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Xingqin Lin (Ph.D., UT Austin); Senior Member, IEEE

Email: xingqin dot lin at ericsson dot com

Master Researcher; NextGen Advisory Board; 3GPP Delegate

Ericsson, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Industry Liaison Officer, IEEE ComSoc ETI on Aerial Communications

Editor, IEEE Network and IEEE Internet of Things Magazine

Google Scholar; LinkedIn

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

  • 5G New Radio - the latest generation of wireless access technology set to revolutionize communications and to transform industry (5G book)

  • Cellular Connected UAVs to enable a full continuum of drone use cases (UAV book)

  • NB-IoT & eMTC - the globally deployed low power wide area technologies connecting billions of the devices making up the IoT

  • Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) that help connect the unconnected and bridge the digital divide

Recent Updates

One-stop Portal of Recent Research

6G

    • 02/2021: Towards 6G with Connected Sky: UAVs and Beyond (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 04/2021: Invited talk "Towards Limitless Connectivity: From 5G Evolution to 6G" at the KICS 5G/6G mobile communication workshop (website)

    • 04/2021: On the Path to 6G: Low Orbit is the New High (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

5G New Radio

    • 06/2018: 5G New Radio: Unveiling the Essentials of the Next Generation Wireless Access Technology (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 03/2019: 5G New Radio Evolution Meets Satellite Communications: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions (arXiv) (Springer)

    • 08/2019: Debunking Seven Myths about 5G New Radio (arXiv)

    • 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)

    • 03/2020: Sky High 5G: New Radio for Air-to-Ground Communications (arXiv) (Springer)

    • 04/2020: A Primer on Bandwidth Parts in 5G New Radio (arXiv) (Springer)

    • 06/2020: Introduction to 5G and beyond (Springer)

    • 07/2020: Edited book with Springer: 5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards

Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN)

    • 12/2019: 5G NR communication over GEO or LEO satellite systems: 3GPP RAN higher layer standardization aspects (IEEE Xplore)

    • 02/2020: Narrowband Internet of Things for non-terrestrial networks (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 11/2020: 5G Air-to-Ground Network Design and Optimization: A Deep Learning Approach (arXiv)

    • 11/2020: Throughput and Capacity Evaluation of 5G New Radio Non-Terrestrial Networks with LEO Satellites (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 01/2021: A Primer on HIBS – High Altitude Platform Stations as IMT Base Stations (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 02/2021: Random access preamble design for 3GPP non-terrestrial networks (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 03/2021: Internet of Things from space: Transforming LTE machine type communications for non-terrestrial networks (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

    • 03/2021: 5G from Space: An Overview of 3GPP Non-Terrestrial Networks (arXiv) (IEEE Xplore)

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 the 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 Blog)

    • 11/2017: How mobile networks can support drone communication (Ericsson 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)

    • 08/2018: Served as a panelist for the UC Berkeley SkyDeck panel discussions on "The Future of Connected and Autonomous Drones"

    • 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) (IEEE WCNC 2020 best paper award)

    • 02/2020: Book with Cambridge University Press: Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    • 05/2020: A Deep Learning Approach to Efficient Drone Mobility Support (arXiv) (ACM)

    • 08/2020: Invited talk at the IEEE PIMRC'20 workshop on "UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond" (website)

    • 10/2020: What is AI-powered drone mobility support? (Ericsson Blog)

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

    • 06/2020 - present, Master Researcher, Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA.

    • 01/2018 - 05/2020, 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 Master Researcher and Standardization Delegate at Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, driving 5G/6G research and standardization in the area of non-terrestrial networks (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones). He is a member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board, collaborating with Ericsson Executive Team on strategic projects. He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy. He has been 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 co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” and the lead editor of the book “5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards.” He works with academia to accelerate the translation of research into practice in the telecom industry. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and technical contributor at conferences and workshops. He served as an editor of the IEEE Communications Letters from 2015-2018 and is serving as an editor for the IEEE Network and IEEE Internet of Things Magazine. He is acting as the Industry Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technology Initiative on Aerial Communications. He received the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional Award in Industry and the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize. He is an IEEE Senior Member. 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 has been with Ericsson Inc., Santa Clara, CA, USA, since December 2014, and currently serves as a Master Researcher and a 3GPP delegate. He is a member of the Ericsson NextGen Advisory Board, collaborating with Ericsson Executive Team on strategic projects. He held summer internships at Qualcomm Corporate R&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 leads 5G/6G research and standardization in the areas of non-terrestrial networks (satellites/HAPS/airplanes/drones) at Ericsson. He served as the Team Leader from 2017-2020. In 2015, he received special recognition from Ericsson for outstanding contributions to NB-IoT research and standardization that laid the foundation for the globally deployed low power wide area NB-IoT technology. He helped establish the 3GPP Rel-15 study item and work item on enhancing LTE support for aerial vehicles. He 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 innovation in “5G for the drone ecosystem” in 2018. He was recognized as an Ericsson Global Tech Talent in 2018. His research innovation in the 100 km long-range NB-IoT helped Ericsson win the award “Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks in Asia” at the 2019 Mobile World Congress Shanghai. He received Ericsson key contributor awards in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for being a long-term key contributor to 5G research and standards.

