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Kurt Becker               
Vice Dean, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NYU School of Engineering 
Kurt Becker is an international expert in the areas of the experimental and theoretical study of electron-driven processes in plasmas. He was part of a group of pioneering scientists who determined the ionization cross sections for atoms and molecules, which are critical to understanding the charge carrier formation in plasmas. He is also well known for microplasmas or plasmas generated and sustained at atmospheric pressure. These plasmas are very unstable and prone to destructive arching. By confining these plasmas to less than 1mm, they become more stable. The plasmas provide a fertile environment for basic plasma physics and for developing new plasma technologies. Additional areas of interest include atomic, molecular and chemical physics, the development of new experimental techniques and processes, technology transfer, and IP commercialization. Becker joined the Polytechnic Institute of NYU faculty in his current capacity in 2007. Prior to joining NYU-Poly, he was associate director of the Center for Environmental Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2003-2007 and department head from 2000 to 2007. He earned a Diplom in Physik (MS) and Dr. rer. Nat. Universitat des Saarlandes in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He is the recipient of the Dr. Eduard-Martin Prize for Excellence in Research, American Physical Society Fellow, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (with Erich Kunhardt), and an honorary professorship from the Leopold Franzens Universitat. A prolific author, Becker has written over 200 articles in refereed journals and books, 375 conference presentations and abstracts and seven patents on the stabilization of atmospheric pressure plasmas and their applications. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and was the invited presenter at national and international conferences. Research Interests: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Physics - experimental determination of collision cross sections, optical and electron spectroscopy, mass spectrometry; scattering experiments combining electron and laser-induced fluorescence techniques; calculation of ionization cross sections, development of scaling laws. Plasma Physics: collisions in low-temperature plasmas, optical and mass spectrometric plasma diagnostics techniques, modeling of plasma-wall interactions, probe measurements in gas discharges and plasmas; atmospheric-pressure plasmas; plasmas in environmental systems. Development of New Experimental Techniques and Processes: development of methods to generate and detect chemically reactive and corrosive species in collision experiments; development of techniques to extend the operating range of stable glow discharges at atmospheric pressure; development of microplasma devices.
Sundeep Bhandari
Strategy Manager, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Sundeep is the Strategy Manager (Digital) for the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL). NPL is owned by the UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is a world-leading National Measurement Institute, responsible for measurement strategy and delivery in the UK. Measurements and standards are key to effective digital infrastructure; Sundeep’s work focuses on shaping the evolution of physical metrology into the ‘cyber-physical’ world, embedding measurement into processes using digital and data sciences to deliver confidence in the intelligent and effective use of data. The largest component of his work relates to digital infrastructure, developing and guiding the future communications initiatives at NPL. His work (alongside government, industry and academia) identifies that future networks will be key to economic productivity and realisation of the digital economy. But, developing future networks that will underpin new technologies and business models is far from straightforward. Emerging technologies such as Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), Software Defined Networks (SDN) and quantum communications, for example, will affect how networks are designed, as is an increasingly competitive industry landscape where the boundary between traditional telecoms and IT is fast disappearing. There is a growing need to ensure that the telecommunications infrastructure of the future supports the demands of services, are resilient and secure, and that the traceable measurement underpinning for future converged, interoperable and automated networks is developed and in place to realise the benefits of digital transformation across sectors and society.
​John M. Cioffi  
Professor, Stanford University

John M. Cioffi – Illinois-BSEE: 1978, Stanford-PhDEE: 1984, Prof. EE, Stanford, 1986-present, now emeritus.   Founder Amati 1991 (1997 purchased by TI);  Chairman and CEO ASSIA Inc.  Cioffi's specific interests are in the area of high-performance digital transmission. Awards include IEEE AG Bell (2010) and Kirchmayer (2014) Medals; Member Internet (2014) and Consumer-Electronics (2018) Halls of Fame; Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National (2001) and UK Royal (2009) Engineering Academies. 600+ papers and 100+ heavily licensed patents.   
John Day

