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Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) connects Senior IEEE ComSoc members, who are renowned communications technology experts, with ComSoc chapters so they can share their knowledge, expertise, and insights into the future of communications technology.

During the Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT), speakers address at least three groups in three separate locations within a reasonable geographic proximity to each other.

Groups eligible to participate in a DLT include: 

  • Established IEEE ComSoc Chapters
  • Local conference organizers
  • IEEE ComSoc members in areas where no IEEE ComSoc Chapter exists

For 2020, IEEE ComSoc will offer the DLT in an online, virtual format.
 

Distinguished Speaker Program

ComSoc’s Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) enables current and past distinguished lecturers as well as ComSoc officers, IEEE Fellows, and prominent speakers to schedule lectures while traveling on business trips.

Request a Distinguished Lecturer or Speaker

To request a lecturer for your Chapter or for a tour, please fill out the forms below. Once received our team will be in touch with you to begin coordination.

Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Request Form

Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT) Request Form

Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) Request Form

To find your DSP Coordinator and Director, visit the Member Services Board.

Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

Senior (or higher) IEEE ComSoc members are eligible to serve as a Distinguished Lecturers. IEEE ComSoc members who nominate a speaker must also be a Senior member of IEEE. Self-nominations are also permitted. IEEE ComSoc technical communities are encouraged to nominate up to four candidates every year.

Distinguished Lecturers are appointed to a term of two years, can be appointed more than once, and can continue to serve for an additional two-year term at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

To nominate a candidate to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer from 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022, please complete this form:

Form Closed

by 30 September 2020. Submissions for the 2021-2022 Distinguished Lecturer Program are open through 30 September 2020. Please contact the Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee Chair, Wanjiun Liao, with questions.

 

