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Confirmed keynotes in alphabetical order are:





Dr. Bernard BaraniDeputy Head of Unit European Commission, DG, Connect, Belgium

Title: European R&D for 5G Sustainable Communications

Abstract: Over the last 18 months, 5G has emerged as a core and global research activities for the telecom industry. Whilst a precise definition of 5G is still to come, the major driving requirements have been worked out by European research teams, with bold support from the EU funded programmes. Energy efficiency is center stage of this work, taking into account the raising energy consumption of communication networks. Large national operators are usually part of the first energy consumer nationwide, and numerous reports have shown that wireless access to services may entail a 460% growth of energy consumption between 2012 and 2015. Whilst the main source of energy consumption is currently in the radio access, this may change if the advent of billions of connected devices becomes a reality. From that perspective the talk will introduce the currently running activities sponsored by the European research programmes and related to energy efficient networks, and highlight the plans to support industrial work in this domain, with a focus on future 5G activities. 

Short biography: Dr. Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then served as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes. In 1994, he joined the European Commission Directorate General "Information Society", and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of the unit dealing with research and policy in the field of RFID, Internet of Things and networked enterprise systems. He is currently Deputy head of the unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. His responsibilities cover the definition of the research strategy related to future networks (5G) and systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness.





Dr. Didier Bourse, Director, European Research Cooperation at Alcatel-Lucent, France

Title: The Energy Efficiency Challenge in the 5G Infrastructure PPP

Abstract: 5G is not only about speed, new air interface, enabling M2M…  It is about improving the performance for the consumer, enabling new types of applications and terminals and making the network more agile and optimum for each application. The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (PPP) will deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards for the ubiquitous 5G communication infrastructures of the next decade. One of the key strategic objectives of the PPP is addressing the energy efficiency of the 5G communication system. With the increasing data traffic there is a strong need to increase energy efficiency of communication networks and reduce the CO2 footprint. This will have positive impact on climate change and energy cost. In addition, energy efficiency in other sectors will also be improved by means of ICT. An ambitious Key Performance Indicator (KPI) has been defined for energy efficiency in the PPP, targeting up to 90 % reduction of energy consumption per service. The main focus of the research will be in mobile communication networks where the dominating energy consumption comes from the radio access network, but the energy efficiency will be addressed in the different segments of the 5G communication systems and in the different strands of the PPP, e.g. for the Phase 1 in the four Strands: Radio network architecture and technologies, Convergence beyond last mile, Network Management and Network virtualization and Software Networks. This key note speech will address the energy efficiency challenges of the 5G system design, identifying the possible solutions to reach the ambition PPP KPI from both technical and operational perspectives.

Short biography: Dr. Didier Bourse currently holds the position of Director, European Research Cooperation inside ALU Bell Labs, coordinating the cross-locations cross-domains EU research co-operations. He received his diploma degree in telecommunications in 1992 from ENSTBr and obtained his PhD degree in 1997 from IRCOM. In 1997, he joined Thomson-CSF Communications and worked in the field of military tactical radio as technical manager and project manager. When working in Motorola Labs (2001-2008), he was coordinator of several EC IPs, e.g. the complete FP6 E2R Programme on Cognitive Radio Systems, and was also member of the eMobility ETP Steering Board. Since he joined ALU Bell Labs in 2008, he was key ALU contributor to the Cross-ETPs working group on Future Internet, the Future Internet PPP programme pre-definition, the EIT KIC ICT Labs proposal building and the 5G Infrastructure PPP programme pre-definition. He was member of the FIA and FuNeMS Steering Committees and is member of the DigitalEurope TRPG R&D Working Group, EuCNC Steering Committee and GEANT GN3+ External Advisory Committee. He has numerous publications and patents in the areas of communications. 





Dr. Thierry E. Klein, Chair Technical Committee, GreenTouch; Network Energy Research Program Leader, Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent

Title: Energy as an ICT Industry Challenge

Abstract: With the continued exponential growth of applications, services, devices and machines all being connected to the network, the total Internet traffic in the next decade is expected to grow to a level that is 30 to 100 times that of current levels. Network energy and our ability to support the predicted traffic in a sustainable and economically viable way is one of the fundamental challenges facing the ICT industry now and in the next decade. The importance of energy consumption of our communication networks is only growing and all the key industry stakeholders are paying increasingly attention to this issue. This interest however is not only motivated by an environmental perspective, but also includes operational expenses, increasing cost of energy, technical limitations and off-grid network deployments. During this presentation, Dr. Klein will review some of the current trends in communication and data networks and discuss the latest research to improve energy efficiency and reduce power consumption in mobile and data networks. In particular he will pose the challenge of providing future communications with “zero” power. He will also provide an overview and a status update of the GreenTouch consortium, an industry-wide initiative founded under the leadership of Bell Labs with the mission to deliver architectures, solutions and specifications, and to demonstrate key technologies, to improve the network energy efficiency by a factor 1000 compared to 2010 levels. 

