Shaping Industry & Society Beyond 5G
4-6 May 2021 • Virtual Event
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We are at the dawn of commercial 5G. What was promised as a new start for industries and enterprises of all kinds has not met that promise; not least because the most important people, the end users, weren’t involved early enough.
By 2030 and the dawn of commercial 6G the world’s climate aspirations, population, economy and work will have changed. If we are to deliver a smart, connected world that can meet the many demands on it, we need to start with all the stakeholders in the room and grow a complete set of viable solutions and business cases, not just a technology.
Join us this May, when we bring together leaders from across different industries, public and private sector and academia to explore the key questions around what 6G offers industry and society and how to get there.
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Shaping Industry & Society Beyond 5G
4 May 2021
10.00 - 11.00 AM CET
Opening Keynote: The New Industrial Revolution & 6G
11.00 AM - 2.00 PM CET
- What 6G Is & Isn’t: Vision, KPIs, Services, Requirements
- What does 6G Need to Deliver to Other Industries?
Featuring: 6GIC, Capgemini Engineering and R&D, CEA-LETI, Digital Mind State, Huawei, InterDigital, Juniper Research, Keysight Technologies, King’s College London, Spirent, TSDSI
2.30 - 5.30 PM CET
6G-Enabled Business Ecosystems
- From Network Ownership Centricity to Service-Oriented Networks
- Verticals-Centric Network Operations
Featuring: Blekinge Institute of Technology, China-Euro Vehicle Technology, CCS Insight, Iivii, Nokia Bell Labs, Northeastern University, Qualcomm Technologies, Schneider Electric, Telenor Group, u-blox, University of Aalto
5 May 2021
10.00 - 11.00 AM CET
Keynote Session: A 6G Digital Society for Europe?
11.00 AM - 2.00 PM CET
Government, Policy & 6G
- Global 6G Initiatives
- Data Sharing, Privacy & Consent in the World of 6G
Featuring: AT&T, AUSCL, CMAI, Data Synergies, European Commission, Global big Data Technologies Centre, ITRI, New South Wales Government, OECD, Standards Australia, Tsinghua University, Yonsei University
2.30 - 5.30 PM CET
6 May 2021
10.00 - 11.00 AM CET
Keynote Session: Research, Design & Innovation for the 6G World
- Arturo Azcorra, Director, IMDEA Networks
- Catherine Van Holder, Director, Panopticon
- Derek O’Halloran, Head, Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and New Value Creation, World Economic Forum
- Matthew Bloxham, Head of EMEA TMT Research, Bloomberg Intelligence
11.00 AM - 2.00 PM CET
Technology Deep Dives (1)
- Satellite & Non-Terrestrial Networks
- 6G Networks
Featuring: 6G Flagship, BT, Ericsson, European Space Agency, Futurewei, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Satellite App Catapult, Thales Alenia Space, University of Aalto, University of Surrey
2.30 - 5.30 PM CET
Technology Deep Dives (2)
Paul Hart is executive vice president and general manager of Radio Power for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, Paul is responsible for maximizing NXP’s leadership position in 5G and identifying new market opportunities to drive growth with best-in-class technologies, product offerings and system solutions spanning the entire range of 5G frequencies and power.
Paul joined Motorola Semiconductor as a radio frequency (RF) engineer in 2001, transferring to Freescale in 2006 and to NXP in 2015. He has more than 19 years of semiconductor industry experience specializing in the development, launch and life cycle management of cutting-edge RF solutions.
Prior to his current role, Paul managed the radio frequency business at NXP. Before that, he led NXP’s RF applications engineering teams and the engineering efforts that sharpened the company’s focus on next-generation power amplifier (PA) architectures, radio algorithms and radio system integration and RF PA customer reference designs. He also has been responsible for the development and new product introduction of the digital front-end product family.
Dr. Andreas Mueller
Dr. Andreas Mueller is the Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and at the same time the Bosch Chief Expert for Communication Technologies for the IoT. In addition to that, he is coordinating the Industrial 5G activities of Bosch across the different business units. He also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), which is the globally leading organization for driving and shaping Industrial 5G.
Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Colin Willcock has detailed knowledge and experience of the telecommunications industry having worked directly or indirectly with many of the major players over a 28-year period. The roles have included software developer, technical consultant, technical marketing, standardization and management. The software development has been at both the project and product levels including responsible for customer relations and software QA procedures. The management has been at project, program, group and competence area level, often involving multi-site and multi-country responsibilities.
In addition to line manager roles, he has participated extensively in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T and 3GPP, including instrumental work in creating and developing the TTCN-3 testing language. Colin has also been very active in the European research ecosystem, including leading a number of award winning European projects such as TT-Medal, D-MINT and SEMAFOUR.
Colin is currently head of Radio Network Standardization at Nokia and in addition is also the Chairman of the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association.
Kostas Chalkiotis joined Deutsche Telekom Group Technology in 2013 as Vice President in Mobile Access. His primary function was to define the strategy, architecture, innovation and blueprints for Mobile Access Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group. As of the beginning of 2016 he is also responsible for the architecture of the fixed networks within Deutsche Telekom Group Technology. Since 2018 he took over the responsibility of Access & Home Networks in DT group defining the strategy, architecture and innovation for access and home Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group.
Currently, he is Vice President responsible for E2E 5G Solutions as well as for Access and Home Networks in Strategy & Technology Innovation and working for Technology Architecture & Innovation (TAI). His primary function is to define and revise the architecture, strategy, steer the innovation and define the high-level design (including the standardization) for E2E 5G Solutions in Deutsche Telekom Group.
Main technologies addressed are LTE-A, LTE – A Pro, NB-IoT/LTE-Cat-M and 5G technologies.
He has nineteen years’ working experience in Telecommunications. He worked in Cosmote Greece from 2001 – 2013 when he moved to DTAG. Also, he was the head of EMF Department in Greek Atomic Energy Commission from 1998 – 2000.
He has 27 published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 2 books published, participation in development of IEEE C95.1/2005 and 57 announcements in International Conferences.
Also, he holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering & Computing, and is also Alternate Board Member for Deutsche Telekom in NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks).
