Tutorial: On the Way to 6G UAV and Satellite Communications

  • Shakir, M. Z. (Speaker)
  • Adrian Garcia-Rodriguez (Speaker)
  • Giovanni Geraci (Speaker)

Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - CPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)


Drones--a.k.a. UAVs--are taking over many processes requiring efficient, automated, and flexible machines. For their whole ecosystem to take off, the wireless community is trying to discover the full potential of this new class of mobile devices in both 5G and the future 6G networks. Simultaneously, the cellular communications industry is taking one step upward to the sky: integrating satellite communications in next-generation mobile networks with the ultimate goal of providing anything, anytime, anywhere connectivity. In light of the unprecedented interest in this field, this one-of-a-kind tutorial blends our academic and industrial views to take a holistic approach to UAV and satellite cellular communications:

Outside the classroom: A fresh look at the economic, regulatory, and 3GPP standardization status of UAV cellular communications, including the essentials on the performance of UAVs and satellites in 5G NR cellular networks.

Inside the classroom: Distilling, among others, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning as enabling tools for future autonomous flying platforms acting as backhaul for small cells or pop-up flying base stations.

A glimpse to the future: Projected 6G UAV and satellite use cases, requirements, and the potential disruptive technologies to make them a reality: AI for modeling and optimization, THz bands, aerial cell-free architectures, and the support of smart wireless environments.
Period7 Dec 202111 Dec 2021
Event titleIEEE Global Communications Conference
Event typeConference
LocationMadrid, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational