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                  Prof. Tarik Taleb

                  School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland
                  (Research Group: http://mosaic-lab.org/)

Customized Mobile Networking in 5G


  The telecom industry keeps reinventing itself. Soon, the world will be experiencing the 5th  generation mobile networks (5G). These 5G mobile systems are expected to meet different strict requirements beyond the traditional operator use cases. Major obstacles to overcome in 5G systems are principally the highly- centralized architecture of mobile networks along with the static provisioning and configuration of network nodes built on dedicated hardware components. This has resulted in lack of elasticity and flexibility in deployment of mobile networks; rendering their run-time management costly, cumbersome and time-consuming.

  On the other hand, mobile networks are nowadays architected to serve all mobile users; ensuring some degree of service-level differentiation, by making decisions on different user profiles, but with no specific tailoring of the functioning to the specific user needs. However, statistics demonstrate that users do not behave all in the same way. Furthermore, a single mobile network usually ensures the communication for all service types, regardless of the suitability of its available functionality to deliver these services with acceptable Quality of Experience and network efficiency. It becomes then apparent that having the same mobile network architecture serving all mobile users, let alone all mobile applications, despite the diversity they exhibit in their attitudinal response to mobile services, have to be rethought.

  5G systems need to accommodate elasticity, flexibility, dynamicity, scalability, manageability, agility and customization along with different levels of service delivery parameters according with the service requirements. For this purpose, different requirements have to be met and numerous associated challenges have to be subsequently tackled. This keynote will touch upon the recent trends the mobile telecommunications market is experiencing and discuss the challenges these trends are representing to mobile network operators. To cope with these trends, the keynote will then showcase the feasibility of on-demand creation of cloud-based elastic mobile networks, along with their lifecycle management. The keynote will introduce a set of technologies and key architectural elements to realize such vision, turning end-to-end mobile networking into software engineering. The keynote will particularly showcase the need for the deep customization of mobile networks at different granularity levels: per network, per application, per group of users, per individual users and even per data of users. The keynote will also assess the potential of Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking and Network Slicing to provide the appropriate customization and highlights the technology challenges. The keynote will also elaborate on a high level architectural solution addressing a massive multi-slice environment.


  Prof. Tarik Taleb is an IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer and a senior member of IEEE. He is currently Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He is the director of the MOSA!C Lab (http://mosaic-lab.org/). Prior to his current academic position, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He was then leading the NEC Europe Labs Team working on R&D projects on carrier cloud platforms, an important vision of 5G systems. Before joining NEC and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he worked as research fellow at the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B. E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Sciences from Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively.

  Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP’s), mobile cloud networking, network function virtualization, software defined networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. Prof. Taleb has been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP’s System Architecture working group. Prof. Taleb is a member of the IEEE Communications Society Standardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Prof. Taleb founded the “IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards”, a successful event that got awarded “best workshop award” by IEEE Communication Society (ComSoC). Based on the success of this workshop, Prof. Taleb has also founded and has been the steering committee chair of the IEEE Conf. on Standards for Communications and Networking (http://www.ieee-cscn.org/).

  Prof. Taleb is the general chair of the 2019 edition of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking  Conference (WCNC’19) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. He is/was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of Wiley journals. Till Dec. 2016, he served as chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006 - 2010). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia.

  Prof. Taleb is the (co)recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize (May 2017), the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (Mar. 2008), the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher's Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Some of Prof. Taleb’s research work have been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious conferences.


                  Prof. Satoshi Goto

                  Vice President, E-JUST, Egypt
                  Emeritus Professor, Waseda University, Japan

Low Electric Power Algorithm and Architecture Design

for Video Coding


  Low electric power design for electronic equipment is essential in our internet mobile life.   We will carry a light and long life wearable terminal to communicate or interact with many people by using multimedia devices.  Among several multimedia such as voice, audio, text, image and video, video is especially playing an important role in the communication for its visual and impressive characteristics.


