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


Cristiano Amon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

Mérouane Debbah, Chief Research Officer, Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Title: Rethinking the Foundations of Communications Theory

Wen Tong, Chief Technology Officer, Huawei Wireless

Kailash Narayanan, SVP and President, Communications Solutions Group, Keysight Technologies

Yin Gao, Senior Expert, ZTE Corporation
Title: AI enabled Wireless Network and Evolution

Filip De Turck, Information Technology (Intec) of Ghent University, Belgium  
Title: Achieving Truly Immersive Holographic-Type Communication




Bio: Cristiano Amon is president and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, and also serves on the Company’s board of directors. Amon assumed the role of CEO on June 30, 2021.

Amon began his Qualcomm career in 1995 as an engineer, and during his tenure, has helped shape the strategic direction for the Company in several leadership roles. Prior to becoming CEO, Amon served as president of Qualcomm. In that role, he steered development of a leading and differentiated product roadmap, spearheaded Qualcomm’s 5G strategy – as well as its acceleration and global roll out – and drove the expansion and diversification of the business to serve multiple industries. Additionally, he has overseen the successful execution of M&A to augment Qualcomm’s capabilities and accelerate growth in key areas, including RF Front End, Connectivity and Networking.

Previously, Amon led Qualcomm’s semiconductor business as president of QCT. He also held several technical and business leadership positions, which included having overall responsibility for Snapdragon® platforms.

Prior to Qualcomm, Amon served as chief technical officer for Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil, and held leadership positions at NEC, Ericsson and Velocom.

Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. He is the Co-Chair of the Council for IoT at the World Economic Forum's Center for 4th Industrial Revolution.


Title: Rethinking the Foundations of Communications Theory

Abstract: The research for the sixth generation of communication networks requires a thinking of a new sort to achieve new breakthrough results. Quite remarkably, many of the remarkable engineering breakthroughs in Communication were based on quite old Basics. Indeed, the Nyquist Sampling theorem dates back to 1924, the Shannon?s Law to 1948 as well as Wiener?s signal processing framework to 1948. Today, we are desperately lacking guidance for new engineering solutions as we have approached those limits and there is a need to tackle the problems differently. In this talk, we will re-discuss the assumptions  made a century ago and provide a research roadmap showcasing the fundamental role of Mathematics and Physics for rethinking the foundations of communications theory.

Bio: Mérouane Debbah received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. He was with Motorola Labs, Saclay, France, from 1999 to 2002, and also with the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria, until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was an Assistant Professor with the Mobile Communications Department, Institut Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France. In 2007, he was appointed Full Professor at CentraleSupelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. From 2007 to 2014, he was the Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. From 2014 to 2021, he was Vice-President of the Huawei France Research Center. He was jointly the director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab as well as the director of the Lagrange Mathematical and Computing Research Center.

Since 2021, he is Chief Research Officer at the Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi where he leads jointly the AI and Telecommunication centers. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi. Mérouane Debbah has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information, and communication sciences research. He is an IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow, a Eurasip Fellow, an AAIA Fellow, an Institut Louis Bachelier Fellow and a Membre émérite SEE. He was a recipient of the ERC Grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering) from 2012 to 2017. He was a recipient of the Mario Boella Award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011, the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012, the 2019 IEEE Radio Communications Committee Technical Recognition Award and the 2020 SEE Blondel Medal.

He received more than 20 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award, the Wi-Opt 2009 Best Paper Award, the 2010 Newcom++ Best Paper Award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC Best Paper Award, the 2015 ICC Best Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award, the 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2021 Eurasip Best Paper Award, the 2021 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom 2009, Valuetools 2012, SAM 2014, and 2017 IEEE Sweden VT-COM-IT Joint Chapter best student paper awards. He is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications. He was an Associate Area Editor and Senior Area Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING from 2011 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2014, respectively.

From 2021 to 2022, he serves as an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Industry Speaker.




Bio: 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 leads 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 industry recognized leader in invention and standardization of advanced wireless technologies, he is the key contributor to 3GPP since its inception. 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 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 with more than 450 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.




Bio: Kailash Narayanan is senior vice president, Keysight, and president of Keysight’s Communications Solutions Group (CSG).

