IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
8-11 September 2019 // Istanbul, Turkey



Monday Morning, 9 September 2019

Monday Afternoon, 9 September 2019

Tuesday Morning, 10 September 2019

Tuesday Afternoon, 10 September 2019

Wednesday Morning, 11 September 2019


Monday Morning, 9 September 2019, 11:00 – 12:30

P01. Full-Duplex: Technologies, Standards, and Roadmap

Organizer: Dr. Thomas Haustein, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany


  • Prof. Bingli Jiao, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Dr. Gabor Fodor, Ericsson Research, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Prof. Aydin Sezgin, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
  • Dr. Hoda ShahMohammadian, Huawei Technologies, Canada
  • Dr. Jaehoon Chung, Principal Engineer, LG Electronics, South Korea

Abstract: In recent years, full-duplex communication technology has been progressing and finding its way to the standards. Full Duplex is a duplexing scheme that allows a communication device to simultaneously transmit and receive wireless signals on the same channel (frequency band). Enabled by means of self-interference and cross-link interference management methodology, Full Duplex can significantly increase the throughput for each allocated channel and improve the total system capacity. The inherent capability of Full Duplex can provide an opportunity to reduce round-trip latency for data transmission, which is due to transmission of acknowledgment or feedback information, and to implement an in-band and out-of-band relay system.

Cross-link interference management for dynamic TDD or flexible duplex in cellular systems has been specified in 3GPP standardization, which can also be used for the cross-link interference management for full duplex radios and paves the way for full duplex to become a part of networking application. Cross-link interference management can be further studied for full duplex in the context of the 5G standards. As a further enhancement, self-interference management should become a study for the future evolution of the 5G standard.

This panel will bring together leading experts from infrastructure and terminal manufacturers, chipset vendors and academia as well as leading parties in the standardizations of the wireless communications industry ecosystem. This will provide an excellent chance for the industry players, researchers, and standardization experts to share their views about the full duplex radio from the angle of technology and standardization at the same time. We expect that this panel will put more light on the ongoing research and development progress in the area of the full duplex communication and how the way for standardization and commercial utilization can be paved.

Thomas Haustein (Organizer) received the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in mobile communications from the University of Technology Berlin, Germany, in 2006. In 1997, he was with the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin, where he worked on wireless infrared systems and radio communications with multiple antennas and OFDM. He focused on real-time algorithms for baseband processing and advanced multiuser resource allocation. From 2006 till 2008, he was with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he conducted research for 4G. Since 2009 he is heading the Wireless Communications Department at Fraunhofer HHI focussing on 5G and Industrial Wireless. Since 2015 he is actively participating in 3GPP standardization advocating technology contributions for Millimeter wave communication and new use cases like Vehicular Communications and Industry 4.0. He has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and conferences and holds more than 40 patents.

Bingli Jiao (Panelist) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Peking University, China, in 1983 and 1988, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Saarland University, Germany, in 1995. He was an Associate Professor and a Professor with Peking University in 1995 and 2000, respectively, where he is currently the Director of the Institute of Wireless Communication and Signal Processing. His current interests include communication theory and techniques and information theory.


Gabor Fodor (Panelist) received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degress in electrical engineering (major in communications engineering) in 1988 and 1998 respectively. In 1998 he joined Ericsson Research in Stockholm, where he is currently a master researcher specializing in the performance analysis and design of wireless networks. Since 2017 he is also an adjunct professor at the Royal Institute of Technology. His current research interests include physical layer and medium access control layer algorithms for cellular networks, multiple antenna systems and full duplex communications. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Professor Fodor has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed conference proceedings and journals, and is a co-author of more than 80 international patent applications (pending or granted). He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice prize in 2018.

Aydin Sezgin (Panelist) received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.S.) degree in communications engineering and the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from the TFH Berlin in 2000 and the TU Berlin, in 2005, respectively. From 2001 to 2006, he was with the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin. From 2006 to 2008, he was a Post-doc and Lecturer at the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Post-doc at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine. From 2009 2011, he was the Head of the Emmy-Noether-Research Group on Wireless Networks at the Ulm University. In 2011, he was full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Darmstadt, Germany. He is currently a full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. His current research interests are in the area of information theory, communication theory, and signal processing with focus on applications to wireless communication systems. He is currently serving as Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Area Editor for Elsevier Journal of Electronics and Communications.

Hoda ShahMohammadian (Panelist) received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran, with high distinction, in 2007 and 2010 respectively, her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Calgary, Canada, in 2013. Her research interests include digital communications system, physical layer algorithms and wireless modem designs.

She is currently staff engineer at Canada Research Centre of Huawei Technologies where she has led several research and development projects. From 2014 to 2018, she was with network product line department and involved in design, development and implementation of real-time baseband processing algorithms for wireless backhaul modems. In 2018, she joined wireless advanced competency department and is currently involved in research and prototyping of full duplex radios.

