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

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5 December // 2:00 – 5:00 PM (BRT)

Location: Oceania II, Windsor Oceanico


Session Topic




Baek-Young Choi, WICE Chair


WICE Panel 1: “Large-scale Sensing 6G IoT Services Towards Society, Challenges and Drivers”

Moderator: Rute C. Sofia

Invited Panelists:

  • Neeli Prasad, SmartAvatar, NL (IEEE Senior member and Distinguished Lecturer)
  • Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Oulu Univ, Finland (IEEE member)
  • Peiying Zhu, Huawei, USA (IEEE Fellow)
  • Eduardo Cerqueira, Federal University of Pará (UFPA) Brazil (IEEE Member)


Coffee Break



Mentoring Event

Organizers: Newman Wilson (MGA-C Mentoring Program Sub-Committee), Baek-Young Choi (WICE), Periklis Chatzimisios (YP)

Invited Mentors: Ana Garcia Armada, Wendi Heinzelman, Neeli Prasad, Damla Turgut, Bige Deniz Ünlütürk, Yessica Saez, Robert Schober, Ashutosh Dutta, Ekram Hossain, Luca Foschini, Michele Polese, Dan Lewis

6 December // 2:00 – 5:00 PM (BRT)

Location: Oceania II, Windsor Oceanico


Session Topic



WICE Panel 2: “Growing with ComSoc: From Student Member to Fellow”

Moderators: Dianne Scherly Varela de Medeiros, Juliana Freitag Borin


  • Mallellu Sai Prashanth, Tech Mahindra/Vardhaman College of Engineering, India (IEEE Graduate Student Member)
  • Michele Nogueira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (IEEE Senior member)
  • Rose Hu, Utah State University, USA (IEEE Fellow)


Professional Career Coaching Session 1

Communication Authority Masterclass: How to Demonstrate Confidence, Competence, and Command to The Toughest Audiences Along Your Career Path

Speaker: Grace Lee


Coffee Break



Professional Career Coaching Session 2

Activating Leadership: How to Build Inspired Teams That Stay Engaged and In Momentum Even If This Is Your First Time Leading

Speaker: Grace Lee

Panel 1: “Large-scale Sensing 6G IoT Services Towards Society, Challenges and Drivers”

Date: Monday, 5 December 2022
Time: 2:10pm-3:30pm (BRT)
Location: Oceania II, Windsor Oceanico // Join Online

Abstract: In 2030, 6G is expected to become a reality, just after a decade of 5G learning. 6G integrates different cellular and wireless technologies, proposing to address immersive communication and the use of an “Internet of Everything”, i.e., the application of IoT in a pervasive, continuous way, to further assist societal needs. This panel shall provide a perspective on technical challenges that are being addressed to make 6G a reality, in a way that assists societal development. The international female speakers will address the key challenges and drivers to make 6G deployment a reality in this context.


Rute C. Sofia, fortiss, Germany

Rute C. SofiaRute C. Sofia (PhD 2004) is the Industrial IoT Head at fortiss – research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software intensive services and systems. She is also an Invited Associate Professor of University Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, and an Associate Researcher at ISTAR, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Rute’s research background has been developed on industrial and on academic context. She was a co-founder of the COPELABS research unit, and the COPELABS scientific director (2013-2017), where she was a Senior Researcher (2010-2019). She has co-founded the Portuguese startup Senception Lda (2013-2019), a startup focused on personal communication platforms.

Her current research interests are: network architectures and protocols; IoT; Edge computing; in-network computing; network mining. Rute holds over 60 peer-reviewed publications in her fields of expertise, and 9 patents. She is an ACM Europe Councilor ; an ACM Senior member, an IEEE Senior Member. She was an IEEE ComSoc N2Women Awards co-chair (2020-2021), and is the IEEE WICE industrial relations deputy.


Neeli Prasad, SmartAvatar B.V., NL

Neeli PrasadNeeli Rashmi Prasad, Ph.D., Director, Center For TeleInfrastructure USA (CTIF-USA), Princeton, USA. She is also, Head of Research and Coordinator of Themantic area Network without Borders, Center for TeleInfrastruktur (CTIF) headoffice, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

She is leading IoT Testbed at Easy Life Lab (IoT/M2M and eHealth) and Secure Cognitive radio network testbed at S-Cogito Lab (Network Management, Security, Planning , etc.).