Short biography: Dr. Thierry E. Klein is currently the Program Leader for the Network Energy Research Program at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent leading a team of researchers, engineers and scientists across multiple research domains and locations with the mission to conduct research towards the design, development and use of sustainable future communications and data networks. His team is based in Murray Hill, Crawford Hill, Stuttgart, Villarceaux and Dublin. He also serves as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of GreenTouch, a global consortium dedicated to improve energy efficiency in networks by a factor 1000x compared to 2010 levels.

He joined Bell Labs Research in Murray Hill, New Jersey in 2001 and has been conducting fundamental and applied research on next-generation wireless and wireline networks, network architectures, algorithms and protocols, network management, optimization and control. From 2006 to 2010 he served as the Founder and CTO of an internal start-up focused on wireless communications for emergency response and disaster recovery situations within Alcatel-Lucent Ventures. Thierry returned to Bell Labs Research in early 2010 and has since then been working on and leading research efforts into energy efficient, low power and sustainable communication networks.

He earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Nantes and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Nantes, France. Thierry received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is an author on over 35 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and an inventor on 36 patent applications. He is the recipient of a Bell Labs’s President Award and two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards. In 2010, he was voted “Technologist of the Year” at the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards. 





Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain

Title: Smart City Demands on Future Wireless Networks

Abstract: Smart city is becoming a key topic being replicated and adopted by most of the cities around the world. Many are the implications when building a smart city. One of them is related to the intensive use of information and communication technologies with the consequent deployment of Internet of Things devices and other components. In this talk some of the technologies and services supporting the smart city concept will be presented as well as some of the requirements imposed on present and future wireless networks. Last but not least, it will be shown how the wireless sensor infrastructure has been extended in Santander area aiming at characterizing and optimizing the electromagnetic field generated by cellular infrastructures. 

Short biographyProf. Luis Muñoz received both the Telecommunications Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the Polytechnical University of Cataluña (UPC), Spain, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He is head of the Network Planning and Mobile Communications at the University of Cantabria, Spain. His research focuses on advanced data transmission techniques, heterogeneous wireless multihop networks, Internet of Things, smart cities and applied mathematical methods for telecommunications. He has participated in several National and European research projects belonging to the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Program in which he is technical manager of SmartSantander. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers. He serves as editor of several journals and he has been invited to participate in the Steering Committee and Technical Program Committee of the most relevant international conferences. In parallel to this activity, he serves as consultant for the Spanish Government as well as for different companies in Europe and USA. Last but not least, he has served as expert of the ETSI and European Commission.





Dr. Afif Osseiran, Director, Industry Area Telecom at Ericsson, Sweden

Title: The first seeds of the 5G wireless system concept 

Abstract: Although 5G is an eagerly discussed concept, there is still no industry consensus on what 5G networks will encompass and when they are eventually deployed. One view which has gained some acceptance is that the next generation 5G radio access will be characterized by integration – backward compatibility with legacy systems, primarily LTE. The main challenges (e.g. 1000 time more traffic, 50 billion connected devices, wide and diverse requirements) and many key technology components of 5G radio-access have been identified. The research activities will continue for just a few more years before standardization and commercialization begins partly as early as 2018. In this talk an overview of the 5G system and architecture research will be given, various alternatives and perspectives will be discussed.

Short biography: Dr. Afif Osseiran is director of radio communications within the Industry Area Telecom at the Ericsson CTO office. He received a DEA (B.Sc.E.E) degree in Electrical Engineering from Université de Rennes I and INSA Rennes in 1997, a M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical and Communication Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, in 1999. In 2006, he received his Ph.D from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1999 he has been with Ericsson, Sweden. From November 2012 to April 2014, he managed METIS, the EU 5G flagship project. From April 2008 to June 2010, he was the technical manager of the Eureka Celtic project WINNER+. During the years 2006 and 2007 he led in WINNER the spatial temporal processing (i.e. MIMO) task. 

His research interests include many aspects of wireless communications with a special emphasis on advanced antenna systems, on relaying, on radio resource management, network coding and cooperative communications. Dr. Osseiran is listed in the Who's Who in the World, the Who's Who in Science & Engineering. Dr. Afif has published over 50 technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has co-authored two books on IMT-Advanced: "Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced" and "Mobile and Wireless Communications for IMT-Advanced and Beyond", published in 2009 and 2011, respectively with John Wiley & Sons.

Dr. Afif has co-organized multiple IEEE workshops and served on various technical program committees, for instance having been the MWC2020 workshop chair of IEEE VTC Spring (2013 and 2014). Dr. Osseiran is a senior member of IEEE.

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