Speakers
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Jeff Andrews

Director, 6G@UT; Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Jeffrey Andrews received the B.S. in Engineering with High Distinction from Harvey Mudd College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the Cockrell Family Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in industry at Qualcomm and Intel and consulted widely on wireless communications.

Dr. Andrews is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and has been co-recipient of 15 best paper awards including the 2016 IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2014 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, the 2014 and 2018 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2011 and 2016 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Prize, and the 2010 IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award. He received the 2015 Terman Award, the NSF CAREER Award, is an IEEE Fellow, and received the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu technical field award.

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Joonyoung Cho

Senior Director, Samsung


Joonyoung Cho received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2003, respectively. He engaged in CDMA baseband modem algorithm development and design, while he was with SK Telecom in Korea from 1995 to 1998 and POSTECH as a research staff until early 1999. He was also involved with research and standardization for 3G(HSPA)/4G(LTE)/5G(NR) cellular communications, while he worked at Samsung Electronics in Korea during 2003~2015 and at Intel Corporation in the US during 2015~2018. He is currently a senior director in the Standards and Mobility Innovation Lab at Samsung Research America (SRA), and leads standardization and research for 5G/6G wireless communications.

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Chris Dick

R&D Engineering at the Intersection of 5G and AI, NVIDIA

Dr. Chris Dick joined NVIDIA in 2020 where he is a wireless architect working on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to 5G and 6G wireless. From 1998 to 2020 he was a Fellow and the DSP Chief Architect at Xilinx.

Chris has worked on research and product development in the areas of 3G, 4G, 5G, Docsis 3.1 cable access networks and digital front-end technology for cellular systems, VLIW architectures and compilers for signal processing and machine learning.

Prior to moving to Silicon Valley in 1998 he was a tenured academic in Melbourne Australia for 13 years. He has over 200 publications, 70 patents and is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, where he has taught courses on real-time signal processing and machine learning for 18 years. In 2018 he was awarded the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication for research in the area of full-duplex wireless communication.

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Alan Gatherer

CTO & Co-Founder, Cirrus360 Corp.

Alan Gatherer is currently the CTO of Cirrus360 and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is responsible for R&D and strategy for Cirrus360 modem development platforms. From January 2010 to January 2021 he was with Futurewei technologies where he was a Senior Technical Vice President in charge R&D efforts in the US to develop next generation baseband chips and software for 4G and 5G basestation modems. He led development of new technologies for baseband SoC in the areas of multimode modems as a Service, interconnect and memory fabric, CPU/DSP clusters and virtualization, focusing on 5G deployment. Prior to that he was a TI Fellow and CTO at Texas Instruments where he led the development of high performance, multicore DSP at TI and worked on various telecommunication standards. Alan has authored over 50 journal and conference papers. In addition, he holds over 80 awarded patents and is author of the book “The Application of Programmable DSPs in Mobile Communications.” Alan holds a bachelor of engineering in microprocessor engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. He also attended Stanford University in California where he received a master’s in electrical engineering in 1989 and his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1993.

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Arun Ghosh

Sr. Manager, Wireless Systems and Hardware Design, Amazon

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Amitava Ghosh

Head of Radio Interface Group, Nokia Strategy and Technology

Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh (F’15) is a Nokia Fellow and works at Nokia Standards and Strategy. He joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. He has 60 issued patents, has written multiple book chapters and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers. He is currently working on 5G Evolution and 6G technologies. Recently, he was elected chair of the NextGA (an US 6G initiative) National Roadmap Working Group. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is the recipient of 2016 IEEE Stephen O. Rice and 2017 Neal Shephard prize, member of IEEE Access editorial board and co-author of the books titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A” and “5G Enabled Industrial IoT Network”.

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Todd Humphreys

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Humphreys specializes in the application of optimal detection and estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. He directs the Radionavigation Laboratory at UT Austin and leads the Pervasive Sensing research thrust of 6G@UT. His recent focus has been on secure perception for autonomous systems, including navigation, timing, and collision avoidance, and on centimeter-accurate location for the mass market.

Dr. Humphreys is also on the graduate study committee of the UT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the UT Regeants' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012, the NSF Career Award in 2015, the Institute of Navigation Thurlow Award in 2015, and the PECASE award in 2019. Dr. Humphreys joined the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering in Fall 2009.

