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The 2021 IEEE 4th 5G World Forum (5GWF’21) will be a fully virtual event. All sessions will be scheduled to begin and end at specified times, and speakers will be available to answer questions in real-time during those sessions. Registrants will also be able to view these sessions on-demand after their scheduled time, and can communicate with speakers/authors asynchronously using the virtual platform.

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The following program elements are for the virtual platform. The in-person program is still being developed:

Plenary Keynote Sessions – four keynote talks daily from visionaries in industry, academia and SDOs. Confirmed so far are:

  • Robert Kahn, “Father of the Internet” and CEO and President of CNRI
  • Magnus Frodigh, Head of Ericsson Research
  • Vincent Poor, Princeton University
  • Shen Jia, OPPO
  • Peter Vetter, Nokia
  • Javan Erfanian, Bell Canada
  • Muriel Médard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Peiying Zhu, Huawei
  • Kaniz Mahdi, VMware
  • Sylvain Nadeau, EXFO
  • Juan Montojo, Qualcomm
  • more to be revealed soon…

Technical Program – technical papers presented across multiple tracks:

  • 5G-T: 5G Technologies 
  • 5G-AP: 5G Application and Services 
  • 5G-SEC: 5G IoT, Security, and Privacy 
  • 5G-EXP: 5G Trials, Experimental Results, and Deployment Scenarios 
  • 5G-H: 5G Hardware and Test / Measurements 
  • 5G-SVT: 5G Special Verticals and Topicals

Worldwide 5G Industry Fora – our annual gathering of invited 5G industry associations from multiple regions/countries to share and discuss their current activities, visions and future roadmaps towards 5G deployment, and also to develop on international industry collaboration. This year’s speakers are being confirmed.

Future Networks Towards 2031: INGR Panel Series – the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) is a technology roadmap evaluating future network (5G and beyond) technologies, development challenges, and deployment opportunities at 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year horizons. Each panel in this series pairs different INGR working groups and speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead as technologies evolve. The panels will group INGR experts on the following topics:

  • IP-1: INGR Panel: Millimeter Wave and Massive MIMO – Deployment Challenges and New Trends
  • IP-2: INGR Panel: Connecting the Unconnected and Satellite Networking Trends and Challenges
  • IP-3: INGR Panel: Testbeds bridging the gap between optical and radio hardware and applications
  • IP-4: INGR Panel: Deployment, Energy Efficiency, and Applications and Services Comprehensive Plans
  • IP-5: INGR Panel: Combining Energy Efficiency and Systems Optimization for Network Sustainability
  • IP-6: INGR Panel: Standardization update on INGR of FNI
  • IP-7: INGR Panel: Edge Services, AI/ML, and Security Networking Trends and Challenges

Workshops and Special Sessions

Topical/Vertical Sessions

Industry Forums and Panels – there is still time to submit proposals

  • FP-1: IPv6-based 5G, IoT, CC Industry Forum
  • FP-2: 5G Smart Cities 2021
  • FP-3: Entrepreneurship and Innovations Forum (EIF)
  • FP-4: Existing and Emerging 5G Millimeter-Wave Radiation Technologies
  • FP-5: Security challenges in military applications of 5G technology
  • FP-6: RAN disaggregation – where are we heading?
  • FP-7: Secure end-to-end 5G cloud deployments
  • FP-8: The Path to 6G
  • FP-9: AI/ML driven 5G & beyond technology
  • FP-10: The Internet is broken: we need The Grid (Internet Evolution)
  • FP-11: Next G Mix Reality (Gaming + Media & Entertainment)
  • FP-12: Cybersecurity – the priority of today & tomorrow
  • FP-13: The Next G sustainability & societal challenges
  • FP-15: 6G Must be Quantum
  • FP-16: Smart-Digital-Green Manufacturing Technology
  • FP-17: Int’l 5G Testbeds – 5G Trials, Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios


Demos – submit proposals

Student Mentorship Program – sponsored by OPPO
Date and time of the Mentorship Program: Day 2 (October 14) at 14:00 – 15:00 PM Eastern Time US.

In the 5G World Forum Student Mentorship Program, students are invited to participate in a one-hour session during which they may ask questions and advice from industry experts. This is an opportunity to get expert advice on career next steps, career choices, and insights into working in the industry. The participating industry experts will be announced here shortly.

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