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Past President & Chair
Nominations & Elections
|VP Conferences||VP Member & Global Activities||VP Publications||VP Technical & Educational Activities|
Officers for a Two-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2020
|AP REGION||EMEA REGION||THE AMERICAS - LA & NA REGIONS|
Officers for a Three-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2020
IEEE Communications Society Elections Term Beginning January 2020
(Please click on the candidates name to read their biographies, and candidate statements.)
Officers for a Two-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2020
- Stefano Bregni
As a Distinguished Lecturer, I have visited 14 countries worldwide, preferring areas where students have fewer opportunities to attend global conferences. As Vice-President, I facilitated participation from all Regions also considering economical barriers. I created the ComSoc Student Competition, I revamped the Global Communications Newsletter, I strengthened the Women in Communications Engineering Committee, also launching the Child Care Program for conferences.
My contribution to ComSoc Conferences is solid. I led the group defining the ICC/GLOBECOM paper review process. As TP Chair, I ensured the highest paper selection criteria. I brought ICC2016 to Kuala Lumpur, a magnificent yet affordable location. I consolidated significant practical experience organizing important conferences.
I commit to continue my action to:
- Guarantee the quality of ComSoc Conferences.
- Lower expenses for attending flagship conferences, by limiting registration fees and favoring affordable locations.
- Foster Regional Conferences.
- Improve Academia/Industry synergy in conferences.
- Launch new initiatives for students.
- Promote women’s engagement and ensure equal opportunities.
Quality and technical excellence are our best assets. I will defend them.
Prof. Stefano Bregni is with Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He graduated in Electronics Engineering (1990). After nine years in Industry, he joined Politecnico in 1999. He contributed to ETSI/ ITU-T Standards. He is author of 90+ papers and of a recognized book on synchronization (Wiley, 2002). In ComSoc, he served as a Distinguished Lecturer (2003–2009), Vice-President Conferences (2018–2019), Vice-President MGA (2014-2017), Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2010–2013), Director Education (2008–2011), GITC member (2006–2009), TAOS TC Chair (2008–2009), Global Communications Newsletter Editor-in-Chief (since 2007), and IEEE Conferences Committee member (2019- 2021). He is the LATINCOM Steering Committee Chair. He was ICC2016 Technical Program Co-Chair, GLOBECOM2012 and GLOBECOM2009 TP Vice-Chair, LATINCOM2011 TP Co-Chair, Symposium Co-Chair in nine other ICC/GLOBECOMs. He received the 2014 ComSoc Hal Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences.
- Mark Karol
If elected, it will be an honor to serve ComSoc members and address all aspects of technical conferences, workshops, and professional meetings. A ComSoc event should be the premiere place to present, discuss, and publish new results in our Society’s fields of interest. I have experience and involvement with all aspects of IEEE conferences, ranging from author to reviewer to General Chair and member of many conference committees. We need to effectively manage conference finances so that we can offer affordable, high-quality events (both online and face-to-face), and make them accessible and of interest to more of our members from all Regions (including students, researchers, developers, practitioners, and those in transition between jobs). We should continue to improve our conference operations to make sure our volunteers have good experiences — or we will lose them. I will use my experience on the IEEE Board of Directors and numerous IEEE committees/boards to work hard as your VP-Conferences.
Mark Karol [F’93received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. From 1985 until 2000, he was a member of the Research Communications Sciences Division at Bell Laboratories. He then continued his (industrial) networking/communications research as a member of Avaya Labs and Telcordia Technologies. Currently, he is a lecturer at Kean University and an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has 100+ technical publications and has been awarded 47 U.S. patents. He received ComSoc’s McLellan Meritorious Service Award, the ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the CWRU Young Alumni Award, and the Bell Labs Research Affirmative Action Award. In 1993, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to “the fundamental theory, design, and analysis of high-performance packet switches and multiuser lightwave communication networks.” He has served as the IEEE Division III Director and Chair of the IEEE Awards Board.
VP Member & Global Activities
- Nei Kato
IEEE is truly a global organization with a vast membership. The global members of IEEE share a critical bond that holds our community together. As the current VP of Member & Global Activi ties, ComSoc, I have been trying my best to recruit new members and to stop the trend of decreasing numbers during my first year of service, and will continue my efforts if elected again. I will ensure that members and volunteers have their voices heard so that they can flourish locally as well as globally. I will also launch new initiatives to motivate local chapters to deploy activities to attract members from academia and industry as well. Your strong support is really appreciated.
