Speakers 2019

We are honored to have guest speakers that represent top authorities in their fields for the 2019 themes: Software Engineering, AI/Machine learning, RF technologies and Energy Efficiency.

Liesbet Van der Perre

Liesbet Van der Perre

KU Leuven

Massive MIMO for future wireless networks: about scalability and sustainability

Liesbet Van der Perre is Professor at the department of Electrical Engineering at the KU Leuven in Belgium and guest Professor at the University of Lund in Sweden. She received her Ph.D. degree from the KU Leuven in 1997. Dr. Van der Perre was with the nano-electronics research institute imec in Belgium from 1997 till 2015 where she took up responsibilities from system architect to director of the wireless program. She was appointed honorary doctor at Lund University, Sweden, in 2015.

Prof. L. Van der Perre’s main research interests are in wireless communication and embedded connected systems, with a focus on energy efficient solutions for IoT and (beyond) 5G systems. She has (co-)authored over 300 scientific papers including 4 books. Liesbet Van der Perre has been serving as a scientific and technological advisor for companies, institutes, and funding agencies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the company Zenitel since 2015 and Crescent since 2019.

Robert Schober

Robert Schober


Physics-based Modeling and Scalable Optimization of Large Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces

Robert Schober (S’98, M’01, SM’08, F’10) received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From 2002 to 2011, he was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at FAU. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

Robert received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier¬ Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, a 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, a 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Stacie Fellowship, and a 2017 Wireless Communications Recognition Award by the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee. Since 2017, he has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Robert is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering.

From 2012 to 2015, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. Currently, he serves as Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE and as VP Publications for the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc).

Geoffrey Ye Li

Geoffrey Ye Li

Imperial College London

MmWave Massive MIMO: Spatial-Wideband Effect and ML-based Processing

Geoffrey Ye Li has been a Chair Professor at Imperial College London, UK, since 2020.  Before moving to Imperial, he was with Georgia Institute of Technology in Georgia, USA, as a Professor for twenty years and with AT&T Labs - Research in New Jersey, USA, as a Principal Technical Staff Member for five years. His general research interests include statistical signal processing and machine learning for wireless communications. In the related areas, he has published over 500 journal and conference papers in addition to over 40 granted patents. His publications have been cited over 45,000 times and he has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher, by Thomson Reuters, almost every year.

Dr. Geoffrey Ye Li was awarded IEEE Fellow for his contributions to signal processing for wireless communications in 2005. He won several prestigious awards from IEEE Signal Processing Society (Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award in 2017), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2013 and Jack Neubauer Memorial Award in 2014), and IEEE Communications Society (Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 2013, Award for Advances in Communication in 2017, and Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award in 2019). He also received the 2015 Distinguished ECE Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia Tech

He has been involved in editorial activities for over 20 technical journals, including the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE JSAC Special Series on ML in Communications and Networking. He has organized and chaired many international conferences, including technical program vice-chair of the IEEE ICC’03, general co-chair of the IEEE GlobalSIP’14, the IEEE VTC’19 (Fall), and the IEEE SPAWC’20.

Fredrik Rusek

Fredrik Rusek

Lund University

Tradeoff between antenna complexity and CPU interconnection bandwidth in distributed MIMO systems: The WAX matrix decomposition

Fredrik Rusek received the Ph.D. degree in communication theory in 2007 from Lund University, Sweden. Since then he has remained at Lund University, currently as associate Professor. In 2011-2014 he was 50% with Huawei in Lund, and from 2017 and onwards, he splits his time between Lund University and Sony Corporation.

His research interests include communication theory and applied information theory.

Ertuğrul Basar

Ertuğrul Basar

Koç University

From Media-Based Modulation to Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces: Potential Candidates for 6G

Ertugrul Basar received the B.S. degree with highest honors from Istanbul University, Turkey, in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. From 2011 to 2012, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, as a Visiting Research Collaborator. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey and the director of Communications Research and Innovation Laboratory (CoreLab). His primary research interests include beyond 5G and 6G wireless networks, MIMO systems, index modulation, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, waveform design, visible light communications, and signal processing for communications. He is the author/co-author of 150 journal and conference publications that received more than 5K citations. He also holds eight patents (granted/applied).

