6G’s Coming – Is a New Network Architecture?

Start date: Wed, May 25th 2022 10:00 AM CET

While the radio network can often be the focus of much attention, there are slow, powerful changes going on today throughout the network. Fundamental shifts in approaches such as decentralisation, cloud-native networks, automation and more are impacting 5G deployments, but have the capacity to change how the next generations are architected. This session shares expert views on what that architecture might look like.


  • Ning Wang
    Ning Wang
    Professor, University of Surrey

    Ning Wang is currently a full professor at the 5G/6G Innovation Centre hosted at the University of Surrey. He obtained his B. Eng degree from Changchun University of Science and Technology, M. Eng degree from Nanyang Technological University in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He joined University of Surrey in 2000 to pursue his PhD which was awarded in 2005. Since then, he has been with the University as a postdoc researcher and then as an academic staff till now. Since 2013, he has been leading a dedicated research team working on 5G networking, covering major research topics at the network layer and above. Over the past 20 years, Professor Wang has been actively involved in research projects funded by EU (starting from Framework Programme 5 all the way to Horizon Europe) and UK funding bodies. In addition to his track record of research publications, Professor Wang has been actively involved in stadardisation activities in 3GPP, IETF, ITU and ETSI. He was one of the key contributors to the ITU Network 2030 initiative. His research achievements have featured IEEE ComSoc Technology News (https://www.comsoc.org/publications/ctn) on a wide variety of research topics, including network energy efficiency, QoE-aware mobile video streaming over Internet and space-terrestrial network integration in 5G.

  • Takehiro Nakamura
    Takehiro Nakamura
    SVP And General Manager, NTT DOCOMO

    Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 6G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in R&D and the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014. Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since 1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013. He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

  • Qi Bi
    Qi Bi
    CTO, China Telecom Research Institute

    Dr. Bi is Chief Expert of China Telecom and CTO of China Telecom Research Institute, leading R&D activities with responsibilities in corporate strategy, R&D projects planning, and forward-looking directions. His specialty is in wireless including 5G and 6G innovations related to technologies, standards, and trials in China Telecom. Dr. Bi is well-known for his visionary insights in industrial trends and directions throughout his career. Previously, Dr. Bi worked at Bell Labs for 20+ years and was awarded the prestigious Bell Labs Fellow in 2002. Other awards included Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards in 2000 & 2002, the Bell Labs Innovation Team Award in 2003, and Asian American Engineer of the Year in 2005. He is an IEEE Fellow, and served as a member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee of the communication society between 2017 and 2019. Dr. Bi received his M.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He holds 47 US patents, 63 European patents and 65 Chinese patents. While in China Telecom, his 4G innovation project led to a large-scale commercial deployment and won the GTB Innovation Award at London in 2014. For his impressive contributions, he was given “outstanding contribution award for Innovation and entrepreneurship from the overseas” by Beijing City in 2019.

  • Tarik Taleb
    Tarik Taleb
    Professor, University of Oulu

    Prof. Tarik Taleb is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Oulu, Finland. He is the founder and director of the MOSA!C Lab (www.mosaic-lab.org). Between Oct. 2014 and Dec. 2021, he was a Professor at Aalto University, Finland. Prior to that, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Germany. Before joining NEC and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he worked as research fellow at the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Japan. He received his B. E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Sciences from Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively. Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of telco cloud, network softwarization & network slicing, AI-based software defined security, immersive communications, mobile multimedia streaming, & next generation mobile networking. Prof. Taleb is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE ComSoc Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Communications Software Technical Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to network softwarization. He is also the (co-) recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and many other awards. Some of Prof. Taleb’s research work have been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious IEEE-flagged conferences.

  • Volker Ziegler
    Volker Ziegler
    Senior Technology Adviser & Chief Architect, Nokia

    Volker is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He currently serves as Senior Technology Advisor and Chief Architect in Nokia Strategy and Technology unit. Previously, Volker has exercised a leadership role with Nokia Bell Labs in 6G research and ecosystem and has served as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks. Prior to this, Volker has been active in the Head of Strategy role of Nokia Siemens Networks where he had also served as the Head of the North East Region. In his 10+ year career with Siemens, Volker has held business unit leadership, finance, sales and marketing, services and R&D global roles and senior positions. He has worked as Information Technology Specialist with the World Bank / IFC in the mid-90s. Volker has started his career as a research scientist with German Aerospace Research / DLR. Volker holds a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering from Technische Hochschule (TH) Karlsruhe in Germany and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School.

  • Richard Li
    Richard Li
    Chief Scientist, Network Technologies, Futurewei

    Dr. Richard Li is Chief Scientist of Network Technologies at Futurewei, USA. Richard served as the Chairman of the ITU-T FG Network 2030 from 2018 to 2020, and as the Vice Chairman of the Europe ETSI ISG NGP (Next-Generation Protocols) from 2016 to 2019. He has also served as Chair of steering committees and technical program committees of some academic and industrial conferences. Richard is extremely passionate about advancing ICT infrastructure technologies and solving problems in their entirety, thus creating a bigger and long-term impact on the networking industry. During his career, Richard spearheaded network technology innovation and development in Routing and MPLS, Mobile Backhaul, Metro and Core Networks, Data Center, Cloud and Virtualization. Currently he leads a team of scientists and engineers to develop technologies for next-generation network architectures, protocols, algorithms, and systems in the support of forward-looking applications and industry verticals in the context of New IP and Network 2030.

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