Prof Dr. Arturo Azcorra holds a double appointment as Full Professor in the Telematics Engineering Department at the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) (Madrid, Spain) and Director of IMDEA Networks, where he conducts his research activities. Currently he is also Chairman of the Expert Advisory Group of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), Vice chairman of the 5TONIC Lab, and Partnership Board member as well as member of the Vision Group within the 5G Infrastructure Association.
He returned to his post as Director of IMDEA Networks in June 2012, after a period, from May 2010 to February 2012, during which he held the position of Director General at the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), an agency of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), previously known as the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – MICINN). He previously held the position of Director General for Technology Transfer and Corporate Development also at the MICINN.
He graduated from Loy Norrix High School (Michigan, USA) in 1980. In 1986, he received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Polytechnic University of Madrid) (Madrid, Spain), with the “Sobresaliente” (Outstanding) grade, and was subsequently awarded the Price Waterhouse Prize for Best Student. He then obtained his Ph.D. from the same university in 1989. His Ph.D. received the National Award for Best Thesis (Premio Nacional a la Mejor Tesis Doctoral), jointly granted by the Asociación Profesional de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (Professional Association of Telecommunication Engineers) and the then-named Asociación Nacional de Industrias Electrónicas, ANIEL (The National Association of Electronic Industries) (today ANIEL is known as AMETIC, Asociación de Empresas de Electrónica, Tecnologías de la Información,Telecomunicaciones y Contenidos Digitales). In 1993, he obtained an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (one of the World’s most prestigious business schools), graduating first in his class.
He was an Associate Professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid from 1987 to 1998. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Provost for Academic Infrastructures at the UC3M. He worked in this role until 2007, teaching and also developing the application of Information Technologies to research. He previously worked at ICSI University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, USA) as a Visiting Professor in 1999, and then, in 2002, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Massachusetts, USA).
Arturo Azcorra is an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM SIGCOMM Member. He has participated in and directed 57 European research and technological development projects, including ESPRIT, RACE, ACTS, IST and ICT programs. He previously held the position of Coordinator of the international Networks-of-Excellence (NoE) E-NEXT (Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies) and CONTENT (Excellence in Content Distribution Network Research), part of the European Commission’s VII Framework Program. Most recently, he coordinated the European 5G-CrossHaul project and is now coordinating the 5G-Transformer project, both part of the Horizon 2020 framework for research and innovation.
He has also performed direct consulting and engineering work for institutions, such as the European Space Agency, MFS-Worldcom, Madrid Regional Government, RENFE, REPSOL and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology. He was the General Co-Chair of the ACM CoNEXT 2008 conference, celebrated in Madrid, Spain, coorganized by IMDEA Networks and University Carlos III of Madrid. He has previously worked as a Program Committee Member in many international conferences, including several editions of IEEE PROMS, IDMS,QofIS, CoNEXT and IEEE INFOCOM. He was the General Co-Chair for CoNEXT’05, Steering Committee Member for CoNEXT’06 and CoNEXT’07, and Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for INFOCOM’06. His publications in national and international magazines, books and conferences number over 170 titles.
Luigi Ardito is currently working as a Senior Director of Government Affairs EMEA at Qualcomm. He is contributing to driving the Qualcomm spectrum and regulatory policy agenda in Europe dealing with various government entities and industry organizations.
He is also the Chairman of Digital Europe Spectrum Group and a part of GSA Spectrum management team.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Luigi worked at Sony Corporation both in Japan and in the UK for over a decade. He has additionally gained a professional experience at France Telecom and at the Italian Public Broadcaster RAI. Luigi has extensive experience in the Media and Telecom industry as well as the Semiconductor Industry gained through his assignments at Qualcomm, Sony, France Telecom and RAI.
He holds an Electronic Engineering Degree from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and a MBA of Marketing and Finance from the Henley Management College in the UK.
Maria is the Principal Manager for the Mobility Research programme in BT. She has 21 years of experience in the telecoms industry, ranging from design, architecture, international standards, and technology strategy and research at various departments across BT.
Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates 2 DFG centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC.
Gerhard Fettweis is IEEE Fellow, member of the German academy acatech, and his most recent award is the Stuart Meyer Memorial Award from IEEE VTS. In Dresden he has spun-out eleven start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.
Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management (www.anfr.fr).
In this capacity, he is responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of spectrum allocation and for coordinating French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was deputy head of the French delegation for RRC-06, WRC-07, WRC-12, WRC-15 and WRC-19.
He has been involved in all discussions on major evolution of spectrum in Europe and was Chairman of the Electronic Communication Committee (CEPT/ECC) from 2013 to 2018 and of the European Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12).
He is currently the chairman of the RSPG Good Offices addressing issues of cross-border coordination and interference within the EU.
Eric is a graduate telecom engineer from SUPELEC (France).
DONG KU KIM received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1992. He worked on CDMA systems in the cellular infrastructure group of Motorola at Fort Worth, Texas. He has been a professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, since 1994. He was a founding chair of the 5G Forum in 2013 and has engaged in it since then. 5G Forum is a think-tank for 5G Globalization, 5G commercialization, SME promotion, 5G vertical trial and promotion, and future technologies. He is a chair of the 5G Forum executive committee and a member of the 5G+ strategy committee chaired by the Ministry of Science and ICT minister. He is also co-chair of the 6G R&D strategy committee chaired by the vice minister of MSIT. He received the Yellow Stripes of the Order of Service Merit from the Korean government for the contribution of the world's first commercialization of 5G, ecosystem creation, and the defusion of convergence among 5G-based industries in April 2020. He received IEEE Communication Society Career Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunication on Dec.2020. He is also a recipient of Dr. Irwin Jacobs Academic Achievement Award in 2016 from Qualcomm and KICS. He also received the Award of Excellence in the leadership of 100 Leading Technologies for Korea 2020 from the National Academy of Engineering of Korea in Dec. 2013. His current research interests are 5G mobile communication systems, full-duplex MIMO in vehicular use cases, tactile internet, and 5G-V2X technologies using lens-based MIMO.
Dr. Richard Li is Chief Scientist of Network Technologies at Futurewei, USA. Richard served as the Chairman of the ITU-T FG Network 2030 from 2018 to 2020, and as the Vice Chairman of the Europe ETSI ISG NGP (Next-Generation Protocols) from 2016 to 2019. He has also served as Chair of steering committees and technical program committees of some academic and industrial conferences. Richard is extremely passionate about advancing ICT infrastructure technologies and solving problems in their entirety, thus creating a bigger and long-term impact on the networking industry. During his career, Richard spearheaded network technology innovation and development in Routing and MPLS, Mobile Backhaul, Metro and Core Networks, Data Center, Cloud and Virtualization. Currently he leads a team of scientists and engineers to develop technologies for next-generation network architectures, protocols, algorithms, and systems in the support of forward-looking applications and industry verticals in the context of New IP and Network 2030.
