Nov. 5–6, 2015 – Berlin, Germany

Prof. Raymond Knopp

Mobile Communication Department, Eurecom

Raymond Knopp is professor in the Mobile Communications Department at  EURECOM. He received the B.Eng. (Honours) and the M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1992 

and 1993, respectively.  From 1993-1997 he was a research assistant in the Mobile Communications Department at EURECOM and obtained the PhD degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. From 1997-2000 he was a research associate in the Mobile Communications Laboratory (LCM) of the Communication Systems Department of EPFL. His current research and teaching interests are in the area of digital communications, software radio architectures, and implementation aspects of signal processing systems and real-time wireless networking protocols.   He has a long experience in managing both fundamental and experimental research projects in wireless communications at an international level.  He is currently also General Secretary of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance for 5G. The Alliance aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge theoretical advances in wireless communications and practical designs as well as provide a common and open-source framework between industry and academia for prototyping 5G radio-access networks.


Bringing Software-Defined Technologies into the 5G Arena

The commoditization of key processing components coupled with virtualization of infrastructure functions will lead to a radical change in the economics of mobile networks.  The latter will help network providers (e.g., MNO, MVNO) move from proprietary hardware and software platforms towards open and flexible cellular systems based on general-purpose cloud infrastructures.  In this context, 5G systems will see a paradigm shift in three planes: the data-plane, control-plane, and management-plane, in support of higher performance, efficient signaling, flexible and intelligent control and coordination in heterogeneous networks.

This talk focuses on 5G RAN technologies and challenges, status of standardization, the role of open-source, and some existing tools for 5G prototyping.