Keynote speakers



fabrizio Title: Green wireless networking: energy efficiency in wireless networks


Biography:  Prof. Fabrizio Granelli
University of Trento Trento, Italy

Fabrizio Granelli is IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2014-15 (renewed from 2012-13), and Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). In 2008-14, he was deputy head of the academic council in Information Engineering. From October 2015 is Dean of Education at DISI. He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997, with a thesis on video coding, awarded with the TELECOM Italy prize, and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the same university, in 2001. Since 2000 he is carrying on his research and didactical activities (currently Associate Professor in Telecommunications) at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science – University of Trento (Italy). He was coordinator of the Networking Laboratory in 2006-2010. Between 2004 and 2015, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil) for a total of six months.He is author or co-author of more than 150 papers published in international journals, books and conferences. His main research activities are in the field of networking, with particular reference to performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.

Dr. Granelli is guest-editor of ACM Journal on Mobile Networks and Applications, special issues on “WLAN Optimization at the MAC and Network Levels”, “Ultra-Wide Band for Sensor Networks” and “Recent Advances in IEEE 802.11 WLANs: Protocols, Solutions and Future Directions”, guest-editor of ACM TOMACS special issue on “Modeling and Simulation of Cross-layer Interactions in Communication Networks”, of Hindawi Journal of Computer Systems, Networks and Communications special issue on “Lightweight Mobile and Wireless Systems: Technologies, Architectures and Services”.  He was Co-Chair of 10th and 13th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD’04 and CAMAD’08). Dr. Granelli is Founder and General Vice-Chair of the First International Conference on Wireless Internet (WICON’05) and General Chair of the 11th and 15th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD’06 and CAMAD’10). He is TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2007-2009 and 2012 Symposia on “Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling”. He was voting member of IEEE SCC41 for standards IEEE P1900.1 and IEEE P1900.2, and he’s currently voting member of the IEEE ComSoc Education Board. He was officer (Secretary 2005-2006, Vice-Chair 2007-2008, Chair 2009-2010) of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communication Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM), and Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Letters (2007-2011) and Journal of Wireless Communications and Networking (2008-2011). He is Senior Member of IEEE and Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and Wiley International Journal on Communication   Systems.

One third of the Internet population accesses online resources using wireless technologies. On the other hand, the Internet is accounted for around 2% of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. As a consequence, a clear need emerges towards design of green solutions for wireless access and networking, to optimize power usage. This requires the development of proper solutions to increase energy efficiency in wireless communications, including physical, resource allocation and networking aspects. The keynote will introduce the challenges related to limited energy efficiency in today's wireless networks and present some novel approaches to address the main issues. The presented solutions will provide a brief yet significant overview of the potential methodologies to apply at the physical, MAC and network levels.

ladid Title: IPv6-based 5G Mobile Wireless Internet


Biography:  Prof. Latif Ladid
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg



This talk will focus on exploring and elucidating all facets of the next generation of 5G “Mobile Wireless Internet of Everything” technology, business and societal gaps and challenges between the current 3G-4G-LTE access-only Internet models and the proper vision of 5G, evolutionary or revolutionary, to go beyond just access by embracing and facilitating the upfront integration of all new technologies (IOT, SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing, ..) to be user-transparent, app-oriented, service-ready, ubiquitous and lowest cost. As Internet usages are proliferating, communications networks are faced with new shortcomings. Future networks will have to support in 2020 mobile traffic volumes 1000 times larger than today and a spectrum crunch is anticipated. Wireless access rates are today significantly lower than those of fixed access, which prevents the emergence of ubiquitous low cost integrated access continuum with context independent operational characteristics. Communication networks energy consumption is growing rapidly, especially in the radio part of mobile networks. The proliferation of connected devices makes it very difficult to maintain similar performance characteristics over an ever larger portfolio of technologies and requirements (i.e.Ultra High Definition TV vs. M2M, IoT). Heterogeneity of access technologies entails unsustainable cost with increasing difficulties to integrate an ever larger set of resources with reduced OPEX. Network infrastructure openness is still limited. It prevents the emergence of integrated OTT (cloud)-network integration with predictable end to end performance characteristics, and limits the possibility for networks to become programmable infrastructures for innovation with functionalities exposed to developers' communities.
This talk will be devoted to analyze the transformative impact of IPv6 on IoT and 5G and its advanced features, presenting the challenges and solutions being considered in the context of several deployment scenarios or pre-standardization around the world.

mounir Title:  On the Road to 5G Networks


Biography:  Prof. Mounir Ghogho
University of Leeds, UK & UIR, Morocco


Mounir Ghogho received the MSc degree in 1993 and the PhD degree in 1997 from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. He was an EPSRC Research Fellow with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland), from September 1997 to November 2001. Since December 2001, he has been a faculty member with the school of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds (UK), where he currently holds a Chair in Signal Processing and Communications. Since 2010, he has also been affiliated with the International University of Rabat where he is currently Research Director and Scientific Adviser to the President. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing magazine. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2005 to 2008, the IEEE Signal Processing Letters from 2001 to 2004, and the Elsevier Digital Signal Processing journal from 2011 to 2012. He is currently a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SAM Technical Committee. He served as a member of the IEEE SPCOM Technical Committee from 2005 to 2010 and a member of IEEE SPTM Technical Committee from 2006 to 2011. He was the General Chair of the eleventh IEEE workshop on Signal Processing for Advanced Wireless Communications (SPAWC’2010), General Chair of the 21st edition of the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2013), and the Technical co-Chair of the MIMO symposium of IWCMC 2007 and IWCMC 2008. He is also a General Chair of IEEE WCNC 2019. His research interests are in the areas of signal processing and communication networks, in which he has published over 240 journal and conference papers, and supervised more than 25 PhD students. He held invited scientist/professor positions at many institutions including the US Army Research Lab (USA), Télécom Paris-Tech (France), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), the University Carlos Third of Madrid (Spain), ENSICA (France), Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), the University of Minnesota (USA), and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication (China). He is the EURASIP Liaison in Morocco. He was awarded the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship in September 2000. He is a recipient of the 2013 IBM Faculty award.
To meet the exponentially growing demand for mobile data traffic, future mobile networks should be designed to: i) bring the network closer to the user, mainly through network densification, ii) bring the content closer to the users, through caching popular content at the edge of the network, iii) have a fluid/elastic architecture, through virtualization and cloudification, and iv) exploit higher frequency bands (both licensed and unlicensed). The potential and challenges associated with each of the above technological trends will be discussed. Stochastic geometry is used to evaluate the network performance in terms of spectral and energy efficiencies. Green networks leveraging energy harvesting will also be discussed.