The Future of Communications: 5G & Beyond

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Dr. Yang Yang

What is the number one technology that will change the future of communications? 

In the past, the Internet and different wireless networks are concentrated on the communication of data, mainly from/to human users. In the future, thanks to a variety of Internet of Things (IoTs) applications, it will be very expensive and inefficient to transmit huge-volume of raw data through heterogeneous networks with limited resources. I believe future networks should be intelligent enough to support the creation and communication of knowledge, which is unknown and hidden in massive data. So, traditional transparent networks are evolving towards new intelligent networks, which utilize more and more computation, communication, storage, and Artificial Intelligent (AI) capabilities inside the entire networks connecting things to clouds.  

How is China leading the way to the future of communications?

In my opinion, the biggest advantage for China is her massive markets in different application areas and domains, which will effectively drive new business models and the corresponding ecosystems to be created, evolve and mature across multiple industry sectors.  

What is the biggest barrier to the future of communications?

In my opinion, the biggest barrier to the future of communications is our existing mindsets, which have been formulated and consolidated by traditional business models in different vertical industries. To overcome this, a cross-disciplinary standardization organization with wide coverage and international influence, in academic and industrial communities of Internet Technology (IT), Communication Technology (CT), and Operation Technology (OT), should take the lead to bridge and unify the common requirements and different processes/approaches at multiple industry sectors.

yangyang © SpringerDr. Yang Yang is currently a full professor with School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, China, serving as the Co-Director of Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT). Prior to that, he has held faculty positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brunel University (UK), University College London (UCL, UK), and SIMIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, China).

Yang is a member of the Chief Technical Committee of the National Science and Technology Major Project “New Generation Mobile Wireless Broadband Communication Networks” (2008-2020), which is funded by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. In addition, he is on the Chief Technical Committee for the National 863 Hi-Tech R&D Program “5G System R&D Major Projects”, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. Since January 2017, he has been serving the OpenFog Consortium as a Board Member and the Director of Greater China Region.

Yang’s current research interests include wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Fog computing, Open 5G, and advanced wireless testbeds. He has published more than 180 papers and filed over 80 technical patents in wireless communications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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