Conference Inauguration Session

Session Convener: Pamela Kumar

Session Coordinator: Bindoo Srivastava, Shefali Sinha

Session Schedule: 7 November 2022, 14:00 – 14:30 IST

Conference Theme Session : Standards for Sustainable Development

Panel 1: Leading the 6G Standards to a Sustainable Future

Session Chair: Satish Jamadagni (Reliance Jio)

Session Convener: Pamela Kumar

Session Coordinator: Akash Malik (Physical); Niwedita Pathak (Virtual)

Session Schedule: 7 November 2022, 14:30 - 15:30 IST

Panel 2: Integrating regional use cases and innovation in Global Standards

Session Chair: P. Balaji (Voda- Idea Ltd.)

Session Convener: Pamela Kumar

Session Coordinator: Sonia Sachdeva Sharma (Physical); Niwedita Pathak (Virtual)

Session Schedule: 7 November 2022, 15:30 - 16:30 IST

Panel 3: Harmonization of Standards – Lessons from 5G and Way Ahead

Session Chair: Rahul Vatts (Bharti Airtel)

Session Convener: Pamela Kumar

Session Coordinator: Akansha Arora (Physical); Niwedita Pathak (Virtual) 

Session Schedule: 7 November 2022, 17:00 - 18:00 IST

Panel 4: Role of Standards in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Session Chair: Kumar Sivarajan (Tejas Networks Ltd)

Session Convener: Pamela Kumar

Session Coordinator: Akash Malik (Physical); Niwedita Pathak (Virtual)

Session Schedule: 7 November 2022, 18:00 - 19:00 IST

Session S1: AI/ML-based enablers and applications for 6G

As the sixth-generation (6G) network specification work progresses in the ITU for the IMT 2030 requirements, it is now clear that AI/ML techniques are expected to take central stage (native AI support) covering all of the stack layers including the air interface. This is expected to bring about substantial changes in the network architecture and design leading to significant improvements in OPEX reduction, wireless network performance, support for new services and other aspects. This session will focus on the role of AI/ML in enabling 6G systems including AI/ML-based applications.

Special emphasis will be given to the ongoing work in ITU and the relevant standardization aspects.

Session Co-Chairs: Arzad Alam Kherani (IIT Bhilai); Satish Jamadagni (Reliance Jio)

Session Convener: Vishnu Ram

Session Coordinator: Akash Malik 

Session Schedule: 8 November 2022, 10:30 - 12:45 IST

Session S2: 6G Vision, Air Interfaces and Network Architectures

The activities towards development of 6G across the globe are gaining momentum. With ITU debating on 6G Vision and Technology Trends, 6G is anticipated to define use cases and technology to create human and societal impact to improve the quality of life for everyone. The purpose of this conference-session is to present the latest research and insights into 6G radio access technology, network convergence and architecture.

The Air Interface for 6G is expected to encompass Sub-THz/THz spectrum range and also Visual Light Communication. It may include new air interfaces and radio network with native-AI, spectrum sharing and efficient spectrum utilization techniques, upgrades in side link communications, ultra-massive MIMO technologies, improved energy efficiency, and Adaptable radios etc.

The 6G system is expected to build on cloud, optimized for ubiquitous computing, AI enabled communication and evolved Service Based Architecture to natively provide computing services with energy efficiency as a primary design parameter. This conference-session hosts expert talks exploring these topics from globally renowned researchers from academia and industry.

Session Co-Chairs: Prakash R (C-DOT); Samar Shailendra (INTEL)