Nei Kato [F] received his Bachelor’s degree from Polytechnic University, Japan, in 1986, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in information engineering from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He became a full professor at Tohoku University in 2003 and then the director of the Research Organization of Electrical Communication in 2015. He has been engaged in research in wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc and sensor and mesh networks, smart grid, the Internet of Things, big data, and pattern recognition. From 2018 and through 2019, he is the Vice-President (Member & Global Activities) of IEEE ComSoc. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE, the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications TC, the Chair of the Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks TC, and a member of the Awards Committee of IEEE ComSoc. His awards include the 2016 Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award from IEEE ComSoc Ad Hoc and Sensor Network TC and the Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from IEEE ComSoc Satellite and Space Communications TC. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network and the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Sendai Chapter. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Academy of Japan.
- Ricardo Veiga
The future of telecommunications will face more opportunities and challenges than ever before. ComSoc must lead this process through better products and services by listening and foreseeing members’ needs. For over 30 years, since I was a student, I have been an active IEEE member, serving ComSoc in various volunteer positions. With over 25 years in industry and academia, I understand the needs of both sides. If elected VP–Member & Global Activities I will focus on:
- Ensuring that ComSoc continues to be recognized as the leader in disseminating the highest-quality technical information to both academics and practicing engineers
- Producing low-cost or even free online education services such as webinars and tutorials and reinforcing the Distinguished Lecturer Program
- Helping more junior researchers, engineers, and students from all continents to participate in ComSoc, addressing any barriers and promoting a truly wide open society
I believe that my broad experience and service at the Chapter, Section, Regional, and Society levels, combined with my industry/ academia background, will help me to effectively serve ComSoc members. Thank you for your confidence and vote.
Ricardo Veiga is currently an associate professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Faculty of Engineering. He graduated from UBA as an electronics engineer (six-year degree program), and did postgraduate studies in Japan and at UADE University. He has also been working in industry for 25 years. He led the Training Committee within ComSoc’s WCET. He was elected as Member-at-Large of ComSoc’s Board of Governors (2017–2019) and was previously appointed as Regional Director (2004–2005), increasing the number of Chapters by 17 percent and Student Branch Chapters by 38 percent. As Chair of the local ComSoc Chapter, he received the Chapter Achievement Award. He also received the IEEE RAB Achievement Award and IEEE Third Millennium Medal, among others.
- Robert Schober
Hard work and dedication will be needed to maintain and further improve the exceptionally high quality and reputation of ComSoc publications. If elected, I will work tirelessly with all publications volunteers to further enhance the services provided to our members. My specific goals include:
- Implementing a Plan S compliant ComSoc Gold Open Access Journal.
- Decreasing the publication costs for authors of our flagship journals.
- Increasing the diversity (including age, gender, and region) among publications authors, volunteers, and leadership.
- Increasing the involvement of industry colleagues across all of our publications.
- Improving the performance of newly created journals and magazines.
- Enhancing the online content and presentation of the ComSoc publications website.
My extensive experience as Director of Journals, Editor-inChief, Editor, Steering Committee member, reviewer, and author of ComSoc publications and the relationships and friendships that I have formed in the process will be instrumental in achieving these goals
Robert Schober [F] received his Ph.D. from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg (FAU), Germany. From 2002 to 2012, he was a Chair Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Since 2012 he has been an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at FAU. He is an international leader in the wireless and molecular communications research communities. He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. His research awards include the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship, UBC Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, DFG Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award, Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, and Technical Recognition Award of the ComSoc Wireless Technical Committee. His extensive ComSoc volunteer experience includes Director of Journals, Fellow Evaluation Committee Chair, BoG Member-at-Large, Editor-inChief of IEEE Transactions on Communications, and Steering Committee Chair of IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications. In 2018, he received the IEEE ComSoc Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications.
- Michele Zorzi
At a time when technical publishing is becoming more and more competitive, and new publishing models have emerged (e.g., Open Access, which is being adopted by ComSoc per IEEE’s mandate), a clear vision, strong reputation, and extensive publishing/editorial expertise are needed in order to help ComSoc maintain and expand its recognized leadership in technical literature and guarantee that the quality of its publications remains at the top.