Mr. Prakash Moorut has close to 24 years of experience in the fields of spectrum engineering and wireless communications. He is currently the global Head of Spectrum Standardization for Nokia. In this role, he is responsible for defining and executing Nokia's spectrum strategy and leading Nokia's engagement on spectrum matters with customers, industry groups and regulators worldwide. He is also the Chief Regulatory Officer of the Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) dedicated to advancing technologies supporting the innovative utilization of spectrum and a member of the Board of the OnGo Alliance. He chaired the WInnForum working group which developed the first protocols specifications for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared Spectrum Access System. He was part of the US delegation for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) and is a member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee for WRC-23. Before joining Nokia, he worked for Motorola where he created and led a customer facing spectrum engineering group located in USA, France and China. He has several publications and patents related to spectrum usage and received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" (SUPELEC) in Paris, France.
Bernard Barani joined the European Commission in 1994 after 11 years as a Communication engineer in the industry working on military optical systems and in the European Space Agency on advanced Satcom programmes. He is currently Deputy head of unit for “Future Connectivity systems” in the European Commission. In this position, he has been leading the definition and implementation of the 5G Public-Private Partnership launched in 2013 to support 5G European R&D. Main field of activities covers strategic R&D planning and implementation including future beyond 5G systems, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes. He is also vice-chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference showcasing telecom research sponsored by the EU programmes. He has an engineering degree from the "Ecole National Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne".
Brijendra (BK) Syngal
Brijendra (BK) Syngal is a pioneer in the Indian telecommunication sector and has been recognized as the ‘father of the internet and data services. During his four-decade career, he has held senior executive positions in the major private and public sector telecom companies including Chairman and Managing Director of VSNL, Chairman of Reliance Telecomm and Vice Chairman of BPL Communications. He has also served as Chairman, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (London) and Governor, INTELSAT Board, Washington DC.
He has various technical qualifications including B.Tech (Hons.) and M.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur, India, C Eng (UK), M.I.E.E. (UK) and Sr. M.I.E.E. (USA). He is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration.
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur with 5 companies; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in 6 languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media.
He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 300 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.
He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 2014-2018. He is the Cofounder of the Smart Cities pioneering company Worldsensing, where he was the CTO from 2008-2014. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.
Heikki Hämmäinen is a professor of Network Economics at the Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University, Finland. He has MSc (1984) and PhD (1991) in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology. His main research interests are in techno-economics and the regulation of mobile services and networks. Special topics recently include measurement and analysis of mobile usage, value networks of flexible Internet access, and 5G small cells. His earlier industrial career includes several management positions within Nokia.
ALEX REZNIK is a Distinguished Technologist in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s North American Telco organization. In this role he is involved in various aspects of helping Tier 1 CSPs deploy state of the art flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G.
From March 2017 through February 2021, Alex served as Chair of ETSI’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ISG – the leading international standards group focused on enabling edge computing in access networks.
Prior to May 2016 Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer/Senior Director at InterDigital, leading the company’s research and development activities in the area of wireless internet evolution. Since joining InterDigital in 1999, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including leadership of 3G modem ASIC architecture, design of advanced wireless security systems, coordination of standards strategy in the cognitive networks space, development of advanced IP mobility and heterogeneous access technologies and development of new content management techniques for the mobile edge.
Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Services Working Group at the Small Cells Forum. Alex is an inventor of over 150 granted U.S. patents, and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital. He recently co-authored the book "Multi-Access Edge Computing in Action."
Dr Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert, and is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network services, and was appointed member of the High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.
Diego is currently focused on applied research in network infrastructures, with a special emphasis on virtualization, data-driven management, new architectures, and security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Permissioned Distributed Ledgers and the Network Operator Council ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization.
More can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr2lopez/
Joseph Levy is a Principal Engineer in the Wireless and Networking Lab of InterDigital, Inc. He is currently InterDigital’s lead standards delegate to IEEE 802.11TM Wireless Local Area Networks Working Group and is currently focused on developing and advancing IEEE 802.11 standards and related technologies, particularly in the areas of next generation networks.
Joseph currently serves IEEE 802.11 as the Chair of the 802.11 Advanced Access Network Interface Standing Committee (AANI SC), the vice Chair of the 802.11 Task Group for Next Generation V2X (TGbd), and as the Vice Chair and Secretary of the 802.11 Architecture Standing Committee (ARC SC).
Joseph is currently serving on the IEEE Standards Association (SA) Audit Committee (AudCom), and previously served on the IEEE SA Standards Association Standards Board (SASB) and the IEEE SA New Standards Committee (NesCom).
Joseph has also participated in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standardization development. Prior to joining InterDigital, Joseph was a Sr. Staff Engineer at EDO Corporation where he was responsible for system and component design and development of microwave and millimeter wave receiver systems for military and commercial space applications.
Joseph received the Sc. B. Degree in Engineering (Electrical and Biomedical) from Brown University and the M.S. Degree in Electric Engineering form Polytechnic Institute of New York (now a school of New York University). Joseph is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Mr. Levy has 71 granted and 105 pending US Patents.
Joseph is a member of the IEEE and is member of multiple IEEE societies: the Communications Society, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS), the Vehicular Technology Society, and the Standards Association. He has served in various officer rolls for the IEEE Long Island Section and the IEEE MTTS Long Island Section.
Joseph is a licensed New Your State Professional Engineer.
Dr. Li Fung Chang
Dr. Li Fung Chang is the Chief Architect (2015-present) of the 5G program Office in Taiwan. In this role, she is responsible for setting up strategy direction for the MoEA funded 5G project as well as providing technical consultation and guidance to the engineering teams working under this project. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Director of Engineering at Broadcom Corp, - Mobile and Wireless Group and led Broadcom system team to support multi-mode 2G/3G/4G cellular SOC modem design/implementation across multi-sites. She is a veteran from AT&T research Labs and Telcordia.
