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Victor Bahl Dr. Victor Bahl
Director of the Mobile Computing Research Center

Victor Bahl is the Director of the Mobile Computing Research Center (MCRC). MCRC’s mission is to invent technologies that make Microsoft’s mobile devices and services indispensible to the world. The Center focusses on basic and applied research in all areas related to mobile computing -- emphasis is on inter-disciplinary research where researchers from different disciplines join forces to work on hard problems, build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish scientific papers, publish software for the research community, and transfer cutting-edge technologies to Microsoft’s product divisions. Prior to MCRC, Victor founded the Networking Research Group and served as its manager for 8 years. He continues to help shape Microsoft's long-term vision related to networking technologies through research and associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world. His personal research interests span a variety of topics in mobile computing, wireless systems design, cloud services and datacenter / enterprise networking & management. He has built and deployed several seminal and highly cited networked systems, with over 12,500 citations; he has authored over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 130 patent applications, 76 of which have issued; he has won best paper awards at SIGCOMM and CoNext and has delivered over two dozen keynote & plenary talks; he is the founder and past Chairperson of ACM SIGMOBILE, the founder and steering committee chair of the MobiSys; and the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review. He has served as the General Chair of several IEEE and ACM conferences including SIGCOMM and MobiCom, and is serving on the steering committees of seven IEEE & ACM conferences & workshop, several of which he co-founded; he has been serving as the chair of ACM's Outstanding Contributions Award committee related to mobility for over fifteen years. He has served on the board of over half-a-dozen journals; on several NSF, NRC and FCC panels, and on over six dozen program committees. Dr. Bahl has served as IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer (2007-09) and ACM's Distinguished Speaker (2007-10). He received Digital's Doctoral Engineering Fellowship Award in 1995 and SIGMOBILE's Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In 2004, Microsoft nominated him for the innovator of the year award. He received Microsoft's Individual Performance Award, given to the highest performing employees in 2007 & 2010. He became an ACM Fellow in 2003, an IEEE Fellow in 2008 and a AAAS Fellow n 2010. Also in 2010 he received the IEEE Northwest Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award. When not working, he loves to read, travel, eat in fine restaurants, watch competitive sports and action movies, and spend time drinking with friends and family.

David G. Belanger Dr. David G. Belanger
AT&T Labs Chief Scientist

Dave Belanger is the AT&T Labs Chief Scientist, and the Vice President of Information & Software Systems Research. As Chief Scientist, he is responsible for identifying pre-product technology important to the future of AT&T, evaluating technology, building alignment within AT&T on technology directions, and serving as AT&T liaison to external technical communities, specifically universities, government agencies, and industry laboratories.

The Information & Software Systems Research Lab conducts research in largescale and real-time information mining related to operations of a (communications) service business; interactive, information visualization; scalable, reliable software systems; and new, information-based, communications services. It is also responsible for delivery and operations of very large-scale (e.g. >300TB), near real-time service management capabilities to AT&T and its customers. Dave joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1979 working in the area of database support for economic analysis for product lifecycles, later researching large-scale data and information systems, and program generation for data manipulation systems. He has subsequently led research efforts in software systems and engineering, and information mining, and visualization.

Prior to joining AT&T, Dave was on the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty at University of South Alabama, a consultant for a variety of companies, and co-founder/VP of Gulf Coast Data Systems (a computing services company). He received his B.S. from Union College (NY) in Mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D., also in Mathematics, from Case Western Reserve University.

Dave was named AT&T Fellow in 2006 honored for a lifetime of outstanding and world-class contributions in the fields of software tools, software systems and information mining. In 2009, Dave received the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award for pioneering, innovating, and leading the interdisciplinary execution of information systems that transform massive online data streams into actionable information for servcie businesses.

Dr. Ryuji Kohno
Finnish Distinguished Professor

Ryuji Kohno received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1984. Since 1998 he has been a Professor of the Division of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Director of Center on Medical Information and Communication Technology, in Yokohama National University in Japan. In his career he was a director of Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory of SONY CSL during 1998-2002, a director of UWB Technology institute of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) during 2002-2006, and a program coordinator of Medical ICT institute of NICT since 2006.
In his academic activities, he was elected as a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Information Theory (IT) Society in 2000, 2003 and 2006.

