October 20 - 21, 2020

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About The 6G Symposium

The 6G Symposium aims to increase public awareness, excitement, and engagement around articulating a strong vision for 6G.  

Organized by InterDigital and the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIOT) at Northeastern University, the 6G Symposium is a two-day virtual conference dedicated to the exploration of 6G.

A curated agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions will address the demand and opportunities for 6G enabling technologies and showcase perspectives from the future developers, enablers, and disrupters of 6G technology.

Panel Discussions

Fireside Chats
Beyond 5G and 6G Initiatives in the United States
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will headline day one of the 6G Symposium with a fireside chat to explore Beyond 5G and 6G initiatives in the United States, hosted by InterDigital CEO Bill Merritt. The discussion will outline current spectrum policy and progress towards 5G deployment and leadership in the U.S. The fireside chat will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 PM ET.
Research, Innovation and Public-Private Industry Collaborations
On day two of the Symposium, NIST Director Dr. Walter G. Copan will deliver remarks in a fireside chat to address the efforts that NIST and the U.S. government are undertaking with respect to research, innovation and public-private industry collaborations, in preparation for 6G. Dr. Copan’s remarks will take place on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:00 PM ET.
Keynotes
Day 1: The Future of Communications Beyond 5G delivered by Dr. Mazin Gilbert, AT&T

Tuesday, October 20, 2020,  from 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. EST

Delivered by AT&T VP for Advanced Technology Dr. Mazin Gilbert, this keynote will explore the current outlines of the 6G vision, and discuss key players, timelines, and challenges the telecommunications industry is likely to encounter in the development of 6G and pursuit of a hyper-connected intelligent future.

Day 2: 6G Vision delivered by Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation

Wednesday, October 21, 2020,  from 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. EST

Delivered by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal, this keynote will explore the role of spectrum and the vital regulatory and policy considerations in the pursuit of a Beyond 5G future.

Panels
Panel 1: Shaping Up 6G: Drivers, Use-Cases and KPI Requirements
Tuesday, October 20, 2020,  from 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. EST

With each new generation of wireless, it is common to determine its capabilities and limits even before the technology is introduced. As 5G is deployed and standardized around the globe, industry is eager to explore and begin developing a consensus around 6G and its key performance indicators (KPIs), including roughly 1 Tbps system capacity, user plane latency of <0.1ms, and per-user data rate of few Gbps. 

With much debate around the use cases and KPIs that will eventually give meaning to 6G, this panel invites experts from across industry and academia to discuss the applications that will be enabled by 6G, including volumetric media streaming, connected industries and automation, multi-sensory extended reality, and eHealth, in addition to the political, economic, social, and technical drivers that will help shape consensus-driven KPIs for 6G. 

Moderator: Caroline Gabriel, Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

Panelists:  

  • Afif Osseiran, Vice-Chairman of Board at 5G-ACIA, Ericsson 
  • Walid Saad, Professor, Virginia Tech 
  • Sunghyun Choi, SVP and Head of Advanced Communications Research Center, Samsung 
  • Karri Kuoppamaki, Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA
  • John Smee, Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Panel 2: Understanding the 6G Tech Landscape
Tuesday, October 20, 2020,  from 12:30 p.m – 1:40 p.m. EST

The demands of our hyper-connected, fully digitized, and data-driven intelligent society are pushing the capabilities of 5G technology to its limits. Beyond 5G (B5G) moves beyond the technologies that shaped 5G to create a pathway for the 6G technologies that will make a hyper-connected world possible. 

B5G evolution tracks industry trends like higher frequency bands, the fusion of wireless with AI/ML, and edge and cloud native computing offer clues to what 6G technologies may look like in the future. Panelists will explore different ways to reimagine wireless network architecture to support new KPIs and encourage the evolution of the architecture to support 6G. 

Moderator: Douglas Castor, Senior Director InterDigital Research and Innovation.

Panelists:  

  • Roger Nichols, 6G Program Manager, Keysight 
  • Prabhakar Chitrapu, Head of Small Cell Forum
  • Takehiro Nakamura, SVP and General Manager, NTT DOCOMO 
  • Larry Peterson, CTO, ONF
  • Muriel Médard, Professor, MIT
Panel 3: The Role of AI/ML in 6G Wireless Systems
Tuesday, October 20, 2020,  from 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. EST

The demand for faster data rates and ultra-low latency are the main drivers for emerging wireless standards and 5G communications. In the near future, bleeding-edge applications like shared VR experiences and self-driving cars, will rely on the ubiquity and real-time reconfigurability of high-speed wireless links. Today, the wireless channel and surrounding environment changes rapidly, and the current state-of-the-art wireless protocol design was not developed to support or optimize the variety and scale of future applications.  

Acknowledging that wireless inflexibility will severely hamper the widespread deployment of next-generation wireless networks due to inter-protocol interference, AI and machine learning algorithms offer valuable clues in addressing wireless inference problems. This panel will explore the role of AI/ML in 6G technologies as well as the key enablers that support AI/ML in wireless. 

