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Funding Wireless Research

Monday 16 May 2011, 18:00–20:00 (Budapest Ballroom)

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-support organizations, such as governments and industry? • How were these priority areas arrived at? • Are there future hot areas of wireless research that should be getting more support? What are the best practices of industry-academia collaboration? What is a reasonable level of funding per academic staff member to be able to make an impact? What might be considered a reasonable success ratio per application?

Lajos Hanzo (Moderator)

Lajos Hanzo} ( FREng, FIEEE, FIET, DSc received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. In 2009 he was awarded the honorary doctorate ``Doctor Honaris Causa'' by the Technical University of Budapest. During his 35-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 in excess of 1000 research entries at IEEE Xplore, acted both as TPC and General Chair of IEEE conferences, presented keynote lectures and has 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 a Governor of the IEEE VTS. Since 2008 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and since 2009 a Chaired Professor also at Tsinghua University, Beijing. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to

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Andy Lawrence, EPSRC

Dr Andy Lawrence is a research programme manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year. Andy is responsible for looking after Communications research, consisting of around £50M research funding, in addition to focussing on the needs of the UK academic research base and interactions with industry and other stakeholders in the field of ICT. Prior to working at EPSRC, Andy was a researcher in the field of meteorology, having gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge (collaborating with the British Antarctic Survey) and has subsequently held research positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK) before joining EPSRC in Dec 2007.

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

Dr. 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 (now called Net!works) 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. He is member of VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, Germany) and Senior Member of IEEE. 1990 he received the Award of the ITG (Information Technology Society) in VDE. He is board member of ITG in VDE, Germany for the term 2006 to 2008 and was re-elected for the term 2009 to 2011. 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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Bill Tranter, Program Officer for Communications and Information Foundations, NSF, USA

Dr. 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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Buyong K. Yi

He is the Senior E.V.P. of LG Electronics, heading the North America R&D center. His organization supports $ 6.0 Billion annual sales revenue and conducted relevant researches.

His industrial career has been highlighted not only developing the wireless communication technologies at global standard bodies, but also putting those into mobile communication devices. He demonstrated his managerial and technical skills bridging multi-disciplined and multi-national organizations to a common threaded and goal oriented standard development group. He had been twice elected as a TSG-C Chairman of the 3GPP2, developing 3rd and 4th generation CDMA air interface specifications which become the technical choice of more than one Billion users.

He also invented the Space-Time coding schemes earlier than anyone else which could provide coding gains and diversity gains together, called as “the Softest Hand-Off Mechanism”. The well known Alamoti space coding scheme provided only the diversity gain. His space-time coding scheme has been implemented into the wireless standards and suggested for the satellite radio broadcasting combing multiple signals from satellites. His contributions allow multiple base stations supporting users at the cell edge improving the cell coverage area. Also, this technology could be extended as the network coding scheme combing the messages from the different routes.

His leadership demonstrates that he received the prestigious CDMA Development Group Industry Leadership awards, for the wireless communication standard activities and his technical contributions; the first recipient was Erwin Jacobs. He has been actively participating IEEE San Diego Vehicular Technology Society as a chairman, which is the most active in the region. His activities have been awarded by the RAB Award for his dedication to rejuvenate the San Diego Section VTS Chapter, 2007.

He has been recognized by the National Engineer Week (NEW) Foundation for his engineering contributions on the wireless communication technology electing as an outstanding engineer of the year and inducted to the Hall of Fame (HoF) by the SEAS of the George Washington University

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Wireless Futures...

Tuesday 17 May 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Budapest Ballroom)

This research panel will speculate on the future directions of wireless communications research, touching upon crucial design aspects, such as coherent versus non-coherent communications, orthogonal versus non-orthogonal signalling techniques, co-located and distributed MIMOs as well as cooperation at both the physical and upper layers, etc The exploration of high-frequency radio frequency bands is of high importance in the interest of supporting demanding, high-rate wireless Internet applications, but requires substantial further research efforts . Come and join the debate facilitated by distinguished experts of the field!

Lajos Hanzo (Moderator)

For biography, please see above.

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Fumiyuki Adachi, Tohoku University, Japan

Fumiyuki Adachi received the B.S. and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1973 and 1984, respectively. In April 1973, he joined NTT Laboratories and conducted various types of research related to digital cellular mobile communications. From July 1992 to December 1999, he was with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., where he led a research group on W-CDMA for 3G systems. Since January 2000, he has been with Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, where he is a Professor of Electrical and Communication Engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering. His research interests are in gigabit wireless signal processing and networking including wireless access, equalization, transmit/receive antenna diversity, equalization, channel coding, and distributed MIMO signal processing. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IEICE Fellow. He was a recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Avant Garde Award 2000, IEICE Achievement Award 2002, Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2004, Ericsson Telecommunications Award 2008, Telecom System Technology Award 2010, and Prime Minister Invention Prize 2010.

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Rahim Tafazolli, CCSR, University of Surrey

He is the Director of the Centre for Communications Systems Research (CCSR), Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Surrey in the UK.
CCSR is the largest academic communications research centre in Europe with extensive activities with academia and industry in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
He has published more than 500 research papers in refereed journals, international conferences and as invited speaker. He currently has more than 15 patents in the field of mobile communications.