  This speech will give a low electric power design for video processing. Video processing technologies have been developed for 30 years in conjunction with Standardization.  Starting from MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 and H.264 and now HEVC have been become world tandard and extremely higher compression rate has been achieved with guaranteeing higher quality.  Compared with an original video data, HEVC can compress the video data to 1/250 with high quality, almost the same one visually for human beings . The pixel size in TV or display have been glowing rapidly from SD, 720p, 1080p, to 4K or 8k, and more and more efficient algorithm and architecture are required.  Here the efficient encoding algorithms and decoding algorithms are key technologies together with high performance architecture and circuit design.   

  In this talk, most recent technologies are presented to achieve high performance video chips with low power.  These results have been presented at ISSCC or VLSI Symposia and IEEE JSSC, TSVT or IEICE Trans. in almost 60 papers by the speaker’s team at Waseda University.


  Satoshi Goto received the B.E. and the M.E. Degrees in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Waseda University in 1968 and 1970 respectively.  He also received the Doctor of Engineering from the same University in 1978.  He joined NEC Laboratories in 1970 where he worked for LSI design, Multimedia system and Software as GM and Vice President.  From 2002 to 2015, he was Professor, at Graduate school of Information, Production and Systems of Waseda University and now Emeritus Professor at Waseda University.  He served as GC of ICCAD, ASPDAC, VLSI-SOC, ASICON and ISOCC and was a board member of IEEE CAS society. He is IEEE Life Fellow and IEICE Fellow. He has received a number of awards and honors, including Distinguish Achievement Awards from IEICE, the Best paper award from ISSCC, IEEE VLSI Symp. and IEICE, and also Jubliee Medal from IEEE and Life Time Achievement Award from IEEE ISPD.  He is Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tang University, Sun Yat-sen University and Tsinghua University of China and Member of Science Council of Japan.  He has been Vice President at E-JUST in Egypt since April, 2017.,


                  Prof. Moustafa Youssef

                  ACM Distinguished Scientist

                  Founder and Director, The Wireless Research Center

                  Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology

Sensor-less sensing The Future of Ubiquitous Context-Awareness


  RF-based device-free (DF) context-awareness is an emerging field that enables the detection, tracking, and identification of entities that do not carry any devices nor participate actively in the sensing process using the already installed wireless infrastructure. The DF concept utilizes the fact that RF characteristics are functions of the surrounding environment. Changes in the received physical signals can be used to identify the presence of humans and objects, track them, as well as identify their characteristics. DF systems are attractive for many practical applications including: intrusion detection and tracking, sensor-less sensing, low cost surveillance, home automation, and interactive visual display systems for museums and retail stores.

  Based on its characteristics, DF sensing fits the vision of ubiquitous computing, where each device in the environment can be potentially used to sense the human behavior. In this talk, I will cover different DF systems used for intrusion detection, localisation, activity recognition, among others based on ubiquitous wireless technologies such as WiFi, FM, and cellular networks. The talk ends by a road-map for open research challenges and future directions.


  Moustafa Youssef is a Professor of CSE and Founder & Director of the Wireless Research Center at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST). His research interests include mobile computing, location determination technologies, pervasive computing, mobile wireless networks, and network security. He is an associate editor for the ACM TSAS, a previous area editor of the ACM MC2R and served on the organizing and technical committees of numerous prestigious conferences. Prof. Youssef is the recipient of the 2003 University of Maryland Invention of the Year award, the 2010 TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists, the 2012 Egyptian State Award, the 2013 and 2014 COMESA Innovation Awards, the 2013 ACM SIGSpatial GIS Conference Best Paper Award, among many others. He is also an ACM Distinguished Speaker and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.