Moderator: Kaushik Chowdhury, Professor, Northeastern University 

Panelists:  

  • Tim O’Shea, CTO,  DeepSig/ Virginia Tech       
  •  Adam Thompson, Senior Solutions Architect, Nvidia 
  • John Davies, Program Manager, DARPA
  • Danijela Cabric, Professor, UCLA
  • John Kaewell, Senior Principal, InterDigital  
Panel 4: Conquering the Spectrum
Wednesday, October 21, 2020,  from 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. EST

Spectrum may be one of our future’s hottest commodities. Integral to enabling an ever-increasing number of connected devices, spectrum and untapped spectral resources are the focus of the latest innovative research and techniques. Cellular systems, Wi-Fi networks, and fixed and mobile links are progressively crowding the spectrum, prompting the U.S. FCC to allocate more than 20 GHz of non-consecutive bandwidth for unlicensed services, experimental licenses, and the exploration of innovative applications in the THz communication – a key wireless technology at the core of 6G systems.  

This panel will explore the innovative research and techniques leading the search to unveil untapped spectrum, the role of governments and spectrum policy makers in enabling spectrum access, outline a few technical roadblocks to tapping into the THz band, and examine the road of opportunity beyond. 

Moderator: Josep Jornet, Professor, Northeastern University  

Panelists:  

  • Gerhard Schoenthal, COO, VDI 
  • Mike Marcus, Consultant, Former FCC Senior Spectrum Policy Manager 
  • Edward Knightly, Professor, Rice University 
  • Sundeep Rangan, Professor, Associate Director NYU WIRELESS
  • Thomas Kürner, Prof. Dr.-Ing. at TU Braunschweig
Panel 5: Spectrum Sharing in 6G Systems
Wednesday, October 21, 2020,  from 12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. EST

Future 6G wireless systems will be defined by their ability to flexibly and efficiently utilize a scarce resource – spectrum. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently proposed the opening of 3.5 GHz (Citizens Broadband Radio Service CBRS) band to share spectrum for wireless broadband use. A key challenge remains in how to maximize overall system throughput while guaranteeing reliable communications and minimum quality of service for those sharing the spectrum.   

This panel will explore the advancement in enabling spectrum sharing, and the impact of softwarization and AI on spectrum sharing in future wireless systems. A diverse group of panelists will outline the challenges and opportunities associated with transitioning future cellular networks to a cloud-native, end-to-end programmable, fully virtualized paradigm, and the impact of that transition on spectrum sharing among licensed and unlicensed wireless systems. The discussion will also address whether the availability of AI-based algorithms to automatically control and orchestrate network resources end-to-end will impact our ability to provide reliable and efficient spectrum sharing. 

Moderator: Monica Paolini, Founder and Principal, Senza Fili

Panelists:  

  • Andrew Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google 
  • Monisha Ghosh, CTO, FCC 
  • Masoud Olfat, Senior Director Technology Development, Federated Wireless 
  • Tom Rondeau, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
  • Sheryl Genco, Director, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
Panel 6: Platforms for Experimental Research: Are we ready for 6G?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020,  from 1:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. EST

The advent of 5G has brought the introduction of cloud native platforms, the disaggregation of radio access networks, and a paradigm shift towards openness – at the expense of complexity and increased operational expertise needed by traditional telco operators. Future 6G testbeds must prioritize the integration of multiple access technologies, and to do so, may consider a more solutions-focused approach. The testbed needs will be discussed from the perspective of enabling technology providers, including those who construct components of the platform infrastructure, providers of device firmware, middleware, and hardware to create an entire system platform, and application engineers create the products that run on it.   

This panel will investigate approaches to advance the Platform as a Service (PaaS) model for testbeds and develop approaches to take necessary steps for creating an infrastructure platform that can be application agnostic. 

Moderator:  Abhimanyu Gosain, Professor, Northeastern University  

Panelists: 

  • Peter Vetter, Head of Access Research Lab, Nokia-Bell Labs 
  • Ari Pouttu, Professor, University of Oulu
  • Steve Papa, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Parallel Wireless
  • Julius Kusuma, Research Scientist, Facebook Connectivity
  • Ismail Guvenc, Professor, North Carolina State University

Why Now?

While the 6G standard will be completed and commercialized as soon as 2028, the years between will require research and coordination among the industries leaders, innovators, and problem solvers to determine the promise and opportunity of 6G technology. Today is the best moment to begin shaping the technology of our future.

Why Attend

A curated agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions will explore the demand and opportunities for 6G enabling technologies like novel air interfaces, new network architectures and “killer” applications, and offers a variety of perspectives from the future developers, enablers, and disrupters of 6G technology.

What You’ll Learn

From VIP panels to keynote speeches from industry’s leading minds and policy makers to engaging thought explorations of the potential and challenges in enabling 6G, this event will showcase all sides of this life-changing technology. 

Fireside Chats

Beyond 5G and 6G initiatives in the United States

October 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman

Bill Merritt
InterDigital CEO

Research, Innovation and Public-private Industry Collaborations

October 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

Dr. Walter G. Copan
NIST Director

David Luzzi
Northeastern Senior Vice Provost

Featured Speakers

The 6G Symposium will feature keynote speakers and panelists from across industry, academia, and government and showcase perspectives from the future developers and enablers of 6G technology.

