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Biographies

​​​​​​​​Rui  Aguiar
Professor, Institute of Telecommunications/DETI, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Rui L. Aguiar received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro. He is currently a Full Professor at the University of Aveiro, responsible for the networking area, and has been previously an adjunct professor at the INI, Carnegie Mellon University. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil. He is coordinating a research line nationwide in Instituto de Telecomunicações, on the area of Networks and Multimedia, and is serving as Chair of the Steering Board of the Networld2020 ETP.  He is senior member of IEEE, Portugal ComSoc Chapter Chair, and a member of ACM.. His current research interests are centred on the implementation of advanced wireless networks and systems, with special emphasis on 5G networks and the Future Internet. He has more than 450 published papers in those areas, including standardization contributions to IEEE and IETF.
​Mostafa Ammar 
Regents' Professor, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
            
​Mostafa Ammar is a Regents' Professor with the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Ammar received the S.B. and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Ammar's research interests are in network architectures, protocols and services. He has contributions in the areas of multicast communication and services, multimedia streaming, content distribution networks, network simulation, disruption-tolerant networks, network virtualization, and mobile cloud computing. He has published extensively in these areas. To date, 36 PhD students have completed their degrees under his supervision; many have gone on to distinguished careers in academia and industry. Dr. Ammar has served the networking research community in multiple roles. Most notably, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN) from 1999 to 2003, and he was the co-TPC Chair for the IEEE ICNP 1997, ACM CoNEXT 2006 and ACM SIGMETRICS 2007 conferences. His work has received best paper awards at the 7th WWW conference (1998), ACM Mobihoc (2002) and the IFIP Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (2018). He was recognized by the GT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award (2006), the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Communications (2010), and the Alumni Achievement Medal for Academic Excellence from the University of Waterloo (2018). Dr. Ammar was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2002 and Fellow of the ACM in 2003.
Sundeep Bhandari
Strategy Manager, (Digital), National Physical Laboratory

Sundeep is Strateg​y 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.
Person Icon Paul Crane
Director, Converged Network Research, BT          

Paul Crane leads the converged network research labs at BT. His group undertakes applied research activities in support for BT’s fixed and Mobile business’s driving the company’s convergence strategy.  The objective of this work is the development and delivery of technical and commercial propositions for next generation infrastructure and services. BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Paul’s research work supports its local, national and international telecommunications services for use at home, at work and on the move. Paul’s current research focus is the development and exploitation of 5G and optical network technologies to ensure EE, BT’s mobile business, continued market leadership. As major part of a strategic program, this research aims to bring together BT and EE capabilities to produce unique convergence network. Paul is a telecommunications engineer, with over 25 years in the industry. He has undertaken a variety of strategic technology roles with BT in the UK, USA and Europe.  Paul is currently a director on the board of the Wireless Broadband Alliance. He is also and member of  5GIC strategic advisory board and the Telco Infra Project technical committee.
Robin Hart
Strategy Director, NPL
 
After graduating with a degree in Physics from Imperial College London, Robin joined BP where he worked for five years as part of a team developing a new generation of thin film solar cells. Based in Sunbury and Madrid, he was responsible for measuring the degradation of the new devices. Robin then returned to university at Bristol, undertaking first a Masters degrees in Advanced Electronic Materials, followed by a PhD researching novel Giant Magnetoresistive films. On completion of his studies he moved to Cambridge to work in R&D for Oxford Instruments, first on the fabrication of superconducting devices as part of a collaboration with the European Space Agency, and then managing a business stream building advanced instrumentation for the NMI community in partnership with NPL. In 2004, following an MBA at Imperial College, where he specialised in identifying the critical success factors in new corporate ventures, Robin joined NPL as Team Manager of the Photonics and Time team. He has since led both the Electromagnetic and Materials Divisions, was appointed as Director of Programmes in 2011 and Strategy Director in January 2017, leading NPL’s work in key strategic priority areas Digital, Life Sciences and Health, Energy and Environment and Advanced Manufacturing.
David Humphreys
National Physical Laboratory

