Keynote Session

Prof. Ramjee Prasad (Professor of FT4BI, Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark)

Short Bio : Dr. Ramjee Prasad, Fellow IEEE, IET, IETE, and WWRF, is a Professor of Future Technologies for Business Ecosystem Innovation (FT4BI) in the Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark. He is the Founder President of the CTIF Global Capsule (CGC). He is also the Founder Chairman of the Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India, established in 2009. GISFI has the purpose of increasing of the collaboration between European, Indian, Japanese, North-American and other worldwide standardization activities in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and related application areas.

He has been honored by the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy as a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine on March 15, 2016. He is Honorary Professor of University of Cape Town, South Africa, and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has received Ridderkorset af Dannebrogordenen (Knight of the Dannebrog) in 2010 from the Danish Queen for the internationalization of top-class telecommunication research and education.

He has received several international awards such as: IEEE Communications Society Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award in 2003 for making contribution in the field of “Personal, Wireless and Mobile Systems and Networks”, Telenor’s Research Award in 2005 for impressive merits, both academic and organizational within the field of wireless and personal communication,  2014 IEEE AESS Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award for: “Organizational Leadership in developing and globalizing the CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastruktur) Research Network”, and so on.

He has been Project Coordinator of several EC projects namely, MAGNET, MAGNET Beyond, eWALL and so on. He has published more than 40 books, 1000 plus journal and conference publications, more than 15 patents, over 100 PhD Graduates and larger number of Masters (over 250). Several of his students are today worldwide telecommunication leaders themselves.

Topic : Future Wireless Communication Era

Abstract: Ever since Mobile Wireless Communications came into existence, it is undergoing various generations, with each generation adding a new dimension to its paradigm. Starting from mere paging text to high definition data streaming, the MWC has seen several stages of developments in technology, and applications. With strong development  in communication devices, present day MWC support exchange of information in voice, image and video that are being used for broad spectrum of human oriented applications. For its profoundly large canvas that we are witnessing today, MWC shall not be confined to generation-wise development in the future, rather shall encompass all fields of communications to come under one umbrella,  termed as Future Wireless Communication Era or FWCE. This talk shall provide the glimpses of the FWCE and its realization from both present and future perspective.


Prof. Milica Pejanović-Djurišić  (University of Montenegro, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Podgorica, Montenegro)

Short Bio : Milica Pejanović-Djurišić is full professor in telecommunications at the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Podgorica, Montenegro. She is also director of the Research Center for Info-Communication Technologies, founded with the aim to foster innovation based research at the University of Montenegro. Its flagship project is BIO-ICT Centre of Excellence in BIoInformatics, which is the first centre of excellence in Montenegro. Prof.Pejanović-Djurišić has been teaching telecommunications courses on graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as courses in mobile communications and computer communications and networks, being the author of four books and many strategic studies. She has published more than 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals and conference proceedings, being the author of four books and a number of book chapters. Her main research interests are: wireless communications, 5G wireless networks, wireless IoT, cooperative and energy efficient transmission techniques, ICT trends and applications, optimization of telecommunication development policy.

Prof.Pejanović-Djurišić has considerable industry and operating experiences working as industry consultant (Ericsson, Siemens) and Telecom Montenegro Chairman of the Board. She has been in charge of wireless networks design and implementation in Montenegro and in the region of SEEurope. Prof.Pejanović-Djurišić has been leading and coordinating many internationally and EU funded ICT projects and initiatives. She is a member of IEEE and IEICE, with a long engagement in the field of telecommunication regulation and standardization. Thus, in addition to work on national and regional levels, she has participated, in cooperation with ITU, in a number of missions and activities related with regulation issues, development strategies and new technological solutions.

Topic : Future technologies for fostering innovation based research

Abstract : Bridging the gap between research and commercialization represents a challenge, both for academic community and the industry. Mechanisms for making the most of its innovation talents and potentials are constantly sought.  A number of initiatives are created aiming at developing ecosystem where innovation will be an open process for the creation of new knowledge, which will further on be commercialized strengthening entrepreneurship across all society sectors.

