IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
13–16 September 2021 // Virtual Conference // By 6G Flagship

Advances and Future Challenges on 6G Wireless Channel Measurements and Models

Instructors

Dr. Cheng-Xiang Wang
Southeast University and Purple Mountain Laboratories, China

Dr. Haiming Wang 
Southeast University and Purple Mountain Laboratories, China

Dr. Jie Huang
Southeast University and Purple Mountain Laboratories, China

Dr. Harald Haas
University of Strathclyde, UK

Motivation

Compared to the fourth generation (4G), fifth generation (5G) systems can provide higher spectrum efficiency, network energy efficiency, area traffic capacity, connection density, peak data rate, user experienced data rate, mobility, and much less latency. For future 6G communication systems, we believe it will provide a global coverage by establishing space-air-ground-sea integrated networks, access all available spectra, support full applications with the aids of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, and guarantee endogenous network security. Nomatter what the eventual systems will be, it is apparent that 5G cellular networks are coming to the commercial deployment stage, while the research of 6G is starting. The fundamental questions are: What channel models and evaluation methodologies shall be used for the analysis, design, and optimization of 6G technologies? How to compare different 6G proposals with a widely accepted standardized channel model? What channel measurements are available to support 6G channel models? What are the potential 6G technologies and channel models?

The fundamental and radical paradigm-shift in 6G network design and architecture requires cross-sectoral skills and background, which can very unlikely be realized by researchers that have not received sufficient training oninnovative technologies and adequate methodological tools to their analysis. The fundamental objective of this tutorial is to offer academic and industrial researchers, graduate students, and professors a crash course on these essential elements that are expected to significantly shape 6G wireless communication systems. More specifically, this tutorial will aim to address recent advances and future challenges on 6G related channel measurements and models.

Structure and content

  1. Fundamentals of Wireless Channel Characterization
  2. Evolution of Wireless Channel Models From 2G to 5G
  3. Standard 5G Channel Models
  4. 6G Architecture and Key Technologies
  5. 6G All-Spectra Channel Measurements and Models
    1. MmWave Channel Measurements and Models
    2. THz Channel Measurements and Models
    3. Optical Wireless Channel Measurements and Models
  6. 6G Global-Coverage Scenario Channel Measurements and Models
    1. Satellite Communication Channel Measurements and Models
    2. UAV Communication Channel Measurements and Models
    3. Maritime Communication Channel Measurements and Models
  7. 6G Full-Application Scenario Channel Measurements and Models
    1. (Ultra) Massive MIMO Channel Measurements and Models
    2. High-Speed Train Channel Measurements and Models
    3. V2V Channel Measurements and Models
    4. Industry IoT Channel Measurements and Models
    5. IRS Channel Measurements and Models
  8. Machine Learning based Channel Measurements and Models
  9. A General 6G Wireless Channel Model: Towards Standardization
  10. Conclusions and Future Challenges