IEEE Global Communications Conference
4–8 December 2022 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Accelerating the Digital Transformation through Smart Communications

Executive Forum



MONDAY, DEC 5 14:00 - 15:30  /  LOCATION: Asia Hall (I - IV)

Abstract: 5G wireless network is designed to provide high-speed data transmission in the order of Gbps, low latency in the order of milliseconds, high reliability (up to 99.9999%), and massive MTC connections (1 million/km2). With prominent features such as network slicing and an evolved core network towards a service-based architecture, 5G wireless network can be customized to different verticals, e.g., industrial manufacture, logistics and transportation, health-care, smart city, agriculture, and education. While industries are considering how to make use of 5G in their domains, the discussion of 6G has come into the stage, with many new technology features to be considered, e.g., THz communication, integrated sensing and communication, native AI. Vertical use cases would be the main driven force for 6G, thus it is critical to understand what we can do better than 5G today.  Many related questions can be discussed during the panel. Firstly, it is necessary to understand what are key challenges for verticals cannot be solved by current 5G, and what would be the key requirements on 6G for verticals. Secondly, among the technology features of 6G, which one would be the most important, and what are the new values over 5G today. Thirdly, it would be interesting to know whether any new vertical use cases will be enabled by 6G, and would prevail in the 6G era, e.g., human-robots collaboration. Last but not least, how to build a better ecosystem and standardization would be the key for the success of 6G for verticals. Specify 5 questions to be discussed/answered in the pane:

  1. 5G for verticals is on the way to become a reality? What are the key challenges to overcome? Is the capability of URLLC, eMBB, and mMTC sufficient to cover the requirements of 5G verticals?
  2. What are the really needs of vertical industries for 6G? What are the most attractive features of 6G (e.g. THz, ISAC, native AI, etc.) that can bring new values beyond 5G today?
  3. What are the most important use cases that would demand new 6G? What are the requirements of these use cases in terms of 6G capabilities and ecosystem?
  4. How are vertical industries engaging in the definition and standardization of 6G? What can we do better in 6G than in 5G?
  5. What are the open technical problems required for further study in the academia community? What is the suggestion for the better approach for the open joint collaboration?

Moderator: Dr. Wen Tong, CTO Huawei Wireless, IEEE Fellow, Huawei Technologies, Canada

Executive Forum Panelists:



Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless. He is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, Dr. Tong was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist and led Huawei’s 10-year-long 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 is the industry recognized leader in invention of advanced wireless technologies, Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless and Wi-Fi with more than 500 awarded US patents. Dr. Tong is also a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he serves as Board of Director of Wi-Fi.


Dr. Andreas Müller is the Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and at the same time the Bosch Chief Expert for Communication Technologies for the IoT. In addition to that, he is coordinating the Industrial 5G activities of Bosch across the different business units. He also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), which is the globally leading organization for driving and shaping Industrial 5G.
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 a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.


Christoph Voigt is the R&D head of connectivity, mobile communication and vehicle2X at Audi, Germany. He has been with Audi since 1998, with great experience on applying communication technologies in vehicle systems. Since 2016, he has been the chairman of the board of 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), which brings together automotive, technology and telecommunications companies to work closely together to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services.


Dr. Med. Christoph Thuemmler is Clinician at Helios Park Klinikum Leipzig and Professor of eHealth at Edinburgh Napier. He is specialist for General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine. He is a prime mover in healthcare innovation, drawing on his extensive research and medical work, and an internationally recognised expert in eHealth, IoT, smart pharma, e-connectivity, Industry 4.0, 5G.
His many achievements include: successful delivery of research projects for the European Commission and UK funding bodies; over 15 years of industry consulting experience with relevant organizations (Huawei, Teva, AOK, Siemens, EC) with a focus on business analytics and change management; over 10 years of project management experience (R&D); more than 70 scientific peer reviewed publications, reports and books. He is also an IEEE Senior Member with a wide international network stretching over academia, industry and government.