Keynote Speakers

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Thyagarajan Nandagopal

Deputy Division Director, CCF

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Mazin Gilbert

Vice President of Network Analytics and Automation, AT&T

Panel Speakers

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DANIJELA CABRIC

University of California

Danijela Cabric is Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University

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DOUG CASTOR

Senior Director, InterDigital Research and Innovation

Doug is a Senior Director of Research and Innovation responsible for Technology Evolution and Protot

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PRABHAKAR CHITRAPU

Head of Small Cell Forum

Prabhakar is currently the Chair of Small Cell Forum, where he leads a vibrant community of operator

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SUNGHYUN CHOI

SVP and Head of Advanced Communications Reseach Center, Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics, Korea

Sunghyun Choi is a Senior Vice President and Head of the Advanced Communications Research Center at

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KAUSHIK CHOWDHURY

Northeastern

Kaushik R. Chowdhury graduated with B.E. in Electronics Engineering with distinction from VJTI, Mumb

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ANDREW CLEGG

Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google

Andrew Clegg is the Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. He is presently focused primarily on ident

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JOHN DAVIES

Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Mr. John Davies joined DARPA in February 2020 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Of

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CAROLINE GABRIEL

Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline operates as the company’s Research Director. She is expert in all forms of Wireless commu

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SHERYL GENCO

Director, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

Dr. Sheryl M. Genco joined NTIA in May 2020 as Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Scien

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MONISHA GHOSH

CTO, FCC

Dr. Monisha Ghosh is serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Federal Communications Com

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ABHIMANYU GOSAIN

Director of Industry Engagement for the Institute of Wireless Internet of Things

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director for PAWR and Director of Industry Engagement

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ISMAIL GUVENC

Professor

Ismail Guvenc is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in North Carol

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JOSEP JORNET

Northeastern

Josep Miquel Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineeri

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JOHN KAEWELL

InterDigital

John Kaewell joined InterDigital Communications Corporation in 1986. He has developed RF transceive

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EDWARD KNIGHTLY

Professor, Rice University  

Edward Knightly is the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer

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KARRI KUOPPAMAKI

Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA

Karri Kuoppamaki is the Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA. In t

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THOMAS KÜRNER

Prof. Dr.-Ing. at TU Braunschweig

Thomas Kürner (Fellow IEEE) received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and h

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JULIUS KUSUMA

Research Scientist at Facebook Connectivity Lab

Julius Kusuma is a research scientist at Facebook Connectivity, aiming to help bring more people to

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DAVID MADIGAN

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs - Northeastern University

Madigan came to Northeastern from Columbia University, where he served as executive vice president f

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MIKE MARCUS

Consultant, Former FCC Senior Spectrum Policy Manager

Michael Marcus was overeducated in electrical engineering from MIT. Prior to working at FCC for almo

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MURIEL MEDARD

Cecil H. Green Professor of EECS at MIT

Muriel Médard is the Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (E

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TOMMASO MELODIA

Director Of The WIOT Institute At Northeastern University

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and C

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TAKEHIRO NAKAMURA

SVP and General Manager, NTT DOCOMO

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 6G

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ROGER NICHOLS

6G Program Manager, Keysight

Roger Nichols’ 35 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement

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MASOUD OLFAT

Senior Director Technology Development

Dr. Masoud Olfat completed his PhD post-doc studies in wireless communications at University of Mary

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TIM O’SHEA

Co-Founder & CTO, DeepSig Inc, & Research Asst. Professor, Virginia Tech

Tim is leading the development of new radio access network technologies at DeepSig which make 5G sma

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AFIF OSSEIRAN

Vice-Chairman of Board, 5G-ACIA Ericsson

Dr. Afif Osseiran is director of Industry Engagements & Research at Ericsson’s headquarter in Stoc

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MONICA PAOLINI

Founder and Principal, Senza Fili

Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and principal of Senza Fili. She is an expert in wireless techno

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STEVE PAPA

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Parallel Wireless

Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding

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LARRY PETERSON

CTO, ONF

Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University

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ARI POUTTU

University of Oulu

Prof. Ari Pouttu has scientific and engineering experience as a researcher, project manager and rese

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SUNDEEP RANGAN

Professor, Associate Director NYU WIRELESS

Dr. Rangan received the B.A.Sc. at the University of Waterloo, Canada and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the

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TOM RONDEAU

Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA

Dr. Tom Rondeau became a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office in May 2020, after servi

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WALID SAAD

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Walid Saad (S’07, M’10, SM’15, F’19) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in

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GERHARD SCHOENTHAL

COO at Virginia Diodes, Inc.

Gerhard received his BS in Physics from the US Naval Academy in 1992 and his Ph D. in Physics from t

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JOHN SMEE

Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the R&D

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Adam Thompson is a Senior Solutions Architect at NVIDIA. With a background in signal processing, he

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HENRY TIRRI

EVP, Chief Technology Officer - InterDigital

Henry Tirri is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for l

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PETER VETTER

Head of Access Research Lab, Nokia-Bell Labs

Peter Vetter is Head of the A-Lab (Access research lab) at Nokia Bell Labs and Bell Labs Fellow. He

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DANIJELA CABRIC

University of California

Danijela Cabric is Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include novel radio architectures, signal processing, communications, machine learning and networking techniques for cognitive radio, 5G and massive MIMO systems. Dr. Cabric received the Samueli Fellowship in 2008, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2009, Hellman Fellowship in 2012 and the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2012. She served as an Associate Editor in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (Cognitive Radio series) and IEEE Communications Letters, and TPC Co-Chair of 8th International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks (CROWNCOM) 2013. She is now an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.

