Speakers

Adam Koeppe

Vice President Technology Planning, Verizon Wireless

Adam Koeppe is the Vice President of Technology Planning for Verizon.  In this role he is responsible for the infrastructure roadmap for all elements of the Verizon Wireless radio access network, enhanced packet core, and the IMS core. Additionally, his team is tasked with charting the path to future spectrum acquisitions, developing next-generation industry standards, and defining and designing 5G, Internet of Things, and virtualized networks for Verizon.

His 16-year career at Verizon has spanned multiple roles. He was the Executive Director of Network Administration for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the administration of the Network capital and expense budgets and usage forecasting. He has held multiple field leadership roles, including Operations and Engineering Director stints in the PA/WV/OH region, and Executive Director for the New England region with responsibilities for the Network engineering, operations, and system performance.

He began his technical leadership journey first as Project Implementation Manager in Northern New Jersey, responsible for regional project management, and then as Cell and Switch Operations Manager in New York City.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems from Seton Hall University. He resides in Tewksbury, NJ with his wife and three amazing kids.

Dr. Alenka Zajic

Assistant Professor, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology

Alenka Zajic is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, in 2001 and 2003, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2008. Before joining Georgia Tech as an assistant professor, Dr. Zajic was a post-doctoral fellow in the Naval Research Laboratory and visiting faculty in the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Zajic was the recipient of the 2012 Neal Shepherd Memorial Best Propagation Paper Award, the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications and Electronics 2014, the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Telecommunications 2008, the Best Student Paper Award at the 2007 Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, and the Dan Noble Fellowship in 2004, which was awarded by Motorola Inc. and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society for quality impact in the area of vehicular technology. Currently, she is an editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Dr. Amitava Ghosh

Nokia Fellow and Head, Small Cell Research at Nokia Bell Labs

Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh is Nokia Fellow and Head, Small Cell Research at Nokia Bell Labs. He joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. Dr. Ghosh has 60 issued patents, has written multiple book chapters and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers.

He is currently working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a Fellow of IEEE and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”.

Dr. Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton was named the 16th president of New York University—one of the largest and foremost private universities in the US—in March 2015. He officially took up his duties as NYU’s president on January 1, 2016. Dr. Hamilton has an acclaimed record of success as a leader in higher education and is a noted scientist.

Most recently, Dr. Hamilton served as the vice chancellor of Oxford University—the university’s senior officer—a post he held since 2009, and as professor of chemistry at Oxford. His tenure as vice chancellor was distinguished by significant improvements in university governance and faculty relations; the launch of a new School of Government and the expansion of the business school; the enhancement of interdisciplinary research and teaching; and many other noteworthy accomplishments. Before being named as Oxford’s vice chancellor, Dr. Hamilton served as provost (2004–08) of Yale University; he had previously been Yale’s deputy provost for science and technology. In addition to his record as an academic leader, Dr. Hamilton is a noted, award-winning, widely published chemist, and he has continued to maintain his scholarly work, including an active research laboratory, while holding leadership positions.

Andrew Hamilton was born in November 1952, in Guildford, Surrey, UK. He received a first class BSc from the University of Exeter, his master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He did post-doctoral work at the Université Louis Pasteur. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, and the University of Exeter, among others. President Hamilton and his wife, Jennie, have three adult children, all of whom live in the United States.

Dr. Anton Monk

VP Strategic Alliances and Standards, Cohere Technologies

Dr. Monk is VP of Strategic Alliances and Standards at Cohere Technologies, which has developed a groundbreaking wireless modulation technology that is being evaluated by 3GPP for 5G standardization. He was a co-founder of Entropic Communications, a publicly traded semiconductor company that invented the home networking solution used for multi-room DVR throughout the U.S. At Entropic he led the engineering and standards development of Entropic's coax-based technology, which was standardized by MoCA, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, where he held the position of CTO. Dr. Monk holds 22 patents and has been an invited keynote speaker at global technology conferences in Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable, satellite and wireless integrated circuits at Conexant and ComStream Corporation and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He sits on a number of corporate, industry and non-profit boards. Dr. Monk earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Arun Ghosh