​David (M'89-SM'90) was born in Epsom, UK in 1956. He received a BSc in electronic engineering from Southampton University, UK in 1978 and a PhD in electronic engineering from London University, UK in 1990. His thesis concerned the accurate measurement of high-speed optoelectronic devices at telecommunication wavelengths. He joined the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK in 1978 developed metrology for photodiodes at up to mm-wave frequencies, optical wavelength capabilities for optical communications and waveform metrology for RF communications. His recent interests include full-waveform characterization of the primary-standard electro-optic sampling system, RF waveforms for wireless communications, EVM, 5G, nonlinear RF measurements and correlated waveform uncertainties. He was the coordinator for the EMRP IND51 “Metrology for RF and Optical Communications” joint research project from June 2013 until June 2016. He is Vice-Chair of the P1765 IEEE pre-standards group on “The uncertainties in Error-Vector-Measurement (EVM)”. ​Dr Humphreys is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET (UK) and a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. He was awarded the IEE Ambrose Fleming Premium in 1987 and has published over 95 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.
Nigel Jefferies 
Chairman, Wireless World Research Forum
Nigel Jefferies is the chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum and a Senior Standards Manager at Huawei Technologies. Before becoming chairman he was also vice-chair for the European region and chair of the security working group in WWRF. He studied at the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he received an MA in mathematics, and at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he completed a PhD in functional analysis and non-associative algebras.  He was a Principal Mathematician at Racal Research Ltd, where he developed and analysed security algorithms for telecommunication systems such as GSM and DECT, and provided mathematical analysis of wireless and satellite communications. During a long career at Vodafone Group, he developed security architectures for systems such as UMTS, and led EU-funded collaborative projects into the security of 3rd and 4th generation systems. He was a leading member of Mobile VCE, a UK collaborative research programme funded by industry and government. He led research teams on networks and services for Vodafone Group R&D, and became Head of Academic Relationships for Vodafone. Since 2011 he has worked for Huawei Technologies, responsible for Standardization and Industry Partnerships in the Strategy Marketing Department. He is a Chartered Mathematician, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, a Senior Member of the IEEE and member of the London Mathematical Society.​
​​Sheng Jiang
​Senior Prinicipal Engineer, Network Technology Laboratory, Huawei

Dr. Sheng Jiang received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University College London 2005 for his excellent work on combining Grid with IPv6 and Mobile IPv6. He started to involve Internet Protocol research and standardization since 2001. He joined Huawei Technologies 2007, is now mainly working on IP innovation research and standardization, in charge of standardization and industry promotion works as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Network Technology Laboratory. He is active in IETF, ETSI, BBF and ITU-T. He is currently chairing the IETF ANIMA WG and having 25 RFCs, 3 IETF working group drafts, and has published 20+ papers, 2 ETSI industry specification and 3 ITU-T standard documents.



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
FG NET-2030 Chairman and Chief Scientist, Huawei, United States            
           
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.
Tian Hong Loh
Higher Research Scientist,  National Physical Laboratory

Prof Tian Hong Loh received the PhD degree in engineering from the University of Warwick, UK in 2005. He has been with the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL) since 2005 as a Higher Research Scientist (2005 – 2009) and Senior Research Scientist (2009 – 2017). He is currently a Principal Research Scientist at NPL. He leads work at NPL on a wide range of applied and computational electromagnetic metrology research areas to support the telecommunications industry. He has authored and co-authored over hundred refereed publications and holds five patents. His research interests include 5G communications, MIMO, smart antennas, small antennas, metamaterials, body-centric communications, WSN, EMC, and computational electromagnetics. He is currently visiting professor at Surrey University, visiting industrial fellow at Cambridge University, UK representative of URSI Commission A (Electromagnetic Metrology), project coordinator of an EU H2020 co-funded project on ‘Metrology for 5G Communications’, and senior member of the IEEE. He is a guest editor of IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation (MAP) special issue on ‘Metrology for 5G Technologies’, an associate editor of IET MAP, IET Communications (COMMS) Journals, associated editor of URSI radio science bulletin (RSB) and was the TPC chair of 2017 IEEE International Workshop on Electromagnetics (iWEM 2017). He also has acted on the session chair and technical programme committee for several international conferences, and as technical reviewer for several international journals on these subjects.
Luis Roberto da Silva Olumene
Assistant University Professor and Researcher, Eduardo Mondlane University