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DOUG CASTOR

Senior Director, InterDigital Research and Innovation

Doug is a Senior Director of Research and Innovation responsible for Technology Evolution and Prototyping. He manages a team of innovators, systems designers and implementation engineers who identify, design and prototype concepts for next generation wireless systems (5G & 6G). The results of Doug and his team’s work can be found at Mobile World Congress, Brooklyn 5G Summit, and numerous publications in the InterDigital Vault. Doug Castor has more than 25 years of experience in wireless system innovation, analysis, design and implementation. Since joining InterDigital in 2000, he has been developing and delivering next generation technology for the mobile wireless industry. His work has been incorporated into 3G (WCDMA and HSPA), 4G (LTE Advanced), and his recent research is targeted for 5G (NR) and 6G systems. Doug has directed departments as large as 35 employees within InterDigital’s Research and Innovation organization where he has both administrative and technical planning responsibilities. He is currently directing a development team aiming to bring gigabit data rates, extreme low latency and ultra low power to next generation mobile devices. Key technologies of interest to Doug include millimeter wave (mmWave) and terahertz frequencies applied to small cell access and backhaul, and multi-access edge computing. Doug’s work has resulted in demonstrating InterDigital’s EdgeHaul platform - the world’s first WiGig-based mmWave mesh backhaul system that can wirelessly transport multi-gigabit-per-second data to small cells. He is the inventor of 14 granted patents with many additional patent applications pending. Doug also has prior experience working for Lockheed Martin in satellite communications systems where he developed wireless performance analysis software and validated system designs prior to launch.

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PRABHAKAR CHITRAPU

Head of Small Cell Forum

Prabhakar is currently the Chair of Small Cell Forum, where he leads a vibrant community of operators, OEMs, Component Vendors & Infrastructure Providers to drive the Small Cell industry ecosystem. His work has greatly expanded the spectrum of work activity, member engagement & recruitment, cross industry collaborations and market traction. The work areas he has energized include Small Cell Networks (SCNs) for 5G-Era use cases, Development of Open Specifications, Network Architectures, Product Definitions & Management Solutions for Disaggregated 5G-SCNs, and the intersection of SCNs and Edge Computing, Private Cellular Networks, Neutral Host Solutions, AI/ML Application and finally Advocacy with Regulators & Enterprise Community. Prabhakar worked for AT&T for 7 years in the Converged Access & Device Technology organization as a Lead MTS, where he led various efforts in the areas of 5G, Edge Computing & Small Cell Networks. In particular, he worked on Network Architectures, New Technology Trials, Productization and Long Term Strategy. Prior to AT&T, he worked at InterDigital Communications, Lockheed Martin, Dialogic, Drexel University and Bharat Electronics Ltd. Prabhakar has also taught graduate level courses in Wireless Communications, Signal processing & Computer Networks as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded over 50 patents in various areas of wireless communications, and published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of communications, signal processing & system theory. He has also authored a book on “Wideband TDD”, published by John Wiley in 2004. Prabhakar holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, MS from Philips International Institute, Eindhoven The Netherlands and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

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SUNGHYUN CHOI

SVP and Head of Advanced Communications Reseach Center, Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics, Korea

Sunghyun Choi is a Senior Vice President and Head of the Advanced Communications Research Center at Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea. He was a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, Korea from Sept. 2002 to Aug. 2019, and served as a Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering during the last two years at SNU. He received his B.S. (summa cum laude) and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and received Ph.D. at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1999. He is currently heading researches and standardization for 6G, B5G, and IoT connectivity at Samsung Research. He co-authored over 250 technical papers and holds over 160 patents, and numerous patents pending. He has served as a Program Committee Co-Chair of IEEE WCNC 2020, IEEE DySPAN 2018, ACM Multimedia 2007, and IEEE WoWMoM 2007. He has served as an editor of numerous publications including IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. He was named IEEE fellow in 2014.

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KAUSHIK CHOWDHURY

Northeastern

Kaushik R. Chowdhury graduated with B.E. in Electronics Engineering with distinction from VJTI, Mumbai University, India, in 2003. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH, in 2006, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 2009. His M.S. thesis was given the outstanding thesis award jointly by the ECE and CS departments. He has also won the BWN researcher of the year award during his Ph.D. in 2007, and the best paper award in the AHSN symposium in IEEE ICC 2009. His expertise and research interests lie in wireless cognitive radio ad hoc networks, resource allocation in wireless multimedia sensor networks, and bio-medical applications of sensors. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society and the ACM.

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ANDREW CLEGG

Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google

Andrew Clegg is the Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. He is presently focused primarily on identifying spectrum sharing opportunities for wireless broadband networks. Prior to joining Alphabet and Google, he served as the electromagnetic spectrum manager for the U.S. National Science Foundation. Prior to NSF, he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at what is now AT&T Mobility, and senior engineer at Comsearch. Andy has over 25 years' experience in national and international spectrum management for both government and commercial applications. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to two World Radiocommunication Conferences (2007 and 2012). He holds a PhD in radio astronomy and electrical engineering from Cornell University.

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JOHN DAVIES

Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Mr. John Davies joined DARPA in February 2020 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His research interests include adaptive radio frequency (RF) systems, artificial intelligence, real-time signal processing, configurable computing, and electronic warfare (EW). Prior to joining DARPA, Davies was a branch director and technical fellow with the Leidos Innovation Center. While at Leidos, he oversaw a portfolio of programs that applied artificial intelligence to real-time RF systems. This included development of a cognitive EW system to characterize and respond to unknown radars in real-time. The program twice won Leidos' annual Achievement Award for Excellence in Engineering. Prior to Leidos, Davies was a technical development manager for BAE Systems where he led multiple R&D efforts focused on cognitive communications, RF sensing, and real-time signal processing. Earlier in his career, he designed digital and RF circuits for commercial wireless applications for multiple startup companies. Davies earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech where his graduate work addressed software-defined radio applications for configurable computing architectures.