                  Prof. Salah S A Obayya

                  Zewail City of Science and Technology

Plasmonics: Modelling, Technology and Applications


  Plasmonics is multidisciplinary field that is standing out in many modern technological applications. Optics, optoelectronics, semiconductor technologies, electrical engineering, micro- and nanotechnology and microwave engineering are considered as modern fields where plasmonics play vital role. In plasmonics, the interplay between propagating electromagnetic waves and free-electron oscillations in materials are emerged to create new devices and applications. Ultra-sensitive sensors, highly efficient solar cells, integrated optical nanodevices
and several modern electromagnetic devices disclosed thanks to plasmonics. However, for photonic device simulation, the accuracy of the numerical solution not only depends on the methods being used but also on the discretization parameters used in that numerical method. The analysis of optical waveguides with strong longitudinal and transverse discontinuities remains a defiance facing numerical techniques. In this work, three innovative methods will be presented to overcome some of the problems facing the traditional methods of modeling photonic devices, especially plasmonics. A new smoothed finite element method (SFEM) is proposed to analyse time domain wave propagation in photonic devices. Moreover, to accurately analyze plasmonic structures with strong discontinuities, a stable Bidirectional Beam Propagation Method (BiBPM) based on Blocked Schur (BS) algorithm is introduced. Finally, an accurate and computationally efficient rational Chebyshev multi-domain pseudospectral method (RC-MDPSM) for modal analysis of Photonic devices is presented. The efficiency of the suggested technique stems from using rational Chebyshev basis functions to accurately represent the semi-infinite computational domain; thus, eliminating the use of PML like absorbing boundary conditions. Various design examples and applications based on plasmonics will be also covered.


  Salah S A Obayya joined Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZC) in 2012 where he is now Chair Professor and Founding Director of Center for Photonics and Smart Materials (CPSM). Previously, he was the Vice Chairman of ZC (President), and Director-General of Research Institutes at the same institution. Prior to Zewail City, he took up several academic posts at Brunel University UK (tenured Associate Professor, 2002), University of Leeds, UK (tenured Professor, 2006) and University of South Wales, UK (tenured Chair Professor, 2008) where he was the Founding Director of Photonics and Broadband Communications (PBC) Research Center and also he was the Director of Postgraduate Programs at the same institution.

  He has built an outstanding international reputation in the area of green nano-photonics with focus on the intelligent computational modeling of modern nano-photonic devices enabling technologies needed to realise low-carbon green society. He has published 180 journal publications, mostly in OSA, IEEE and IET/IEE, authored 2 books (Computational Photonics, Wiley 2010 and Computational Liquid Crystal Photonics, Wiley 2016) both are adopted references for Graduate Programs in Photonics at international Universities, and 220 conference papers in international conference in photonics, many of these are invited talks, and keynote lectures, attracted external funding, from both industry and Research Councils, in the region of $ 4M, and supervised to successful completion 25 PhD students, over 70 MSc/MRes/MPhil students and 15 postdoctoral research fellows. He led the team that developed one of the world’s best comprehensive numerical packages for the analysis, design and optimization of nano-photonic devices, and subsystems, where a number of “world-first” numerical approaches have been developed. His numerical package has been widely adopted by both academic and industrial Photonics communities to analyze, design and optimize the performance of a wide range of nano-photonic devices employed for applications in solar cells, optical telecoms, sensing, optical imaging and encryption and other applications.

  He has served the International Photonics Society through active contribution to the organization and technical committees of a number of international conferences. Since 2007, he has been an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optical and Quantum Electronics, and served as Guest Editor-in-Chief of J Optical and Quantum Electronics (2010), and founding member of Editorial Board of Materials Theory Journal (Springer) and acted as Reviewer for many international Photonics Journals such as IEEE J Lightwave Technology, IEEE Photonics Journal IEEE J Quantum Electronics, IEEE J Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IET Optoelectronics, OSA Optics Express, OSA Optics Letters, and many others. Moreover, he acted as Technical expert and Reviewer for a number of research funding councils and learnt societies such as Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, Royal Society, UK, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Holland, Science and Technology Development Fund, Egypt, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt and others.
  Dr. Obayya was elected Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, IET (formerly FIEE), UK, 2010, elected Fellow of The Institute of Physics (IoP), UK, 2010, elected Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK, and Senior member of IEEE, USA, 2005, member of Board of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (Egypt’s National Academy of Science), Member of Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS), UK, Member of Optical Society of America (OSA), Member of International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), USA and Member of Applied Computational Electromganetic Society (ACES).
  As remarkable recognition of his research achievements, he was the recipient of many national and international awards and recognitions such as Honorary Chair Professor of Photonics, University of Nottingham, UK, 2017, for his outstanding world-class research record, elected Senior Associate by Board of Directors, International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, 2017, for his pivotal role in photonics research and education in Egypt, The Region and Africa and elected Senior Member by Board of Directors, Optical Society of America, OSA, 2017 for his internationally recognized research in Photonics, UAE President Khalifa Award for Distinguished Arab Professor in Scientific Research in April 2017, Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Photonics from City University of London in Jan 2016; a degree awarded only to those who gained international distinction in their own fields, Arab Thought Foundation Award in Scientific Creativity (Lebanon), Dec. 2015; only one award in all fields of Science and Engineering is granted each year for one Arab Scientist, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) Award in Engineering Sciences Creativity, Sept. 2014; only one award is granted each year for an Egyptian Scientist in Engineering Sciences, Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (Jordan) Award for Arab Scientists in Engineering Sciences, Oct. 2014; only one award is granted each year for one Arab Scientists in Engineering Sciences, State Award of Excellence for Engineering Sciences from the Egyptian State, Sept. 2013; only one scientist is awarded this prestigious award every year, Incentive State Award for Engineering Sciences from the Egyptian State, Sept. 2005, and many others.


