IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity


Sunday, May 20

8:30 am-10:15 am W09-S1: UAV5G - Keynote Talk
11:00 am-11:40 am W09-S2: UAV5G Invited Talk
11:45 am-12:30 pm W09-S3-I: UAV5G
2:00 pm-3:45 pm W09-S4: UAV5G
4:15 pm-6:00 pm W09-S5: UAV5G

Sunday, May 20

Sunday, May 20, 08:30 - 10:15

W09-S1: UAV5G - Keynote Talk

5G & Beyond: Embracing the New Era of Internet-of-Drones (IoD) - Rui Zhang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Room: Empire A

Abstract: The past few years have witnessed a tremendous increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in various civilian applications, such as for aerial surveillance, traffic control, photography, package delivery, and communication platforms. Despite their widespread applications, how to enable high-capacity, low-latency and ultra-reliable wireless communications between UAVs and their associated ground entities is still an open challenge. Cellular-connected UAVs is a promising solution to achieve this goal, by integrating UAVs as new aerial users in the existing and future cellular networks. On one hand, cellular‐connected UAVs are expected to achieve orders‐of‐magnitude performance improvement over the existing direct ground-to-UAV communications, in terms of reliability, security, operation range, and throughput. On the other hand, the integration of UAVs into 5G-and-beyond wireless systems calls for a paradigm shift on the design of traditional cellular networks, to enable a highly heterogeneous network architecture with coexisting terrestrial and UAV users. In this talk, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the potential applications, networking architectures, the latest research findings and key enabling technologies for cellular-connected UAV communications, to embrace a forthcoming new era of Internet-of-Drones (IoD).

Bio: Rui Zhang (IEEE Fellow) received the B.Eng. (First‐Class Hons.) and M.Eng. degrees from National University of Singapore, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA, all in electrical engineering. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Institute for Infocomm Research, ASTAR, Singapore. Since 2010, he has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National University of Singapore, where he is now an Associate Professor and Dean's Chair Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. His current research interests include UAV communications, wireless information and power transfer, MIMO communications, etc. He has published over 270 papers, which have been cited more than 17,000 times. He has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters since 2015. He was the recipient of the 6th IEEE Communications Society Asia‐Pacific Region Best Young Researcher Award in 2011, and the Young Researcher Award of National University of Singapore in 2015. He was the co‐recipient of the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications in 2015, the IEEE Communications Society Asia‐Pacific Region Best Paper Award in 2016, the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award in 2016, and the IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Prize Paper Award in 2017. He served for over 30 international conferences as TPC Co‐Chair or Organizing Committee Members, and as the guest editor for 8 special issues in IEEE and other international journals. He served as an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SPCOM and SAM Technical Committees, and the Vice Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Asia‐Pacific Board Technical Affairs Committee. He served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (Green Communications and Networking Series). He is now an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.

A landing spot approach for enhancing the performance of UAV-aided wireless networks (Invited Paper)
Rajeev Gangula (EURECOM, France); David Gesbert (Eurecom Institute, France); Daniel Fabian Kulzer and Jose Miguel Franceschi (Eurecom, France)
Trajectory Optimization for Cellular-Connected UAVs with Disconnectivity Constraint
Eyuphan Bulut (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA); Ismail Güvenç (North Carolina State University, USA)

Sunday, May 20, 11:00 - 11:40

W09-S2: UAV5G Invited Talk

UAV Channel Measurement, Modeling, and Application - Xiang Cheng (Peking University, China)
Room: Empire A

Bio: Xiang Cheng (S'05-M'10-SM'13) received the Ph.D. degree from Heriot-Watt University and The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, U.K., in 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor with Peking University. His general research interests are in areas of channel modeling and mobile communications for 5G and VANET, subject on which he has authored over 160 journal and conference papers, three books and six patents. He received the Postgraduate Research Thesis Prize from The University of Edinburgh. Dr. Cheng was a recipient of the IEEE Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2015, a co-recipient of the 2016 IEEE JSAC Best Paper Award: Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the NSFC Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and the Second-Rank Award in natural science, Ministry of Education, China. He also received the Best Paper Awards at the IEEE ITST12, ICCC13, ITSC14, ICC16, and ICNC17. He has served as the symposium leading-chair, co-chair, and a member of the technical program committee for several international conferences. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.