Jae Hoon Chung (Panelist) has more than 10 years of industrial R&D experience in various technical areas of 4G/5G wireless communication. From 2006 to 2011, he obtained extensive experience in research works for LTE and LTE-Advanced technology development and 3GPP RAN standardization by leading /managing 3GPP RAN1 standard delegate and coordinating technical contributions for LTE/LTE-A. From 2012 to current, he serves as project leader in advanced technology R&D for 5G. Jae Hoon Chung is advising the Korean government’s on 5G R&D planning and serves as the vice representative of Global Strategy Committee in 5G Forum.

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Monday Afternoon, 9 September 2019, 14:00 – 15:30

P02 (Executive Panel). Views on 6G Networks of the 2030s

Organizer: Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


  • Prof. Elza Erkip, New York University, New York, USA
  • Dr. Magnus Frodigh, VP and Head of Ericsson Research, Ericsson, Sweden
  • Prof. Vincent Poor, Princeton University, USA
  • Prof. Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Dr. Markus Mueck, Intel Deutschland, Munich, Germany
  • Dr. Peiying Zhu, Huawei Fellow and Sr. VP, 5G Wireless Research, Huawei, Canada

Abstract: The 5G standards are currently being developed with a scheduled completion date of December 2019 and the 5G networks are expected to be deployed globally throughout the 2020s. As such, it is time to reinitiate a brainstorming endeavor followed by the technical groundwork towards the subsequent generation (6G) networks of the 2030s. 5G is a new beginning in wireless with a variety of novel technologies for a broad range of use-cases in vertical industries. In this Executive Panel, six world-renowned visionary experts, three from academia and three from industry, will discuss the roadmap towards the 2030s and will present their views on novel use-cases, disruptive network architectures, advanced mathematical enablers, and breakthrough technologies that will collectively define the 6G.

Halim Yanikomeroglu (Organizer) is a Professor at Carleton University, Canada. His research covers many aspects of communications technologies with emphasis on wireless networks. His research group made contributions to 4G and 5G technologies; he has had extensive collaboration with industry which resulted in 27 granted patents. During 2012-2016, he led one of the largest academic-industrial collaborative research projects on pre-standards 5G wireless, sponsored by the Ontario Government and the industry. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences on wireless technologies (31 times). He served as the General Chair (VTC-2017 Toronto, VTC-2010 Ottawa) and Technical Program Chair (WCNC 2014 Istanbul, WCNC 2008 Las Vegas, WCNC 2004 Atlanta) of several major international IEEE conferences. He was the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee of Personal Communications. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Steering Board of the IEEE’s flagship wireless conference, WCNC (Wireless Communications and Networking Conference). He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He received several awards for his research, teaching, and service.

Elza Erkip (Panelist) an Institute Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and wireless communications. Dr. Erkip is a member of the Science Academy Society of Turkey and is among the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001, the IEEE Communications Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016 and the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) Technical Achievement Award in 2018. Her paper awards include the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in 2004, and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2013. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society since 2012 where she is currently the Society President. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013 to 2014. Dr. Erkip has had many editorial and conference organization responsibilities. Some recent ones include Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, MIMO Communications and Signal Processing Track Chair in 2017, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference Technical Co-Chair in 2017, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Guest Editor in 2015, and IEEE International Symposium of Information Theory General Co-Chair in 2013.

Magnus Frodigh(Panelist) has been Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research since 2018. Dr. Frodigh 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 between 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 Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Frodigh is adjunct Professor at Royal Institute of Technology in Wireless Infrastructures since 2013.

H. Vincent Poor (Panelist) (FIEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in EECS from Princeton University, in 1977. From 1977 to 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Since 1990, he has been on the faculty at Princeton University, where he is currently the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. During 2006 to 2016, he served as Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2006 to 2016. He has also held visiting appointments at several other institutions, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. His research interests are in the areas of information theory and signal processing, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields. Among his publications in these areas is the recent book Information Theoretic Security and Privacy of Information Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr, Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and other national and international academies. He received the Technical Achievement and Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, and Honorary Professorships from Peking University and Tsinghua University, both conferred in 2017, and a D.Sc. honoris causa from Syracuse University, also in 2017.

Petar Popovski (Panelist) is a Professor of Wireless Communications with Aalborg University. He received his Dipl. Ing and Magister Ing. degrees in communication engineering from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University in 2005. He has over 300 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books and he is featured in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Web of Science. He holds over 30 patents and patent applications. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2015), the Danish Elite Researcher award (2016), IEEE Fred W. Ellersick prize (2016) and IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize (2018). He is currently a Steering Committee Member of IEEE SmartGridComm and IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking. He previously served as a Steering Committee Member of the IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL. He is currently an Area Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Prof. Popovski is the General Chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2018 and IEEE Communication Theory Workshop 2019. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication and communication theory.

Markus Mueck (Panelist) received the Dipl.-Ing. and ing. dipl. degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France respectively in 1999. In 2006, he received the Doctorate degree of ENST in Communications. Dr. Mueck is with Intel Deutschland, Munich, Germany and he acts as Vice-Chairman of the ETSI Board, as general Chairman of the ETSI RRS Technical Body (Software Radio and Spectrum Sharing Standardization), he is Chairman of the 5G Automotive Association Working Group on Standardization, Adj. Professor of University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) SIG on “Cognitive Radio in 5G”.

Peiying Zhu (Panelist) (FIEEE) received the M.Sc. degree from Southeast University in 1985 and the Ph.D. degree from Concordia University in 1993. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research and specification development at Huawei. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 150 granted patents. Dr. Zhu is a Huawei Fellow. She is actively involved in the IEEE 802 and 3GPP standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board Member and a Treasurer. She has served as a co-chair for various 5G workshops in many IEEE sponsored conferences. She served as the Guest Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Special Issue on the 5G Revolution. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, she was a Nortel Fellow and the Director of the Advanced Wireless Access Technology, Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMOOFDM and multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into WiMAX/LTE standards and 4G products.

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Monday Afternoon, 9 September 2019, 16:00 – 17:30

P03. 5G IoT Networks

Organizer: Dr. Yi Wang, Huawei Technologies, Shanghai, China


  • Prof. Pingzhi Fan, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
  • Dr. Thomas Haustein, Fraunhofer HHI, Germany
  • Prof. Gianluigi Ferrari, University of Parma, Italy
  • Prof. Klaus Moessner, 5GIC, Surrey University, UK
  • Dr. Yan Chen, Huawei Technologies, Shanghai, China

Abstract: The internet of everything (IoT) came above horizon together with the concept of the fifth generation (5G) radio communications some ten years ago. All kinds of things are truly connected in the 5G IoT covering vehicles, UAV, industry robots, family facility, transport system, and even the tiny sensors inside human bodies. Many theories and technologies have been proposed, studied, as well as demonstrated to support such capability in different application scenarios.

ITU and 3GPP have identified two typical scenarios in future IoT networks: ultra reliable and low latency communication (uRLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC). The challenges in views of technique are to reduce the latency to sub-millisecond and improve the reliability, or accommodate a huge number of connections. The 5G IoT pressure from commercial market is when and where will such scenarios make money for operators.

The goal of the panel is to bring together researchers from industry and academia to present and discuss the latest researches on 5G IoT, their impact on industrial standards and the resulting technical challenges. The panel is going to cover but not limited to the following topics:

  • The typical requirements, scenarios, KPIs of the 5G IoT.
  • Enable key technologies for 5G IoT; 5G IoT vs. non-cellular IoT (e.g. LORA): coexistence or competition ?
  • How can artificial intelligence enable better performance or new opportunities for 5G IoT?
  • IoT positioning: scenarios, requirements, enable technology.

Yi Wang (Organizer) [SM’11] is currently a principal engineer at Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. He received the M.S.E.E and Ph.D degrees in information engineering department from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. He was one of the initial researchers of FuTURE program in 863 when he worked in Tsinghua University during 2000-2002. He visited the University of Kiel in Germany as senior researcher. Since 2005 he joined Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. he led a series of research projects including LTE/LTE-Advanced, superposition coding for LTE-advanced system, distributed antenna system, cloud RAN, massive MIMO and 5G mmWave communications. Currently he is studying 5G in Huawei.

Pingzhi Fan (Panelist) received his MSc degree in computer science from the Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in 1987, and PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hull University, UK, in 1994. He is currently a distinguished professor and director of the institute of mobile communications, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, and a visiting professor of Leeds University, UK (1997-), a guest professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University (1999-). He is a recipient of the UK ORS Award (1992), the NSFC Outstanding Young Scientist Award (1998), IEEE VTS Jack Neubauer Memorial Award (2018), and 2018 IEEE SPS Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award. His current research interests include vehicular communications, massive multiple access and coding techniques, etc. He served as general chair or TPC chair of a number of international conferences including VTC’2016Spring, IWSDA’2019, ITW’2018 etc. He is the founding chair of IEEE Chengdu (CD) Section, IEEE VTS BJ Chapter and IEEE ComSoc CD Chapter. He also served as an EXCOM member of IEEE Region 10, IET(IEE) Council and IET Asia Pacific Region. He has published over 290 international journal papers and 8 books (incl. edited), and is the inventor of 25 granted patents. He is an IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2019), and a fellow of IEEE, IET, CIE and CIC.

Thomas Haustein (Panelist) received the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in mobile communications from the University of Technology Berlin, Germany, in 2006. In 1997, he was with the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin, where he was involved in wireless infrared systems and radio communications with multiple antennas and OFDM. He was also involved in real-time algorithms for baseband processing and advanced multiuser resource allocation. From 2006 to 2008, he was with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he conducted research on 4G. Since 2009, he has been the Head of the Wireless Communications Department, Fraunhofer HHI, and is currently involved in research on 5G and industrial wireless. He led several national and European funded projects on the topics of Cognitive Radio and Millimeter Wave Technology. He was and is active in several H2020 5GPPP projects. He has been serving as an Academic Advisor to NGMN since 2012 and contributes to 3GPP standardization since 2015.

Gianluigi Ferrari (Panelist) ( is currently is an Associate Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Parma, Italy. Since 2006, he has been the Coordinator of the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab ( in the Department of Engineering and Architecture. He has published extensively in the areas of signal processing, communication/networking, and IoT and smart systems. He is also co-author of the recently published book “Internet of Things: Architectures, Protocols and Standards” (Wiley: 2018). His research activity has been funded by international/national public and private bodies. Prof. Ferrari received best paper/technical awards at international conferences. He is currently member of the Editorial boards of a few international journals. He is an IEEE Senior Member and a member of the Scientific Council of the Advanced Research & Technology for EMbedded Intelligent Systems (ARTEMIS) association.

