Invited speakers

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Ms. Debora Gentina

Huawei Technologies

Debora Gentina joined Huawei Technologies in 2007 as Senior Marketing Manager within the European Microwave Group where she is responsible for microwave marketing.

After graduating in Electronic Engineering, she has been working in the microwave field for many years in Siemens, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent before joining Huawei, covering several roles from system architecture to product strategy and marketing. Moreover, she is speaker and panelist in Global Telecom Exhibitions, Market Trade-shows and Events.

In ETSI ISG mWT she has been recently appointed rapporteur of the work item on the bands above 90 GHz.

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Dr. Igone Vélez


Dr. Igone Vélez has been a research staff member at the Electronic and Communications department of CEIT since 2000 and an associate professor at the University of Navarra since 2005.

She received her MS in electrical, electronic and control engineering in 2000, and her PhD in 2005 from the University of Navarra.

Her research interests include design methodologies, signal processing and hardware development for telecommunication systems. She is author or co-author of 3 patents and of more than 40 articles in journals and conferences. She is a member of IEEE.

She has been involved in international and national projects related to UWB, WLAN, DVB-T2 and RFID technologies. She has been the coordinator of the FP7 European Project "Confidence", (contract number FP7-ICT-214986) and is currently coordinating the FP7 European Project "E3Network", (contract number FP7-ICT-317957).

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Dr. Laurent Dussopt


Dr. Laurent Dussopt received the M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. For two years, he was a research fellow at The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he developed reconfigurable microwave circuits and antennas based on RF-MEMS technology. Since 2003, he has been with CEA-LETI, France, as a research engineer and project leader. Since 2014, he coordinates the EU project MiWaveS (, a collaborative project with 15 European partners on millimeter-wave wireless communication technologies for future 5th Generation heterogeneous cellular mobile networks. Dr. Dussopt has published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals and conferences, several book chapters and patents; he is a senior member of IEEE and a research director of CEA.

His expertise and research interests include mainly integrated antennas, reconfigurable antenna arrays and advanced antenna systems for wireless communications at microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies.

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Dr.-Ing. Thomas Haustein

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Thomas Haustein received his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in mobile communications from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, in 2006. In 1997, he joined the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, where he worked on wireless infrared systems and radio communications with multiple antennas and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing. He focused on real-time algorithms for baseband processing and advanced multiuser resource allocation. Since 2006, he was with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he conducted research for Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced. Since 2008, he is the Head of the Wireless Communications and Networks Department at Fraunhofer HHI. His research expertise is in the area of MIMO, OFDM, LTE-Advanced, Cognitive Radio Systems and Radio technology candidates for future wireless systems - 5G. Thomas is academic advisor to NGMN and actively contributing to industry consortia like Green Touch.

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Mr. François Magne


François Magne began his career at the French DGA (French department of defence) for the design of missile test radars. Following this he became director of industrial relations at French research think tank CNRS.

He went on to lead advanced research at TRT-Philips. When this activity was acquired by Thomson CSF he became the chief scientist for the Thales CNI (communication, navigation and identification) division. Then promoted CTO of Thales Communications. François was a critical contributor in the development of advanced communications systems, as well as in the development of satellite and high speed broadband technologies. In 2002, he became the vice president of technology in charge of innovation and technology valorisation at Thales Group, with whom he co-founded Bluwan in 2005.

Responsible for research and development at Bluwan, as Chief Scientist he contributed to 8 cooperative research programs and issued 6 patents on EHF communication systems. In 2015 he founded WHEN-ab a research entity on mm-wave applications and on wireless networking modelling.

Francois is Emeriti Member of SEE and Knight of "Légion d'Honneur"

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Prof. Claudio Paoloni

Lancaster University

Claudio Paoloni is the Head of Engineering Department and Professor of Electronics at the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. He was Researcher in the Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Roma "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy.