Thanks to 25+ years of sustained publication activities as author, reviewer, editor, Editor-in-Chief (three times, for a total of 11+ years, including founding Editor-in-Chief), and member of various publication/steering committees, Michele is an ideally positioned candidate as the next ComSoc VP-Publications.
Michele Zorzi [F’07] received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and telecommunications engineering in 1990 and 1994 from the University of Padova, Italy, where he has been a professor since 2003. Previous academic appointments (1993– 2003) include Politecnico di Milano, University of California San Diego, and the University of Ferrara. He is a well-known and well-respected member of the ComSoc community. He has a very strong track record of research and publications in the field of wireless communications and networking, is very well cited (27,000+ citations, h-index: 73), and has received best paper (Best Tutorial, 2008; Stephen O. Rice, 2018) and service (Education, 2016) awards. He has been a very committed volunteer for many years, serving ComSoc in many capacities, most notably as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications (2003–2005), IEEE Transactions on Communications (2008–2011), and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (founding Editor-in-Chief, 2014–2018). He served as Editor and Steering Committee member for journals, and on several conference organizing committees. He was ComSoc Director of Education (2014– 2015) and Member-at-Large for the ComSoc Board of Governors (2009–2011). He served as a member of the IEEE Products and Services Committee (2016).
VP Technical & Educational Activities
- Stefano Galli
Technical & Educational Activities (TEA) are the backbone of the Society as they provide the resources for most of the services we provide to our members, and Technical Committees are the very fabric of TEA. We need to ensure that ComSoc TEA continuously meet the needs of our diverse and international constituency, providing value to professionals and practicing engineers of an ever-changing industry while also addressing the needs of the research community. This requires differentiating our products/services, strengthening our educational services, and soliciting the participation of a diverse set of volunteers on a global basis — especially young members and women, who are heavily underrepresented in our Society.
Technical Committees need the proper structure to support these efforts, be relevant in the technical community at large, and become the point of reference for the activities in their areas of interest. I believe today’s structure is inadequate for these goals and needs to be revisited. My career in standards and industrial R&D and the many initiatives that I had the privilege to lead successfully in ComSoc have prepared me well for the challenges that the ComSoc VP-TEA needs to face.
Stefano Galli received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Rome, Italy. Currently, he is a principal engineer at Futurewei Technologies in the United States. He has previously worked at ASSIA, Panasonic, and Bellcore. He is serving as the Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee and as ComSoc Vice-President of Industry and Standards. He has also served as First Chair/founder of the ComSoc Technical Committee on Powerline Communications. He is a co-inventor of 27 issued/ pending patents, co-author of 110+ papers and 150+ standards contributions, and co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE D. G. Fink Best Paper Award. He also received the 2014 Broadband Forum Outstanding Contributor Award, the 2011 ComSoc McLellan Meritorious Service Award, and the 2011 ComSoc TC-PLC Outstanding Service Award.
- Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
IEEE ComSoc’s Technical Activities and Educational Services are a key pillar of serving our community and local chapters. With global rapidly changing technical fields, it is important to undertake challenges to meet diversified needs and to provide the most benefits to our members. If elected, I will seek your input, lead new initiatives, and work passionately, in collaboration with technical committees (TC) and local chapters, to:
- Promote ComSoc’s leading role in telecommunications by enhancing its technical activities and professional services
- Develop new programs in emerging technologies including AI, 5G, edge/fog computing, and big data, and inspire our junior researchers (including graduate students)
- Promote industry participation in technical activities for new technologies, standards, and practices
- Broaden TC activities for shaping the ComSoc direction in conferences, periodicals, and standards
- Enhance the Distinguished Lecturers (DL) program by increasing industry representation, the number of female DLs, diversity of TCs, and local chapter involvement
- Streamline the IEEE Fellow evaluation process to better recognize the outstanding achievements of our members
My extensive volunteer experience in ComSoc and dedication to member benefits will enable me to effectively serve and promote the excellence of our community.
Xuemin (Sherman) Shen [F] (http://bbcr.uwaterloo.ca/~xshen) is a University Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He has co-authored 23 books and 600 refereed journal papers in communication networks and information security, with 50,000 citations and h-index 97. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society of Canada. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE IoT Journal and IEEE Network. Within ComSoc, his leadership positions include elected VP-Publications, Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, Vice Chair of TAC, Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, Chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, Technical Program Chair of IEEE GLOBEOM 2016 and 2007, and INFOCOMM 2014, and Steering Committee Chair of IEEE ICCC 2014–2019. He received the ComSoc Harold Sobol Award in 2018, the Education Award in 2017, the Joseph LoCicero Award in 2015, and the Technical Recognition Award in 2013 from the AHSN Technical Committee.