Recent recognition of his research includes the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region in 2020, Science Academy (Turkey) Young Scientists Award in 2018, Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2017, and the first-ever IEEE Turkey Research Encouragement Award in 2017.

Dr. Basar currently serves as a Senior Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and Frontiers in Communications and Networks. He is the Academic Chair of the newly established IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Initiative on “Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces”. He is a Senior Member of IEEE since 2016.

Andrea Massa

Andrea Massa

ELEDIA - University of Trento

Beyond the Curse of LoS - Towards a Smart EM Environment for New generation Wireless Systems

Andrea Massa (IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, Electromagnetic Academy Fellow) he has been a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields @ University of Trento since 2005.

At present, Prof. Massa is the director of the network of federated laboratories "ELEDIA Research Center" located in Brunei, China, Czech, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Perù, Tunisia with more than 150 researchers. Moreover, he is holder of a Chang-Jiang Chair Professorship @ UESTC (Chengdu – China), Professor @ CentraleSupélec (Paris - France), and Visiting Professor @ Tsinghua (Beijing - China). He has been holder of a Senior DIGITEO Chair at L2S-CentraleSupélec and CEA LIST in Saclay (France), UC3M-Santander Chair of Excellence @ Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (USA), Guest Professor @ UESTC (China), and Visiting Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA), the Nagasaki University (Japan), the University of Paris Sud (France), the Kumamoto University (Japan), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore). He has been appointed IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2018) and served as Associate Editor of the "IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation" (2011-2014).

His research activities are mainly concerned with inverse problems, antenna analysis/synthesis, radar systems and signal processing, cross-layer optimization and planning of wireless/RF systems, system-by-design and material-by-design (metamaterials and reconfigurable-materials), and theory/applications of optimization techniques to engineering problems (coms, medicine, and biology).

Prof. Massa published more than 700 scientific publications among which more than 350 on international journals (> 12.000 citations – h-index = 55 [Scopus]; > 9.500 citations – h-index = 48 [ISI-WoS]; > 20.000 citations – h-index = 80 [Google Scholar]) and more than 500 in international conferences where he presented more than 200 invited contributions (> 35 invited keynote speaker) (www.eledia.org/publications). He has organized more than 100 scientific sessions in international conferences and has participated to several technological projects in the European framework (>20 EU Projects) as well as at the national and local level with national agencies (>300 Projects/Grants).

Marco Di Renzo

Marco Di Renzo

CNRS; CentraleSupélec; Paris-Saclay University

Mutual-Coupling Aware Communication Models for Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces

Marco Di Renzo received the Laurea (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of L'Aquila, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Doctor of Science) degree from University Paris-Sud, France, in 2013. Since 2010, he has been with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is a CNRS Research Director (CNRS Professor) in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (L2S) of Paris-Saclay University – CNRS and CentraleSupelec, Paris, France. In Paris-Saclay University, he serves as the Coordinator of the Communications and Networks Research Area of the Laboratory of Excellence DigiCosme, and as a member of the Admission and Evaluation Committee of the Ph.D. School on Information and Communication Technologies. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, and is a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. In 2017-2020, he was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Communications Society. Also, he served as an Editor and the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Currently, he serves as the Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces of the Wireless Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society, and is the Founding Lead Editor of the IEEE Communications Society Best Readings in Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics, 2019), a World’s Top 2% Scientist from Stanford University (2020), a Fellow of the IEEE (2020), and a Fellow of the IET (2020). He has received several individual distinctions and research awards, which include the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Best System Paper Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Professional in Academia Award, the SEE-IEEE Alain Glavieux Award, and a 2019 IEEE ICC Best Paper Award. In 2019, he was a recipient of a Nokia Foundation Visiting Professorship for conducting research on metamaterial-assisted wireless communications at Aalto University, Finland.

Program 2019

The 2019 workshop will focus on upcoming trends and new technologies, enabling wireless solutions for future needs both of people and of society.
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