Keynote & Plenary Speakers

(Speakers listed in name alphabet order)


 

Robert Calderbank (NAE member, IEEE/AAAS Fellow, AT&T Fellow)
Charles S. Sydnor Professor, Duke University, USA

Keynote Talk Title: TBA
Time: 8:30-9:30AM, Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Robert Calderbank is Director of the Information Initiative at Duke University, where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Duke in 2010, completed a 3 year term as Dean of Natural Sciences in August 2013, and also served as Interim Director of the Duke Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012. Before joining Duke he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Princeton University where he also directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Before joining Princeton University, Dr. Calderbank was Vice President for Research at AT&T. As Vice President for Research he managed AT&T intellectual property, and he was responsible for licensing revenue. AT&T Labs was the first of a new type of research lab where masses of data generated by network services became a giant sandbox in which fundamental discoveries in information science became a source of commercial advantage

At Duke, Dr. Calderbank works with researchers from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, developing information technology that is able to capture a full spectrum of behavior in very young children. By supporting more consistent and cost-effective early diagnosis, the team is increasing the opportunity for early interventions that have proven very effective. At the start of his career at Bell Labs, Dr. Calderbank developed voiceband modem technology that was widely licensed and incorporated in over a billion devices. Voiceband means the signals are audible so these modems burped and squeaked as they connected to the internet. One of these products was the AT&T COMSPHEREŽ modem which was the fastest modem in the world in 1994 – at 33.6kb/s! Together with Peter Shor and colleagues at AT&T Labs Dr. Calderbank developed the group theoretic framework for quantum error correction. This framework changed the way physicists view quantum entanglement, and provided the foundation for fault tolerant quantum computation. Dr. Calderbank has also developed technology that improves the speed and reliability of wireless communication by correlating signals across several transmit antennas. Invented in 1996, this space-time coding technology has been incorporated in a broad range of 3G, 4G and 5G wireless standards. He served on the Technical Advisory Board of Flarion Technologies a wireless infrastructure company founded by Rajiv Laroia and acquired by Qualcomm for $1B in 2008.

Dr. Calderbank is an IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and an AT&T Fellow, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. He received the 2013 IEEE Hamming Medal for contributions to coding theory and communications and the 2015 Shannon Award.


 

Michael J. Carey (NAE member, ACM/IEEE Fellow)
Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, USA

Keynote Talk Title: Big NoSQL Data, Apache AsterixDB, and Beyond
Time: 8:30-9:30AM, Monday, March 5, 2018


Abstract:
Big Data comes in many shapes and sizes. Today's varieties of Big Data include Big Tabular Data (e.g., large enterprise-style relational data sets), Big Graph Data (e.g., large social networks), Big Textual Data (e.g., large collections of blogs or messages), and of course Big Semistructured Data (e.g., large collections of JSON objects) — a.k.a. Big NoSQL Data. This keynote will examine the NoSQL faction of the Big Data movement, describing the nature of this data and then surveying some of the platforms for storing and querying such data today — a.k.a. document database systems. To make things concrete, the talk will include a deeper look at Apache AsterixDB, an open-source Big Data Management System that originated from several University of California campuses and provides an excellent foundation for managing NoSQL data. Details covered will include its underlying storage technologies and the sorts of schema-related, ingestion-related, and query-related features that more and more such systems are beginning to offer. The talk will also discuss our current efforts to move from our current world of passive Big Data platforms to a new "BAD" (Big Active Data) world. The keynote will close with an enumeration of some of the open technical challenges in the NoSQL data management space.


Biography:

 

Michael J. Carey received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979, 1981, and 1983, respectively. He is currently a Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and a Consulting Architect at Couchbase, Inc. Before joining UCI in 2008, Dr. Carey worked at BEA Systems for seven years and led the development of BEA's AquaLogic Data Services Platform product for virtual data integration. He also spent a dozen years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, five years at the IBM Almaden Research Center working on object-relational databases, and a year and a half at e-commerce platform startup Propel Software during the infamous 2000-2001 Internet bubble. Dr. Carey is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD E.F. Codd Innovations Award. His current interests all center around data-intensive computing and scalable data management (a.k.a. Big Data).


