2015 IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Millimeter-Wave Backhaul and Access:
From Propagation to Prototyping (mmWave 2015)
in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 (San Diego, California, USA)
December 6, 2015

This workshop will discuss about up-to-date research progresses in millimeter-wave (mmWave) backhaul and access technologies. mmWave systems are currently widely and actively studied by industry and academia for various next-generation advanced applications including high-speed wireless backhaul networks, peer-to-peer large-volume data sharing, and next generation 5G cellular access architectures. Due to the large amount of spectrum available at mmWave frequencies, multi-Gbps data rates are easily achievable. However, mmWave technology is encountering several research challenges as follows.
  • First of all, fine-grained beam forming, training, and tracking algorithms are required because of the larger (compared to currently used frequencies) pathloss when omnidirectional antennas are used, and the high directionality of the mmWave radio propagation. Without accurate beamforming with large directivity, the achieved ranges are insufficient for practical purposes. Without fast beam tracking, mobile networking services will suffer from a large number of network disconnection. Therefore, advanced mmWave beam forming, training, and tracking algorithms are essential for mobile networking services.
  • Secondly, multi-user schemes are required to be used for cellular and next-generation wireless access networks. Current major standards for mmWave wireless technologies, which were designed for personal- and local-area networks, including WirelessHD, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), IEEE 802.11ad, and IEEE 802.15.3c, do not support multi-user algorithms. Therefore, investigating multi-user architectures and schemes is key for next-generation mmWave wireless networks.
  • Thirdly, high carrier frequency hardware and RF front-end implementation and advanced antenna array design are also important issues for realizing the mmWave technologies at a price suitable for mass deployment.

Therefore, this workshop is proposed to discuss about various research issues and figure out promising solutions for the aforementioned challenges. This workshop will consist of multiple sessions and each session will handle every single specific challenge in mmWave wireless communication research. This workshop will invite several industry and academia experts for keynotes and panel discussions. It will open all potential research topics in mmWave backhaul and access networking, and discuss the problems with academia and industry experts.  In addition, this workshop invites mmWave industry experts for following up up-to-date research and development progress in mmWave wireless communications.