Patrick Waldemar is VP Telenor Research, Telenor Group. Patrick Waldemar joined Telenor in 2002 and is Vice President in Telenor Research. He has more than 20 years of management experience and education within Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing and Information Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunication from NTNU and a Master of Management from Oslo Business School (BI). He has experience from research & development in telecommunications and the oil industry, software development and strategic management work. Over the last 8 years, Patrick has been head of Telenor's research on next generation network technologies focusing on 5G and 6G. Previously he has been head of development in Canal Digital.


Dr. Kostas Chalkiotis joined Deutsche Telekom Group Technology in 2013 as Vice President in Mobile Access. His primary function was to define the strategy, architecture, innovation and blueprints for Mobile Access Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group. As of the beginning of 2016 he is also responsible for the architecture of the fixed networks within Deutsche Telekom Group Technology. Since 2018 he took over the responsibility of Access & Home Networks in DT group defining the strategy, architecture and innovation for access and home Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group. Currently, he is Vice President responsible for E2E 5G Solutions as well as for Access and Home Networks in Strategy & Technology Innovation and working for Technology Architecture & Innovation (TAI). His primary function is to define and revise the architecture, strategy, steer the innovation and define the high-level design (including the standardization) for E2E 5G Solutions in Deutsche Telekom Group.


TUESDAY, DEC 6 16:00 - 17:30  /  LOCATION: Asia Hall (I - IV)


Moderator: José Roberto Boisson de Marca, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/Rio), Brazil

Executive Forum Panelists:


José Roberto Boisson de Marca

José Roberto Boisson de Marca received his undergraduate engineering degree from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Immediately after graduation he joined Embratel (Brazilian long-distance carrier) where he worked as a data communications engineer. Prof. de Marca was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1977. After finishing his graduate studies, he joined the faculty of the Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he has held several leadership and administrative positions including Associate Academic Vice President for Sponsored Research. Twice on leave, Dr. de Marca served as Scientific Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and lectured in several institutions in Europe and North America. He was the founding President of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society and in 1990, Prof. de Marca was appointed Scientific Director of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) where he approved the initial funding of the national research network which opened the way for the widespread use of Internet in Brazil. He was a delegate to several ITU-R TG8/1 meetings, where the wireless 3G technology specifications were developed. Prof. de Marca recently led one of the inter-institutional research groups funded by the Brazilian Government to develop a model for deployment of Digital TV in that country. He is an IEEE Fellow (1995) and a full member of the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences. Dr. de Marca served as President of the IEEE Communications Society in 2000–2001. He was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors from 2004–2006, first as Division III (Communications Technology) Director and later as IEEE Secretary. Prof. de Marca is the 2008 IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities.


Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is an IEEE Fellow, a Qualcomm Fellow, and a Senior Vice President of Engineering of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  He leads Qualcomm’s worldwide standardization and industry organization activities.  Dr. Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the TIA/EIA/IS-95 CDMA system, also called cdmaOne™. He has been active in every G since then.  Dr. Tiedemann has almost 300 granted US patents and has participated in many papers, conference lectures, and industry panels.  He is interested in multiple topics in communications, including 5G and beyond, IoT, and V2x. Dr. Tiedemann holds a Ph.D. degree from MIT, where he worked in the areas of queueing theory and communications networks. He holds a Master of Science degree from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech).

Dr. Tiedemann currently is a member of the Next G Alliance Research Council, the Purdue University Semiconductor Degrees Leadership Board, the Advisory Board of the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) School of Engineering Advisory Committee, and the International Advisory Panel of the Singapore Future Communications Research & Development Programme. He also serves as the IEEE Communications Society as Director of Standards Development. Dr. Tiedemann is past chairman of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech) and was General Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2015.  He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Peabody Essex Museum and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Concord Museum.  He has received numerous recognitions, including the Robert M. Walp Industry Humanitarian Award from the IEEE Communications Society


Demi Getschko, a key player on the team that established the first Internet connection to Brazil, has been a member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( since its creation in 1995 and has served as the administrative contact for the ccTLD .br since 1989. He played a critical role in the definition of the Brazilian Domain Name System tree and in defining the rules that govern the Brazilian registry.

