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 well known “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.

Per Burman

Peter Burman: Why 5G can improve safety and productivity in underground mines

Bio: Born 1964, Mr Burman holds a master of science and M.B.A. Mr. Burman has been Project Manager in the Mine Automation Program since 2012. 2015 appointed to Program manager for the whole mine automation Program. Working for Boliden 1988-1995 he left for the telecom business. During 17 years at Ericsson and Ascom he worked in various positions like R&D manager and Business Area Manager.
He is also coordinating Boliden’s contacts with some European universities and research organizations.

Ali Hossaini

Ali Hossaini: How 5G is Transforming Arts, Culture & Creative Industry The advent of 5G mobile promises profound changes throughout society

Bio: Ali Hossaini works at the cutting edge of art, technology and business. As CEO of Cinema Arts Network, a consortium of 17 UK arts venues, he developed broadband and mobile platforms for the cultural sector. He is currently a Fellow in the Centre for Telecommunications Research, King’s College London and Associate at global consultancy Lord Cultural Resources. A working artist, his performance installations has been exhibited worldwide, winning acclaim from the New York Times, which called him “a biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet”.


Karl Henrik Johansson

Karl Henrik Johansson:Collaborative Road Freight Transport

Bio: Karl H. Johansson is Director of the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre and Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He heads the Stockholm Strategic Research Area ICT The Next Generation. He received MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Lund University. He has held visiting positions at UC Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Nanyang Technological University, andInstitute of Advanced Studies Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in networked control systems, cyber-physical systems, and applications in transportation, energy, and automation systems. He is a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors and the European Control Association Council. He is past Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Networked Systems. He has been on the Editorial Boards of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and IET Control Theory and Applications. He is currently a Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems and Associate Editor of European Journal of Control. He has been Guest Editor for two special issues of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and one of IEEE Control Systems Magazine. He was the General Chair of the ACM/IEEE Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2010 in Stockholm and IPC Chair of many conferences. He received the Best Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems in 2009 and the Best Theory Paper Award of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation in 2014. In 2009 he was awarded Wallenberg Scholar, as one of the first ten scholars from all sciences, by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He has held a five-year Senior Researcher Position with the Swedish Research Council. He was awarded Future Research Leader from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research in 2005. He received the triennial Young Author Prize from IFAC in 1996 and the Peccei Award from the International Institute of System Analysis, Austria, in 1993. He received Young Researcher Awards from Scania in 1996 and from Ericsson in 1998 and 1999. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Erik Westerberg

Erik Westerberg: 5G: How can we accelerate the uptake in society and industry?

Bio: Technology strategy development, ICT network architecture development and product planning beyond roadmaps. Work with the full chain from proactive customer engagement and product strategy to implementation and performance evaluation in commercial networks. End goal is to secure the Ericsson technology leadership and make sure that the Ericsson products and solutions are best suited and best positioned to help our customers’ continued success.

  • Specialties:
  •  Proactive engagement with telecom operators and industry partners.
  • Resolving complex challenges into solvable components.
  • Bridging business and technology
  •  Leading diverse teams to work collectively towards common goals.

Johan Stahre

Johan Stahre: 5G Connectivity in Advanced Production Systems – the missing link to smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Bio: Professor Johan Stahre is head of the division of Production Systems at Chalmers University of Technology. He is codirector of his university’s Production Area of Advance and codirector of the national Swedish programme for Production Research and Innovation (Produktion2030). He is the present Chairman of the Swedish Production Academy and Chalmers’ representative in the European Factories of the Future Research Association. Prof. Stahre’s research is focused on design and operation of advanced production systems. He has 25 years of experience in advanced automation, production system development, and ICT support for humans in manufacturing. Prof. Stahre has coordinated numerous national and international manufacturing projects in close collaboration with industry. He is presently the manager of a national Vinnova-funded pilot project, 5G-Enabled Manufacturing. Within the 5GEM project, Ericsson, SKF, and Chalmers will explore possibilities of 5G-technology for design, operation, and maintenance of advanced production systems.

Mikael Gidlund

Mikael Gidlund: Myths, truth, and challenges in industrial 4.0 and wireless automation

Bio: Mikael Gidlund received his Lic.Eng degree in Radio Communication Systems from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden in 2004 and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, in 2005. Since 2015 he is a full professor of Computer Engineering at Mid Sweden University. Between 2008 and 2015 he was working as senior principal scientist and global research area coordinator for Wireless technologies at ABB Corporate Research. Between 2007 and 2008 he was working as senior specialist and project manager at Nera Networks AS, Norway. Between 2006 and 2007 he was working as research engineer and project manager at Acreo AB, Sweden. Dr. Gidlund holds more than 20 patents (granted and pending applications) in the area of wireless communication, he has published more than 100 scientific articles in refereed international fora  and has been guest editor for two special issues of IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics. He received best paper award of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology in 2014.


