We are preparing following panels:

PA01: Future Research Directions on Communications Technologies

  • Thursday, 16 August • 14:00 – 15:30 • Room: 4
  • Moderator: Michael Y. Fang (Univ. of Florida)
  • Panelists
    • Chang-Wen Chen (State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, USA)
    • Kwang-Cheng Chen (National Taiwan University)
    • Xiaoming Fu (University of Goettingen)
    • Russell Hsing (Telecordia Technologies, retired)
    • Chih-Lin I (China Mobile Research Institute)
    • Ted Rappaport (New York University, USA)
  • Description: As the popularity of smart devices such as smart phones is soaring, various interesting applications have attracted intensive attention and have constantly overloaded the telecommunications infrastructure one way or the other. Limited resources such as spectrum, energy and computing have posed serious research challenges in dealing with this emerging ever-increasing data traffic. Obviously, as information and communications technologies (ICT) have been rapidly reshaping the society and changing the quality of life, how to manage the limited resources and design more flexible and adaptive communications and networking technologies to meet users’ demands are critical and should be carefully reexamined. In this panel, we have assembled a group of researchers in communications and computing, who will discuss the new research challenges ahead with the objective that key research problems can be identified. Possible topics may include, but not limited to, mobile health systems, mobile social networks, smart grid, cloud computing, cognitive radio networks, green communications, and their cross interactions.
  • Biographies of Panelists:
    • Changwen Chen (FIEEE, FSPIE) has been a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, since 2008. Previously, he was Allen S. Henry Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, from 2003 to 2007. He was on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri - Columbia from 1996 to 2003 and at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, from 1992 to 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the Head of the Interactive Media Group at the David Sarnoff Research Laboratories, Princeton, NJ. Dr. Chen was the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology for two terms from January 2006 to December 2009. He served as an Editor for various journals including Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Multimedia Magazine. He has received numerous achievement and best paper awards, including Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award in 2003 and Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2009. He received his BS from University of Science and Technology of China, MSEE from University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an IEEE Fellow and an SPIE Fellow.
    • Kwang-Cheng Chen (FIEEE) is the Distinguished Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, and Director of Communication Research Center. In addition to service for IEEE journals, conferences, and IEEE ComSoc and VTS, Dr. Chen engineered Taiwan’s telecommunication deregulation and planned Taiwan’s telecommunication regulator NCC in late 1990’s. He has authored and co-authored near 200 IEEE papers including those to receive 2001 ISI Classic Citation Award, IEEE ICC 2010 Best Paper Award, 2010 IEEE GLOBECOM GOLD Best Paper Award, 20+ granted US patents, and 3 books Cognitive Radio Networks (with R. Prasad) by Wiley 2009, Mobile WiMAX (ed. with R. DeMarca) by Wiley 2008, and Principles of Communications by River 2009. He is a Fellow of IEEE and his technological innovations have been adopted in the IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15, Bluetooth 2.0 & 3.0, and 3GPP LTE-A.
    • Xiaoming Fu (SMIEEE) received his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2000 and has been Professor and Chair for Computer Networks at University of Goettingen since 2007. His research interests include architectures, protocols and applications of networked systems, including social networks and cloud computing systems. He was named as a ChangJiang Scholar Visiting Professor (2009) at Tsinghua University, a Fulbright Scholar Visiting Professor at UCLA (2009) and a Specialist Task Force Expert at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (2003-2005), and was elected as the secretary (2008) and vice chair (2010) of the Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC) of the IEEE Communications Society, as well as Chair (2011) of the Internet Technical Committee (ITC), the joint committee of the IEEE Communications Society and the Internet Society (ISOC). He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Service and Network Management and Elsevier Computer Communication, and as a guest editor of special issues of IEEE Network and Elesevier Computer Networks. He has been on the steering committees of EU ENABLE, MING-T and VIDIOS projects and on the TPC or organization committees of a number of conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ICNP, ICDCS, IWQoS, GLOBECOM, CCW, ACM MOBICOM, MOBIHOC, MobiArch and HotSocial.
    • Russell Hsing ((FIEEE, FBCS, FSPIE) is Chair Professor, CSIE College, National Chiao Tung University. He was recently retired from Telcordia (formerly Bellcore) where he was the Executive Director to manage and lead the Emerging Technologies and Services R&D Department and where he has spent his entire career since 1986. He graduated from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), and received his M.S. and Ph.D from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Rhode Island. He was a member of the Fellow Evaluation Committee for the IEEE Communications Society from 2006 through 2008, and was the Chair for this Fellow Evaluation Committee in 2010 and 2011. He was the founding chair of SPIE's Annual Conference on Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) from1986 to 1995. He was the winner of the 2003 Publication Prize for his paper published in the Proceedings of IEEE (2003) from the Executive Science Technology Council of SAIC. He was the Founding Editor for the Journal of Visual Communications and Image Representation and the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the ICT Books Series of John Wiley & Sons. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the British Computer Society (BCS) in UK, and the SPIE.