From 1972 through 1986, Getschko held a variety of positions at the University of São Paulo, from student to faculty and IT professional. He was the manager of the Fapesp Data Center, a state foundation that played a central role in Brazilian academic networking, from 1986 through 1996. He then left Fapesp to become technology director at Agencia Estado, an arm of a major Brazilian newspaper, where he was involved in strategic planning, focusing on the technological evolution affecting the information industry in light of the Internet. In 2000 and 2001, he served iG (Internet Group), a free Internet provider in Brazil, as Chief Technology Officer and Vice-President of Technology.

Getschko was selected for the ICANN Board by the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) in 2005. In 2007 he was reelected and served until June 2009. He holds BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Currently he is Associate Professor in Computing Architecture at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. He is also a Board Member of and CEO of the Brazilian Network Information Center (


Carlos Manuel Baigorri graduated in Economics from the University of Brasilia (2006), with a Master's and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Brasilia (2009 and 2014). Since Apr. 2022, Baigorri is chairman and CEO of the Brazilian Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANATEL). From 2013 to 2016, he was the Competition Superintendent, being responsible for M&A assessment, wholesale regulation, conflict resolutions, and economic regulation. He was an Advisor of the Telecommunications Development Fund (FUNTTEL), Head Technical Advisor at ANATEL, and professor at the Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB), IESB, and IBMEC-DF of mathematics, game theory, and microeconomics. Working in the telecommunications industry since 2007, he has been an expert in the regulation of public telecommunications services at ANATEL since 2009.

Nelson Simões

Nelson Simões is CEO of RNP (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa), qualified as a Social Organization, supervised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations for the development of technological projects in advanced research and education networks. He is responsible for the national cyberinfrastructure of high-performance services and applications for communication and collaboration that encompasses the 800 main Brazilian higher education, research and innovation organizations.
He served as member of the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil, elected as a representative of the scientific and technological community. He was founder and director of the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (CLARA), the international organization responsible for the Latin American regional research network. He is a Computer Engineer graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and has a master's degree in Communication Policies from the University of Brasília. His topics of interest are community networks, research infrastructure, organizations and public policies.


Dr. Ruyue YN Li is currently the VP of Radio System Research and Standardization at ZTE Corporation in charge of research and standardization on radio system related 5G/6G technologies. He received his Ph.D. and B.Eng. degrees from the University of Hong Kong and his M.S. degree from Stanford University. His research focuses on radio access technologies and network optimization in the cellular communication area with over 100 granted patents. Since he joined ZTE in 2009, he has been actively involved in wireless research and standardization activities including 3GPP RAN standardization. Prior to ZTE, he worked for several telecommunication and semiconductor companies including Qualcomm and Marvell Semiconductor on the projects related to 2G/3G baseband algorithm design and LTE standardization. His recent research interests include massive MIMO, mmWave communications, beam management, RIS, AI/ML applications on MIMO, URLLC, green communication and interference coordination.


WEDNESDAY, DEC 7  8:00 - 9:30  /  LOCATION: Asia Hall (I - IV)


Moderator: Xinhui Wang, Vice President, ZTE Corporation

Executive Forum Panelists:

  • Hongbing Ma, General Manager of Science & Technology Innovation Dept, China Unicom
  • Mérouane Debbah, Chief Researcher, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), UAE
  • Giovanni Romano, Coordinator of technical standardization, TIM, Italy
  • Carlos Bardon, VP of network planning, Telecom Argentina, Argentina



Xinhui Wang is currently the General Manager of Standardization and Industrial Relations in charge of technology innovation, standardization, strategy and industrial relations building, Vice President of ZTE Corporation. He received Bachelor and Master Degrees from Northeastern University of China. He joined ZTE working on software development and system design of wireless communication system in 2000. Since 2006, he has been focusing on advanced radio access technology research and standardization with over 20 published papers and 50 granted patents held globally. The team under his leadership works in 100+ international/regional/domestic Standardization Organizations, Industrial Alliances/Fora/Consortia and Open Source Communities of significant prominence.

