Keynote Speaker 1

Prof. Dr. Sonia Aïssa


Empowering Sustainability with beyond 5G networks


This speech discusses several scenarios for the beyond 5G generation societies and how sustainability in envisioned future smart cities and societies is empowered using new and emerging cutting-edge technologies. These key disruptive technologies that will guarantee the desired quality of physical experience to achieve ubiquitous wireless connectivity are expected in such futuristic envisioned societies. The speech provides a foundational background on the evolution of different wireless communication standards to have a proper insight into the vision and requirements of beyond 5G network. Then, it provides a panoramic view of the enabling technologies proposed to facilitate the beyond 5G and introduce emerging 6G applications such as multi-sensory–extended reality, digital replica, and more. Next, the technology-driven challenges, social, psychological, health and commercialization issues posed to actualizing 6G, and the probable solutions to tackle these challenges are discussed extensively. Additionally, it presents new use cases of the beyond 5G technology in agriculture, education, media and entertainment, logistics and transportation, and tourism. Furthermore, we discuss the multi-faceted communication capabilities of these future networks that will contribute significantly to global sustainability and how they will bring about a dramatic change in the business arena. Finally, we highlight the research trends, open research issues, and key take-away lessons for future research exploration in beyond 5G wireless communication.


Prof. Dr. Sonia Aïssa Biography


Sonia Aïssa received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique), Montreal, Canada, where she is a Full Professor and known as one of its most distinguished professors for her excellence in research, education, and outreach. Prof Aïssa’s research interests are in the broad area of wireless communication systems and networks and include modelling, design and performance analysis, and wireless power technology. Her awards include the NSERC University Faculty Award 1999, the FRQNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship 2001-2006, the INRS Performance Award for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and outreach multiple times since 2004, the FRQNT-SYTACom Technical Community Service Award 2007, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award 2013, and multiple Best Paper Awards in the IEEE and the Japanese IEICE. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 2013-2016. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Aïssa has an outstanding record of service to the IEEE. She was a Member-At-Large of ComSoc’s Board of Governors 2014-2016 and serves regularly on many of its standing committees. Her editorial activities include: Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2014-2019, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2004-2012, Associate Editor and Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine 2004-2015, Technical Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine 2006-2010, and Associate Editor of Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal 2007-2012. She currently serves as Editor-At-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. She has been involved in organizing many flagship conferences of the IEEE and is currently serving as the TPC Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications. She is active in promoting women in engineering and is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal.