Mobile 5G+AI with GSMA

Innovating 5G Mobile Networks with AI

A Course in Collaboration with GSMA


  • Spring 2020 INDENG 190E 001 - SEM 001
  • Spring 2020 INDENG 290 004 - LEC 004

Instructors and teaching staff:

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu, sidhu@ berkeley.edu - for appointments, contact Melissa Glass at m.glass@berkeley.edu
  • Jenn Jia, Course coordinator, runtian.jia0303@berkeley.edu

Collaborations and Mentors:

5G/AI Innovation Engineering is an Advanced Project course

The Spring 2020 Innovation Engineering 5G/AI Section will allow students to develop the concepts and actual implementations for new services for 5G mobile communication. 5G Networks will have much greater mobile data speeds (via eMBB, enhanced mobile broadband) and enable a new model for secure, massive Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 5G and AI together has the power to change how we interact with the world.

Opportunity to Learn about the Telecom Industry and the future of Internet of Things with an Industry Perspective:

The course is offered in collaboration with GSMA who hosts the Mobile World Congress and partners with virtually every telecom provider in the world. Students will learn the problems and opportunities directly from the experts in leading telecommunication companies - and then implement the concepts within the course.

Structure and Audience:

The course is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students to develop innovative projects starting from initial concept though implementation in areas that include Data/AI and systems. The course also embeds the behaviors, mindset, and processes for creating just about anything new.

The course is ideal for technical students in data science, CS, engineering, web/mobile applications, and those with varying levels of coding and systems experience. Places will also be held for non technical majors who would like to focus on user experiences and/or customer experience. The course will benefit students interested in product development, applied research, and even product management.

Project Aspects:

Innovation Engineering is an advanced project course. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the mobile telecommunications industry, particularly including aspects of 5G services, telecom operations, opportunities for verticals, and applications for machine learning.

A key part of the course is an open ended project. The first half of the course is used to generate a story and low-tech demo for a real-world project. The remaining half if focused on an agile sprint which results in a demonstration of working project code by the end of the course.

Grading:

The grading of the course is based on the the following factors which have points assigned within the outline of the course:

  • Assigned homework in including project updates
  • Participation for every attended class session
  • Final Project Demonstration
  • Grading is on a curve.
    • 50% A or A-
    • 50% B+ to B
    • Lower grades to be assigned only for outliers from the course grades

Reading:

The project development is based on the development framework of Innovation Engineering, which includes the story development, execution while learning, innovation behaviors, and leadership.

Project Area Examples:

  • Telco: operational improvements with AI
  • Telco: better customer experience with AI, Chatbots, or other, more like Netflix
  • Telco: operational and network planning costs with AI
  • The new 911, how could it work?
  • New services based on secure, massive IoT for verticals (insurance, banks, logistics, healthcare, .. )
  • Spectrum: Pay as you grow?
  • Energy reduction for 5G services
  • Data monetization with Amazoogle for Telco or Verticals

Students should research topics of interest on their own in addition to materials in the course.

Course Outline:

Project Module 1: Project Introduction - Jan 24

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu, Class Introduction, 45 min to 1 hour
  • Industry Perspective 1: AT&T, Laurie Bigler, Introduction to 5G and AI (1 hour)
  • Kick-off with Laurie Bigler, See Article
  • Story Generation Exercise groups start to express their best ideas in class
  • Reading: Chapter 1 (SUMMARIZING THE PROBLEM AND INTRODUCING THE SOLUTION) and Caviar case. Write ½ page to 1 page reflection about which concepts from the chapter and case might be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)
  • Project Assignment: write down 3 ideas a project, 1-3 sentences each. Due within one. Submit will be in a google form or shared spreadsheet to that everyone can see the concepts submitted via a shared link. (5 points)

Note: each attended class session earns 2 participation points

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Project Module 2: Continue Project Ideation - Jan 31

  • Industry Perspective 2: Customer viewpoint + Branding, Khai Nguyen, VP, Strategic Analysis & Planning, Corporate Strategy Verizon, "The Consumer View," particularly on how financially stressed U.S. households are, how the current business model on connectivity may not be sustainable, and how technology could help solve the problem. (45 min)
  • See summary article here
  • Allow 10+ people to pitch project idea for 1 min each. 1 extra participation point per pitch.
  • Remaining time, mingle, share ideas. Form teams. Use Google form to submit your project name, team members, contact information, and keywords that describe your project. Your project concept may change.
  • Reading: Chapter 2 (THE SOLUTION). Write ½ page to 1 page maximum reflection about which concepts from the chapter might be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)
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Project Module 3: Team Formation 2 - Feb 7

