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Panel on “Future Wireless Networks”

Tuesday March 29th, 14:00 – 15:30


  • Xavier Pérez Costa - NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Jaime Sánchez García - CICESE, México


  • Xavier Pérez Costa and Jaime Sánchez García

Future Wireless Networks need to address many challenging requirements in order to satisfy the always growing service and bandwidth demands. Forecasts predict that in the near future the number of mobile Internet users will exceed that of desktop users, data traffic growth will be massive (with video as main driver), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will become pervasive and the Internet of Things (IoT) will add billions of objects to current networks. In this panel, the limitations of current wireless technologies will be discussed and the most promising solutions to overcome them presented by top academic and industrial researchers.


  • Giuseppe Bianchi - University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Gerhard Fettweis - Vodafone Chair/Technical University of Dresden, Germany
  • Faroq Khan - Samsung, USA
  • Reinaldo Valenzuela - Alcatel-Lucent, USA


Giuseppe Bianchi - University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Giuseppe Bianchi is Full Professor of networking and head of the Telecommunications Engineering teaching programme at the School of Engineering of the University of Roma Tor Vergata. His research activity (published on about 150 papers in peer-refereed international journals and conferences) spans several areas, current active topics being wireless networks, network security, network measurement and monitoring, privacy. His wireless LAN performance modeling methodology has been widely employed by the WLAN community. G. Bianchi has coordinated (or scientifically coordinated) four European projects, including the ongoing FP7-FLAVIA STREP project (general coordinator, on programmable wireless networks) and FP7-DEMONS IP project (scientific coordinator, on distributed, scalable and privacy-preserving network monitoring). He's associate editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and for Elsevier Computer Communications. He co-chaired several international conferences and workshops, including IEEE WoWMOM (2007 & 2010), ACM WMASH (2003 & 2004), IEEE QoSIP 2005, IEEE PIMRC 2008, ITWDC 2010, MedHocNet 2011 and served as Technical Program Committee member for several networking conferences and workshops, including IEEE INFOCOM, ACM CONEXT, IEEE SECON, IEEE ICC, IEEE WOWMOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, etc.

Gerhard Fettweis - Vodafone Chair/Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. Thereafter he was 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. He runs the world's largest cellular research test-bed in downtown Dresden (EASY-C). Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, and has received many awards. In Dresden he has spun-out nine start-ups so far, and setup funded projects of more than EUR 1/4 billion volume. He has been actively involved in organizing IEEE conferences, most notably being TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009 (Dresden). He remains active within IEEE societies as well as their publications.

Faroq Khan - Samsung, USA

Farooq Khan is Senior Director with Samsung R&D center in Dallas, Texas, where he manages research in the areas of wireless communications, RF devices and systems, multimedia, computing and smart energy. Previously, he held research positions with Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Ericsson Research in Sweden. He has authored more than 35 research papers and holds over 50 US patents. He also authored a book "LTE for 4G Mobile Broadband - Air Interface Technologies and Performance". He holds an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité, Paris, France and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Université de Versailles, France.

Reinaldo Valenzuela - Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Reinaldo A. Valenzuela: B.Sc. University of Chile, Ph.D. Imperial College. IEEE Fellow. 2010 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award. Director, Wireless Communications Research Department, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories. Engaged in MIMO/space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays. He has published over 130 papers and 12 patents. He has over 10 000 Google Scholar citations and is a 'Highly Cited Author' In Thomson ISI and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.


Panel on “Wireless Green Networking”

Wednesday 30 March, 14:00 – 15:30


  • Marco Ajmone Marsan. Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and Institute IMDEA Networks (Spain)

The cost of the energy required to power the base stations of a wireless access network has become the largest component of the mobile network operator’s OPEX. This fact is motivating manufacturers to develop new lines of low-power equipment, and networking researchers to investigate approaches for the reduction of the network energy consumption. This panel will discuss the main issues and challenges in the area of wireless green networking, with the contribution of academic and industrial researchers from the US, Europe, and China.

