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Prof. Nei Kato
Tohoku University, Japan

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Nei Kato is a full professor (Deputy Dean) with Graduate School of Information Sciences(GSIS) and was the Director(2015-2019) of Research Organization of Electrical Communication(ROEC) and the Strategic Adviser to the President, Tohoku University(2013). He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc & sensor & mesh networks, UAV networks, smart grid, AI, IoT, Big Data, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 400 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the Vice-President (Member & Global Activities) of IEEE Communications Society(2018-2021), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology(2017-), and the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Sendai Chapter. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network Magazine (2015-2017), a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society(2014-2016), a Vice Chair of Fellow Committee of IEEE Computer Society(2016), and a member of IEEE Communications Society Award Committee (2015-2017). He has also served as the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee (2010-2012) and Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee (2014-2015) of IEEE Communications Society. His awards include Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize(2003), Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from the IEEE Communications Society, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2005), the FUNAI information Science Award(2007), the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion(2008), the IEICE Network System Research Award(2009), the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award(2011), the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award(2012), Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2014), Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award 2016 from IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, Radio Achievements Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2016), IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award(2017 and 2019), Prize for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan(2018), Award from Tohoku Bureau of Telecommunications, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2018), IEEE Transactions on Computers 2018 Best Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Green Communications and Computing Technical Committee Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award(2019), Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers(2019) and Best Paper Awards from IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM/WCNC/VTC. Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of The Engineering Academy of Japan, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of IEICE.

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Prof. Yan Zhang
University of Oslo, Norway

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Yan Zhang is a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway. He received a Ph.D. degree in School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His current research interests include: next-generation wireless networks leading to 6G, green and secure cyber-physical systems (e.g., transport, smart grid, and healthcare). His works in these areas have received more than 15000+ citations and H-index 65. He is an editor of 10 IEEE Transactions/Magazines: IEEE Communications Magazine; IEEE Network Magazine; IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials;IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology; IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking; IEEE Internet of Things Journal;IEEE Systems Journal; IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and IEEE Blockchain Technical Briefs. He is IEEE VTS (Vehicular Technology Society) Distinguished Lecturer and CCF 2019 Distinguished Speaker. He serves as the Chair of IEEE ComSoc TCGCC (Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing). He is an elected member of CCF Technical Committee on Blockchain. He received the award “Highly Cited Researcher” according to Clarivate Analytics in 2019 and 2018. He is IEEE Fellow, Fellow of NTVA, and IET Fellow.

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Prof. Wei Zhang
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Title: Cybertwin – A pathway to 6G


Wei Zhang is a Professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. His current research interests include UAV communications, space information networks, and 6G. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters in 2016-2019. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Communications and Information Networks (JCIN) and Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He also serves as Chair for IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee and Vice Director of IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Board. He is a member of Board of Governors of IEEE Communications Society. He is a member of Fellow Evaluation Committee of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is an IEEE Fellow.


With the fast development of Internet-of-Everything and its applications, the ever increasing mobile Internet traffic and services bring unprecedented challenges, including scalability, mobility, availability, and security, which cannot be addressed by the current clean-slate network architecture. In this talk, a cybertwin based next generation network architecture is proposed to accommodate the evolution from end-to-end connection to cloud-to-end connection in the future network. As a digital representation of humans or things in the virtual cyberspace, cybertwin serves in multiple capacities, such as communications assistant, network behavior logger, and digital asset owner. We advocate a new cloud network operating system which can work in a distributed way through a real-time multi-agent trading platform to allocate 3C (computing, caching, communication) resources. We also redesign the radio access network architecture, which fully decoupled the control BSs and data BSs and entirely separate uplink and downlink, which can enhance the spectrum utilization, reduce the network energy consumption and improve the quality of user experience.


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