6G Technology Enablers and Roadmap

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Name of the Speaker: Dr. Kiran Mukkavilli
Guide: Dr. Srikrishna Bhashyam
Venue/Online meeting link: ESB-244 (Seminar Hall)
Date/Time: 16th December 2022 (Friday), 10:00 AM

5G systems have been successfully deployed by hundreds of operators worldwide with many more in the pipeline. Even as 5G systems are getting deployed, 5G standards continue to evolve through 5G Advanced in 3GPP and eventually leading into 6G. Several exciting technologies are on the cusp of adoption in 5G Advanced which will act as the building blocks for defining 6G. In this presentation, we will present a snapshot of how 5G features evolved across 3GPP releases, the expected timeline of 6G standardization and discuss some key technologies that are on the horizon for 6G. Some example technologies that will be discussed include Giga MIMO for enabling new coverage spectrum in upper mid-band, AI/ML for wireless, full duplex radio for macro deployments, intelligent surfaces to help adapt the RF environment to optimize the communication link, and joint communication/sensing. We will discuss results from a combination of real world data from OTA test networks and comprehensive system level simulations. While the technologies discussed show excellent promise towards defining a new generation of cellular communication, there are interesting problems that need the attention of both the academia and the industry to bring these technologies to fruit

Dr. Kiran Mukkavilli is a Sr. Director of Engineering in Qualcomm Wireless Research where he currently leads the systems research team for sub-24GHz technologies for 5G Advanced and 6G. He joined Qualcomm in 2003, holds more than 150 granted U.S. patents, and has been involved in system design, standardization, implementation, and commercialization of a variety of technologies at Qualcomm. He was one of the principal architects of MediaFLO, a mobile broadcast solution from Qualcomm, and played a key role in the product development, standardization, and commercialization efforts. He was also the systems design lead responsible for commercialization of the UMTS modem in Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801 products. In his current role, he is responsible for R&D efforts for PHY/MAC system design, standardization, and prototyping for Sub 24GHz aspects of 5G NR. He successfully led Qualcomm’s effort to set up industry’s first end to end 3GPP Rel 15 spec compliant 5G NR call with the leading infra vendors using prototype UE implementation. Dr. Mukkavilli received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University and holds a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.