MIMO Technologies for Beyond 5G and Towards 6G

Special Session on MIMO Technologies for Beyond 5G and Towards 6G

The increasing reliance of society on wireless communications, along with the emergence of disruptive applications (e.g. smart cities, digital economy and agriculture, and e-health) has stipulated the development of the 5G wireless networks. Recently, the first version of 5G New Radio (NR) with massive MIMO was standardized by 3GPP and the corresponding commercial networks took place in 2018. Though this first 5G NR is expected to offer very high data throughput, communication reliability, and network connectivity, there are still many technical challenges in relation to the MIMO technologies of this 5G NR that are not satisfactorily addressed in previous studies. The current 5G still cannot meet many demands of future wireless systems such as exceptionally high connectivity, ultra-low latencies, super-dense network, high security, and wireless power transfer. In addition, the historical evolution of mobile networks has witnessed a new generation every 10 years. Therefore, now is the right time to investigate advanced technologies beyond 5G. It has been envisioned that holographic massive MIMO, cell-free massive MIMO, large intelligent surfaces, THz communications, machine learning, and artificial intelligence-based techniques are potential technologies for beyond 5G. These are very new technologies where a number of issues and questions still need to be tackled before rolling-out them into practice.

The goal of the special sessions is to solicit the advanced technologies of MIMO systems with a vision of their potential evolvement into beyond 5G and towards 6G. This special session will bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss potential use cases, open research problems, technical challenges, and solution methods in this context. 

Topics of interests include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Massive MIMO;
  • Cell-free massive MIMO;
  • Large intelligent surfaces;
  • MmWave and THz MIMO communications;
  • Wireless power transfer and Wirelessly powered communications;
  • Backscatter communication systems;
  • Ultra-reliable low latency MIMO communications;
  • Ultra-dense MIMO networks;
  • Machine-type communications;
  • Physical-layer security for beyond 5G MIMO networks;
  • Resource allocation and performance analysis;
  • Channel modeling, testbeds, and experimental measurements;
  • Network architectures and wireless transmission techniques;
  • AI-based techniques, machine learning and deep learning for beyond 5G MIMO networks;
  • Mobile edge/fog computing;
  • Latency-aware distributed learning and networked control.

Special Session Co-chairs:

  • Matthias Uwe Pätzold, University of Agder, Norway
  • Hien Quoc Ngo, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Nguyen Tien Hoa, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam

TPC Committee members:

  • Ha H. Nguyen, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Important Dates:

  • Submissions Deadline: August 30th, 2020
  • Acceptance Notification: October 4th, 2020
  • Camera-ready Version: October 11th, 2020
  • Registration Deadline: October 23rd, 2020
  • Conference Date: January 13 – 15th, 2021


All accepted papers will be published in the ICCE 2020 Conference Proceedings. Fully accepted papers will be forwarded to be published on IEEE Xplore®.