 

Henning Schulzrinne (ACM/IEEE Fellow)
Former CTO, FCC of United States, USA

Levi Professor, Columbia University, USA

Keynote Talk Title: Telecom policy: competition, spectrum, access and technology transitions
Time: 8:30-9:30AM, Thursday, March 8, 2018


Abstract:
Telecom regulatory and policy agencies are facing a common set of challenges, colored by the specific legal and political circumstances in each country or region. I will highlight some of the hard problems that need to be addressed: * From the 1980s to recently, either multi-modal competition (cable vs. DSL, say) or unbundling provided standard policy tools to encourage competition. Often, these policies could essentially leverage the fact that carriers could not predict the usage of their outside plant when they built it. However, the emergence of fiber and hybrid-fiber networks, as well as LTE and 5G, makes these policy tools less attractive.


Biography:

Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.


 

 

Yunhao Liu (ACM/IEEE Fellow)
Chang Jiang Chair Professor, Tsinghua University, China

Keynote Talk Title: Internet of Everything for the New Industrial Revolution
Time: 8:30-9:30AM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Abstract:
In this talk, I will introduce several of our ongoing Internet of Things (IoT) projects such as the GreenOrbs and TagSys. In GreenOrbs and CitySee, we have deployed over 1000 sensor nodes, with totally more than 10,000 sensors, for monitoring water, CO2, NO2, automobiles, and human activities. The ongoing project TagSys, a passive RFID based luggage tracking system, has resulted the ACM MobiCom 2014 Best Paper Award and has been deployed in Beijing International Airport with more 110,000 tags. I will focus on a few key ideas such as passive diagnosis, sensorless sensing, and communication as a sensing, the opportunities and challenges in extremely large scale IoT systems, and the impact of IoT to the new industrial revolution.


Biography:

 

Yunhao Liu, ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Tsinghua University. Yunhao received his BS degree in Automation Department from Tsinghua University in 1995, and an MS and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Yunhao was in the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2004 through 2011 and the School of Information Technology, Tsinghua University from 2011 through 2017. Yunhao is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and the recipient of the IOT Young Achievement Award from the China Computer Federation (2016), the ACM Presidential Award (2013), and the NSF China Distinguished Young Scholar Award (2011). He has authored/co-authored three books and more than 180 research papers. He received 4 Best Paper Awards in international leading conferences and has over 18,000 citations with an h-index of 58.


 

 