Session Convener:A K Mittal

Session Coordinator: Raunak Mishra

Session Schedule: 8 November 2022, 14:00 - 16:15 IST

Every generation of network evolution seeks for a paradigm shift. A revolutionary idea which can impact the evolution of use cases and services. Sensing is one such ingredient which is touted as a key enabler towards 6G networks. Network evolution is shifting gears from mmWave to teraHz with larger spectrum availability enabling high throughput and more denser deployments. Sensing broadly involves using radio waves to learn the local neighborhood and environment of the users and thus calls for waveforms and mechanisms that can effectively augment with existing waveforms and systems. Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces (IRS) is another idea whose time has come. Over the past few years, the concept of reflecting radio waves to improve coverage as well as signal quality of users has been gaining traction. This involves building surfaces that can intelligently pass on the impinging information in the form of radio waves to the user/destination. There is a myriad of topics involved in taking things from theory to practice. Localization is another aspect which involves determining the location of the user very accurately. Use cases include robotics, healthcare, immersive gaming, and many others. In a nutshell, sensing, localization, and IRS have been identified as key components towards 6G. The TSDSI technology deep dive session addresses the latest research and industry trends in the areas of sensing, localization and IRS and brings in experts in the field to share their ideas, innovations, and way forward.  

Session Co-Chairs: Sreenath Ramanath (LEKHA WIRELESS); Srinivasan Selvaganapathy (NOKIA)

Session Convener: A K Mittal

Session Coordinator: Raunak Mishra

Session Schedule: 8 November 2022, 17:00 - 19:15 IST

Session S4: Affordable ubiquitous access through heterogeneous networks

Session Sponsor: 

The use of ubiquitous networks is increasing massively due to the speedy growth of wireless, broadband, satellite, and internet technologies, supporting everything connected, everywhere, anytime, leading to the digital to virtual to imagination world of things. The ubiquitous networks are the context-aware, zero-touch networks of computing devices connected at any time and place. These networks not only support heterogeneity of networks but also provide next-generation service platforms that support data rates, latency, and throughput in the Ubiquitous Network. Ubiquitous networks are an emerging area that can realize anytime, anywhere communication between object-to-object and person-to-object.

The challenges in the ubiquitous network are Seamless connectivity, Context awareness, Resource management, and Device management. According to applications and services, the network has no limits to imagination.

In addition, it is also essential to meet one of the critical targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —a target for universal and affordable access to the internet in the least developed countries by 2030. As of today, nearly half of the world is still offline, and it is believed that, at the current rate of internet growth and adoption, universal, affordable internet will not be achieved until 2043.

This session addresses the key drivers of affordable ubiquitous communication and the essential enabling technologies. This session brings together global stalwarts from the domains of Wireless and Wireline Carriers and Satellite industries to highlight the technological innovations enabling affordable heterogeneous networks.

Session Co-Chairs: Anindya Saha (Saankhya Labs); Avinash Agarwal (TEC)

Session Convener: Pritam Bishnoi

Session Coordinator: Sonia Sachdeva Sharma

Session Schedule: 9 November 2022, 10:30 - 12:45 IST

Session S5: XR and Immersive Technologies

Extended Reality (XR) refers to the combination of human & computer-generated graphics interaction, in both real world as well as the virtual environment. In basic terms, Extended Reality is a superset of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) & Mixed Reality (MR) technologies leading to immersive experiences such as digital-twin, metaverse, and applications to support accessibility.

With the recent 5G advancements, upcoming 5G Advanced and 6G research trends, it is clear that XR will be a fundamental enabler for a number of applications in the next decade and beyond. Industry and Academia have embarked on research and standardization of the XR technologies to pave the way for XR to transform the way we experience and interact with the physical and virtual world.

This session will host leading global experts from the industry, academia and standards forums to discuss upon the state-of-the-art research, emerging standards and potential applications that XR will bring in the next decade and beyond.

Session Co-Chairs: Pradipta Biswas (IISc Bangalore); Suresh Chitturi (SAMSUNG)

Session Convener: Rajesh Kapoor

Session Coordinator: Chandrakanta Rathore 

Session Schedule: 9 November 2022, 14:00 - 16:15 IST

Session S6: Broadcast-Broadband Convergence

Session Sponsor:

Studies suggest that audio-visual media constitutes more than 80% of the traffic generated in mobile networks today. This ever-growing multi-media traffic puts a huge demand on network resources. The usage of broadcast along with broadband communication may be able to alleviate this problem and reduce the need for resources in mobile networks. Many other use cases such as IoT, V2X, emergency communication and disaster management also point towards the need for convergence of broadcast and broadband communication.