    • Chih-Lin I, a winner of CCCP “National 1000 talent” program, Chief Scientist of China Mobile, Head of Green Communication Research Center (GCRC) of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), is in charge of advanced wireless communication R&D effort of CMRI. She received her Ph.D degree from Electrical Engineering Department of Stanford University in 1987. After that, she joined wireless communication fundamental research department of AT&T Bell Labs, and has been one of the pioneers in CDMA technologies. With almost 30 years’ experience in wireless communication area, She worked in various world-class companies and research institutes, including: Headquarter of AT&T, as Director of Wireless Communications Infrastructure and Access Technology; ITRI of Taiwan, as Director of Wireless Communication Technology Department; Hong Kong ASTRI, as VP and GD of Communications Technology Domain. In addition, She has actively engaged in management and consultation affair in many international professional societies and world-class universities/institutes. She has been a Board member of IEEE ComSoc, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and the Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking. She has also been the Chair of Steering Committee of ASTRI-Tsinghua MBC Joint Research Lab, the Chair of Advisory Committee of ECE Dept of HKUST, the Honorary Director of AWTRC of CAS-ICT, and the Chinese State Council Foreign Expert in communication technologies, etc.
    • Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport(FIEEE) is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and professor of radiology at the New York University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industrial/University Collaborative Research Center for Wireless Internet Communications and Advanced Technology (WICAT), a national research center headquartered at NYU-Poly that involves five major universities, including the two wireless programs he founded at The University of Texas (WNCG in 2002) and Virginia Tech (MPRG in 1990).
      Dr. Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, assisted the governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for Internet access. He is one of the ISI Highly Cited researchers, having published over 200 technical papers. In 2006, Dr. Rappaport was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) in 2008 and again in 2011. He is a fellow of the IEEE, is a member of the board of the Marconi Society, and serves on the editorial boards of several academic and technical journals. He received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1990, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1992, the Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America in 2000, the Fredrick E. Terman Outstanding Electrical Engineering Faculty Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2002, and the Stuart F. Meyer Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2005. In 2008, he received the Industry Leadership Award from the Austin Wireless Alliance and the IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award for outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of wireless communications systems and networks. The Institution of Engineering and Technology honored him with the Sir Monty Finniston medal in 2011 “for his outstanding academic and industrial contributions over almost three decades in the field of wireless communication.” He has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books in the wireless field, including the best-selling textbook “Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice” (translated into 6 languages). He has received three prize paper awards, including the 1999 Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society for his work on site-specific propagation. In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now Commscope, Inc. (taken private in 2011 by Carlyle Group). In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for wireless network design and management that he sold in 2005 to Motorola.
  • Biography of Panel Moderator:
    • Yuguang “Michael” Fang(FIEEE) is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida since 2005. He holds a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship from 2006 to 2009, a Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship with Xidian University, Xi'an, China, from 2008 to 2011, and a Guest Chair Professorship with Tsinghua University, China, from 2009 to 2012. He has published over 300 papers in refereed professional journals and conferences. Dr. Fang received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award in 2001 and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002, and is the recipient of the Best Paper Award in IEEE Globecom (2011), IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP, 2006) and the recipient of the IEEE TCGN Best Paper Award in the IEEE High-Speed Networks Symposium, IEEE Globecom (2002). He has also received a 2010-2011 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, 2011 Florida Blue Key/UF Homecoming Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2009 UF College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Wireless Communications and serves/served on several editorial boards of technical journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (also served on the Steering Committee), IEEE Network, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Wireless Communications Series. He has been actively involved with IEEE INFOCOM since 2003 including Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE INOFOCOM’2014 and the Technical Program Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'2005, the Technical Program Area Chair for IEEE INFOCOM (2009-2013)). He is a Fellow of IEEE.

