Keynote Speakers

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Keyntoe Speakers of ICTC 2020

Yuguang Fang,  IEEE Fellow & AAAS Fellow

Professor. Dr.,
University of Florida, USA

Dr. Yuguang "Michael" Fang received MS degree from Qufu Normal University, Shandong, China in 1987, PhD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and PhD degree from Boston University in 1997. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2000. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2000 as an assistant professor, then was promoted to an associate professor in 2003 and a full professor in 2005 and has been a distinguished professor since 2019. He held University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship (2006-2009, 2017-2020), University of Florida Preeminence Term Professorship (2019-2022), and University of Florida Term Professorship (2017-2019, 2019-2021).

Dr. Fang received the US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2001 and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002, 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Outstanding Service Award, 2019 Communications Society AHSN Technical Achievement Award, 2015 IEEE Communications Society CISTC Technical Recognition Award, 2014 IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award, and multiple Best Paper Awards from IEEE Globecom (2015, 2011 and 2002) and IEEE ICNP (2006). He has also received the 2019 ECE Faculty Excellence Award in Research, 2010-2011 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, and the 2009 UF College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2013-2017) and IEEE Wireless Communications (2009-2012), and serves/served on several editorial boards of journals including the Proceedings of the IEEE (2018-present), ACM Computing Surveys (2017-present), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2003-2008, 2011-2016), IEEE Transactions on Communications (2000-2011), and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002-2009). He has been actively participating in conference organizations such as serving as the Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM’2014 and the Technical Program Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'2005. He is the Director of Magazines of IEEE Communications Society and a Distinguished Speaker of IEEE Vehicular Technology. He is a fellow of the IEEE (2008) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2015).

Speech Title: Vehicles as a Service (VaaS): The Convergence of Communications, Computing, Storage and Intelligence (CCSI)
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and Internet of Vehicles (IoV) in general have attracted tremendous attention in recent years. They have been shown to be useful not only for traffic management and control, but also for diverse innovative applications to improve people’s quality of life. Observing that the most popular things in any city are omnipresent vehicles, if each vehicle is equipped with powerful capability in communications, computing, storage and intelligence (CCSI capability), such vehicles roaming around a city will automatically form a dynamic web of sensing, computing, communications, control, and/or edge intelligence, potentially providing an economically sound alternative solution to realizing the vision of smart city.
In this talk, the speaker will discuss how to leverage connected CCSI enabled vehicles to take full advantage of both vehicular mobility and spectrum opportunity to beef up the edge for various kinds of smart city services.

Xianbin Wang, span lang="zh-cn"> IEEE Fellow & Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering

Professor. Dr.,
Western University, Canada

Dr. Xianbin Wang (S’98-M’99-SM’06-F’17) is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at Western University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from National University of Singapore in 2001.

Prior to joining Western, he was with Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) as a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist between July 2002 and Dec. 2007. From Jan. 2001 to July 2002, he was a system designer at STMicroelectronics.  His current research interests include 5G and beyond, Internet-of-Things, communications security, machine learning and intelligent communications. Dr. Wang has over 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, in addition to 30 granted and pending patents and several standard contributions.

Dr. Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has received many awards and recognitions, including Canada Research Chair, CRC President’s Excellence Award,
Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, Ontario Early Researcher Award and six IEEE Best Paper Awards. He currently serves as an Editor/Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and He was also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications between 2007 and 2011, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters between 2011 and 2016. He was involved in many IEEE conferences including GLOBECOM, ICC, VTC, PIMRC, WCNC and CWIT, in different roles such as symposium chair, tutorial instructor, track chair, session chair and TPC co-chair. Dr. Wang is currently serving as a member of IEEE Fellow Committee.