The session “Broadcast – Broadband Convergence” as part of TTDD2022 discusses this important topic. The session brings together experts from all across the globe to explain the latest technical advancements in this area. There will also be discussion on requirements and use cases that are fuelling the need for this convergence.

Broadcast-broadband convergence was also discussed in TTDD last year as part of the session on “Evolution of Broadcast and Non-Terrestrial Networks”. Continuing from previous year, new advances that have taken place since then will be highlighted; especially it will focus on the recent efforts undertaken by ATSC, Delhi 3GPP and TSDSI in this direction.

Session Co-Chairs: Meenakshi Singhvi (Prasar Bharati); Pranav Jha (IIT Bombay)

Session Convener: Pritam Bishnoi

Session Coordinator: Jaskirat Singh

Session Schedule: 9 November 2022, 17:00 - 19:15 IST

Session S7: Security - IoT, 5G, Quantum Context

With rapid strides in technology, we have a 5G-enabled IoT world that helps one monitor homes, provide health care services from anywhere, and feed data at ultra-low latency for autonomous vehicles to take rapid decisions. We also have Quantum computers to solve complex problems such as airline route optimization, in real time. But how secure are the 5G-enabled IoT networks in the presence of Quantum computers? In the world of IoT, it is possible to introduce malware into home network or sabotage health care system. Also, 5G enables massive network creation connecting about a million devices per square kilometer, concepts of network virtualization and network slicing that bring their own security challenges. Further, existing cryptographic mechanisms can be easily broken by Quantum computers. Therefore, security is the key aspect that needs to be inherently handled as these technologies progress. This session aims to throw light on what are the security challenges in the world connected with 5G, IoT, and Quantum computers, how these security challenges are being handled (e.g., the research in the domain of Quantum-resistant cryptography) and how these efforts are being standardized.

Session Co-Chairs: Vinutha B Narayanmurthy (Wipro Technologies); Vireshwar Kumar (IIT Delhi)

Session Convener: Vijay Madan

Session Coordinator: Akash Malik 

Session Schedule: 10 November 2022, 10:30 - 12:45 IST

Session S8: Spectrum for Next Generation Services

A good spectrum policy is at the heart of supporting a successful telecom industry in the country. Currently, 5G is being successfully deployed in India in both sub 6GHz and mmWave bands. This was possible because of  harmonisation of spectrum between various agencies and the timely release of spectrum by the government. 

The world has already started looking at the technologies for 6G  which have a completely different spectrum requirements.  In this session we will look at

  • Spectrum requirements for next generation technologies including non-terrestrial networks
  • Possible regulatory aspects of the spectrum for the newer technologies
  • Harmonisation strategies for spectrum going forward

We have brought together prominent stakeholders from the Indian telecom & satcom industry and some greatly knowledgeable global speakers to aid our deliberations.

Session Co-Chairs: Neha Satak (Astrome Technologies); Radhakrishna Ganti (IIT Madras)

Session Convener: A K Mittal

Session Coordinator: Sonia Sachdeva Sharma

Session Schedule: 10 November 2022, 14:00 - 16:15 IST

Session S9: Interoperability & Test Beds

The accelerated pace of digital transformation of our economies relies on a combination of increasingly complex technologies in fields from 5G, 6G and the Internet of Things to big data, cloud computing and machine learning.
Standards need platforms to harmonize specifications for testbed interoperability protocols fostering and enabling high degrees of quality assurance and security before large scale deployments.
Interoperability of telecom networks is a topic of increasing importance in context of Standards, Interworking, Interfaces, Gateways, Seamless Connectivity et al. Interoperability is critical to ensure capability of two or more functional units to process data cooperatively.
This session will focus on the role/significance of Interoperability, standardization work needed in Digital Transformation and use cases of test beds involving co-simulation of multiple domains.

Session Co-Chairs: Anand Sampathraman (TCS), Subhas Mondal (HFCL)

Session Convener: Kuljit Singh, Vijay Madan

Session Coordinator: Akash Malik 

Session Schedule: 10 November 2022, 17:00 - 19:15 IST