She has over 15 years of management and research experience both in industry and academia. She has gained a large and strong experience into the administrative and project coordination of EU-funded and Industrial research projects. She joined Libertel (now Vodafone NL), The Netherlands in 1997. Till May 2001, she worked at Wireless LANs in Wireless Communications and Networking Division of Lucent Technologie, The Netherlands. From June 2001 to July 2003, she was with T-Mobile Netherlands, The Netherlands. Subsequently, from July 2003 to April 2004, at PCOM:I3, Aalborg, Denmark. She has been involved in a number of EU-funded R&D projects as project coordinator and Technical leader.

She is currently the project coordinator of the FP7 CIP-PSP LIFE 2.0, social interaction and ehealth and IST IP ASPIRE. She was also the leader of EC Cluster for Mesh and Sensor Networks and is Counselor of IEEE Student Branch, Aalborg.

Her current research interests are in the area of IoT & M2M, Cloud, identity management, mobility and network management; practical radio resource management; security, privacy and trust. Experience in other fields includes physical layer techniques, policy based management, short-range communications.

She has over 160 publications ranging from top journals, international conferences and chapters in books. She is and has been in the organization and TPC member of several international conferences. She is the co-editor is chief of Journal for Cyber Security and Mobility by River Publishers and associate editor of Social Media and Social Networking by Springer.

Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Oulu Univ, Finland

Marja Matinmikko-BlueMarja Matinmikko-Blue is Research Director at Infotech Oulu Institute and Director of Sustainability and Regulation at 6G Flagship at University of Oulu. She also holds Adjunct Professor position in Spectrum Management. She holds a Dr.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering on cognitive radio systems and a Ph.D degree in management sciences on stakeholder analysis from University of Oulu in 2012 and 2018. She conducts interdisciplinary research on future mobile communication networks from business, technology and regulatory perspectives in close collaboration between academia, industry and regulators. She received the Young Scientist of the Year Award in Finland in 2013 for this collaboration. She has led several research project consortia that have demonstrated world's first Licensed Shared Access (LSA) trials and introduced a new local 5G micro operator concept with local licensing.

She has published 170+ scientific publications and prepared 150+ contributions to regulatory bodies in national, European and international levels. She led the development of White Paper on 6G and the UN SDGs that developed a connection between future wireless networks and the UN SDGs.

Peiying Zhu, Huawei, USA

Peying ZhuDr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently leading 5G and beyond wireless research and standardization in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced radio access technologies. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G/B5G vision and enabling technologies. She led the team to contribute significantly to 5G technologies and standardization. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Dr. Zhu has more than 200 granted patents.

Eduardo Cerqueira, UFPA, Brazil

Eduardo CerqueiraEduardo Cerqueira, CNPq Fellowship PQ1-c, Lemann Fellow, and member from Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), received his PhD in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (2008). He was an invited auxiliary professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra (2008-2009), as well as invited researcher at the Network Research Lab at UCLA-USA. He am now an associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Engineering and Telecommunications of the UFPA in Brazil I published 8 edited books, 10 book chapters, 4 patents, and over than 200 papers in national/international refereed journals/conferences. I was involved in the organization of several conferences and workshops, including Future Multimedia Networking (IEEE FMN), Future Human-centric Multimedia Networking (ACM FhMN), ICST Conference on Communications Infrastructure, Systems and Applications in Europe (EuropeComm), Latin America Conference on Communications (IEEE LATINCOM) and Latin American Conference on Networking (IFIP/ACM LANC). I served as a Guest Editor for 6 special issues of various peer-reviewed scholarly journals. I have been coordinating or participating in many national and international projects with top university partners, including University of Bern and UCLA. My research of interest involves Edge/Fog computing, Multimedia, Future Internet, Smart Cities, and Mobility.

