IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2018 // Abu Dhabi, UAE
Gateway to a Connected World

Keynotes

Keynote Speakers

Gerhard P. Fettweis
Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden

Gerhard P. FettweisGerhard P. Fettweis is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994, and heads the Barkhausen Institute since 2018, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.

Gerhard P. Fettweis, F’09, earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr at RWTH Aachen. After one year at IBM Research, San Jose, he moved to TCSI, Berkeley. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden. Since 2018 he heads the Barkhausen Institute. He researches wireless transmission and chip design, coordinates two DFG centers (cfaed and HAEC), the 5GLab Germany, has spun-out sixteen startups, and is member of 2 German academies: (Sciences) “Leopoldina”, (Engineering) “acatech”.

 

Guru Parulkar
Executive Director of Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Stanford Platform Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University

Guru ParulkarGuru Parulkar is Executive Director of Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Stanford Platform Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University. At ONF he leads open source projects ONOS and CORD.

Guru has been in the field of networking for over 25 years. He joined Stanford in 2007 as Executive Director of its Clean Slate Internet Design Program.  At Stanford Guru helped create three programs: OpenFlow / Software-Defined Networking, Programmable Open Mobile Internet 2020, and Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory.

Prior to Stanford, Guru spent four years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and worked with the broader research community to create programs such as GENI, Future Internet Design, and Network of Sensor Systems. Guru received NSF Director's award for Program Management excellence.

Before NSF Guru founded several startups including Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Sceos (IPO’d as Ruckus Wireless). Guru served as Entrepreneur in Residence at NEA in 2001 and received NEA's Entrepreneurship Award.

Prior to this Guru spent over 12 years at Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Professor of Computer Science, Director of Applied Research Laboratory and the head of research and prototyping of high performance networking and multimedia systems.

Guru received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1987. Guru is a recipient of the Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and the Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award.

 

Ibrahim Gedeon
Chief Technology Officer, TELUS

Ibrahim GedeonIbrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.

Within industry Ibrahim has held leadership roles and chaired many events in the IEEE and received the IEEE Canada's Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001. He serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s GTB Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

 

Marcus Weldon
President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer Nokia

Marcus WeldonAs President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio. 

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision.

He combines his vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University.  In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division.  He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials. 

He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 of the most influential people in ICT in 2014 and one of their ‘Top CTOs to watch in 2015’.  He is on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and an advisor to select Venture Funds.  He is the editor of the recent book “The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective” (Taylor and Francis, 2015).

 

Dr. Wen Tong
Huawei Fellow
CTO, Wireless Network, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Wen TongDr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless.

Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, He was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he spearhead to lead Huawei’s 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995.

Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. In 2014, he was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems”. He had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with 380 granted US patents.

Dr. Tong is the fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance.

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