Keynote speakers
Saracco Roberto, Telecom Italia, Italy
Title: Towards the year 2020: evolution of telecommunications infrastructures and biz
The talk will address the challenges in evolving the telecommunications infrastructures balancing the investment with the short medium terms revenues and creating at the same time a future proof infrastructure. The talk will present the result of a work carried out by 400 people in Telecom Italia in the first two months of 2010 to foresee what telecommunications may look like in 2020 and what steps should be taken to get there. It will address both technical and business issues, radio and fixed, policies and out of the box competition.
Saracco Roberto
College degree in Computer Science, University degree in Math, and post doc in Physics. He joined Telecom Italia in 1971 contributing to the development of the first SPC system in Italy. Through the years he worked on Data Transmission, Switching, Network Management. In the last 10 years he has worked on the economic side of telecommunications, creating and directing a research group at the Future Centre in Venice. Author of many papers and 9 books in the area of Telecommunications, with the last 5 on the topic of Living and Communicating in the next decade, he has worked in the foresight Panel of the European Commission, charged to imagine Internet beyond 2020.
He is currently Director of Telecom Italia Future Centre, in Venice, and co Chair of the Edge-Core group of the Communications Future Program of the MIT. Since 2007 he is rapporteur on Information Communications Technologies at the Science, Technology and Society Forum tracking the progress in the application of the Kyoto agreements and proposing their evolution. Senior member of IEEE-COMSOC, he has served in many roles, including TC Secretary, NM Chair, VP Membership Relations. He is currently COMSOC Director for Sister and Related Societies and member of the Strategic Committee and Emerging Technology Committee of IEEE. He received the Salah Aidarous Award in 2005 for his contribution to network management and the 2007 Donald McLellan Meritorious Service Award for his contribution to strengthening the Communications Society presence worldwide.

Magdy A. Bayoumi, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Title: Wireless Sensors Networks Infrastructure for Oil Industry
Computers, communication, and sensing technologies are converging to change the way we live, interact, and conduct business. Wireless sensor networks reflect such convergence. These networks are based on collaborative efforts of a large number of sensor nodes. They should be low-cost, low-power, and multifunction. These nodes have the capabilities of sensing, data processing, and communicating. Sensor networks have a wide range of applications, from monitoring sensors in industrial facilities to control and management of energy applications to military and security fields. Because of the special features of these networks, new network technologies are needed for cost effective, low power, and reliable communication. These network protocols and architectures should take into consideration the special features of sensor networks such as: the large number of nodes, their failure rate, limited power, high density, etc. In this talk the impact of wireless sensor networks will be addressed, several of the design and communication issues will be discussed, and a case study of a current project of using such networks in Oil Industry; seismic analysis and drilling, management of off-shore oil and natural gas platforms in the gulf region, Instrumentation, and security will be given.
Magdy A. Bayoumi

Dr. Magdy A. Bayoumi is Director of The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), and Department Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He is also the Z.L. Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair Professor in Computer Science. Dr. Bayoumi has been a faculty member in CACS since 1985. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt; M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis; and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada. Dr. Bayoumi is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Circuits and Systems Meritorious Service Award. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 2003 Education Award, and he is an IEEE Fellow. He has been on the Editorial Board of several important scientific Journals. Besides, he is involved in different social activities. In fact, he is  a member of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce where he was a member of the Economic Development, Education, and Tourism Committees. He was also a technology columnist and writer of the Lafayette newspaper "The Daily Advertiser". Dr Bayoumi  was on the Governor’s commission for developing a comprehensive energy policy for the State of Louisiana, 2002-2003.

