2021 5G and Beyond


Hybrid Event


Theresa Lachman, tlachman@eng.ucsd.edu


The Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) (cwc.ucsd.edu) at UC San Diego will be holding its ninth annual "5G and Beyond Forum, Innovating 5G -  Envisioning 6G, November 18-19, 2021. Considering the current circumstances due to COVID-19, the Forum will be organized as a hybrid combination of online and in-person events. The Forum will discuss innovations and challenges in a variety of areas, including circuits, sensing, communication, and networking, as well as the role big data and AI will play in the next generations of networks and devices. The Forum will also discuss how user experiences and new applications, like connected health, smart transportation, smart manufacturing and immersive multimedia, can inform and benefit from current 5G innovations and lead to future 6G advancements.  As in our previous Forums, experts from different industry segments and government agencies, together with experts from academia, will participate as speakers and panelists.



Thursday, November 18, 2021

TIME (Pacific Time) TITLE WHO



Sujit Dey, Director, CWC, UC San Diego

Al Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

Bill Lin, Professor, Chair ECE Department, UC San Diego


Featured Speaker

Guru Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs, National Academy of Engineering

  • Wiring the Engineering and Policy Needs for a Wireless Future


Ronnie Visishta, Senior Vice President-Telecom, NVIDIA

  • Enabling Industry 4.0 with NVIDIA’s AI-on-5G Solution Stack

Confluence of Big Data, Data Fusion, Edge Intelligence and Hybrid Communications:  Industry Perspective

Moderator: Sujit Dey, UC San Diego



(5 minute Break at 11:15am)

Sunay Tripathi,  Director, Head of Product,Telecom and Distributed Cloud Edge,  Google

  • Cloudification of Telco Network - The Good, The Bad and not so Ugly!

Artur Borycki, Senior Director Innovation and Advance Development, Teradata

  • Top Reasons Why Data is Food for AI and ML

Jorge Periera, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission.

  • Addressing the Challenges of 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility

Confluence of Big Data, Data Fusion, Edge Intelligence and Hybrid Communications:  Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Moderator: Sujit Dey, UC San Diego




    Sujit Dey, Professor, UC San Diego

    • Overview of UCSD Smart Transportation Innovation Program (STIP)

    Runfa Li, Graduate Researcher, UC San Diego

    • Motion Estimation for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

    Dinesh Bharadia, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

    • Enabling Low-cost Perception with Connected Cameras and Radars for Autonomous Driving 

    Sam Thornton, PhD Student, UC San Diego

    • Multi-Source Feature Fusion for Object Detection Association in Connected Vehicle Environments

    Xinyu Zhang, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

    • Experimental Testbed for mmWave Joint Communication and Sensing

    Bhaskar Rao, Professor, UC San Diego

    • ResNEsts: Deep Learning with Improved Estimation Guarantees

    Sabur Baidya, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

    • Collaborative Vehicular Perception with C-V2X: Challenges, Technologies, and Testbed
    12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Break  

    Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Senior Director, Strategic Applications, Global Foundries

    • Silicon Technology Challenges for THzSystem

    Gary Xu, Vice President of Research, Samsung Research America

    • THz Opportunities for Future 6G Networks

    (sub)-THz Communications

    Talks and Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Global Foundries

    Shahriar Shahramian, Director of ASIC Research, Nokia-Bell Labs

    • Towards the Next Generation mm-Wave & near-THz Communication Systems

    Greg Jue, 6G System Engineer, Keysight Technologies

    • Emerging Test Challenges as 6G Moves Beyond 100 Gbps
      3:00pm-3:10pm  Break

        Featured Speaker

        Moderator: Peter Asbeck, UC San Diego

        Walid Ali-Ahmad, Vice President RF Systems, Samsung Electronics

        • RF System Challenges for sub-7GHz 5G NR Cellular User Equipment with MIMO Applications

        5G/6G Startup Ecosystem Opportunities, Challenges and Pitfalls

        Moderator: Nambi Seshadri, UC San Diego

        Reza Rofougaran, Chief Technical Officer and Founder, Movandi

        Jim Mains, Chief Executive Officer, Shoelace Wireless

        Sirish Raghuram, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Platform9 Systems

        Ketan Kamdar, Chief Development Officer, Geoverse

        5:00pm-7:30pm Cocktails and Dinner Board Members and Guests


        Friday, November 19, 2021

        TIME (Pacific Time) TITLE WHO
        9:30am Welcome Sujit Dey, Director, CWC, UC San Diego


        Peter Gammel,VP and CTO of Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure Business Unit, Global Foundries

        • Silicon Solutions for Today’s 5G Reality and the Foundation of 6G


        5G/6G Circuits-CWC Research

        Moderator: Ian Galton, UC San Diego

        Ian Galton, Professor, UC San Diego

        • Digital-to-ime Converter Mismatch-Noise Cancellation for Digital Fractional-N PLLs

        Gabriel Rebeiz, Professor, UC San Diego

        • 28 GHz/39 GHz Dual-Pol/Dual-Beam Arrays for 5G 2x2 MIMO and Carrier Aggregation

        Peter Asbeck, Professor, UC San Diego

        • CMOS-SOI millimeter-wave amplifiers: The Quest for Power

        Hanh-Phuc Le, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

        • Power and Envelope Modulator for 5G and 5G Transmitters Applications

        Drew Hall, Associate Professor, UC San Diego

        • Stacked LNAs for Ultra-Low Power IoT Radios

        Patrick Mercier, Associate Professor, UC Sn Diego

        • SyncScatter: Enabling 1000x Lower Power WiFi Communication using Synchronized Backscatter MIMO Techniques
        11:30am-12:45pm Lunch Break and Poster Session


        Open RAN

        Moderator: Colin Daly, Corning

        Balaji Raghothaman, Chief Architect for Infrastructure Solutions, Keysight Technologies

        • Open RAN and its Impact

        Manish Singh, Head of Wireless Ecosystem Programs, Facebook

        • Incubating the OpenRAN Ecosystem

        Doug Evans, Civilian Senior Electronics Engineer, US Navy NIWC Pacific

        Michael Anderson, Joint Tactical Communications & Software Defined Radio Head,  US Navy NIWC Pacific

        • DARPA Open Source 5G Networking and Prototype Demonstrations

        New Considerations and Directions Towards 6G

        Moderator: Ramesh Rao, UC San Diego

        Eddy Kwon, Senior Director, Wireless Research & Development; Next G (6G) Alliance Technology Working Group Chair, Qualcomm

        • Driving the Technology Evolution to 5G Advanced and Beyond

        Anton Monk, CTO of Wireless Initiatives, Viasat Inc.

        • 3D Communications: Combining Terrestrial, HAPS, LEO and GEO Networks for Ubiquitous Connectivity

        Aleksandar Damnjanovic, MulteFire Alliance Radio Working Group Chair, Qualcomm

        • Spectrum Sharing in 6G

        Gabe Lenetsky, Quantum Business Development Lead, Keysight Technologies

        • Quantum Technologies for Next Generation Communication

        Dinesh Bharadia, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

        • ScatterMIMO: Enabling Virtual MIMO with Smart Surfaces
        3:15pm Forum Ends  
        3:30pm-4:00pm CWC Planning Session

        Invited Guests and Board Members

        Location:  CWC Board Room, Room 6504, Jacobs Hall

        4:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

        Board Members 

        Location:  CWC Board Room, Room 6504, Jacobs Hall

        6:00pm Dinner Board Members