Keynote Speakers

Dr. Stefano Sorrentino, Ericsson Research Stockholm, Sweden

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Stefano Sorrentino is Master Researcher at Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has been employed for nine years and currently coordinates automotive-related research activities. He is also Chairman for the System Architecture and Solution Development group in the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). Stefano has 6 years of 3GPP experience as RAN1 delegate with occasional participation also in other groups, covering a range of LTE topics including MIMO, Coordinated Multipoint Processing (CoMP), Sidelink/D2D and V2X. Stefano was also appointed to chair RAN1 ad-hoc sessions on topics related to Downlink CoMP for about one year during LTE Rel-11. He has attended several international conferences as author or panelist and has contributed to a number of IEEE publications. Previous experience includes a graduate-researcher position at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a researcher position at Siemens/Nokia Siemens Networks, where he contributed primarily to the EU Project Winner II and to WiMax-related research.

Talk 1. 5G and the Evolution of the Automotive Sector

Short Abstract

5G standardization is progressing steadily in 3GPP and 5G network prototypes are already being tested, aiming at first commercial network deployments by 2019. Compared to previous mobile networks generations, 5G explicitly addresses new use cases and industries in addition to voice and mobile broadband and it aims at enabling a range of future IoT applications. While it is well known that 5G promises dramatic radio KPIs improvements in terms of throughput, latency and reliability, specific requirements from different industries pose new and interesting research challenges when designing scalable and efficient networks. A particularly interesting example is the automotive industry, which is amidst a profound transformation where the roles of vehicles and their relationship with their users are being redefined. 5G is expected to play a crucial role in enabling such technological and business evolution by leveraging advances in the fields of cloud distribution, direct communication, ultra-reliable networks, combined use of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, massive MIMO, etc.

The talk provides an update on 5G standardization and it will discuss in further detail the role of 5G network in the context of future automotive services.

Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen, University of South Florida, USA

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Kwang-Cheng Chen received the B.S. from the National Taiwan University in 1983, and the M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Maryland, College Park, United States, in 1987 and 1989, all in electrical engineering. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Chen worked with SSE, COMSAT, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and National Tsing Hua University, in mobile communications and networks. During 1998-2016, he was a Distinguished Professor with National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and served various administrative positions in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since 2016, Dr. Chen is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. He visited HP Labs, Palo Alto, in 1997; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, in 1998; Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2008; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2013 and 2015-2016. In late 1990’s, he was adjunct appointed by the Executive Yuan, the Republic of China, to engineer Taiwan’s telecommunication deregulation and to design the foundation of Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (similar to FCC in the US). Dr. Chen founded a wireless IC design company in 2001, which was acquired by the MediaTek Inc. in 2004. He has been actively involving in the organization of various IEEE conferences as General/TPC/Executive chair/co-chair (2002 IEEE GLOBECOM, 2010 IEEE VTC-Spring, and 2020 IEEE GLOBECOM and many others), serving editorships with a few IEEE journals, and various IEEE volunteer services such as IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE VTS Fellow Evaluation Committee, IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer, etc. He founds and chairs the Technical Committee on Social Networks in the IEEE Communications Society. Dr. Chen also has contributed essential patented technology to various international standards like IEEE 802 wireless LANs, Bluetooth, LTE and LTE-A. He has authored and co-authored over 300 IEEE publications and 23 granted US patents. He co-edited (with R. DeMarca) the book Mobile WiMAX published by Wiley, and authored the book Principles of Communications published by River, and co-authored (with R. Prasad) another book Cognitive Radio Networks published by Wiley. Dr. Chen is an IEEE Fellow through the Communications Society and has received a number of awards including 2011 IEEE COMSOC WTC Recognition Award, 2014 IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award, 2014 IEEE COMSOC AP Outstanding Paper Award. Dr. Chen’s current research interests include wireless networks, IoT/CPS, social networks and data analytics, and cybersecurity, with the most recent effort to develop the wireless platform for Smart Tampa with the city government of Tampa.

Talk 2. Ultra-Low Latency Heterogeneous Networking for Autonomous Vehicles

Short Abstract

Autonomous (or unmanned) vehicles (AVs) merge as one major paradigm shift of the industry and human society, while introducing much more challenging in wireless networks beyond the connected vehicles. After the technology for single intelligent vehicle becoming mature, the real challenge comes from reliable, safe, real-time operation of autonomous vehicles in massive scale. To achieve such multi-scale control, effective cloud computing, edge computing, and on-board computing, functions in real-time to interact with environments and other agents like vehicles and individuals. Low-latency networking in the order of milliseconds is inevitably wanted to ensure successful computing and control in this most challenging Internet of Things. Considering ultimate reliability and safety, various networking technologies would be needed. This presentation will brief key aspects of wireless infrastructure of heterogeneous networks and potential non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), 5G cellular (R14 and potential R15), network function virtualization (NFV) of network resources, multi-hop networking for vehicles, secure and resilient networking, and sensor networks, toward the facilitation of low-latency networking and information exchange to enable real-time decisions/actions and control, and thus the successful deployment of AVs in massive scale.

WiMob 2017


Rome, Italy


9 - 11 Oct. 2017


Hotel Savoy, Rome


General Chair

Abderrahim Benslimane
University of Avignon, France

General Co-Chair

Luigi Fratta
Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy (honorific)