Industry Panel: Can 5G and IoT Become General Purpose Technologies?

Date: Monday 30 September 2019
Time: 14:00-16:00
Room: Conference Room 5


Eric Hardouin, Orange Labs

Eric Hardouin is the director of the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange Labs, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange Labs, where he has conducted or supervised research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange Labs. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).

  Dr. Grzegorz Ombach, Management of Technological Innovation

Grzegorz is passionate about managing technological innovation in cross functional teams. His combination of engineering and commercial expertise together with a truly global outlook (having worked across Europe the USA and China) put him in a strong position to drive international market success for high-tech innovations.

During last 7 years he has worked at Qualcomm as a Vice President and General Manager of a breakthrough technology licensing business. In this role he was responsible for business, technology and innovation portfolio development in close collaboration with strategic partners and universities.

Before joining Qualcomm he was with Brose Fahrzeugteile, where he managed the design of new automotive systems and intellectual property portfolio as Director of Advanced Development. Prior to Brose Fahrzeugteile, Grzegorz was Principal Expert at Siemens VDO Automotive AG where his responsibilities included management of a panel of experts in charge of R&D of electric/electronic systems for automotive at the company.

Grzegorz holds Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Silesian University of Technology, Poland and Certificate in Global Management from The Business School for the World – INSEAD.

Grzegorz has authored and coauthored over 100+ papers and holds more than 30 patents (awarded and pending). He has been awarded Guest Professorship at the Zhejiang University in China.

Sudhir Sharma, ANSYS

Sudhir Sharma is the Director of High-Tech Industry at ANSYS where his focus areas include 5G and Internet of Things. Prior to joining ANSYS, he held leadership positions at MathWorks, Texas Instruments, Cirrus Logic, and Compaq. Sudhir has led engineering teams through design of more than a dozen mixed-signal ASICs, GPUs, and mobile application processors.  He also launched and led MathWorks’ HDL code generation and verification business.

Sudhir co-founded Engim, Inc., a pioneer in wideband Wi-Fi communications and helped launch Pixel Semiconductor, later acquired by Cirrus Logic.

Sudhir holds 19 U.S. patents for innovative wireless communication, computer networking, video & image processing, and semiconductor memory designs.  He earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and Mississippi State University, respectively.

Yankin Tanurhan, Synopsys, Inc.

Dr. Yankin Tanurhan is the Vice President of Engineering in charge of Processor Cores including Artificial Intelligence /Machine Learning IP, Security IP, IP Subsystems, Non-Volatile Memory IP and SoC Design Services at Synopsys. He leads low power and high performance ARC Processor developments targeted from Mobile, IoT, Embedded Vision, AI/ML including Embedded Vision, Digital Home, Automotive/Industrial, Security to Storage markets, ASIP tool development with products like ASIP Designer and Programmer, IP Subsystems products like Sensor Fusion, Audio, Vision and Security Subsystems and CMOS based Non Volatile Memory OTP/MTP IP development.

Before joining Synopsys, Dr. Tanurhan was Vice President and General Manager of Virage Logic’s Processors, SoC Infrastructure and NVM Solutions business units. Virage Logic was acquired by Synopsys in September 2010. Prior to this, Dr. Tanurhan served as Vice President of Actel’s Advanced Applications and System Solutions, where he lead Actel’s new architecture design, IP and MPU business units, system and hardware tools and product validation departments. He was also responsible for leading Actel’s embedded FPGA, embedded processor and DSP activities.

Previously in his research career he served as the director of the department of electronic systems and microsystems of FZI (Forschungszentrum Informatik) a German contract research institute attached to the University of Karlsruhe. Dr. Tanurhan has authored more than 100 papers in refereed publications. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rheinisch Westfaellische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany and a Dr. Ing. degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Volker Ziegler, Nokia Bell Labs

Volker is an energetic leader with 25+ years of broad and international experience in the telecommunications industry. He is known for his strong commitment to customer and team achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to meet and exceed targets through strong intellectual grasp, excellent leadership skills, and a strong focus on creating new opportunities and business development impact.

In his new position of Beyond 5G (B5G) leadership with Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research and scientific development arm of Nokia, he leads Nokia digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the ecosystem for the B5G era.

In his previous role as Head of 5G Leadership and Chief Architect of Nokia Mobile Networks, Volker played a key role in defining Nokia e2e 5G offering and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and associated innovation, technologies and architecture. Prior to this, Volker served in Head of Strategy roles of the company and as Head of the North East region, helping gain market share in many key markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and Turkey.

In his 10+ year career with Siemens, Volker has held business unit leadership, finance, sales and marketing, services and R&D global roles and senior positions. He has worked as Information Technology Specialist with the World Bank / IFC in the mid-90s. Volker has started his career as a research scientist with German Aerospace Research / DLR.

Volker holds a Dr.-Ing. and Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universität (TH) Karlsruhe, Germany; he is a graduate of the HBS Executive Development Program. He is a passionate endurance athlete, enjoys reading, playing the guitar and spending time with family. Volker resides in Munich, Germany, is married and has two children.

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