The program features “public” (webcast) sessions with roughly 5-6 speakers each from academia and industry, mixed with closed panel discussions.
The speakers are discouraged to give talks that presents wellknown “mainstream” messages and company statements. Instead speakers are encouraged to present their views on emerging trends and speculate on long-term developments – talks that are aimed at sparking stimulating discussions.
Frank Fitzek: Network Coding for Future Communication and Storage Systems
Bio: Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor in the department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. He co-founded the start-up company acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.
Pierre de Vries: Breaking the spell of Command and Control – Three spectrum reforms to maximize wireless value creation
Bio: Pierre de Vries is Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative and Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He works at the intersection between engineering, law and economics. His current work focuses on ways to maximize the value of wireless services by decentralizing the resolution of interference conflicts. Previous projects have included regulatory paradigms for the internet/web, and alternative conceptual models for wireless policy. Prior to his academic career, Pierre worked at Microsoft as Chief of Incubation and Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Policy.
John E. Smee: 5G and Wireless Broadband Evolution
Bio: Dr. John E. Smee is a Senior Director of Engineering in Qualcomm Research. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds 49 US Patents, and has been involved in the system design for a variety of projects focused on the innovation of wireless communications systems such as CDMA EVDO, IEEE 802.11, and 3GPP LTE. His work involves taking advanced system designs and signal processing techniques from theory through design, standardization, implementation, and productization. In his current role, he is the Project Engineer for the 5G project in Qualcomm Research.
John also leads Qualcomm Research’s University Relations program focused on academic collaboration at universities across the U.S. and internationally. He is a recipient of the Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and participated in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2000, and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen’s University.
Wolfgang Lehner: When data in motion meets data in rest – the big data deluge
Bio: Wolfgang Lehner is director of the Institute for Software System Architectures at TU Dresden, Germany. After graduation from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he joined the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose (CA). Since 2002, Wolfgang Lehner is full professor and head of the database technology group at the TU Dresden. He was multiple times visiting scholar at Microsoft Research (Redmond) and at SAP (Palo Alto) and maintains a premium research relationship with the HANA In-Memory Platform group at SAP Walldorf. Wolfgang Lehner published multiple text books and more than 200 reviewed research papers in the context of large scale data management. Wolfgang Lehner is elected member of the DFG Computer Science Reviewing Board and the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees.
Peter Karlsson: Improved user experience with devices utilizing the wireless (r)evolution
Bio: Dr. Peter Karlsson is Distinguished Engineer and Senior Manager of Network Technology Lab, Corporate Technology, Sony Mobile. He received his Ph.D. in applied Electronics at Lund Institute of Technology in 1995. He then joined Telia Research, working on broadband radio communications systems. In 2000 Peter was a research fellow on MIMO and smart antennas at center for comunications research at the University of Bristol. He headed the Telia Mobile System Innovation area in 2001 and was 2002 appointed as expert in radio communications at TeliaSonera. Peter joined Sony Ericsson corporate technology office 2007 and is now head of the Sony Mobile Network Technology Lab and appointed as distinguished engineer within Sony. He has written and co-authored more than 70 conference and journal papers in the mobile and wireless communications area.
Linda Doyle: Networks without Borders, Spectrum without Bounds
Bio: Professor Linda Doyle is director of CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre and a faculty member in the School of Engineering in Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. CTVR is the national telecommunications research in Ireland, headquartered in Trinity College and involving six other academic institutions and over 120 researchers. The centre focuses on research in the area of optical and wireless networks and works closely with industry. Linda’s areas of expertise are in the domains of cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative practices & art in engineering. Linda is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is a Director of Xcelerit, a recent CTVR spin-outs. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity – a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival and on the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
Stephen G. Rayment: The Role of Wi-Fi in 5G Networks
Bio: Stephen Rayment is Head of Technology for Wi-Fi Products at Ericsson, where he is responsible for Wi-Fi architecture, technology strategy and standardization. Previously, as CTO of BelAir Networks, he led the definition and delivery of the industry’s first carrier Wi-Fi solutions. Stephen has 35 years of product experience in the telecommunications industry. He has been active in industry standardization, holding officer roles in IEEE 802.11 and the Wi-Fi Alliance as well as playing an active role in WBA. Stephen is author of over 25 patents. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a Diploma in Administration, and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School’s Management of Technology program. Stephen is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a lecturer at Carleton University.