  • Industry Perspective 3: Lyle Bertz, Office of the CTO, Sprint, IoT and Industrial Verticals (45 min to 1 hour)
  • See these (Slides) from Lyle Bertz talk
  • See summary article here
  • Finalize teams. Any incomplete teams may merge with others.
  • Project Assignment: During class, open the Innovation Navigator (5 points), make a copy, fill in
    • title page and contact information for each team member, share document with team members, instructors and GSIs.
    • Innovation Navigator initial conditions page (NABC)
    • Send link when finished, within 1 week
  • Modification to story is still allowed. Obtain as much validation as possible, talk to potential users/stakeholders.
  • Project Assignment: In class, start brainstorming for 30 min. Continue over the next week for open-ended brainstorming, but then converge to a few key requirements for the project. As needed, collect data by talking to potential users of the project. The team should come up with a multiple project variations and then select one for implementation. Summarize your brainstorming in 1 page. Where did you start and end, what did you decide? Each person on team turn in your brainstorm and convergence summary by next week. (5 points)
  • Reading: Chapter 4-5. (4. DEVELOPING A BETTER STORY, 5. COMMON STRATEGIC ERRORS AND STORY NARRATIVE MISTAKES). Write ½ page to 1 page maximum reflection about which concepts from the chapter might be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)

Project Module 4: Project Refinement Feb 14

  • Industry Perspective: Mostafa Essa, RAN AI and Data Analytics Vodafone Distinguished Engineer (3:00-3:45)
  • In class presentations of NABC and story from Navigator. Participation credits for live presentation (5 min) and Q/A (5 min). (2 point extra per person if volunteer)
  • Modification to story is still allowed. Obtain as much validation as possible, talk to potential users.
  • Team Project assignment: Create low tech demo. This is a 5-slide presentation with no code. It can be up to 10 slides at most. Insert these slides into your Innovation Navigator just after the title slide due within 1 week. (10 points) The team should make one presentation and record it as a video of approximately 5 min. Turn in a link to the slides and the video (which can be embedded on one of the slides) within 1 week.
  • Reading: Chapter 3 (A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO INNOVATION PROJECTS). Write ½ page to 1 page maximum reflection about which concepts from the chapter might be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)

Project Module 5: Feb 21

  • Aleks Gollu Project Reviews - Slides presented
  • Some teams to present live demos as case examples. Participation credits for live presentation (5 min) and Q/A (5 min). (2 point extra per person if volunteered)
  • Lecture on project execution and agile, getting started.
  • Reading: Case Study: “Starting an Agile Implementation for Technical Delivery” in Appendix. Summarize main points of Starting an Agile Implementation in 1 paragraph. Turn in 1 per person, within 1 week. (5 points)
  • Team Project Assignment: Fill one of the execution/reflection pages. Send link when finished, within 1 week. (5 points)
  • Create your first Minimal Viable Demo. Be ready to demonstrate it by next week.

Project Module 6: Feb 28

  • No speaker, during Mobile World Congress
  • Improve your first Minimal Viable Demo. Be ready to demonstrate it
  • Min Viable Demonstration presentations (10 points)

Project Module 7: March 6

  • Reading: Chapter 7 (INNOVATION LEADERSHIP). Write ½ page to 1 page maximum reflection about which concepts from the chapter might be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)
  • Agile implementation
  • Record project progress on Innovation Navigator each week with a new execution/reflection sheet. (5 points)
  • (When requested, demonstration updates are all 5 points)

Project Module 8: March 13

  • Industry Perspective: What We Have Observed, Ikhlaq Sidhu
  • Reading: Chapter 8 (CULTURE, MINDSET, AND BEHAVIOR). Write ½ page to 1 page maximum reflection about which concepts from the chapter be most relevant for your project. You may also critique concepts. Due in one week. (5 points)
  • Agile implementation
  • Record project progress on Innovation Navigator each week with a new execution/reflection sheet. (5 points)
  • (When requested, demonstration updates are all 5 points)

Project Module 9-10: March 20/27

  • Record project progress on Innovation Navigator each week with a new execution/reflection sheet.
  • Agile implementation
  • Be prepared to demonstrate what you have.
  • (When requested, demonstration updates are all 5 points)

Project Module 11-12: April 3, 10, etc.

  • Prepare for final demo. Agile implementation
  • Switch to checklist of remaining action items to get project ready. (5 points)
Final Project Preparation

See final project preparation slides here

Project Final: Date May 1, 2:00 pm

Be prepared to showcase your work during reading week. The Team will have to turn in the following:

  • Slides and demo (60 points) graded on
    • 20 points effort
    • 20 points quality in work,
    • 10 points creativity or project or presentation style
    • 10 points: The slides should include a reflection of what happened over the journey project and what the team learned. (10 points for reflection)
  • 10 points for code via Github link (10 points for code check) Add link in slide presentation
  • 10 points: news write up in 3rd person. 1-2 paragraphs that tell the news story of what your team created.

Individuals should also plan to turn in:

  • 360 assessment of contribution of each team member including yourself.
  • Course feedback form and reflection
  • Sign up for Facebook alumni group.

Innovation Engineering Summary

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