Charlie (Jianzhong) Zhang

SVP, Samsung

Charlie Zhang is an SVP and head of the Standards and Mobility Innovation Team at Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping, and standards for 5G/6G and future multimedia networks. He is also serving as the head of Samsung Research 6G team, where he leads Samsung’s global 6G strategy and technology innovation efforts.

He was the Board Chair of the FiRa Consortium  from May 2019 to May 2023, where from its founding he led the industry consortium dedicated to the wide spread adoption of UWB technology.  From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO, CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE. He worked for Nokia Research Center and Motorola Mobility for 6 years before joining Samsung in 2007.  He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.

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