Director of the Advanced Wireless Technologies, AT&T Labs

Dr. Arun Ghosh is the Director of the Advanced Wireless Technologies in AT&T Labs. He leads a team of researchers in AT&T Labs and is responsible for development of new technology and concepts related to wireless communications. Amongst other his responsibility includes researching new technology related 5G such as massive MIMO, self-backhauling ultra-dense network, mmWave technology. Currently he is also involved in building several mmWave testbed in AT&T Labs intended for the purposes of developing and testing the essential building blocks of 5G. His background is in digital communication and signal processing and in the past he has also worked extensively on various subjects such as MIMO, interference cancellation, cloud RAN, advanced system architecture in the context of 3G and 4G. Dr. Ghosh also represents AT&T in various standards organization such as 3GPP, IEEE, and WiMAX. He has also authored several bestselling books on LTE and WiMAX. He received his PhD from University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his undergraduate from Indian Institute of Technology.

Ashwin Sampath

Senior Director of Technology at Corporate R&D, Qualcomm, NJ

Ashwin Sampath is Senior Director of Technology at Corporate R&D, Qualcomm, NJ. He founded the millimeter wave research project within the R&D division and led the project from inception through the prototype phase, while also overseeing channel measurements/modeling and system design.

In recent months, his focus has been on over-the-air performance optimization of millimeter wave systems and modem architecture. He has been with Qualcomm, CR&D since 2005 where he has led projects related to dense small-cell networks, topics in LTE-Advanced, 3G/4G multi-mode wireless modem design for small-cell ASICs and Femto cell SoC architecture.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, from 2003-2005, he was with Texas Instruments, leading HSDPA systems engineering for a mobile SoC and before that, was Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs from 1997-2003. He has over 90 issued patents. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Belal Hamzeh

VP of wireless technologies at CableLabs

Belal Hamzeh is the VP of wireless technologies at CableLabs; a non-profit R&D consortium that is dedicated to creating and driving technologies that are critical to the cable industry’s business. In this role, Belal is responsible for wireless R&D activities across fixed and mobile wireless technologies (Wi-Fi, LTE/LAA LTE/LTE-U, 5G) and emerging wireless technologies.

Belal has extensive experience in the technology development lifecycle for wired and wireless technologies. Most recently, Belal led the DOCSIS 3.1 technology development effort going from specification draft to device interoperability testing in less than 18 months. Prior to joining CableLabs, Belal led research and development efforts for 3G/4G systems, including standardization, product development, certification and network deployments. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.

Dr. Charlie Jianzhong Zhang

VP and head of Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab, Samsung

Dr. Charlie Jianzhong Zhang is a VP and head of Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab, where he leads research and standards for 5G cellular systems and next generation multimedia networks. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison. From August 2009 to August 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO and CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE, etc. Before joining Samsung, he was with Motorola from 2006 to 2007 working on 3GPP HSPA standards, and with Nokia Research Center from 2001 to 2006 working on IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX) standard and EDGE/CDMA receiver algorithms. Charlie is a Fellow of IEEE.

Dr. Christopher M. Collins

Professor of Radiology, NYU’s School of Medicine

Christopher M. Collins, PhD, is a Professor of Radiology at NYU’s School of Medicine in Manhattan. He is best known for developing methods of determining and analyzing the electromagnetic field distributions throughout the human body during MRI for ensuring image quality and patient safety. He also serves as the Director of Research Faculty Affairs for the Department of Radiology, and as a member of the faculty of NYU Wireless, helping to address issues of ensuring safety of exposure to electromagnetic fields in the high GHz regime. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and served at the Pennsylvania State University’s Center for MR Research in Hershey, PA until 2012 when he joined NYU.

Eric Starkloff

Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, National Instruments

As Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Eric Starkloff leads worldwide sales and marketing organizations responsible for driving focus, accountability, and growth. Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held leadership positions across the marketing organization, including leading teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and NI CompactRIO. Starkloff holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Gaurav Bansal

Senior Researcher, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Gaurav is a Senior Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he leads several research initiatives on the design of communication systems for Automated Driving. Gaurav is an expert in Vehicular Communications, pioneering contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. His current research interests also include millimeter wave & full-duplex wireless communications. Gaurav represents Toyota in the Automakers’ Vehicle Safety Communication Consortium and in the SAE, ETSI, IEEE standardization bodies. Gaurav's paper on DSRC Congestion Control received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE WiVEC Symposium. He also holds several patents in the field. Gaurav serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials Journal and IEEE Connected Vehicles Initiative. Gaurav holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and The University of British Columbia.

