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

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Seppo Yrjölä 

Principal Engineer, Nokia Enterprise

Professor of Practice, University of Oulu


Short Abstract
Our future society will be data-driven, enabled by near-instant and unlimited wireless connectivity. Developing products, services and vertical applications for the future digitized society requires a multidisciplinary approach and a re-imagining of how we create, deliver and consume network resources, data and services. This development will change the traditional business models and ecosystem roles, as well as open the market for new stakeholders like micro-operators, cloud operators and resource brokers. In this talk, I will first discuss unprecedented opportunities of enabling and stimulating multiple stakeholders to have a more active participation in the future 6G ecosystem via platform-based ecosystemic business models. Then, I will extend the existing four archetypes of focal firm driven business models and proposes the novel decentralized marketplace concept for the supply chain of virtualized network resources. This expands the architecture from centralization and platforms to full decentralization without a focal resource-orchestrating entity, enabled by distributed ledger technology.



Seppo Yrjölä  is a Principal Engineer at Nokia Enterprise, and has been building radios for 30 years in research, development, innovation and business development. He incubates and steers opportunities externally with customers, partners, academia and governments with the purpose of driving growth by innovating holistically from technology to business models. Previously as head of wireless technology for the Networks division at Nokia, his role required to look beyond the product roadmap and identify what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon, and determine and validate how those future opportunities fit into the Nokia pipeline. Seppo holds a Doctoral degree in telecommunications from the University of Oulu and is a Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu in the field of techno-economics of future wireless communications services and networks. His current mission is digitize the 70% of the GDP that has not yet been digitized in order to drive massive productivity growth and new business. With roots in engineering and economics he explores how and why platform-based ecosystemic business models can emerge in the future wireless systems context.

Yacine Ghamri-Doudane 

Professor & Director 

La Rochelle University, Laboratory of Informatics Image Interaction (L3i)


Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are thought about today as cornerstone technologies for the development and the continued massive deployment of IoT. The security and trust provided by such technologies advocate for their wide usage by sensing data providers and consumers, which will be the future stakeholders of such an upcoming economy, alongside with the hosting computing and communication infrastructure operators. Indeed, in addition to providing security and trust to the exchanges made amongst these stakeholders, blockchains and DLTs offer the means to remunerate each stakeholder using cryptocurrencies. As such, this concept started gathering huge research interests within the community over the past few years. Multiple research challenges remain however unsolved at this stage to make this “dream becoming true”: scalability, energy efficiency and participant's privacy protection are the major ones. This keynote targets to review the main research achievements that had been looking at blockchains and DLTs for IoT-Driven Use Cases, focussing on these three major research challenges, namely scalability, energy efficiency and participant's privacy protection. 


Yacine Ghamri-Doudane is currently Full Professor at the University of La Rochelle (ULR) in France, and the Director of its Laboratory of Informatics, Image and Interaction, L3i (~100 members + ~30 interns per year). Before that, Yacine held an Assistant/Associate Professor position at ENSIIE (2004-2013), a major French post-graduate school located in Evry, France, and was a member of the Gaspard-Monge Computer Science Laboratory (LIGM – UMR 8049) at Marne-la-Vallée, France. From February 2011 till July 2012, he was regularly visiting the Performance Engineering Laboratory of University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Yacine received an engineering degree in computer science (M.Eng) from the National Institute of Informatics (INI), Algiers, Algeria, in 1998, an M.Sc. degree in signal, image and speech processing from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France, in 1999, a Ph.D. degree in computer networks from University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris 6, France, in 2003, and a Habilitation to Supervise Research (HDR) in Computer Science from Université Paris-Est, in 2010. His current research interests lays in the area of the design, management and control of wireless networking and mobile computing systems with a current emphasis on topics related to the Internet of Things (IoT), Edge Computing, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as Digital Trust. Yacine holds three (3) international patents and he authored or co-authored seven (7) book chapters, 44 peer-reviewed international journal articles and 150+ peer-reviewed full conference and workshop papers. Since 1999, he participated or still participates to several national and European-wide research projects in his area of interests. Among them three regional research projects (two ongoing), four national-wide research projects (one ongoing), ten European-wide research projects (one on-going) as well as three EU COST Actions (one ongoing). He also held several industrial funding with companies like Orange, Nokia, Renault, OODrive and PANGA. As part of his professional activities linked to the computer networking research community, Yacine also acted as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure & Networking (TCIIN – previously TCII) from January 2010 till December 2013 and also chaired the IEEE ComSoc Humanitarian Communications Technologies Ad hoc Committee (HCTC) from January 2012 till December 2015. He is or had been an editorial board member of the IEEE TVT (ongoing), Elsevier JNCA, Elsevier ComNet, Springer AoT Journals, Wiley WCMC, Guest Editor of IEEE ComMag, IEEE IoT Journal, Springer/EURASIP WCN Journal, co-Editor in Chief of the Elsevier/KICS ICT Express Journal (ongoing) as well as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE ComSoc Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Newsletter (ongoing). Among other conference involvements, he acted or is still currently acting as the TPC Chair of IEEE CCNC 2015, Symposium co-Chair in IEEE ICC 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2018 as well as IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 and 2015. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE since 2019 (Member from 2004, Student Member from 2002).