Joint WICE/YP Mentoring Program Session: The Power of a Mentor/Mentee Partnership

Time: 3:30PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Oceania II, Windsor Oceanico // Join Online

Organized jointly by Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) and the Young Professionals (YP) of ComSoc and the Member & Geographic Activities Council (MGA-C), the session invites mentors from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences as both a mentor and mentee. The program will expose participants (both mentors and mentees) to benefits such as supporting career development, expanding professional network, further developing skill set or competency, seeing another person’s perspective, sharing knowledge and experiences, and enhancing a personal brand. After a brief introduction, participants will be able to meet and speak with invited mentors in a small group setting.


Baek-Young Choi, IEEE ComSoc WICE Chair, University of Missouri – Kansas City, USA

Baek-Young ChoiDr. Baek-Young Choi is a Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She published three books on network monitoring, storage systems, and cloud computing. She has been a faculty fellow of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Visiting Faculty Research Program (AFRL-VFRP), and Korea Telecom’s - Advance Institute of Technology (KT-AIT). She has been an associate editor for IEEE Internet-of-Things Journal, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Springer Journal of Telecommunication Systems, Elsevier Journal Computer Networks. Her research interests generally lie in the broad area of networking and communications, with specific emphasis on Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, network management, and smart city technologies. She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE, and a chair of IEEE Women in Communications Engineering (WICE). 

Periklis Chatzimisios, IEEE ComSoc YP Chair, International Hellenic University, Greece & University of New Mexico, USA

Periklis ChatzimisiosDr. Periklis Chatzimisios serves as Professor in the Department of Information and Electronic Engineering of the International Hellenic University (Greece). He has been recently awarded the title of Researcher Professor by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of New Mexico (USA). He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Science & Technology, at Bournemouth University (UK). Dr. Chatzimisios is/has been involved in several standardization and IEEE activities under the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) serving as the Chair of the ComSoc Young Professionals (YP) Standing Committee and as a Member of the ComSoc Education Services Board, the ComSoc Standards Program Development Board and the ComSoc Industry Outreach Board and the ComSoc Online Content Board. He is the Chair of the Communications Chapter and Professional Activities for the IEEE Greece Section. In the past he served as the Chair of ComSoc Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking (TCIIN), the Vice Chair of ComSoc Technical Committee on Big Data (TCBD) and he is still an active member of the IEEE Future Networks (5G) Initiative.

Newman Wilson, IEEE ComSoc MSB MVRC on Mentoring Co-Chair

Newman WilsonDr. Newman Wilson serves as PM for COSMOS, a Rutgers University WINLAB led project to design, develop, and deploy at-scale Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) in New York, NY, USA. This involves Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU researchers; partners including NY City, CCNY, University of Arizona, Silicon Harlem, IBM; along with support by U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), PAWR Project Office (PPO), and 30-member industry consortium. He has over two decades of professional accomplishments, in industry and academia, that span research and development in communication systems and networks involving key wireless, data, and optical technologies. He co-authored papers published in refereed Journals (e.g., IEEE, IEE, Bell Laboratories) and Conferences. His current interests include 5G and beyond, IoT, among others. He is a senior member of IEEE and has held leadership positions in IEEE region, section, and chapter. At the board level, he has served in IEEE Region 1 and Communications Society including the committees on Awards, Nominations, Membership Development, Student Activities, and MVRC Follow-up on Mentoring.

Invited Mentors:

