Plenary Keynote Speakers

Chih-Lin I

China Mobile

Henning Schulzrinne

Columbia University

John Cioffi

Assia Inc.

Thyaga Nandagopal


Carsten Ahrens

G+D Mobile Security

Diego Schierle


Eric Starkloff

National Instruments

Kerstin Grosse

KOMSA Kommunikation Sachsen

Muriel Médard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Stuckmann

European Comission

Wen Tong


Yuichi Nakamura


Wolfgang Hackenberg



Keynote Speaker: Chih-Lin I, China Mobile

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”.


Keynote Speaker: Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University

Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications.

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.


Keynote Speaker: John Cioffi, Assia Inc.

CEO – Assia Inc.  BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-present, now emeritus. Cioffi founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. He currently also is on the Board of Directors of ASSIA (Chairman and CEO), Alto Beam, Tinoq, Collinear, and the Marconi Foundation, while serving several advisory boards. Cioffi’s specific interests are in high-performance digital transmission. Cioffi’s recognition includes: IEEE AG Bell, Kirchmayer, and Millenium Medals (2010, 2014, and 2000); Internet Hall of Fame (2014); Economist Magazine 2010 Innovations Award; International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National and UK Royal Academies of Engineering (2001, 2009); IEEE Kobayashi and Armstrong Awards (2001 and 2013); BBWF Lifetime Achievement (2014), IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1991 and 2007 IEEE Comm. Mag. best paper; and numerous Conference Best-Paper awards. Cioffi has published over 600 papers and holds over 100 patents, of which many are heavily licensed including key necessary patents for the international standards in ADSL, VDSL, vectored VDSL, G.fast, DSM, LTE, Massive-MIMO, and various Wi-Fi methodologies.


Keynote Speaker: Thyaga Nandagopal, CCF

is the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. He previously served as a Program Director at the NSF in the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program, where he managed mobile systems and wireless networking research across multiple funding programs with an annual budget of over $50M. At NSF, he is also leading the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100M effort announced in July 2016. He also serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. He is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Keynote Speaker: Carsten Ahrens

is Chief Executive Officer of Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH. Having completed his studies in electrical engineering, he brings more than 20 years of experience in various management positions in national and international telecommunications and IT companies. Prior to his most recent positions as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Mobile Security at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and as CTO of Funkwerk AG, he served over five years as CEO for the telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson in the German market. His professional career includes building up business units in leading companies such as Atos Origin and Ericsson.


Keynote Speaker: Diego Schierle

was born 1988 in Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany, and raised in Madrid, Spain. After studying in Germany, he worked on his PhD in mechanical engineering at the German-Aerospace-Center. He founded FLÜGELaeronautics after leaving his first startup and a trip around the world witnessing traffic problems in cities everywhere. He is the winner of the German High-Tech Award and JEC Asia Award.



Keynote Speaker: Eric Starkloff

As president and chief operating officer, Eric Starkloff leads NI’s global sales, marketing, and R&D organizations. Starkloff and his team are responsible for identifying the markets to drive growth around NI’s leading software-defined platform and aligning the teams to execute on the growth strategy. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering results driven through strategy built on disruptive technology and informed by customer needs.
Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held many leadership positions, including leading the teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and CompactRIO. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of global sales and marketing (2014–2018). In this role, he led NI’s global sales evolution and a more targeted market strategy focused on growth opportunities in the semiconductor; transportation; and aerospace, defense, and government industries.
Starkloff is a thought leader on topics such as the Internet of Things, 5G communications, and autonomous vehicles. He has served on advisory boards for the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and the Wireless Networking and Communication Group at The University of Texas at Austin. He works to contribute to the Austin community and was a founding board member of Urban Roots, an Austin-based sustainable agriculture program that transforms the lives of young people.
Starkloff holds a bachelor’s degree with high distinction in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.


Keynote Speaker: Kerstin Grosse

As Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Kerstin Grosse represents KOMSA Kommunikation Sachsen AG, a company specializing in distribution, services and new networked, digitized business processes in the information and communications industry (ict) and at the same time the largest family-owned company in central Germany. Kerstin Grosse has been responsible for Operations & Business Development at its parent company, Derossi Invest GmbH with its four divisions ict, Investment Management in the Family Office, Agriculture and Forestry.
In 2006 she took over the chairmanship of the Forestris AG Supervisory Board. In January 2018 she became Senator of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.


Keynote Speaker: Muriel Médard

is the Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and leads the Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group at the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT. She has co-founded two companies to commercialize network coding, CodeOn and Steinwurf. She has served as editor for many publications of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of which she was elected Fellow, and she is currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. She was President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2012, and served on its board of governors for eleven years. She has served as technical program committee co-chair of many of the major conferences in information theory, communications and networking.


Keynote Speaker: Peter Stuckmann

is managing the European Commission’s policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation programme.
Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managing the office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinating the Commission’s digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included Digital Single Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, the Copyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme.
Between 2010 and 2014 he had different roles in the Commission’s telecoms policy Directorate. These included Head of Sector “Spectrum Policy”, penholder of main elements of the Commission proposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany and Austria.
Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.
Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.


Keynote Speaker: Wen Tong

is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, He was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he spearhead to lead Huawei’s 5G wireless technologies research and development.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.
Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014 and IEEE Communications Society Distingushed Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018.
He had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with 400 granted US patents.
Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance. He is based in Ottawa Canada.


Keynote Speaker: Yuichi Nakamura

received his B.E. degree in information engineering and M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD. from the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, in 2007. He joined NEC Corp. in 1988 and he is currently a vice president of R&D, NEC Corp. He is also a guest professor of National Institute of Informatics. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in electronic design automation, HPC systems and network systems.


Keynote Speaker: Wolfgang Hackenberg

is Chairman and Speaker of the Board of Management of Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH & Co. KG and Country Senior Officer, Germany, since October 6, 2017. In addition, he is responsible for all business of Nokia with Deutsche Telekom as the Head of the Global Account Deutsche Telekom – a role he took on July 1, 2017.
Prior to this role, from 2015 until June 30, 2017, he led the West Europe region in Nokia, which included the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Germany, Benelux, France and UK.
Wolfgang joined Nokia (then NSN) in January 2013 as Head of the Global Account Vodafone, leading the company´s business with Vodafone worldwide.
Prior to joining Nokia, he held a number of senior positions with Alcatel-Lucent. His last position was Vice-President for the Vodafone Global Account. Before that, he was based in Shanghai, China, heading the enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, he ran the enterprise and strategic industries business in Germany.
Before joining Alcatel-Lucent in 2005, he has worked in sales and product management roles with Siemens, Compaq Computers and Cisco Systems, in the enterprise, public sector and telecommunications services provider markets in Germany and Asia.
Wolfgang grew up in Germany and France and holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge, England. In 2017, he relocated with his family from Paris to Munich.