Keynote Speakers:

There will be six keynote speeches on the conference:
1) Will wireless multimedia completely replace wired services? Directions for technologies, applications, and     business opportunities
2) Coding is more than error correction
3) Vehicular networking: challenges and opportunities
4) Safety and security in industrial environments 
5) Challenges in Future Wireless Communication Physical Layer


Keynote Speech 1:


     Professor Stephen B. Weinstein (Life Fellow of IEEE, Communication Theory & Technology Consulting Corp., USA)

  • Title: Will wireless multimedia completely replace wired services? Directions for technologies, applications, and business opportunities

  • Abstract:
    The growing availability of multimedia content and services on 3G-4G devices such as smart phones
    and tablets raises the possibility of video and other multimedia services completely migrating from wired to wireless access networks. Will consumers eventually experience a complete elimination of communication wiring, with even on-demand HDTV delivered wirelessly to both portable and fixed appliances? Are there communications and media processing technologies now in the research labs that will make a huge impact in a few years?  This talk discusses the issues, including technical challenges and innovations such as mitigation of mutual interference; economic obstacles and migration strategy; pricing strategies; and the influence of government policy (e.g., spectrum availability) and social norms.  One not surprising conclusion is that existing plant will be exploited as long and as thoroughly as possible, with tighter wired-wireless integration.

  • Biography
    Stephen B. Weinstein, an IEEE Life Fellow, received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.   After a career with Bell Laboratories, American Express, Bellcore (Telcordia), and NEC Research Labs America, he is now a part-time consultant (Communication Theory & Technology Consulting LLC) to industry and law firms. 

    At Bell Labs in the early 1970s, Dr. Weinstein pioneered the application of the Fast Fourier Transform to OFDM/DMT modulation, a technique increasingly used in ADSL, WiFi, WiMAX, 4G cellular mobile and Digital Video Broadcasting.   He was the recipient of the 2006 Eduard Rhein Foundation (Germany) Basic Research Award for this early work.

    As a department head at Bellcore (now Telcordia) from 1984 through 1993, he led early development of networked multimedia applications including end-to-end systems for on-demand video and for informal multimedia group collaboration.  His organization's "video window" application, a large-screen informal teleconferencing system, was demonstrated at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. 

    He is the author of Getting the Picture: A Guide to CATV and the New Electronic Media (IEEE Press, 1984), co-author of the textbook Data Communication Principles (Plenum, 1992), and is the author of The Multimedia Internet (Springer, 2005), an overview of the technologies supporting audio/video media on the Internet. 

    Long active in IEEE, he is presently chair of the IEEE Communications Society's Strategic Planning Committee and vice-chair of the IEEE's Awards Board.  He served as President of the IEEE Communications Society in 1996-97 and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2002-2003. 



Keynote Speech 2: (top)


Professor A. J. Han Vinck (Fellow IEEE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

  • Title: Coding is more than error correction

  • Abstract:
    We discuss several applications of the principles of error correcting codes in communications. For instance,
    in Powerline Communications we can use Permutation Codes to overcome impulse and narrow band noise. In coding for memories we can use the principle of additive coding to avoid defects, and improve the performance of FLASH memories. Coding also plays an important role in privacy protection of biometric information in public data bases. In conclusion, coding techniques are an essential part of communication system development

  • Biography:
    A. J. Han Vinck is a full professor in Digital Communications at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, since 1990. His interest is in Information and Communication theory, Coding and Network aspects in digital communications. In 2003 he was elected president of the IEEE Information Theory Society. IEEE elected him in 2006 as a fellow for his “Contributions to Coding Techniques”. In 2006 he received the IEEE ISPLC2006 Achievement award for his contributions to Power Line Communications. The SA-IEE annual award was presented to him for the best paper published in the SA-IEE Africa Research Journal in the year 2008.

Keynote Speech 3:


     Professor Weihua Zhuang (Fellow IEEE, University of Waterloo, Canada)

  • Title: Vehicular networking: challenges and opportunities

  • Abstract:
    Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) aim at providing communications among nearby vehicles, and between vehicles and nearby roadside equipment, with very limited or no infrastructure support.  VANETs are envisioned to be a cornerstone for road safety, intelligent transportation, mobile Internet access, and many location dependent commercial applications. The growing importance of inter-vehicular communications has been recognized by governments, academia, and industry.  In comparison with general-purpose mobile ad hoc networks, VANETs have unique features that provide opportunities for optimizations, but also have complex aspects that challenge the system design and implementation, such as very fast network topology changes due to high vehicle speed.  This presentation will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in the development of VANETs, discuss research challenges, and provide some solutions to resource allocation, network control, and service provisioning in VANETs.