                  Prof. Diaa Khalil

                  Ain Shams University, Egypt

MEMS Based Optical Gas Sensing: Challenges & Opportunities


  Optical gaz sensing is nowadays a growing field that has a lot of industrial applications as well as academic interests. It can be used for multi gaz sensing with only one sensor and in addition, the sensor is not affected by the sensed gases which means no saturation and very low level of maintenance is needed. The main drawback in such technique is its high cost and large volume and weight due to the use of bulky optical instruments like Fourier transform spectrometers or tunable laser sources. One way to overcome this problem is the use of optical MEMS technology for the miniaturization of the bulky instruments. This direction has a very strong potential, especially after the great success achieved in the last few years in building complete optical benches on a silicon substrate using the MEMS technology. In this direction, two different approaches can be used: building a MEMS based FT spectrometer with a white light source or building a MEMS based tunable / swept laser source with a simple detector.

  In this talk we will review the recent work done in these two directions using the MEMS technology for building an FTIR spectrometer and a tunable or swept laser source. The FTIR spectrometer is a universal sensor for many other domains like the food analysis, the pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis and all fields of analytical chemistry. The swept laser source is also an essential component for many other applications like telemetry and Optical Coherence Tomography OCT which is extensively used in biomedical imaging. Each of these two systems has its own challenges when integrated using the MEMS technology. The talk will highlight these challenges and address the solutions proposed to overcome them. It will thus assess the state of the art, potentials and challenges facing the optical MEMS technology in this domain from both an industrial as well as academic points of view.


  Prof. Diaa Khalil has over 33 years of experience in micro photonics systems, including integrated optoelectronics and optical MEMS technology. He obtained his PhD from INPG France in 1993. He is currently the CTO of the Optical MEMS Division in Si-Ware Systems company, leading a group of talented engineers developing an innovative FTIR MEMS spectrometer, a unique product that gained the Prism award in the Photonics West conference 2014 in SF USA. Prior to joining SWS, he worked with MEMScAP company as the head of the optical MEMS design group where he led the design and characterization of a 2×2 switch, and introduced a novel VOA (variable Optical Attenuator) achieving the world record of minimum PDL reported for wide dynamic range.

  Diaa Khalil is also a Professor in the Faculty of Eng., Ain Shams University since 2004, and currently the Head of the ECE department. He introduced the courses of Integrated Optics, Optical MEMS, and Applied Optical Engineering for the post-graduate engineering students. He is also leading a group of scientists working in the fields of Photonic microsystems. He supervised more than 45 MSc and PhD thesis in the fields of: Optics, Optoelectronics, Applied Spectroscopy, Optical MEMS and integrated Optics.

  Prof. Diaa Khalil is senior member in the OSA and the IEEE societies and a member in the SPIE society. He is a holder of the Egyptian state incentive prize in engineering sciences in 1998. He is a senior member in the OSA and the IEEE Photonic Society and a member in the SPIE. He is currently the head of commission D in the National URSI committee, in Egypt. He is also a member in the editorial board of the journal, “Light : Science and Applications” produced by the Nature Publishing Group NPG.

  Prof. Diaa Khalil is an inventor of about 13 granted international patents and more than 10 other patent applications. He is author and co-author of more than 230 publications in international journals and conferences.