Klaus Moessner (Panelist) holds the Professorship for Communications Engineering at the Technical University Chemnitz, Germany, and is Professor in Cognitive Networks in the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, UK. He has been actively involved in the various European Community funded research frameworks (from FP 5 onwards). He has also had involvement in some 20+ other EU funded projects, has been technical manager and project manager, has led the FP7 projects IoT.est, SocIoTal and is currently leading the H2020 EU-Japan project iKaaS, the 5G PPP project Speed5G, and since September 2017 the EU-Taiwan project Clear5G. Klaus’ research interests are around the aspects of situation awareness applied to automotive environments, public spaces and resource management in wireless communication systems. He was founding chair of the IEEE DySPAN working group 6 on Spectrum Sensing Interfaces.He is actively involved in the investigation and teaching of mobile service provision (including IoT deployments and services). His research includes the area of resource efficiency and on mechanisms for dynamic resource allocation and is contributing to the work on System Architecture and Co-existence aspects in the 5GIC, covering aspects including dynamic spectrum sharing/access, self-organisation of the radio access and the regulatory implications of DSA and Cognitive Radio Networks.

Since July 2017 Klaus is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, in Berlin, Germany, and since September 2018 he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Shift2Rail joint undertaking.

Yan Chen (Panelist) received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Chu Kochen Honored College and Institute of Information and Communication Engineering in 2004 and 2009, respectively, from Zhejiang University. She was a visiting researcher at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology under supervision of Prof. Vincent Lau from 2008 to 2009. She joined Huawei Technologies (Shanghai) in 2009 and was the project leader of Huawei Internal project GREAT focusing on the study of energy efficient solutions for wireless radio networks from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 on, she is the project leader of Huawei’s multiple access research and standardization. Her research interests include massive connectivity IoT networks, non-orthogonal multiple access, grant-free transmissions, compressive sensing and artificial intelligence enabled communications. She won the IEEE Communication Society 2017 Award for Advances in Communication.


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Tuesday Morning, 10 September 2019, 09:00 – 10:30

P04. What are the Opportunities and Challenges with 5G for Turkey?

Organizer: Arda Gureller, Ericsson Research, Turkey

Moderator: Dr. Janne Peisa, Network Architecture & Protocols Principal Researcher, Ericsson


  • Mr. Gazali Cicek, Vice President of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK), Turkey
  • Ms. Elif Yenihan Kaya, Access Planning Director, Turkcell, Turkey
  • Prof. Sinem Coleri Ergen, Director, Wireless Comm. Laboratory, Koc University, Turkey
  • Prof. Lutfiye Durak Ata, Director of Informatics Institute, Istanbul Techn. Univ., Turkey
  • Mr. Erkut Ekinci, Head of Information Technologies, Hugo Boss, Turkey
  • Mr. Burak Savak, VP of IoT, Cloud and Automotive, Vestel, Turkey
  • Ms. Isil Yalcin, President, Ericsson Turkey

Abstract: As 5G starts to emerge with its specific services and applications as well as demanding KPIs dedicated to industry, it has evolved into a critical building block of the digital society with the new wave of technology services it can offer with mobile broadband download rates up to 60 times faster than current 4G capabilities. Such new and disruptive capabilities have opened a new evolutionary path, including industrial transformation, connecting millions of devices simultaneously and supporting completely new types of applications, linking devices and objects. In this panel, we will focus more specifically in Turkish 5G ecosystem to discuss the opportunities that 5G will offer with its new capabilities and demanding KPIs to different stakeholders. We will further go into the details of possible challenges to realize a reliable and robust operation of 5G and to get the most benefit from these 5G deployments in Turkey. Our panel discussion will involve representatives from all different stakeholder groups: vendors, operators, regulatory bodies, academicians, and industries.

Janne Peisa (Moderator) is responsible for coordinating Ericsson’s research on 5G Evolution and Beyond 5G activities. He has been working at Ericsson in the research and development of 3G, 4G and 5G systems since 1998. Previously, he has coordinated Ericsson’s radio-access network standardization activities in 3GPP, and lead Ericsson Research 5G program. In 2001, he received the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award. He has authored several publications and patents and holds both an M.SC. and a Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Gazali Çicek (Panelist) was born in Ankara in 1974 and he graduated from the International Relations Department of Bilkent University. He received his Master’s degree on Business Administration from Atılım University. He is now a PhD Candidate in Economics at Ankara University.

Having worked as Aviation Information Management Officer at the Directorate General of State Airports Authority, as Contract Manager at the Central Finance and Contracts Unit of the Undersecretariat of Treasury, and as Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Department at the Presidency for Turks Living Abroad and Related Communities of the Prime Ministry, Mr. Çiçek served as the Heads of Support Services, Human Resources and Education as well as International Relations Departments at the Information and Communication Technologies Authority-ICTA. He was appointed as the Vice President of ICTA in November 2015 and currently performing the same duty responsible for the Departments of Spectrum Management, Authorization, Technical Regulations, Sectoral Research and Strategy Development along with the Market Surveillance Laboratory.

