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Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Title: Trusted Communications with Physical Layer Security for 5G and Beyond


Mobile data traffic is growing daily and this presents a significant challenge as the broadcast nature of wireless channels makes it extremely vulnerable to security breaches. A recent report of NSF has estimated 78% of large organisation and 63% of small business are attacked annually, and these figures will continue to increase making the wireless security concerns worldwide. As a consequence, security and privacy is of utmost concern for future wireless technologies. However, securely transferring confidential information over a wireless network in the presence of eavesdroppers that may intercept the information exchange between legitimate terminals, still remains a challenging task. Although security was originally viewed as a high-layer problem to be solved using cryptographic methods, physical layer (PHY) security is now emerging as a promising new (additional) means of defense to realize wireless secrecy in communications. In wireless PHY security, the breakthrough idea is to exploit the characteristics of wireless channels such as fading or noise to transmit a message from the source to the intended receiver while trying to keep this message confidential from both passive and active eavesdroppers. Over the past few years, PHY security has been widely recognized as a key enabling technique for secure wireless communications in future networks because of its potential for addressing security in new networking paradigms, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), for which more traditional methods of security may be impractical.

With the fast development of new technologies for wireless communications and networks, i.e., mm-wave communications, massive MIMO, device-to-device communications, energy harvesting communications, 5G networks is expected to be in place in the year 2020. However, these are still challenging demands, particularly in the face of 5G security. These are serious constraints in security which, unresolved, preclude the technological precursors to 5G and, implicitly, challenge the viability of 5G itself. This talk will address this problem, not only for 5G but also the beyond.


Trung Q. Duong is a tenured Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), UK. He is currently serving as an Editor for IEEE Trans on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans on Communications, IET Communications and a Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Letters. He has served as the Lead Guest Editor of IEEE Journal in Selected Areas on Communications and IET Communications, and was a Guest Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Access, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, EURASIP JWCN, EURASIP JASP; and was an Editor of Electronics Letters, Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, IEEE Communications Letters. His research interests are in the fields of signal processing for communications, wireless communications and he is the author/co-author of 140 journals and 120 conferences papers in these areas (Google Scholar profile: 3800 citations with h-index: 32). He is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 77th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2013, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, and IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2016. Currently, he is awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship (2016 – 2021) and the lead author of the book “Trusted Communications with Physical Layer Security for 5G and Beyond” (580 pages) published by the IET in October 2017.


Polytechnique Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Title: Multi-function and Multi-dimension Integration for Future Wireless Systems and Applications


Recent research and development of hardware architectures and technologies over MHz-through-THz frequency range have generated a significant momentum for future wireless applications. This leap forward is being propelled by the organic fusion of multiple functional and multiple dimensional transceiver integration based on multiple technologies through heterogeneous materials and innovative processes. This presentation begins with the overview of fundamental wireless functionalities. Emerging advances in multifunction, multimaterial, multilayer and multiband wireless technologies are reviewed. Technological roadmap is highlighted with reference to enabling and building technological elements, ranging from current and emerging compound materials to evolving and beyond CMOS, and from developing substrate integrations to future electromagnetic techniques. The talk also provides a brief tour of the state-of-the-art wireless devices, antennas, circuits and systems. Challenging issues and future directions of wireless technologies including 5G and beyond are discussed.


Dr. Ke Wu is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique (University of Montreal). He is also the NSERC-Huawei Industrial Research Chair in Future Wireless Technologies (the first Huawei endowed Chair in the world). He has been the Director of Poly-Grames Research Center. He was the Canada Research Chair (2002-2016) in RF and millimeter-wave engineering and the Founding Director (2008-2014) of the Center for Radiofrequency Electronics Research of Quebec. He has authored/co-authored more than 1100 referred papers and a number of books/book chapters and more than 50 patents. Dr. Wu was the general chair of the 2012 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium. He was the 2016 President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). He serves as the inaugural North-American representative in the General Assembly of the European Microwave Association (EuMA). He was the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2014 IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award, and the 2014 Marie-Victorin Prize (Prix du Québec – the highest distinction of Québec in the Natural Sciences and Engineering). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer.

Francis C.M. Lau

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Title: Protograph Low-Density Parity-Check Codes: Design and Application


Data traffic volume including video transmission is increasing exponentially over the past decade. The demand for ultra-high speed wired and wireless communication systems is also growing in an unprecedented pace. In providing ultra-high data transmission rate as well as reliable communications, error correction codes are playing an ever important role. They can ensure received data being highly reliable under different channel environments. Protograph low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes form a specific type of structured LDPC codes that possess not only excellent error correction capabilities, but also capacity-approaching decoding thresholds. Due to their simple representation, protograph LDPC (PLDPC) code designs can be evaluated and optimized efficiently based on, for example, protograph extrinsic information transfer (PEXIT) algorithm.

In this talk, we will present some state-of-the-art protograph LDPC code designs and their error performance under various channel conditions. We will also extend the applications of protograph LDPC codes to joint source-and-channel coding and joint channel-and-physical-layer-network coding. Finally we present some open problems in this field.


Francis C.M. Lau is a professor and associate head at the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of IET and a senior member of IEEE. Prof. Lau has published extensively in the area of communications. He is the co-author of three research monographs and a co-holder of four US patents. He has published over 270 research papers. His publications received the “Best Paper Award” at the International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Communications (2011 and 2015) and the “Outstanding Paper Awards” at the International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology (2012, 2013 and 2017). His main research interests include channel coding, cooperative networks, wireless sensor networks, chaos-based digital communications, applications of complex-network theories, and wireless communications.

In addition to serving as technical committee program member, session chair and reviewer of many international conferences, he served as an associate editor for several journals, including IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS I and IEEE CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS MAGAZINE. He has been a guest associate editor of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL AND BIFURCATION AND CHAOS since 2010 and an associate editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II again since 2016. He is currently a general co-chair of 2018 International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing. He was also the Chair of Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society from 2012-2013 and the co-track chair of Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.