Keynote Speakers

Ian F. Akyildiz

Georgia Institute of Technology

Biography: F. Akyildiz is the Ken Byers Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow, and received numerous other awards from IEEE, ACM, and several universities around the world. He is one of the most influential scientists in wireless communications and is the founder of the fields of nanocomputation and nanocommunications. His papers have received close to 100k citations and his h-index is 108 as of December 2017.

His current research interests are in Nano-Scale Communications, 5G Cellular Systems, Software Defined Networking and Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments. + More details

Mérouane Debbah


Biography: Mérouane Debbah is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France) and the Director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, Huawei. He is an IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He is a leading researcher in wireless communications. His works have been cited around 17k times, having an h-index of 62 as of December 2017. Mérouane Debbah is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of several prestigious awards.

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France).

From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab.

He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014.

Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects.

He received 17 best paper awards, among which: 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, 2014 WCNC best paper award, 2015 ICC best paper award, 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award, 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award, 2017 EURASIP Best Paper Award, Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009, Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards.

Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011, and the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012. He is the co-founder of Ximinds and Ulanta.

His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research.

Syed A. Jafar

University of California Irvine

Biography: Syed Jafar is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA USA. Dr. Jafar was elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to analyzing the capacity of wireless communication networks. He is one of the most influential researchers in information theoretic aspects of wireless communications and co-inventor of interference alignment in MIMO interference networks. He has over 23k citations and has an h index of 61, as of December 2017.

Syed Ali Jafar received his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi, India, in 1997, M.S. from Caltech, USA, in 1999, and Ph.D. from Stanford, USA, in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs, Qualcomm Inc. and Hughes Software Systems.

Dr. Jafar received the Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering in 2015, the UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research in 2015, the School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research Award in 2015, the School of Engineering Maseeh Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, and the NSF CAREER award in 2006.

His co-authored papers received the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award in 2009, IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2013, IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award in 2015, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (to student co-authors) in 2015, an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2012 and an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2014

Dr. Jafar received the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year award five times, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014, from the Engineering Students Council and the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the School of Engineering. He was a University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow in 2010 and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Dr. Jafar was recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and included by Sciencewatch among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014 and again in 2015. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2009-2012. Dr. Jafar was elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to analyzing the capacity of wireless communication networks.

His research interests include multiuser information theory, wireless communications and network coding.

Angel Lozano

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Biography: Angel Lozano is a Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. He is also UPF's Vice-Rector for Research. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Highly Cited Researcher. He is one of the most influential researchers in signal processing and information theory for MIMO systems, having contributed to 15 patents, and has an h index of 43 and 11k citations to his work, as of December 2017.

Prof. Lozano received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. In 1999, he joined Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies, now Alcatel-Lucent) in Holmdel, USA, where he was a member of the Wireless Communications Research Department until 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 he was also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, NY, USA.

He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2011-2014), the IEEE Transactions on Communications (1999-2009) and the Journal of Communications & Networks (2010-2012), has guest-edited various journal special issues, and is actively involved in committees and conference organization tasks for the IEEE. In particular, he was Chair of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee (2013-2014) and an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (2012-2014) and he is a current member of the steering committee for the IEEE Wireless Communication Letters. He currently is the Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

David Soldani

Nokia, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Biography: D. Soldani is one of the top experts in multi-disciplinary, transformative frontier research and innovation. He has been active in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field for more than 20 years, successfully working on 200+ Research, Innovation and Customer Services (internal, collaborative and co-funded) projects and contributing to 500+ quality deliverables (patents, papers, books, technical reports and specifications, products, services and solutions) - from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, services and products with partners and customers.

Dr. David Soldani is currently the Head of 5G Technology, End-to-End, at Nokia (Global). He is an Associate Editor in Chief (AEiC) of IEEE Network Magazine. In 2014, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK, and since 2016 is Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree with 110/110 and magna cum laude approbatur in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in technology with distinction from Aalto University, Finland, in 2006.

Previously he was Vice President of Strategic Research and Innovation and Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) at Huawei, in Europe, and prior to that he was a Scientific Director at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Dr. Soldani represented Huawei Technologies in the Board of Directors of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) - within the EU H2020 5G Private Public Partnership (PPP) Initiative - and Steering Board (SB) of NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe. In Nokia he is responsible for driving the alignment between Nokia 5G reference architectures, technology roadmaps, standardization activities, research and development portfolio - end to end - and future customers' needs, globally. He represent Nokia in the Board of Directors of relevant ICT alliances and fora.

His areas of his responsibility and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, high performing computing, IoT and multimedia technologies. In the EU, he is also qualified and authorized to exercise his profession in Civil and Environmental, Industrial and Information sectors.

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