Officers for a Three-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2020
- Koichi Asatani
- Promote geographic, gender, and cultural diversity and balance to vitalize ComSoc.
- Promote initiatives for new emerging areas that are quickly being developed.
- Promote initiatives to broaden and strengthen collaboration with industry.
- Strengthen Global ComSoc leadership by promoting activities matching the needs of members and local chapters.
- Expand opportunities for young generations to be involved in Technical Committees, conferences, and journal Editorial Boards.
Koichi Asatani [LF] received his B.E.E.E. (1969), M.E.E.E. (1971), and Ph. D. (1974) degrees from Kyoto University. He joined NTT (1974-1997) and has been engaged in R&D on optical communications, FTTH, ATM, QoS, IP networks, NGN, and future networks. He was a professor at Kogakuin University (1997–2914) and Chair Professor, Nankai University, China (2014-2018). He is currently Professor Emeritus, Kogakuin University. He is an IEICE Life Fellow. He was Feature Editor on Standards (1993–1999) and Senior Technical Editor (1999–2005) of IEEE Communications Magazine.He has been a Guest Editor for many special issues including IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He served as various positions of numerous IEEE conferences, including General Chair of International CQR Workshop 1994, General Chair of International Symposium of Interworking 1996, General Chair of SIIT 2009, and Co-Chair of the Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling Symposium at ICC and GLOBECOM (2002–2004), which he founded in 2002. He was Executive Chair of ICC 2011 in Kyoto, Tutorial Co-Chair at ICC 2016, and General Co-Chair at IEEE 5G Summits in Tianjin (2016) and Tokyo (2017). He served as Distinguished Lecturer (2007–2008, 2011- 2012, and 2013–2014). He was ComSoc Director, Membership Programs Development (2014–2015), and is Chair, ComSoc GIMS Committee (2018–2019) and Fellow Evaluation Committee member (2019–2021). He has received international and national awards including the MIC Minister Award (2002) and the CQRTC Lifetime Service Award (2016). He is a member of the IEICE Board of Governors (2014–present).
- Zhisheng Niu
I am honored to be nominated as the first Member-at-Large candidate from the largest and a fast-growing country. If elected, I will fully commit myself to healthy growth and realistic globalization of ComSoc based on my multi-tier experiences in IEEE/ ComSoc, IEICE (Japan), and CIC (China). Specifically, I will work passionately to strengthen the ties between ComSoc and our Sister Societies and local chapters through improved technical and educational activities. I also have a plan to enhance the coverage and timeliness of our e-publications as the existing Director for Online Content. I sincerely hope I have the honor to serve you.
Zhisheng Niu [F’12] graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University in 1985 and received his Ph.D. degree from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, in 1992. After working two years at Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan, he joined with Tsinghua University, China, in 1994 and is currently a professor. He visited Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in 1997–1998 and served as deputy dean of the School of Information Science and Technology in 2004–2016. He won the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Nature Science Foundation of China in 2009, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant of Japan in 2012, Best Paper Award from IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Board in 2013, and Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award from the IEEE ComSoc Green Communications and Computing Technical Committee in 2018. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of both IEEE Communication Society (2012–2015) and IEEE Vehicular Technologies Society (2014-18). He is a fellow of IEICE-Japan (2007) and IEEE (2012). He has devoted his time and energy to ComSoc as Beijing Chapter Chair (2001–2008), Director of Asia-Pacific Region (2008–2009), Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications (2009–2013), Director of Conference Publications (2010–2011), Chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee (2014–2015), and currently as an Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking and Director of Online Content. He also served as TPC Co-Chair of ICC ’08.
- Ana Garcia Armada
I have been serving the EEE Communications Society through conference organization, journal editorship, as a technical committee officer, and as Chair of a standing committee. As a hard-working person, I would like to continue contributing my experience and enthusiasm to building even a stronger Communications Society. If elected as a Member-at-Large, I will endeavor to:
- Maintain the high quality of our conferences and publications.
- Promote initiatives to broaden collaboration with industry, for example, through the technical committees, standards, and conferences.