Mr. Gazali Çiçek has been involved in works related to domestic and national production at the electronic communication sector, 5G and beyond technologies, establishment of Communication Technologies Clustering-HTK as well as electronic communications sector clustering studies.

Elif Yenihan Kaya (Panelist) has started her professional life in 1997 as a telecom engineer in Turkcell Network Operations. She has performed many engineering roles in Operations and Planning of the Mobile Network. She has undertaken several managerial positions both in Operations and Planning organizations between 2005-2013. By Feb 2013 she has been appointed as Head of Mobile Network Planning Division. Currently she is the Head of Access Network Capabilities Division covering both fixed and mobile networks. Elif Yenihan Kaya has graduated from İstanbul Technical University, Electronics & Telecom Engineering Department and she has had her MBA degree from İstanbul Bilgi University.

Sinem Coleri Ergen (Panelist) received the BS degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University in 2000, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California Berkeley in 2002 and 2005. She worked as a research scientist in Wireless Sensor Networks Berkeley Lab under sponsorship of Pirelli and Telecom Italia from 2006 to 2009. Since September 2009, she has been a faculty member in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Koc University, where she is currently Associate Professor. Her research interests are in wireless communications and networking with applications in machine-to-machine communication, sensor networks and intelligent transportation systems.

Lütfiye Durak-Ata (Panelist) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1996, 1999, and 2003, respectively. She was with the Statistical Signal Processing Laboratory, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), between 2004 and 2005, and the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, between 2005 and 2015. Since 2015, she has been with the Informatics Institute of Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, where she is currently a full professor and institute director. She is an IEEE Senior Member since 2010. Her research interests are in signal processing and communications theory. She has been leading projects funded by TUBITAK, Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, ASELSAN, TUSAŞ, and several R&D companies.

Erkut Ekinci (Panelist) graduated from Hacettepe University with an MS degree at Computer Science, Engineering and Informatics. He started his professional life in a software development company as a Developer and then Project Manager. He worked for Philip Morris-Production more than 10 years and involved many Manufacturing Systems implementation which provided him to have a detailed Manufacturing know-how in many aspects. Before Hugo Boss, he worked with several companies from Public and Private sector as Business Development Manager, especially on Business Intelligence. He has been working for Hugo Boss since 2010 as Head of IT and the last 4 years he has focused on Industry 4.0 and Smart Factories. His main interests are IoT, System Integration, Big Data Analytics, Robotics, Simulation and Artificial Intelligence(AI). He is working on Digital Transformation of the organization not just in creating the strategies and also execution of all these related projects. Beyond the technical studies, he also takes care of all employees’ commitment to this Digital Journey which HB Izmir has already set on to “Smart Factory”.

Burak Savak (Panelist) is VP of IoT at Vestel Electronics, where he manages and coordinates all cloud connectivity and ML activities for Vestel Whitegood and Browngood products. While creating  Digitization strategy for Vestel’s Product Spectrum, his organization has a wide responsibility from cloud to mobile applications, from device connectivity stack to UX/UI for IoT products.

 During his professional life, Burak worked at several continents, and built-up & managed multinational teams including USA, UK and India. The products that his teams developed were received several awards including Edison Award and Florida Governer’s New Product Award. Burak has Electronics Engineer and MBA Degrees.

Işıl Yalçın (Panelist) has more than 20 years experience in telecommunication technologies in Core, Radio and Transmission areas in Russia, Middle East and Africa markets. Prior to assuming her current role as Head of Ericsson Turkey, Isil held a number of senior and executive roles within Ericsson and as Head of Ericsson North East Africa previously, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s activities in Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, North and South Sudan.

Işıl Yalçın has been working at Ericsson since 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering and Master of Science degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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Tuesday Afternoon, 10 September 2019, 14:00 – 15:30

P05. 360° View of Innovative Mission Critical Mobile Applications APIs

Organizer: Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


  • Dr. Salah Sharieh, Senior Director, Royal Bank of Canada, Canada
  • Prof. Alexander Ferworn, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Dr. Fatima Hussain, Security Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada, Canada
  • Prof. Rasheed Hussain, Dir. of Networks & Blockchain Lab, Innopolis Univ., Russia

Abstract: The development of smart Mobile Applications holds the promise of creation of intelligent and globally connected ecosystems. These may act as catalysts to produce a new generation of innovative technologies, which will drive the creation of new industries. Application programming interface (API) is considered as a new world connector and a gateway to automated, efficient, flexible and personalized user and business experience. However, a lot of work is still needed to develop and grow this ecosystem. We have hardly started to address the design and development issues of APIs, which are intricately entwined with the security and privacy challenges that impinge on the business and standardization domains.