Geoff Waters

Senior Principle Engineer, NXP

Geoff Waters serves as a Senior Principle Engineer, covering high-end multi-core products and trusted computing for NXP’s Digital Networking group. He leads the Trust Architecture user’s group, and is a regular contributor to the MultiCore for Avionics (MCFA) working group.

When Geoff is not working on security acceleration and hardware roots of trust, you'll find him on the river competing in canoe ultra-marathons and kayak races.

Dr. Gerhard Fettweis

Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden

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, and the 5G Lab Germany.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), and received multiple IEEE recognitions. In Dresden his team has spun-out fourteen 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.

Jerry Pi

Chief Technology Officer of Straight Path Communications Inc.

Jerry Pi is the Chief Technology Officer of Straight Path Communications Inc., a leading communication asset company with one of the largest 39 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum portfolios in the United States. He leads the technology strategy and R&D in 5G, Gbps broadband access, and backhaul solutions that maximize the value of these assets.
Prior to joining Straight Path, Jerry was a Senior Director at Samsung Research America in Dallas, Texas, where he led system research, standardization, and prototyping activities in 4G and 5G. Jerry pioneered the development of millimeter-wave technologies for 5G. He authored the world's first invention and first journal article on millimeter-wave mobile broadband. He also led the development of the world’s first 5G baseband and RF system prototype that successfully demonstrated the feasibility of 5G mobile communication at 28 GHz. During his tenure at Samsung, Jerry has also managed a variety of emerging technology research programs in smart home and IoT solutions, wearable devices, bio-signal processing and computing, mobile health, and medical imaging. Before joining Samsung in 2006, he was with Nokia Research Center in Dallas and San Diego, where he was a leading contributor to Nokia's 3G wireless standardization and modem development efforts for 3GPP2 1xEV-DV, 1xEV-DO, and Ultra Mobile Broadband systems.
He has authored more than 30 technical journal and conference papers and is the inventor of more than 100 patents. He holds a B.E. degree from Tsinghua University (with honor), a M.S. degree from the Ohio State University, and an MBA degree from Cornell University (with distinction). He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Dr. Juergen Schindler

Head of 5G Product Management, Nokia

Jürgen Schindler is heading Nokia 5G Product Management. He is responsible for our 5G radio portfolio and our 5G radio business.

In the years before Jürgen was heading LTE Lead Customer Product Management in Nokia Siemens Networks where he was working with leading customers to define the LTE product strategy.

From 2004 to 2007 Jürgen was heading Portfolio Management Radio and was responsible for the Siemens Mobile Network Product Portfolio.

Prior to this appointment after 2001 Jürgen was heading Network Engineering department being responsible for planning and optimization of Mobile Networks.

Jürgen started his professional career in Siemens in 1997 doing research on 3G. He was then heading heading the 3GPP Radio Standardization.

Jürgen is married, has two children and is living in Germany near Munich. His recreational interests include traveling, skiing, golf and international relations.

Junyi Li

Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm

Junyi Li is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm. He was a key inventor of Flash-OFDM, arguably the first commercially deployed OFDMA-based mobile broadband wireless communications system.

He holds over 400 U.S. patents and has more than 500 pending patent applications. He was a founding member of Flarion Technologies, a startup acquired by QUALCOMM in 2006. Prior to that, he was with Bell-Labs research in Lucent Technologies.

He has a Ph.D. degree in E.E. from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a co-author of the book “OFDMA Mobile Broadband Communications” published by Cambridge University Press.

He received the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineers award from Purdue University in 2012.

Karri Kuoppamaki

Vice President, Network Technology Development and Strategy T-Mobile USA

Karri Kuoppamaki is the Vice President of Network Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA. In this role, Karri is responsible for network related technology development and new innovation evaluation, as well as ensuring alignment between T-Mobile USA Network Technology and the regulatory environment, specifically in the area of radio technology and spectrum policy. Karri also drives the strategic long term technology strategy activities both internally as well as towards external stakeholders.

Karri has 20 years of international experience in product marketing, product development and technology management in the wireless industry, and has worked in multiple countries in Europe, Africa and USA. He has a proven track record in introducing, defining and developing new technologies for the telecommunications market.