Dr. Chang holds over 85 US patents and many international patents in the area of wireless communications. She is a Chair Professor with NCTU (National Chiao Tung University, HsinChu, Taiwan), fellow of the IEEE (2001), senior advisor at III, Taiwan.
She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in 1985 and was a visiting research graduate student at Caltech from Dec. 1982-1985.
Sana Salous holds the Chair of Communications Systems at Durham University since 2003. She has radio propagation experience from high frequency (HF) to millimeter wave frequency bands. To support these studies she has developed novel channel sounders based on digital frequency sweep techniques. She acted as Chair of Commission C of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (2014-2017) and co-chair of the Working Group on Radio Channels in the COST Action IRACON. She is a fellow of the IET and a fellow of URSI. She is a member of the UK delegation to the Study Group 3 of the International Telecommunications Union and a regular contributor to working party 3K. She is also Editor in Chief of the journal Radio Science.
Stephen works for Spirent’s strategy organization helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies. Currently Stephen leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G, IoT and Automotive.
With over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, start-ups and network equipment manufacturers, helping them drive innovation and transformation.
Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos that prevent innovation and business success.
Andre Fuetsch oversees the global technology direction for AT&T. This includes network planning, the company’s innovation road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual property organization. His responsibilities include spearheading the design of the company’s next-generation 5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined networking (SDN) initiative.
He’s also heavily involved in AT&T’s push into open source software and other open standards, and engagement and collaboration with the broader developer community.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several organizations responsible for software, systems, and network architecture, planning and engineering, where he holds six patents in the field of network traffic optimization and database design.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at U.C. Berkeley and completed his graduate coursework in Computer Science at Stanford University.
Professor Evans has BSC and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and of the IET and a senior member of IEEE and AIAA. From 1968 to 83 he was a British Telecom lecturer to Reader at the University of Essex in Telecommunication systems. He was appointed to the Alec Harley Reeves chair of Information systems engineering at the University of Surrey in 1983 and was founding Director of the Centre for satellite engineering research and then the Centre for Communication Systems Research. He was also a founder Director of Surrey SatelliteTechnology Ltd. He was Dean of Engineering 99-01 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research and Enterprise from 01-09. He now heads satellite communications research in the Institute for Communications Research and 5GIC at Surrey.
Barry Evans has researched in satellite communications, radio propagation, signal processing and networking and has over 750 publications in the literature plus 3 books. His current research is centred around 5G for satellite communications. He is Editor of the International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking.
Harish Viswanathan is Head of the Radio Systems Research Group. He leads an international team of researchers investigating various aspects of wireless communication systems, and in particular 5G. In his prior role, as a CTO Partner he was responsible for advising the Corporate CTO on Technology Strategy through in-depth analysis of emerging technology and market needs.
Harish Viswanathan joined Bell Labs in 1997 and has worked on multiple antenna technology for cellular wireless networks, mobile network architecture, and M2M. He received the B. Tech. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He holds more than 50 patents and has published more than 100 papers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Bell Labs Fellow.
Peter leads the GSMA Intelligence business, driving its content strategy, commercial strategy, and research agenda. Working with the market’s leading communications service providers (fixed and mobile, large and small), and the broader mobile industry, Peter is responsible for building an understanding of the key trends and technologies driving the market… and translating those insights into actionable intelligence. In the near-term, this means driving the rollout of new data sets and research on topics ranging from telecom network transformation, 5G and IoT, to Digital Consumer demand trends and Fixed, Pay TV and Content services.
Sylvia Lu is Head of Cellular Technology Strategy at u-blox - a Swiss creator and global leader of wireless chipset and modules, where she heads cellular technology strategy, global standards and industry alliances.
Sylvia is a multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor and ambassador. Sylvia has over a decade of experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations and was recently recognised as UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering.
Sylvia holds several NED positions on national and global industry Boards: she is an elected board director of CW (Cambridge Wireless) Ltd, and service on the Advisory Board of UK5G, which provides independent advice to the UK government and national 5G networks on future plans for 5G deployment. She was recently elected to the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) in June 2020, joined forces with global industry stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives.
Tarik Taleb is currently Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He is the founder and director of the MOSA!C Lab (www.mosaic-lab.org). Prior to his current academic position, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He was then leading the NEC Europe Labs Team working on R&D projects on carrier cloud platforms, an important vision of 5G systems. Before joining NEC and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he worked as research fellow at the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B. E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Sciences from Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively.
Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP’s), network softwarization & slicing, mobile cloud networking, network function virtualization, software defined networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. Prof. Taleb has been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP’s System Architecture working group. Prof. Taleb is a member of the IEEE Communications Society Standardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Prof. Taleb founded the “IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards”, a successful event that got awarded “best workshop award” by IEEE Communication Society (ComSoC). Based on the success of this workshop, Prof. Taleb has also founded and has been the steering committee chair of the IEEE Conf. on Standards for Communications and Networking.
Prof. Taleb is the general chair of the 2019 edition of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC’19) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. He is the guest editor in chief of the IEEE JSAC Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers. He is/was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of Wiley journals. Till Dec. 2016, he served as chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006 - 2010). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia.
Prof. Taleb is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Communications Software Technical Achievement Award (Dec. 2017) for his outstanding contributions to network softwarization. He is also the (co-) recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize (May 2017), the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (Mar. 2008), the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher's Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Some of Prof. Taleb’s research work have been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious IEEE-flagged conferences.
Ryan Szporer serves as both an editor and writer at 6GWorld, having joined up at the site’s inception. Armed with journalism and business degrees and writing credits spanning several sectors including finance and tech, Ryan proudly covers the latest generation of cellular advancements as it unfolds, leading into 6G.
Elson Sutanto has worked in the telecoms and technology research industries for over 10 years. Elson previously worked for the GSMA connected living team as an Analyst from 2014-2016, and worked for 8 years prior to this for analyst firm, Informa Telecoms & Media. Elson has presented on numerous technology, telecoms and digital topics at conferences worldwide, including Mobile World Congress.
Specialities: Digital Content Business Models, IIoT, machine learning, M2M and telecom operator strategies
Key interest and areas of knowledge: Internet of Things, carrier billing and IoT. Research suites Elson has produced include Digital Content Business Models: OTT &Telco Strategies, Digital Twins and EDGE Processing in IoT.
