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Alexei Gorokhov


Hao Xu

Head of Qualcomm Research China

Gerhard Fettweis

Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden, Germany

Meryem Simsek

Senior Research Scientist, ICSI, Berkeley, CA, USA


Chair in Telecom, University of Southampton

Halim Yanikomeroglu

Professor, Carleton University, Canada


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Fireside Chat: Building a Successful Career Within Qualcomm

In this session, experts from Qualcomm’s research and product development divisions from around the world will share their experiences about working at Qualcomm. The speakers will provide their perspectives on what it takes to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative company and tips to making impactful contributions to the wireless industry at large.

Speakers: Alexei Gorokhov and Hao Xu

Alexei Gorokhov is currently Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm. Over the past years, he led Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) systems effort focused on design, implementation and commercialization of 5G-NR technology. Prior to that, Alexei contributed to design and implementation of 4G cellular broadband systems, including OFDMA based Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB), LTE Advanced, design & commercialization of 4G modem cores. From 2000 to 2003, Alexei was with Philips Research Labs focusing on MIMO WLAN systems design and performance. From 1997 till 2000 he was with National Research Center (CNRS) in France. Alexei received his PhD in electrical engineering from ENST (Telecom Paris) in 1997.


Dr. Hao Xu is currently the head of Qualcomm Research China. Since 2003, Dr. Hao Xu has been working at Qualcomm R&D, where his main research focus is on wireless communications system design. He has led various research, prototyping, and 3GPP standardization topics from 3G to 5G wireless technologies. He has also led research in Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence.

From 2000 to 2003, he worked at Bell Lab’s Wireless Communication Research Lab, where the first MIMO system (BLAST) was invented. His research led to one of the first outdoor MIMO channel capacity evaluations, and the joint 3GPP/3GPP2 spatial channel model (SCM). In 2003, he received the Bell-Labs President Gold Metal Award.

Dr. Hao Xu received his B.S and M.S. from Moscow Power Engineering Institute and Technical University, Russia, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2000. During his Ph.D. research, he pioneered the millimeter-wave propagation research at 38 GHz and 60 GHz with Dr. T. Rappaport. In 1999, he received the IEEE Communications Society Steve Rice Award with Dr. G. Durgin and Dr. T. Rappaport. He has numerous journal publications and patents, and served a few years as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

7th December 2020, 1 AM GMT Time

7th December 2020, 9 AM Taipei Time

Rising Stars of ComSoc - YP Awards Ceremony

This session will introduce some of the outstanding young professionals working in communications industry this year. During the session, you will hear from YP Award Winners from 2020 on their excellent career achievements. In addition, there will be networking opportunity to meet leaders of ComSoc during some breakout session on different topics. 

8th December 2020, 1 PM GMT Time

8th December 2020, 9 PM Taipei Time

Fireside Chat


Speakers: Gerhard Fettweis and Meryem Simsek

Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates 2 DFG centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC.

Gerhard Fettweis is IEEE Fellow, member of the German academy acatech, and his most recent award is the Stuart Meyer Memorial Award from IEEE VTS. In Dresden he has spun-out eleven start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.


Meryem Simsek received her Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and her Ph.D. on “Learning-Based Techniques for Intercell-Interference Coordination in LTE-Advanced Heterogeneous Networks” from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany in 2008 and 2013, respectively. She was a visiting Post-Doc at the Florida International University in 2013. Since 2014, she has been a Research Group Leader with the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She is pursuing her ‘Habilitation’ (~German Tenure-Track System) in “Self-Organizing Wireless Networks” at the same university since 2016. In 2016, she joined the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA, as a Senior Research Scientist and UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, as a Visiting Scientist. Since December 2018, she has been with Intel Labs working on machine learning-based solutions for beyond 5G networks.

9th December 2020, 6 PM GMT Time

10th December 2020, 2 AM Taipei Time

Wireless Above the Clouds, Beneath the Sea and All That...

Ever since Marconi demonstrated the feasibility of long-distance wireless communications across the North-Atlantic, researchers have aspired to make ’telepresence’ a reality for anyone, anywhere and any time… So are we there yet?

In this interactive session YOU & I Valued Colleague will speculate on the potential frontier-research issues of our alluring field of study, harnessing the creative power of open-minded collaborative endeavors…

Speaker: Lajos Hanzo

Lajos Hanzo, (FIEEE’04, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), of the IET and of EURASIP), received his Master degree and Doctorate in 1976 and 1983, respectively from the Technical University (TU) of Budapest. He was alsoawa rded the Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree by the University of Southampton (2004) and Honorary Doctorates by the TU of Budapest (2009) and by the University of Edinburgh (2015). He is a Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press.

10th December 2020, 11 AM GMT Time

10th December 2020, 7 PM Taipei Time


Engaging with industry is a challenge even for the most seasoned academics let alone those who are in rather early stages of their careers. In this Fireside Chat, Professor Halim Yanikomeroglu will share his own experience in collaborating with industry with some tips to young researchers. The discussion will cover various aspects of the complex dynamics of academic-industry collaboration:

  • Government vs industry funds; leveraging industry funds
  • Approaching industry, initiating collaboration
  • Developing trust
  • Collaboration with large companies and startups
  • Expectations of industry and academics from collaboration
  • Type of research suitable for collaboration
  • Protect the students’ rights
Speaker: Halim Yanikomeroglu

Halim Yanikomeroglu received his B.Sc. in 1990 and an MA.Sc. in 1992. He received a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto in 1998. Since 1998 he has been with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, where he is now a Full Professor. His research interests cover many aspects of wireless communication systems and networks. He coauthored a number of peer-reviewed research papers published in the leading journals and international conferences. He has given numerous keynotes, tutorials, and seminars on wireless technologies. His collaborative research with industry resulted in 37 granted patents.
Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society on 5G/6G wireless technologies. He has been involved in the organization of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) since its inception in 1998 in various capacities, including serving as the Technical Program Chair of WCNC 2004 (Atlanta), WCNC 2008 (Las Vegas), and WCNC 2014 (Istanbul). He currently serves as the Chair of the WCNC Steering Committee. He was the General Chair of the IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference, and the General Chair of the IEEE 86th Vehicular Technology Conference. He has served on the editorial boards of several IEEE journal and was the Chair of the IEEE’s Technical Committee on Personal Communications (now the Wireless Communications Technical Committee).
Dr. Yanikomeroglu received several awards for his research, teaching, and service, including the IEEE Communications Society Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award in 2018 and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Stuart Meyer Memorial Award in 2020. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

10th December 2020, 4 PM GMT Time

11th December 2020, 12 AM Taipei Time

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