Special Session: Space-Air-Ground Integrated Networks
In 2030 and beyond, 6G will integrate with information technologies, such as advanced computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain. The scale of the information services gradually expands, from ground services, to aerial, maritime, and spatial services. With the soaring requirements on multi-dimensional comprehensive information resources, the space-air-ground integrated networks (SAGINs) are envisioned to provide seamless network services to spatial, aerial, maritime, and ground users, satisfying the future network requirements on all-time, all-domain, and all-space communications and interconnected networking. Through the deep integration of multi-dimensional networks, the SAGINs can effectively make comprehensive use of all kinds of resources to carry out intelligent network control and information processing, to cope with different demands of network services with great flexibility, and realize the goal of "network integration, functional service and application customization".
This special session aims at bringing together researchers from academia and industry to identify and discuss the major technical challenges, recent breakthroughs, and novel applications related to the design and optimize for space-air-ground integrated networks. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
New network with native artificial intelligence
Enhanced wireless air interface technologies
Reconfigurable intelligent surface
Terahertz and visible light communications
Free-space optical communications
Integrated communications and sensing
Distributed autonomous network architecture
Cooperative communication, computing, and caching
Unmanned aerial vehicle communications
Network performance analysis
Blockchain for space-terrestrial integrated networks
Yonghong Hou received the B.Eng. in electronic Engineering From Xidian University in 1991, M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in information and communication engineering from Tianjin University, in 2003, 2009, respectively. Since 2003, he has been with the School of Electronical and Information Engineering, Tianjin University, where he is currently a Professor. In 2011 and 2013, he was a visiting scholar with University of southern Queensland and Nanyang Technological University. His current research interests include wireless communication and intelligent signal processing.
Zhigang Jin received his B.E. degree from Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China, in 1993, M.E. degree from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1996 and Ph.D. degree from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1999. He was a visiting professor in Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2002. He is currently a professor in Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. He is serving and served on prestigious journal editorial boards including Journal of Tianjin University and Control Engineering Journal. He is also the member of marine environmental monitoring expert group and decision-making consultant of Tianjin government. His research interests focus on the performance evaluation of traffic and networks, the management and security of the computer networks, and the wireless networks.
Qing Wang received the B.Eng., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively. Since 2010, she has been with the School of Electronical and Information Engineering, Tianjin University, where she is currently an Associate Professor. From 2007 to 2009, she was a visiting student with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2018 to 2019, she was a Visiting Scholar with Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. Her current research interests include wireless communication, passive radar, and intelligent signal processing.
Zixiong Wang received the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2013. In the same year, he joined the Li-Fi R&D Centre at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently an associate professor in Tianjin University. His main research interests include optical wireless communications and microwave photonics.
Zhen Gao received the BS, MS and PhD degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. During 2008.10 ~ 2010.11, he was a visiting scholar in Georgia Tech, working on the design and implementation for OFDM based cooperative communication. During 2011.7 ~ 2014.12, he was a Postdoc researcher in the Wireless and Mobile Communication Research Center in Tsinghua University, China. Since 2014.12, he is an Associate Professor in Tianjin University. His focus now is fault-tolerant signal processing and blockchain technology.
Yishan Su received his B.E. degree, M.E. degree and Ph. D degree from Tianjin University, in 2008, 2010 and 2015 respectively. He was a visiting scholar in University of Connecticut, CT, USA in 2012-2013. He is currently working as an associate professor in Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. His research interests include protocols design and implementation in underwater acoustic sensor networks (UW-ASNs) and delay/disruption tolerant networks (DTN). His paper is mainly published in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE Sensors Journal, Journal of Network and Computer Applications and conferences such as IEEE ICC.
Renhai Feng received his B.E. degree, M.E. degree and Ph. D degree from Sun-Yat-Sen University, in 2009, 2011 and 2014 respectively. Since 2017 he is an Associate Professor in Tianjin University. His focus now is wireless communication, visible light communication and its application on positioning and energy harvesting, he was reviewer in many IEEE journals, he was a section chair on ICICSP 2019.