Nick Bambos
Weiland Professor and Department Chair, Stanford University, USA

Plenary Talk Title: TBA
Time: 13:30-14:30, Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Nick Bambos is the chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University. He heads the Network Architecture and Performance Engineering research group at Stanford, conducting research in wireless network architectures, the Internet infrastructure, packet switching, network management and information service engineering, engaged in various projects of his Network Architecture Laboratory (NetLab). His current technology research interests include high-performance networking, autonomic computing, and service engineering. His methodological interests are in network control, online task scheduling, queueing systems and stochastic processing networks. He has graduated over 20 Ph.D. students, who are now at leadership positions in academia (Stanford, CalTech, Michigan, GaTech, NYU, UBC, etc.) and the information technology industry (Cisco, Broadcom, IBM Labs, Qualcomm, Nokia, MITRE, Sun Labs, ST Micro, Intel, Samsung, TI, etc.) or have become successful entrepreneurs. From 1999 to 2005 he served as the director of the Stanford Networking Research Center, a major partnership/consortium between Stanford and information technology industries, involving tens of corporate members, faculty and doctoral students. He is now heading a new research initiative at Stanford on Networked Information Service Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from the University of California at Berkeley (1989), as well as the M.S. in EECS (1987) and the M.A. in Mathematics (1989) from the same University. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens-Greece (1984) with first class honors. Before joining Stanford as an Associate Professor in 1996, he served as Assistant (1990-95) and tenured Associate Professor (1995-96) in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Nick Bambos has held the Cisco Systems Faculty Development Chair (1999-2003) in computer networking at Stanford and has won the IBM Faculty Award (2002) for high-impact research in performance engineering of computer systems and networks, as well as the Griffin Award (1997). He has been the David Morgenthaler Faculty Scholar (1996-99) at Stanford, and has received the National Young Investigator Award (1992) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research in computer networks and distributed computing architectures, as well as the NSF Research Initiation Award (1990) for studies in performance modeling of computer systems. He has also been a U.C. Regents Fellow, a David Gale Fellow, and an Earl Anthony Fellow. He is on the Editorial Boards of several research journals and serves on various international technical committees and review panels for networking research and information technologies. He has been serving on the boards of various start-up companies in the Silicon Valley, consults on high technology development and management matters, and has served as lead expert witness in high-profile patent litigation cases in networking and computing.


 

 

Aggelos K. Katsaggelos (IEEE/SPIE/EURASIP Fellow)
Joseph Cummings Professor, Northwestern University, USA

Plenary Talk Title: TBA
Time: 13:30-14:30, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Aggelos K. Katsaggelos received the Diploma degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. In 1985, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, where he is currently a Professor holder of the Joseph Cummings chair. He was previously the holder of the Ameritech Chair of Information Technology and the AT&T chair. He is also a member of the Academic Staff, NorthShore University Health System, an affiliated faculty at the Department of Linguistics and he has an appointment with the Argonne National Laboratory. He has published extensively in the areas of multimedia signal processing and communications (over 250 journal papers, 600 conference papers and 40 book chapters) and he is the holder of 25 international patents. He is the co-author of Rate-Distortion Based Video Compression (Kluwer, 1997), Super-Resolution for Images and Video (Claypool, 2007), Joint Source-Channel Video Transmission (Claypool, 2007), and Machine Learning Refined (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has supervised 55 Ph.D. theses so far. Among his many professional activities Prof. Katsaggelos was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (1997–2002), a BOG Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (1999–2001), a member of the Publication Board of the IEEE Proceedings (2003-2007), and a Member of the Award Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1998), SPIE (2009), and EURASIP (2017), and the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (2001), the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2010), an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (2001), an IEEE ICME Paper Award (2006), an IEEE ICIP Paper Award (2007), an ISPA Paper Award (2009), and a EUSIPCO paper award (2013). He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2007–2008).

 


 

Zhen Liu (IEEE Fellow)
CTO, Logitech, Switzerland

Plenary Talk Title: TBA
Time: 10:00-12:00, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Dr. Zhen Liu is the CTO of Logitech, and is in charge of the technology strategies and their implementation for Logitech worldwide. Before joining Logitech in March 2017, Zhen was the head of Microsoft China Innovation Group. Prior to this experience, Zhen was with Nokia as the Head of Nokia Research Center (NRC) Beijing, and then became the Head of NRC Growth Economies Lab. Before joining Nokia, Zhen was with IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and served as the senior manager of the Next Generation Distributed Systems department. And before his IBM experience, Zhen was a Research Director at INRIA (the French national research center on information and automation).

Zhen is a fellow of IEEE. He has published over 200 papers and obtained over 100 granted patents from US Patent Office. Zhen Liu was the general chair of the ACM Sigmetrics 2008 Conference, co-chair of ACM HotMetrics 2008, program co-chair of the Joint Conference of ACM Sigmetrics and IFIP Performance 2004, technical program co-chair of Sensorcomm 2009, and area technical program committee chair for INFOCOM 2008 and INFOCOM 2009. Zhen is on the editorial boards of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Service Computing and the Journal of Performance Evaluation.