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CAROLINE GABRIEL

Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline operates as the company’s Research Director. She is expert in all forms of Wireless communication and has edited our research service Wireless Watch since its inception in 2002. She also leads our RAN Research forecasts and also finds time to conduct consulting assignments for a wide variety of wireless businesses. Caroline helped create Rethink Technology Research. To do so, in 2002 she left the Dutch publishing and research conglomerate VNU, at the top of the organization, as European Editorial Director. She has been explaining technology to people for almost 30 years and has conducted research assignments for most of the major businesses in the sector including The European Commission, Intel, Vodafone, Amdocs, the Small Cell Forum, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, Ofcom as well as start-ups like SpiderCloud, Deltenna and BLiNQ Networks. She has also partnered with other analyst groups in joint projects including RealWireless, the Yankee Group, Maravedis and ArcChart. The irony is that while Caroline works in a subject very much of the future, she studied History at Oxford University, although she always makes it clear that history has a habit of repeating itself, even within technology. Caroline has spoken and chaired many conferences and is a well- known and respected figure within the LTE and 5G community.

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SHERYL GENCO

Director, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

Dr. Sheryl M. Genco joined NTIA in May 2020 as Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Dr. Genco has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, having held technical and management positions at a wide range of organizations including Honeywell Corporation, IBM, Ball Aerospace, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her career has focused on the development of new technologies and moving research into operation. Dr. Genco was most recently the Senior Research and Development Manager for Engineering at Honeywell Quantum Solutions, where she led an organization developing systems for quantum computing based on trapped ions. At NIST, she led the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network, managing programs in the areas of LTE-3.5GHz, GPS, AWS-3, and Fifth Generation Advanced Training Waveform. Dr. Genco co-founded an engineering R&D company that developed synthetic nanomaterials. The precise nanomaterials were produced in large volumes for lunar simulants for NASA, glass fiber manufacturing processes, microsphere production and other applications with Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Genco also founded a STEM focused K-8 public school that has won multiple awards, including the prestigious John Irwin School of Excellence award. The school has educated more than 13,000 students in its decade and a half of continuous operation. Dr. Genco received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado’s Center of Excellence in Optoelectronic Systems, and she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering.

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MONISHA GHOSH

CTO, FCC

Dr. Monisha Ghosh is serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since Jan. 13, 2020. Prior to this, she was at NSF as a rotating Program Director since September 2017, in the Computer and Network System (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) where she managed wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program. Dr. Ghosh is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, with a joint appointment at the Argonne National Laboratories, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.

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ABHIMANYU GOSAIN

Director of Industry Engagement for the Institute of Wireless Internet of Things

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director for PAWR and Director of Industry Engagement for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100 million public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, 5G, dispersed computing, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member and serves as a board member for the OpenAirInterface Alliance. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

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ISMAIL GUVENC

Professor

Ismail Guvenc is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in North Carolina State University. His recent research interests include 5G/6G wireless networks, UAV communications, millimeter/terahertz communications, and heterogeneous networks. He has published more than 260 conference/journal papers, several standardization contributions, four books, and over 30 U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the 2019 R. Ray Bennett Faculty Fellow Award, 2016 FIU COE Faculty Research Award, 2015 NSF CAREER Award, 2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, and 2006 USF Outstanding Dissertation Award, and he is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

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JOSEP JORNET

Northeastern

Josep Miquel Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking (UN) Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University. He received the Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the Master of Science in Information and Communication Technologies from Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, in 2008. From September 2007 to December 2008, he was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, under the MIT Sea Grant program. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in August 2013. Between August 2013 and August 2019, he was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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JOHN KAEWELL

InterDigital

John Kaewell joined InterDigital Communications Corporation in 1986. He has developed RF transceivers, baseband ASICs and real-time software for multiple generations of wireless communication standards from 1G to 5G. Currently, John leads InterDigital’s exploration of applying quantum computing to solve computationally difficult air interface optimization problems. Mr. Kaewell initiated InterDigital’s work in the application of machine learning for processing of Radio signals as well as the development of Natural Language Processing models and training datasets to analyze technical documents including wireless standards. John has represented InterDigital at US-Ignite/PAWR Meetings, the EvoNexus incubator, the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Committee, ETSI ISGs, NSF and IEEE workshops. Mr. Kaewell has been granted 56 US patents and has 49 US patents pending. John earned the BSEE and MSEE degrees from Drexel University and he has been inducted into the Drexel College of Engineering Circle of Distinction.

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EDWARD KNIGHTLY

Professor, Rice University  

Edward Knightly is the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Rice University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. from Auburn University. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a Sloan Fellow. He received the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Award for Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He received best paper awards from ACM DroNet, ACM MobiCom, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE Communications and Network Security (CNS), IEEE SECON (twice), and the IEEE Workshop on Cognitive Radio Architectures for Broadband. He is serving as general chair for ACM MobiCom 2021 in New Orleans and previously served as general chair or technical chair for ACM MobiHoc, ACM MobiSys, IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE SECON. He serves as an editor-at-large for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and serves on the scientific council of IMDEA Networks in Madrid and the scientific advisory board of INESC TEC in Porto. He served as the Rice ECE department chair from 2014 to 2019. Professor Knightly’s research interests are design and in-the-field demonstration of new mobile and wireless networks and systems, including mission-driven autonomous drone networks, wireless security, and networked spectrum access in UHF, 60 GHz, THz, and visible light. He leads the Rice Networks Group. The group’s projects include deployment, operation, and management of a large-scale urban wireless network in a Houston under-resourced community. This network, Technology For All (TFA) Wireless, has served over 4,000 users in several square kilometers and employs custom-built programmable and observable access points. See a video from the 2016 White House announcement of the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative. The network was the first to provide residential access in frequencies spanning from unused UHF TV bands to legacy Wi-Fi bands (500 MHz to 5 GHz). His group developed the first multi-user beam-forming WLAN system that demonstrates a key performance feature now provided by Wi-Fi since the 802.11ac amendment.

