Panel chair

Anthony C. K. Soong
 (Huawei) (S’88-M’91-SM’02-F”14) received the B.Sc. degree in animal physiology and physics from the University of Calgary, and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, the M.Sc. degree in biomedical physics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta. He is currently the Chief Scientist for Wireless Research and Standards at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, in the US. His research group is actively engaged in the research, development and standardization of the next generation cellular system. He served as the chair for 3GPP2 TSG-C NTAH (the next generation radio access network technology development group) from 2007-2009 and vice chair for 3GPP2 TSG-C WG3 (the physical layer development group for CDMA 2000) from 2006-2011. Prior to joining Huawei, he was with the systems group for Ericsson Inc and Qualcomm Inc. His research interests are in statistical signal processing, robust statistics, wireless communications, spread spectrum techniques, multicarrier signaling, multiple antenna techniques and physiological signal processing.
Dr. Soong is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has published numerous scientific papers and has more than 70 patents granted or pending. He was the co-recipient, together with the other co-authors, of the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society best paper award. He received the 2005 award of merit for his contribution to 3GPP2 and cdma2000 development. He is on the advisory broad of 2014 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop and has served on the technical program committee, as well as, chaired at numerous major conferences in the area of communications engineering. He has acted as guest editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications as well as technical reviewer for the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Communication Letters.


Doru Calin (ALU) 
 is the Director of High Performance Wireless Technologies and Networks within Bell Labs Research, at Alcatel‐Lucent, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to joining Bell Labs in 2001, he was a researcher at the Institut National des Telecommunications (now Telecom SudParis), Paris, France, a technical consultant for Bouygues Telecom, and a senior research engineer at Motorola Labs in Paris. He received his Ph.D. degree with high honors in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Versailles and Telecom SudParis in France. He holds 24 granted patents and over 25 patents filed and pending, and has published over 70 papers in scientific journals, book chapters, and refereed conferences. He has received a number of major awards, including two Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards, four Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, the IEEE WCNC 2015 best paper award, and the Motorola 3GPP standard award. His responsibilities include design of modern broadband wireless communication systems referring to 5G and beyond, cross-layer optimization, creation of high value wireless services and performance analysis.

Jeffrey G. Andrews is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Andrews is a Fellow of the IEEE and co-author of the Prentice-Hall books Fundamentals of WiMAX (2007) and Fundamentals of LTE (2010). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2007, and work he has co-authored has received the following Best Paper awards: IEEE ICC 2013, IEEE Globecom (2006 and 2009), Asilomar (2008), the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award (2010), and the IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Prize Paper Award (2011).
Outside of academia, Dr. Andrews developed Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) systems at Qualcomm from 1995-97, has consulted for Samsung, the WiMAX Forum, Clearwire, Sprint, Intel, Verizon, Microsoft, Palm, Apple, and NASA, and serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of Fastback Networks and Accelera. His degrees include a B.S. in Engineering with High Distinction from Harvey Mudd College in 1995, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999 and 2002.

Chih-Lin I (CMCC) is a chief scientist in China Mobile Communications Corporation. She received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award and is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She is currently an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

Robert W. Heath Jr. (UT Austin) received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. He has  been an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and lead guest editor for special issues on limited feedback (JSAC), heterogeneous networks (JSTSP), and most recently millimeter wave signal processing (JSTSP).s Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award. He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Aleksander D. Damjanovic (Qualcomm) received Diploma in electrical engineering from University of Nis, Serbia in 1994 and Doctor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the George Washington University in 2000. He joined Ericsson Wireless Communications Inc in San Diego in 2000, where he worked on cdma2000 base station controller development. In 2003, he joined Qualcomm Inc, San Diego, where he worked on 3G cellular standards and since 2005, standardization and prototyping of 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE Advanced systems, leading MAC design efforts. He is a co-author of a book "The cdma2000 System for Mobile Communications".


Mythri Hunukumbure (Samsung) obtained his BSc (Honours) degree in Electronics and telecommunications Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and MSc and PhD degrees in Wireless Communications from University of Bristol, UK. He recently joined Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK) as a Principal Researcher and plays a leading role in the EU funded, flagship mmMAGIC 5G project, which designs and develops new concepts for future 5G operations in the mm-wave spectrum (6-100GHz). He contributes to the project as work package leader for WP5 (Multi-antenna/ node technologies) and as Task leader for T1.2 (spectrum assessment). Prior to this, he worked at Fujitsu Labs of Europe for 8 years and contributed to and later led research on WiMAX and LTE standardisation, Green Wireless, Femto cell innovations and D2D adaptations for 5G. He has secured around 25 patents during his time at Fujitsu and has also published extensively in leading IEEE conferences and journals. He was the recipient of the best paper award at the World Telecommunications Congress (WTC) in 2012.