Mérouane Debbah, Supélec, France
Title: Green Wireless Communications for the future
Wireless communication is one of the most attractive and productive areas in today’s communication field. So far, wireless systems have been optimized in terms of spectrum efficiency and transmission reliability. However, most of the recent research efforts have ignored the importance of wireless network’s environmental responsibility, e.g., energy efficiency and environmental impact. Recently, it has been shown that the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is growing faster than originally predicted. This realization has led to a push towards “green” wireless communications that strives for improving energy efficiency as well as reducing environmental impact. The need to develop green wireless communication systems turns out to be more and more urgent as wireless networks are becoming ubiquitous. This talk identifies many research and industry opportunities to enable future green wireless communications
Merouane Debbah

Mérouane Debbah was born in Madrid, Spain. He entered the Ecole Normale Suprieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1999 and 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Motorola Labs on Wireless Local Area Networks and prospective fourth generation systems. From 2002 until 2003, he was appointed Senior Researcher at the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (FTW) (Vienna, Austria) working on MIMO wireless channel modeling issues. From 2003 until 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications de-partment of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. He is presently a Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. His research interests are in information theory, signal process-ing and wireless communications. Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the "Mario Boella" prize award in 2005, the 2007 General Symposium IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award as well as the Valuetools 2007,Valuetools 2008 and CrownCom2009 best student paper awards. He is a WWRF fellow.

Maurice Bellanger,  CNAM, France
Title: Opportunistic unsynchronized cognitive radio networks
The radio spectrum has two essential characteristics for communication, it is a limited resource which can be accessed from everywhere. The objective of the concept of cognitive radio is to make the best of this situation, by providing the highest spectral efficiency and offering the maximal access flexibility. Opportunistic networks, which are the most innovative part of the concept, aim at exploiting the sections in the spectrum that are not occupied at a particular place and at a particular time.
After a review of the standardization activity at ITU-R, in preparation to the the forthcoming World Radiocommunications Conference in 2011 (WRC’2011),  an alternative is proposed to the cognitive pilot channel (CPC) ), which exploits a centralized data base to achieve coordinated spectrum sharing and joint radio resource management. Fully opportunistic networks avoid global coordination and synchronization of the communication systems. They rely on the capabilities of the terminals, particularly spectrum sensing and monitoring, and some general rules to establish and terminate connections. They are characterized by their agility and light infrastructure.  
Then, an overview of potential applications will be given, emphasizing the relevance of the opportunistic approach and the complementarity to existing conventional radio networks. However, a number of technical problems have to be solved to reach the performance objectives and allow for a smooth operational introduction and ensure coexistence. Technical solutions will be presented, particularly regarding the physical and the medium access control layers. In conclusion, the conditions for the proliferation of opportunistic networks will be discussed.
Note: this work was supported by the European Research FP7-project Phydyas (Physical layer for dynamic access and cognitive radio)- .
Maurice Bellanger
Maurice  Bellanger  graduated from ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télé-communications), Paris, in 1965 and received the doctorate degree from the university of Paris in 1981. He joined the company Philips Communications in France in 1967 and, since then, he has worked on digital signal processing and applications in telecommunications.

In 1991, he joined CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), a public education and research institute, as a professor of electronics. Since 2008, he is the coordinator of the European Research FP7-project Phydyas (Physical layer for dynamic access and cognitive radio).

Elected a fellow of the IEEE in 1984, for contributions to the theory of digital filtering and the applications to communication systems, he was the technical program chairman of the conference ICASSP’82 in Paris. He was the president of EURASIP, the European Association for Signal Processing, from 1986 to 1992 and the chairman of the France section of URSI (Union RadioScientifique Internationale) from 2006 to 2008. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology.

Bumman Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Title: Recent Trend of Power Amplifiers for Transmitters of Mobile Communication
Linear Power amplifiers become very a hot issue for the mobile communication. The main focus is high efficiency to reduce cost. The other is the flexibility to handle various services. The meet the requirements, the transmitters are assisted by digital technique. The performance of the unit PAs is improved significantly using GaN technology. The class E, J, F and saturated amplifiers are heavily researched. To improve the performance further, the unit amplifiers are utilized in transmitter architectures such as Doherty amplifier, Envelope Tracking, and class-S , which are assisted by digital circuits.  These advanced architectures will be introduced. Finally, the digital predistortion technique will be discussed, which is the main linearization technique of the transmitters.
Bumman Kim

Bumman Kim (M’78–SM’97–F’07) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1979. From 1978 to 1981, he was engaged in fiber-optic network component research with GTE Laboratories Inc.,Waltham, MA. In 1981, he was with the Central Research Laboratories, Texas Instruments Incorpo-rated, Dallas, where he was involved in development of GaAs power field-effect transistors (FETs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).He has developed a large-signal model of a power FET, dual-gate FETs for gain control, high-power distributed amplifiers, and various millimeter-wave MMICs. Since 1989, he has been with the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Korea, where he is a Namko Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the Microwave Application Research Center, where he is involved in device and circuit technology for RF integrated circuits (RFICs). He was a Visiting Professor of electrical engineering with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2001. He has authored over 250 technical papers. Dr. Kim is a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and the Academy of Engineering of Korea. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES and a distinguished Lecturer of the IEEEMicrowave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S).