However, many countries are still considerably lagging behind. Very often, this is not due to the lack of innovation potential, as individuals’ innovation outcomes are present but remain unnoticed and consequently not known to the industry.  High-tech start-ups in these countries meet many challenges as there are no incentives in legal frameworks, financing problems are present in early stage of technology and business, the market’s rules are not clear and they don’t provide security for the companies. That is why it becomes necessary to recognize mechanisms and tools for creating environment which will foster innovative dimension of R&D activities, enabling wide collaboration  in a connected community consisting of academia, government institutions and agencies, industry, SMEs and entrepreneurs, investors…

In parallel with adapting the regulatory framework, one of the solutions, that has been implemented in some countries, is related with the creation of centres of excellence (CoE) as a driver for a successful and creative innovation society. Montenegro is among those with its BIO-ICT CoE in BioInformatics established at the University of Montenegro as the first CoE in the country. It is a unique consortium, involving excellent national research institutions that creates a specific innovative ecosystem focused on development and implementation of novel bioinformatics technologies. All stakeholders are working together with the goal to contribute in developing knowledge-based economy, creating an environment for the productive collaboration between industry, academia and governmental agencies. The mentioned uniqueness has been directed towards unlocking and utilizing R&I potentials, bringing innovative ICT-based solutions in various bioeconomy sectors, related to sustainable food security, blue growth, bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services.

Positive effects of the adopted approach are already visible: excellent scientific results verified through a number of IPs, new ICT based applications and services bringing innovative solutions in various bioeconomy sectors, two-way collaboration with business partners  and SMEs, acquired new skills in business and the market, considerably improved awareness of the importance of start-ups, creation of entrepreneurial environment, learning by positive examples as well as through  networking.

Komang Budi Aryasa (DEPUTY EGM Digital Service Division, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia)

Short Bio : He is able to influence the strategic direction of the company by identifying ICT research area and identifying opportunities in large, rich data sets and implementing data driven strategies that fuel growth including revenue and profits. He is a doctorate candidate in strategic management in University of Indonesia. He works heavily on modeling to design and implement statistical / predictive models utilizing diverse sources of data to predict churn, demand, risk and generate lead sales. Before He works in research and big data, He also involved in many projects related to new digital product development such as digital music, e-commerce, online games, IPTV, over the top TV.

Topic : Opportunities & Challenges of Digital Telco: “Building a digital-age ready operator”

Abstract : The telecommunication industry has been critical in the presence of digital substitutes product. The digital is reality and changing everything. The core voice and messaging businesses continue to decline because social media is opening up new communications channels. A radical transformation is required. However, digital offers telecom companies an opportunity to rebuild their market positions, reimagine their business and create innovative offerings for customers. The digital-age ready operators are customer centric, agile and innovation driven. Telcos need to transform becoming ‘digital telco’. It is the strategy how operators can use digital technology to transform not only the way they interact with their consumers but also how to develop products and services to enable the digital transformation. They manage to integrate customer data from various communication channels to offer a great customer experience. Then, they use this data to offer customers the products and services they need. Analytics sit as a real core of this transformation which is not possible without a deep transformation of the network, IT and change in organization and culture.

Prof. Ryuji Kohno  (Director, Centre of Medical Information and Communication Technology, Professor, Division of Physics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan)

Short Bio : Ryuji Kohno received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1984. Since 1998 he has been a Professor and the Director of Centre on Medical Information and Communication Technology, in Yokohama National University in Japan. In his currier he was a director of Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory of SONY CSL during 1998-2002, directors of UWB Technology and medical ICT institutes of NICT during 2002-2012. Since 2012 he is CEO of University of Oulu Research Institute Japan – CWC-Nippon Co.  Since 2007 he has been a Distinguished Professor in University of Oulu and since 2014 a director of Kanagawa Medical Device Regulatory Science Centre. He was a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Information Theory Society in 2000-2009, and editors of IEEE Transactions on Communications, Information Theory, and ITS. He was Vice-president of Engineering Sciences Society of IEICE during 2004-2005, Editor-in chief of the IEICE Trans. Fundamentals during 2003-2005.

Topic : Wireless Dependable IoT/M2M for Medical Healthcare and Disaster Rescue – Reliable Machine Centric Sensing and Controlling for Industry 4.0 –

Abstract : Wireless body area network (BAN) has been researched and developed for ubiquitous and remote medicine and its international standard IEEE802.15.6 was established in February, 2012.  In order to find missing victims and sense their vital sign at disaster spots, highly reliable and secure, i.e. dependable BAN can be applicable to a body of robots, cars, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) like drones as well as a human body for dependable machine to machine (M2M) sensing and controlling. Such a M2M network can be called as “BAN of Things” like Internet of Things (IoT).  Around disaster areas unexpected obstacles and complicated radio propagation tend to prevent accurate ranging and positioning, and reliable vital data sensing. To perform precise localization and robust data communications by BAN, dependable radio technologies such as ultra wide band (UWB) radio, array antenna and error-controlling codes in physical layer must be jointly optimized with MAC, Network, and application layers.  Even after BAN has been developed and standardized in global, regulatory science must be keen to guarantee safety, reliability and security to be compliant for regulation.   This talk will introduce research and development, standard and regulatory compliance of dependable wireless BAN for disaster rescue and medical healthcare using UWB ranging and communication.  The joint Japan and New Zealand project on remote sensing and controlling multiple UAVs to locate casualties in natural disasters such as earthquakes will be also introduced.  The research has two objectives, one being to use UAVs to locate people under rubble, the other to collect information that is constrained in the BANs those people are wearing. IEEE802.15 international new standard group of dependable wireless networks IEEE802.15 IG-Dependability has been chaired by the speaker.