Responsible for technology development for Radio Access, including spectrum strategy and regulatory items, for T-Mobile USA. Additionally, driving new innovation and long term technology strategy and development with focus on Radio Access evolution and device development. More than 20 years of wireless experience in USA, Europe and Africa.

Ken Rehbehn

Principal Analyst, 451 Group

Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst with the 451 Research Mobility team. As a mobile wireless infrastructure analyst, Ken tracks radio access network (RAN) technology solutions operators deploy to deliver value to consumers, enterprises and government.

With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rehbehn provides insight into mobile radio access network (RAN) and core network trends including HSPA, LTE, 5G, small cells, operator Wi-Fi, base station antennas, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Self Optimizing Networks (SON), RAN service assurance and RAN planning software.

In addition, with more than 40 years of experience in the fire and rescue service, Rehbehn is an expert in public safety mobile broadband communications solutions.

Khurram Sheikh

Industry Expert / CTO / CEO Wireless Industry

Khurram Sheikh is an industry expert and innovator with a diversified set of leadership experiences in the mobile industry. Most recently he was Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of Silicon Image and President of SiBEAM - a pioneer in millimeter-wave wireless technology (both acquired by Lattice Semiconductor). Previously he held senior executive positions at Sprint, Time Warner Cable and Powerwave Technologies.

With over 20 years of experience in the mobile broadband and Internet industry, Mr. Sheikh has been at the forefront of many groundbreaking efforts, including development of the 4G wireless technology standards and ecosystem, building the first broadband wireless 4G network and devices, deploying the first cable Wi-Fi systems, designing the first integrated 4G-Wi-Fi small cell base station and leading the development of millimeter-wave chips and technology enabling 5G use cases.

Mr. Sheikh received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan with highest honors and a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on wireless communications from Stanford University. He has also completed executive development courses at the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is based in Silicon Valley and is an active board member of several venture-funded start-up and private equity funded companies focused on breakthrough technologies that are shaping the communication ecosystem from the device to the cloud.

Klaus Doppler

Connectivity lab leader at Nokia Technologies

Klaus joined Nokia in 2002. Currently, he is leading the Connectivity lab at Nokia Technologies. The Connectivity Lab innovates at the intersection of Connectivity with Digital Media and Digital Health and creates new product concepts. In the past, Klaus has been responsible for the wireless research and standardization (4G, 5G, Wi-Fi) in Nokia Technologies. He received several inventor awards at Nokia, has more than 75 pending and granted patent applications and published 30 journal and conference publications and book chapters.

Juha Sipilä

Head of 5G System Engineering, Nokia

Juha Sipilä received his M.Sc degree from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 1998. He has since 1996 worked in various positions at Nokia & Nokia Siemens Networks including Head of WCDMA System Design and architecture and Head of Single RAN System Design and Architecture. Currently he is leading several system and product architecture development teams globally as head of 5G System Engineering. Juha has several international patents. Areas of interest include global R&D management, 5G technology and telecom product creation and evolution.

Lauri Oksanen

Vice President for Research and Technology, Nokia

Lauri Oksanen is Vice President for Research and Technology in Nokia. He heads Technology, Architecture, Vision, and Standardization in Nokia Bell Labs. He started his industrial career 28 years ago in fiber optics in Nokia. Then Lauri moved to mobile 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, management and services, including also the HW and SW platforms. Lauri has Master's and Licentiate degrees in Telecommunications from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto), where he also worked as a researcher before joining Nokia.

Luke Ibbetson

Head of Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation

Luke Ibbetson has been with Vodafone since 1996 and currently heads the Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation, responsible for all aspects of network / IT research and strategy including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, definition of the architectural blueprint for future networks, trials of emerging / disruptive technologies and concepts and long term spectrum matters.

Luke is leading Vodafone's 5G programme and is a proud pioneer of Narrow Band IoT technology.

Marcus Weldon

President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer Nokia

As President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio.

