Mohamed-Slim Alouini is a professor of electrical engineering at KAUST working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies. In this lecture, he will talk about the visioning and planning of 6G, which could provide new global superior and sustainable communication services to meet the future hyper-connectivity.
The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of information rapidly has transformed all spheres of social life, such as the economy, education, and health, to name a few. In this context, and as the standardization of the fifth-generation (5G) of wireless communication systems (WCSs) has been completed, and 5G networks are in their early stage of deployment, the research visioning and planning of the sixth generation (6G) of WCSs are being initiated. 6G is expected to focus on wireless communication and networking and aims to provide new superior communication services to meet the future hyper-connectivity demands in the 2030s. Also, keeping in mind that urbanized populations have been the primary beneficiary of the advances offered by the previous generations of WCSs and motivated by the recently adopted united nation sustainability development goals intended to be achieved by the year 2030, 6G networks are anticipated to democratize the benefits of ICT and to bring global connectivity sustainably to contribute to developing tomorrow’s digitally inclusive and green world. In this context, this talk aims to provide an envisioned picture of 6G, serve as a research guideline in the beyond 5G era, and go over some of the recently proposed green technologies to offer high-speed connectivity not only in urban environments but also in under-covered areas to serve and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.
Boon S. Ooi is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at KAUST. His research includes the study of high-speed optoelectronics materials and devices, optical wireless communications and sensors. He is serving on the editorial board of the Optics Express and IEEE Photonics Journal. He is an elected Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and InstP.
Mohamed Slim Alouini
Mohamed-Slim Alouini received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A & M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His general research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems. He is currently actively working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies by studying and developing new generations of integrated terretrial, aerial, and space networks as a solution to provide global connectivity.
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