John Day has been involved in research and development of computer networks since 1970, when they were the 12th node on the “Net." Mr. Day has developed and designed protocols for everything from the data link layer to the application layer.  Also making fundamental contributions to research on distributed databases,. He also did work on the early development of supercomputers and was a member of a development team on three operating systems. Mr. Day was an early advocate of the use of Formal Description Techniques (FDTs) for protocols and shepherded the development of the three international standard FDTs:  Estelle, LOTOS, and extending SDL. Mr. Day managed the development of the OSI reference model, naming and addressing, and a major contributor to the upper-layer architecture; he also chaired the US ANSI committee for OSI Architecture and was a member of the Internet Research Task Force's Name Space Research Group. He was a major contributor to the development of network management architecture, working in the area since 1984 defining the fundamental architecture currently prevalent and designing high-performance implementations; and in the mid-1980s, he was involved in fielding a network management system, 10 years ahead of comparable systems.  Lately Mr. Day has turned his attention to the fundamentals of network architectures and has published Patterns in Network Architecture (Prentice Hall, 2008), which has been characterized (embarrassingly) as “the most important book on network protocols in general and the Internet in particular ever written."  Mr. Day is also a recognized scholar in the history of cartography, where he Mr. Day has contributed to exhibits at the Smithsonian, published in Imago Mundi, and a chapter in Matteo Ricci Cartographia, and is past president of the Boston Map Society.
Mostafa Essa 

Mostafa RAN AI and Data Analytics Vodafone Distinguished Engineer is a globally recognised authority in RAN strategy, design and optimisation, applying AI/ML to new tools via using new innovative AI concept. He is also co-Chairman in ITU FGML5G WG1 and ETSI POC rapporteur chair. Distinguished Engineers community consists of 15 members (Professors and Highest standard Engineering experts worldwide), shaping the future of the technology worldwide by researches and technical consultancies. Mostafa holds a BSc in Electronics & Telecommunication and is undertaking MSc in Nano technologies & Artificial Intelligence. He holds 2 patents, the 3rd in progress and has authored/contributed to numerous publications regarding AI, Intelligent Networks beside his Psychology self-study in ITU-ETSI-GSMA».
Jeff Finkelstein
Executive Director, Cox Communications  

Jeff Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Advanced Technology at Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a key member of the engineering organization at Cox since 2002 and led the team responsible for the deployment of DOCSIS technologies, from DOCSIS 1.0 to DOCSIS 3.0. He was the initial innovator of advanced technologies including Pro-Active Network Maintenance, Active Queue Management and DOCSIS 3.1. His current responsibilities include defining the future cable network vision at Cox. Jeff has over 47 patents issued or pending. His hobbies include Irish Traditional Music and stand-up comedy.
Otthein Herzog
Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften
Dr. Otthein Herzog received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1976. From 1977 to 1993, he worked for IBM Germany in various technical and managerial positions in software development, and in R&D of knowledge-based systems. From 1993-2009, he held the position of the chaired professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen, Germany, where he was the founder and director of the research and technology transfer institute TZI -Center for Information and Communication Technologies from 1995 to 2009 with more than 1560 full-time researchers. Since 2010 he holds the Wisdom Professorship of Visual Information Technologies at Jacobs University Bremen, and in 2015, he joined the CIUC, Tongji University, as a High-Level International Expert, where he holds now a Summit Program Professorship of Big Data Analysis for Urban Planning. Dr. Herzog is a Fellow of acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and of the German Informatics Association. His research interests include Multiagent Systems for the coordination and optimization of complex processes in production and logistics, the semantic analysis of images and videos, Knowledge Management, and Artificial Intelligence methods for Smart Cities. In these fields, he has published more than 270 refereed scientific articles and books.
Chan-Soo Hwang
ASSIA Inc., United States           
Chan-Soo Hwang (S'95-M'99-SM'17) -- Ph.DEE from Stanford University. 2007. From 1999 to 2010, Dr. Hwang worked on VDSL standardization and 4G/5G wireless communications at Samsung Electronics in Korea. Since 2010, he has been developing machine learning techniques for optimizing DSL, Wi-Fi network, and sensor systems in ASSIA and Tinoq. He was the recipient of Best Paper Awards from the IEEE ICC 2006 and 2008. His research interests includes communication systems, signal processing, and machine learning.
Ioannis Kanellakopoulos
Consulting Chief Scientist, ASSIA Inc., United States       
Ioannis Kanellakopoulos is a technology consultant and expert witness. As Consulting Chief Scientist at ASSIA, Inc., he provides intellectual property and technology strategy services. Past positions include CTO at Actelis Networks, Chief Scientist at Voyan Technology, and Professor and Vice Chair at UCLA Electrical Engineering. He holds a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical Engineering.
Kenneth J. Kerpez
ASSIA Inc., United States           
Kenneth J Kerpez, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow - Dr. Kerpez received his Ph. D in EE communications from Cornell University in 1989. He worked at Bellcore and Telcordia for 20 years, and then he has been working at ASSIA for eight years. Dr. Kerpez became an IEEE Fellow in 2004 for his contributions to DSL technology and standards. He has published nearly a hundred papers and authored over seven hundred standards contributions. Dr. Kerpez has many years of experience working on communications systems and networks of all sorts, including DSL, fiber access, home networks, wireless systems, broadband service assurance, IPTV, IP QoS, triple-play services virtualization, and Wi-Fi.
Matti Latva-aho
Professor, Academy of Finland (AoF) & Director, 6Genesis
Matti Latva-aho serves as Academy of Finland (AoF) Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for 6Genesis - Finnish Wireless Flagship for 2018 – 2026 at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho is the national co-ordinator for Wireless Innovation between Finland and the US (WiFiUS) – a joint research programme funded by NSF and AoF. He is also a member of steering board for the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services (NetWorld2020). His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses currently on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published 350+ conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.
Myounghwan Lee
Senior Manager, Technology Strategy Team, SK Telecom