He was in Coordinating group of the FP7 European Project OPTHER (Optically Driven THz Amplifier) for the realization of the first 1THz traveling wave tube amplifier (2008 – 2012). He is author of more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. His main research fields are millimetre wave and terahertz vacuum electron devices and wide band microwave integrate circuits, millimetre wave high data rate wireless networks, THz applications for security, imaging and healthcare.

He was Local Organisation Chair of the International Vacuum Electronics Conference 2009 in Rome and Conference Chair of the 6th UK/Europe China Millimetre Waves and THz Technologies Workshop, UCMMT 2013, in Rome. He is IEEE Senior member and member of the IEEE Electron Device Society Vacuum Electronics Technical Committee. He was Guest Editor for the Special Issue of Transaction on Electron Devices on Vacuum Electronics (June 2014).

He is the Coordinator of H2020 TWEETHER project.

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Dr. Mehrdad Shariat

Samsung Electronics R&D Institute

Dr. Mehrdad Shariat received the BSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran in 2005. He received the PhD degree in Mobile Communications from University of Surrey, UK in 2010.

He is currently a 5G researcher in Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK). Before joining SRUK, Dr. Shariat was working as a research fellow in the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK.

He has been involved and contributed to several UK and EC co-funded projects including Mobile VCE (Core 4), BeFEMTO, iJOIN, MiWaveS and collaborative industry projects on small cell backhauling.

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Dr. Jose F. Monserrat

Universitat Politècnica de València

Dr.-Ing. Jose F. Monserrat ( received his MSc. degree with High Honors and Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He was the recipient of the First Regional Prize of Engineering Studies in 2003 for his outstanding student record receiving also the Best Thesis Prize from the UPV in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded with the best young researcher prize of Valencia. He is currently an associate professor in the Communications Department of the UPV.

His current research focuses on the design of future 5G wireless systems and their performance assessment. He has been involved in several European Projects, being especially significant his participation in NEWCOM, PROSIMOS, WINNER+ and METIS where he is currently leading the simulation activities. He also participated in 2010 in one external evaluation group within ITU-R on the performance assessment of the candidates for the future family of standards IMT-Advanced.

He co-edited the February 2011 special issue on IMT-Advanced systems published in IEEE Communications Magazine and is co-author of the Wiley book "Mobile and wireless communications for IMT-Advanced and beyond". Jose Monserrat is senior member of the IEEE, holds 6 patents and has published more than 40 journal papers.

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Dr. Josep Mangues-Bafalluy

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya

Josep Mangues-Bafalluy received the MSc (1996) and PhD (2003) in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), including an Erasmus grant in ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France.

He is senior researcher and head of the communication networks division ( of the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) and coordinated its IP Technologies Area from 2003 to 2012. He was also assistant professor at UPC.

He regularly participates in EU (FP6, FP7, H2020), industrial (e.g., Cisco, Orange, Aviat Networks), Spanish, and Catalan research projects, of which six of them were led by him. His research interests include software-defined networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) applied to self-organized mobile networks.

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Dr. Daniel Camps Mur

i2CAT Foundation

Daniel Camps is currently leading the Mobile and Wireless Internet Group (MWI) at the I2CAT Foundation. Our group's insterest lies generally in the wireless domain, and specifically on embedding wireless interfaces in devices constrained in power and energy. Thus, 802.15.4, 802.11, 6LoWPAN, CoAP, and in general the Internet of Things (IoT) are technologies we enjoy tinkering with, always with an experimental approach. In addition to IoT we also investigate architectures and algorithms to improve the capacity of mobile communication networks, focusing here on Wi-Fi based access networks and on the application of logically centralized SDN protocols to improve performance and manageability of the wireless access.

Previous to working at I2CAT, Daniel was a researcher at NEC Networks Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany. At NEC Daniel focused on wireless networks, QoS, and energy efficiency, and was also involved in standardization for wireless LANs contributing both to the Wi-Fi Alliance and to the IEEE 802.11 working group.