Jan Rabaey: The road towards xG – A Swarm Perspective
Bio: Jan Rabaey received his Ph.D degree in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley, where he now holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship. He is currently the scientific co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), as well as the founding director of the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab.
He is the recipient of a wide range of major awards. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium. He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures.
His research interests include the conception and implementation of next-generation integrated wireless systems over a very broad range of applications.
Ralf Irmer: What is 5G, and why do we need it?
Bio: Ralf Irmer is leading Access Technologies in Vodafone Group R&D in the UK. He received his PhD degree from Technische Universität Dresden in 2005 after studies in Dresden and Edinburgh. He joined Vodafone in 2005 when he started working on the definition of 4G. Other achievements were defining Vodafone’s Wi-Fi and small cell strategies and the future wireless network blueprint . He was also responsible to prove key strategies in pre-commercial trials, such as LTE TDD, LTE-Advanced, 3G/LTE/WiFi small cells including backhaul, and broadband to trains. Ralf is leading the 5G activities within Vodafone and his heavily involved in NGMN.
Before joining Vodafone, Ralf was Research Associate and PostDoc at TU Dresden. He holds several patents, and has published more than 30 papers on topics such as Coordinated Multipoint, Multiuser MIMO, Relaying, Heterogeneous Networks and Quality of User Experience. He had a leading role in several research projects in the EU and in Germany and is in the steering board of several EU projects.
Takehiro Nakamura: NTT DOCOMO’s views on 5G
Bio: Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and Director of the Radio Access Network Development Department of NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. He has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He is currently the leader of 2020 and Beyond Ad Hoc(20B AH) in ARIB since October 2013. He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since 1999.He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman during March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.
Sara Mazur: 5G – The next generation wireless connectivity for the Networked Society
Bio: Sara Mazur is Vice President and Head of Research, Group Function Technology at Ericsson. Prior to taking up this position, Mazur was Head of System Management within Ericsson’s Business Unit Networks, focusing on unit-wide technology and research coordination and strategic management of technologies, a post she held since 2007. Mazur has worked throughout her career on advanced technology to strengthen Ericsson’s technical excellence. She started at Ericsson Research in 1995 and has since held many management positions in the group that have kept her very close to the development of the telecommunications industry. Mazur is the inventor of 69 granted patents and has authored several journal articles in international physics journals and conference papers on international conferences. She is the co-author of the book Handbook of antennas in wireless communication.
Bio: Peter Merz is heading the radio systems research organization of Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Peter received his Master of Science degree on electrical Engineering in 1995 from the University Stuttgart, Germany. In 1996 he joined the Siemens Mobile Networks division and started to work on GSM technology. He has a very strong background in wireless research and he was part of the Siemens’s pioneering activities in WCDMA and LTE. In 2004 he became manager of the unit responsible for radio access research and standardization.
In 2007 he took over the position of Head of Radio Research. His department is a global organization present in 6 countries worldwide. The research performed in his unit has substantially contributed to the evolution of WCDMA, HSPA and LTE/LTE-A and B4G/5G technologies that today provide Mobile Broadband on a global base. Peter holds several international patents and was a co-inventor of the CPRI standard.
Bio: Hugo Tullberg has a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Lund University, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Communication Theory and Systems, from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
Hugo is a Senior Researcher at Ericsson Research where he works with 5G communication systems. His research interests include communication and information theory, inference systems, cognitive radio, and ad hoc networking.
He is the technical coordinator of the EU FP7 project METIS (Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society) that will lay the foundation for the future mobile and wireless communications system. The main goal of METIS is to provide mobile and wireless communication solutions that enable the METIS vision of unlimiting communication anywhere and anytime to anyone and anything in an efficient, scalable and versatile way.