22 may not be selected. Moreover, we are encouraged to not select any candidate that is also chairing a symposium for GLOBECOM’22.

The nomination email should be sent to Prof. Christos Masouros and Prof. Weijie Yuan (the Leaders of WG2).