He has been elected Vice Chairman of 3GPP GERAN TSG for three consecutive terms since 2011. He serves as Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group, Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2030(6G) Promotion Group and CCSA TC5 vice chairman. He has been the Keynote Speaker of IEEE ICC and IEEE WCNC along with Industrial Speaker of China Delegation for 7 continuous Global 5G Summits


Hongbing Ma is a member of MOST 6G /IMT-2020 /IMT-2030 Group, the expert consultation group member of mobile and wireless communications and satellite communications committee of MIIT, the executive director of RAC, Executive director of Wireless mobile communications committee of CIC and Fellow of CIC. He is a member of CCSA council, a member of GSMA TG.

He is an editor of China Radio magazine, editor of Post and Telecommunications design Technology magazine, editor of Information and Communications Technology magazine.


Prof. Mérouane Debbah is Chief Researcher, AI Cross-Center Unit and of the AI and Digital Science Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a leading global research center dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. He is responsible for carrying out advanced research in AI and Telecommunications. Through his core areas of research across 5G, 6G, Machine Learning, Random Matrix Theory, and Game Theory, he is focused on making the planet safer and pushing the limits of innovation. Prof. Debbah’s research over the years has spanned fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information, and communication sciences.

Before assuming his current role, Prof. Debbah was jointly the Director of the Huawei Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab as well as the Lagrange Mathematical and Computing Research Centre in Paris, France. He has managed eight EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. Previously, he was a Full Professor at CentraleSupélec, Gif-sur-Yvette in France. In addition, he held the role of Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. This was the first industrial chair in telecommunication in France – established through leveraging close ties between CentraleSupélec and Bell Labs. He started his career at Motorola Labs, Saclay, France., a leading academic research portal that ranks the world’s top scientists across different categories and serves as a global benchmark, placed Prof. Debbah at number 180 on its 2022 list of Top 1,000 Scientists in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Also, with a H-index of 76 in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a H-index of 64 in Computer Science, he ranked number one in France for the former category.

Prof. Debbah was also named a 2022 AI 2,000 Most Influential Scholar in Internet of Things for his outstanding contributions in the field between 2012 and 2021. The AI 2,000 Most Influential Scholar Annual List ( includes 2,000 of the world’s top research scholars from the fields of artificial intelligence over this decade (2020-2029). He is also the recipient of the 2022 IEEE Communications Society Outstanding Paper Award for his scientific paper “Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces vs. Relaying: Differences, Similarities, and Performance Comparison.” The work concerns the analysis of Large Intelligent Surfaces, which is a key technology for the next generation 6G system. Furthermore, he received the ERC Grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is an IEEE Fellow, a EURASIP Fellow, a WWRF Fellow, a Louis Bachelier Fellow, and a SEE Membre Émérite. He has received more than 20 best paper awards including the SEE Blondel Medal, the IEEE Radio Communications Committee Technical Recognition Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, and the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award.

Prof. Mérouane Debbah holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. He also earned an MSc and a BSc in applied physics from the same institute. He holds more than 30 patents and is a published author of a book, 25 book chapters, 250 journal papers, and 400 conference papers. He has to his credit 47,000 citations and was named Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher for 2018-2021.


Giovanni Romano is currently coordinating TIM activities on technical standards related to radio access and spectrum. In October 2016 Giovanni was nominated Alternate Board Director, representing TIM in NGMN. Since 1996 Giovanni has been active in several international standardisation fora and he is currently attending 3GPP RAN, NGMN and O-RAN ALLIANCE. He is the 3GPP appointed coordinator for the exchange of information between 3GPP and ITU-R and coordinated the submission of 3GPP “5G” towards IMT-2020. Giovanni served as Vice-Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group RAN for the period 2013-2017. Until 2005, Giovanni was project leader of several activities within the R&D center of Telecom Italia, including UMTS performance evaluation, quality of service verification, standardisation, field trials and testing.


Carlos Bardon is the Director of Network Planning at Telecom Argentina, responsible for defining and managing investment plans in networks and technologies, as well as strategic plans for the deployment of telecommunications networks. He is responsible for planning and designing mobile and fixed access networks and ensuring compliance with annual investment plans. He participates in the evaluation of new businesses that involve telecommunications networks.


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