IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-18 April 2018 // Barcelona, Spain
Leading the Way to 5G and Beyond

Keynote Speakers

Frank H. P. Fitzek

Frank FitzekFrank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany.

He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor.

He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation prize. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Budapest University of Technology and Economy (BUTE).

His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

Talk: Tactile Internet with Humans in the Loop

5G is the first global communication system targeting low latencies. This will enable the Tactile Internet with several interesting use cases such as Telemedicine, Co-habitation of humans and robots, or more general the Internet of Skills. The open research question is the trade-off between latency, throughput, and resilience under further constraints such as security, energy, and heterogeneity. Novel concepts such as compressed sensing or network coding are the enablers to soften this trade-off. The talk will also highlight the basic 5G concepts for the Tactile Internet such as network slicing, mobile edge clouds, and multi-connectivity.


Diego R. Lopez

Diego LopezDr Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit of Telefónica I+D. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them. During this period, he was appointed as member of the High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.

Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, and the NFVRG within the IRTF.

Apart from this, Diego is a more than acceptable Iberian ham carver, and extremely fond of seeking and enjoying comics, and good discussions on any (in)appropriate matter.

Talk: How to Nurture Intelligence in the Network Management Playground

The application of different technologies able to use, in an autonomous way, the result of observations and data to network management is one of the most salient consequences of the already pervasive Software Network. Whether we talk about Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, or the latest buzzword coined within the field, we will be talking of a hot issue that tries to leverage current results in other areas to address the ever-increasing intricacy of the tasks required to manage and control current and future networks. Anyway, we must acknowledge these applications are still in their early childhood when it comes to apply them in the network environments, which have unique challenges to be considered. We will analyze these challenges, and how they can be addressed to make these technologies grow till they can become really useful to the wider networking community.