The program featured”public” (webcast) sessions with roughly 5-6 speakers each from academia and industry, mixed with closed panel discussions.

The speakers were discouraged to give talks that presented wellknown “mainstream” messages and company statements. Instead speakers were encouraged to present their views on emerging trends and speculate on long-term developments – talks that were aimed at sparking stimulating discussions.


Mischa Dohler: M2M & Big Data: Will the Wireless Industry miss out again?

Bio: Mischa Dohler has been appointed Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, starting 1 September 2013. He is currently Director of Research at CTTC, Barcelona. He is Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc, Senior Member of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of ETT. He frequently features as keynote speaker and had press coverage by BBC/WSJ. He is a tech company investor as well as entrepreneur, being the cofounder, former CTO and now with the Board of Directors of one of the world’s leading M2M companies Worldsensing. He is fluent in 6 languages.


Gerhard P. Fettweis: The Tactile Internet – Enabled by 5G

Bio: Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. Thereafter he was one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA and then at TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with currently 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of acatech, has received an honorary doctorate, and multiple awards. In Dresden he has spun-out nine start-ups so far, and setup funded projects exceeding EUR 1/4 billion volume. He has been actively involved in organizing IEEE conferences, most notably being TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013. He remains active within IEEE societies as well as their publications.


Annika Lidne: The rise of the Micronationals – your new clients and your new competitors

Bio: Annika Lidne is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur who have been the CEO of several media companies and agencies. Currently she is co-founder of the “micronational” startup Dramatify, but also consults for select customers at Disruptive Media. Annika is also one of the most sought after public speakers in Sweden on digital trends, social media and innovation.
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Chih-Lin I: A peek at 5G

Bio: Chih-Lin I, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, has almost 30 years experience in wireless communication area. She has worked in various world-class companies and research institutes, including wireless communication fundamental research department of AT&T Bell Labs; Headquarter of AT&T, as Director of Wireless Communications Infrastructure and Access Technology; ITRI of Taiwan, as Director of Wireless Communication Technology Department; Hong Kong ASTRI, as VP and GD of Communications Technology Domain. She is a winner of CCCP “National 1000 talent” program, Chief Scientist of China Mobile, Head of Green Communication Research Center (GCRC) of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), in charge of advanced wireless communication R&D effort of CMRI.


Sara Mazur: Importance of connectivy in the Networked Society – beyond 2020

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.


Pranav Mehta: Building the Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI): Essential Elements and Roadmap

Bio: Pranav Mehta is a Sr. Principal Engineer and CTO for the Communications & Storage Infrastructure Group (CSIG) within Intel’s Intel Architecture Group. His team focuses on optimizing the Intel Architecture (IA) silicon, software, and system building blocks for the Communications and Storage market segments. This involves understanding performance bottlenecks in IA CPU and System architectures for these application segments; developing solutions to remove those bottlenecks; and modeling these solutions to ensure proper ROI before incorporating them into IA platforms. He also sponsors internal and external research and technology development pipeline for the business unit. .


Lauri Oksanen:
Your Gigabyte a day

Bio: Lauri Oksanen is head of Nokia Siemens Networks Research. He started his industrial career 25 years ago when he joined Nokia Cables to set up the first optical fiber plant for the company. Then Lauri joined Nokia Networks where he has worked with all major wireless technologies from GSM to 5G. Lauri has worked in various advanced technology management positions covering fixed and wireless access, core and services, including also the HW and SW platforms. During the Siemens COM and Nokia Networks merger he managed integration of the two technology units. Lauri has Master’s and Licentiate degrees in Telecommunications from Helsinki University of Technology, where he also worked as a researcher before joining Nokia.


Dipankar Raychaudhuri: The Challenge of Cellular-Internet Convergence: Evolving the Internet Architecture to SupportMobility Services as the Norm

Bio: Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB’s Director, he is responsible for an internationally recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. He is also PI for several large NSF funded projects including the “ORBIT” wireless testbed and the “MobilityFirst” future Internet architecture. Dr. Raychaudhuri has previously held corporate R&D positions including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), AGM & Dept Head, NEC Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92). He obtained the B.Tech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Rahim Tafazolli: Internet on The Move and Capacity Crunch

Bio: Rahim Tafazolli is the Director of the Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR) and 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Surrey in the UK.
He has published more than 500 research papers in refereed journals, international conferences and as invited speaker. He is the editor of two books on “Technologies for Wireless Future” published by Wiley’s Vol.1 in 2004 and Vol.2 2006.

Professor Tafazolli is currently chairman of EU Net!Works Technology Platform Expert Group, board member of the UK Future Internet Strategy Group (UK-FISG). He was appointed as Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum) in April 2011, in recognition of his personal contribution to the wireless world. As well as heading one of Europe’s leading research groups.


William Webb: From Bell Labs to Angel Investors: How the source of innovation in wireless is shifting

Bio: William is one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011. He is also CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. William has published 12 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET.


Shugong Xu: Challenges and progresses for future MobileCommunication systems

Bio: SHUGONG XU is a director and principal scientist at the Communication Technologies Laboratory, Central Research Institute, Huawei Technologies. He holds a B.Sc. degree from Wuhan University, China, and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. Prior to joining Huawei in 2008, he was with Sharp Laboratories of America as senior research scientist for seven years. In his over 18+ years of research on cutting edge research on wireless/mobile networking and communication, home networking and multimedia communications, he published more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers as lead-author in top international conferences and journals, in which the most referenced one has over 1000 Google Scholar citations. He holds more than 17 granted US/WO patents, and a lot more pending. Dr. Xu is a senior member of IEEE, a Concurrent Professor at HUST, and the Technical Committee co-chair of Green Touch consortium.

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Jens Zander: Spectrum for future Wireless Access – shortage for whom?

Bio: JENS ZANDER is a full professor, co-founder and Scientific Director of Wireless@KTH at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). He was project manager of the FP7 QUASAR project assessing the technical and commercial availability of spectrum for secondary (“cognitive radio”) use. Dr Zander 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 was the chairman of the IEEE VT/COM Swedish Chapter (2001-2005) and TPC Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conferences in 1994 and 2004, as well as General Chair for Crowncom 2012. Dr Zander is associate editor of the ACM Wireless Networks Journal. His current research interests include architectures, resource and flexible spectrum management regimes as well as economic models for future wireless infrastructures.