- Foster professional development opportunities for our members, with emphasis on the youngest and minorities.
Ana García Armada is a professor at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, where she has occupied a variety of management positions (e.g., head of department, Vice-Dean, Deputy Vice-Chancellor). She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Bell Labs, and the University of Southampton. She has published around 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and holds four patents. Specific to IEEE ComSoc, she is the General Co-Chair of the IEEE GLOBECOM 2021. She has been a Technical Chair at conferences such as IEEE GLOBECOM 2019, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Spring and Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and part of the organizing committee of the IEEE ComSoc Third Women’s Workshop on Communications and Signal Processing. She serves as Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering Standing Committee (WICE). Further, she is the Secretary of the Signal Processing and Communications Electronics (SPCE) Technical Committee and a Senior Editor of IEEE Communications Letters. She has received the young researcher excellence award, the outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and management award, and the best practices in teaching award from University Carlos III of Madrid. She was awarded the third place Bell Labs Prize 2014. She was presented with the Exemplary Editor Award from IEEE Communications Letters in 2018 and 2019. www.tsc.uc3m.es/~agarcia
- Fabrizio Granelli
I have been a committed ComSoc volunteer for 15+ years (including Director for Online Content and Educational Services, Technical Committee Officer, Technical Program Co-Chair at ICC/GLOBECOM, Editor, Distinguished Lecturer, Local Chapter Chair), learning the strengths and mechanics of our Society.
I have had the chance to appreciate the diversity of local chapters as Distinguished Lecturer in North America, South America, East Asia, and Japan. As Director of Online Services I supported the development of Best Readings and shaping the new website, and enthusiastically developed several education and outreach activities, organizing volunteer visits around the world and the first ComSoc Summer Schools (2015–2016), and am now working on consolidating training services as Director of Educational Services.
I sincerely hope you will give me the chance to contribute to the future development of our Society in the position of Member-at-Large by driving roadmaps for the technologies of the future, promoting flagship scientific and educational events all over the world, and providing new services for young members, who represent the future of the Society.
Fabrizio Granelli is an associate professor at the University of Trento, Italy, and ComSoc Director of Educational Services. He was Delegate for Education at DISI from 2015 to 2017, and has been a visiting professor at UNICAMP, Brazil, and the University of Tokyo, Japan. Earlier, he was a Distinguished Lecturer (2012–2015), GITC Member-at-Large (2014–2015), and ComSoc Director for Online Content (2016–2017), as well as CSIM TC officer (Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair), and currently TAOS TC Chair. He has been an Editor of several IEEE journals (currently Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials), Workshop Co-Chair at IEEE ICC 2016, General Chair of the 11th, 15th, and 18th IEEE CAMAD Workshops, TPC Co-Chair of IEEE LATINCOM 2012, and IEEE GLOBECOM “Communications QoS, Reliability and Modeling” (2007, 2008, 2009, BS 2012) and “SAC — Green Track” Symposia (2014). He is an author of 220+ papers on networking.
- Fambirai Takawira
I have been a member of ComSoc for more than 20 years and have been an active participant in conferences, paper reviewing, and ComSoc committees. I intend to continue to serve, and if elected I will work hard to:
- Support initiatives that lead to revenue generation and reduction of frivolous expenditure. This will provide resources to support programs that benefit our membership.
- Develop new educational offerings, particularly online-offerings as a concrete way of providing value to our members. I will support other initiatives that provide increased opportunities for our members.
- Support initiatives that increase the ComSoc membership globally, particularly student membership. In addition, I will work to broaden the participation of young members in ComSoc activities.
- Ensure that there is transparency in ComSoc policies and activities.
Fambirai Takawira obtained his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Manchester University, England, in 1981 and his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University, England, in 1985. He is currently a professor with the Electrical and Information Engineering School, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. From 2012 to 2017 he served as head of the School. Prior to joining the University of Witwatersrand in 2012, he was a faculty member at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, from 1993 to 2011, where he also served as head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering from 2002 to 2007 and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2009 to 2011. He has been an active volunteer in IEEE and ComSoc as director of EMEA Region (2012–2013), Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2008– 2010), member of the ComSoc Board of Governors (2012–2013), member of the ComSoc Nominations and Elections Committee (2012–2017), and member of the ComSoc GIMS Committee (2013–2017). He is currently serving as ComSoc Treasurer (2018–2019). He has also served as General Co-Chair of IEEE-AFRICON 2015, Executive Co-Chair of International Conference on Communications in Cape Town South, Africa, and a member of Technical Committees for several IEEE AFRICON conferences.
