IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking
5–8 September 2022 // Athens, Greece

Keynotes

Gunnar Peters

Gunnar Peters is a Senior Expert in Network Algorithms at Huawei Sweden. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Master of Engineering in Applied Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology. He has worked in telecom for 19 years and started at Ericsson in 2000 were he was an expert in Radio Performance. In 2010 he joined the Wireless organization at Huawei Sweden, were he leads a group developing radio network algorithms. Gunnar has also worked at the University of South Carolina, Uppsala University, and the Royal Institute of Technology. His research covers stochastic analysis, quantum field theory, wavelet analysis, computational solid state mechanics, signal processing, and radio resource management.

 

Yonina Eldar

Yonina Eldar is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, where the heads the center for biomedical engineering. She is also a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, an IEEE Fellow and a EURASIP Fellow. She has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2013), the IEEE/AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2014) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2016). She was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. She received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences, the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research (twice), the Hershel Rich Innovation Award (three times), the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions, and several teaching awards. She was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and was a member of the Israel Committee for Higher Education. She is the Editor in Chief of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing and heads the committee for Gender Fairness in Higher Education Institutions in Israel.

Thierry Lestable

Dr. Thierry Lestable is the Executive Director of the Digital Science Research Center (DSRC), which includes Digital Telecom Dept & Digital Security Dept, while also acting as Executive Director for the Artificial Intelligence Cross-Center Unit (AIXCU), reporting to Chief Researcher Prof. Mérouane Debbah, within the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi.

Previously, Dr. Lestable was Director, heading the e-Mobility & Automotive Business Department from Sagemcom, addressing challenges raising from Intelligent & Connected Vehicles, to micro-mobility. Dr. Lestable was member of the Steering Committee from FIEV Federation, which represents Automotive Equipment Suppliers, where he promoted the benefits of AI for road safety. Prior to Automotive, he was heading the Industrial IoT Business Department, designing and manufacturing connected devices for the industry (Smart City, Smart Grid, …), rolling out LPWAN Networks worldwide. Earlier, as Head of IoT Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, he actively participated to the Launch of IoT LoRa™ Alliance, being granted the position of vice-chair for the Strategy Committee in June 2015, then from October 2015 till 2017 was the Vice-Chairman of the Alliance.

Dr. Lestable has 20+ years experience in the Telecom, Mobility and Energy industry, steering industrial innovation, from spark of ideas to prototypes, products, standards, and systems, rolling-out networks, while leading new business development, within organizations such as Alcatel, Samsung, and Sagemcom.

Dr. Lestable received an Eng. Degree from Supélec in 1997, and a Ph.D, in 2003 from Supélec/Paris Sud-Orsay. He is the author of 35+ international publications, 20+ patents, editor of 1 Wiley Book on Advanced Channel Coding, co-author in 2 Wiley Books on B3G/4G systems, was Telecom Expert for the European Commission, Eureka Cluster CELTIC, and the French National Research Agency (ANR). He was Chair of the M2M Expert Group in eMobility European Technology Platform. In 2010, Dr. Lestable was member of the Telecom Steering committee of Systematic, a competitiveness pole, and created the IoT/M2M course in Supélec, where he was visiting lecturer for 7 years.

Marco Di Renzo

Marco Di Renzo is a CNRS Research Director (Professor) with the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (L2S) of Paris-Saclay University – CNRS and CentraleSupelec, Paris, France. He serves as the Coordinator of the Communications and Networks Research Area of the Laboratory of Excellence DigiCosme, as a Member of the Admission and Evaluation Committee of the Ph.D. School on Information and Communication Technologies, and as the Head of the Intelligent Physical Communications Group with the Laboratory of Signals and Systems at CentraleSupelec. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, he is a founding member and a Vice Chair of the Industry Specification Group (ISG) on RIS within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and he serves as the Rapporteur of the work item on communication models, channel models, and evaluation methodology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, IET, and AAIA ; an Ordinary Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Academia Europaea; and a Highly Cited Researcher. Also, he is a Fulbright Fellow and a Nokia Foundation Visiting Professor. His recent research awards include the 2021 EURASIP Best Paper Award and the 2022 IEEE COMSOC Outstanding Paper Award.

Julien Colafrancesco

Julien Colafrancesco is Director of Engineering at Qorvo, Paris. He received his Master degree in computer science from UPMC & Telecom ParisTech in 2011 with a specialization in signal processing and his PhD in Sciences and Technologies of Arts in 2014. Julien Colafranesco has more than 10 patents and patents pending in domains ranging from UWB-localization to audio following and Natural Language processing. Julien worked at several startups including Weezic, acquired in 2014 by Makemusic, and Sevenhugs, acquired in 2020 by Qorvo Inc. and he is now Director of Engineering at Qorvo Paris.

 

 

George Alexandropoulos

George C. Alexandropoulos received the Engineering Diploma, M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the School of Engineering, University of Patras, Greece in 2003, 2005, and 2010, respectively. He has held research positions at various Greek universities and research institutes, as well as at the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, Paris Research Center, Huawei Technologies France, and he is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, School of Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece. He also serves as a Principal Researcher for the Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His research interests span the general areas of algorithmic design and performance analysis for wireless networks with emphasis on multi-antenna transceiver hardware architectures, active and passive reconfigurable metasurfaces, integrated communications and sensing, millimeter wave and THz communications, as well as distributed machine learning algorithms. He currently serves as an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, ELSEVIER Computer Networks, Frontiers in Communications and Networks, and the ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies. In the past, he has held various fixed-term and guest editorial positions for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Communications Letters, as well as for various special issues at IEEE journals. Prof. Alexandropoulos is a Senior Member of the IEEE Communications, Signal Processing, and Information Theory Societies as well as a registered Professional Engineer of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He has participated and/or technically managed more than 10 European Union (EU) research and innovation projects, as well as several Greek and international research projects. He is currently NKUA’s principal investigator for the EU H2020 RISE‑6G research and innovation project dealing with RIS-empowered smart wireless environments. He has received the best Ph.D. thesis award 2010, the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional in Industry Award 2018, the EURASIP Best Paper Award of the Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2021, the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications 2021, and a Best Paper Award from the IEEE GLOBECOM 2021. More information is available at www.alexandropoulos.info.