​Luis Roberto da Silva Olumene has 2, two, Master's degrees in the research area of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Sciences at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, by Eduardo Mondlane University. The signatory has 25 Years of Technical Experience, at Telecommunications of Mozambique (TDM), in the Mozambique National Telecommunications Network. He was a member of the steering committee at TDM's under the TMN (Telecommunication Management Network / ITU-T Standard) Project and currently holds the TMN Specialist category. He is a Pioneer, in Mozambique, of the 1st Technical Course on Internet of Things, Networks of the Future and Technological Trends, held at ISUTC (Superior Institute of Transport and Communications), advertised in Jornal Noticias of Mozambique on July 3, 2017. He is an assistant university professor and researcher at MASTERS LEVEL in computing, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), where he teaches the Subjects "Advanced Topics in Information and Communication Technologies and Research". At the undergraduate level, he teaches the subjects "Mobile Computing and Wireless Networks" at São Tomas University of Mozambique.
Andrew Smith
National Physical Laboratory

Andrew joined NPL, UK in 1989 following graduation from Loughborough University of Technology, UK with a First Class Honours BSc Physics degree. He initially working on the development of femtosecond photoconductive pulse generators and electro-optic sampling systems and other associated optoelectronics techniques for applications to ultrafast electrical metrology, and managed a UKAS-accredited NPL calibration facility he set-up for fast sampling oscilloscopes and pulse generators. During this work he attained his PhD in “Fast Waveform Metrology: generation, measurement and application of sub-picosecond electrical pulses”, from University College London. Since 2004 he has been a Group Leader at NPL, managing research groups of ~20 staff and helping to win and be responsible for delivering project portfolios of £3-4M pa for a variety of customers, including the UK National Measurement System, European projects (EMRP, FP7, H2020), TSB/ Innovate UK, ESA and other commercial. He was also Contract Manager for a ~£8M pa NMS programme, responsible for ensuring contract delivered to customer satisfaction and wider stakeholder management.During 2018 he has been on part-time secondment to the UK’s department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), working in the 5G Testbeds and Trials programme team. He has also been looking at the longer term strategy for future communication networks and how the UK will benefit from ensuring enhanced measurements are embedded in converged systems. Andrew has published over 25 conference and journal papers, received the IEE Duddell Premium in 1993 and is a chartered Physicist and IOP member.
Kevin Smith
Distinguished Engineer and Senior Standards Strategist, Vodafone
            
Kevin Smith is a Distinguished Engineer in Vodafone Group, with 20 years’ experience of the mobile Internet. He has chaired industry groups for GSMA, NGMN and ETSI; most recently ETSI’s ‘Next Generation Protocols’ ISG.


Rahim Tafazolli 
Regius Professor and Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, University of Surrey
Rahim Tafazolli is the Regius Professor  and Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications. He is the Director of ICS and the founder and Director of world’s first 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, UK. ​He is regularly invited by many governments for advise on mobile communications and in particular 5G technologies. Regius Tafazolli has given many interview​s to International media in the form of television, radio interviews and articles in international press.
Mehmet Toy
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon, Vice Chair,  ITU-T FG-NET2030, and Co-Chair of ITU-T FG-NET2030 Architecture Group 
             
Involved in the architecture, implementation, testing and standardization of SDN/NFV, Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), Cloud Services, Machine Learning, and Block Chain, in his current position. Prior to his current position, he held individual contributor and management positions at various levels in well-known companies and startups; and served in universities as a tenure-track and adjunct faculty. Contributed to research, development and standardization of Cloud, Overlay, Self-Managed, SDN/NFV, Carrier Ethernet, IP Multimedia Systems (IMS), Optical, IP/MPLS, Wireless, ATM, and Signal Processing technologies. Received various awards from AT&T Bell Labs, Comcast, Verizon and IEEE USA. Authored seven books (two are college text books and one is translated to other languages) , a video tutorial, and numerous articles. 11 patents issued or pending. ​
Halim Yanikomeroglu
Professor, Carleton University, Canada
 
Halim Yanikomeroglu is a Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His research covers many aspects of wireless communications and networking technologies; his group made contributions to 4G and 5G wireless networks. He supervised 21 PhD students (all completed with theses). He coauthored 375 peer-reviewed research papers including 125+ in the IEEE journals; these publications have received 11,500+ citations. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Distinguished Speaker for both IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences (30 times). He has had extensive collaboration with industry which resulted in 24 granted patents (plus more than a dozen applied). During 2012-2016, he led one of the largest academic-industrial collaborative research projects on pre-standards 5G wireless, sponsored by the Ontario Government and the industry. He served as the General Chair and Technical Program Chair of several major international IEEE conferences. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE’s flagship Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC).