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Xingqin Lin (Ph.D., UT Austin)

Email: xingqin dot lin at ericsson dot com

Senior Researcher; 3GPP Delegate

Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA


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I'm passionate about wireless research with practical impact. I'm especially proud of my pioneering contributions

  • to 5G New Radio - the next generation of wireless access technology set to revolutionize communications and to transform industry;
  • to Cellular Connected UAVs to enable a full continuum of drone use cases;
  • to NB-IoT/eMTC that laid the foundation for the low power wide area technologies being globally deployed.

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One-stop Portal of Recent Research

5G New Radio

    • 10/2019: Understanding the Heart of the 5G Air Interface: An Overview of Physical Downlink Control Channel for 5G New Radio (NR) (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 08/2019: Debunking Seven Myths about 5G New Radio (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 03/2019: 5G New Radio Evolution Meets Satellite Communications: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 06/2018: 5G New Radio: Unveiling the Essentials of the Next Generation Wireless Access Technology (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 03/2018: A Telecom Perspective on the Internet of Drones: From LTE-Advanced to 5G (arXiv)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV, a.k.a. drone)

    • 07/2017: The sky is not the limit: LTE for unmanned aerial vehicles (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 11/2017: Ericsson explains performance of drones on LTE networks (RCR Wireless News)
    • 11/2017: Invited talk at Texas Wireless Summit on LTE for unmanned aerial vehicles (RCR Youtube Channel: starts at ~24:30)
    • 11/2017: Managing drone air traffic with network services (Ericsson Research Blog)
    • 11/2017: How mobile networks can support drone communication (Ericsson Research Blog)
    • 11/2017: Drone communication and traffic management over mobile networks (Ericsson Youtube Channel)
    • 01/2018: Interference mitigation methods for unmanned aerial vehicles served by cellular networks (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 02/2018: Mobile-network connected drones: field trials, simulations, and design insights (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 03/2018: A Telecom Perspective on the Internet of Drones: From LTE-Advanced to 5G (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 04/2018: Mobility Support for Cellular Connected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Performance and Analysis (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 05/2018: An Overview of 3GPP Release-15 Study on Enhanced LTE Support for Connected Drones (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 05/2018: Rogue Drone Detection: A Machine Learning Approach (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 11/2018: Ericsson official drone white paper: Drones and networks: Ensuring safe and secure operations
    • 01/2019: Drones and networks: mobility support (Ericsson blog)
    • 05/2019: Invited talk at the IEEE ICC'19 workshop on "Integrating UAVs into 5G and Beyond" (website)
    • 05/2019: How to identify uncertified drones with machine learning (Ericsson blog)
    • 06/2019: IEEE ComSoc Technology News: Preparing the Ground for Drone Communications
    • 11/2019: Efficient Drone Mobility Support Using Reinforcement Learning (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

Machine Type Communications (NB-IoT, eMTC)

    • 06/2016: A primer on 3GPP narrowband Internet of Things (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 06/2016: Random access preamble design and detection for 3GPP narrowband IoT systems (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 07/2016: Performance evaluation of NB-IoT coverage (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 04/2017: Positioning for the internet of things: A 3GPP perspective (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 05/2017: Overview of 3GPP Release 14 enhanced NB-IoT (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)
    • 05/2017: Overview of 3GPP Release-14 further enhanced MTC (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

Education

The University of Texas at Austin (09/2011 - 11/2014)

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (GPA: 4.0/4.0)

Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey G. Andrews

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (08/2009 - 07/2011)

M.Phil. in Electrical Engineering (GPA: 4.0/4.0)

Advisor: Prof. Tat. M. Lok

Tianjin University (09/2005 - 06/2009)

B. Eng. in Electronics Information Engineering (GPA: 94/100; Rank: 1/112)

Industrial Experience

    • 01/2018 - present, Senior Researcher, Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA.
    • 12/2014 - 12/2017, Experienced Researcher, Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA.
    • 05/2014 - 08/2014, Interim Engineering Intern, Qualcomm R&D, Bridgewater, NJ, USA.
    • 05/2013 - 08/2013, R&D Summer Trainee Intern, Nokia Siemens Networks, Arlington Heights, IL, USA.
    • 06/2012 - 08/2012, Summer Research Intern, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA.

Short Biography

Xingqin Lin is a Senior Researcher and Standardization Delegate at Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, leading 4G/5G research and standardization in the areas of non-terrestrial communications and networking (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones). He is a key contributor to 5G NR, NB-IoT, and LTE standards. His pioneering work on cellular connected UAVs helped establish the 3GPP Rel-15 work on enhanced LTE support for aerial vehicles. He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and technical contributor at conferences and workshops. He is co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” He served as an editor of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS from 2015-2018, and is serving as the Industry Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technology Initiative on Aerial Communications. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Long Biography

Xingqin Lin received the B.Eng. degree in electronic information engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2009, the M.Phil. degree in information engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2014. He held summer internships at Qualcomm CR&D, Bridgewater, NJ, USA, in summer 2014; Nokia Siemens Networks, Arlington Heights, IL, USA, in summer 2013; and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, in summer 2012.

He is currently a Senior Researcher and Standardization Delegate with Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, USA. He leads 4G/5G research and standardization in the areas of non-terrestrial communications and networking (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones). In 2015, he received special recognition from Ericsson for outstanding contributions to NB-IoT research and standardization that laid the foundation for the low power wide area NB-IoT technology being globally deployed. He helped establish the 3GPP Rel-15 study item and work item on enhancing LTE support for aerial vehicles and was recognized by Ericsson for exemplary leadership for driving mobile enabled unmanned aircraft research and standardization in 2017. He was nominated for Ericsson Business Innovation Leader in 2017. He was the first place winner in Ericsson Silicon Valley 5G contest for the innovation in “5G for the drone ecosystem” in 2018. He was recognized as an Ericsson Tech Talent in 2018. He received Ericsson key contributor award in 2019 for being a key contributor to 5G NR research and standards.

He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy. His general research interests include communications and networking, with emphasis on 4G/5G mobile broadband systems, non-terrestrial communications and networking, and machine type communications,. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and technical contributor at numerous conferences and workshops. He has published over 50 refereed journal and conference papers and holds numerous patents. He is co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” His publications have been cited over 3,000 times according to Google Scholar Citations. His research on the interplay between massive MIMO and D2D was featured in IEEE ComSoc TECH FOCUS - 5G Technology Drivers. His work on carrier aggregation in heterogeneous networks was selected as one of the IEEE Best Readings on Multi-Tier Cellular by the IEEE Communications Society. He received the Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) fellowship from UT Austin. He was awarded as Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS in 2013 and 2014. He served as an editor of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS from 2015-2018, and is serving as the Industry Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technology Initiative on Aerial Communications.