Myounghwan Lee is a senior manager in the Technology Strategy Team at SK Telecom. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University in 2005, his master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 2007, and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. Prior to joining SK Telecom in 2017, Dr. Lee was a principle engineer working on 5G modem development and IoT connectivity integration in the Advanced Communications Team at Samsung Electronics. His main research interests include strategic analysis, network architecture, and performance modeling for future networks.
Leo Lehmann
ITU-T Study Group 13 Chairman            
Since April 2015, Dr. Leo Lehmann is the elected Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks including cloud computing, mobile and next-generation networks). Before his election, he already served the ITU-T as vice-chairman and working party co-chairman of Study Group 13 since October 2008. From 2012 until 2014, he also acts as Vice-chairman of the ITU-T Focus Group on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG DR&NRR). Afore he was the Rapporteur on “multimedia service mobility management” in the ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia Services) for many years. An internationally recognized expert, Leo has worked in telecommunications for 24 years and has experience in private industry as well as the public sector. Prior to joining OFCOM, Switzerland in 2002, Leo held senior management positions in network engineering, system design and services at major telecommunications players on both the vendor and operator side of business. As designated expert on Next Generation Networks and Future Networks including 5G and Multimedia, he has contributed many conferences and workshops. He is one of the winners of the best paper award of the ITU-T Kaleidoscope event 2011“The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services”. 
Richard Li
Chief Scientist, Huawei             
Dr. Richard Li is Chief Scientist of Future Networks at Huawei USA, where he leads a senior research team to design and develop next-generation network architectures, technologies, protocols, and solutions. Before establishing the Future Networks Lab, Richard was Vice-President and Head of the Internet Technology Lab, Huawei USA, where he spearheaded network technology innovation and development encompassing several areas of networking such as Routing and MPLS, Cloud and Virtualization, SDN, and Orchestration. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked with Cisco and Ericsson in his various capacities, being a major contributor to their networking technologies, standards, solutions and operating systems. Richard serves as the Chairman of ITU-T FG Network 2030, the Vice Chairman of ETSI ISG Next-Generation Protocols, Co-Chairs of the Technical Program Committees for some international conferences and workshops. Richard is extremely passionate about advances in data communications, and challenges himself by solving problems in their entirety thus creating a bigger and long-term impact on future networks.
Shivendra S. Panwar  
Professor, New York University

Shivendra S. Panwar  is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Tandon School of Engineering of New York University. He received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1981, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Brooklyn (now Tandon School of Engineering of New York University), where he served as department chair. He is currently the Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT), a member of NYU WIRELESS, and the Faculty Director of the NY City Media Lab. He spent the summer of 1987 as a Visiting Scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and has been a consultant to Bell Laboratories. His research interests include the performance analysis and design of networks. Current work includes wireless networks and multimedia transport over networks. He co-authored TCP/IP Essentials: A Lab based Approach, published by the Cambridge University Press. He was co-awarded the IEEE Communication Society's Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communication Systems for 2004. He was a co-author of the IEEE Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award for 2011. He is also a co-winner of a Best Paper Award from IEEE ICC 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Christian Esteve Rothenberg
Assistant Professor, University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