Qualifications include an MSc Hons degree in Sustainability and Management from Royal Holloway University and BSc (Hons) in Economics from Brunel University.
Jay Guo is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Prior to this appointment in 2014, he served as a Research Director in CSIRO for over nine years. Before joining CSIRO, he held various senior technology leadership positions in Fujitsu, Siemens and NEC in the U.K. His research interest includes B5G, 6G, mm-wave and THz communications and sensing systems as well as big data technologies. He has published five books and over 550 research papers including 280 transaction papers, and he holds 26 patents.
Prof Guo is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IET. He has won a number of most prestigious Australian Engineering Excellence Awards and CSIRO Chairman’s Medal. He was named one of the most influential engineers in Australia in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and one of the top researchers across all fields in Australia in 2020.
Peter Leonard is a data and technology business consultant and lawyer advising data-driven businesses and government agencies in Australia and South East Asia. Peter is principal of Data Synergies and a Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School (Management and Governance, and IT Systems and Management). Peter chairs the IoTAA’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales’ Privacy and Data Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including the NSW Government Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee.
Aurelie is a member of the NSW Government AI Advisory Committee.
She also works on leading global initiatives for the implementation of Responsible AI with both the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
With ISO, Aurelie is the chair of the Standards Australia committee representing Australia at the international standards on Artificial Intelligence.
With the IEEE, she is an expert for the Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and leads the work stream on Dignity and Agency as part of IEEE’ s Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency (DIITA) program.
She is a member of the European AI Alliance, the editorial board of Springer’s International Journal on AI & Ethics, and of the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Committee.
Mikael Rönnholm works at CEVT (China Europe Vehicle Technology)- an innovation & R&D centre in Geely Auto Group. He is Head of Innovation Strategy & Collaboration where he focuses on next- and future generations of mobility solutions for a different tomorrow.
Mikael’s interest lies in smart and connected mobility, where vehicles becomes integrated in the smart and connected city, where secure, safe and reliable connectivity and intercommunication between devices becomes critical. In his role defining alternative visions for future mobility become important and Mikael spends much of his time to understand, not the depth of emerging technologies, but what business impact emerging technologies and new business models will have on future mobility.
Prior to CEVT, Mikael worked for over 20 years with business growth and digital innovations in various industries of which +15 years has been dedicated to Automotive. He has held both executive positions in line roles in global companies and worked as strategy advisor for executives for multi-national corporations in different industries. He is represented in several interest organizations for future mobility.
Rui L. Aguiar (born 1967) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro, where he is currently a Full Professor. He has supervised more than 20 PhD and 100 Master students. He was the founder of the ATNOG research group, an advanced telecommunication research group at the Universidade de Aveiro and is currently co-coordinating a research line in Instituto de Telecomunicações, on the area of Networks. He has been an advisory for the Portuguese Secretaria de Estado das Comunicações. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM. He is serving as Steering Board Chair of NetworldEurope, the European ETP representing the telecommunications community, engaged in the discussions of the future European R&D work programes for telecommunications. As further community engagement, he has served as Technical and General (co)Chair of several conferences (ICNS, ICT, ISCC, Mobiarch, Monami, NTMS, etc).
He is a regular keynote speaker in the future of mobile communications and digital society and an associated editor of Wiley’s Emerging Telecommunication Technologies and Springers’ Wireless Networks. He has more than 500 papers published.
Roger Nichols’ 36 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight spans roles in marketing, manufacturing, research, and development. He has managed projects, programs, and departments beginning with analog cellular radio, evolving to 6G, and on every standard in between. He has been directing Keysight’s 5G program since 2014, and Keysight’s 6G program since 2019. He is also the director of Keysight’s work in wireless standards.
Roger holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Zhisheng Niu graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 1985, and got his M.E. and D.E. degrees from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. During 1992-94, he worked for Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan, and in 1994 joined with Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, where he is now a professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering. His major research interests include queueing theory and traffic engineering, wireless communications and mobile Internet, vehicular communications and smart networking, and green communication and networks.
Dr. Niu has been serving IEEE Communications Society since 2000, first as Chair of Beijing Chapter (2000-2008) and then as Director of Asia-Pacific Board (2008-2009), Director for Conference Publications (2010-2011), Chair of Emerging Technologies Committee (2014-2015), and Director for Online Contents (2018-2019). He has also served as editor of IEEE Wireless Communication (2009-2013) and associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/CIC joint publication China Communications (2012-2016), and currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. Green Commun. & Networks (2020-2022). He received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Natural Science Foundation of China in 2009, Best Paper Awards from IEEE Communication Society Asia-Pacific Board in 2013 and from Journal of Communications and Information Networks (JCIN) in 2019, Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award from IEEE Communications Society Green Communications and Computing Technical Committee in 2018, and Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences from IEEE Communication Society in 2019. He was selected as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communication Society (2012-2015) as well as IEEE Vehicular Technologies Society (2014-2018). He is a fellow of both IEEE and IEICE.
Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati
Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati obtained his Engineering Master degree in 2001 from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and his Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2005. He then started working at Motorola Labs in Paris in 2002. Then in 2006 he joint CEA/LETI as a research engineer. From 2007, he becomes a PhD supervisor. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Calvanese Strinati has been the co-chair of the wireless working group in GreenTouch Initiative which deals with design of future energy efficient communication networks. From 2011 to 2016 he was the Smart Devices & Telecommunications European collaborative strategic programs Director. Between December 2016 and January 2020 is was the Smart Devices & Telecommunications Scientific and Innovation Director. Since February 2020 he is the Nanotechnologies and Wireless for 6G (New-6G) Program Director focusing on future 6G technologies. In December 2013 he has been elected as one of the five representative of academia and research center in the Net!Works 5G PPP ETP. From 2017 to 2018 he was one of the three moderators of the 5G future network expert group. Between 2016 and 2018 he was the coordinator of the H2020 joint Europe and South Korea 5GCHAMPION project that showcased at the 2018 winter Olympic Games, 5G technologies in realistic operational environments. Since July 2018 he is the coordinator of the H2020 joint Europe and South Korea 5G-AllStar project. Since 2018 he holds the French Research Director Habilitation (HDR). In 2021 he started the coordination of the H2020 European project RISE-6G, focusing on the design and operation of Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces in future high frequency 6G networks. Since February 2021 he is also the director of the New-6G (Nano Electronic & Wireless for 6G) initiative , dedicated to the required convergence between microelectronic & telecom, hardware & software, network & equipment for upcoming 6G technologies.
