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


Workshop Organizers:
Yuanwei Liu, Queen Mary University of London, UK (
Yan Chen, Huawei Technologies, Canada (
Wenqiang Yi, Queen Mary University of London, UK (
Naofal Al-Dhahir, University of Texas at Dallas, USA (
Octavia A. Dobre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (
Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark (
Pingzhi Fan, Southwest Jiaotong University, China (

Steering Committee:
Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba, Canada
George K. Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Organizer Bios:

Yuanwei Liu received the Ph.D. degree from the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), U.K., in 2016. He was with the Department of Informatics, King’s College London, from 2016 to 2017, where he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He has been a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) with the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, QMUL, since Aug. 2021, where he was a Lecturer from 2017 to 2021. His research interests include NOMA, RIS, 5G/6G networks, machine learning, and stochastic geometry. He is an Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS, and IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS. He serves as the leading Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC special issue on Next Generation Multiple Access, a Guest Editor for IEEE JSTSP special issue on Signal Processing Advances for Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in Next Generation Wireless Networks. He is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. He serves as the chair of SIG in SPCC Technical Committee on the topic of signal processing Techniques for NGMA, the vice-chair of SIG WTC on the topic of Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Smart Radio Environments (RISE). He is the co-chair of workshop on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces for future wireless communications in GLOBECOM 2021.

Yan Chen received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Chu Kochen Honored College and Institute of Information and Communication Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. She was a visiting researcher at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2008 to 2009. She joined Huawei Technologies Shanghai in 2009 and from 2010 to 2013, she was the project manager and technical leader of Huawei internal Green Radio project studying energy efficient solutions for wireless networks and also served as technical leader of the Green Transmission Technology (GTT) project at GreenTouchTM Consortium. Since 2013, she is one of the key technical leaders on 5G air interface design and the related 3GPP standardization in Huawei, focusing on multiple access including NOMA transceivers, grant-free massive access, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications. Now she is leading the 6G vision study in Huawei. Her research interests include 6G use cases and key capabilities, new enabling technologies and architectures such as integrated sensing and communication (ISAC), network AI, next generation of massive access, as well as system level evaluation methodologies for new usage scenarios. She won the IEEE Communication Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2017.

Wenqiang Yi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Queen Mary University of London, U.K., in 2020. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Queen Mary University of London, since 2020. His research interests include next generation multiple access (NGMA), millimetre-wave communications, stochastic geometry, and machine learning. He received Chinese Government Award for Self-Financed Outstanding Students Abroad, 2020 (500 PhD students worldwide). He received the Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE COMMUNICATION LETTERS and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS in 2019 and 2020. He has served as a TPC Member for many IEEE conferences, such as GLOBECOM, VTC, etc. He serves as the Secretary of the SIG on Signal Processing Techniques for NGMA by the SPCC Technical Committee.

Naofal Al-Dhahir is Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor & ECE Dept. Associate Head at UT-Dallas. He earned his PhD degree from Stanford University and was a principal member of technical staff at GE Research Center and AT&T Shannon Laboratory from 1994 to 2003. He is co-inventor of 43 issued patents, co-author of about 490 papers and co-recipient of 5 IEEE best paper awards. He is an IEEE Fellow, received 2019 IEEE SPCC technical recognition award and 2021 Qualcomm faculty award. He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications from Jan. 2016 to Dec. 2019. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Octavia A. Dobre is a Professor and Research Chair at Memorial University, Canada. Previously, she was with Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, and Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. She was a Visiting Professor with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. Her research interests encompass wireless, optical, and underwater communications. She has (co-)authored over 400 refereed papers in these areas. Dr. Dobre serves as the Director of Journals and Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. She was the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters, Senior Editor, Editor, and Guest Editor for various prestigious journals and magazines. She also served as General Chair, Technical Program Co-Chair, Tutorial Co-Chair, and Technical Co-Chair of symposia at numerous conferences. Dr. Dobre was a Fulbright Scholar, Royal Society Scholar, and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. She obtained Best Paper Awards at various conferences, including IEEE ICC and IEEE Globecom. Dr. Dobre is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Petar Popovski is a Professor at Aalborg University, where he heads the section on Connectivity. He received his Dipl.-Ing and M. Sc. degrees in communication engineering from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University in 2005. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2015), the Danish Elite Researcher award (2016), IEEE Fred W. Ellersick prize (2016), IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize (2018), Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications (2019) and the Danish Telecommunication Prize (2020). He is currently a Member at Large at the Board of Governors in IEEE Communication Society. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication and communication theory. He authored the book “Wireless Connectivity: An Intuitive and Fundamental Guide”, published by Wiley in 2020.

Pingzhi Fan received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hull University, U.K., in 1994. He is a visiting/guest professor at Leeds University (UK, 1997-) and Shanghai Jiaotong University (China, 1999-). He is currently a distinguished professor of SWJTU, director of the institute of mobile communications, director of the International Cooperation Research Centre "Communications & Sensor Networks for Modern Transportation (CSNMT)" and honorary dean of the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School. He is a recipient of the UK ORS Award (1992), the NSFC Outstanding Young Scientist Award (1998), Yisheng Mao Rail Sci & Tech Award (2017), IEEE VTS Jack Neubauer Memorial Award (2018), and IEEE SP Soc SPL Best Paper Award (2019), IEEE WCSP 10-Year Anniversary Excellent Paper Award (2009-2019). He was the chief scientist of a national 973 research project (MoST, 2012-2016), IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer (2015.7-2019.6) and Distinguished Speaker (2019.7-2022.6), and a fellow of IEEE, IET, CIE and CIC. He served as a general chair or TPC chair of a number of international conferences (including two IEEE technical co-sponsored series conferences, IWSDA & HMWC, for which he is the lead founder), and is the guest editor-in-chief, guest editor or editorial member of several international journals.

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