WPMC2014 Keynotes

Keynote Program 

Monday 7th September 08:30 – Sydney Room
Opening Plenary

  • Opening Address
    • Prof. Ian Oppermann, General Chair, WPMC2014
  • Welcome Speeches
    • Dr. Fumihiko Tomita, VP of NICT, Japan 
    • Prof. Dr. Mitsutoshi Hatori, Chairman, YRP, Japan
    • Prof. Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist, Australia
    • Ms. Eri Otsuka, Consul for Communications Policy, Japanese Government
    • Prof. Ramjee Prasad, Aalborg University, Denmark



Tuesday 9th September 09:00 – Sydney Room


Wednesday 10th September 09:00 – Sydney Room

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Keynote Presenters and Abstracts


Dependable BAN of Things – Sustainable Machine Centric Communications Based on Regulatory Science for Medicine, Energy, Cars, Smart City …

Prof. Ryuji Kohno Yokohama National University, Japan


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.  Highly reliable and secure, i.e. dependable BAN can be applicable to a body of cars, buildings 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).  To perform dependability of BAN, cross-layer and multi-layer of technologies must be jointly optimized.  Even after BAN has been developed and standardized in global, regulatory science must be keen to guarantee reliability and security to be compliant for regulation.   This talk will introduce concept and possible manners of dependability in networks or BAN for medical healthcare, energy follow control, car controlling harness etc, i.e. Dependable BAN of Things.


Ryuji KOHNO was born in Kyoto, Japan March 1956. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1984.Dr. Kohno is a Professor of the Division of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Graduate School of Engin eering, Yokohama National University (YNU) since 1998. During 2002-2007, he has been a president of COE for Creation of Future Social Infrastructure Based on Information Telecommunications Technology in YNU. Since 2006 he is a director of Center of Medical Information and Communication Technology, so-called Medical ICT Center.

He was a director of Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory of SONY CSL during 1998-2002 and currently a director of UWB Technology institute of National Insti tute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) during 2002-2005, and since 2005 he is a director of Medical ICT Institute of NICT.

Moreover, he is awarded a Finnish Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) since 2007 and a guest professor in Faculty of Medicine of Yokohama City University since 2007.

In his academic activities, he was elected as a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Information Theory (IT) Society in 2000 and 2003. He had played a role of an edi tor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory during 1995-1998. Currently he is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications since 1994, and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) since 1999. During 2006-2008, he i s a Editor-in-chief of the IEICE transactions on fundamentals.
He was the Chairman of the IEICE Professional Group on Spread Spectrum Technology duri ng 1995-1998 and that of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) during 1998-2000, that on Software Defined Radio (SDR) during 2000-2005, and currently that of Medical ICT.

Prof. Kohno has contributed for organizing many international conferences, such as an chair-in honour of 2002 & 2003 International Conference of Software Defined Radio (SDR02 & SDRf03), a TPC co-chair of 2003 International Workshop on UWB Systems (IWUWBS f03), and a general co-chair of 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT’03) and a general chair of 2004 International Workshop on UWB Systems Joint wi th Conference on UWB Systems and Technologies (Joint UWBST & IWUWBS04) and 2005 International Workshop on UWB Technologies (IWUWBTf05) , 2006 and 2007 International Symposium on Medical information and Communications Technology (ISMICT2006 & 2007) and so on.


50 Billion M2M Devices in 5G?

Prof. Mischa Dohler Kings College London, UK


 A hyper-connected cyber-physical world, by some touted as the 4th Industrial Revolution with unprecedented economic and social opportunities, will heavily rely on the machine-to-machine (M2M) paradigm. Previous designs, which made us believe that low power radios or provisioning of horizontal platforms are driving factors, failed. This keynote thus revisits the lessons we learned and how we apply them to invoke architectural and protocol changes to emerging 5G design efforts so that machine type communications (MTC) become a solid constituent of the future IoT connectivity landscape. The talk is based on first-hand experience gained from ETSI M2M, IETF ROLL and other standardization efforts; as well as the successful creation of the pioneering M2M company Worldsensing.


Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, Head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the smart city pioneer Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. 

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker. He has contributed to numerous wireless broadband and IoT/M2M standards, holds a dozen patents, chaired numerous conferences, and published more than 160 refereed transactions, conference papers and books. He has a citation h-index of 34.

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, the House of Lords UK, the EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, the European Commission, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages. He has talked at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio; and his contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC News.