PA02: Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) Deployment: Challenges and Strategies

  • Thursday, 16 August • 16:00 – 17:30 • Room: 4
  • Moderator: Jie Zhang (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Panelists
    • Guangyi Liu (Research Institute of China Mobile Communication Co.)
    • Zhaobiao Lv (Director of Wireless Research Department of China Unicom Research Institute)
    • Ying Peng (Senior Standardization Expert, Wireless Mobile Innovation Centre of China Academy of Telecommunication Technology (CATT) – Datang Group)
    • Hui Song (R&D Manager, Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd., UK )
    • Caiqin (Catherine) Zhu (Director of Wireless Network Technology Research Division, China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Research Institute)
  • Description
    • With rapidly-growing smart phones and tablets, mobile operators have experienced tremendous data traffic increase in recent years. It is predicted that this trend will continue at least until 2020 with a CAGR of 80-100%. Hence, the traffic (mostly data) carried by a mobile operator’s network in 2020 could be over 1000 times of that in 2010. This exponential traffic growth presents a huge challenge to the mobile industry. On top of meeting this traffic increase, operators have obligations to cut energy consumptions, which normally compromise spectrum efficiency in macrocell scenarios.
    • Dense small cell deployment is one of the most promising ways to meet the exponential traffic growth. In this panel session, experts from operators, vendors and academia will discuss the challenging issues arising from dense small cell deployment such as interference, mobility management, SON, backhauling, and etc. The green aspect of small cell deployment will also be discussed. Further, dense small deployment will be compared with other approaches in terms of delivering capacity and energy saving. Finally, various dense small cell deployment scenarios will be illustrated by some indoor and joint indoor-outdoor wireless network planning and optimisation tools.

PA03: Broadband wireless communications under high mobility scenarios: challenges and opportunities

