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Panel 1 - Wireless Research: Investment by Industry, Government and Universities

Tuesday 07 September 2010, 18:00–20:00 (Confederation II /III)

This panel will address issues of financial and other support for research and development leading to new wireless systems, services and standards. Topics to be discussed include: • What areas are considered top priorities by research-supporting organizations? • How were these priority areas arrived at? • Are there future hot areas of wireless research that should be getting more support?

Prof. David Falconer, Carleton University, Canada (Moderator)

David Falconer received the B.A. Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1962, the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1963 and 1967 respectively, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden he was with Bell Laboratories from 1967 to 1980 as a member of technical staff and group supervisor. During 1976-77 he was a visiting professor at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Since 1980 he has been with Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he is now Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering.
His current research interests center around beyond-third-generation broadband wireless communications systems. He was Director of Carleton’s Broadband Communications and Wireless Systems (BCWS) Centre from 2000 to 2004. He was the Chair of Working Group 4 (New Radio Interfaces, Relay-Based Systems and Smart Antennas) of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in 2004 and 2005. He received the 2008 Canadian award for Telecommunications Research, a 2008 IEEE Technical Committee for Wireless Communications Recognition Award, the IEEE Canada 2009 Fessenden Award (Telecommunications), and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications. He is an IEEE Life Fellow.

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Prof. Michel Fattouche, University of Calgary, and CTO of Cell-Loc Inc.

Dr Michel Fattouche is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering, at the University of Calgary. His research work has led to 17 patents issued and 4 pending. Based on his patents in W-OFDM (Wide-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) he co-founded Wi-LAN Inc. in 1993 which led the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to incorporate Wi-LAN's patented W-OFDM technology in its "WirelessMAN" Standard 802.16a. His patents on Wireless Data communications have been licensed by more than 100 wireless companies worldwide. Based on his patents on Super-Resolution, Dr. Fattouche also co-founded Cell-Loc Inc. in 1995 (which became Cell-Loc Location Technologies Inc. in 2003), a developer of a family of network-based wireless location products that enable location-sensitive services. Several networks have been deployed in Canada and in Brazil. He is currently on the Board of Directors of EDF Inc., a company specializing in the weight loss market using a proprietary RF-based technology. He has been named “Calgarian of the Year” by Business in Calgary magazine in 2000, “Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000 for Communications and Technology as part of the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program, and “Professor of the Year” by the Student Union for Teaching Excellence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary in 1999. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geophysicist of Alberta.

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Dr. Werner Mohr, Head of Research Alliances, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Chair of eMobility ETP

Werner Mohr was graduated from the University of Hannover, Germany, with the Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and with the Ph.D. degree in 1987.
Dr. Werner Mohr joined Siemens AG, Mobile Network Division in Munich, Germany in 1991. He was involved in several EU funded projects and ETSI standardization groups on UMTS and systems beyond 3G. Since December 1996 he was project manager of the European ACTS FRAMES Project until the project finished in August 1999. This project developed the basic concepts of the UMTS radio interface. Since April 2007 he is with Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG in Munich Germany, where he is Head of Research Alliances. He was the coordinator of the WINNER Project in Framework Program 6 of the European Commission chairman of WWI (Wireless World Initiative) and of the Eureka Celtic project WINNER+. The WINNER project laid the foundation for the radio interface for IMT-Advanced and provided the starting point for the 3GPP LTE standardization. In addition, he was vice chair of the eMobility European Technology Platform in the period 2008 – 2009 and he is now eMobility chairperson for the period 2010 – 2011. Werner Mohr was chair of the "Wireless World Research Forum – WWRF" from its launch in August 2001 up to December 2003. Werner Mohr is co-author of a book on "Third Generation Mobile Communication Systems" and a book on "Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced".