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Tingfang Ji

VP of Engineering, Qualcomm

Tingfang Ji joined Qualcomm in 2003 and is currently a VP of Engineering on Wireless Research. He leads a flagship research project on 5G NR design/standardization, pre-commercial IODT/trials, experimental macro networks, and long-term pre-6G research. Before joining Qualcomm, Tingfang was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs. As an inventor, he has more than 600 granted US patents. Tingfang received his Ph.D. degree in E.E. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001, and also received a B.Sc. from Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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Kerstin Johnsson

Senior Research Scientist, Intel

Kerstin B. Johnsson received a B.S. degree in Math from the University of Chicago, then M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She began her career as Senior Scientist for Kiwi Networks, a startup developing advanced cellular Wi-Fi technologies for enterprises and service providers. In 2006, Kerstin moved to Intel Labs, where she has conducted R&D for a host of wireless technologies over the past 16 years including cellular relay, femto-cells, cellular M2M, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi assisted LTE Direct, Wi-Gig AR/VR, Wi-Fi UAV swarm comms, Wi-Fi sensing, and more. Over this time, Kerstin also worked on the IEEE 802.16, IEEE 802.11, and 3GPP standards. Currently, Kerstin is a senior research scientist with Intel Labs, leading research on joint comms/compute optimization.

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Ashish Kapoor

Partner Research Manager, Microsoft Research

Ashish Kapoor leads the Autonomous Systems Research Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. Currently, his research focuses on building intelligent and autonomous flying agents that are safe and enable applications that can positively influence our society. The core technology builds upon cutting-edge research in machine intelligence, robotics and human-centered computation, in order to enable an entire fleet of flying robots that range from micro-UAVs to commercial jetliners. Various application scenarios include Weather Sensing, Monitoring for Precision Agriculture, Safe Cyber-Physical Systems, etc.

Ashish received his PhD from MIT Media Laboratory. He also holds FAA Commercial Pilot certificate (SEL), FAA Flight Instructor certificate (Airplane Single Engine and Instrument Airplane) and is an avid amateur aircraft builder.

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Milap Majmundar

Director, Advanced Wireless Technology Group, AT&T Labs

Milap Majmundar leads the Advanced Wireless Technology Group at AT&T Labs in Austin, TX, which is responsible for wireless research and strategic standards evolution for 5G-Advanced and 6G, including various aspects of wireless technology and spectrum strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in the cellular wireless industry, working on various physical layer, layer 2 and RAN architecture aspects of every generation of cellular wireless technology including D-AMPS, TDMA, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G NR, and has been involved in the specification of cellular wireless standards in the TIA/EIA and multiple 3GPP RAN working groups. He received the MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the MBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently holds more than 110 granted patents and additional filed patents in the area of wireless communications.

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Diana Marculescu

Chair, ECE, The University of Texas at Austin

Diana Marculescu is Department Chair, Cockrell Family Chair for Engineering Leadership #5, and Professor, Motorola Regents Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering #2, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to joining UT Austin in December 2019, she was the David Edward Schramm Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Founding Director of the College of Engineering Center for Faculty Success (2015-2019) and has served as Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014-2018), all at Carnegie Mellon University.

She received the Dipl.Ing. degree in computer science from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania (1991), and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1998). Her research interests include energy- and reliability-aware computing, hardware aware machine learning, and computing for sustainability and natural science applications.

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Udayan Mukherjee

Senior Fellow, Network & Edge Group, Intel Corp.

Udayan Mukherjee is an Intel Senior Fellow in the Network Platforms Group and Chief Architect for Intel's Wireless Network Infrastructure, leading architecture and product development for 5G radio access, packet core, and private network at the edge. Udayan architected industry's first fully virtualized 5G pipeine (Sub 6 & MMwave) on open architecture through FlexRAN & FlexCore which are being deployed across Geos. Udayan is responsible for Silicon enhancements for 5G RAN & Core including SoC architecture & instruction set and is also working on developing comprehensive edge architecture while addressing multi access private network implemented @ edge with features like URLLC/TSN, QoS/Slicing & Network AI targeting specific vertical IOT domains.