Ana Garcia Armada, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

Ana Garcia ArmadaAna Garcia Armada received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Madrid in February 1998. She is currently a Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, where she has occupied a variety of management positions (Head of Signal Theory and Communications Department, Vice-dean of Electrical Engineering, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of International Relations, among others). She is leading the Communications Research Group at this university. She has been visiting scholar at Stanford University, Bell Labs and University of Southampton. She has participated (and coordinated most of them) in more than 30 national and 10 international research projects as well as 20 contracts with the industry, all of them related to wireless communications. She is the co-author of eight book chapters on wireless communications and signal processing. She has published around 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and she holds four patents. She has contributed to international standards organizations, such as ITU and ETSI, is member of the expert group of the European 5G PPP and member of the advisory committee 5JAC of the ESA as expert appointed by Spain on 5G. She has served on the editorial boards of Physical Communication (2008-2017), IET Communications (2014-2017). She serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communications Letters since 2016 (Editor until Feb 2019 - Exemplary Editor Award 2017 and 2018 - Senior Editor Mar 2019–July 2019, Area Editor from Aug 2019), IEEE Transactions on Communications since 2019 and IEEE Open Journal for the Communications Society (Area Editor) since 2019. She has served on the TPC of more than 40 conferences and she has been/is part of the organizing committee of IEEE Globecom 2019 and 2021 (General Chair), IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Fall 2018, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Spring 2018 and 2019, IEEE 5G Summit 2017, International Symposium on Ubiquitous Networking (UNET) 2017, IEEE Third Women´s Workshop on Communications and Signal Processing 2016, European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) 2015, and the International Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems (Mobilight) 2010. She was the Newsletter Editor of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Committee (2017-2018) and is now the Secretary of this committee (since 2019). She was Secretary (2016-2017) and Chair (2018-2019) of the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering Standing Committee. She has received the Young Researchers Excellence Award, the Award to Outstanding achievement in research, teaching and management and the Award to Best Practices in Teaching, all from University Carlos III of Madrid, She was awarded the third place Bell Labs Prize 2014 for shaping the future of information and communications technology, and the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE ComSoc SPCE technical committee in 2019. Her main interests are multi-carrier and multi-antenna techniques and signal processing applied to wireless communications.

Wendi Heinzelman, University of Rochester, USA

Wendi HeinzelmanWendi Heinzelman is Dean of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. She is also a full professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Her research interests include wireless communications and networking, mobile-cloud computing and multimedia communication. She has contributed to 12 textbooks and has published in more than 150 journals and conferences, with over 55,000 citations to her work. She has served as Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Standing Committee, where she has worked with ComSoc members to develop existing and new Emerging Technology Initiatives. She is a co-founder and a steering committee member of N^2 Women, a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Neeli Prasad, SmartAvatar B.V.

Neeli PrasadDr. Ir. Neeli R. Prasad, Co-Founder & CTO of SmartAvatar B.V., Netherlands and TrustedMobi “VehicleAvatar Inc.”, Mountain View, CA, USA, IEEE VTS Board of Governor, Elected member & VP Membership.

Neeli is a cybersecurity, networking and IoT strategist. She has throughout her career been driving business and technology innovation, from incubation to prototyping to validation and is currently an entrepreneur and consultant in Silicon Valley. She is the advisory board member for the European Commission H2020 projects. She is also a vice chair and patronage chair of IEEE Communication Society Globecom/ICC Management & Strategy Committee (COMSOC GIMS) and Chair of the Marketing, Strategy and IEEE Staff Liaison Group. She is Director of CGC, USA, full Professor at Department of Business Development and Technology (BTech), Aarhus University and was assistant head of department and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at International Technological University (ITU), USA.

Dr. Prasad has led global teams of researchers across multiple technical areas and projects in Japan, India, throughout Europe and USA. She has been involved in numerous research and development projects. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business and technological problems and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally across the industry have reshaped and elevated her role as project coordinator making her a preferred partner in multinational and European Commission project consortiums.

She has 4 books on IoT and WiFi, many book chapters, peer-reviewed international journal papers and over 200 international conference papers. She is and has been in the organization and TPC member of several international conferences. She is the co-editor is chief of Journal for Cyber Security and Mobility by River Publishers and associate editor of Social Media and Social Networking by Springer.

Damla Turgut, University of Central Florida

Damla TurgutDamla Turgut is Charles Millican Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida.

She received her PhD from the Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include wireless ad hoc, sensor, underwater and vehicular networks, cloud computing, smart cities, IoT-enabled healthcare and augmented reality, as well as considerations of privacy in the Internet of Things. She is also interested in applying big data techniques for improving STEM education for women and minorities. Her recent honors and awards include the Women of Distinction Award by the UCF Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty in September 2018, the University Excellence Award in Professional Service in April 2017 and being featured in the UCF Women Making History series in March 2015. She was co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICC 2013. Dr. Turgut serves on several editorial boards and program committees of prestigious ACM and IEEE journals and conferences. Her research has been funded through grants from National Science of Foundation, Department of Energy, US Army RDECOM, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, as well as industry grants.

