Dialogues between 5G and Vertical Domains

5G focus is not to provide connectivity only to persons but also to machines and systems. 5G mobile communications focus a broad range of new services and applications tailored to different vertical domains such as agriculture, health, and industry. One of the 5G challenges is to work in cooperation with these different verticals and understand their specific needs.
In general, events focusing 5G bring technical specialists and practitioners from this area but do not involve the specialists from the verticals that usually remain outside of the 5G community.
The main goal of the “Dialogues between 5G and Vertical Domains” is to bring specialists from different verticals to expose a more profound vision of the area to the 5G community.
The structure of this vertical track is a set of three different panels, each one focusing on one vertical, considering: Agriculture, Health, and Industry.
Each panel will get deeper into each one of these verticals by bringing specialists in each vertical domain and a specialist from the 5G area.
The current 5G status around the world is the right moment to enhance the discussion about 5G exploitation inside the different verticals by strengthening the dialogue with the various domains, and this vertical track will be an extraordinary opportunity for that.
Speakers’ Profiles:

Dr. Andreas Mueller is the Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to that, he is coordinating the 5G activities of Bosch in the context of Industry 4.0 across different business units. He also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), which has been established to make sure that 5G for the industrial domain becomes a success.

This is done by providing a global forum for discussing related technical, regulatory, and business aspects and by bringing all relevant stakeholders together.

Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio-based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and an M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.


Mona Ghassemian is a Principal Research Scientist at BT Applied Research Lab in UK with a focus on security of 5G and IoT technologies. She is also Vice Chair of the IEEE UK-RI Chapter. Mona is a PhD graduate of the King’s College London who has spent most of her career in the UK working for King’s College London and University of Greenwich in the field of mobile communications and wireless sensor networks and involved in European projects. She has been involved in delivering smart health and well-being system services for a many years.




David Lou graduated as Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at Ghent University in 2005. In the same year he joined the Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs as an Innovation Researcher. He had a leading involvement and management role in several European and national research projects (Giant, Smart Touch, Metaverse1, Mistra, Shift-TV, etc.), and standardization bodies (MPEG). In 2016 he joined Huawei Technologies as a Chief Researcher based in Munich, Germany. He is responsible for identifying high potential research directions, steering disruptive network innovation and coordinating collaboration with industrial and academic partners. His research interests mainly covers IoT/IIoT/I4.0, next generation industrial networking architecture, deterministic communication, video streaming and transportation, and immersive communication. He is the co-chair of the IIC Networking Task Group and has been actively involved in relevant standardization and industrial development activities. He has (co-) authored more than 30 scientific publications and white papers. He has been granted with more than 20 patents.


Leonardo Pinheiro is a specialist in Agribusiness IoT technology and currently the Digital Transformation Leader at SciCrop Big Data Analytics, besides being a producer of soy, corn, and cattle genetics.

Leonardo Pinheiro is passionate about digital solutions in agribusiness and disruptive innovations. He is a Computer Scientist specialized in Telecommunication and has already worked in big Technology and Telco companies such as the giant national Petrobrás S/A, the multinational Telefônica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) and Algar Telecom.

For the past 10 years, he has been working with the digitization and connectivity in agribusiness, being responsible for projects with over 1 million of connected hectares, and more than 50 thousand connected cattle.


Roberto Vieira Botelho, MD., Ph.D. is Director of the Triângulo Heart Institute. President of the International Telemedical Systems (ITMS) and CEO of the Uberlândia Medical Center (UMC). Residency, and fellowship at Dante Pazzanese Heart Institute, in São Paulo, Brazil. Ph.D. at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine.

Certified by The Scholars in Clinical Trials Course from Harvard University School of Medicine. Member of review boards of the International Journal of Cardiology and for the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Interventional Cardiology. He is co-author of more than 50 published peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts and 10 book chapters. Principal investigator for over 40 ongoing multicenter clinical and device studies


Dr. Xueli An is Principal Researcher and Industry Development Specialist from Huawei technologies, Munich Research Center, Germany. Within Huawei, she has the responsibility for mobile communication enabled vertical industry related research, standardization, and industry development related activities. She has deep engagement with the “5G for Industry 4.0” ecosystem. She serves as 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) Working Group “Use cases and Requirements” Co-Chair since 2018. She has over 50 international journal/conference publications and over 20 patent applications in the field of wireless communication, networking, etc. She received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands.


Charles Tisdell, Global Director Global Director, Connected Brewery IIoT & Automation, Tech Supply at Anheuser-Busch InBev. Responsible for developing technology enablers for connected brewery IIoT and driving global automation and control standards.

Innovative and hands-on IT leader with a record of leading IT and process control application development and support initiatives to reduce costs, improve productivity, enhance quality, increase efficiency, and support innovation. He has 19+ years of career progression with expertise in the use of multiple programming languages, vendor applications, tools, and database platforms. He is an effective leader with experience in planning, managing, training, technical directing, and motivating teams.


Raffaele de Peppe, Ph.D., Pioneer of the Mobile Telecommunication industry has served Telecom Italia Mobile international Operations and domestic Strategy & Innovation departments over the last 20 years. Has represented TIM in industry fora such as DLNA, 3GPP, 5GPPP, GSMA and leading the relationship with MIT within an Industrial Liaison Program since 2004.

Board Member of the 5G Infrastructure Association since 2016, represents the European Industry within the 5G PPP – the Public Private Partnership between European Commission and European Industry – providing guidance to 5G innovation for vertical industries though partnership agreements with strategic sectors such as automotive, transport, manufacturing, health, satellite. Previously responsible for GSMA participation including support to the CEO for the Chairmanship of the Board and for business guidance to 3GPP participation. In the last 20 years has been managing an Industrial Liaison Program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support TIM Digital Transformation Program migrating TIM business model from voice to data driven services leveraging innovations in the digital space.

High level skills in digital innovation, strategic marketing, business development, industry relations passionate about innovative technologies for digital transformation and lifestyle.

PhD in Electronic Engineering at Rome’s University and Executive MBA at IE Business school. He is an invited Lecturer in Bocconi University, Lyon Business School and Lorange Institute of Business.


Workshop Co-Chairs:

Prof. Flávio de Oliveira Silva
Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU)

Prof. Maziar Nekovee
University of Sussex

Prof. Rui Luis Andrade Aguiar
University of Aveiro


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