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KARRI KUOPPAMAKI

Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA

Karri Kuoppamaki is the Vice President of Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA. In this role, Karri is responsible for Radio Access related technology development activities, including device development, 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.

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THOMAS KÜRNER

Prof. Dr.-Ing. at TU Braunschweig

Thomas Kürner (Fellow IEEE) received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and his Dr.-Ing. degree in 1993, both from University of Karlsruhe (Germany). From 1990 to 1994 he was with the Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE) at the University of Karlsruhe working on wave propagation modelling, radio channel characterisation and radio network planning. From 1994 to 2003, he was with the radio network planning department at the headquarters of the GSM 1800 and UMTS operator E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG, Düsseldorf, where he was team manager radio network planning support responsible for radio network planning tools, algorithms, processes and parameters form 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is Full University Professor for Mobile Radio Systems at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. His working areas are indoor channel characterisation and system simulations for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication system, propagation, traffic and mobility models for automatic planning and self-organization of mobile radio networks and vehicle-to-X communications. In 2012 he was a guest lecturer at Dublin City University within the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative in Ireland. He has been engaged in several international bodies He has actively contributed to the channel modelling document supporting the standardization of IEEE 802.11ad. He was the chair of IEEE 802.15.3d TG 100G, which developed the worldwide first wireless communications standard operating at 300 GHz. Currently, he is chairing the IEEE 802.15 THz Standing Committee, is the EU coordinator of the EU-Japan Project ThoR and the spokesman of the DFG Research Unit Meteracom on Metrology for THz Communications. Prof. Kürner is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP). In 2019 he received the Neal Shepard Award. More detailed information can be found here: https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/en/ifn/institute/team/ms/kuerner

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JULIUS KUSUMA

Research Scientist at Facebook Connectivity Lab

Julius Kusuma is a research scientist at Facebook Connectivity, aiming to help bring more people to a faster internet. At Facebook, he works on technologies for rural connectivity and wireless networks, including mmWave and Wi-Fi. Prior to Facebook, he was a research program manager at Schlumberger Research, where he worked on subsurface and subsea connectivity technologies. Julius received his doctorate from MIT in 2006, where he was an MIT Presidential Fellow, and also attended UC Berkeley and Purdue University.

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DAVID MADIGAN

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs - Northeastern University

Madigan came to Northeastern from Columbia University, where he served as executive vice president for arts and sciences and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In those roles, he oversaw five schools with 27 departments and some 50 research centers and institutes. He led successful initiatives to expand lifelong learning programs, and to make Columbia’s faculty and student body more diverse. Notably, he spearheaded a program to ensure that Columbia’s first-generation students would have the mentoring and support they needed to succeed in a highly demanding academic environment. At Columbia and in his previous position as Rutgers University’s Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Madigan developed new interdisciplinary learning and research collaborations, and forged industry partnerships to support student and faculty innovation. Under his leadership as department chair, Columbia’s statistics faculty ascended to the ranks of the nation’s top 10. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Madigan has long been a leading researcher at the intersection of Big Data with healthcare innovation. While serving on the statistics faculty at the University of Washington, he was a member of the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Madigan also brings a strong global perspective to Northeastern. A native of Ireland, he has led large-scale global collaborations involving academic and pharmaceutical company researchers and government regulators in the U.S. and Europe. Beyond the halls of academia, he has experience as an entrepreneur, innovation leader, researcher, and consultant, both in the U.S. and Ireland. He earned his BA and PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

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MIKE MARCUS

Consultant, Former FCC Senior Spectrum Policy Manager

Michael Marcus was overeducated in electrical engineering from MIT. Prior to working at FCC for almost 25 years, he worked at Bell Labs, served in the U.S. Air Force, and analyzed electronic warfare issues at the Institute for Defense Analyses. At FCC his work focused on proposing and developing policies for cutting edge radio technologies such as spread spectrum/CDMA and millimeterwaves. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are results of his early leadership. He is now Director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC, an independent consulting firm based in the Washington DC area and focusing on wireless technology and policy. He also teaches at Virginia Tech. He was recognized as a Fellow of the IEEE and received in 2013 the IEEE ComSoc Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications "For pioneering spectrum policy initiatives that created modern unlicensed spectrum bands for applications that have changed our world."

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MURIEL MEDARD

Cecil H. Green Professor of EECS at MIT

Muriel Médard is the Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at MIT and leads the Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group at the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT. She has served as editor for many publications of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of which she was elected Fellow, and she has served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. She was President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2012, and served on its board of governors for eleven years. She has served as technical program committee co-chair of many of the major conferences in information theory, communications and networking. She received the 2019 Best Paper award for IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, 2009 IEEE Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2009 William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking, the 2002 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award, the 2018 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award and several conference paper awards. She was co-winner of the MIT 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, received the 2013 EECS Graduate Student Association Mentor Award and served as undergraduate Faculty in Residence for seven years. In 2007 she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She received the 2016 IEEE Vehicular Technology James Evans Avant Garde Award, the 2017 Aaron Wyner Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Information Theory Society and the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors. She was elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2020.