He is the editor of two books on “Technologies for Wireless Future” published by Wiley’s Vol.1 in 2004 and Vol.2 2006.

He is currently chairman of EU Net!WorksTechnology Platform Expert Group, board member of the UK Future Internet Strategy Group (UK-FISG). He is Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).

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Reinaldo Valenzuela

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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The Networked, Plugged Smart Vehicle

Wednesday 18 May 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Margit A)

The panel aims at bringing together the two critical components that will define the future of Mobility and Transportation: the Smart Vehicle that is simultaneously plugged into the Internet and will be an integral part of the Smart Power Grid, therefore encompassing the Full Electric Vehicle.

Jorge Pereira, European Commission (Moderator)

Dr. Jorge M. Pereira obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively; he received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1993.
Since September 1996, he has been with the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, as Scientific Officer in the areas of Mobile and Personal Communications and Broadband for All. He became Principal Scientific Officer in 2005, moving to the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Emergency and Disaster Management, and is currently working in the area of Embedded Systems and Control, where he is responsible for the area of Complex Systems Engineering, including Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects.
He is a Member of the IEEE and of the ACM. He serves as Associate Editor for Mobile Radio, including Vehicular Communications, for the IEEE VTS Magazine. He has recently taken up the position of Associate Editor of the ACM transactions on Sensor networks.

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Onur Altintas, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Dr. Onur Altintas is a senior researcher at the R&D Group of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Co. Ltd, in Tokyo. From 1999 to 2001 he was with Toyota Motor Corporation and from 2001 to 2004 he was with Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA, and was also a visiting researcher at Telcordia Technologies between 1999 and 2004. Before joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1999, he was a research scientist at Ultra High Speed Network and Computer Technology Labs (UNCL), Tokyo. He received his B.S. (1987) and M.S. (1990) degrees from Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. (1995) degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan; all in electrical engineering. He served as the Co-Chair for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Workshops (V2VCOM 2005 and V2VCOM 2006) co-located with ACM MobiQuitous, and V2VCOM 2007 and V2VCOM 2008 co-located with IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. He also served as the Co-Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Automotive Networking and Applications (AutoNet 2006, AutoNet 2007 and AutoNet 2008) co-located with IEEE Globecom. He is the general co-chair of the First IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (IEEE VNC 2009) held in October 2009, in Tokyo and the Second IEEE VNC 2010 held in New Jersey, in December 2010.

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Andras Kovacs, BROADBIT

Andras Kovacs has been working in the intelligent transportation industry since 2004, specializing in electronic tolling systems and automotive V2X communications research.
He has been a contributing expert in the group which has defined the enforcement recommendations for the European Electronic Tolling System (EETS).
He has been contributing to the technical work of Car-2-Car Communication Consortium during 2006-2008. Since the establishment of the ETSI ITS committee, he has taken part in the work of its Networking and Media working groups, currently serving as a BroadBit delegate.
His main research contribution has been the leading of the ‘Specification’ and ‘Conformance Testing’ work packages of the GeoNet project. The specifications developed within GeoNet have been adapted into ETSI ITS standardisation; the ‘GeoNetworking’ and ‘IPv6 over GeoNetworking‘ protocol standards are based on the finalisation of these specification results. During the past year Mr Kovacs has been involved in the ETSI task force developing the test specifications and the test platform for the V2X communication protocols developed within ETSI ITS.
Since 2011, his research activity also includes expert contribution to FP7 projects for the development of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) interface for electric vehicles.
Mr Kovacs is working at BroadBit, where his responsibility is the management of the company's research work.

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Patricia Rodriguez, ETRA I+D

Telecom Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (SPAIN) performing the final project in the École Supérieur d’Électricité (SUPELEC) in Paris. In the past she has worked in Alcatel CIT (Paris) as tendering engineer in the Wireless Transmission Division. She is working in ETRA I+D since 2002 where she has been the project manager of several IST and ICT projects. Currently, she is the project manager of the PECES (Pervasive Computing in Embedded Systems)project and the infrastructure manager of the national project MARTA (Automotion and Mobility for Advanced Transport Networks)

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Jan H. van Schuppen, CWI

Jan H. van Schuppen is affiliated as CWI Fellow with the the research institute Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and as Full Professor with the Department of Mathematics of the Delft University of Technology (part time) in Delft, The Netherlands. He is a member of IEEE Societies of Control Systems, Computers, and Information Theory, and is a member of SIAM.
Van Schuppen's research interests include control of distributed/decentralized systems, control of hybrid systems and of discrete-event systems, stochastic control, realization, and system identification. In applied research his interests include engineering problems of control of motorway traffic, of communication networks, and control and system theory for the life sciences. In regard to control of motorway traffic he has been active in dynamic speed control, routing control, and adaptive prediction of inflows into a network.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, was Associate Editor-at-Large of the journal IEEE Transactions Automatic Control, and was Department Editor of the journal Discrete Event Dynamic Systems.
Currently he is the coordinator of the project Control for coordination of distributed systems (C4C) which is financed by the European Commission. The direction of automated guided vehicles and
control of road networks are research issues of this project.

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