E. Calvanese Strinati has published around 140 papers in international conferences, journals and books chapters, given more than 200 international invited talks, keynotes and tutorials. He is the main inventor or co-inventor of more than 65 patents. He has organized more than 100 international conferences, workshops, panels and special sessions on green communications, heterogeneous networks and cloud computing hosted in international conferences as IEEE GLOBCOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IEEE ICC, IEEE VTC, EuCnC, IFIP, EUCnC and European Wireless.
Paul Timmers is a professor at European University Cyprus and co-founder of the cybersecurity expertise centre Cyber.Cerides, research associate at the University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute) and visiting professor at Rijeka University, senior advisor to EPC Brussels, board member of Digital Enlightenment Forum and of the Estonian eGovernance Academy supervisory board and until recently advisor to the European Commission on digital health. Previously he was Director at the European Commission dealing with EU legislation and funding for cybersecurity, e-ID, digital privacy, digital health, smart cities, e-government. He was a cabinet member of European Commissioner Liikanen, manager in a large ICT company, and co-founded an ICT start-up. He holds a physics PhD from Nijmegen University, MBA from Warwick University, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, obtained cybersecurity qualification at Harvard.
Hans-Jürgen Zepernick received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.E.) degree from the University of Siegen, Germany, in 1987 and the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Hagen, Germany, in 1994. From 1987 to 1989, he was with Siemens AG, Germany. He is currently a professor of radio communications at the Department of Computer Science (DIDA) of the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of Professor of wireless communications at Curtin University of Technology, Deputy Director of the Australian Telecommunications Research Institute, and Associate Director of the Australian Telecommunications Cooperative Research Centre. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Science, Perth, Australia.
Dr. Zepernick served as a member of the Swedish management committee within the European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services (Qualinet). His research interests include advanced wireless communications, mobile multimedia processing, quality of immersive mobile multimedia experiences, perceptual quality assessment, and visual and interactive computing. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 technical papers on these topics. Dr. Zepernick is an IEEE Senior Member.
Volker is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He is known for his strong commitment to customer and team achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to meet and exceed targets through strong intellectual grasp, excellent leadership skills, and a strong focus on creating new opportunities and business development impact.
In his current role of 6G leadership with Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research and scientific development arm of Nokia, he leads Nokia digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the fledgling ecosystem for the 6G era.
In his previous role as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks, Volker played a key role in defining Nokia e2e 5G offering and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and associated innovation, technologies and architecture. Prior to this, Volker served in Head of Strategy roles of the company and as Head of the North East region, driving market share gain in many key markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey.
Patrick Waldemar joined Telenor in 2002 and is Vice President in Telenor Research. He has more than 20 years of management experience and education within Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing and Information Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunication from NTNU and a Master of Management from Oslo Business School (BI). He has experience from research & development in telecommunications and the oil industry, software development and strategic management work. Over the last 8 years, Patrick has been head of Telenor's research on next generation network technologies focusing on 5G and 6G. Previously he has been head of development in Canal Digital.
Dr. Monisha Ghosh is serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since Jan. 13, 2020. Prior to this, she was at NSF as a rotating Program Director since September 2017, in the Computer and Network System (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) where she managed wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program. Dr. Ghosh is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, with a joint appointment at the Argonne National Laboratories, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next-generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.
Giovanni Romano is currently coordinating TIM activities on technical standards related to radio access and spectrum.
In October 2016 Giovanni was nominated Alternate Board Director, representing TIM in NGMN.
Since 1996 Giovanni has been active in several international standardisation fora and he is currently attending 3GPP RAN and NGMN. He is the 3GPP appointed coordinator for the exchange of information between 3GPP and ITU-R and coordinated the submission of 3GPP “5G” towards IMT-2020.
Giovanni served as Vice-Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group RAN for the period 2013-2017.
Until 2005, Giovanni was project leader of several activities within the R&D center of Telecom Italia, including UMTS performance evaluation, quality of service verification, standardisation, field trials, and testing.
David Soldani received a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Engineering with full marks and magna cum laude approbatur from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994; and a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2006. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Industry Professor, and Adjunct Professor at University of Surrey, UK, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, and University of New South Wales (UNSW), respectively. D. Soldani is currently at Huawei Technologies and, since 2018, he has been serving as Chief Technology (CTO) and Cyber Security Officer (CSO) within the ASIA Pacific Region, and, since 2020, as Chairman of the IMDA 5G task force, in Singapore. Prior to that he was Head of 5G Technology, e2e, Global, at Nokia; and Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation in Europe, at Huawei European Research Centre (ERC). David can be reached online at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-david-soldani/
Dr. Chih-Lin I
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 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”.
David heads the ETSI Committee Support Center (CSC) which is an International team of experts who provide comprehensive support to the numerous technical groups in ETSI. www.etsi.org
He has been active in the creation, launch and support of several key Industry Groups such as NFV, MEC, and ZSM, and is actively involved in attracting new technical standards development work into ETSI.
Previously he was involved with the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP), supporting various core network groups and was also responsible for the launch and build of the initial M2M work in ETSI.
He has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, which includes 19 years of experience in standardization.
Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC). Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.
Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 4000 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.
I have held various senior technical and executive roles over the past 30 years which included R&D Chief Technical Officer for Orange / France Telecom R&D, Head of payload systems Engineering Airbus Space & Defence. I am currently Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity in the Satellite Applications Catapult and General Manager of the Westcott Site where we host our 5G testbed. I am leading on two major 5G projects, firstly a project funded by SEMLEP for Milton Keynes Smart City 5G deployment and DCMS funded project for Dorset Council providing Rural connectivity using satellite and terrestrial connectivity.
From humble beginnings being a content provider for T-Mobile starting with ringtones, wallpapers and mobile games, lead way to mobile app development, AR/VR, blockchain, AI, eSports, and AI. Mike Johns is an entrepreneurial force that evolved from ringtone producer, consulting musician creating the term ‘smart musicians’ to advising countless consumer electronic companies and lifestyle brands. He continues to set standards of excellence while expanding his interests beyond entertainment into education, healthcare, and politics. A go-to guy in Hollywood, Johns is recognized as a futurist for hip hop culture. Johns is a highly sought-after speaker.