Bige Deniz Ünlütürk, Michigan State University

Bige Deniz ÜnlütürkBige Deniz Unluturk is an assistant professor in both Department of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Michigan State University since Fall 2021. Between August 2020- August 2021, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr Chris Contag's Lab at the Institute of Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, MSU. Before joining MSU, she received her Ph D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in August 2020 under the guidance of Prof Dr Ian F Akyildiz. Her research is in the areas of wireless communication and networking, more specifically Molecular Communications and Internet of Bio NanoThings and their applications to healthcare. She serves as publicity chair for IEEE ComSoc WICE and webmaster for IEEE SEM WIE.

Yessica Saez, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Panama

Yessica SaezYessica Saez Barrios is an electronics and telecommunications engineer, graduated from the Technological University of Panama and a specialist in higher education from the University of the Isthmus of Panama. She holds an MEng and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.

She currently works as a researcher professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Technological University of Panama, whe she serves as the Research Coordinator of the Azuero Region Branch. She is the coordinator of the Research Group on Telecommunications Engineering and Intelligent Systems Applied to Society (ITSIAS), where she collaborates in several research projects financed by different institutions.

She has several publications in national and international high impact scientific journals, has participated and presented scientific articles in various national and international congresses and also holds invention patents. She is a member of the National Research System (SNI) of Panama, director of outreach of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), active member of the Movement Science in Panama. Dr. Sáez is the Chair of the Communications Society (COMSOC) of the IEEE – Panama Section and is a member of the board of directors of the Communications Society (COMSOC) of IEEE Latin America.

Robert Schober, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Robert SchoberRobert Schober (S'98, M'01, SM'08, F'10) received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From 2002 to 2011, he was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at FAU. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless and Molecular Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing. Robert received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier­ Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, a 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, a 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Stacie Fellowship, a 2017 Wireless Communications Recognition Award by the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee, and the 2022 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Stuart F. Meyer Memorial Award. Furthermore, he received numerous Best Paper Awards for his work including the 2022 ComSoc Stephen O. Rice Prize. Since 2017, he has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Robert is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2012 to 2015 and as VP Publications of the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) in 2020 and 2021. Currently, he serves as Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE , as Member at Large of the ComSoc Board of Governors, and as ComSoc Treasurer. He is the ComSoc President-Elect for 2023.

Ashutosh Dutta, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and IEEE Future Networks Initiative, USA

Ashutosh DuttaAs a Technical Leader in 5G and security, IEEE Fellow Ashutosh Dutta has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh currently works as Chief 5G Strategist and Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. Earlier Ashutosh worked as Director of Technology Security at AT&T, CTO for NIKSUN, Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University and Computer Engineer at TATA Motors. Ashutosh is the author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by Wiley-IEEE press. Ashutosh currently serves as the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative and Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society, where was a Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the IEEE STEM conference for the last 10 years, as well as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society from 2014-2019. He has served as the general Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 85 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.

Ekram Hossain, Samsung AI Center Montreal, Canada

Ekram HossainEkram Hossain (F’15) is a Professor and the Associate Head (Graduate Studies) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Also, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Hossain's current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization beyond 5G cellular wireless networks. He was elevated to an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to spectrum management and resource allocation in cognitive and cellular radio networks". He received the 2017 IEEE ComSoc TCGCC (Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing) Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award “for outstanding technical leadership and achievement in green wireless communications and networking”. Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the “2017 IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award and the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award. He was listed as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Currently he serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Previously, he served as the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Press (2018-2021) and the EiC of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2012-2016). He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He served as the Director of Magazines for the IEEE Communications Society (2020-2021). Also, he was an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society for the term 2018-2020.