The path to 5G – New Spectrum Access Paradigms and Mobile Device Reconfigurability

Dr. Markus Mueck Intel Corporation, Europe

By the year 2020, upcoming 5G systems are expected to provide a 1000-fold increase of wireless broadband capacity compared to today’s deployed solutions. Commonly agreed ingredients for reaching this objective are i) new spectrum, ii) increased spectral efficiency and iii) Base Station densification. This talk will focus on the new spectrum direction and will provide a state-of-the-art overview as well as a future outlook on activities by political stakeholders, regulation authorities and standardization bodies over the world. In particular, current evolutions on new spectrum usage paradigms will be commented and discussed such as Licensed Shared Access (LSA) based Spectrum Sharing, uncoordinated as well as coordinated access to TV White Space Spectrum, the role of mmWave spectrum, etc. Details will be given on the very efficient interworking of the European Commission, European Regulation Administrations (CEPT) and ETSI Standardization in order to aggressively drive the development of Licensed Shared Access Technology in Europe.

Dr. Markus Mueck received the Dipl.-Ing. and ing. dipl. degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France respectively in 1999. In 2006, he received the Doctorate degree of ENST in Communications. From 1999 to 2008, Dr. Mueck was Senior Staff member and Technical Manager at Motorola Labs, Paris, France. In this role, he contributed actively to various standardization bodies, namely Digital Radio Mondiale, IEEE 802.11n, etc. and lead the creation of the novel standardization group IEEE P1900.4 in the area of Cognitive Radio and Software Defined Radio (SDR). He also contributed to numerous European Research projects, namely as Technical Manager of IST-E2R II (19 MEuros budget) and as overall technical leader for the definition of IST-E3 (20 M Euros budget). In 2008, Dr. Mueck joined Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany where we was head of delegation for IEEE 802.16m and transitioned to Intel Mobile Communications in 2011 in the framework of an acquisition by Intel. Currently, he acts as general Chairman of ETSI RRS (SDR and Cognitive Radio Standardization) and is Adj. Professor of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Mueck has filed over 50 patents, published over 80 scientific conference and journal papers, acts as TPC member of numerous conferences and is involved as reviewer for the evaluation of European Research projects in the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission as well as for the French Agence Nationale de la Recherch.


5G – The future of communication networks

Dr. Werner Mohr  Nokia

Mobile and wireless communications have changed the life of all of us in the last 20 years with more than 6 billion subscribers globally. Currently, 4G – LTE systems are deployed. However, research activities on 5G communication networks are getting momentum globally, which is triggered by the ongoing growth of mobile and wireless broadband communications traffic, the increased support of vertical sectors in economy and society and the associated huge number of applications and new paradigms like sensor-, IoT- or M2M-based systems with a huge number of connected devices. Therefore, future systems have to be very reliable and highly available.Many applications require very low latency systems and/or very wideband radio access systems. In addition, energy efficiency and the reduction of the CO2 footprint have to be improved significantly. The availability of sufficient frequency spectrum is a major concern to support the necessary system capacity. Therefore, new frequency bands in the centimeter and millimeter wave frequency ranges are explored today. Future systems will be an integration of existing, emerging and new wireless and fixed systems, which will provide seamless interworking from the user perspective. Heterogeneous systems, self-organizing networks to cope with the system complexity, a more flexible use of the frequency spectrum and cloud-based architectures and software defined networks will be key building blocks of future systems. Cognitive networks are complementing future systems in order to improve reliability, quality and to reduce operational and energy cost. These developments are creating huge challenges for research, design and deployment of future communication networks.

New research programs are launched in different regions. In Europe the EU Commission and the private sector started end of 2013 the 5G PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) as part of Horizon 2020. This program is addressing solutions, architectures, technologies from a holistic perspective and will contribute to international standards for the ubiquitous 5G communication infrastructures of the next decade. International cooperation in the early precompetitive phase is essential for consensus building and the preparation of future global standards.

The presentation will address the drivers for 5G systems, major building blocks from the today’s perspective and will describe the 5G PPP.

Werner Mohr was graduated from the University of Hannover, Germany, with the Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and with the Ph.D. degree in 1987.

Dr. Werner Mohr joined Siemens AG, Mobile Network Division in Munich, Germany in 1991. He was involved in several EU funded projects and ETSI standardization groups on UMTS and systems beyond 3G. Werner Mohr coordinated several EU and Eureka Celtic funded projects on 3G (FRAMES project), LTE and IMT-Advanced radio interface (WINNER I, II and WINNER+ projects), which developed the basic concepts for future radio standards. Since April 2007 he is with Nokia Siemens Networks (now called Nokia) in Munich Germany, where he is Head of Research Alliances. In addition, he is chairperson of the Net!Works European Technology Platform and now of the new communications networks related ETP. Werner Mohr is also Chair of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure PPP Association. He was chair of the “Wireless World Research Forum – WWRF” from its launch in August 2001 up to December 2003. He is co-author of a book on “Third Generation Mobile Communication Systems” a book on “Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced” and a book “Mobile and Wireless Communications for IMT-Advanced and Beyond”.