Prof. Ren Ping Liu (Head of Discipline, Network and Cyber Security, School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology Sydney)

Short Bio : Ren Ping Liu is a Professor and Head of Discipline, Network and Cyber Security at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering in University of Technology Sydney. He is also the Research Program Leader of the Digital Agrifood Technologies in Food Agility CRC, a government/research/industry initiative to empower Australia’s food industry through digital transformation. Prior to that he was a Principal Scientist and Research Leader at CSIRO, where he led wireless networking research activities. Professor Liu was the winner of Australian Engineering Innovation Award and CSIRO Chairman medal. He specialises in protocol design and modelling, and has delivered networking solutions to a number of government agencies and industry customers. His research interests include 5G, VANET, IoT, security, and Blockchain. Professor Liu has over 100 research publications, and has supervised over 30 PhD students.

Professor Liu is the founding chair of IEEE NSW VTS Chapter and a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as Technical Program Committee chairs and Organising Committee chairs in a number of IEEE Conferences. Ren Ping Liu received his B.E.(Hon) and M.E. degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Topic : IoT+Blockchain: Technologies, Challenges, and Applications

 Abstract : The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to transform our lives and unleash enormous economic benefit. In this talk, we discuss a wide range of IoT technologies and their applications, as well as the security and trust implications. We argue that the current security issues in IoT can be attributed to the centralized network architecture.

Blockchain, a distributed ledger, was initially designed as a financial transaction tool. Remarkably, its cryptographic security benefits, such as user anonymity, decentralization, fault tolerance, transaction integrity and authentication, can be used to resolve security and privacy issues of IoT. We discuss the benefits, limitations, and challenges of IoT+Blockchain. I will describe the tamper- resistant demonstration of a Blockchain built into our IoT testbed. I will also give a preview of our current project on IoT+Blockchain for supply chain tracking and traceability.


Dr. Kohei SATOH  (Secretary General, The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF))

Short Bio : Dr. Kohei Satoh joined the Electrical Communication Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTT), Japan, in 1975, and transferred to NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (NTT DoCoMo) in 1992. Since 1975, he has been engaged in the research on radio propagation for satellite communication systems, research and development of mobile satellite communications and mobile communications systems. After 1985, he has been also engaged in standardization activities of mobile satellite services in ITU-R and international alliance activities for IMT-2000. He has been a President and CEO of DoCoMo Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH in Munich, Germany, from November 2000 to May 2002.

In July 2002, he moved from NTT DoCoMo to Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB). He is now an Executive Manager on Standardization of ARIB, and his current job is to promote standardization activities for enhancement of IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced and for IMT-2020 and beyond. He has actively participated in ITU-R Working Party 5D (WP5D), Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), APT Wireless Group (AWG) and China, Japan and Korea (CJK) IT Standards meeting since he joined ARIB. He is currently Chairman of AWG and Secretary General of the 5th Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF).

Topic : Creating the Crossover Collaboration for 5G Eco-Society

 Abstract : The title of my presentation was the theme of the 3rd Global 5G Event in Tokyo, Japan in May this year and is the slogan of the Fifth Generation Mobile Communication Promotion Forum (5GMF).

5GMF was founded on 30th September 2014.  Its objectives are to conduct innovative R&D through Industry-Academia-Government cooperation, international standardization and collaboration and collaboration with 5G field trials in Japan.  5GMF holds more than 50 committee meetings every year, and publishes technical reports and white papers.  We have already concluded a lot of MoUs with 5G-related organizations globally, and have participated in the Global 5G Events from the beginning.

In this presentation, the trend of 5G standardization activities is explained first.  Then, the overview of 5GMF and major topics on the recent activities of 5GMF are outlined, e.g. studies on 5G spectrum, a report on 5G system integrated verification trial and major points of revised 5GMF White Paper (Version 1.1) on “5G Mobile Communications Systems for 2020 and beyond”.  Finally, the significance of crossover collaboration and what we should do to create the 5G eco-society are mentioned.

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