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TOMMASO MELODIA

Director Of The WIOT Institute At Northeastern University

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. He was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2017 and received the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2018 - the highest research award in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. Prof. Melodia has served as Associate Editor fo IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Computer Networks, among others. He has served as Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, General Chair for IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWnet 2014. Prof. Melodia is the Director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. The PAWR Project Office is co-lead by Northeastern University and US Ignite and is overseeing the overall deployment and operation of the PAWR Program. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

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TAKEHIRO NAKAMURA

SVP and General Manager, NTT DOCOMO

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 6G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in R&D and the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014. Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since 1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013. He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

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ROGER NICHOLS

6G Program Manager, Keysight

Roger Nichols’ 35 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 managed programs, projects, and departments starting with analog cellular radio, evolving to 5G, and on every standard in between. He has been directing Keysight’s 5G program since 2014, and Keysight’s 6G program since 2019. He is also the director of Keysight’s work in wireless standards. Roger holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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MASOUD OLFAT

Senior Director Technology Development

Dr. Masoud Olfat completed his PhD post-doc studies in wireless communications at University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. He has more than 24 years of experience in managing multi-task teams in developing multimedia communication systems, signal processing, and mobile broadband wireless systems such as WiFi, WiMAX, LTE and 5G. As the senior director of Technology Development at Federated Wireless, Dr. Olfat has been a key individual in the research and product development of CBRS Spectrum Sharing framework, as well as 6 GHz WiFi-6E development. He has chaired several activities in multi-company standard activities. He has been involved in the development of the 5th Generation (5G) of mobile wireless technologies. In his previous roles in Sprint Nextel, Clearwire, and Ligado (Lightsquared), he managed numerous key projects essential for the deployment of 4G network. He was essential in the research and development of 4G technologies in global standardization communities such as WiFi, WiAMX and LTE. He also represented his companies in ITU-R (International Telecommunication Unit) activities. He has published numerous papers, written book chapters, and has about 30 granted patents along with 25 more filed patents in United States and internationally, all in the field of wireless communications. He has been the member and president of Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA), and very active cultural and social activities in Washington DC area.

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TIM O’SHEA

Co-Founder & CTO, DeepSig Inc, & Research Asst. Professor, Virginia Tech

Tim is leading the development of new radio access network technologies at DeepSig which make 5G smarter, more efficient, performant, and secure and are paving the way for a revolutionary new end-to-end learning driven 6G radio access layer. His focus has been on re-thinking both physical layer communications and spectrum sensing software & techniques from a data-driven end-to-end optimization approach leveraging the wave of powerful deep learning techniques which has transformed other industries and is rapidly transforming communications systems. He is the inventor of over 20 patents in this emerging area, is a senior contributor to the GNU Radio Project, early stage technical consultant to Hawkeye-360, Federated Wireless, and PFP CyberSecurity, Senior Member of the IEEE, Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications & IEEE TCCN, and Co-chair for the IEEE Machine Learning for Communications Emerging Technology Area . He received his PhD from Virginia Tech and his BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University. He was previously a senior engineering researcher for the US DOD, and formerly with Cisco Systems.

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AFIF OSSEIRAN

Vice-Chairman of Board, 5G-ACIA Ericsson

Dr. Afif Osseiran is director of Industry Engagements & Research at Ericsson’s headquarter in Stockholm. He is also vice-chairman of the 5G-ACIA alliance and a senior member of IEEE. His main responsibility is to bridge insights, tactics and strategies between technology, research/standardization and industrial sectors such as manufacturing. He holds a doctorate degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, a master’s degree from École Polytechnique de Montreal, and another one from INSA Rennes, France. Since 1999 he has held several positions at Ericsson in various units. From 2014 to 2017, he was director of radio communications at the Ericsson CTO office with the main responsibility to develop the strategy for 5G and Industrial IoT. From 2012 to 2014, he managed METIS, the EU 5G flagship project. He co-authored the first comprehensive book on 5G with Cambridge University Press and two books on IMT-Advanced with Wiley.

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MONICA PAOLINI

Founder and Principal, Senza Fili

Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and principal of Senza Fili. She is an expert in wireless technologies and has helped clients worldwide to understand new technologies and customer requirements, create and assess financial models, evaluate business plan opportunities, market their services and products, and estimate the market size and revenue opportunity of new and established wireless technologies. She frequently gives presentations at conferences, and writes reports, blog entries and articles on wireless technologies and services, covering end-to-end mobile networks, the operator, enterprise and IoT markets. She has a PhD in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego (US), an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK), and a BA/MA in philosophy from the University of Bologna (Italy).