  • Friday, 17 August • 8:30 – 10:00 • Room: 4
  • Moderator: Pingzhi Fan (Southwest Jiaotong University, China, Email:
  • Panelists
  • Description: Future mobile communication systems aim at providing very high-rate data transmission, even under high speed scenarios such as high speed trains and highway vehicles. In such high mobility scenarios, there exist a number of communication challenges, i.e. fast handover, location update, rapidly time-varying channel modeling, estimation and equalization, anti-Doppler spread techniques, coding and network capacity, capacity-approaching techniques, dedicated network architectures, etc. Since the signal transmission under high speed scenarios will inevitably experience serious deterioration, it is imperative to develop key broadband mobile communication techniques for such high speed vehicles. In this panel, invited leading experts will present and debate on this issue, exploring challenges and potential opportunities.
  • Biographies of Panelists:
    • Aria Nosratinia (FIEEE) is the Jonsson Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is also the director of the Multimedia Communications Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, Rice University, and UCLA. His interests lie in the broad area of information theory, signal processing, and wireless communications. Dr. Nosratinia is a fellow of IEEE for contributions to multimedia and wireless communications. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has been an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing,, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Wireless Communications (Magazine), and Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers. He has received the National Science Foundation career award and the outstanding service award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Dallas Chapter. He has served as the secretary of the IEEE information theory society, treasurer for ISIT, publications chair for the IEEE Signal Processing Workshop, as well as member of the technical committee for numerous conferences.
    • Cheng-Xiang Wang (SMIEEE, FIET) is currently a Professor in Wireless Communications at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh and a Chair Professor of Shandong University, China. He received the PhD degree in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2004. He held various research positions at Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Siemens AG-Mobile Phones, Germany, and the University of Agder, Norway. His current research interests include wireless channel modeling and simulation, green communications, cognitive radio networks, vehicular communication networks, and beyond 4G wireless communications. He has edited 1 book and published 1 book chapter and about 160 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, including a number of invited keynote speeches and invited papers. Prof. Wang is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2007-2009 and a Guest Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He served or is serving as a General Chair, TPC Chair, and TPC member for more than 60 international conferences. He received the IEEE Globecom 2010 Best Paper Award and the IEEE ICCT 2011 Best Paper Awards.
    • Ganghua Yang received the B.S degree from the Department of Information and Electronics Technologies of Zhejiang University, China in 1991, the M.S. degree from China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT), China in 1994. He is the director of Research Planning Department of Huawei Corporate Research. From April 1994 to May 1996, he was a researcher focus on physical layer of TDMA mobile communication system in First Research Institute of CATT. He joined Huawei Technologies in May 1996. He was the chief scientist of Radio Access Network of Wireless Network Product Line in Huawei Technologies from 2005 to 2008. He was one of founders of CPRI (Common Public Radio Interface, founded by Ericsson/Huawei/NEC/Nortel Networks/Siemens). He was awarded Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award of the year 2000 for successfully developing the first commercial GSM system in China. His main interests cover wireless access network architecture, common physical layer algorithms, implementation architecture for copper line, microwave link and optical fiber link.
    • Pingyi Fan (SMIEEE) received the B.S and M.S. degrees from the Department of Mathematics of Hebei University in 1985 and Nankai University in 1990, respectively, and Ph.D degree from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1994. He is a professor of department of EE of Tsinghua University currently. Since 1997, he visited many universities as research associate, research fellow or visiting professor, including HKUST (Hongkong), University of Delaware (USA), NICT (Japan), CUHK (Hongkong), etc. Dr. Fan served as TPC Co-Chair of IEEE WCNIS 2010 and TPC member of IEEE ICC, Globecom, WCNC, VTC, etc. He has served as an editor of IEEE Trans WC and other journals. He is the recipient of IEEE WCNC’08 Best Paper Award, ACM IWCMC’10 Best Paper Award and IEEE ComSoc Excellent Editor Award for IEEE Trans WC. His main research interests include B4G technology in wireless communications such as MIMO, OFDMA, etc., Network Coding, Network Information Theory and Cross Layer Design etc.
    • Xiao Ma is now a Professor with the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He received the Ph.D. degree in communication and information systems from Xidian University, China, in 2000. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Research Fellow with City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ma’s research interests include information theory, channel coding theory and their applications to communication systems and digital recording systems. Dr. Ma is a corecipient, with A. Kavčić and N. Varnica, of the 2005 IEEE Best Paper Award in Signal Processing and Coding for Data Storage. In 2006, Dr. Ma received the Microsoft Professorship Award from Microsoft Research Asia. Dr. Ma is a member of the IEEE.
  • Biography of Panel Moderator:
    • Pingzhi Fan (FIET, FCIE) received his M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the Southwest Jiaotong University, PRC, in 1987, and Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hull University, U.K., in 1994. He is currently a professor and director of the institute of mobile communications, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, and a guest professor of Leeds University, UK (1997-), a guest professor Shanghai Jiaotong University (1999-). He was a recipient of the UK ORS Award (1992), and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (NSFC, 1998). He served as a general chair or TPC chair of a number of international conferences, and guest editor or editorial member of 5 international journals. He is the founding chair of IEEE VTS BJ Chapter and IEEE Chengdu Section. He also served as a board member of IEEE Region 10 and IET Asia-Pacific Region. He is the inventor of 20 patents, the author of over 380 research papers, and 8 books or edited books published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, RSP, IEEE Press, Springer, Nova Science, etc. His research interests include high mobility wireless communications, spread-spectrum and CDMA techniques, information theory & coding, etc.

PA04: How cellular networks can be more energy-efficient?

  • Friday, 17 August • 10:30 – 12:00 • Room: 4
  • Moderator: Zhisheng Niu (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Panelists
    • Rose Qingyang Hu (Utah State Univ.)
    • Yan Chen (Huawei Technologies)
    • Tony Q.S. Quek (Singapore Univ. of Technology and Design)
    • Chengli Mei (China Telecom)
    • Honggang Zhang (Zhejiang Univ.)
  • Description
    • Cellular architecture was invented for increasing spectrum-efficiency of limited bandwidth by spatial reuse and has contributed a lot for the explosive deployment of today’s mobile communication industry.   But, is it really energy-efficient?  As mobile data and video traffic is fast growing, the next-generation mobile communication (5G?) networks are expected to further provide 10-fold more capacity than 4G mobile networks with the limited spectrum as well as energy resources.  To deal with this grand challenge, the traditional physical- and MAC-layer capacity-enhancement approaches are no more sufficient.  A system- or network-level approach is needed, including rethinking about the existing cellular structure.  In this panel, worldwide leading experts in this area will debate on this issue and explore any possible solutions.


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