Executive Vice President – Network Technologies, Turkcell
Gediz Sezgin joined Turkcell as Network Engineer in 1995. In October 2015, he was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Network Technologies. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Information and Communication Technologies, Chief Information and Communication Technologies Officer, Director of Application Operations, Director of Service Network under the ICT Function and held various executive positions in the Technology Function. Mr. Sezgin started his career at Alcatel Teletaş in 1991. He graduated from İstanbul Technical University in Electronics and Communication Engineering and received his Master’s degree from the same university.
Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research, Ericsson
Biography: Dr. Magnus Frodigh has been Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research since 2018. He was Research Area Director for Network Architecture and Protocols at Ericsson Research from 2007 to 2018 with responsibility for driving long-term technology leadership research in the areas of network architecture and protocols comprising radio, transport and core networks, including network management.
Dr. Frodigh joined Ericsson in 1994 and has since held various key senior positions within Research & Development and Product Management, focusing on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies, and expanding collaborations with both academia and industries. He holds 29 patents.
Dr. Frodigh was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1964. He holds a Master of Science degree from Linköping University of Technology, Sweden, and earned his Ph.D. in Radio Communication Systems from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Frodigh is adjunct Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Wireless Infrastructures since 2013.
Prof. Vincent Poor
Biography: H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in EECS from Princeton in 1977, and has also received honorary doctorates for a number of universities in Asia, Europe and North America. From 1977 until joining the Princeton faculty in 1990, he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also held visiting positions at several other universities, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. Dr. Poor’s research interests are in information theory and signal processing, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, and other national and international academies. He received the Marconi and Armstrong Awards of the IEEE Communications Society in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 2017.
Dr. Peiying Zhu,
Director, 5G Wireless Research, Huawei
Biography: Dr. Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow and IEEE Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 150 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-Hop Relays. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Peiying Zhu received the Master of Science degree and Doctorate Degree from Southeast University and Concordia University in 1985 and 1993, respectively.
Prof. Harald Haas
University of Edinburgh
Biography: Professor Harald Haas holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the principal, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd. He is also the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Edinburgh.
He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi in 2006 and 2011 respectively. LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011.
Prof. Haas was an invited speaker at TED Global 2011, and his talk: “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb” has been watched online more than 2.6 million times. He gave a second TED Global lecture in 2015 on the use of solar cells doubling as LiFi data detectors and energy harvesters. This has been viewed online more than 2.4 million times. Professor Haas holds 47 patents and has more than 30 pending patent applications. He has published more than 450 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. He has been on the Thomson Reuters list of highly cited Researchers in 2017 and 2018. Prof Haas has delivered 50 keynote talks at international conferences and workshops.
In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in the UK. Prof. Haas is the recipient of the Tam Dalyell Prize 2013 awarded by the University of Edinburgh for excellence in engaging the public with science. In 2014, he was selected by EPSRC as one of ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Leaders in the UK. In 2016, he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2017. In the same year he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and was elevated to IEEE Fellow. In 2018 he received an extension of his EPSRC Established Career Fellowship.