The program features sessions with speakers from both 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.

Erik Ekudden: The future 5G eco system

Bio: Erik Ekudden is CTO of Ericsson in Silicon Valley and Head of Ericsson Group Technology Strategy. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Ericsson’s technology strategies and industry activities. He is based in San Jose, California.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ekudden held various positions within research and development in Ericsson, including research area director and vice president of standardization. He joined Ericsson in 1993, working on mobile systems.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Göran Marby: Possibilities and challenges for a wireless future – a regulators’ view

Bio: Appointed by the Swedish Government, Göran Marby is the Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since January 1, 2010. Mr. Marby chaired the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) during 2014 and is during 2015 a vice Chair. PTS is the governmental authority that regulates the electronic communications and postal sectors. The concept ‘electronic communications’ includes telecommunications, IT and radio.

Mr. Marby has more than 20 years of working experience in the IT Sector. Prior to his current position he co-founded AppGate Network Security AB where he served as CEO between 2002 and 2009. He has held several executive positions within the IT sector: CEO Cygate, Country Manager Cisco Sweden, CEO Unisource Sweden. Göran Marby holds an MSc in Finance from University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law.

Gerhard P. Fettweis

Gerhard P. Fettweis: 5G requirements & frequencies: avoiding the valley of death

Bio: Gerhard P. 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 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.

David Fullagar: Exploring the path of media resources from the Netflix catalog on current and future mobile networks

Bio: David Fullagar is Director of Content Delivery Architecture at Netflix, leading the software and hardware development of the Open Connect Network, a single purpose global video delivery infrastructure. Prior to Netflix, he lead the development team for Level 3’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) and before that, the same team at SAVVIS and Cable & Wireless. After growing up in Australia, he worked in Astronomy and at an ISP in the Netherlands and then a startup web development company in London before CDN architecture.

Martin GeddesMartin Geddes: How to turn network performance from a skilled craft into hard science

Bio: Martin Geddes is a network performance scientist. He works with business partners on the commercial application of state-of-the-art techniques in network measurement, modelling and management. Geddes is formerly Strategy Director at BT’s network division, and Chief Analyst and co-founder at Telco 2.0. He is currently writing two books, one on the future of personal communications, and the other on the future of the Internet and distributed computing. He holds an MA in Mathematics & Computation from the University of Oxford.

Jane Macfarlane: Location: A Persistent Framework

Bio: Dr. Jane Macfarlane is the Head of Research for the HERE organization, a business unit of Nokia, where she leads a team of researchers focused on geospatial mapping and location-based services. Previously, Macfarlane served as the Director of Advanced Technology Planning at OnStar, a division of General Motors. Additionally, she spent over 10 years in the DOE National Laboratories where she led research teams focused on scientific analysis, high-performance computing and software architectures. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Peter MerzPeter Merz: 5G Architecture – healthy balance between Evolution and Revolution

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.

Wonil Roh: Advanced MIMO/Beamforming as a Key Enabler for 5G

Bio: Dr. Roh is currently a Vice President and Head of Advanced Communications Lab at Samsung Electronics Corp in Korea, responsible for research of next generation mobile communications technologies. He started working at Samsung Electronics in 2003 in research and development of CDMA and Mobile WiMAX base-stations with the main focus on multi-antenna algorithms and system analysis. Then he led overall WiMAX standard activities and strategy in Samsung including IEEE, the WiMAX Forum and ITU-R, and served as Chair of Technical Working Group (TWG) of the WiMAX Forum from 2006 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been leading research efforts for the next generation cellular (Beyond 4G or 5G) technologies at DMC R&D Center with a focus on development of disruptive technologies and feasibility studies.

Dr. Roh holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in USA.

Joachim Sachs: 5G – enabling reliable low latency communication for connected industries

Bio: Joachim Sachs is a principal researcher at Ericsson Research in Stockholm working on future wireless communication systems.

After studies in Germany, France, Norway and Scotland, he received diploma and doctorate degrees from Aachen University and the Technical University of Berlin respectively. He joined Ericsson in 1997, and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2009. Since 1995 he has been active in the IEEE and the German VDE Information Technology Society (ITG), where he is currently co-chair of the technical committee on communication networks and systems. In 2006, he received the Ericsson inventor of the year award, and in 2010 the research award of the Vodafone foundation for scientific research. Joachim has served on numerous technical program committees, has co-organized conferences and workshops and has served as evaluator for the accreditation of a university degree program.

Simon Saunders: Future mobile architectures: matching technology to place and people

Bio:  Simon is an independent specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Philips and Motorola) and academia (University of Surrey). As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless, he is responsible for overall technical capability and direction. He is also an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin.

He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters. He has acted as a consultant to companies including BAA, BBC, O2, Ofcom, BT, ntl, Mitsubishi and British Land and 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.

Particular expertise includes in-building wireless systems, radiowave propagation prediction, smart antenna design and mobile system analysis. 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, founding chairman of Small Cell Forum (formerly Femto Forum), which he chaired from 2007-12 and a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board from 2007-14.

Franz Seiser: 5G: an Operator’s view on the cloud optimized network

Bio:  Franz is Vice President Core Network and Services at Deutsche Telekom Group Technology. In his role he is in charge to drive the development of innovative and efficient network architectures for DT in the areas of core network and service enabling, covering both fixed and mobile networks. Prior to this role, Franz held various management positions in the area of mobile core network and mobile network architecture in DT headquarters. Besides other tasks, he was deeply involved in definition, standardisation and introduction of 4G.

Franz joined the mobile communications industry mid 2000 in Austria for preparations and introduction of 3G, moving on to DT headquarters in Germany early 2006. Before joining DT, he worked as System Engineer for PBX software from 1996, focussing on Enterprise VoIP issues from 1998, being based in Europe and U.S. (Silicon Valley). Franz studied Electrical Engineering and holds a M. Sc. degree from Technical University Vienna.

John Smee: 5G Design Across Services

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.

Mischa Dohler: What if? Some Disruptive Design Approaches for Cellular

Bio:  Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker. 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, has more than 200 publications, and authored several books. He has a citation h-index of 38 (top 1%).

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, House of Lords UK, UK Ministry BIS, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages. He has talked at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio; and his contributions have featured on BBC News and the Wall Street Journal.