Open Wireless Architecture (OWA) for Next Generation Wireless and Mobile Communications

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005 at 6:00 PM

TI Auditorium


Speaker: Willie W. Lu

Bio: Willie W. Lu, is a special advisor on emerging technologies and strategies in several China information and communications authorities including Ministry of Information Industry. Lu was member of Technological Advisory Council of U.S. Federal Communications Commission (US FCC-TAC), and a senior principal architect and vice president of Siemens and Infineon Technologies. He is also an internationally very well recognized and notable senior expert in emerging wireless technologies and has been a senior technical advisor for 22 wireless communication authorities in more than 10 countries. He is an independent technical examiner for lots of high-tech venture capitals in the United States, Europe, Asia, and other places, and is listed in major Who's Whos in the world. He has guest edited around 50 special issues on emerging wireless communications in IEEE, IEICE, ACM, CIC and other major publications, and has had over 150 papers published in major professional publications. Lu is member of the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum, the flag of IEEE. He has been technical chairman of numerous IEEE conferences including GLOBECOM03, WCNC02, VTC03, and WWC00-04, and wireless feature editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (former J-SAC Wireless), and others. He is a frequent keynote and featured speaker at lots of global technical fora,! and a prominent wireless pioneer on the worldwide basis. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, IEICE, CIC, CIE and Sigma Xi, and an adjunct professor at many world-class universities in the world. Willie is also the founding chairman of the prestigious World Wireless Congress, Global Mobile Congress and Fourth Generation Mobile Forum (4GMF), and has been a distinguished Chinese wireless expert overseas by various Chinese authorities since 1996.
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Title: Open Wireless Architecture (OWA) for Next Generation Wireless and Mobile Communications

Abstract: The user expectations of wireless mobile communications are increasing with regard to a large variety of services and applications with different degree of quality of service (QoS), which is related to delay, data rate and bit error requirements. Therefore, seamless services and applications via different access systems and technologies that maximize the use of available spectrum will be the driving forces for future developments.
Given the increasing demand for flexibility and individuality in society, the mean for the end-user might be assessed. Potentially, the value would be in the diversity of mobile applications, hidden from the complexity of the underlying communications schemes. This complexity would be absorbed into an intelligent personality management mechanism, which would learn and understand the needs of the user, and control the behavior of their reconfigurable and open wireless terminals accordingly in terms of application behavior and access to future support services.
In the future wireless service provision will be characterized by global mobile access (terminal and personal mobility), high quality of services (full coverage, intelligible, no drop and no/lower call blocking and latency), and easy and simple access to multimedia services for voice, data, message, video, world-wide web, GPS, etc. via one user single terminal.
This vision from the user perspective can be implemented by integration of these different evolving and emerging wireless access technologies in a common flexible and expandable platform to provide a multiplicity of possibilities for current and future services and applications to users in a single terminal. Systems of 4G mobile will mainly be characterized by a horizontal communication model, where different access technologies as cellular, cordless, WLAN type systems, short range wireless connectivity and wired systems will be combined on a common platform to complement each other in an optimum way for different service requirements and radio environments which is technically called Converged Broadband Wireless Platform, or Open Wireless Architecture (OWA).
OWA will eventually become the global industry leading solution to integrate various wireless air-interfaces into one wireless open terminal where the same end equipment can flexibly work in the wireless access domain as well as in the mobile cellular networks. As mobile terminal (rather than wireline phone) will become the most important communicator in future, this single equipment with single number and multiple air-interfaces (powered by OWA) will definitely dominate the wireless communication industries.
Based on the Mission 2020 Plan in Wireless and Mobile Communications in many countries including European Union and China, OWA has become the No.1 focused subject of research, development and strategy in the industry.