Keynote Speeches

The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Keynote title: Why Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) is Ready for 6G?

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Professor Harald Haas received the Ph.D. degree from The University of Edinburgh in 2001. He joint Siemens in 2001 where he led an international research project on the 4th generation (4G) cellular networks. From 2002 to 2007, he was an Associate Professor at Jacobs University Bremen. He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007 where he held the chair of Mobile Communications until 2020. He is now a Distinguished Professor of Mobile Communications at The University of Strathclyde/Glasgow, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Centre at the University of Strathclyde. Prof Haas set up and co-founded pureLiFi in 2012. He currently is their Chief Scientific Officer. Prof. Haas has co-authored more than 630 conference and journal papers and holds more than 40 patents. He has been listed a highly cited researcher by Clarivate/Web of Science since 2017. He gave two TED Global talks in 2011 and 2015 which have attracted more than 5 million views. Prof has delivered more than 120 invited talks and keynotes. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance. He was recipient of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Society James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2019. In 2017 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Professor Haas received the LpS Digital Lecture Award for the best scientific lecture in 2021. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Keynote title: What Should 6G Be?

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Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998. He served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar before joining in 2009 the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where he is now a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the IEEE and OPTICA. He is currently particularly interested in addressing the technical challenges associated with the uneven distribution and access to information and communication technologies in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or low-income areas.

Aalborg University, Denmark

Keynote title: Digital Time and 6G Wireless Systems

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Petar Popovski is a Professor at Aalborg University, where he heads the section on Connectivity and a Visiting Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen. He received his Dipl.-Ing (1997) and M. Sc. (2000) degrees in communication engineering from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and the Ph.D. degree (2005) from Aalborg University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2015), the Danish Elite Researcher award (2016), IEEE Fred W. Ellersick prize (2016), IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize (2018), Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications (2019), the Danish Telecommunication Prize (2020) and Villum Investigator Grant (2021). He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of IEEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GREEN COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING. He was a Member at Large at the Board of Governors in IEEE Communication Society, as well as the General Chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2018 and IEEE Communication Theory Workshop 2019. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication and communication theory. He authored the book ``Wireless Connectivity: An Intuitive and Fundamental Guide'', published by Wiley in 2020.

University of Glasgow, UK

Keynote title: Joint Communication and Sensing – A 6G Use Case

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Muhammad Ali Imran is a Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of IET, Senior Member IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA. He is serving as Dean University of Glasgow UESTC collaboration and as a Professor of Wireless Communication Systems and Head of Autonomous Systems and Connectivity Division and Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group at University of Glasgow. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA; Adjunct Research Professor at Ajman University, UAE and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He is founder and principal investigator for Scotland 5G Centre’s urban testbed and an advisory board member of UK5G forum.

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, UAE

Keynote title: Persasive AI for IoT in 6G

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Mohsen Guizani (M’89–SM’99–F’09) received the BS (with distinction), MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA in 1985, 1987 and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Machine Learning and the Associate Provost at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Previously, he worked in different institutions in the USA. His research interests include applied machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent autonomous systems, smart city, and cybersecurity. He was elevated to the IEEE Fellow in 2009 and was listed as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Dr. Guizani has won several research awards including the “2015 IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award”, the Best ComSoc Journal Paper Award in 2021 as well five Best Paper Awards from ICC and Globecom Conferences. He is the author of ten books and more than 800 publications. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee (WTC) Recognition Award, the 2018 AdHoc Technical Committee Recognition Award, and the 2019 IEEE Communications and Information Security Technical Recognition (CISTC) Award. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network and is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of many IEEE Transactions and Magazines. He was the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee and the Chair of the TAOS Technical Committee. He served as the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker and is currently the IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Keynote title: Multi-Mode MIMO Communications: The Near-Field Multiplexing Paradigm

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Emil Björnson is a Professor of Wireless Communication at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is an IEEE Fellow, Digital Futures Fellow, and Wallenberg Academy Fellow. He has a podcast and YouTube channel called Wireless Future. His research focuses on multi-antenna communications and radio resource management, using methods from communication theory, signal processing, and machine learning. He has authored three textbooks and has published a large amount of simulation code.

He has received the 2018 and 2022 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Awards in Wireless Communications, the 2019 EURASIP Early Career Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2019 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Column Award, the 2020 Pierre-Simon Laplace Early Career Technical Achievement Award, the 2020 CTTC Early Achievement Award, and the 2021 IEEE ComSoc RCC Early Achievement Award. He also received six Best Paper Awards at the conferences.

6G Program Manager, Nokia Bell Labs

Keynote title: How to Architect the 6GS: Realization of Complete Value Chain

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Dr. Ömer Bulakci is the 6G Program Manager at Nokia, Germany, and the Chairman of the 5GPPP Architecture Working Group. He received the degrees of B.Sc. (METU, Turkey, 2006), M.Sc. (TUM, Germany, 2008), and doctorate (Aalto University, Finland, 2013, formerly TKK). He worked at Nokia Siemens Networks, Germany on LTE-Advanced relaying (2009-2012), in support of his doctorate. From 2012 till February 2020, he conducted research toward 5G system, contributed to EU flagship projects METIS, METIS-II (leading work package on RAN synchronous control plane), and 5G-MoNArch (leading work package on overall architecture/E2E slicing), and contributed to the 5G standardization at Huawei GRC, Germany. He is an author/co-author of 75+ technical publications (including 5G book chapters and book editorship) and is an inventor of 110+ patent families/patent family applications. His current research interests comprise E2E network slicing, RAN architecture evolution, and system architecture design and analysis.

Director of Wireless Solutions (CTO Group), ZTE

Keynote title: 6G Vision, Services, Technologies and Innovations

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Miguel Arranz is a telecoms veteran with more than 25 years of experience developed both in Vodafone and ZTE, with a wealth of experience both in the operational and the research fields. His professional activity has been focused on the RAN area, while also largely exposed to all Network domains. He has more than 7 IPR’s granted, and its activity has been granted with different industry awards, including GLOMO Awards. Currently he is Director of Wireless Solutions within the CTO Group in ZTE, developing strategies both towards our R&D and operators to optimize our products and solutions, and becoming a recognized international speaker.

Senior Wireless Director, Huawei HQ

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Emmanuel holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and has 25+ years working experience in telecommunications. He has joined Huawei in 2008 to focus on LTE/LTE-Advanced. Since 2016 Emmanuel is involved into 5G solution. Emmanuel has held various management positions in R&D, Products Management and Marketing for both radio and core networks. In past 25+ years he has been involved in network planning, 3GPP standardization, R4 soft-switch, IMS/NGN, 3G/4G/4.5G/5G/5G-Advanced and mobile data applications. Emmanuel has an extensive experience about the development of wireless networks based on frequent communications with operators and other industry players.