The importance of an efficient collaboration between academia and research can lead to a new approach to wireless network architectures. Prof. Ramón Agüero, from University of Cantabria, Spain, TPC Chair and General Co-Chair MONAMI 2014, gave us a talk on the future direction of the research and the impact of the forthcoming 5G systems.
The conference aims at gathering international researchers together. How MONAMI Conferences can implement the collaboration between industry and research?
The cooperation and networking between research and industry is one of the aspects that we have tried to foster from the very first MONAMI edition. In this sense, the organizing committee tries to involve people from the industry to participate in the conference: first, we have a number of TPC members coming from operators and manufacturers and, on the other hand, we have always tried to have the keynotes from experts whose profile is closer to the industry. Based on the different editions, the participation of such people has been quite a success, and some of them have continued their participation in many editions of the conference.
Which developments can we expect from the interaction of multiaccess and resource management, mobility management, and network management?
This is the motto of the MONAMI conference. We strongly believe that in many cases the research on the wireless access part of the network does not usually look at the impact on the traditional network management. The recent advances on virtualization techniques, software defined networking, etc. call for a new approach that will be certainly required in the spring of the new wireless network architectures. By fostering this forum, researchers that in the past had not the chance to interact so closely are starting to leverage joint solutions, and this could certainly lead to a better design of future (wireless) communication systems.
In which way do 5G next generation technologies influence future developments of the sector?
In my opinion, the impact is remarkable. In the evolution from the first (analog) cellular communication systems to the 4G (LTE), the focus has been put on the increase of the capacity of the wireless substratum. The mobile operators are now facing new challenges, most of them coming from the increase of the mobile data traffic, which is expected to grow at an outstanding pace in the forthcoming years. Solutions such as network densification bring additional issues, such as the energy efficiency and the large increase of the operational costs (powering the deployed base stations). The use of Network Virtualization Techniques (traditionally closer to the network management area) will be certainly exploited to leverage a better performance of the forthcoming 5G systems, in which the evolution of the capacity of the physical layers might be not as large as it was in the past.