  • Suresh Goyal - Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, USA
  • Shugong Xu - Huawei, China
  • Mario Pickavet - IBBT, Belgium


Suresh Goyal - Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, USA

Dr. Suresh Goyal heads the Green Research theme at Bell Labs involving cross-domain research on sustainable networks and energy-efficiency enablement. Bell Labs' green research involves more than fifty researchers and a large number of external collaborators. A center point of Bell Labs' green research is GreenTouchR. GreenTouchR is a global research consortium, formed under the leadership of Bell Labs, with the goal of inventing sustainable, ultra-energy-efficient, ICT networks. Suresh led the Bell Labs research teams that performed the analyses leading to the formation of GreenTouchR.

Suresh also holds an Adjunct Professor position at the University of Limerick, in Limerick, Ireland, with a research focus on mechanics and energy harvesting. He is a founding member of Bell Labs Ireland, and the Center for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR), where he co-led strategy development, and led the Test and Reliability research group, for 5 years. He has previously held positions in optical networking research and wireless packaging research in Bell Labs. Suresh also served as Adjunct Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Suresh obtained his PhD from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, an MS from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is a Fellow of the ASME. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, 12 patents, 3 Best Paper awards, and several Internal Bell Labs awards. Suresh has co-supervised 3 PhD students, 2 Master's students, and mentored several Senior researchers and students.

On behalf of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, and its predecessors before, Suresh has been on Boards and committees for mentoring and awarding Fellowships for higher education to under-represented minorities, and for Science education reform.

Shugong Xu - Huawei, China;

Shugong Xu received his PhD from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China in 1996. He is currently the Director of Access Network Technology Research Department, a Principal Scientist & Vice Director of Communication Lab, Huawei Corporate Research, and Chief Scientist on Wireless Access Technologies in the National Key Lab on Wireless Technologies at Huawei. He leads the Green communication research in Huawei, including the Green Radio project GREAT, which focuses on power efficient solutions for wireless radio access networks. Prior of joining Huawei, he was with Sharp Labs of American, Camas WA for 7 year and a few years in academic universities including Tsinghua Univiersity and the City College of New York (CCNY). His research interests include wireless/mobile networking and communication, home networking and multimedia communications. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed research papers as lead-author in top international conferences and journals, in which the most referenced one has over 850 Google Scholar citations. He holds more than 30 granted US patents or patent applications, of which technologies have been adopted in WiFi and LTE standards. Dr. Xu is a senior member of IEEE, and Technical Committee co-chair of Green Touch consortium.

Mario Pickavet - IBBT, Belgium,

Mario Pickavet received an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, specialized in telecommunications, from Ghent University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Since 2000, he is professor at Ghent University where he is teaching courses on discrete mathematics, multimedia networks and network modeling. His current research interests are related to broadband communication networks (WDM, IP, (G-)MPLS, Ethernet, OPS, OBS) and include design, long-term planning, techno-economical analysis and energy efficiency of core and access networks. Special attention goes to Operations Research techniques that can be applied for routing and network design. In this context, he is currently involved in several European and national projects, such as the Network of Excellence "Building the Future Optical Network in Europe" (BONE), DICONET, ECODE, ALPHA, SPARC, TREND and OASE. He has published about 200 international publications, both in journals and in proceedings of conferences. He is co-author of the book 'Network Recovery: Protection and Restoration of Optical, SONET-SDH, IP, and MPLS'.



Panel on “Networking Challenges for Future Services”

Thursday 31 March 2011, 14:00 – 15:30


  • Roberto de Marca, CETUC/Rio, Brazil


  • Abbas Jamalipour, University of Sydney, Australia

Services and applications have always been the driving wheel for the development of new technologies and in both wireless and wired networks. Requirements of fast connections and high data rates initiated the development of 3G, HSPA, LTE, and finally 4G networks in recent years. Similarly, for the wired network, small home and office with the requirement of fast and reliable Internet access initiated ADSL, wireless, optical, and hybrid versions of access networks. These days we see multiple networks with different technologies and access protocols need to work with each other to provide a global network catering a wide range of services and applications in a heterogeneous configuration. Networking all these technologies requires sophisticated topologies, protocols, and management techniques in order to achieve the best out of the capabilities of the available and emerging access technologies. Such networking solutions are also required for some emerging technologies such as the smart grid and the universal monitoring sensor networks.