THE AMERICAS - LA & NA REGIONS
- Chi-Ming Chen
I have a lifetime of work experience in communications industry R&D, and connections with academia through extensive participation in IEEE conferences and future direction initiatives, especially in the area of emerging technologies. Recent participation and contributions have been on big data, SDN, future networks (5G and beyond), and other emerging technologies such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
If elected, with my background, I am especially well qualified to plan and execute ComSoc’s strategy for industry/academia collaboration. Under ComSoc’s Industry/Academia Collaboration Program, I shall contribute to: 1) establish an internship program between leading-edge companies and selected universities and 2) establish joint exploratory testbeds on emerging technologies such as AI and quantum communications to allow innovations to be tested.
I am a Senior (Lifetime) Fellow with a young heart. I will serve as a bridge between you and ComSoc, and ensure that ComSoc’s activities align with your professional interests.
Chi-Ming Chen [LF] has worked 30+ years in the communications R&D environment. He retired from AT&T Labs in 2018. Currently, he is responsible for Business Strategy at InfoBeyond Technology, a communications security solutions company. He received his Ph.D. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. and his B.S. in physics from Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, China. He is a well-known active ComSoc volunteer. His current IEEE activities include Executive Chair of ICC 2019, Shanghai; Co-Chair of IEEE Future Networks Initiative (5G and Beyond) Roadmap Working Group; and Advisory Board Member of ComSoc’s Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR), in which he has been organizing an annual Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable since 2014. He was a voting member of the GLOBECOM/ICC Management and Steering Committee (GIMS) and served as its Site Selection Chair from 2012 to 2017.
- Sudhir S. Dixit
I joined IEEE as a Student Member 44 years ago and have been a ComSoc volunteer for over 35 years. While ComSoc publications and conferences remain top rated, I have recently noticed declining industry participation. If elected, first and foremost I will focus on bridging the industry and academia divide. This will help ComSoc and its members in two ways: (1) expand academia’s opportunities in high impact industry research, leading to increased commercialization and industry funding, and (2) increase industry’s access to novel innovations with market potential. Building such a partnership will help attract students wishing to pursue graduate studies and research leading to industry-based career paths. My next priority would be to empower many of our hardworking volunteers by streamlining the ComSoc processes and building support systems. I will work toward finding better metrics and removing hurdles in the nomination and selection process for awards. These initiatives will help achieve my goal of increasing ComSoc membership and participation. Finally, while I appreciate the ever-increasing number of publications and conferences on specialist topics, I believe we need more cross-domain holistic research. Therefore, I would like to consolidate some publications and conferences with the aim of improved quality and impact.
Sudhir Dixit [LF] is a Senior Fellow and Evangelist at the Basic Internet Foundation and a Docent at the University of Oulu, Finland. Earlier, he was the CEO and co-founder of a startup, Skydoot, Inc, and before that he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist (CTO) of the Communications and Media Services (Americas Region) of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories India. Before HP, he worked at BlackBerry, Nokia/NSN, Verizon, Motorola, Wang Labs, and Harris Corporation. He holds 21 U.S. patents and has published eight books. He has been an avid contributor to ComSoc as a Technical Editor, Lightwave Series Editor, and Guest Editor, and to many conferences. He is also on the Editorial Board of IEEE Spectrum, and is a Co-Chair of the Industry Engagement and DL Committees of the IEEE Future Network Initiative. From 2010 to 2012, he was an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis. A Life Fellow of IET and IETE and a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
- Ashutosh Dutta
IEEE Communications Society should play a pivotal role in empowering its members in an open, neutral, and all-inclusive manner so that they can contribute toward the advancement of technology for humanity in a collaborative way. If elected to serve, I will work with my IEEE colleagues, staff, and fellow volunteers across the world to focus on developing these core values.
- Innovate and implement the concept “globally means doing locally everywhere” by engaging local industry, academic, and government around the world.
- Engage and empower the members at the grass roots level so they can contribute their best efforts toward the advancement of humanity using the Communications Society as a platform.
- Enhance IEEE-Industry relationships that will help drive the membership growth and professional growth of industry members.
- Expand ComSoc’s collaboration with other IEEE entities such as IEEE Standards Association, MGA, EAB, and TAB to deliver continual excellence through member engagement and enrichment.
Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Research Scientist, JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, USA. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that has recently been translated into Chinese Language. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative. He also serves as IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020. Ashutosh serves as the general co-chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forum. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.
- Carlos Lozano-Garzon
I believe that my experience at the different levels of our society (Chapter, Section, Regional and Society) combined with my commitment and enthusiasm, enables me to work for our members. If elected as a Member-at-Large, I will support any BoG initiative that allows ComSoc to position itself as the world’s leading communication society. I will focus on:
- Promoting the analysis and changes of ComSoc to maintain our Society as the leader in the creation and sharing of technical information of the highest quality.
- Promoting products and services that engage our members and support their ongoing technical and professional needs throughout their careers.
- Empowering our students and young professionals to be part of both our conference organization and technical committees with the aim to form our next generation of volunteers with people from different geographic, gender, ethnicity, and experience backgrounds.
It would be an honor to serve you. thank you for your confidence and vote.
Carlos Lozano-Garzon [SM’13] is a professor in the Systems and Computer Engineering Department at the Universidad de los Andes. He received his Ph.D. degree from both the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and the Universitat de Girona, Spain. He worked as professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, among others, and as a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay. As a ComSoc volunteer, he is a member of the Conference Council, Marketing Committee, and Educational Services Board. In addition, he was member of the BoG as a Regional Director (2016–2017), and he served in the LA Region as the DLT/DSP Coordinator, Membership Development Coordinator, and Colombia Chapter Chair. He is currently the General Chair of IEEE HealthCom 2019, publicity vice-chair for IEEE PIMRC 2019, and he was publicity vice-chair of IEEE Globecom 2015. He received the IEEE ComSoc LA Region Young Professional Award, the IEEE ComSoc LA Region Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE Region 9 Outstanding Volunteer Award, among others.
- Robert W. Heath Jr.
ComSoc needs connections with industry verticals that are powering new opportunities for the telecommunications industry. ComSoc should also help to establish connections between researchers, industry, and engineers at all levels of experience and background. As Member-at-Large, I will work to reinvigorate ComSoc to bring renewed activity around new industry and research directions. In particular, I will serve the community by:
- Bringing renewed emphasis on disruptive technical ideas and industry involvement. Examples are establishing a conference track to highlight key research results or creating a publication column to review new developments industry.
- Focusing on cross-cutting initiatives that bring ComSoc together with other societies. This would entail working to improve the integration of communications across many application domains.
- Increasing the accessibility of conferences to all members and reducing the costs (through lower overheads) of those conferences. These events will become a platform for expanding innovation to members more broadly
Robert W. Heath Jr. is the Cullen Trust Endowed Professor (#6) in the Department of ECE at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Virginia. He was Chair of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee, Technical Program Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 in Austin, and a member of the Steering Committee for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2016–2018). He received the Communication Theory Technical Committee Service Award, the Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award, and a number of best paper awards, and is a Highly Cited Researcher. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
- Guoliang (Larry) Xue
For ComSoc to be a leading professional society, it needs strong leadership from its Board of Governors. I believe that ComSoc should maintain high-quality conferences and publications to attract the best talents to our conferences publications, which will lead to high-impact innovations. To achieve that, we need leaders who are technically strong and have high professional integrity to ensure that our paper review/selection process is fair. I have had the privilege to serve our members in various capacities. I ask for your support in this election as a candidate for Member-At-Large so that I can serve our members with regard to ComSoc directions and initiatives. If elected, I will work hard to:
- Enhance the prestige of ComSoc and its service to our members.
- Improve the quality and stature of ComSoc conferences.
- Ensure ComSoc’s initiatives and activities match the current needs of our members.
- Broaden the participation of young members in Society activities and nurture them as future leaders of ComSoc.
Guoliang (Larry) Xue [F], a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, is a professor at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991. He is an inventor and a well-respected scholar with over 13,800 citations. He has been a Keynote Speaker at multiple IEEE conferences. He has been a dedicated volunteer within ComSoc. His record of service includes: ComSoc VP-Conferences, IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, Chair of the Communications Switching and Routing Technical Committee, Vice Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM Steering Committee, General Chair of CNS 2014, General Chair of HPSR 2008, TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2020, TPC Co-Chair of INFOCOM 2010, Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and Editor of IEEE Network.