CARLETON 6G WORKSHOPS #3
AI, MACHINE LEARNING, AND DATA ANALYTICS FOR COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, 13 March 2019
4359 ME (Mackenzie Building)
Systems and Computer Engineering – Carleton University
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• The 3rd workshop in the Carleton 6G Workshops series:
o Workshop #2: Autonomous and Connected Aerial Networks, 04 February 2019
o Workshop #1: 6G PHY-FEST, 18 December 2018
• Workshop Chair: Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Professor, Carleton
• Format:
o Keynote: 1 hour presentation + 25 mins discussions
o Other talks: 15 mins presentation + 10 mins discussions
• Free event. No registration is needed.
• Attendance is limited to 40 (room capacity); first-come first-serve.
• Lunch will be provided – courtesy of IEEE Young Professionals.

Arrival: 9:30 – 10:00 am
Morning Session: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Keynote Speech (abstract and bio at the end)
• Exploration Strategy in Wireless Systems with Reinforcement Learning
Dr. Haris Gacanin, Department Head, Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium

• AI/ML-based Security and Trust in Mobile Services
Dr. Burak Kantarci, Professor, uOttawa

Lunch: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
The Caf – Carleton University, Residence Commons, 3rd floor

Afternoon Session I: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

• Threat of Adversarial Attacks on Machine Learning in Network Security
Kunle Ibitoye, PhD candidate, Carleton, and Rana Abou Khamis, MASc candidate, Carleton
(Supervisors: Professors Ashraf Matrawy and Omair Shafiq, Carleton)

• Resource Allocation with Deep Reinforcement Learning for Microgrid Communications
Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Professor, uOttawa, and Medhat Alsayed, PhD candidate, uOttawa

Coffee Break: 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Afternoon Session II: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

• Wireless Network Personalization: Why it Matters and How to Approach It
Rawan Alkurd, PhD candidate, Carleton
(Supervisors: Professors Ibrahim Abualhaol and Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton)

• Machine Learning for Wireless Networks: Applications to Routing and Resource Management Dr. Thomas Kunz, Professor, Carleton

Keynote Abstract

We are now several years into explosion of machine learning (ML) in wireless networks, used to enrich decision-making by finding structures in data – knowledge discovery – as means to describe the user behavior and network performance. With new designs of wireless networks, complexity and dynamicity rises, network resources are scattered and diversity of network elements increases. Consider these examples with interesting challenges: 1) massive number of Internet-of-Things devices, sensors and actuators give rise to the problem of dynamic network planning; 2) broadband wireless leads to problems with real-time radio resource management; 3) ultra-reliable communications require support of real-time adjustments on latency and reliability in the orders of 99,99999%. For such designs AI is expected to support high adaptability with respect to wireless environment and its services (e.g. virtual reality).

This talk discusses a paradigm shift from contemporary data-driven wireless with ML toward autonomous wireless with AI. We explore motivation, opportunities and methodology to adopt training-free AI methods for self-organization of wireless systems. We point out specific properties of wireless environment and classify future directions on training-free vs training-based systems. We start from popular data-driven ML techniques and briefly elaborate their benefits and shortcomings for wireless application mentioned above. The main focus is on reinforcement learning as a major (training-free) representative of AI. We briefly discuss learning principles of intelligent agent with problem of random exploration for wireless-specific environment. We discuss principles of self-organization by synthesizing reasoning and learning with knowledge management. Finally, we end with a case study using wireless AI prototype for self-deployment and self-optimization. The talk provokes new coming challenges and unveil interesting future directions across multi-disciplinary research areas.

Keynote Biography

Haris Gačanin received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from U. of Sarajevo in 2000. In 2005 and 2008, respectively, he received MSc and PhD from Tohoku U. in Japan. He worked at Tohoku U. until 2010 as Assistant Professor and joined Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) in 2010, where he established research on data-driven analysis of communication systems at physical and media access layers. Currently, he is department head at Bell Labs and adjunct teaching professor at KU Leuven. His professional interests relate to research confluence between artificial intelligence and physical-layer communications to establish autonomous wireless systems. He has 200+ scientific publications (journals, conferences and patens) and invited/tutorial talks. He is senior member of IEEE and IEICE and recipient of IEICE Communication Systems Best Paper Award (joint 2014, 2015, 2017), The 2013 Alcatel-Lucent Award of Excellence, the 2012 KDDI Foundation Research Award, the 2009 KDDI Foundation Research Grant Award, the 2008 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers, the 2005 Active Research Award in Radio Communications, 2005 Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2005-Fall) Student Paper Award from IEEE VTS Japan Chapter and the 2004 Institute of IEICE Society Young Researcher Award. He was awarded by Japanese Government (MEXT) Research Scholarship in 2002.

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