Narayanan leads the $3.3+ billion global business that addresses the end-to-end communications industry, including wireless and wireline segments, as well as aerospace defense. With more than 3,000 employees worldwide, CSG focuses on enabling customers’ innovations to connect and secure the world. The team has made significant contributions to accelerate technology adoptions of 5G, 400/800G, electromagnetic spectrum operations, and space and satellite modernization.

In his previous role, Narayanan served as president of Keysight’s $2.2+ billion Commercial Communications business, where he led Keysight’s wireless and wireline test programs and drove significant expansion in the 5G program. His team focused on delivering software-centric solutions to enable next-generation communication systems and applications.

Narayanan developed a broad set of executive connections across the industry and has been a champion of Keysight’s outside-in approach and commitment to customer-centricity, driving external partnerships and enabling customer innovation.

Narayanan has a 20+ year tenure with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent/Keysight. He has held leadership positions and has significant experience across multiple functions especially in R&D (15 years) and manufacturing (3 years). He has been part of multiple businesses spanning wireline backhaul, base stations, signal sources, wireless handsets, and fiber optics.
Narayanan has authored articles in leading industry literature including Microwave Journal and has spoken at many industry events.

He holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois Chicago and an MBA from Walden University.


Title: AI enabled Wireless Network and Evolution

Abstract: Introducing AI technology in wireless network to solve a certain network optimization problem does not enable network self-optimization. Future communication is not only considered to apply AI to enhance the certain function, e.g., network energy saving, mobility management, load balancing, but also is designed to integrate AI into every aspect of wireless communication system to depict vision of the intrinsic AI. AI enabled Green Network and Smart Factory are illustrated as two important application cases.

In order to bring autonomous learning, autonomous decision-making, self-optimization and self-evolution, in the furture, AI-Native radio network will be an intelligent loop, in which is intelligent data perception, intelligent modeling, AI-assisted architecture, and intelligent monitor.

Bio: Yin Gao is a senior expert in Wireless Communication Standardization and Industrial Relationship of ZTE and 3GPP RAN3 Chair. She possesses 16 plus years experience in the telecommunication industry and 14 plus years in 3GPP RAN3 working group. Yin received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Xi'dian University of China. She joined ZTE and worked on software development and system design of the wireless communication system as early as  2005. Starting in 2007, she has been focusing on advanced radio access technology research and standardization with over 500 3GPP contributions and over 50 granted patents globally. She has been served as  RAN3 vice chair of 3GPP RAN3 since 2017 and elected as chair of 3GPP RAN3 in May 2021.


Filip De Turck, Information Technology (Intec) of Ghent University, BelgiumIN

Title: Achieving Truly Immersive Holographic-Type Communication

Abstract: This keynote talk will first present a review of video streaming over telecommunication networks, and its evolution over time, taking also the important evolution towards network softwarizaton into account. The importance and the opportunities provided by volumetric media delivery will be outlined by means of several examples. The most appropriate management platform design for volumetric media delivery and the various challenges and possible approaches will be highlighted next. Finally an overview of research challenges and opportunities will be presented to stimulate further collaborative research in this exciting area.

Bio: Filip De Turck is a professor at the department of Information Technology (Intec) of Ghent University and imec, Belgium with expertise in communication software, network resource management, adaptive multimedia service delivery and next generation video delivery platforms. In this research area, he is involved in and successfully completed many research projects with industry and academia, served as Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM), former chair of the Future Internet Cluster of the European Commission, is on the TPC of many international network and service management conferences and workshops and serves in the Editorial Board of several network and service management journals. Prof. Filip De Turck regularly organizes international workshops on the above mentioned topics, served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM), and steering committee member of the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), the IFIP/IEEE Integrated Network Management (IM) Symposium, the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft) and the IFIP/IEEE Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM). He also served as chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative Conference Committee, which coordinates initiative IEEE events and conferences on Softwarized Networks. Prof. Filip De Turck was named a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for outstanding technical contributions to network resource management and adaptive service delivery. He is currently (co-)author of over 750 publications. He received the IEEE ComSoc Dan Stokesberry Award 2021 for particularly distinguished technical contributions to the growth of the network operations and service management field.

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