Keynote Speakers


Prof. Fumiyuki Adachi, Specially Appointed Professor for Research Research Organization of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University   Biography: 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 the Electrical Communications Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (now NTT) and conducted various researches on digital cellular mobile communications. From July 1992 to December 1999, he was with NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (now NTT DoCoMo, Inc.), where he led a research group on Wideband CDMA for 3G systems. Since January 2000, he has been with Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. His research interests are in wireless signal processing (multi-access, equalization, antenna diversity, adaptive transmission, channel coding, etc.) and networking. He is an IEEE Life 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, Prime Minister Invention Award 2010, KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award 2012, C&C Prize 2014, IEEE VTS Stuart Meyer Memorial Award 2017, and IEEE ComSoc RCC Technical Recognition Award 2017. He is listed in Highly Cited Researchers 2001 (     Title:       Evolution Into 5G and Distributed MIMO for enhanced Mobile Broadband     Abstract: Mobile communications systems have evolved into the 4th generation (4G) and mobile broadband (MBB) services have been becoming more and more popular. Recently, the development of 5G systems has been intensified to begin 5G services in around 2020. An increasing popularity of MBB services causes problems of insufficient available bandwidth and increased energy consumption. Significantly improved spectrum- and energy-efficiencies compared to 4G radio access network are demanded. A promising approach is to introduce a concept of distributed MIMO into the radio access network. After briefly overviewing the evolution of mobile communications systems, we will introduce the distributed MIMO concept. A number of distributed antennas are deployed in a macro-cell base station (MBS) area and they are connected to the MBS by the optical mobile fronthaul. Distributed MIMO exploits the spatial distribution of both antennas and users. Some of distributed antennas near a user terminal are selected to perform distributed MIMO cooperative transmission, which includes single-user MIMO diversity, multi-user MIMO multiplexing, and peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) suppression of transmit signals. A new frequency band, e.g. the mm wave band, where abundant bandwidth remains unused, will be utilized for enhanced MBB (eMBB) services in 5G. Therefore, there will be a high Doppler shift problem. In distributed MIMO, adjacent macro-cells are loosely connected, and hence, the inter-cell interference (ICI) problem will be produced. In this talk, we will present cooperative transmission robust in a high Doppler shift environment and adaptive ICI coordination (ICIC) for distributed MIMO.  
  Mr. Fawzi Behmann, President, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.  Vice-Chair and DL, IEEE North America Communications Society     Biography: Fawzi is the president of Telnet Management Consulting, Inc. Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author, entrepreneur, and evangelist in advancing the adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 35 years in the industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning service provider, equipment vendor, and semiconductor in US and Canada. Core competencies include strategic planning, product management, solution development and GOTO market. Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering professional services in the areas of technology trends, and IoT/AI/5G technology positioning, smart networking solutions development for key markets such as healthcare, mobility, energy, public safety and smart cities. Fawzi has been a keynote & distinguished speaker, and presenter at several domestic and international conferences. Fawzi has several publications and co-authored a new book on the subject of future IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business “ published by Wiley.   Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Communications and vice chair for IEEE ComSoc North America, and board member of Austin CityUp. Fawzi is currently chair of IEEE Central Texas and Region 5 Committee chair of conferences. Fawzi was a recipient of several awards from Industry and IEEE. Most recent is 2017 IEEE Communications Society Chapter of the Year award and IEEE USA Regional Leadership Award. Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.     Title:     “IoT, 5G and AI enable personalization of services” for Smart Cities     Abstract:   We are witnessing unprecedented growth in IoT, 5G and recently in AI. Collaboratively, these disruptive technologies will enable building smart capabilities in key markets health, mobility and public safety. As a result, a new class of services will be rolled out focusing on “personalization” in 2020 and beyond. Some potential scenarios will be presented and their impact on life and business. The session is designed to inspire the audience, to creatively think, innovate and collaborate in defining what would be an early adoption use uses of personalized services that would be a differentiator for smart cities.*   Keywords: Collaborative disruptive technologies (IoT, 5G, AI), Personalized services, and Smart cities.   Three Takeaways
  • Understand the rapid growth and trends of IoT, 5G and AI as disruptive technologies.
  • Power of collaborative technologies in enabling personalized services for smart cities.
  • Description of three use cases leveraging disruptive technologies in key markets health, mobility and public safety for 2020 and beyond.
  Mr. Javier Gabas, Libelium, Sales Area Manager Agriculture, Water, Environment, Education & Research. Asisa, Pacific, Africa, CIS.  


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