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Dr. Wen Tong, Chief Technical Officer, Global Wireless, Huawei

Dr. Wen Tong is the vice president of Wireless Research and CTO of Wireless of Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009. Dr. Wen Tong was the Nortel Fellow and Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He received the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 90 granted US patents and more than 200 patents filings.
Dr. Tong has conducted the advanced research work spanning from 1G to 4G wireless at Nortel. From 1997 to 1999, he was responsible for the prototyping of advanced CDMA technology which led industry’s first 3G wireless packet data sessions using CDMA2000 1xRTT technology in the field. He was one of the critical inventors of turbo coding interleaver, a key enabler that boosts speed and efficiency of 3G networks, which has been adopted for all 3G/4G standards. From 1998 to 2006, he had been a driving force in developing foundational technologies for all the 4G wireless networks–OFDM-MIMO. He is an industry-recognized pioneer on OFDM-MIMO. He has been a key contributor and initiator to 3GPP (UMTS and LTE), 3GPP2 (CDMA 1xRTT 1xEV-DO and UMB), and IEEE802.16e (WiMAX), IEEE802.16j (Mobile Multi-Hop Relay) standards.In 2006, and 2007, his team was twice-winner of Nortel Technology Excellent Award (highest level R&D award). Since 2007, Dr. Tong had been the director of Wireless Technology Labs. In 2008, Dr. Tong was the head of Network Technology Labs, responsible for Nortel’s global strategic technologies research and development. He was member of Executive Edge team.
In 2007, Dr. Tong was inducted as Nortel Fellow, a lifetime honor bestowed to selected 5 individuals in Nortel’s R&D community in Nortel’s 114 years history. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s most prolific inventor
Dr. Tong serves at the NSERC discovery grant committee.

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Dr. Bill Tranter, Program Officer for Communications and Information Foundations, NSF, USA

William H. (Bill) Tranter received the Ph.D. degree in 1970, respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1969. From 1980 to 1985, he served as Associate Dean of Engineering with responsibility for research and graduate affairs. He was appointed Schlumberger Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1985 and served in that position until his early retirement from UMR in 1997.
In 1996-7 Bill served as an Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1997 he joined the Electrical Engineering faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, (Virginia Tech), in Blacksburg, VA, as the Bradley Professor of Communications. In 2009 Bill took an IPA leave from Virginia Tech and now serves as Program Director for Communications, Information Theory, and Coding at the National Science Foundation.
His research interests are digital signal processing and computer-aided design of communication systems applied to wireless communications systems. He has authored numerous technical papers and is the co-author of three textbooks: Principles of Communications: Systems, Modulation and Noise (Wiley, 2002), Signals and Systems (Prentice-Hall, 1998), and Simulation of Communication Systems with Applications to Wireless Communications (Prentice-Hall).
He has held many positions within the IEEE Communications Society including Director of Journals, Director of Education, and as a member and chair of a number of technical committees. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society, and as Vice President—Technical Activities. For eleven years he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS. In that position he founded the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. He recently completed a three-year term as a member of the IEEE FELLOW Committee for the IEEE Board of Directors.
He was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 1985 and has received numerous awards including the James McLellan Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Exemplary Publications Award, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

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Panel 2 - A Reality Check of Vehicular Networking: Where we are and what lies ahead

Thursday 09 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation II)

Vehicular communications has significant potential to enable diverse applications such as traffic safety, traffic efficiency and information provisioning. This panel will overview the current status of vehicular communications including basic characteristics and will give an update on trials and deployment plans. The panel will also address technical challenges stemming from high mobility of vehicles, real-time nature of applications, multitude of system and application related requirements, scalability and interoperability of the solutions, security requirements associated with the envisioned applications. The panel intends to address what needs to be done next and whether, as the research community, we are addressing the real problems or we are devising new problems that are of little relevance to the requirements of vehicular applications.

Joe Ziomek, JFZ and Associates (Moderator)

Joe Ziomek spent 17 years with Ford Motor Company in advanced vehicle development and in the transportation electronics division of TRW. Mr. Ziomek has numerous industry affiliations, including chairman of the Convergence Education Foundation (CEF). He is a member of the Board of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Square One Education Network.

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Mr. Massimo Osella, GM Research, USA

Massimo Osella is the manager of Electronic Control and Software Architectures and Vehicle Connectivity group within the ECI Lab in General Motors R&D. His research areas are vehicle electronic systems architectures, network protocols, software architectures, safety and security, infotainment, wireless technologies and V2V communications. He received a master degree (laurea) in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in 1987. He spent 19 years in FIAT Research Center in Torino (Italy) working at the Electronic Systems division where he was Group Manager of the Diagnosis & Safety group. He was responsible of the safety analysis of several production and research Fiat projects. He also worked on several European research projects on diagnosis, by-wire and system architecture topics; the last one was EASIS (Electronic Architecture and System Engineering for Integrated Safety Systems) where he led the Hardware Architecture work package. In 2006 he joined GM R&D in Warren (Michigan, USA) and he was working on a Fault Tolerance research project in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. More recently he become responsible also of the research projects in the areas of vehicle to vehicle communications and infotainment platforms.

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Dr. Luca Delgrossi, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

Luca Delgrossi holds a PhD in Computer Science received from the
Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Among his past activities, he worked on real-time multimedia communications in their early stage at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at UC Berkeley, CA, and the IBM European Networking Center (ENC) in Heidelberg, Germany. He served as Co-Chair for the IETF ST Working Group producing Internet RFC 1819 (IP version 5), and as Associate Director for the Centre for Research on the Applications of Telematics to Organizations and Society (CRATOS) of the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). He is among the founders of the Italian Chapter of the Internet Society. Today, Dr. Delgrossi leads the Vehicle-Centric Communications (VCC) team at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. The VCC team implemented the first on-board equipment (OBE) with a 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) radio performing channel switching (2006) and publicly demonstrated a Mercedes-Benz S-550 coming to stop automatically upon detection of an imminent red light violation at an instrumented intersection (ITS World Congress New York, 2008). He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium and as co-editor of the IEEE Communication Magazine Automotive Series.

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Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Ottawa

Ivan Stojmenovic received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics. He held regular and visiting positions in Serbia, Japan, USA, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, UK (as Chair in Applied Computing at the University of Birmingham), Hong Kong, Brazil, and Taiwan, and is Full Professor the University of Ottawa, Canada. He published over 250 different papers, and edited five books on wireless, ad hoc, sensor and actuator networks and applied algorithms with Wiley. He is editor of over dozen journals, editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (from January 2010), and founder and editor-in-chief of three journals (MVLSC, IJPEDS and AHSWN). Stojmenovic has h-index 35 and >5000 citations. He received three best paper awards and the Fast Breaking Paper for October 2003, by Thomson ISI ESI. He is recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award, UK. He is elected to IEEE Fellow status (Communications Society, class 2008), and is IEEE CS Distinguished Visitor 2010-12. He received Excellence in Research Award of the University of Ottawa 2009. Stojmenovic chaired and/or organized >50 workshops and conferences, and served in over 100 program committees. He was program co/vice-chair at IEEE PIMRC 2008, IEEE AINA-07, IEEE MASS-04&07, EUC-05&08, WONS-05, MSN-05&06, ISPA-05&07, founded workshop series at IEEE MASS, ICDCS, DCOSS, ACM Mobihoc, MSN, and was Workshop Chair at IEEE MASS-09, ACM Mobihoc-07&08. He presented over dozen tutorials.

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Tim Leinmüller, DENSO Automotive Deutschland GMBH

Tim Leinmüller received his joint-degree in Electrical Engineering from ENST-Paris and University of Stuttgart in 2003. From 2003 to 2007 he was with DaimlerChrysler AG Group Research and Advanced Engineering. In 2007 he joined DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH, where his activities focus on research and standardization in the area of V2X Communication. He is representing DENSO in the Car2Car Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) where he is also co-chairing the architecture working. He serves as DENSO’s official contact to ETSI and he is contributing to the standardization efforts in ETSI TC ITS (technical committee for intelligent transport systems).

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Panel 3 - Directions for Wireless Research: Can we meet industry's wants and needs?