Luca Foschini, University of Bologna, Italy

Luca Foschini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Distributed and Mobile Systems at the Computer Science and Engineering Dept. (DISI) of the University of Bologna. He has been habilitated as Full Professor in the national examination called Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale 2020. He has published over 170 conference and journal papers in these areas, receiving best paper award recognitions from various IEEE ComSoc technically sponsored conferences, such as ICC’21, ICC’18, ISCC’19, and CAMAD’19, and highly-cited paper mentions in IEEE journals. From the point of view of his publication record (Google Scholar – November 2021: h-index=32; i10-index=90; citations=5102), he has co-authored more than 65 international journal/magazine articles (in publication venues that are considered the excellent ones in his research field, such as IEEE COMST, ACM CSUR, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE TNSM, IEEE TC, IEEE TETC, IEEE TCC, IEEE TPDS, IEEE JSAC, IEEE ComMag, and IEEE WCM), guest-edited 5 special issues in international journals/magazines, co-authored 5 chapters in international books, and 130+ additional works published in other international venues (conferences, workshops etc.) such as CCGrid, ISWC, Globecom, ICC, ISCC.

Michele Polese, Northeastern University, USA

Michele PoleseMichele Polese is a Principal Research Scientist at the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, Northeastern University, Boston, since March 2020. He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova in 2020. He also was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral researcher in 2019/2020 at the University of Padova, and a part-time lecturer in Fall 2020 and 2021 at Northeastern University. During his Ph.D., he visited New York University (NYU), AT&T Labs in Bedminster, NJ, and Northeastern University. His research interests are in the analysis and development of protocols and architectures for future generations of cellular networks (5G and beyond), in particular for millimeter-wave and terahertz networks, spectrum sharing and passive/active user coexistence, open RAN development, and the performance evaluation of end-to-end, complex networks. He has contributed to O-RAN technical specifications and submitted responses to multiple FCC and NTIA notice of inquiry and requests for comments, and is a member of the Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations of the American Meteorological Society (2022-2024). He collaborates and has collaborated with several academic and industrial research partners, including AT&T, Mavenir, NVIDIA, InterDigital, NYU, University of Aalborg, King's College, and NIST. He is co-PI in research projects on 6G funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Office for Undersecretary of Defense (OUSD), and was awarded with several best paper awards. Michele is serving as TPC co-chair for WNS3 2021-2022, as an Associate Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine, as a Guest Editor in an IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Open RAN, and has organized the Open 5G Forum in Fall 2021. 

Dan Lewis, LCRA, USA

Dan LewisDan Lewis is a recent graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, TX receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Networks and Communications. Prior to pursuing a degree Dan served in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician. Recently he has started a new career in Telecommunications engineering at LCRA, a public utility in central Texas. Dan has been involved with ComSoc in membership development roles focusing on student involvement and transition into industry. 

Panel 2: “Growing with ComSoc: From Student Member to Fellow”

Date: Tuesday, 6 December 2022
Time: 2:00pm-2:40pm (BRT)
Location: Oceania II, Windsor Oceanico // Join Online

Abstract: The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) brings together students, industry, and academic professionals to share expertise, learn, and collaborate to build novel solutions to solve the current communications technology challenges. Being a part of IEEE ComSoc allows people to participate actively in creating future communication technologies to assist tomorrow’s society. The panelists shall share their experiences and opportunities they had through IEEE ComSoc at various stages of their academic and professional career. They will also shed light on the benefits and what to expect in advancing ComSoc ranks.


Juliana Freitag Borin, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Juliana Freitag BorinJuliana Freitag Borin is a professor and the Head of the Computer Systems Department at the Institute of Computing of the State University of Campinas - Campinas, Brazil. She has PhD, Master, and Bachelor in Computer Science. Her research interests include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, and Computer Networks: media access control in wireless networks, quality of service and quality of experience in wireless networks, modeling and simulation of computer networks. She is also an advocate for increasing women's participation in Computer Science.

Dianne Scherly Varela de Medeiros, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Dianne Scherly Varela de MedeirosDianne Scherly Varela de Medeiros is currently a professor at the Department of Telecommunications Engineering at Federal Fluminense University (UFF). She received her D.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), Brazil, in 2017. In 2016, she was in exchange at the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), at Sorbonne Université, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris. Dianne received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from Federal Fluminense University, Brazil. She coordinates projects funded by CNPq, RNP, and the City Hall of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, focusing on the research and development of cloud computing and Internet of Things solutions based on machine learning. Her publications and main research interests cover wireless networks, vehicular networks, complex networks, the Internet of Things, and smart cities.