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STEVE PAPA

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Parallel Wireless

Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first customer deployment into broad commercialization and growth. Steve has been part of reimagining the technology landscape for over 20 years. As founder and CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information ultimately leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced (reported at $1.1 billion). He was part of the team creating Akamai that reimagined global Internet content distribution – now carrying peaks of 15 terabits/s of web traffic on any given day – and led the team at Inktomi that reimagined the network cache to create carrier class caching. Earlier he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the first use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

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LARRY PETERSON

CTO, ONF

Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University, where he served as Chair from 2003-2009. He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (6e), which is now available as open source on GitHub. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and operation of Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms. He is currently working on a 5G-enabled edge cloud called Aether, an open source project of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), where he serves as the CTO. Professor Peterson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, and served as program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

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ARI POUTTU

University of Oulu

Prof. Ari Pouttu has scientific and engineering experience as a researcher, project manager and research manager in various domains of ICT development. The projects under his command have resulted in waveforms and system designs for military radio communication, radar systems, embedded device networks, future wireless radio communications including cellular systems, cognitive networks, and navigation applications. He has published more than 60 conferences or journal papers in the field of wireless communications and he holds two patents. He was the Director of Centre for Wireless Communications in the University of Oulu from 2006 to 2012. Currently, he is heading as a professor a research group targeting dependable wireless solutions for business verticals such as energy, industry, health and automotive including solutions for 5G. He is the principal investigator of 5G test network (5GTN) experimental research, co-PI of H2020 Sat5G project, and is acting as vice-director of the national 6Genesis flagship targeting 6G solutions.

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SUNDEEP RANGAN

Professor, Associate Director NYU WIRELESS

Dr. Rangan received the B.A.Sc. at the University of Waterloo, Canada and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bell Labs. In 2000, he co-founded (with four others) Flarion Technologies, a spin-off of Bell Labs, that developed Flash OFDM, the first cellular OFDM data system and pre-cursor to 4G cellular systems including LTE and WiMAX. In 2006, Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm Technologies. Dr. Rangan was a Director of Engineering at Qualcomm involved in OFDM infrastructure products. He joined the ECE department at NYU Tandon (formerly NYU Polytechnic) in 2010. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Associate Director of NYU WIRELESS, an industry-academic research center on next-generation wireless systems.

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TOM RONDEAU

Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA

Dr. Tom Rondeau became a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office in May 2020, after serving as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office. His research interests include adaptive and reconfigurable radios, improving the development cycle for new signal-processing techniques, and creating general purpose electromagnetic systems. Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Rondeau was the maintainer and lead developer of the GNU Radio project and a consultant on signal processing and wireless communications. He worked as a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ. In these roles, he helped push forward architectures and algorithms in signal processing for communications, signal analysis, and spectrum monitoring and usage. Dr. Rondeau is active in many conferences and workshops around the world to help further research and technology in these areas, and he has consulted with many companies and government organizations on new techniques in wireless signal processing. He has published widely in the fields of wireless communications, software radio, and cognitive radio. Dr. Rondeau holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and won the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in math, science, and engineering from the Council of Graduate Schools for his work in artificial intelligence in wireless communications.

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WALID SAAD

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Walid Saad (S’07, M’10, SM’15, F’19) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, security, unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber-physical systems, and network science. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of nine conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM in 2018, IFIP NTMS in 2019, and IEEE ICC in 2020. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and of the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee. From 2015-2017, Dr. Saad was named the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech and, in 2017, he was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. He received the Dean's award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He is an Editor-at-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

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GERHARD SCHOENTHAL

COO at Virginia Diodes, Inc.

Gerhard received his BS in Physics from the US Naval Academy in 1992 and his Ph D. in Physics from the University of Virginia in 2003. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Gerhard served on active duty in the US Navy for 5 years. After graduate school, he worked as a Senior Process Engineer at Intel PTD in 2003 and 2004. For the past 16 years, he has served in many roles at Virginia Diodes, Inc. the world’s leading mmWave and THz test and measurement and components company. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer.

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JOHN SMEE

Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G/6G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 150 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, standardization, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning. John was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

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ADAM THOMPSON

NVIDIA

Adam Thompson is a Senior Solutions Architect at NVIDIA. With a background in signal processing, he has spent his career participating in and leading programs focused on deep learning for radio frequency classification, data compression, high performance computing, statistical signal processing, and managing and designing applications targeting big data frameworks. He holds a M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors from Clemson University.

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HENRY TIRRI

EVP, Chief Technology Officer - InterDigital

Henry Tirri is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology vision and strategy and advancing the company’s technology roadmaps. Dr. Tirri works closely with other executives to partner with internal R&D efforts, external investments and corporate development in executing the company’s technology vision. Dr. Tirri is a technology executive with deep experience in a variety of technology areas, including areas of increasing relevance to mobile such as artificial intelligence, automotive and data analytics, among others. He joined InterDigital in May 2018 from Harman International Industries, Inc., where he had served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Harman, Dr. Tirri served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Technologies Business at Nokia. During a decade at Nokia, he also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Head of the Nokia Research Center. Most recently, Dr. Tirri served in an advisory role with multinational banking corporation BBVA. He has held professorships at University of Helsinki, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Aalto University, and is a Fellow of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). Dr. Tirri holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tampere.

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PETER VETTER

Head of Access Research Lab, Nokia-Bell Labs

Peter Vetter is Head of the A-Lab (Access research lab) at Nokia Bell Labs and Bell Labs Fellow. He is leading an eminent global team with the mission to invent game changing innovations that define the future of mobile and fixed access. Under his leadership, he and his teams have realized several world-first system demonstrations in access and successfully transferred industry leading concepts into product. He was also co-founder of an internal venture that produced the first FTTH product in Alcatel. He received the degree of Physics Engineer from Gent University (Belgium) in 1986 and a PhD with Prof. H. Pauwels in 1991. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. T. Uchida at Tohoku University (Japan), he joined the research center of Alcatel (now Nokia) in Antwerp in 1993. Since 2009, he has worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and has been on the senior leadership team of Bell Labs since 2013. He has authored over a hundred international papers and presented keynotes and tutorials at major technical industry events.

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