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision, and his track of picking the right technological disruptions and opportunities, from vectoring for copper access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and Small Cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry changing forces and the movement towards edge cloud architectures. He combines this vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

Commenting on this joint role, Marcus said: “We are in a unique period in human history where we are on the verge of a new technological revolution defined by the digitization and connection of everything and everyone. This will require 100-fold or more improvement in network scale, flexibility, programmability and cost per bit. And in order to achieve these goals, the cloud will merge with and move to the edge of the network, and device functionality will similarly be increasingly be implemented in this ‘cloud integrated network’. These types of big networking challenges are quintessential ‘Bell Labs challenges’ and we are rising to meet them as we have for the better part of 90 years by fundamental technological breakthroughs that have the potential to be 10 times better than those available today in any key dimension.”

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division. He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials.

He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in ICT in 2014 and one of their ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’. He was a member of the Executive Board of ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and a member of the former FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and an advisor to select Venture Funds. He is the editor of the recent book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective” (Taylor and Francis, 2015).

Mark Cudak

Department Head, Nokia Bell Labs

Mark Cudak is a Department Head in the Small Cells Research Group with Nokia Bell Labs. His research focuses on cellular network evolution and his team is looking at novel ways to meet the continued growth in data consumption and expanding diversity of wireless applications. In addition, Mark has been leading Nokia’s 5G mmWave proof-of-concept system and has developed a series of demonstrations helping prove the viability of mmWave for cellular access.

Prior to joining Nokia in 2011, Mark was with Motorola for 20 years where he worked on a variety of wireless data systems including GPRS, WCDMA, HSPA, WiMAX and LTE. Mark has over 40 issued patents, was a Motorola Dan Noble Fellow and holds a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Michael Ha

Deputy Chief, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC

Michael Ha is the Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission. Since joining the Commission in 2010, he has been engaged in various proceedings on spectrum allocations for advanced wireless services, mobile satellite services, and public safety services. He has also been engaged in federal/non-federal spectrum sharing activities and the Commission’s efforts to explore the use of innovative technologies in upper microwave and millimeter wave bands. Michael is the FCC’s liaison to the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC). His other areas of interests include innovative technologies to enhance the spectrum efficiency and enable spectrum sharing.

Michael held various technology and management leadership positions in R&D, Technology Development, Corporate Strategy and Product Management through his private wireless industry career. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as the Director of 4G Device Management at Sprint-Nextel, where his team was responsible for the WiMAX device development and portfolio strategy.

Michael received a Sc.B degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Mikael Hook

Director Radio Access Technologies, Ericsson Research

Mikael Höök received his M.Sc. Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has 20 years of experience in the areas of research and standardization of wireless technologies. Mikael Höök has been Head of Radio Access Technologies at Ericsson Research since 2007. He is based in Kista, Stockholm, and the responsibility covers research of air-interface design, advanced signal processing, multi-antenna systems, propagation and RF design. Results are fed into standardization, regulation and product development. Höök has been involved in the research and standardization of 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G radio access.

Dr. Onur Altintas

Fellow, Research Division, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Dr. Onur Altintas is a Fellow at the Research Division of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Co. Ltd, in Tokyo. He has been the co-founder and general co-chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (IEEE VNC) since 2009. He serves in the editorial boards of IEEE ITS Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles and Connected Vehicles Series of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is an IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer.

Partho Sengupta

Director of Cardiac Interventional Echocardiography Program

Partho P. Sengupta is the Director of Cardiac Interventional Echocardiography Program, Cardiac Ultrasound Research and Core Lab and an Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at Mount Sinai’s Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health.

Dr Sengupta completed his clinical residency and cardiology fellowship from Mayo Clinic Rochester and Arizona respectively. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. The primary goal of his research is to detect early stages of cardiovascular disease using state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound technologies.

Prior to his move to Mount Sinai, he served as the Director of Noninvasive Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging at University of California, Irvine. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of American College of cardiology: Imaging and has served as a Board of Director for the American Society of Echo and as the Chair of the ASE Telehealth and New Technology Taskforce.

He has won several excellence awards including ASE's Young Investigator Award in 2004, Mayo Clinic Research Award in 2007, Mayo Brother's Distinguished Fellowship Award in 2009 and AACIO Young Investigator Award in 2010. He was awarded ASE's 14th Feigenbaum Lecturership for recognizing his significant contributions to research in the field of echocardiography. He delivered ASE’s first-ever presentation using hologram technology at ASE's 24th Annual Scientific Sessions on July1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His futuristic ideas, investigative skills and international work have been widely acclaimed by major media outlets including heart.org and Forbes.