Mallellu Sai Prashanth, Tech Mahindra/Vardhaman College of Engineering, India

Mallellu Sai PrashanthMallellu Sai Prashanth, is a blockchain developer at Tech Mahindra and the Junior Research Scholar at Vardhaman College of Engineering, Hyderabad and Pursuing his Master of Technology Degree from Vardhaman College of Engineering (Affiliated to JNTUH), he is presently Volunteering as a Deputy Chair, Publicity of IEEE WICE Comsoc and YP Representative of IEEE Education Society and IEEE Collabratec Coordinator IEEE R10 SAC. He Volunteered as Webinar and Training Coordinator of IEEE R10 SAC and Technical Coordinator, IEEE R10 Webinar Series during 2021. He also Contributed as Vice-Chair, IEEE India Council Student Coordination Team 2021 and now holds the responsibility as Section Student Representative of IEEE Hyderabad Section and also being part of Student Network Team, IEEE Hyderabad Section(2019-2022). Chair - IEEE Vardhaman College of Engineering.

Receipt of Following Awards in 2021:

  • Winner IEEE R10 SAC Outstanding Volunteer Award.
  • Winner IEEE R10 Educational Activities Outstanding Volunteer Award.
  • Winner IEEE R10 YP Revol 2021 Program Award Winner of IEEE Computer Society Richard E Merwin Scholarship Award.
  • Winner of IEEE Education Society Student Leadership Award 2021.
  • Winner of IEEE MGA Member Get a Member and Stood First in IEEE R10 and First at Section in Recruiting more members from 2020-2021 and with a cash prize of $500 USD.

Michele Nogueira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Michele NogueirathMichele Nogueira is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. She received her doctorate in Computer Science from the University Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne Université, France. She was on sabbatical leave at Carnegie Mellon University, USA (2016-2017). Her research interests include wireless networks, security, and dependability. She has worked on providing resilience to self-organized, cognitive, and wireless networks through adaptive and opportunistic approaches. Dr. Nogueira was one of the pioneers in addressing survivability issues in self-organized wireless networks; the work “A Survey of Survivability in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks” is one of her prominent scientific contributions. She has been a recipient of Academic Scholarships from the Brazilian Government in her undergraduate and graduate years; and of international grants such as the ACM SIGCOMM Geodiversity program. She has served as Associate Technical Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine. She serves as chair of the IEEE ComSoc Internet Technical Committee. She is an ACM and IEEE Senior Member.

Rose Hu, Utah State University, USA

Rose HuRose Qingyang Hu (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, the M.S. degree from New York University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. Besides a decade academia experience, she has more than 10 years of R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry, and Intel as a Technical Manager, a Senior Wireless System Architect, and a Senior Research Scientist, actively participating in industrial 4G technology development, standardization, system level simulation, and performance evaluation.  She is currently a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Associate Dean for research of College of Engineering at Utah State University. She also directs Communications Network Innovation Lab at Utah State University. Her current research interests include next-generation wireless system design, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical system, Mobile Edge Computing, V2X communications, AI/ML in wireless networks.  She has published over 300 papers in leading IEEE journals and conferences and also holds 30 issued patents.  She is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Class 2015-2018, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer Class 2020-2022, and a recipient of prestigious Best Paper Awards from the IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, the IEEE ICC 2015, the IEEE VTC Spring and the IEEE ICC 2016. She is currently an IEEE ComSoc BoG member serving as the Chief Information Office and also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
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Grace LeeDr. Grace Lee is an international speaker, global educator, and executive coach who brings enlightening insight and enthusiasm to her audiences with pragmatic strategies. Her coaching programs, seminars, and keynotes leave clients with the keys to overcoming limiting beliefs to achieve greater career success and live an empowered life. People who have experienced her coaching or heard her presentations have described her as deeply insightful, pleasantly thorough, and remarkably pragmatic.

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