IEEE International Conference on Communications
7-11 June 2020 // Virtual Conference
Communications Enabling Shared Understanding


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Dublin, Ireland Time Zone (GMT+1)

Monday, 8 June 2020 View the Live Session


Monisha GhoshCTO of the Federal Communications Commission

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 View the Live Session

Dimitra SimeonidouUniversity of Bristol

Peiying ZhuSenior Vice President of Wireless Research, Huawei, Canada

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 View the Live Session

Max WellingVP Technologies, Qualcomm / Professor, University of Amsterdam

Linda DoyleTrinity College Dublin, Ireland

Eric Schmidt, Former CEO and Chairman, Google

Keynote Speakers

Below are the Keynote Speakers confirmed for the ICC 2020 conference:

Monday, 8 June 2020

Time: 15:15-16:00

Monisha GhoshMonisha Ghosh

CTO of the Federal Communications Commission

Talk Title: 6 GHz: The New Unlicensed Frontier

Abstract: Network connectivity has increasingly become an indispensable part of the way we live and work, even more so today in a largely stay and work at home world. A major contributor to our ability to stay connected is the ubiquitous availability of Wi-Fi, operating in the unlicensed bands. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission in the US adopted rules that will permit unlicensed devices access to 1.2 GHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band: this will create unprecedented opportunities for new applications that can leverage multi-gigabit links enabled by access to this new swathe of spectrum. This talk will describe the challenges in developing rules that strike a fine balance between protecting incumbents while enabling new services over unlicensed devices and the approach taken to address them.

Bio: Dr. Monisha Ghosh has been serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since Jan. 13, 2020. Prior to this, she was at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a rotating Program Director since September 2017, in the Computer and Network System (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) where she managed wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program. Dr. Ghosh is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Time: 14:00-14:45

Dimitra SimeonidouDimitra Simeonidou

University of Bristol

Talk Title: 5G and Beyond: Enabling the Future Networked Society

Abstract: My keynote will reflect on recent activities in developing and operating 5G testbeds for open experimentation in a number of urban environments and settings in the UK.

I will present examples on how to drive 5G innovation through multi-sector co-creation. Specific examples will range from music to quantum where audiences and citizens experiences have been key for driving technology research.

I will discuss the need to rethink the Future Networks innovation process, through new methodologies based on interdisciplinary co-creation and user participation through the full innovation cycle.

Such transformation in our Research and Innovation culture will be necessary for transitioning from the 5G-era to a Post-G future.

Bio: Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G/B5G and smart city infrastructures. She is increasingly working with Social Sciences on topics of digital transformation for society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G urban pilots.

She is the author and co-author of over 600 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards.

She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise and emergency networks.

Dimitra is a Fellow of the Royal Academy  of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Time: 14:45-15:30

Peiying ZhuPeiying Zhu

Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, Huawei, Canada

Talk Title: Future Wireless Communication Toward 2030

Abstract: On one hand 2020 is a pivotal year for 5G large scale commercial deployments. We expect that rapid increases in the number of consumer and enterprise users, number of terminals, number of services and contents. On the standard side, release 16 of the new 5G radio specification will be completed in the middle of this year, which will add features for use cases such as advanced autonomous driving and industrial Internet of Things and further improve the support for enhanced mobile broadband usage. 5G will continue evolve to add new features to support more and more use cases enabling the digital transformation of businesses and societies. On the other hand, it is not too early to start looking into future wireless system, especially on research side. In this talk, we will share a high level vision of future wireless system for the next decade, especially on potential new services, requirements, challenges and enabling technologies, concentrating on the aspects differing from 5G technologies and its evolutions.

Bio: Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow and IEEE Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless research and standardization in Huawei. The focus of her research is 5G new radio access technologies and beyond. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. 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 relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Dr. Zhu has more than 200 granted patents.


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Time: 14:00-14:45

Max WellingMax Welling

VP Technologies, Qualcomm / Professor, University of Amsterdam

Talk Title: Machine Learning as the next frontier in Wireless Communications

Abstract: 5G and AI are two of the most disruptive technologies the world has seen in decades. While each is individually revolutionizing industries and enabling new experiences, the combination of both 5G and AI is going to be truly transformative. Applying AI not only to the 5G network but also the device will lead to more efficient wireless communications, longer battery life and enhanced user experiences. The low latency and high capacity of 5G will also allow AI processing to be distributed amongst the device, edge cloud and central cloud, enabling flexible system solutions for a variety of use cases. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are not only working on cutting-edge research for 5G and AI, but we are also exploring their synergies to realize our vision of the future.

In this talk, you’ll learn how:

  • AI is making 5G better -- in the network and on the device
  • On-device AI processing is essential, and even more so in the 5G era
  • 5G is empowering a new computing paradigm: distributed learning over wireless

Bio: Prof. Dr. Max Welling is a research chair in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam and a VP Technologies at Qualcomm. He has a secondary appointment as a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is co-founder of "Scyfer BV” a university spin-off in deep learning which got acquired by Qualcomm in summer 2017. In the past he held postdoctoral positions at Caltech ('98-'00), UCL ('00-'01) and the U. Toronto ('01-'03). He received his PhD in '98 under supervision of Nobel laureate Prof. G. 't Hooft. Max Welling has served as associate editor in chief of IEEE TPAMI from 2011-2015 (impact factor 4.8). He serves on the board of the NeurIPS foundation since 2015 (the largest conference in machine learning) and has been program chair and general chair of NeurIPS in 2013 and 2014 respectively.


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Time: 14:45-15:30

Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Talk Title: Where to after 5G? – an alternative perspective

Abstract: My keynote focuses on where we should go after 5G. It makes the argument for what I am calling 0g.

This is not a call to go back in time and to avoid technological advances but instead to take a fresh look at the direction we are heading in – to do a reset of our goals and objectives and in doing so ask what is right for the world.

This keynote will focus on a number of different areas. Firstly it will look at the role that material science needs to play in the next generation of communication systems.

Secondly, it will address issues around surveillance capitalism and ask can we do more with less data and rethink how we use AI

Thirdly, it will take a new kind of systems perspective that will cast telecommunications infrastructure as part of the built and natural environment.

Finally, it will look to new business models and the circular economy.

The keynote will draw on the material from multiple disciplines as well as the reference the very changed circumstances in which we currently find ourselves.

Bio: Professor Linda Doyle is the VP of Research /Dean of Research and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin. She was the founder Director of CONNECT a national research centre, co-funded by SFI and industry, focused on future networks and communications. Prior to CONNECT Prof. Doyle was also the Director of CTVR. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is Chair of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity - A STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland's premier science competition for school children. She is the Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and sits on the Board of Pallas Project Studios. Prof. Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS, two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Time: 15:30-16:00

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Former CEO and Chairman, Google

Talk Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Bio: Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, Executive Chairman 2011-2018, and Technical Advisor 2018 - 2020.  Under his leadership Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Eric serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute, among others. He’s a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.  He is founder of Schmidt Futures which helps exceptional people do more for others by applying science and technology thoughtfully and working together across fields.

He is the co-author of The New Digital Age, How Google Works, and Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell.