IF-2020 Speakers

Dr. Ajay Rajkumar, Spirent Communications

Dr. Ajay Rajkumar is currently a Staff Design and Systems Engineer at Spirent Communications leading the design of their flagship wireless and transport Analytics product. Earlier, he was the Consulting Engagement Leader with Nokia Bell Labs. He also led the SDN and Programmable Networks domain in Mobile Networks CTO at Nokia. Dr. Rajkumar was named the top 10 inventors at Nokia Murray Hill of all times. HE also received IEEE Region 1 Technology Innovation award for pioneering work in the area of modeling, service applications, network performance, end-to-end flat mobile network architectures and seamless handover across heterogeneous wireless networks. Earlier, Dr. Rajkumar has received Bell Labs President’s Award for Design and Prototype of Base Station Router (BSR) which has since its early days evolved into Mobile Edge Computing and its concepts used to develop flat IP architectures across cellular standards. He has received another Bell Labs President’s Silver award for the first prototype that demonstrated seamless interworking across heterogeneous access networks for real-time applications. Dr. Rajkumar led the mobile industry to develop standards that enable ubiquitous coverage across heterogeneous access and was the Founding Chair of IEEE 802.21 for Media Independent Handover. He was also a Member of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee Board. He currently serves on the Computer Science Advisory Board of New York Institute of Technology, NY. Dr. Rajkumar has been a frequent invited speaker at research labs, universities, industry and technical panels. He has many reviewed publications, book chapters and has received more than 70 patents in very diverse areas of technology in all regions of the world. Dr. Rajkumar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.


Dr. Mukesh Taneja, Mavenir

Mukesh Taneja works as a VP with Mavenir. He has been working in the wireless systems, data science and IoT related areas for the past 20+ years. Prior to joining Mavenir, Mukesh worked with Cisco, Freescale, Qualcomm, Samsung, TI and some start-ups. He has authored (or co-authored) 55+ patent applications and research papers. Mukesh got his PhD from the University of California San Diego and has completed an Executive General Management Program from IIM Bangalore.


Mr. Viswanathan Ramaswamy, Wipro

Viswanathan Ramaswamy has over 3 decades of industry experience in telecommunications field ranging from R&D to project implementation to network operations. Presently Vishy is a Vice President in Wipro and heads the 5G business globally, across industry verticals. He leads Wipro’s initiatives in 5G, such as autonomous networks, networks & performance engineering, edge computing, network security and industry applications of 5G. He is passionate about the role 5G plays in digital transformation of enterprises and IT/OT convergence. Prior to this he handled technology solutions & global practice for the CSP industry, responsible for building capabilities, engaging in consulting & delivery assignments with customers in digital transformation, network modernization, SDN/NFV etc. He participates in industry forums and events across the world and regularly meets customers and industry analysts. Before joining back at Wipro, Vishy was Senior Vice President in charge of Technology Strategy & Architecture, and CTO for B2B Business at Vodafone India. Vishy has built many technology practices and has lead businesses in his three decades of industry journey. He holds a master’s degree in Electronics and bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.


Mr. Neeraj Pandey

Neeraj Pandey: Technical veteran with 20+ years of experience into planning, roll-out, optimization and operation of cellular network covering RAN, Transport, circuit-core and packet core. Extensive experience in building up long haul optical networks. In current role, working as VP (Network Engineering and Delivery), Vodafone Shared Services based out of India responsible for delivering solutions with a team of certified Solution Architects, around SDN, NFV, Orchestration, building up Telco over Cloud and Programmable network, working towards Cloud Native Network Functions , Microservice and Service Oriented Architecture with REST API interfaces for building service layer to offer NaaS . Special interest towards Automation, Analytics, Unikernels and 5G Core, Transport and 5G NR.


Mr. Vishwas Sundaramurthy

Vishwas Sundaramurthy is a technologist with 19 years of experience in Wireless telecom, Semiconductors and Avionics systems. He is presently a Sr. Advanced Systems Engineer working on Avionics systems for Navigation radios and technologies for Urban Air mobility at Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab. He has progressive experience in WiFi and 3GPP evolution with industry leaders such as Nokia Research, Texas Instruments, Powerwave and Qualcomm and has contributed to R&D, product development, commercialization and standardization. Vishwas has earned a BE from NITK Surathkal, an MSECE from Rice University and an MBA from IIM-Bangalore. He believes that 5G presents a unique convergence opportunity for industrial players to collaborate with Telecom Operators, chipset manufacturers and OEMs, to deliver new applications and solutions that enable a connected world. 5G modes such as URLLC and MEC can help industrial companies in leveraging a more efficient product architecture while using real-time sensor data.


Mr. Avinash Bhat

Avinash Bhat is working as Head of Global Pre-Sales (RAN) with Samsung Research Institute, Bangalore and has a total of 20 years’ experience in telecom industry spanning across various disciplines such as R&D, Pre-Sales, Product Strategy for Customers. Currently he is leading advance 5G research topics such as use of AI/ML in Network Automation based on Open Source based RAN architectures and Product Management activities with global customers.


Dr. Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR, South Africa

Dr. Fisseha Mekuria has a PhD from Linköping University, Sweden, in wireless Communications and Signal Processing. He worked for 10 years as Senior research engineer at Ericsson Mobile Communications R&D lab in Sweden, and is author of 17 US/EPO patents. Presently he leads the 5G and Affordable Broadband Networks research at the CSIR. He is the proponent of a 4th leg for the 5G standards aimed at technologies for addressing the next billion unconnected population and promoting digital inclusion. His research interests include 5G technology research for dynamic spectrum sharing, smart spectrum toolboxes for 5G and extension to 5G unlicensed networks, and leading research on AI and Machine Learning techniques as applied to radio resource utilization. He is involved with design of 5G test-beds for enabling innovative service development and accelerate a smooth migration to 5G. He is a member of advisory board for a number of EU FP7 projects and judge for the GSMA global mobile awards in support of industry involvement in green technologies for future wireless technologies. Dr Mekuria is also involved in postgraduate research & skills development in wireless communications with a number of Universities through his engagement as Adj. Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and the University of the Witswatersrand. , in the Faculties of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science, and Faculty of Law, Management & Business, WBS respectively, in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Dr Pranav Jha, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Pranav Jha works with IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India as a Senior Consultant where he focusses on research programmes under the broad umbrella of wireless communication and networking, with emphasis on Rural Broadband Communication, Public Safety Communication Networks and SDN based architectures for Wireless Communication Networks. Pranav has multiple patents issued and pending, contribution to IEEE and 3GPP standards and papers in international conferences in these areas. Pranav Jha has 20+ years of research and development experience in communication and networking technologies with expertise in system architecture and design, network architectures, communication protocols and resource management algorithms. He is an active participant in the development of technical standards in the areas of fifth generation wireless communication networks and Software Defined Networking (SDN) and currently chairs two IEEE working groups “SDN based Middleware for Control and Management of Networks, IEEE P1930.1” and “Frugal 5G Networks, IEEE P2061”. The working group “Frugal 5G Networks” has been established to develop an “Architecture for Low Mobility Energy Efficient Network for Affordable Broadband Access”. Pranav has delivered invited talks, workshops and tutorials on wireless communication networks, communication network architecture, resource management schemes in wireless networks and Software Defined Networking in various conferences and workshops.


Prof. Gerhard Fetweiss, Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden

Prof. Gerhard Fetweiss, TU-Dresden, Germany. He is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994, and heads the Barkhausen Institute since 2018, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out seventeen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G/Future Networks Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and has coordinated 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC. In 2019 he was elected into the DFG Senate. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research. He also serves on the board of National Instruments Corp, and advises other companies.


Dr. Luzango Mfupe, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Dr. Luzango Mfupe is a Principal Researcher and innovator at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa and he is also an Adjucnt Professor at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Tanzania. He holds a Doctorate in Telecommunications. His main research areas include but are not limited to: futuristic fixed, airborne and mobile wireless network technologies such as TVWS, 5G and beyond, and innovative flexible radio frequency (RF) spectrum management policy schemes such as Machine Learning and dynamic spectrum access techniques. Dr Mfupe is a senior member of IEEE and Vice-chairman of IEEE DySPAN-SC 1900.6 standardisation Work Group. Dr Mfupe is an organising chair of the IEEE Africon 2021 flagship conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania. Luzango is a technical leader of the CSIR’s TVWS Geo-location spectrum database (GLSD) initiatives.


Dr. Mikael Höök, Ericsson Research

Mikael Höök joined Ericsson in 1994 and has held various positions targeting the research and standardization of 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G. He is currently Research Area Director for Radio-research within Ericsson Research and based in Kista, Stockholm. The responsibility covers research on air-interface design, advanced signal processing, multi-antenna systems, radio network performance and propagation. Results are fed into standardization, regulation and product development. The work addresses 5G and 6G technologies, LTE evolution and wireless backhaul.


Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT, Kanpur, India

Professor Abhay Karandikar is currently the Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India (on leave from IIT Bombay). Before joining IIT Kanpur as the Director in April 2018, he served as the Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay. He also served as the Dean (Faculty Affairs) and the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department ay IIT Bombay. He spearheaded a national effort in setting up Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), India’s standards body for telecom with participation of all stakeholders. Prof Karandikar is the founding member and the ex-Chairman of TSDSI. Prof Karandikar is also a Member (part-time) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Prof Karandikar has several patents issued and pending, contributions to IEEE and 3GPP standards, contributed chapters in books and a large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit. Dr. Karandikar was awarded with IEEE SA Standards Medallion in December 2016. His team also won Mozilla Open Innovation challenge prize in March 2017. He is a two-time recipient of award for excellence in teaching at IIT Bombay in 2006 and 2011. The research group led by him at IIT Bombay and now at IIT Kanpur has been engaged in research activities in the area of Softwarization of Mobile Networks and has published numerous conference and journal papers and filed many patents.


Dr. Chih-Lin I

Dr. Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.


Dr. Jean Paul Pallois, Huawei, France




Mr. Yi-Che Chen, Bureau Veritas, Taiwan

Mr. Yi-Che Chen is the OTA Technical Manager at Bureau Veritas, Taiwan, with 14+ years of experience in the telecommunication testing & certification services, current focus is on the research and development of the 5G NR OTA. With the ability to work in a diverse environment, he has the working experience in South Korea, China, Taiwan, and the USA. As a participant in CTIA conferences on behalf of Bureau Veritas, Mr. Chen has also submitted multiple contributions throughout the years with his dedication in antenna performance and testing method research and development. He is familiar with OTA test systems and authorization processes, who was able to build 6 ETS-Lindgren anechoic chambers from scratch and successfully obtained CATL authorization for 7 chambers at 3 locations within a month.


Dr. Huan-Chu Huang, Etheta Communication Technology

Dr. Huan-Chu Huang received his Ph.D. degree from the institute of Communication Engineering (EM group) at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan. Since 2005, he has worked for several global smartphone leading companies, such as HTC, Nokia, Huawei, Apple, and Vivo, all in the antenna design area for mobile devices. Currently, he is the CTO at Etheta Communication Technology. Up to now, he holds over 50 international patents, publishes over 30 IEEE journal and conference papers, and is invited to deliver talks at IEEE conferences for more than 10 times. He also co-authored the whitepaper of “GTI sub-6 GHz 5G Device” and is the reviewer for IEEE Access, IEEE AWPL, MOTL, etc. His main research interests involve mm-Wave antenna designs for cellular phones and reconfigurable antennas.


Mr. Su-Wei Chang, TMYTEK

Mr. Su-Wei Chang received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Feng-Chia University in 2005. He then worked in Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (ASIAA) as a microwave/ sub-mm wave receiver engineer, where he was involved in developing the mm-wave and sub-mm wave receiver system for international radio telescopes. He was also invited to Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to develop 660 GHz receiver while working in ASIAA. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Mass-Amherst. His research interests include noises, cryogenic circuits and applications, silicon-based RFIC and MMIC up to mm-wave bands. In 2014, he founded TMYTEK, which focuses on 5G mm-Wave technologies, and is currently the president.


Prof. Dau-Chyrh Chang, Chair Professor at Oriental Institute of Technology and Chief Scientist of Atenlab Cooperation

Prof. Dau-Chyrh Chang, IEEE Life Fellow, obtained his BS degree and MS degree from Chung-Cheng Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. He spent 25 years in antenna R&D at CSIST. For 17 of these years, he served as director of antenna section. During his employment at CSIST, he developed reflector antennas, phased array antennas, slot array antennas, communication antennas, and various antenna test ranges. In 1998, he left his post as director of the antenna section to become Dean of the Engineering School at Da-Yeh University. He had been invited to be the Dean of College of Electrical and Communication Engineering at OIT (Oriental Institute of Technology) in 2006. He has been the Chair Professor and Director of CRC (Communication Research Center) at OIT from 2006 to 2016. He has been established four laboratories during executing various research programs, lab of hybrid antenna near field antenna test range, lab of TRP/TIS communication measurement system, lab of EMC, and lab of EM simulation, at CRC of OIT. Except for various kinds of antenna research, Prof. Chang is also focus on the research on SI (Signal Integrity) with the funding support from Lorom Group. Since August 1, 2016, he changes his career from OIT to Lorom Institute of New Products Research and Development, Lorom Group. Prof. Chang established the IEEE AP-S Taipei Chapter and as the first Chair in 2001, Chair of IEEE MTT-S Taipei Chapter and President of Chinese Microwave Association in 2000-2002. He has been the General Chair of CSTRWC2001, CSTRWC2008, ISAP2008, ICONIC2009, AEM2C2010, CSQRWC2012, PIERS2013, IEEE MTT-S IMWS-Bio 2015. He is the founding Chair of IEEE iWEM since 2011 and General Chair or Co-General Chair of IEEE iWEM. He received many excellent research awards when he was at CSIST, DYU, and OIT. He has published over 400 papers at technical journals and technical conferences. Except for the technical papers, he also has more than 20 patents. He is the Emeritus Chair Professor at Oriental Institute of Technology and Chief Scientist of Atenlab Cooperation in Taiwan.

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