Neuronal communication networks: modeling and simulation for memory formation and plasticity

Prof. Ilangko Balasingham Oslo University Hospital, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

The advent of nanotechnology is facilitating research in nanoscale communication devices. It is assumed that such devices will have features like ultra low power consumption, flexible/bendable devices with high accuracy sensors, bio-compatible, self-configuration, self-replication, etc. 

A complementary technology for designing and developing nanoscale devices is using biological cells, molecules, and DNA structures using concepts stemming from biology and nature. This talk attempts to highlight the possibility to use the human nervous system for sensing, signalling and actuation in a controlled manner. Typical applications can be targeted drug delivery, brain-machine interface, Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease control, etc. 
In a neural communication network, the signals are encoded, propagated through synaptic channels, and decoded in a noise-free network. The desired performance of the nanocommunication network would be influenced by either internal or external disturbances, i.e. the spiking irregularities, history of firing in the neural cell, and the randomness in release of the neurotransmitters depending on the operating conditions. A noise-free biological communication network is stochastically modeled taking into consideration of intracellular calcium concentration. The internal and external disturbance sources are characterized considering the in-body communications and a comprehensive stochastic model is developed to verify the effects of various noise sources.

The proposed model is comprised of a signal dependent encoding noise and signal independent synaptic/ionic disturbances, typically found in aging brain (Alzheimer’s disease).  An effective probabilistic algorithm is given to model the firing rate of the neurons, while the noise sources are coupled. The proposed model is numerically studied and simulated, when various noise sources are applied simultaneously on the neural communication network. Results on channel modeling, channel capacity, rate-distortion, and non-synchronized neuronal activity that underlay long term potentiation (LPT) and long term depression (LTD) processes will be presented. Since LTP and LTD patterns are confined to memory formation and learning processes, one can exploit mapping between spiking- and stimulus frequencies presented here to drive changes in those processes.


Ilangko Balasingham received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 1993 and 1998, respectively, both in signal processing. Ilangko performed his Master’s degree thesis at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, USA. From 1998 to 2002, Ilangko worked as a Research Scientist developing image and video streaming solutions for mobile handheld devices at Fast Search & Transfer ASA, Oslo, Norway, which is now part of Microsoft Inc. Since 2002, Ilangko has been with the Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway as a Senior Research Scientist, where he heads the Wireless Sensor Network Research Group. Ilangko was appointed as a Professor in Signal Processing in Medical Applications at NTNU in 2006. His research interests include super robust short range communications for both inbody and on-body sensors, body area sensor network, microwave short range sensing of vital signs, short range localization and tracking mobile sensors, and nano-neural communication networks. Ilangko has authored or co-authored 142 papers and has been active in organizing special sessions and workshops on wireless medical technology at the major conferences and symposiums. Ilangko was the General Chair of the 2012 Body Area Networks (BODYNETS) conference and serves as Area Editor of Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. Ilangko is a Senior IEEE member.


5G – Spectrum sharing below 6 GHz vs. new spectrum allocation above 6 GHz

Prof.  Matti Latva-aho Chair of the Department of Communications Engineering and
Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu, Finland

The next generation of beyond 2020 mobile radio systems is facing great challenges in terms of capacity demands and variety of services and usage scenarios. Besides increasing data rate requirements stemming from user needs, communication between non-human controlled entities with very low latency is gaining increasing interest. Research activities towards 5G systems are taking place at an accelerated pace in both at industry and academia.

Standardization towards 5G is expected to be launched within a couple of years aiming at commercialization of the system around 2020. There are different views on the technical candidates for the radio access, network operation, spectrum use and allocation, which can be categorized as “evolutionary” vs. “revolutionary” paths towards next generation. New waveforms for flexible spectrum usage with better spectral efficiency, energy efficient radios, new multiple access techniques, massive MIMO systems for backhaul and access, practical cell coordination approaches, novel relaying and duplexing methods, opportunistic device to device communication as well as co-primary sharing of spectrum are some of the topics being investigated.

Matti Latva-aho was born in Kuivaniemi, Finland in 1968. He received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland. During the years 1994 – 1998 he was a Research Scientist at Telecommunication Laboratory and Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu during the years 1998-2006. Currently he is the Chair of the Department of Communications Engineering and Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu.


Have We Achieved the Ultimate Wearable Computer?

