- Robert W. Heath Jr., University of Texas–Austin
- Stefan Parkvall, Principal Researcher, Ericsson
- Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies, China Mobile
Description: There is no dispute that the wide spread acceptance of smart phone has transformed our society. A critical enabler of this smart phone revolution is the wide spread deployment of 4G LTE systems. Currently there are 407 global LTE commercial networks in 142 countries serving half a billion subscribers. The LTE industry is growing rapidly and, in 2014, it grew at a rate of 142%. Given the enormous investments worldwide in LTE, there is a strong desideratum within the carrier community to continue to evolve their investments in order to meet the end-user experience expected in the foreseeable future and develop the LTE-Advanced Pro system. The panel of academic and industrial experts from both the vendor and carrier community will discuss the specific drivers and market needs, the technologies and capabilities, research directions as well as deployment strategies associated with LTE-Advanced Pro.
Title: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones): Challenges Towards Mass Adoption
Description: The session discusses the opportunities offered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the challenges towards mass adoption. Realizing the full potential of this technology will require collaboration between various stakeholders including regulators, infrastructure operators, and technology developers. The session providers a diverse perspective on the subject including communications, avionics and regulatory matters.