Lory Thorpe: LPWA and the Internet of Things Transformation

Bio: Lory Thorpe is leading the Low Power Wide Area programme within Vodafone Group Enterprise Technology M2M and has been with Vodafone for just over a year.
Prior experience includes 18 years in the telecoms industry, working with major global telecommunications vendors Huawei Technologies and Ericsson. She has extensive experience across a broad range of technologies in leading high performance teams to define and deliver cutting edge solutions to the market. She is passionate about technology transformation and innovation and particularly enjoys the challenge of exploring the art of the possible and “making things work”. But above all she is driven by the satisfaction of witnessing the benefits and changes that new technology application can bring to people’s everyday lives. Her end-to-end technical knowledge, coupled with good business and strategic understanding have been built through her experience in working together with industry bodies, partners and industry verticals. This is key in her current role, at the heart of the Internet of Things revolution.
Lory lives with her family near London, in the UK and is originally from Canada.

Jens Zander

Jens Zander: Title

Bio: Jens Zander is a full professor, co-founder and Scientific Director of Wireless@KTH at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). Dr Zander has authored several textbooks on radio communication and radio resource management. He is on the board of directors of the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been TPC Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conferences in 1994 and 2004, General Chair for Crowncom 2012 and IEEE DySPAN 2015, and is one of the organizers of the Johannesberg Summits on 5G and Future Wireless Systems. His current research interests include architectures, resource and flexible spectrum management regimes as well as economic models for future wireless infrastructures.

Ulf Ceder: Future Connected Transports – Scania

Bio: Ulf Ceder is responsible for Future Transport Solutions within Scania Research. He has a long experience from automotive and transport industry with many different positions within Scania. Prior experience includes Business Development, Strategic IT, and Future research. He is passionate about technology transformation and business innovation and particularly in bridging the gap between, business and technology and to understand the transformation of the transport and mobility system. Ulf lives with his family south of Stockholm close to Scania in Sodertalje

Prof. Eckehard Steinbach; Fachgebiet fŸr Medientechnik; Foto: Eckert / Heddergott TU MŸnchen; Verwendung frei fŸr die Berichterstattung Ÿber die TU MŸnchen unter Nennung des Copyrights

Eckehard Steinbach: What are the challenges of haptic communication and what do we need to support it in next generation networks?

Bio: Eckehard Steinbach is a full professor for Media Technology at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. His current research interests are in the area of visual-haptic information processing and communication and indoor localization. Dr. Steinbach studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Essex (Great Britain), and ESIEE in Paris. From 1994-2000 he was a member of the research staff of the Image Communication Group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), where he received the Engineering Doctorate in 1999. From February 2000 to December 2001 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University. In February 2002 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of TUM. Dr. Steinbach and his team have received several best paper, best student paper or best poster awards for their work. Dr. Steinbach is the recipient of the 2011 “Research Award” of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation. In 2005 Dr. Steinbach has been appointed as a Guest Professor at the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK) at Tongji University in Shanghai. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2015 for his contributions to visual and haptic communications.


Eric_Kruse_06Erik Kruse: Industry transformation in the Networked Society

Bio: Erik Kruse, Head of Networked Society Lab & Networked Society Evangelist, Ericsson GF Marketing & Communication

Driving the Ericsson  Networked Society vision and developing insights in the Networked Society Lab. Working as a Networked Society Evangelist with around 100 presentations annually both externally and internally towards mainly C-suite across different market segments. Working with Ericsson strategic marketing with focus on future opportunities, emerging business models, future consumer behavior, transformation of networked industries, and future societal needs. Doing strategic advice and consulting to customers in the area of IoT, industry verticals, customer segmentation and future strategies for telecom, TV and networked  industries.



Preben Mogensen: The 5G use cases of mMTC and URLLC – Requirements and technologies

Bio: Preben Mogensen, Nokia Bell Labs.

Preben Mogensen received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Aalborg University in 1988 and 1996, respectively. Since 2000, he has been a professor at Aalborg University and leading the Wireless Communication Networks (WCN) Section. He has co-authored more than 300  papers in various domains of wireless communication. Since 1995 Preben Mogensen has also been part time associated with Nokia; Currently in a position of Principal Engineer in Nokia – Bell Labs. His current research focus is on 5G and MTC/IoT.



Jan -Erik Ekberg: Hardware-rooted platform security – from mobile phones towards IoT and the Cloud

Bio: Jan-Erik Ekberg, Trustonic Inc, Helsinki, Finland

Jan-Erik Ekberg is Director of Advanced Development at Trustonic. His background is in the telecom industry, where he worked for 18 years at Nokia Research Center. His primary interests are with issues related to platform security, TPMs SEs and TEEs, but he has also background in (securing) network protocols and telecom systems, as well with short-range communication technologies like NFC, BT-LE and WLAN. In his latest role his main focus is in trusted execution environments for mobile phones and other platforms, but also in OS security aspects such as SEAndroid. Jan-Erik received his doctorate in Computer Science from Aalto University.

guillaume_vivierGuillaume Vivier: title

Bio: Guillaume Vivier, Sequans Communications

Guillaume Vivier is graduated from Telecom Paris Tech and received his PhD degree from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. After 5 years in Alcatel in the design of satellite and microwave communication systems, he joined Motorola in 1998 to contribute to the definition of Systems Beyond 3G. He then held various positions within Motorola Labs. In 2008, he joined Sequans Communications to drive innovation into products. He is currently Director of Advanced Technology in the CTO office. He recently initiated a 5G activity, to anticipate and contribute to the definition and standardization of 5G and prepare future generation of Sequans’ chipsets.