Challenges of mobile content and interpersonal communications in high demand scenario

23 Jun

Joerg Widmer, Research Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute, Madrid, Spain

External Presentation (External Speaker)

Session 5A. mmWave Cellular Networks at WoWMoM 2016
Panelists: John Kenny (Toyota), Edmundo Monteiro (University of Coimbra), Joerg Widmer (IMDEA Networks), Adam Wolisz (TU-Berlin)

The increasing capabilities of mobile communication devices are changing the way people interconnect today. Similarly, almost ubiquitous connectivity is leading to the expectation that data and media are available everywhere and anytime. At the same time a trend towards more sophisticated audio-visual interpersonal communication can be observed (e.g. through applications such as WhatsApp, SnapChat, FaceBook, Twitter, Skype, etc.).  This is resulting  in an increasing load on communication networks. In dynamic mobile networks that particularly rely on wireless communication such data requirements paired with environmental conditions like mobility or node density increase the risk of capacity overload and network failure. This panel discusses the challenges and opportunities of mobile content and interpersonal communication in challenging environments characterised by for instance high demand scenarios (e.g. due to popular events such as rock concerts or football matches, or at transport & communication hubs) as well as in regions with under-provisioned infrastructures (e.g. rural areas).

About Joerg Widmer

Joerg Widmer is Research Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid, Spain. He received his M.S. and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Mannheim, Germany, Germany in 2000 and 2003, respectively. His research focuses primarily on wireless networks, ranging from MAC layer design and interference management to mobile network architectures. From 2005 to 2010, he was manager of the Ubiquitous Networking Research Group at DOCOMO Euro-Labs in Munich, Germany, leading several projects in the area of mobile and cellular networks. Before, he worked as post-doctoral researcher at EPFL, Switzerland on ultra-wide band communication and network coding. He was a visiting researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA, USA and University College London, UK. Joerg Widmer authored more than 100 conference and journal papers and three IETF RFCs, holds several patents, serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Communications, and regularly participates in program committees of several major conferences. Recently, he was awarded an ERC consolidator grant as well as a Spanish Ramon y Cajal grant. He is senior member of IEEE and ACM.

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  • Location: The 17th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM 2016), 21-24 June 2016, Coimbra, Portugal

  • Organization: WoWMoM 2016
  • Time: 04:00 pm
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