He has played a role of an editor of the IEEE Transactions on IT, Communications, and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). He is a fellow of IEICE, and has been vice-president of Engineering Sciences Society of IEICE, the Chairman of the IEICE Technical Committee on Spread Spectrum Technology, that on ITS, and that on Software Defined Radio(SDR). Prof. Kohno has contributed for organizing many international conferences, such as an chair-in honor of 2002 & 2003 International Conference of SDR(SDR02 & SDR03), a general co-chair of 2003 IEEE International Symposium on IT (ISIT03), UWBST&IWUWB04, IWUWBST05, 2006, 2007&2010 International Symposium on Medial ICT (ISMICT2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), 2010 Joint International Symposia on Information Theory and Its Applications (ISITA2010) and on Spread Spectrum Technology and Applications (ISSSTA2010). He was awarded IEICE Greatest Contribution
Award and NTT DoCoMo Mobile Science Award in 1999 and 2002, respectively.

Since 2007, he became a Finnish Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro). Currently he is in charge of Global COE (Centre of Excellence) program on "Innovative Integration between Medicine and Engineering Based on ICT," in MEXT, Japan to promote joint research and education between Finland and Japan for five years.

Dr. P .R. Kumar
Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

P. R. Kumar is at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Research professor in the Information Trust Institute, and Affiliate Professor of the Department of Computer Science.

He obtained his B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering(Electronics) from I.I.T. Madras in 1973, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1975 and 1977, respectively. From 1977-84 he was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queueing networks, manufacturing systems, scheduling, wafer fabrication plants and information theory. His current research interests are in wireless networks, sensor networks, and networked embedded control systems.

He has received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH, Zurich. He was awarded a Guest Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is also the Lead Guest Chair Professor of the Group on Wireless Communication and Networking at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Hyderabad. He has received the Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Alumni Achievement Award of Washington University in St. Louis.

Jalal Mapar
Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate

Mr. Mapar is a Program Manager at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Infrastructure and Geophysical Division. He manages a portfolio of S&T programs that provide a diverse number of technologies for the nation’s emergency preparedness and response community. After joining DHS in 2005 he started several new R&D programs to develop and deliver innovative technologies for the nation’s emergency preparedness and response communities.

Mr. Mapar has been recognized by DHS S&T leadership for delivery of technologies to customers across DHS and establishing collaborations with several universities, national labs, and government agencies. He is member of the JSDE Executive Board and a frequent keynote speaker, session organizer/chair at IEEE, ION, JNC, TCIP, and other conferences.

Mr. Mapar has held a variety of technical and management positions at several aerospace companies. Prior to joining DHS in 2005, he was a VP/Division Manager in the RDT&E Group at SAIC in McLean, VA. Mr. Mapar holds a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ted Rappaport
William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

Ted Rappaport is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the founding director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), a center he founded in 2002. He is also the director of the NSF I/UCRC Wireless Internet Communications and Advanced Technologies (WICAT) center site at The University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty of Virginia Tech from 1988 to 2002, where he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world’s first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field. Prof. Rappaport has been a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over the past few decades, and his work has led to the broad acceptance of site-specific radio frequency (RF) design and deployment for broadband wireless networks. Dr. Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), assisted the Governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for internet access, and has conducted research for NSF, DoD, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field according to ISI Highly Cited, having published over 200 technical papers. Rappaport has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books in the wireless field, including Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice (now in its 2nd edition, translated into 6 languages), Principles of Communication Systems Simulation with Wireless Applications, and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications: IS-95 and Third Generation CDMA Applications. In 1999, his work on site-specific propagation received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award. In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation and network management software that he sold in 2005 to Motorola, Inc. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, and is an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus from his alma mater.

Dr. Dipankar Raychaudhuri
Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB

Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB's Director, he is responsible for an internationally recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. WINLAB's current research scope includes topics such as RF/sensor devices, cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, 4G systems, wireless security, future Internet architecture, and pervasive computing. His research group at WINLAB has been working on design and implementation of next-generation wireless networks covering a number of emerging usage scenarios such as ad hoc mesh, vehicular, cognitive radio, 4G and mobile Internet. He is the principal investigator for several multi-institutional projects funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) including: "ORBIT" open-access next-generation wireless network testbed, “CogNet” cognitive radio network, and most recently, the “MobilityFirst” future Internet architecture (FIA) project. He also helped to initiate the ongoing GENI program for deployment of a global-scale experimental infrastructure for Internet research, and is currently leading the “Open GENI Base Station” project aimed at deploying programmable 4G wireless networks at several university campuses across the US.