Christian Esteve Rothenberg is Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and head of the Information & Networking Technologies Research & Innovation Group (INTRIG) at University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as Senior Research Scientist in the areas of IP systems and networking, leading SDN research at CPqD R&D Center in Telecommunications, Campinas, Brazil. He holds the Telecommunication Engineering degree from the Technical University of Madrid (ETSIT – UPM), Spain, and the M.Sc. (Dipl. Ing.) degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Darmstadt University of Technology (TUD), Germany, 2006. During his master thesis at Deutsche Telekom he worked on fixed mobile convergence and R&D activities on converged access networks (ScaleNet) and self-optimizing radio access networks. Christian has two international patents and over 100 publications, including scientific journals and top-tier networking conferences such as SIGCOMM and INFOCOM, altogether featuring 4000+ citations. He was an Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Research Associate (2013-2017), co-chair of the IEEE SDN Outreach Committee initiative (2016-2017), is a member of the CPqD Innovation Committee (2017-), and CNPq Productivity Research Fellow (2017-2020).
​Dong-Hi Sim              
SK Telecom

Dong-Hi Sim(a.k.a Donghee Shim) has been actively involved in the global standardization activities for more than 15 years including 3GPP, OMA, IEEE and ETSI. For the last 7 years, he has been with SK Telecom to research on emerging technologies to analyze future business landscapes and opportunities for strategic planning. He is now VP as a head of Global Standards and Ecosystem Development in ICT R&D Center, SK Telecom.
Rahim Tafazolli
Regius Professor, University of Surrey

Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering. This royal recognition was awarded to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Rahim Tafazolli has been a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, the Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) since January 2010 and the founder and Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012. The world's first dedicated centre on 5G research and innovation. He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops. Professor Tafazolli was the leader of study on “grand challenges in IoT" (Internet of Things) in the UK, 2011-2012, for RCUK (Research Council UK) and the UK TSB (Technology Strategy Board).  He is regularly invited by governments to advise on national 5G research and strategy and was advisor to the Mayor of London with regard to the London Infrastructure Investment 2050 Plan. In 2011, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe's leading research groups.  He was also awarded the 28th KIA Laureate Award- 2015 for his contribution to communications technology.

Mehmet Toy
Technical Staff, Verizon

 Mehmet Toy holds Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. He is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon Communications and involved in the architecture, implementation, and standards of SDN, NFV, Machine Learning, Block Chain and Cloud Services. Prior to this position, Dr. Toy has held technical and management positions in well-known companies and startups including Comcast, Intel Corp., Verizon Wireless, Fujitsu Network Communications, AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. He has also been a tenure-track faculty and adjunct professor in universities including Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and University of North Caroline at Charlotte. Dr. Toy contributed to research, development and standardization of Cloud, Overlay, Self-Managed, SDN, Virtualization, Carrier Ethernet, IP Multimedia Systems, Optical, IP/MPLS, Wireless, ATM, and Signal Processing technologies. He holds a patent and has eight pending patent applications. He has also published numerous articles, seven books and a video tutorial in these areas. Three of his books are being used as college text books. Dr. Toy has served in Open Cloud Connect Board, IEEE Network Magazine, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEE-USA and IEEE ComSoc in various capacities. He has received awards from Verizon, Comcast, AT&T Bell Labs and IEEE-USA for his accomplishments in these fields. He is currently a Sr. Member of IEEE and serves in MEF, ETSI NFV and ITU-T.
Ning Wang
Professor, UK 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC)

Prof. Ning Wang received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Surrey, and he is currently with the UK 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) hosted at Surrey. He has been the principle investigator of EU and UK national research projects in the areas of future networks, 5G, content delivery, network management and smart-grid communications. Since 2013 Prof. Wang has been leading a team at 5GIC on the development of 5G network edge intelligence and core network development. Till now Prof. Wang has published over 130 research papers and his research outputs have twice featured IEEE ComSoc Technology News ( Prof. Wang’s research interests generally include future network design including 5G and beyond, content/information centric networking, SDN/NFV, network management and control, Quality of Services/Experiences and Internet-of-Things applications.
Peter J. Winzer
ONS2020 IEEE and Nokia

Peter J. Winzer currently chairs the ON2020 IEEE Industry Connections activity. At Nokia Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ, he is heading the Optical Transmission Research activities, and over his career has contributed to many high-speed fiber-optic transmission records. He is particularly interested in the long-term evolution and the sustainable scaling of fiber-optic networks and has widely published and patented in this field. He is actively involved with the IEEE and the OSA, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He is a Highly Cited Researcher, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.