Dr. Pamela Kumar
Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry.
TSDSI is involved in mobilising the Technical experts in the country to develop standards based on National Priorities & requirements and influencing Global Standards, particularly at ITU, 3GPP and other forums. Major contributions are being driven to incorporate India’s innovations to address Rural connectivity requirements for India and rest of the world. CCICI published a Framework & Roadmap for Cloud Computing Adoption in India and provided technical consultation on various aspects of the Cloud Computing Strategy for India. CCICI also formed the IoT for Smart Cities Task Force which published a series of reports related to Smart Cities Requirements Analysis, Smart Cities Reference Architecture, Smart Cities RFP Guidelines, Design & Planning of Smart Cities using IoT.
Prior to TSDSI, she spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint with 2 startups, setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 70+ Local and Global forums.
Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research at UIET, Panjab University. She also mentors a few Startups in the ICT space. She has been on the Governing Board of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology.
Pamela is Vice-Chair of 3GPP-PCG and a member of the IEEE-SA Nominations & Appointments Committee. She was the first-ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association - Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She has held several other leadership roles as a senior member of IEEE - such as Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee, General Chair of IEEE ANTS Conference, Coordinator for IEEE Region 10 Industry Relations, Chair for IEEE Computer Society Chapter & Vice-Chair of IEEE Bangalore section, etc.
Prof. Simon Saunders is Director of Emerging and Online Technology for Ofcom, the UK’s independent regulator for communications services. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Trustee of the charity Music for All. In 2019 he organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of Music for All, working with King’s College London.
Simon is a specialist in the technology of communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips) and academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin).
As Head of Connectivity Partnerships for EMEA at Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally on enhancing wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. He founded the Small Cell Forum (formerly Femto Forum), and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells.
He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, Cisco, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi,Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Inmarsat and British Land. He was CTO of Red-M and CEO of Cellular Design Services Ltd and has acted as an expert witness in legal proceedings in England and the US. Simon speaks and chairs a wide range of international conferences and training courses and has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies. He has served on technical advisory boards of several companies, was Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey, member of the industrial advisory board at University College London, Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, and a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board from 2007-14.
Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2017 and received the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2018 - the highest research award in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.
Prof. Melodia is the Director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. The PAWR Project Office is co-lead by Northeastern University and US Ignite and is overseeing the overall deployment and operation of the PAWR Program. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.
Antonio Franchi works at the European Space Agency, he is the Head of Future Programmes Acquisition, part of the Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate. His current interests are in Satellite 5G and in Satellite Megaconstellations.
Antonio has 30 years of experience in the satellite telecommunications industry.
Prior to ESA, Antonio worked for over 20 years with a major global satellite operator, spearheading a new generation of satellite communications systems, covering various technical and managerial responsibilities for design, development, implementation and operation of advanced satellite systems and networks.
Antonio received an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome and an MBA from the London Business School.
He is the author of 30+ articles and papers published at international conferences and professional magazines and he holds five international patents in the Satcom field.
Cristina is the Director of Spectrum policy and analysis, Spectrum Group at Ofcom and is also a NED of the Energy System Catapult. Cristina currently leads our work on 5G and other wireless broadband technologies, considering the increasing role of wireless in enabling digital transformation across a wide variety of industry sectors and with a focus on assessing the implications of growing demand on future spectrum policies. Prior to working on 5G, Cristina led the development of a new spectrum sharing framework and launched Ofcom open data policy. In particular, Cristina was responsible for the release of the UK Interactive spectrum map and the release of information on spectrum use in open format. Prior to joining Ofcom Cristina held various marketing and strategy roles at Telefonica O2 (group strategy functions), EE (then Orange, in finance and marketing), and Red Bee Media (strategy and market intelligence functions ). Cristina holds a Master's Degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy.
Izzat Darwazeh obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1984. He obtained the MSc and PhD degrees, from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral research Fellow at the University of Wales - Bangor -UK from 1990 till 1993, researching very high-speed optical systems and advanced MMICs for optical communications applications. He was a Senior Lecturer in Optoelectronic Circuits and Systems in the Department at Electrical Engineering and Electronics at UMIST. He moved to University College London in October 2001.
His teaching covers aspects of optical fibre communications, telecommunication networks and high speed integrated circuits and MMICs. His research interests are mainly in the areas of high-speed optical communication systems and networks, microwave circuits and MMICs for optical fibre applications and in mobile communication circuits and systems. He has authored/co-authored more than 120 papers in the areas of optical and wireless (cellular) communications and MMICs and high speed/frequency circuits. He is the co-editor of the IEE book on "Analogue Optical Communications" and the co-author (with Luis Moura) of "Linear Circuit Analysis and Modelling: From DC to RF". He acts as a consultant to several UK and international organisations and commercial bodies and he serves on a wide range of professional committees.
Since 2001 he has been with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, becoming a Professor of Telecommunications Engineering in 2006.
Raymond received his PhD degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. His current research and teaching interests are in the area of digital communications, software radio architectures, and implementation aspects of signal processing systems and real-time wireless networking protocols. He has a proven track record in managing both fundamental and experimental research projects.
Raymond is a leading figure in the OpenAirInterface Community and has been instrumental in making open software for Radio Access Network a reality through contributions over two decades. He is one of the very first and one of the most significant contributors to the OpenAirInterface codebase.
Raymond was elected as the President of the OSA in December 2018
Tomaso de Cola
Tomaso de Cola was born in Manosque, France, on April 28, 1977. He received the ``Laurea" degree (with honors) in telecommunication engineering, in 2001, the Qualification degree as Professional Engineer in 2002 and the Ph. D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Robotics and Telecommunications in 2010 from the University of Genoa, Italy. From 2002 until 2007, he has worked with the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), University of Genoa Research Unit, as a scientist researcher. Since 2008, he has been with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), where he is involved in different European Projects focusing on different aspects of DVB standards, CCSDS protocols and testbed design. He is co-author of more than 100 papers, including international conferences and journals. His main research activity concerns: TCP/IP protocols, satellite networks, transport protocols for wireless links, interplanetary networks as well as delay tolerant networks. Dr. de Cola has served on the technical program committee at several IEEE International Conferences and has served as guest editor for IEEE JSAC, IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine and as an associate editor for IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Wireless Communication Letters, IEEE Systems Journal, and Elsevier Computer Networks. He was serving as chair of the Satellite and Space Communications (SSC) technical committee within ComSoc from 2017 to 2020. He is also acting as deputy area director for the space-internetworking services (SIS) area within the CCSDS standardization body as well as SatCom WG chair within the Networld2020 ETP platform.
