Welcome to SPAWC 2017
Dear SPAWC 2017 Participants:
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to extend our warmest welcome to all of you to the 18th IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC) at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, July 3-6, 2017.
As the flagship workshop of the Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Networking Technical Committee (SPCOM-TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, SPAWC has a long tradition of bringing leading experts in signal processing, wireless communication, information theory, optimization and networking from both academia and industry to an intimate setting where the latest research findings are shared, lively discussions of new ideas take place, and where old friendships are renewed, and new friendships made.
We are happy to report that SPAWC this year has attracted 256 paper submissions and a record of more than 250 registered attendees. We sincerely thank all the authors for their enthusiastic contributions to the workshop, the technical programme committee members for careful review of all the papers, and all of you for making the event a success.
We especially thank our plenary speakers Yukihiko Okumura, Vincent Lau, Harald Haas, Ada Poon and Gesualdo Scutari, who took time out of their busy schedule to join SPAWC. They will present recent cut-edging developments in new or emerging areas—namely, 5G wireless cellular system design, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, visible light communications, wireless bioelectronics, and optimization theory. We greatly appreciate their support.
We would also like to thank all the special session organizers for putting together many high quality and timely invited sessions that explore the multitude of frontiers in signal processing for communications and networking. We look forward to the many stimulating interactions around both the invited and the contributed posters.
An event of this magnitude would not have been possible without the tireless volunteering efforts of our local organization team. We are especially grateful to Yasushi Yamao and Hai Lin for handling finance, Julian Webber and Koichi Adachi for publicity, Kazunori Hayashi and Kenichi Higuchi for publication, Takeo Ohgane and Toshihiko Nishimura for local arrangement, Joakim Jalden and Mathini Sellathurai as international advisors, and the numerous local student volunteers.
We express our gratitude to the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, the KDDI Foundation, and the Support Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology Research (SCAT) for their generous financial support.
This year marked only the second occasion that the workshop has ever taken place in East Asia, following the 3rd SPAWC in Taoyuan, Taiwan in 2001. We sincerely hope that the workshop will serve to stimulate research collaborations and help forge technical connections between Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond.
We hope that you will enjoy the campus of Hokkaido University and also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful nature around Sapporo. Hokkaido University is the oldest university in Japan, formerly known as Sapporo Agricultural College founded in 1876. Today, Hokkaido University is an advanced research institution, with strong links to industry, community and government. The campus is located in downtown Sapporo, within walking distance to almost everything the beautiful city has to offer. Often regarded as the most beautiful university campus in all of Japan, the stunningly beautiful campus has everything from old-growth forested areas to picturesque rivulets as well as immaculately preserved buildings dating back to the era of its establishment. Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building, the workshop venue, was built in 2014 in honor of Prof. Emeritus Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 2010, and is used to train the successors of his achievement. The building is ideal not only for technical activities but also for exchanging ideas in an informal atmosphere.
We truly wish you a most memorable workshop experience!
Yasutaka Ogawa, Wei Yu, Fumiyuki Adachi, Genenral co-Chairs Lutz Lampe, Wing-Kin (Ken) Ma, Tomoaki Ohtsuki, TPC co-Chairs Tony Q. S. Quek, Special Session Chair