This cross-disciplinary, expert panel composed of individuals from industry and academia will provide comprehensive assessment of Mobile Applications, specifically mission critical applications, related APIs, their problematic details, and a potential roadmap for moving forward. The panel will examine new and innovative smart applications that are enabled by the latest research and business trends. Various challenges related to security and privacy will be discussed, and controversial issues in services and applications will be addressed. Ubiquitous computing, context awareness and mobility are the core requirement for all mission critical applications. The discussion will touch on all of these from the perspective of design, computation, service, privacy and security. Industrial and academic experts intend to cover mission critical mobile applications such as online and mobile banking, public safety and disaster response with a special focus on:

  • Mobile Applications, APIs Design and Services
  • Context Awareness in Mission Critical Applications
  • API Security and Privacy
  • Application Compliance and Standardization

A lively discussion between panelists and the audience is envisioned to invoke critical thinking and may lead to improvements in industrial practices and empirical research activities.

Halim Yanikomeroglu (Organizer); Professor: is with Carleton University, Canada. His research covers many aspects of communications technologies with emphasis on wireless networks. He supervised 21 PhD students (all completed with theses). He coauthored 375+ peer-reviewed research papers including 126 in the IEEE journals; these publications have received 11,500+ citations. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences (30 times). He has had extensive collaboration with industry which resulted in 26 granted patents. During 2012-2016, he led one of the largest academic-industrial collaborative research projects on pre-standards 5G wireless, sponsored by the Ontario Government and the industry. He served as the General Chair and Technical Program Chair of several major international IEEE conferences. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Steering Board of the IEEE’s flagship wireless conference, WCNC (Wireless Communications and Networking Conference).

Salah Sharieh (Panelist) ; Senior Director (Developer Experience and Open Innovation): is associated with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada. Dr. Sharieh has extensive experience in design and implementation of enterprise level security related projects in ICT domain. He is heading the various teams spanning multiple domains of mission critical applications, related APIs design, development, and security.

Alexander Ferworn (Panelist) ; Professor: Professor of Computer Science at Ryerson University. He seeks out collaboration with individuals in fields as widely diverse as archaeology, law enforcement, physics, fire protection, social work, psychology and fashion. Alex has a broad range of research interests which inevitably have something to do with sensing, modeling and decision support using intelligent systems working in disasters or emergency situations. Having worked extensively with Search and Rescue teams in Canada and the United States, he seeks to address the needs of emergency First Responders and managers working in difficult environments. More recently, he has worked with the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives (CBRNE) teams within several police services to explore the use of serious games for training and operational purposes. His award-winning work has been widely publicized in the media. In 2013 he was named the EURAXESS Canadian “Science Slam” champion for his ability to communicate complex ideas to a general audience in compelling ways. “Partners In Research” named him their Canadian “Technology Ambassador” for his body of work and his outreach activities.

Fatima Hussain (Panelist) ; Security Analyst (API Delivery & Operations) & Adjunct Professor: Dr. Hussain is working as Security Analyst in security service squad, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada. She is leading the development and promotion of a new API and API platform learning curriculum, along with performing API gateway security duties. Dr. Hussain’s background includes a number of distinguished professorships at Ryerson University and the University of Guelph, where she has been awarded for her research, teaching and course development accomplishments within Wireless Telecommunications, Internet of Things Networks, and Machine Learning. She has long list of research publications in top tire conferences and journals. Furthermore, she has been invited as a speaker in various IEEE platforms in Canada, Middle East, Australia, and Pakistan. Dr. Hussain holds a Doctorate, a Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering, from Ryerson University, Toronto Canada.

Rasheed Hussain (Panelist) ; Professor: Rasheed Hussain is Associate Professor and Head of the Secure System and Network Engineering Master’s program at Innopolis University, Innopolis, Russia. He is also Director of the Networks and Blockchain Laboratory at the same university. Furthermore, he is ACM Distinguished speaker where he delivered a number of invited talks in Canada, Australia, South Korea, and Pakistan. He closely collaborates with industry and conducts security-related research on the real-world problems from the industry with students. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications in top tier journals and conferences on security and privacy-related issues in mobile and ad hoc networks. He is currently collaborating with a number of researchers and universities around the globe. As an expert in applied cryptography and network security, he has contributed a lot to the research community in his capacity. In addition to that, he also actively contributes to the research community in the capacity of associate editors in various journals, technical communities, committees and as a reviewer for major journals and conferences. Furthermore, he is also a certified trainer for university lecturers and professors and people from industry for instructional skills development.

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Tuesday Afternoon, 10 September 2019, 16:00 – 17:30

P06. Where 5G Meets AI & Automation

Organizer: Mr. Tarik Kranda, Lead Product Manager, PiWorks, Turkey


  • Mr. Salih Ergut, Sr. Expert, 5G R&D, Turkcell, Turkey
  • Dr. Erol Hepsaydir, Head of RAN and Device Technology, Three UK, UK
  • Mr. Cemal Alp Akbulut, RAN Architecture Expert, Turk Telecom, Turkey
  • Prof. Maziar Nekovee, University of Sussex, UK

Abstract: Today, although AI is still nascent, it is moving from just being a concept to an increasingly ubiquitous reality. Once 5G is introduced, today’s automation techniques will not be adequate. The proposed automation solutions should be self-learning, adaptive and proactive to meet the evolving network and customer requirements. In this panel session, our distinguished speakers from prominent mobile operators will talk about how combination of AI & Automation will drive the next wave of communication, while disrupting the legacy network management methods. Identification of the relevant AI use cases and the challenges associated with the adoption will also be discussed.