Speech Title: Intelligent Wireless Communications for Beyond 5G and 6G
The dramatic evolution of wireless communication technologies and their fast convergence with diverse applications signify the ongoing industrial and societal revolution. With the dramatically growing data traffic, massive connected devices and diverse services to be supported, the future success of our networked society relies heavily on 5G/6G enabled connected intelligence in overcoming the challenges from people, society and industry. The focus of this talk is to analyze the need for intelligent 5G/6G communications, identify the essential key enabling technologies, and present our ongoing research and activities in the related areas. Specifically, this talk will cover the following aspects: i) Technical nature of the intelligent wireless communications for 5G/6G, i.e. service-oriented interconnection and integration of data, knowledge and capabilities; ii) Key technical aspects of intelligent 5G/6G communications iii) Current status of intelligent wireless communications and future development of 5G/6G.

Muhammad Imran, Professor of Communication Systems / Vice Dean Glasgow

Professor. Dr.,
University of Glasgow, UK

Professor Muhammad Ali Imran (M'03, SM'12) received his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, UK, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is a Professor in Communication Systems in University of Glasgow, Vice Dean of Glasgow College UESTC and Director of Communications Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group. He is an affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation centre, University of Surrey, UK, where he has worked previously from June 2007 to Aug 2016.

He has led a number of multimillion-funded international research projects encompassing the areas of energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks and self-organising cellular networks. He also led the new physical layer work area for 5G innovation centre at Surrey. He has a global collaborative research network spanning both academia and key industrial players in the field of wireless communications. He has supervised 40+ successful PhD graduates and published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers including more than 50 IEEE Transaction papers. He secured first rank in his B.Sc. and a distinction in his M.Sc. degree along with an award of excellence in recognition of his academic achievements conferred by the President of Pakistan. He has been awarded IEEE Comsoc’s Fred Ellersick award 2014, TAO’s best paper award in IEEE ICC 2019, FEPS Learning and Teaching award 2014, Sentinel of Science Award 2016, and twice nominated for Tony Jean’s Inspirational Teaching award. He has won more than 7 best paper awards in international conferences. He is a shortlisted finalist for The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 for innovative teaching and VC’s learning and teaching award in University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of IET, a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK.

He has given an invited TEDx talk (2015) and more than 50 plenary talks, tutorials and seminars in international conferences, events and other institutions. He has taught on international short courses in USA and China. He is the co-founder of IEEE Workshop BackNets 2015 and chaired several tracks/workshops of international conferences. He is the UK&RI Chair for the 
Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives (ETI-BNC) of IEEE ComSoc. 

He has been an associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IET Communications Journal and currently serving as an associate editor of IEEE TCOM and IEEE Access. He has served as guest editor for many prestigious international journals including IEEE JSAC.

Title: Role of Communications in remote healthcare and overcoming digital divide
The high-performance digital connectivity has long been a luxury only enjoyed by urban centres. The rural communities struggle to get access to digital connectivity and hence the services which rely on this - including telemedicine. Our research is paving the way to make a step change by introducing low-cost digital connectivity solutions for the rural communities. We are also working on low cost sensing solutions and futuristic advances in remote healthcare and monitoring to reach out to the disadvantaged population groups for improving their healthcare. This talk will provide an overview of research underpinning this ambition.
The talk will focus on telemedicine enablers both in urban and rural areas: the communication infrastructure and sensing technologies. For communication infrastructure we will review specific techniques that meet the constraints of different telemedicine applications (latency, jitter, throughput and reliability). We will also review the medical sensing paradigms including wearables based sensors, remote sensing (exploiting RADAR principles and wireless channel quality variations) and the emerging field of nano-scale sensing.


Zaichen Zhang, Executive Dean of School of Information Science and Engineering

Professor. Dr., Southeast University, China

Professor Zaichen Zhang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and information engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2002.  From 2002 to 2004, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National mobile Communications Research Laboratory (NCRL), Southeast University.  He is currently the executive Dean of School of Information Science and Engineering, Southeast University.  He has authored over 200 papers and issued over 40 patents.  He is senior member of the IEEE.  He served as IEEE ICC 2015 Keynote Chair, IEEE ICNC 2015 and PIMRC Symposium Chairs, and IEEE ICC 2019 Operation Chair.  He was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, 2017 and the invited speaker of IEEE ICCC 2017.  His current research interests include 6G mobile information systems, optical wireless communications, and quantum information technologies.