Dr. Peiying Zhu

Huawei Fellow

Dr. Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 150 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and co-chaired for various 5G workshops. She is actively involved in IEEE 802 and 3GPP standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into WiMAX /LTE standards and 4G products.

Peter Merz

Head of e2e Mobile Network Solutions, Bell Labs Research, Nokia

Peter is leading the end to end Mobile Network Solution research lab within Bell Labs at Nokia. In 2007 he took over the position of Head of Radio Systems research in Nokia Siemens Network and later Nokia Networks. The research performed in this unit has substantially contributed to the evolution of WCDMA, HSPA and LTE/LTE-A and 5G technologies and systems that today and the future provide Mobile Broadband on a global base.

Since January 2016 he is leading the e2e Mobile Network Solutions lab within Nokia Bell labs. The lab is responsible for driving breakthroughs in the area of mobile networking with focus to transform how we connect with each other and with the world around us by unlocking an unlimited range of services and use cases through creation of future-proof, adaptive and massively scalable E2E solutions for mobile networks.

Dr. Preben Mogensen

Principal Engineer, Nokia Bell Labs Aalborg

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.

Dr. Robert W Heath Jr

Cullen Trust Endowed Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2002 in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff then a Senior Consultant at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he worked on the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. Since January 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor, and is a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc., Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC, and on the executive team at PHAZR Inc. His research interests include several aspects of wireless communication and signal processing: limited feedback techniques, multihop networking, multiuser and multicell MIMO, interference alignment, adaptive video transmission, manifold signal processing, and millimeter wave communication techniques. He is a co-author of the book “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” published by Prentice Hall in 2014.

Dr. Heath has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communication, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issue on limited feedback communication, and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing special issue on Heterogenous Networks. He was on the steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2011-2014. He was a member of the Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is a former Chair of the IEEE COMSOC Communications Technical Theory Committee. He was a technical co-chair for the 2007 Fall Vehicular Technology Conference, general chair of the 2008 Communication Theory Workshop, general co-chair, technical co-chair and co-organizer of the 2009 IEEE Signal Processing for Wireless Communications Workshop, local co-organizer for the 2009 IEEE CAMSAP Conference, technical co-chair for the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, the technical chair for the 2011 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, general chair for the 2013 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, founding general co-chair for the 2013 IEEE GlobalSIP conference, and was technical co-chair for the 2014 IEEE GLOBECOM conference.

Dr. Heath was a co-author of best student paper awards at IEEE VTC 2006 Spring, WPMC 2006, IEEE GLOBECOM 2006, IEEE VTC 2007 Spring, and IEEE RWS 2009, as well as co-recipient of the Grand Prize in the 2008 WinTech WinCool Demo Contest. He was co-recipient of the 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award. He was a 2003 Frontiers in Education New Faculty Fellow. He is also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Roger Nichols

5G Program Manager, Keysight Technologies

Roger Nichols is the 5G Program Manager for Keysight Technologies. His 31 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight spans roles in manufacturing, R&D, and marketing. He has worked in programs spanning the evolution from analog cellular radio to 4G and every standard in between. He spent seven years as the Senior Marketing Director for Keysight’s (Agilent’s) Mobile Broadband Operation responsible for the wireless test-sets and systems that are used in all major design and certification labs as well as manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Rogers holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sanyogita Shamsunder

5G Planning and Strategy Executive, Verizon

Sanyogita Shamsunder is the 5G Planning and Strategy executive at Verizon. In her previous roles she led wireless advanced technology and spectrum strateg. Sanyogita led the team that launched the first LTE devices in the industry. Prior to Verizon, she held positions at Lucent-Bell Labs, Sandbridge Technologies and Linquest Corporation. Sanyogita has led teams in all facets of the wireless business including device and network technology development, marketing, planning and strategy. Sanyogita received an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in EE from The University of Virginia.

Seizo Onoe

CTO, NTT DoCoMo​

Seizo Onoe was named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors in June 2012. Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took positions as Managing Director of the Radio Access Network related development departments from July 2002 to June 2008.

He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA/ HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.