Tarik Kranda (Organizer) is Lead Product Manager, P.I. Works HQ, responsible from productization of next generation network automation solutions leveraged by artificial intelligence and advanced optimization technologies. He received BSc. and MSc. valedictorian degrees in Computer Engineering from Istanbul University and is a dissertation stage PhD. candidate in same department focusing on operational efficiency of wireless network optimization within AI/ML approach. He also holds a second BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul University. He is author of 9 patents and contributes to ITU-T Machine Learning Focus Group workshops. He started his career at undergraduate years as co-founder of Digiport Software and partially in Microsoft Turkey, 2002-2005. After working as Research Assistant at Istanbul University between 2005-2008, continued his career between 2008-2010 years at Innova A.Ş as senior engineer and software architect focused on Türk Telekom VAS services design. Before joining P.I. works in 2015, he worked in Turkcell Technology R&D Group as Software Architect, Product Manager and Corporate Entrepreneurship Supervisor in 2010-2015.

Salih Ergüt (Panelist) has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunication domain in academia and industry. He has worked for vendor and operator companies in the sector including Ericsson Wireless (San Diego, CA), Ericsson Silicon Valley, Aware (Boston, MA), Nextwave (San Diego, CA), Turk Telekom Group (Istanbul, Turkey), and Turkcell (Istanbul, Turkey). He is currently working in the 5G R&D team at Turkcell and serves as a vice-chair of ITU-T Focus Group on “Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G”. Dr. Ergüt received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Northeastern University (Boston, MA), and PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA). His current research interests include 5G technologies, machine learning for communication networks, big data technologies and network slicing.

Erol Hepsaydir (Panelist) received BSc and MSc degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1985 and 1987 respectively. He completed his PhD in electrical engineering at University of Technology, Sydney in 2001. He is currently the Head of RAN and Devices Strategy at Three in the UK. His primary responsibilities are next generation telecommunication and wireless systems including 5G with particular interest on PHY/MAC layer and network architectures. He was appointed as Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Kent in United Kingdom where he lectures Digital Communications, Information Theory and Mobile Communications.

Cemal Alp Akbulut (Panelist) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. In 1996, he started his Professional career as a Research and Development Analog Circuit Design Engineer for four months. Later joined PORCAN A.S. as a Support Engineer for narrow band and spread spectrum wireless handheld terminals, until 1999. In 2000, he was with Alcatel Teletas, where he focused on 3GPP-based mobile technologies He participated in local and overseas radio network optimization projects in IRIS TELEKOM A.S: as an Engineer, a Senior Engineer, a Team Manager, a Project Manager, and a Project Mentor, until 2011. He was a Radio Network Optimization Expert with Avea, Mobile Operator in Turkey, between 2011 and 2016. He is currently an Architecture Expert Engineer with the Mobile Access Architecture Department, Turk Telekom. His research interests include mobile radio telecommunications and next generation mobile networks.

Maziar Nekovee (Panelist) is Professor of Telecoms and Mobile Technologies an Head of Centre for Advanced Communications, Mobile Technology and Artificial Intelligence at University of Sussex, UK. His current research focuses on 5G for verticals, beyond-5G/6G Mobile Communications in THz band and AI/ML for future communication networks design and automation. Prior to his current post he was from 2013 to 2017 with Samsung, where he led Samsung’s European Research and Collaborations in 5G. Prior to joining Samsung, he was from 2001-2013 with BT (British Telecom) Research and Innovation. Maziar has a PhD in Physics from University of Nijmegen and a 1st degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is the author of over 100 highly cited papers, one book and 13 patents. Maziar is elected Vice Chair of NetWorld 2020 European Technology Platform, which advises the European Commission on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe’s Strategic Research Agenda in telecommunication sector. See also

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Wednesday Morning, 11 September 2019, 09:00 – 10:30

P07. WiFi Standards, Technologies, and Roadmap

Organizer: Dr. Edward Au, Huawei Technologies Canada Ltd., Canada


  • Mr. Rolf De Wegt, VP, Connectivity Semiconductor BU, Qualcomm, USA
  • Dr. Leif Wilhelmsson, Principal Researcher, Ericsson Research, Lund, Sweden
  • Dr. Tuncer Baykas, Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mr. Bill Carney, Wireless Technology Strategist, Sony, USA

Abstract: In the recent years, there has been an increased dependence on Wi-Fi technology as the main tool for accessing the Internet. Several factors have contributed to this trend. In addition to the ubiquitous availability of Wi-Fi interfaces on mobile devices and the ease of use of the technology, the most prominent factor is the almost free availability of Wi-Fi connectivity in coffee shops, hotels, convention centers, etc. The increased use of Wi-Fi technology has manifested itself in a phenomenal increase of traffic crossing Wi-Fi facilities driven mainly by growth in video traffic. Further, the traditional environments (use cases) where Wi-Fi is deployed have also changed. WLAN deployments have migrated from its traditional markets in enterprise and consumer electronics to carrier and service providers deployments for data offloading and deployments that are characterized by large number of users and large number of devices (access points) in a closed and limited geographical area such as airports and sports events taking place in public stadiums, i.e., dense deployments. According to a recent study, the global economic value of Wi-Fi neared $2 trillion in 2018. The study quantified that the economic value that Wi-Fi provides worldwide is expected to grow to almost $3.5 trillion by 2023.

