Karachi, Pakistan (Hybrid) | October 11-13, 2021

From 5G to 6G: Secure, Automated and Intelligent Networks


M. Zeeshan Asghar, Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Communications and Networking
Aalto University, Finland
Email: muhammad.asghar (AT) aalto.fi

M. Imran Aslam, Assoc. Professor & Chairman
Telecom Engineering Department,
NED University Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
Email: iaslam (AT)neduet.edu.pk

The demand for connectivity is increasing at an exponential rate as wireless communication is becoming more and more essential to our daily lives. 5G networks are being rolled out. The network revolution focuses on how to connect and control the billions of machines in our digital future. The key drivers for the network evolution are demand of high speed, and ultra-low latency. Therefore, our 5G Symposium focuses on:


1. 5G/6G Network Virtualization
2. 5G/6G Security and Privacy Issues
3. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
4. 5G/6G Network Management and Orchestration
5. Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Communication
6. Ultra-Low Latency and Reliable Communications for 5G/6G

Theme and Introduction:

The purpose of this symposium is to bring the researchers from academia and industry under one roof to share their views on the beyond 5G and the evolution of mobile technology towards 6G. The 6G vision encapsulates connecting everything and everywhere using range of frequency spectrum from low to high frequencies. 5G network virtualization allows the partitioning of hardware resources into functions that can be controlled by software i.e., network functions virtualization (NFV) that can directly optimize the network services. The control and forwarding planes are detached in this approach. The network management using software-defined networking (SDN) approach establishes a centralized view of the network. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning techniques have great potential to tackle network complexity challenges in the 5G and 6G networks. The state-of-the-art AI/ML techniques can be exploited for the design and optimization of 5G/6G architecture and network orchestration in a cost-efficient manner. This symposium aims to explore recent advances and state-of-the-art technologies to support the design and optimization of 5G and 6G networks. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


- 5G Architectures
- 5G/6G network virtualization
- 5G/6G security and privacy issues
- UAV-assisted wireless communication
- Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence
- 5G/6G network management and orchestration
- Millimeter waves and Terahertz communication
- Integrating terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks
- 5G and 6G’s high RF (radio frequencies) risks to human health
- Energy-efficient scheduling and radio resource Management
- Requirements and Drive for 6G Communication Technologies

Envisioned Program:

Keynote address:
Matti Latva-aho
Prof. and Director for 6G Flagship Program
University of Oulu

Papers Submissions:

Papers that present original work, validated by experimentation, simulation, or analysis, testbeds, field-trials, or real deployments are welcome. All papers should be submitted at the HONET main website using the link below.

Submit your paper.

symposium program


Matti Latva-aho, Ph.D.
Prof. and Director for 6G Flagship Program
University of Oulu
Title: Introduction to the work of 6G Flagship project and future 6G research directions


Muhammad-Zeeshan Asghar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Communications and Networking
Aalto University, Finland
Title: Open RAN and RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) Architecture