He has previously held progressively responsible corporate R&D positions in the telecom/networking industry including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), Assistant General Manager & Dept Head-Systems Architecture, NEC USA C&C Research Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications Research, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92).

Dr. Raychaudhuri obtained his B.Tech (Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Henry Tirri
Head of Nokia Research Center

Dr. Henry Tirri is SVP and Head of Nokia Research Center (NRC). NRC drives breakthroughs to enable new business opportunities for Nokia. Henry is responsible for 13 labs worldwide that pursue disruptive innovation and work closely with all Nokia operating units to promote open innovation, working on
research projects in collaboration with leading global universities and research institutes.

Henry holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and joined Nokia in 2004 as a Research Fellow in the Software and Applications Laboratory. Previous positions include working as a MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Visiting Scientist at NASA AMES where he contributed to the Mars Rover for the 2003 mission. He is the author and co-author of more than 175 academic papers on computer science, social sciences and statistics and holds five patents.

Dr. Wen Tong
Vice president of Wireless Research and CTO of Wireless of Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd.

Dr. Wen Tong is the vice president of Wireless Research and CTO of Wireless of Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009. Dr. Wen Tong was the Nortel Fellow and Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He received the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 110 granted US patents and more than 200 patents filings.

Dr. Tong has conducted the advanced research work spanning from 1G to 4G wireless at Nortel. From 1997 to 1999, he was responsible for the prototyping of advanced CDMA technology which led industry’s first 3G wireless packet data sessions using CDMA2000 1xRTT technology in the field. He was one of the critical inventors of turbo coding interleaver, a key enabler that boosts speed and efficiency of 3G networks, which has been adopted for all 3G/4G standards. From 1998 to 2006, he had been a driving force in developing foundational technologies for all the 4G wireless networks–OFDM-MIMO. He is an industry-recognized pioneer on OFDM-MIMO. He has been a key contributor and initiator to 3GPP (UMTS and LTE), 3GPP2 (CDMA 1xRTT 1xEV-DO and UMB), and IEEE802.16e (WiMAX), IEEE802.16j (Mobile Multi-Hop Relay) standards. In 2006, and 2007, his team was twice-winner of Nortel Technology Excellent Award (highest level R&D award). Since 2007, Dr. Tong had been the director of Wireless Technology Labs, to lead the advanced research on next generation broadband wireless mobile systems in the area Gigabit RAN and unwired enterprise networks, frequency agile radio system, advanced antenna system and broadband wireless self backhaul system. In 2008, Dr. Tong was the head of Network Technology Labs, responsible for Nortel’s global strategic technologies research and development. He was member of Executive Edge team.

In 2007, Dr. Tong was inducted as Nortel Fellow, a lifetime honor bestowed to selected 5 individuals in Nortel’s R&D community in Nortel’s 114 years history. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s most prolific inventor and the creator of Nortel LTE patent portfolio.

Currently, Dr. Tong is based in Huawei Technologies Ottawa R&D Center.

Dr. Sergio Verdu
Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University

Sergio Verdú is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University where he teaches and conducts research on information theory in the Information Sciences and Systems Group. He is also affiliated with the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Sergio Verdú received the Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universitat Politecnica de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, in 1980 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984. Conducted at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois, his doctoral research pioneered the field of Multiuser Detection.

Sergio Verdú was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1992 and member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering in 2007. He received the 2000 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. In 2005, he received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya He is the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award, and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.

In 1998, Cambridge University Press published his book ``Multiuser Detection.'' His papers have received several awards: the 1992 IEEE Donald Fink Paper Award, the 1998 Information Theory Outstanding Paper Award, a IEEE Information Theory Golden Jubilee Paper Award, the 2000 Paper Award from the Japan Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, the 2002 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Award in the field of Communications Systems and the 2007 IEEE Joint Communications/Information Theory Paper Award.

Sergio Verdú served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1997. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory.

He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo. In 1998 he was Visiting Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2002 he held the Hewlett-Packard Visiting Research Professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley.







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