Prof. Bruce H. Thomas Co-Director: Wearable Computer Lab
Director: Mawson Institute SAR Visualisation Lab
Deputy Director: Advanced Computing Research Centre
NICTA Fellow
School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
The University of South Australia, Australia

This talk provides a critical view of wearable computer research over the years. The talk reflects on the original research challenges from the first few years, and how these challenges have evolved over time. With this goal in mind, two questions can be examined: 1) have we achieved the goals we set out? and 2) how has the direction of research changed in the past fifteen years? The talk will examine many key aspects of wearable computing, such as: wearable computer system form factors, garment integration, displays, user interaction, augmented reality, networking, and context awareness. This talk is inspired from personal research since 1996.

Professor Bruce Hunter Thomas Ph.D. is the current the Deputy Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre, Director of the Mawson Institute SAR Visualisation Lab, and Director of the Wearable Computer Laboratory at the University of South Australia. He is currently a NICTA Fellow, Senior Member of the ACM, and visiting Scholar with the Human Interaction Technology Laboratory, University of Washington. His current research interests include: wearable computers, user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, CSCW, and tabletop display interfaces.

Prof. Thomas’ academic qualifications include the following: 

1) B.A. in Physics, George Washington University; 

2) M.S. in Computer Science, University of Virginia with a thesis titled: Pipeline Pyramids in Dynamic Scenes; 

3) Ph.D. in Computer Science, Flinders University with a thesis titled: Animating Direct Manipulation in Human Computer Interfaces.

Prof. Thomas has over 200 publications, has been cited over 3500 times, and has an h-index of 31 as calculated by Google Citations. His experience includes working at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia since 1990. He has run his own computer consultancy company. He was a Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (A major US government laboratory for the Department of Commerce.), and a software engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation and the General Electric Company.


On the Advanced 5G Infrastructure for Anything as a Service

Dr. David Soldani Huawei Europe

The advanced 5G infrastructure, defined as the ubiquitous ultra-broadband network supporting Future Internet applications and services, is not only an evolution of current generations, but, more significantly, a revolution in the ICT field. It will enable efficiently new ultra reliable, dependable, secure, privacy preserving and delay critical services to everyone and everything, such as cognitive objects and cyber physical systems. “Full Immersive Experience”, enriched by “Context Information”, and “Anything as a Service” will be the main drivers for a massive adoption of the new technology components and market uptake, beyond the current “Client-Server” model, where the network has been reduced to a mere pipe of bits.

In the keynote speech it is argued that the network will become the “Nervous System” of the Information Society. This challenge calls for a complete redesign of services paradigms and system, and a profound re-thinking of architectures, interfaces, functions, access and non-access protocols and related procedures, and advanced algorithms, e.g. for identity management, establishment, maintenance and reconfiguration of ICT services and any type resource among cyber physical systems (CPS). A large exploitation and adoption of cloud computing, software networks and network functions and services virtualization will make the 5G infrastructure feasible and business viable.


DAVID SOLDANI received a M.Sc. degree with maximum score and cum laude approbatur in electronic engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in December 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in technology with distinction from Aalto University, Finland, in October 2006. In September 2007, he was qualified for Professorship in Radio Communications Engineering from the same university. He has been in the ICT industry for more than 20 years. From 1997 to 2007 he was at Nokia in various technical and research management positions. From 2007 to 2009 he was Research Director and head of Customer Networks & Solutions and Solutions & Services Innovation functions, Research Technology & Platforms (RTP), Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Munich, Germany. In this role, he was responsible for driving the alignment between the RTP research portfolio, the NSN network architecture vision and technology strategy, and future customer needs, and driving innovative research projects for improving for improving services and fixed-mobile broadband solutions. Prior to joining Nokia, he was a research engineer in Rohde & Schwarz, in Sirti, in Milan, Italy, and a graduated officer at the Italian Military Navy, Livorno, Italy. He is currently Vice President (VP) of the Huawei European Research Centre (ERC) and Head of Central Research Institute (CRI), Munich, Germany. In his current role, he is leading the research to innovation on Future Wireless, Network and Multimedia Technologies in Europe and representing Huawei in the 5G Infrastructure Association and Steering Board of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform. Prior to that he was responsible for driving the alignment between Huawei All-IP E2E solutions and future customer needs, taking a holistic view of both service requirements and how these requirements affect the structure, technology, and network components of the optimal solution for each part of an operator’s network. His areas of technical expertise include wireless and wireline broadband access and network technologies; QoE and QoS, policy control and charging; customer service assurance (CSA); network planning, troubleshooting and optimization. He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution at Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books, and holds several international patents. He has been working as Guest Editor of IEEE Networks and Communications magazines, and he has taken part in a number of IEEE Technical Program Committees (TPC) for international conferences, journals, magazines, and workshops, especially in areas of Future Wireless and Network Technologies.

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