Shamik Mishra is currently serving as Vice President and CTO, Connectivity of Capgemini Engineering & R&D Global Business Line (Altran). Shamik Mishra has nearly twenty years of experience in the telecom and software industry, providing engineering R&D services, frameworks and solutions to telecom operators, network equipment providers and software firms around the world. As CTO, Connectivity, Shamik drives technology, solutions, architecture, research and innovation in areas like 5G, networking, virtualization, cloud native, edge computing, artificial intelligence and carrier cloud platforms.
He represents the company in several industry forums including Linux Foundation Edge where is a board member of the technical advisory council. He also serves as the deputy chair of the GSMA Operator Platform Group He is a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences and is often covered by the industry media. Shamik has a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in mathematics and computing from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Mostafa Essa, RAN AI and Data Analytics Vodafone Distinguished Engineer, is a globally recognized authority in Digital Transformation and RAN strategy, design and optimization, applying AI/ML to new tools via using new innovative AI concept. He is also Chairman for ITU Network 2030, co-chairman in ITU FGML5G WG1, ETSI POC rapporteur leader and International Academia Board Member advisor.
Distinguished Engineers community consists of 15 world class members (Professors and Highest standard Engineering experts worldwide), shaping the future of the technology worldwide by researches and technical consultancies.
Mostafa holds a BSc in Electronics & Telecommunication and is undertaking MSc in Nano-technologies & Artificial Intelligence. He holds 3 patents, the 4th in progress and has authored/contributed to numerous publications and participation regarding AI, Cognitive Networks in ITU-ETSI-GSMA beside his Psychology self-study.
With extensive global experience, Steve leads the Energy Management BU’s Office of Innovation and Data Center Solutions, a team focused on spearheading Schneider’s data center businesses - #1 physical infrastructure provider in the world.
In 2020, he was named to Data Economy’s Future 100, the top 100 people to watch in the next decade who are posed to heavily influence the direction and transformation of the global data center and cloud markets. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s 5G-Next Generation Networks Programme.
Results-oriented, Steve transforms ideas into products, solutions and systems. His areas of focus include 5G, cloud and edge computing, AI, DCIM, BMS, and blockchain.
Ms Alexia Gonzalez-Fanfalone (PhD), a Mexican national, is an Economist/ Telecommunication Policy Analyst for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation. As an OECD Policy Analyst, Ms Gonzalez-Fanfalone has worked on several analytical reports and country reviews on the topic of connectivity, and has presented OECD work in major events and conferences. At present, she is focusing on issues related to bridging the connectivity divide and the next evolution of broadband networks. She is the author of recent OECD flagship publications and country reviews, such as the OECD Telecommunication and Broadcasting Review of Brazil 2020 (OECD, 2020a), the Digital Economy Outlook 2020 [Chapter 3 on Access and Connectivity] (OECD, 2020b), Southeast Asia Going Digital: Connecting SMEs (OECD, 2019), and Going Digital in Sweden: OECD Reviews of Digital Transformation (OECD, 2018). She has also authored several OECD analytical reports on a broad range of communication issues, such as “Emerging trends in competition for communication infrastructures and services” (OECD, forthcoming), “OECD bundled communication price baskets” (OECD, 2020c), “The Road to 5G Networks” (OECD, 2019), “IoT Measurement and Applications” (OECD, 2018), bundles of communication services (OECD, 2015; OECD, 2013a), international traffic termination (OECD, 2014), the OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia (OECD, 2014), and contributions to the Internet Infrastructure chapter of the “OECD Communications Outlook 2013” (OECD, 2013b).
In the past, Ms Gonzalez-Fanfalone worked as an economic advisor to one of the five board members of the former Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL) in Mexico (2010-2011), and was a trainee at the Under-Ministry of Communications in Mexico (2008).
Her academic research has addressed the benefits and costs of broadband in infrastructure targets for the Post-2015 UN Development Goals (Auriol and Fanfalone, 2015), and her main PhD paper explored how competition by the entry of mobile banking in Kenya influenced coverage decisions of traditional banks, and thus, increased financial inclusion.
Ms Gonzalez-Fanfalone obtained her PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) on May 2018 (dissertation title: Essays on Economics of ICTs and Innovation). She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from TSE with a focus on public policy and development and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and TSE.
Azimeh Sefidcon is the Research Director in Cloud Systems and Platforms at Ericsson. She is responsible of an international team of researchers in five countries and sets the research agenda for future vision of Network-Compute-Fabric, technologies for edge cloud, network friendly cloud evolution and future computing platforms. She is keen on finding the relevant use cases, algorithms and software stack for which the networking industries needs to be ready to take advantage of future computing paradigms. Having industry 4.0 evolution and cyber physical system in mind, she has focused on various branches including XR, automotive, collaborative robotics and drone traffic managements to capture the requirements on network compute fabric. To facilitate the national effort on technology industrialization, she is active as the board member in few board of directors among which Wallenberg center for quantum technologies (WACQT) as well as process Industry and IT Automation (PiiA). She holds a MSc degree in hardware engineering, and a second MSc degree in intelligent networks, focusing on network services. With the network compute convergence in focus, she continued her research and obtained her PhD degree in mobility and IP. As professional experience, since 2003, she has held various technology development and leadership roles in mobile and core networks as well as software and system design.
Marina Yastreboff is the National Convener of the Australian Society for Computers and Law, whose patron is the Hon Justice Michael Kirby. AUSCL is a registered Australian charity which promotes learned discussion and engagement at the intersection of law, technology and society, through its education program and policy lab. Marina is an award winning, senior lawyer specialising in emerging technologies, technology transfer, intellectual property, and compliance, she has served as senior advisor to multi-national corporations and is currently senior counsel at a leading Group of 8 Australian research university. She serves on multiple boards including the ANZ Advisory Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals and various steering committees.
Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 - 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.
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