He is an expert in wireless communications and technology strategy. His general research interests include communications and networking, with emphasis on 5G/6G mobile broadband systems, non-terrestrial communications, and machine-type communications. He works with academia to accelerate the translation of research into practice in the telecom industry. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and technical contributor at conferences and workshops. He has published 60+ refereed papers and contributed to 150+ patent applications. He is co-author of the book “Wireless Communications and Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (Cambridge University Press) and the lead editor of the book “5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards” (Springer). His publications have been cited over 5,500 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. Several of his publications were listed in the IEEE ComSoc Best Readings. He received the Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) fellowship from UT Austin and the IEEE WCNC 2020 Best Paper Award. He received the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional Award in Industry for outstanding contributions to IoT, Aerial, and D2D communications in 5G NR and LTE Advanced. He received the 2021 AI 2000 Most Influential Scholar Award (Honorable Mention) for outstanding and vibrant contributions in the field of the Internet of Things. He received the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize for the paper "The Sky Is Not the Limit: LTE for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles".

He is an IEEE Senior Member. He served as an editor of the IEEE Communications Letters from 2015-2018 and is serving as an editor for the IEEE Network, IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, and Frontiers in Communications and Networks & Frontiers in Space Technologies. He has served on the TPCs of international conferences including IEEE ICC, Globecom, WCNC, and VTC. He was a co-chair of ACM MobiCom 2020 Workshop on “DroneCom: Drone-Assisted Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond.” He was awarded as Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters in 2013 and 2014. He is serving as the Industry Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technology Initiative on Aerial Communications. He served as an expert reviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He has been involved in several National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals in the US.

Books

A thorough treatment of UAV wireless communications and networking research challenges and opportunities. Detailed, step-by-step development of carefully selected research problems that pertain to UAV network performance analysis and optimization, physical layer design, trajectory path planning, resource management, multiple access, cooperative communications, standardization, control, and security is provided. Featuring discussion of practical applications including drone delivery systems, public safety, IoT, virtual reality, and smart cities, this is an essential tool for researchers, students, and engineers interested in broadening their knowledge of the deployment and operation of communication systems that integrate or rely on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Merouane Debbah - CentraleSupélec: "This book, written by the most prominent experts in the field, provides a complete in-depth analysis of UAV wireless communications. It should become a reference material for all the students, engineers and researchers who are building our next generation wireless communication networks."

Halim Yanikomeroglu - Carleton University, Ottawa: "This is the most comprehensive book on the rapidly evolving field of wireless communications and networking for UAVs. The authors are among the researchers who have made the most profound contributions to this emerging field. Their impressive command on the subject matter results in a thorough presentation taking theory, practice, and industrial standards into account. A must-read for researchers and engineers working in this field."

This book provides an accessible and comprehensive tutorial on the key enabling technologies for 5G and beyond, covering both the fundamentals and the state-of-the-art 5G standards. The book begins with a historical overview of the evolution of cellular technologies and addresses the questions on why 5G and what is 5G. Following this, six tutorial chapters describe the fundamental technology components for 5G and beyond. These include modern advancements in channel coding, multiple access, massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), network densification, unmanned aerial vehicle enabled cellular networks, and 6G wireless systems. The second part of this book consists of five chapters that introduce the basics of 5G New Radio (NR) standards developed by 3GPP. These include 5G architecture, protocols, and physical layer aspects. The third part of this book provides an overview of the key 5G NR evolution directions. These directions include ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) enhancements, operation in unlicensed spectrum, positioning, integrated access and backhaul, air-to-ground communication, and non-terrestrial networks with satellite communication.

  • A comprehensive treatment on the fundamentals and standards of 5G and beyond by leading experts from academia and industry

  • Features a concise introduction to the fundamental technologies at the heart of 5G and beyond

  • Presents an accessible explanation of the basics of 5G NR standards including architecture, protocols, and physical layer aspects

  • Provides a definitive guide to 5G evolution directions that are essential for expanding 5G ecosystem and transforming vertical industries