  • Biography:
    Weihua Zhuang has been a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, since 1993. She is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communication Networks. Her research focuses on resource allocation and quality-of-service provisioning in wireless networks. She is a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.

    Dr. Zhuang is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards from IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2010-Fall, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2007,  IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2007, and the International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness (QShine) 2007 and 2008. She received the Outstanding Performance Award in 2005, 2006, and 2008 from the University of Waterloo for outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and service, and the Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2001 from the Ontario Government for demonstrated excellence of scientific and academic contributions.

    Dr. Zhuang is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, the TPC Symposia Chair of IEEE Globecom 2011.  She served as the TPC Co-Chair for Wireless Networks Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2008, Cross Layer Designs and Protocols Symposium of International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) 2006 and 2007. 

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Keynote Speech 4:


     Dr.  Milos Svoboda, Head of IT Security GTF (GTF - Global Techonology Field), Siemens AG

  • Title: Safety and security in industrial environments

  • Abstract:
    Today Industrial environment are safety driven requirements, availability and liability are critical. Industry systems were once believed to be closed based on proprietary technology and immune from cyber attacks. But along with the adoption of open technology and increased external connectivity, they are apt to become the targets of attacking activities, which might result in economic loss, infrastructure damage and even endanger human lives. Thus safety at the company level is highly related to the overall IT security. Industrial safety and security have received more and more concerns from industries as well as academia. In this context how will IT Security influence Safety in the future and vice verse will be addressed.

  • Biography:
    Milos Svoboda is heading the Security Research within Siemens Corporate Technology. Before he coordinated the worldwide Siemens Security Business, when Siemens started to focus the Security Business as corporation topic 2004. 1996, when he joined Siemens, he founded and headed the IT Consulting business within Siemens Business Services.

    Before joining Siemens he worked for Digital Equipment in different Management Positions in the Consulting Business. During his research activities at the Fraunhofer Institute in Munich and Erlangen, he awarded his Dr rer. nat degree in Applied Mathematics in the simulation for the manufacturing of semiconductor elements.


Keynote Speech 5: (top)

Prof. Ross Murch (Fellow IEEE), Chair Professor and Department Head, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Tittle: Challenges in Future Wireless Communication Physical Layers

  • Abstract:
    Wireless communication technologies are one of the key building blocks for many innovative and exciting applications today. These include smart media, social networks, smart phones and sensor networks to name just a few. Many of these applications are built on wireless physical layers that are on a known evolution path with the innovations coming in the application and upper layers. However in other areas such as distributed networks, sensor networks and the internet of everything the physical layer is playing a more critical role and significant innovations are still needed. In this presentation we analyze some of the key issues that will affect and impact the physical layers of all types of wireless systems in the future. State of the art developments in physical layer research are reviewed including Interference alignment, Cognitive Radio, Cooperative networks, MIMO and also some of the related signal processing technologies including random matrix theory and compressive sensing. An emphasis is also placed on energy issues and implementation requirements and possible future solutions are also proposed.

  • Biography:
    Professor Ross Murch (IEEE Fellow) is a Chair Professor and the Department Head of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the Publication Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vice Chair of the IEEE Wireless Technical Committee and was the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference in 2007 and also the Advanced Wireless Communications Systems Symposium in IEEE International Communications Conference in 2002 as well as Keynote Chair for IEEE International Communications Conference in 2010. He is also a consultant for industry and government and is the founding and current Director of the Center for Wireless Information Technology at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In July 2005, he was invited to the School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada, as the David Bensted Fellow and in July 2004 he visited Southampton University, UK as an HKTIIT fellow. He was also a keynote speaker at IEEE GCC 2007, IEEE WiCOM 2007 and IEEE APWC 2008. His wireless research contributions include over 200 publications and 20 patents on MIMO systems and antennas, OFDM, propagation and broadband wireless systems and these have attracted over 5000 citations
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