This panel brings together the ideas from the experts in the field of networking from across the world with a mixed background and experience from years of working in industry and academia. The panel also discusses the problems and possible solutions to the shortcomings of the current networking technologies and whether they are ready to support the ever-increasing future Internet traffic load and bandwidth-demanding services and applications.



  • Matti Latva-aho, Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques, University of Oulu, Finland
  • J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, Jack Baskin Chair of Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA
  • James P.G. Sterbenz, Professor, University of Kansas, USA
  • Abbas Jamalipour, Professor of Ubiquitous Mobile Networking, University of Sydney, Australia


Matti Latva-aho, University of Oulu, Finland

Matti Latva-aho is currently Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques and Head of Telecommunication Laboratory at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu during the years 1998-2006. His major research interests include future broadband wireless communication systems, access networks optimization and future wireless networking architectures. Prof. Latva-aho has published more than 200 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He has been TPC Chairman for PIMRC’06, TPC Co-Chairman for ChinaCom’07 and General Chairman for WPMC’08. He acted as the Chairman and vice-chairman for IEEE Communications Finland Chapter in 2000 - 2003.

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves,  University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves holds the Jack Baskin Chair of Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), is Chair of the Computer Engineering Department, and is a Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and a AAAS Fellow. He received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 2011 for pioneering contributions to the theory and design of communication protocols for ad-hoc wireless networks. He is the co-recipient of the IEEE Fred W. Ellersick 2008 MILCOM Award for Best Unclassified Paper. He is al so the co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at the IEEE MASS 2008, SPECTS 2007, IFIP Networking 2007, and IEEE MASS 2005 conferences; and of the Best Student Paper Award of the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. He has been General Chair of the ACM Mobicom 2008 Conference; General Chair of the IEEE SECON 2005 Conference; Program Co-Chair of ACM MobiHoc 2002 and ACM Mobicom 2000; Chair of the ACM SIG Multimedia; General Chair of ACM Multimedia '93 and ACM SIGCOMM '88; and Program Chair of IEEE MULTIMEDIA '92, ACM SIGCOMM '87, and ACM SIGCOMM '86.

James P.G. Sterbenz,  University of Kansas, USA

James P.G. Sterbenz is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and on staff at the Information & Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas, US, and is a Visiting Professor of Computing in InfoLab 21 at Lancaster University in the UK. He has previously held senior staff and research management positions at BBN Technologies, GTE Laboratories, and IBM Research. His research interests include resilient, survivable, and disruption tolerant networking, future Internet architectures, active and programmable networks, and high-speed networking and components. He is currently in the NSF-funded FIND and GENI programs, the EU-funded FIRE ResumeNet project, and leads the GpENI programmable network test-bed project. He received a doctorate in computer science from Washington University in 1991. He has been program chair for IEEE GI, GBN, and HotI; IFIP IWSOS, PfHSN, and IWAN; and is on the editorial board of IEEE Network. He is principal author of the book High-Speed Networking: A Systematic Approach to High-Bandwidth Low-Latency Communication.

Abbas Jamalipour,  University of Sydney, Australia

Abbas Jamalipour is a Fellow of IEEE, IEICE, and IEAust, an ACM Professional Member, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is the Professor of Ubiquitous Mobile Networking at the University of Sydney and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan. He is the author of five technical books, nine book chapters, and over 250 technical papers in the area of wireless communications. He was the Editor-in-Chief IEEE Wireless Communications and currently he is an editor for several scholarly journals. He is the Chair of the Communication Switching and Routing TC, Vice Director of Asia Pacific Board, and a Past Chair of Satellite and Space Communications TC, ComSoc. He was the General Chair IEEE WCNC2010, and has been a chair for a number of conferences including IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC and PIMRC. Abbas is a voting member of ComSoc’s Education Board, Conference Boards, and On-Line Contents Board and was Member-at-Large GITC 2006-2010. He received several prestigious awards such as the 2010 IEEE ComSoc Harold Sobol Award, 2006 IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Contribution to Satellite Communications Award, and 2006 IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award.


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