Hikmet Sari is Professor at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and Chief Scientist at Sequans Communications, Paris, France. From 2003 to 2016, he was Professor and Department Head at Supelec in Paris. Previously, he spent 25 years in industry, where he held research and management positions at Philips, Sagem, Alcatel, Pacific Broadband Communications, and Juniper Networks. In the technical community, he is best known for his pioneering contributions in the 1990s to OFDM, OFDMA and Single-Carrier Transmission with Frequency-Domain Equalization (SC-FDE) technologies, later adopted for WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. His major distinctions include the IEEE Fellow Grade and the Andre Blondel Medal in 1995, the Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award in 2003, the Harold Sobol Award in 2012, and election to the European Academy and to the Science Academy of Turkey in 2012.
Dr. Sari has served the IEEE Communications Society in numerous volunteer and leadership positions including Vice President - Conferences, Distinguished Lecturer, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, Guest Editor of IEEE JSAC, Member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, Member of the Awards Committee, Member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Chair of the GITC. Also, he served as Technical Program Chair, Executive Chair, or General Chair of numerous flagship and major conferences including ICC 2004, ICC 2006, PIMRC 2010, WCNC 2012, WCNC 2014, ICC 2016, and ICC 2017. He is currently serving as Director, Conference Operations for the period of 2018 – 2019 and as General Co-Chair of PIMRC 2019.