Sébastien Roy, Laval University, Canada
Title: Squeezing the Spectral Lemon: Advances in Signal Processing and Coding to Improve Spectral Efficiency
Over the last few  years, a research program was undertaken in collaboration with InterDigital Canada under the theme "Advanced Broadband Transceivers." The aim was the development of novel signal processing techniques, exploiting the latest in communication theory and having fundamental advantages, while keeping a focus throughout on associated implementation issues, such as algorithmic complexity, power consumption, etc. This research approach, bridging theory and implementation under a pragmatic mindset, yielded rather promising results. For example, it is known that MIMO techniques are the key to augmenting effective link throughput without bandwidth expansion. However, it is still problematic in practice to incorporate multiple antennas on handsets because of cost / power / size constraints. As a solution, virtual MIMO techniques based on sphere decoding were developed which can effectively at the receiver separate more co-channel signals than there are receive antennas.
Also, new powerful quasi-cyclic LDPC codes were devised which allow encoding in linear complexity. Furthermore, new joint decoding techniques were developed as well as efficient parallel hardware implementations. Together, these techniques are capable of aggregate throughputs above 10 Gbps on an FPGA. Multi-rate codec architectures were also developed and then applied in ARQ (automated repeat request) schemes, as well as relaying / network coding scenarios. We will look at how these techniques can improve spectral efficiency in current wireless systems. Approaches for further gains will also be discussed, including distributed arrays, cognitive radio, cognitive networks, interference alignment, and network coding.
Sébastien Roy

Sébastien Roy (S’95-M’02) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Laval University, Québec, QC, Canada, in 1991 and 1993, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 2000. He is currently Full Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Laval University, where he is pursuing research in the system-level and implementation aspects of signal processing for communications as well as space-time processing and space-time coding. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellow at Laval University. He has also been active in industrial consulting with companies such as InterDigital and MacDonald Dettwiller, and was involved in the organization of several international conferences. In 2007 and 2009, he was an invited professor at l’École Nationale Supérieure de Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie (ENSSAT), Lannion, France. He received 5 teaching awards and in 2007 received the award for excellence in technology transfer from the strategic network on Systems and Technologies for Advanced Communications (SYTAcom). Dr. Roy was also awarded the award for Post-Graduate Research Excellence from the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research in 2000.


Takatoshi Arai, Fujikura Ltd.  Japan
Title: Fiber To The Home – The Ultimate goal of Communication Era.
Fiber To The Home (FTTH), the use of optical fiber to deliver communication signals from the central office equipment to the end user’s premises, has been considered as the ultimate goal. Nowadays, the number of FTTH subscribers in the world has reached over 40 millions and Japan is leading the market. This presentation provides the newest technologies to reduce time and cost of FTTH construction work, including lessens learned from massive deployment in Japan.
Takatoshi Arai

Takatoshi Arai is currently Associate Executive Officer of Fujikura Ltd. After graduating the faculty of electronic engineering in the University of Tokyo, he joined Fujikura in 1976. He has engaged in numerous developing projects. In optical fibers, he designed and manufactured new type of single-mode fibers which forecast the age of long-haul Giga- bit transmission system. Then, he joined the team of the arc fusion splicing machine. The model name of “FSM-01” was the first commercial base fusion splicer which was employed by NTT and other major carriers in the world. After that, in the system group, he engaged in developing video transmission equipment. He has developed both analog and digital links. Using FM-FDM technology, he successfully opened the door of low-cost multi-channel video signal transmission system. With the combination of Er-doped optical fiber amplifier, that system was widely used as the CATV use. In 1988, he moved to the network engineering section to design optical networks for major customers in Japan. He served also as the Japanese delegation of IEC/SC86A and ITU-T/SG6. From 1999 to 2001, he worked for AFL Telecommunications in USA to develop American market.  From 2007, as the General Manager of Global Telecommunication Strategy and Marketing Division, he is directing world-wide FTTH business. Fujikura has been awarded many FTTH projects such as Telecom Malaysia’s HSBB project, TOT’s Phuket project and PLDT’s Manilla area FTTH service.