Stephen Bye

CTO of C Spire

Stephen Bye is the CTO of C Spire, with more than 24 years of engineering, operations, product development, business planning and marketing experience with telecom, cable and wireless service providers. His current responsibilities within C Spire include technology planning, network development, network and device engineering, wireless and fiber network deployment, construction and field services as well as the day to day operations of the wireless and FTTH networks, serving consumer and business customers.

Prior to this position, he was the CTO of Sprint, where Stephen was responsible for technology and network innovation, strategy, planning and development. His team was accountable for the network capital investment plan and operating budget, technology and network planning, development, product integration, transport and access, domestic and international roaming, network, systems and device testing and field integration.

He has previously held executive positions with Cox Communications, AT&T, inCode Wireless, BellSouth International, Optus and Telstra. Stephen is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Takehiro Nakamura

VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory in 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 in Japan. He is currently the Acting Chairman of the Strategy & Planning Committee in 5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan.

He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999. He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.

Dr. Ted Rappaport

Director, NYU WIRELESS

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a professor of radiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

Rappaport is the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, the world’s first academic research center to combine engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier, he founded two of the world’s largest academic wireless research centers: The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@ at Virginia Tech, in 1990.

Rappaport received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is an Outstanding Alumni of his alma mater.

Dr. Theodore Sizer

Head of Mobile Radio Research, Nokia Bell Labs

Tod has lead Wireless Research in Bell Labs for seven years, first within Alcatel-Lucent and today leading Mobile Radio Research in Nokia. In recent years, Tod has been leading the vision and research of 5G and the new technologies that will be required to meet the needs of an Always Connected world with expectations of Infinite Capacity. He obtained his B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Amherst College, and his M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

Tod is author of over 50 patents, and was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 2015, of the World Wireless Research Forum in 2012, and in 2007 was named a Bell Labs Fellow “For sustained creative contributions to wireless systems, particularly in the convergence of packet and wireless technologies”. In 2012 he received the Popular Science Breakthrough Innovation award for the lightRadio invention.

Dr. Thomas Novlan

Staff Research Engineer with the Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab, Samsung Research America

Thomas Novlan is a Staff Research Engineer with the Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab of Samsung Research America, currently working on 5G air-interface research and system design. He joined Samsung in 2012, working on LTE-Advanced standardization for device-to-device and small cell-related technologies including LTE-U and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). He received his B.S. with High Honors, M.S., and Ph.D, in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007, 2009, and 2012 respectively.

Dr. Thyagarajan Nandagopal

Program Director at the National Science Foundation

Thyaga Nandagopal is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE), where he manages wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program. He also serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government.

Tom Keathley

Senior Vice President, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T Services, Inc.​

Tom is responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of AT&T’s Mobility network and the wireless device requirements and certification. Tom and his team also lead the architecture development for AT&T’s access technologies. Tom serves as the Chairman of the 4G Americas Board of Governors and sits on the Board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks organization.

Previously as Vice President -Service Realization, Tom was responsible for the delivery of the video architecture and platform supporting the evolution of the UVerse service. He was also responsible for the design and delivery of the mobility packet core as well as the transition of that platform to the User Defined Network Cloud.

Tom has 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and served in a number of leadership roles in AT&T, Cingular, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Cellular One and Southwestern Bell Telephone. Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Rolla, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.

Vida Ilderem

Vice President, Intel Labs
Director, Wireless Communications Research​

Dr. Vida Ilderem is vice president of Intel Labs and director of wireless communication research (WCR) at Intel Corporation. WCR explores breakthrough wireless technologies to fulfill the promise of secure, energy efficient, seamless and affordable connection for people and things, such as next-generation wireless protocols and technologies, and low power communication.

Prior to leading WCR, Ilderem was vice president and director for integrated computing research (ICR), and integrated platform research (IPR) at Intel Labs. ICR and IPR explored the evolution of connected computing with focus on new emerging platforms. Research vectors included breakthrough technology innovations for seamless connectivity, highly integrated small form factors, sensor and actuators, and enablement of Internet of Things and wearables.

Prior to joining Intel in 2009, Ilderem served as vice president of Systems and Technology Research at Motorola's Applied Research and Technology Center, where she was also recognized as Motorola Distinguished Innovator. Ilderem holds a doctorate and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University, Fresno. She has 27 issued patents.