Sunday, May 20, 11:45 - 12:30

W09-S3-I: UAV5G

Interactive session
Room: Ballroom Prefunction
User Access Mode Selection in Satellite-Aerial Based Emergency Communication Networks
Shi Yan and Lin Qi (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, P.R. China); Mugen Peng (Beijing University of posts & Telecommunications, P.R. China)
UAV Relaying: Power Allocation and Trajectory Optimization using Decode-and-Forward Protocol
Shuhao Zeng, Hongliang Zhang, Kaigui Bian and Lingyang Song (Peking University, P.R. China)
UAV-Assisted Uplink Transmission for Ultra-reliable and Low-latency Communications
Changyang She (University of Sydney, Australia); Chenxi Liu and Tony Q. S. Quek (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore); Chenyang Yang (Beihang University, P.R. China); Yonghui Li (University of Sydney, Australia)
Resource Allocation for OFDM Relaying Wireless Power Transfer Based Energy-Constrained UAV Communication Network
Weidang Lu and Shanzhen Fang (Zhejiang University of Technology, P.R. China); Yi Gong (Southern University of Science and Technology, P.R. China); Liping Qian (Zhejiang University of Technology, P.R. China); Xin Liu (Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China); Jingyu Hua (Zhejiang University of Technology, P.R. China)
Coverage Probability of 3D UAV Networks with RWP Mobility-Based Altitude Control
Pankaj Kumar Sharma (Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea, Korea); Dong In Kim (Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea)

Sunday, May 20, 14:00 - 15:45

W09-S4: UAV5G

Room: Empire A
Position-Aided Compressive Channel Estimation and Tracking for Millimeter Wave Multi-User MIMO Air-to-Air Communications (Invited Paper)
Javier Rodríguez-Fernández (University of Vigo, Spain); Nuria González-Prelcic (Universidad de Vigo, Spain); Robert Heath (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Supporting UAV Cellular Communications through Massive MIMO
Giovanni Geraci, Adrian Garcia-Rodriguez, Lorenzo Galati Giordano and David López-Pérez (Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland); Emil Björnson (Linköping University, Sweden)
UAV-Enabled Broadcast Channel: Trajectory Design and Capacity Characterization
Qingqing Wu (National University of Singapore, Singapore); Jie Xu (Guangdong University of Technology, P.R. China); Rui Zhang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Proactive Eavesdropping Using UAV Systems with Full-Duplex Ground Terminals
Zahra Mobini (University of Shahrekord, Iran); Batu Krishna Chalise (New York Institute of Technology, USA); Mohammadali Mohammadi (Shahrekord University, Iran); Himal A Suraweera (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka); Zhiguo Ding (University of Manchester, United Kingdom (Great Britain))
Coverage Probability Analysis of UAV Cellular Networks in Urban Environments
Lai Zhou and Zhi Yang (Tsinghua University, P.R. China); Shidong Zhou (Tsinghua University, Canada); Wei Zhang (The University of New South Wales, Australia)

Sunday, May 20, 16:15 - 18:00

W09-S5: UAV5G

Room: Empire A
Uplink Coverage Performance of an Underlay Drone Cell for Temporary Events (Invited Paper)
Xiaohui Zhou (Australian National University, Australia); Jing Guo and Salman Durrani (The Australian National University, Australia); Halim Yanikomeroglu (Carleton University, Canada)
Performance Analysis for Practical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks with LoS/NLoS Transmissions
Chang Liu (University of Sydney, Australia); Ming Ding (Data 61, Australia); Chuan Ma, Qingzhi Li and Zihuai Lin (University of Sydney, Australia); Ying-Chang Liang (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China)
Modeling and Performance Analysis of UAV-Assisted Cellular Networks in Isolated Regions
Xianling Wang (Xiamen University of Technology, P.R. China); Haijun Zhang (University of Science and Technology Beijing, P.R. China); Victor C.M. Leung (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Trajectory Optimization for Multiple UAVs Acting as Wireless Relays
Ahmad Alsharoa (University of Central Florida, USA); Hakim Ghazzai (Karlstad University & KaU, Sweden); Murat Yuksel (University of Central Florida, USA); Abdullah Kadri (Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, Qatar); Ahmed E. Kamal (Iowa State University, USA)