Thursday 09 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation III)

Amidst the profusion of wireless networking and services alternatives, what are the directions that today's R&D professionals should take in order to meet industry expectations and win industry's support? This panel will offer views on contentious questions such as • Have academic publications with their idealized models become irrelevant to the wireless industry? • Have standards bodies replaced IEEE publications as the for a for peer review of innovative ideas? • Can academics be "up to date" without participating in the standard making process? • Will 4G be mainly vertical handoff among diverse wired and wireless access networks? • Can technical advances be leveraged across alternative and sometimes competitive access systems such as LTE and WiMAX? • Will ever more complex techniques continue to squeeze higher capacity out of available bandwidth? • Should we facilitate cognitive radio access to private spectrum? • Does the industry plan to offer preferential service quality to users willing to pay?

Prof. Lajos Hanzo, University of Southampton, UK (Moderator)

Lajos Hanzo ( FREng, FIEEE, FIET, DSc received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. During his 34-year career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he holds the chair in telecommunications. He has co-authored 20 John Wiley - IEEE Press books on mobile radio communications totalling in excess of 10 000 pages, published about 950 research papers and book chapters at IEEE Xplore, acted as TPC Chair of IEEE conferences, presented keynote lectures and been awarded a number of distinctions. Currently he is directing an academic research team, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European IST Programme and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as a Governor of both the IEEE ComSoc and the VTS. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and a Chaired Prof. also at Tsinghua University, Beijing. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to

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Dr. Reinaldo Valenzuela, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Reinaldo A. Valenzuela: Obtained his B.Sc. at the University of Chile, and his Ph.D. from Imperial College of Sc. and Tech., U. of London, England. At Bell Laboratories, he carried out indoor microwave propagation measurements and developed statistical models. He also worked on packet reservation multiple access for wireless systems and optical WDM networks. He became Manager, Voice Research Dept., at Motorola Codex, involved in the implementation integrated voice and data packet systems. On returning to Bell Laboratories he was involved in propagation measurements and ray tracing propagation prediction. He received the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award and is Director of the Wireless Communications Research Department. He is currently engaged in MIMO / space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has been editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless. He has published over 130 papers and has 12 patents. He has over 10 000 Google Scholar citations and he is a 'Highly Cited Author' In Thomson ISI and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He is the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.

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Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, TU Dresden, Germany

Gerhard Fettweis earned his PhD degree from Aachen University of Technololgy (RWTH) in 1990. He is IEEE Fellow, and active in organizing conferences (e.g. IEEE ICC 2009) and workshops. From 1990 to 1991, he was Visiting Scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, developing signal processing innovations for IBM’s disk drive products. From 1991 to 1994, he was a Scientist with TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA, responsible for signal processor development projects for cellular phone chip-sets. Since 1994 he holds the Vodafone Chair at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. During this time the chair has spunout nine start-ups: Systemonic, Radioplan, Signalion, InCircuit, Dresden Silicon, Freedelity, RadioOpt, Blue Wonder Communications, InRadios.

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Prof. Elvino Sousa, University of Toronto, Canada

Elvino S. Sousa received his B.A.Sc. in engineering science, and the M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1980 and 1982 respectively, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. Since 1986 he has been with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is now a Professor and the Jeff Skoll Professor in Computer Network Architecture. He has performed research in CDMA and wireless systems since 1983. His current interests are in the areas of broadband wireless systems, smart antenna systems, autonomous infrastructure wireless networks, cognitive radio, self configurable wireless networks, user deployed networks, and cognitive networks. He was the founder of wireless communications at the University of Toronto and is the director of the wireless lab, which has undertaken research in wireless systems for the past 24 years. He has been invited to give lectures and short courses on spread spectrum, CDMA, and wireless systems in many countries, and has been a consultant to industry and Governments internationally in the area of wireless systems. He was the technical program chair for PIMRC 95, vice-technical program chair for Globecom '99, and has been involved in the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He is a co-technical program chair for the upcoming WPMC and PIMRC conferences. He is a past chair of the IEEE Technical committee on Personal Communications. He has spent sabbatical leaves at Qualcomm and Sony CSL/ATL, where he was the holder of the Sony sabbatical chair. He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

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