Session Speaker – 6G Communications

6G: The March towards ICDT Deep Convergence and More

Dr. Chih-Lin I (易芝玲)

IEEE Fellow

CMCC Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies

China Mobile Research Institute, China



Dr. Chih-Lin I is CMCC Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies. She received Ph.D. EE from Stanford University. She has won 2005 IEEE ComSoc Stephen Rice Prize, 2018 IEEE ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 7th IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award, and 2015 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

She is the Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and an O-RAN Executive Committee Member, the Chair of FuTURE 5G/6G SIG, the Chair of WAIA (Wireless AI Alliance) Executive Committee, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G and Future Networks Initiatives, the Founding Chair of IEEE WCNC Steering Committee, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, a Senior Editor of IEEE Trans. Green Comm. & Networking, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF.

She has published over 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conferences and holds over 100 patents. She is co-author of the book “Green and Software-defined Wireless Networks – From Theory to Practice” and has also Co-edited two books: “Ultra-dense Networks – Principles and Applications” and “5G Networks – Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management”. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of WWRF. Her current research interests center around ICDT Deep Convergence: “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.


Amidst the pandemic impact, the promise of 5G transforming our society has been met slowly and sparsely so far. While experiences in different regions vary greatly, confidence that the vision of 5G set out almost 10 years ago will surely and steadily pan out has never wavered. Building on this foundation, ITU initiated Network-2030 Use Cases and Requirements study in 2018, 3GPP is starting the 5G-Advanced phase this year and plan on starting initial 6G standards work as early as 2026. Meanwhile, the global research community has all started early stage exploration of 6G.

From 1G to 4G, each new generation is characterized mostly by the evolution and upgrade of Communications technologies. From 4G to 5G, a true convergence of CT and IT emerged. From 5G to 6G, we expect the deep convergence of ICDT be the dominant theme. Albeit with plenty of challenges ahead, such deep convergence will be key to deliver our vision of 6G: an era of Digital Twins and Pervasive Connectivity with Ubiquitous Intelligence!

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