 


 

Hikmet Sari (IEEE Fellow, European Academy member, Turkey Science Academy Member)
Professor, Centrale Supelec, France

Plenary Talk Title: Challenges Ahead for Multiple Access in 5G
Time: 14:30-15:30, Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Hikmet Sari is a professor at Centrale Supelec and chief scientist of Sequans Communications. Previously, he held various research and managerial positions at Philips, SAT (SAGEM Group), Alcatel, Pacific Broadband Communications, and Juniper Networks. He received his Engineering diploma and Ph.D. from ENST, Paris, and his Habilitation degree from the University of Paris-Sud. His distinctions include the IEEE Fellow Grade and the Andre Blondel Medal in 1995, the Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award in 2003, the Harold Sobol Award in 2012, and election to the European Academy and to the Science Academy of Turkey in 2012. He has served the IEEE Communications Society in numerous volunteer and leadership positions including Vice President-Conferences, Distinguished Lecturer, member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, member of the Awards Committee, member of several Technical Committees, Chair of the GITC, Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium of ICC 2002, Technical Program Chair of ICC 2004, Executive Chair of ICC 2006, General Chair of PIMRC 2010, General Chair of WCNC 2012, Executive Chair of WCNC 2014, Executive Co-Chair of ICC 2016, editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, associate editor of IEEE Communications Letters, and guest editor of IEEE JSAC. Presently, he is serving as Executive Chair of ICC 2017.


 

Keiji Yamada (IEICE Fellow)
Vice President, NEC, Japan

Plenary Talk Title: TBA
Time: 10:00-12:00, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

 

Keiji Yamada is Vice President of Central Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation since 2016. He is in charge of R&D strategy and social innovation creation by using advanced AI and IoT technology. In 1987, he received Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University and joined NEC Corporation. He also served as a visiting scholar of University of California at San Diego. In NEC, he was appointed as General Manager of Media and Information Research Laboratories, General Manager of C&C Innovation Research Laboratories, Vice President of Central Research Laboratories, and Head of NEC Laboratories Singapore. He hold prominent positions in parallel such as Board Member of Directors of IEICE, IPSJ, and Board Member of International Association of Pattern Recognition. Furthermore, he has been serving Japan Science and Technology Agency as a research area advisor and contributing to Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation in La Trobe University in Australia as an executive committee member. Specialized in information theory, pattern information processing, human interface and social information system. Received IPSJ Sakai Special Researcher Award.


 

Junshan Zhang (IEEE Fellow)
Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor, Arizona State University, USA

Plenary Talk Title: TBA
Time: 14:30-15:30, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Abstract:
TBA


Biography:

Junshan Zhang received his Ph.D. degree from the School of ECE at Purdue University in 2000. He joined the School of ECEE at Arizona State University in August 2000, where he has been Fulton Chair Professor since 2015. His research interests fall in the general field of information networks and its intersections with social networks and power networks. His current research focuses on fundamental problems in information networks and energy networks, including Fog Computing and its applications in IoT and 5G, optimization/control of mobile social networks and cognitive radio networks, modeling and optimization for smart grid, and privacy/security in information networks.

Prof. Zhang is a fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2005 and the NSF CAREER award in 2003. He received the IEEE Wireless Communication Technical Committee Recognition Award in 2016. His papers have won a few awards, including the Kenneth C. Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award of ACM SIGMETRICS/IFIP Performance 2016, the Best Paper Runner-up Award of IEEE INFOCOM 2009 and IEEE INFOCOM 2014, and the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2008. He was TPC co-chair for a number of major conferences in communication networks, including IEEE INFOCOM 2012 and ACM MOBIHOC 2015. He was the general chair for WiOpt 2016 and IEEE Communication Theory Workshop 2007. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, an editor for the Computer Network journal and an editor IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is currently serving as an editor-at-large for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and an editor for IEEE Network Magazine.