Udayan is also responsible for establishing new growth areas and biz for Intel in network infrastructure & enterprise/IOT edge, including incubating technologies and optimizations for Si platforms designed for software-based networking and the next generation of cloud native network functions, developing wireless-specific intellectual property, leading Intel’s product development for 5G and beyond, and defining private/enterprise network software stack at the edge. Udayan’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization; and mobile edge services and applications.

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Venki Ramaswamy

Chief Technologist, MITRE Labs

Dr. Venkatesh (Venki) Ramaswamy is Chief Technologist at MITRE Labs in Bedford, Massachusetts where he currently leads technical innovation and R&D activities in 5G/xG technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has held technical leadership positions at top technology companies, startups and research labs. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and patents, served as a TPC member for various conferences, and participated in several technical panels. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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Joseph Soriaga

Sr. Director of Technology, Qualcomm

Dr. Joseph Soriaga is a senior director of technology, and lead of the systems team for Qualcomm AI Research at Corporate R&D. The team is broadly responsible for driving hardware and software platform innovations, advancing applications in areas such as multimedia and wireless, and contributing to fundamental research in machine learning. Prior to this role, he led 5G core physical layer research team within Qualcomm Wireless R&D and helped drive the standardization of 5G as a both a 3GPP RAN1 delegate and a technical specifications editor of TS 38.202. He has also had previous experience as systems team lead for Qualcomm’s 3G EV-DO commercial cell-site modem (CSM). He received his BSEE from Caltech, and PhD ECE from UCSD with focus on coding theory, communications, and information theory. He was awarded IEEE Data Storage Best Paper in 2007 and the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper in 2012, and he has been granted over 280 U.S. Patents.

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Nirmal Velayudhan

Sr. Director for Advanced Projects, ViaSat, Inc.

Nirmal Velayudhan is a Senior System Engineer who has worked in a variety of roles in the wireless and satcom space. He started off as a modem designer, architected waveform MAC and PHY designs for very low EsNo channels and then moved on to help create new lines of business at Viasat, both in a technical and management role. He was a key lead member of the team that started Viasat’s aeronautical connectivity business and then went to create the same in the maritime space. He since has been working on next generation user terminals and is also helping with incubating internal startup businesses and innovative projects within the company. He likes working with small teams including various external startups.

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Ian Wong

Director of RF and Wireless Architecture, VIAVI Solutions

Dr. Ian C. Wong has been in the wireless field for over 20 years and is presently the Director of RF and Wireless Architecture in the CTO office at VIAVI Solutions, where he is leading RF and wireless technology strategy, standards, and architectures. He is also the current co-chair of the Test and Integration Focus Group (TIFG) in the O-RAN Alliance. From 2009 – Aug 2020, he was with NI (formerly National Instruments) where he was Section Manager of Wireless Systems R&D where he led the development of real-time end-to-end 5G wireless test and prototyping systems, and managed the company’s 3GPP wireless standards and IP strategy. From 2007-2009, he was a systems research and standards engineer with Freescale Semiconductor where he represented Freescale in the 3GPP LTE standardization efforts. He is a senior member of the IEEE, was the Director of Industry Communities for IEEE Communications Society 2016-2019, and was the Industry Program Chair for IEEE Globecom 2014 in Austin. His current research interests include 5G wireless systems architecture, standards, and algorithms, with particular focus on advanced physical layer technologies like mmWave and Massive MIMO.

Dr. Wong co-authored the Springer book “Resource Allocation for Multiuser Multicarrier Wireless Systems,” numerous patents, standards contributions, and IEEE journal and conference publications. He was awarded the Texas Telecommunications Engineering Consortium Fellowship in 2003-2004, and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group student leadership award in 2007.

He received the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and a BS degree in electronics and communications engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 2000.

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Charlie Jianzhong Zhang

Sr. Vice President, Samsung


Charlie Jianzhong Zhang is SVP and head of the Standards and Mobility Innovation Team at Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping, and standards for 5G/6G and future multimedia networks. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board with FiRa Consortium, which is dedicated to the development of seamless user experiences using the secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities of interoperable UWB technologies. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led the development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO, CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.