Keynote Speakers

We are proud that the following keynote speakers are coming to the European Wireless 09:

Prof. Gerhard Fettweis
Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Germany

Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Prof. Muriel Médard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Dr. Dominic O’Brien
University of Oxford, UK.
Prof. Vahid Tarokh
Harvard University, USA
Prof. Jens Zander
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Sweden


Gerhard Fettweis

Title: Engineering Challenges & Solutions beyond LTE.

Gerhard Fettweis earned his PhD degree from Aachen University of Technololgy (RWTH) in 1990. He is IEEE Fellow, and active in organizing conferences (e.g. IEEE ICC 2009) and workshops. From 1990 to 1991, he was Visiting Scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, developing signal processing innovations for IBM’s disk drive products. From 1991 to 1994, he was a Scientist with TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA, responsible for signal processor development projects for cellular phone chip-sets. Since 1994 he holds the Vodafone Chair at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. During this time the chair has spunout eight start-ups: Systemonic, Radioplan, Signalion, InCircuit, Dresden Silicon, Freedelity, RadioOpt, Blue Wonder Communications.


Jean-Pierre Hubaux

Title: The ultimate challenge of wireless communications is to secure them

Jean-Pierre Hubaux joined the faculty of EPFL in 1990. His research activity is focused on wireless networks, with a special interest in security and cooperation issues. In 1991, he designed the first curriculum in communication systems at EPFL. He was promoted to full professor in 1996. In 1999, he defined some of the main ideas of the National Competence Center in Research named "Mobile Information and Communication Systems" (NCCR/MICS); this center (still very active nowadays) is often nicknamed "the Terminodes project". In this framework, he has notably defined, in close collaboration with his students, novel schemes for the security and cooperation in wireless networks; in particular, he has devised new techniques for key management, secure positioning, and incentives for cooperation in such networks. In 2003, he identified the security of vehicular networks as one of the main research challenges for real-world mobile ad hoc networks. In 2007, he completed a graduate textbook entitled "Security and Cooperation in Wireless Networks", with Levente Buttyan. He is co-founder and chairman of the steering committee of WiSec (the ACM Conference for Wireless Network Security). He is also the chairman of the steering committee of MobiHoc (the ACM Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing) and a member of the steering committee of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He has been serving on the program committees of numerous conferences and workshops, including SIGCOMM, INFOCOM, MobiCom, MobiHoc, SenSys, WiSe, and VANET. He is a member of the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom), the "Swiss FCC". He held visiting positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and at UC Berkeley. He is an IEEE Fellow. He was born in Belgium, but spent most of his childhood and youth in Northern Italy. After completing his studies in electrical engineering at Politecnico di Milano, he worked 10 years in France with Alcatel, primarily in the area of switching systems architecture and software.


Muriel Médard 

Title: Network coding and security - new paradigms

Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications and the Advanced Networking Groups. Professor Médard received B.S. degrees in EECS and in Mathematics in 1989, a B.S. degree in Humanities in 1990, a M.S. degree in EE 1991, and a Sc D. degree in EE in 1995, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, as an Associate Editor in Communications for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as an Associate Editor for the OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the Joint special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking on Networking and Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security: Special Issue on Statistical Methods for Network Security and Forensics. She serves as an associate editor for the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.
Professor Médard's research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award 2002 for her paper, "The Effect Upon Channel Capacity in Wireless Communications of Perfect and Imperfect Knowledge of the Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 46 Issue 3, May 2000, Pages: 935-946. She was co- awarded the Best Paper Award for G. Weichenberg, V. Chan, M. Médard, "Reliable Architectures for Networks Under Stress", Fourth International Workshop on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003), October 2003, Banff, Alberta, Canada. She received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and was co-winner 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1982 to honor junior faculty members "for distinction in research, teaching and service to the MIT community." She was named a 2007 Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Médard is a House Master at Next House and a Fellow of IEEE. Professor Médard is also the Chief Scientist at Blackwave.


Dominic O'Brien

Title: Optical Wireless Communications: Current status and future directions

Indoor Optical Wireless Communications has been studied for the last few decades, but has only been widely adopted for short-range point-to-point applications.  There are several new developments that may change this. RF systems are beginning to face the challenges of line of sight communications as they move to higher carrier frequencies, such as the 60GHz band, and there are some similarities between approaches being considered and those used in the optical domain. This may lead to RF and optical wireless becoming competitive alternatives, with the same coverage characteristics, but contrasting means of implementation.
The rapid growth of solid-state lighting has led to the prediction that LEDs will be used for the majority of general lighting in the future. These devices can be modulated to provide both illumination and wireless optical data transmission. Such Visible Light Communications is an area of growing interest, including research and standardization activities.
This presentation will review the state of the art in these areas, and outline the challenges and possibilities for future developments.

Dr Dominic O'Brien is a Reader in Engineering  Science at the University of Oxford, and leads the optical wireless communications group. He gained MA(1991) and PhD (1993) Degrees from the Department of Engineering at the  University of Cambridge. From 1993-1995 he was a NATO fellow at the Optoelectronic Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado. His current research is in the field of optical wireless systems, including integrated transceiver components for high-speed networks, retro-reflecting transceivers, Visible Light Communications, Optical MIMO and optical channel characterization.


Vahid Tarokh

Title: Beyond RLS: The SPARLS Algorithm

The RLS algorithm is one of the most applied algorithms in signal processing applications, in particular
in wireless communications. In this presentation, we discuss SPARLS, a low complexity Recursive L_1 regularized Least Square Algorithm for identification, detection, compensation or equalization of sparse signals, and channels of interest.  The SPARLS algorithm provides significant gains in performance and is orders of magnitude less complex than RLS. It is also significantly more robust. This is a joint work with Behtash Babadi and Nicholas Kolouptsidis.

Bio: Vahid Tarokh worked at AT&T Labs-Research and until August 2000, where he was the head of the Department of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing. In September 2000, he joined Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at MIT as an associate professor. In June 2002, he joined Harvard University as a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has taught a variety of communications, signal processing, networking, electronics and applied mathematics courses, with his research mainly focused in the same areas . He has received a number of awards and holds 2 honorary degrees.


Jens Zander

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Jens Zander (S'82-M'85) received the M.S degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D Degree from Linköping University, Sweden, in 1979 and 1985 respectively.
From 1985 to 1989 he was a partner and vice-president of SECTRA, a high-tech company in telecommunications systems & applications. In 1989 he was appointed professor and head of the Radio Communication Systems Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.  Since 1992 he also serves as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI).  He is co-founder of the Center for Wireless Systems (Wireless@KTH) at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He served as its Scientific Director 2000-2002 and is since 2003 Director of that center. Further, he is on the board of directors of the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) and on the board of several Swedish companies in the wireless systems area.
Dr Zander has published numerous papers in the field of Radio Communication, in particular on resource management aspects of Personal Communication Systems. He has also co-authored four textbooks in Radio Communication Systems, including the English textbooks "Principles of Wireless Communications", "Radio Resource Management for Wireless Networks". He is also co-editor of "Ambient Networks - cooperative Mobile Networking for the Wireless World.  He was the recipient of the IEEE Veh Tech Soc "Jack Neubauer Award" for best systems paper in 1992. He is frequently invited as speaker and panellist at international conferences on the subject of the "Future of wireless communications".
Dr Zander is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was the chairman of the IEEE VT/COM Swedish Chapter (2001-2005) and the Technical Program chairman of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conferences in 1994 and 2005 in Stockholm. Dr Zander is associate editor of the ACM Wireless Networks Journal.
His current research interests include architectures, resource and spectrum management regimes as well as economic models for future wireless infrastructures.