WoWMoM 2020



Date: September 2, 2020

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm Irish summer time (10:30 am - 12 noon US Eastern time)

Moderator: Prof. Sajal K. Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  • Dr. Vijay Gopalakrishnan, AT&T Labs Research, USA
  • Prof. Lajos Hanzo, Southampton University, UK
  • Prof. Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern Univ., USA
  • Prof. Alex Sprintson, National Science Foundation, USA
  • Prof. Cormac Sreenan, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr. Mariya Zheleva, University of Albany, USA

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Vijay Gopalakrishnan

Vijay Gopalakrishnan received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He has been with AT&T since 2006 and has worked on innovative solutions in the space of network management, content delivery, and the mobile Web. He is currently a Director with the Network and Service Quality Management Center at AT&T Labs in Bedminster, NJ, leading a team of researchers focused on innovations for better management of networks and efficient content delivery. Vijay has been awarded over 40 patents, and has published extensively in peer reviewed conferences and journals. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE.

Prof. Lajos Hanzo

Lajos Hanzo, an IEEE Fellow, received his Master degree and Doctorate in 1976 and 1983, respectively from the Technical University (TU) of Budapest. He was also awarded 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. Since 1986, he has been teaching and conducting research at Southampton University.

Prof. Tommaso Melodia

Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome - La Sapienza and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Prof. Melodia is serving as Editor in Chief for Computer Networks, and has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, among others. He was the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, and General Chair for ACM MobiHoc 2020, IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWNet 2014. Prof. Melodia’s research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, several industrial partners, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

Dr. Alex Sprintson

Dr. Alex Sprintson ( joined NSF as a rotating Program Director in September 2018, in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He manages networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS), and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) programs. Alex Sprintson is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, where he conducts research on wireless network coding, distributed storage, and software-defined networks. Dr. Sprintson received the Wolf Award for Distinguished Ph.D. students, the Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellowship, the TAMU College of Engineering Outstanding Contribution Award, and the NSF CAREER award. From 2013 and 2019, he served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committee for the IEEE INFOCOM 2006-2021.

Prof. Cormac J. Sreenan

Cormac J. Sreenan is a Full Professor of Computer Science at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland where he is also the Head of the School of Computer Science & Information Technology. He holds a PhD in computer science from Cambridge University. Prior to joining UCC in 1999 he was on the research staff at AT&T Labs-Research, Florham Park, NJ, USA and at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA. At UCC he directs the Mobile & Internet Systems Laboratory (MISL) with recent projects focused on video streaming, wireless sensor networks, and heterogeneous mobile networks, funded by industry, the EU and Irish state agencies, including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Prof. Sreenan is an SFI Principal Investigator and is a Co-PI and deputy director of the national Irish CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, involving 10 academic institutions and over 35 sponsor companies. He is currently on the Editorial Board of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and in the past served in the same capacity on IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Computer Networks Journal and ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal. Of relevance to the WoWMoM 2020 panel is Prof. Sreenan's recent research on applying machine learning for cellular throughout prediction and earlier work on using techniques such as path planning and decision optimisation to solve problems in wireless/mobile networks.

Dr. Mariya Zheleva

Mariya Zheleva is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University at Albany -- SUNY. Her research interests include autonomous spectrum measurement and management for spectrum-sharing applications, network measurement and evaluation, small autonomous cellular networks and in-situ network deployment, particularly in challenging areas (e.g. rural Africa and agricultural U.S.). She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance award for university initiatives in spectrum research. She is the co-lead of the NSF Research Alliance on National Radio Dynamic Zones.


Date: September 3, 2020

Time: 14:00 - 15:30 Irish summer time

Moderator: Prof. Sneha Kumar Kasera, University of Utah, USA
  • Prof Mischa Dohler, King's College London, UK
  • Dr. Klaus Doppler, Nokia Bell Labs, Sunnyvale, USA
  • Dr. Maria Gorlatova, Duke University, USA
  • Prof. Bin Li, University of Rhode Island, USA
  • Prof. Walid Saad, Virginia Tech, USA

Prof Mischa Dohler

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur with 5 companies; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in 6 languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media. He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 300 highly-cited publications, and authored several books. He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 2014-2018. He is the Cofounder of the Smart Cities pioneering company Worldsensing, where he was the CTO from 2008-2014. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.

Dr. Klaus Doppler

Klaus Doppler is currently the technical lead of the Mirror X project in Nokia Bell Labs. In his previous role, he has been heading the Indoor Networks Research group. His research focus is on enabling ubiquitous Gigabit connectivity and developing platforms for smart buildings, enterprises and factories. In the past, he has been responsible for the wireless research and standardization in Nokia Technologies, incubated a new business line and pioneered research on Device-to-Device Communications underlaying LTE networks. Klaus received several inventor awards in Nokia for 100+ pending and granted patent applications. He has published 40+ scientific publications, received his PhD. from Aalto University, Finland in 2010 and his MSc. from Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2003.

Dr. Maria Gorlatova

Dr. Maria Gorlatova is a Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Gorlatova’s research focuses on enabling next-generation Internet of Things and augmented reality deployments. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Prior to joining Duke, she was an Associate Research Scholar and an Associate Director of the EDGE Lab at Princeton University. In addition, Dr. Gorlatova has extensive industry experience in a variety of R&D and business-oriented roles, and has previously been affiliated with Telcordia Technologies, IBM, and D. E. Shaw Research. Dr. Gorlatova is a recipient of the ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the ACM/IEEE IPSN Best Research Artifact Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications. In 2019 she has been recognized as a Rising Star in Networking and Communications by the Networking Networking Women (N^2 Women) organization.

Prof. Bin Li

Prof. Bin Li is an assistant professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering. Prior to joining the URI faculty in August 2016, He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Coordinated Science Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University in May 2014. His research focuses on the intersection of networking and machine learning, and their applications in virtual/augmented reality, mobile edge computing, mobile crowd-learning, and Internet-of-Things. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the Google Faculty Research Award in 2020.

Prof. Walid Saad

Prof. Walid Saad received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks and cellular systems (5G/6G), Internet of Things, machine learning, game theory, security, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013 and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of nine conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM in 2018, IFIP NTMS in 2019, and IEEE ICC in 2020. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and of the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee. He was also a co-author of the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper. He received the Dean's award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019.


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