With expectation that initial commercialization would take place in late 2019, Wi-Fi 6, based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, is recently gathering increased momentum around the world and will bring increased access and capabilities. WiGig enhancements, based on the IEEE 802.11ay standards at the 60 GHz band, will deliver faster speeds and longer ranges providing connectivity for many advanced use cases in connected homes, connected enterprises, carrier services, and fixed wireless access.

In this panel, we will bring together leading experts from infrastructure, terminal and chipset vendors as well as other key members of wireless communications industry ecosystem. This panel will be a very timely event for industry experts and researchers worldwide to share the state-of-the-art development and expected future of Wi-Fi standards and technologies. We believe this panel can shed some lights on the important Wi-Fi technology drivers for the industry to focus on and the standards roadmap to realize commercial deployments of Wi-Fi networks in 2020 and beyond. The views and insights shared by these experts will have a lasting impact on the extended R&D community for years to come.

Edward Au (Organizer) is a Senior Principal Engineer with Huawei Technologies Canada Co. Ltd. He is the founding Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Task Group AY, which is aimed at developing an amendment for next-generation unlicensed millimeter wave technologies for Wi-Fi, and a co-editor of the IEEE 802.11 Task Group MD, which is charted to develop amendments for the IEEE 802.11 standards. He is also the Chair of Policies and Procedures of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and a member of IEEE Educational Activities Board/Standards Association Standards Education Committee. Dr. Au currently serve as a Senior Editor for IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications. He was also an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, a leading Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine on a few occasions and a Lead Track/Tutorial/Industry Forum Co-Chair of multiple IEEE-sponsored conferences. He was awared the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology Top Editor Award in recognition of outstanding performance for paper reviews in both quantity and quality for the journal in 2013 and 2016.

Rolf de Vegt (Panelist): After earning a Masters Degree from Twente University in the Netherlands, Mr. de Vegt entered a career in Management Consulting in the High Tech and Telecommunications Industries. In 2001, he co-Founded Airgo Networks Inc. a start-up company based in Palo Alto CA, which pioneered the commercialization of MIMO technology in WLAN systems. This company was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006. He is currently a Vice President in the connectivity semiconductor business unit of Qualcomm and has been an active participant in the Wi-Fi Alliance and WLAN industry since 2001. He serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Wi-Fi Alliance and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thread Group. He is the ‘standards lead’ for Qualcomm’s participation in IEEE802.11 standardization.

Leif Wilhelmsson (Panelist) received the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Telecommunication Theory from Lund University, Lund, Sweden in 1992 and 1998, respectively. In 1998 he joined Ericsson Research in Lund, and has since then worked on various wireless standards, e.g. Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, DVB-H, and LTE. Since 2013 he has been active in IEEE 802.11 standardization, where he currently is involved in the standardization of Wake-Up Radios. He currently holds a position as Principal Researcher with focus on connectivity standards. His research interests include digital communication, short range wireless system design, error correcting coding, multi-standard coexistence, and practical aspects of digital and analog implementations. Leif received the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award 2007, awarded to Ericsson employees with substantial contributions to Ericsson’s patent portfolio.

Tuncer Baykas (Panelist) received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2007. Then, he joined NICT of Japan same year. During his tenure, he contributed to multiple standardization projects, including 802.15.3c, 802.11ad and 1900.7. He served as the chair of IEEE 802.19.1 Coexistence in TVWS Task Group. He joined Istanbul Medipol University as Assistant Professor in 2014, where he was the founding head of the Computer Engineering Department. Currently he is the vice chair of 802.19 Working Group and 802.11bb Light Communications Task Group. In addition, he is serving as liaison officer between 802.19 and 802.11 groups. His research interests include THz communications, spectrum sharing and radar signal processing. Dr. Baykas is one the recipients of Turkish Academy of Sciences Young Researcher Awards, IEEE-SA Standards Board Award and IEEE-SA certificate of appreciation. He served as guest editor for IEEE Communications Magazine and board member IEEE ComSoc MMTC E-Letters. He organized 2017 Istanbul IEEE 5G Summit and 2018 IEEE Standards Summits in Ankara and Istanbul. He is IEEE Turkey Board Member and Professional Development and Educational Activities Coordinator. Dr. Baykas has over 50 major journal and conference publications and 3 US, 34 Japanese Patents.

Bill Carney (Panelist) is a Wireless Technology Strategist for Sony Corporation where he is responsible for defining and guiding connectivity requirements and specifications for the company’s broad consumer product portfolio. Since 2010, he has participated on Sony’s behalf in both IEEE802.11 and the Wi-Fi Alliance where is also the Company’s appointed representative to the board of directors. Prior to joining Sony, he was active in the development of WiMedia Ultrawideband technology. Before his involvement with UWB, he first worked on pre-802.11g enhancements at Alantro Communications which was subsequently acquired by Texas Instruments. He has been an IEEE member for 24 years and holds a BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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