Tetsuya Miki, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Title: Technical Trend and Role of Advanced Optical Communications
Optical communications played quite important roles to lead the digitalization of telecommunication networks, the world wide penetration of Internet, and so on, since early 1980’s. During last 30 years, optical technologies magnified point-to-point transmission capability by about 100 thousand times, from 100Mbps to 10Tbps, and customers’ data communication capability by about one million times, from 1,200bps to 1Gbps. These optical communications would be requested continuously to evolve their broadband capability, because the network traffic volume is expected to increase almost 1.4 times a year for the time being. On the other hand, optical communications are strongly anticipated to realize energy saving technologies, since enlarging network capacity requires additional energy for network facilities. Under these situations, as for long distance transmission systems, optical coherent transmission technologies similar to wireless radio transmission technologies such as QAM, OFDM, etc are extensively studied. As for energy saving network systems, many researchers are challenging to realize photonic networking based on optical burst switching and/or optical packet switching. For the area of access network, wireless and optical convergence technologies such as ROF (Radio over Fiber) must be essential for future pico-cell and/or femto-cell mobile environment.

Tetsuya Miki Tetsuya Miki (M'70–SM'95–F’00–LF’09) was received M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Tohoku University, Japan in 1967 and 1970, respectively. He joined the Electrical Communication Laboratories of NTT in 1970, where he was engaged in the research and development of high-speed digital transmission systems, optical communication systems, FTTH (Fiber to the Home) systems, SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) and ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) transport networks, and network operation systems. He was the Executive Manager of the NTT Optical Network Systems Laboratories from 1992 to 1995. Since July, 1995, he was a Professor at UEC, working in photonic networks, Radio-over-Fiber broadband networking, and dependable networks. He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the university in 2008 and 2009, and he is currently an Executive Assistant to President from 2010. Dr. Miki is very active in organizing international technical conferences/symposiums/workshops, and was in charge of chairs and/or committee members for IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM, IEEE ISLS89, IEEE NOMS92, IEEE PON Workshop, IOOC, APCC, OECC, APSITT, and so on. He was a Vice President of IEEE ComSoc in 1998 and 1999, a Vice President of IEICE in 2003 and 2004, and he is currently a Board Member of IEICE.

Chandran Nair, National Instruments Southeast Asia,  Singapore
Title: Multi-Protocol RF System Architecture
With the need to meet multiple RF communication standards on one device and shorten software development cycles, RF test engineers must adopt a well-defined and scalable software architecture. This talk provides an introduction to the  RF Communications Reference Architecture  to rapidly deliver RF generation and analysis capabilities for RF engineers and researchers. This talk will also address implementation of Software-Defined Radio (SDR) systems based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware and software.

Chandran Nair Mr Chandran Nair has been the Managing Director for National Instruments Singapore since 2003, where he is responsible for running the National Instruments business in Southeast Asia. Under his leadership, NI Singapore has successfully expanded its business regionally, setting up operations in Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. With his directives, NI has grown its market share exponentially in Southeast Asia.
Mr Nair started his career in National Instruments as an Applications Engineer in 1997. He took on additional responsibilities as a Product Manager in leading the modular instrumentation platforms. In 1998 he successfully led the initiative for a new Instrumentation Standard PXI that became the current industry-standard platform.
As a Group Manager for Product Marketing in 2000, Mr Nair was responsible for driving the product strategy and market positioning for the instrumentation product lines in National Instruments.
Mr Nair graduated with a bachelor degree in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from Bangalore University in 1990 and thereafter obtained two master degrees in Mathematics from Bangalore University and Arizona State University respectively.
Mr Nair was also on the board of many industry standardization bodies, including the VXI Consortium and PXI Systems Alliance.

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