2020-2021 Distinguished Lecturers

Country
DL Term
Lecture Topics
  • Green communications and networking
  • Edge/Fog computing
  • Drone-assisted networking
  • Various aspects of broadband networks
New Jersey
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Flexible and cognitive radio access technologies for 5G and beyond
  • Beyond 5G Radio Access Technologies
  • 5G and Beyond Waveform Design
  • Non-orthogonal waveforms, hybrid waveforms, flexible waveforms
  • Cognitive Radio and Adaptive Wireless Systems
  • Interference awareness, modeling, avoidance, and cancellation for 5G and beyond
  • PHY and cross-layer security for secure wireless communication
  • NOMA (non-orthogonal multiple access)
  • Centralized RAN, Distributed Multi-antenna Systems, and CoMP for 5G and Beyond
  • Flexible OFDM for 5G and Beyond
  • Spatial Modulation, Index Modulation and other modulation options for OFDM and beyond
  • Channel, Interference, and Signal modeling and estimation using sparsity and machine learning
  • Channel and Interference control Mechanisms (including LIS)
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Physical layer security and wireless security    
  • Flexible Radio Access Beyond 5G: A Future Projection
  • Flexible and Cognitive Radio Access Technologies for 5G and Beyond
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • IP-Based Mobility Management of Space Internet of Things
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicular Communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Connecting Space Assets to the Internet: Challenges and Solutions
  • Connected Autonomous Vehicles
  • Network Mobility in Space and Terrestrial Networks 
Oklahoma
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Early deployment use cases for 5G
  • Collaborative IoT from Sensing to Analytics
  • IoT, 5G, Time Slicing, and AI/ML/DL enable personalization of services
  • How Will 5G Impact Smart Ecosystems?
  • Cognitive Approach To Building a Safe and Smart Communities/Cities
  • Collaborative IoT, 5G, and AI Empowered Solutions for Healthcare
  • Developing IoT Solutions for Smart Homes/Buildings, Smart Car and Smart Energy
  • Developing IoT Solutions for Mobility and Public Safety
  • Cognitive analytics - road to personalized services 
  • Autonomous Vehicles/Drone and security
  • IOT and machine-to-machine learning
  • Is there a common vision for IoT, 5G and Virtualization by 2020?
  • Sample use cases of wearables, IoT, drone, virtualization/time slicing, blockchain
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • 5G/6G enable edge computing and edge AI
  • Disruptive Technologies Enable Personalization of services
  • Cognitive Approach to Building Smart Cities/Societies
Texas
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • AI-enabled edge computing
  • Mobile networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Dynamic spectrum access networks
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • AI-enabled edge computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile networks
China
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Network Virtualization, SDN, NFV
  • Elastic/flex-grid Optical Networks
  • Network Survivability
  • Intelligent Sensing and Applications in Secure Cyber Systems
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Applications and Challenges in Network Virtualization
  • Service Function Deployment for Future Internet
  • Intelligent and Secure Cloud Systems
Georgia
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Macro/nano-scale molecular communications
  • mmWave/sub-THz: metasurface, RF architecture, and transmission strategies
  • Full/flexible duplex radios
  • VR/haptic wireless communications
  • Deep learning for wireless communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Macro/nano-scale molecular communications
  • mmWave/sub-THz: metasurface, RF architecture, and transmission strategies
  • Full/flexible duplex radios
South Korea
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Complementary Coded Code Hopping Multiple Access - A NOMA Scheme;
  • Resource Allocation for PHY-Layer Security in Cellular Underlay V2V Communications.
Taiwan
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Random massive access
  • Coded cooperation
  • Green heterogeneous networks
  • Vehicular communications
China
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • AI-enabled edge computing
  • Edge/Fog computing
  • Network virtualization, SDN, NFV
  • Vehicular communications
  • Technologies for 5G and beyond wireless networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
Canada
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Spatial modulation for MIMO wireless systems
  • System-level analysis and optimization: The magic of stochastic geometry
  • Ultra-dense heterogeneous cellular networks
  • Wireless powered communications and energy harvesting: Towards energy-neutral networks
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Wireless Communications
  • Emerging Wireless Communications Systems: Holographic Beamforming, Reconfigurable MIMO Transmitters, Index and Spatial Modulation
  • Machine Learning Aided by Expert Knowledge in Wireless Networks
France
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Technologies for 5G
  • SDN, OpenFlow and Virtualization
  • Cloud and Crowd Computing (Human Augmented Cloud Computing)
  • Network Protocols and Next Generation Networks
  • Multi-sensory Human Bond Communication
  • Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine Communication
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Technologies for 5G and beyond wireless networks
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access for massive machine-type communications
  • Automatic signal identification: Classical approaches and new trends
  • Signal processing for coherent optical communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Blind Signal Identification for Intelligent Radios: Classical Approaches and New Trends
  • Beyond 5G Wireless: A Look Towards 2030
Canada
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Security for SDN/NFV and Virtualized Networks
  • 5G Security
  • Cloud Security
  • Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization
  • Next Generation Mobility Networks
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Security in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks-Opportunities and Challenges
  • Handover Optimization Framework for Highly Mobile Networks
  • Next Generation Mobile Networks with 5G
New Jersey
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Lightweight Security Schemes
  • Blockchain for Healthcare
  • Wireless Communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Lightweight Security Schemes
  • Blockchain for Healthcare
  • Wireless Communications
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC):  Computation Offloading and Activation of MEC Servers
  • Machine Learning for Wireless Networks: Basics, Applications, and Trends
  • Stochastic Geometry Modeling and Analysis of Wireless Networks
  • Massive Wireless Connectivity and Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA)
  • Game Theory for Wireless Networks
  • Dynamic Spectrum Access in Cognitive Radio Networks
  • Energy Harvesting in Wireless Networks and and Self-Sustainability
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Machine Learning for Wireless Communications Systems
  • Stochastic Geometry-Based Modeling and Analysis of large-Scale Cellular Wireless Networks
  • Computation offloading in mobile edge and fog computing systems
Canada
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Software Defined Networking and Security
  • Moving Target Defense
  • Intelligent Internet Edge (Networking, Computing, and Security)
  • Distributed Access Control and Privacy Protection in Blockchain
  • Attribute-Based Access Control
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Software-Defined Networking and Security
  • Attribute-Based Access Control and Its Applications
  • Distributed Access Control and Privacy Protection in Blockchain
Arizona
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Active Learning and CSI acquisition for mmWave Initial Alignment and Cognitive Radio
  • Learning and Optimization for Next Generation Communication Networks
  • Information Acquisition, Controlled Sensing, and Active Learning
  • Social and Federated Learning
California
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • 5G and Mobile Network
  • Network Softwerization, Network Virtualization, SDN, NFV
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Network Slicing
France
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Machine to Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Energy Efficient Networking for 5G Networks
  • Anomaly Detection/Prediction for Internet of Things
  • Performance Modeling of Mobile Networks
Taiwan
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • 5G NR
  • Video communication
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Introduction to 5G
California
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Intra-Body Sensor Networks of Miniaturized Implantable Devices
  • Toward a Wireless Underwater Internet of Things: Algorithms, Architectures, Devices
  • The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program: Wireless Experimentation for 5G and Beyond
  • New Approaches for 5G Software-Defined Wireless Networking
  • A Unified Optimization Framework for 5G Network Slicing
  • Secure-by-Design Polymorphic IoT Platforms with Artificial Intelligence
Massachusetts
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Role of IoT in Healthcare 4.0: Opportunities and Challenges
  • IoT in e-Health: From Wearables to Diagnostic systems
  • Synergizing IoT with 5G and Beyond: Applications, Challenges, and Scope
  • How UAVs and UAV Networks are shaping the future of communication.
  • UAV Networks: Architectures, Opportunities, Challenges, and Future
  • Future Communication and Networking Paradigms over the THz Frequency Spectrum
  • Enabling IoT over Massively Constrained Networks
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • IoT in e-Health: From Wearables to Diagnostic systems
  • UAV Networks: Architectures, Opportunities, Challenges, and Future
  • Synergizing IoT with 5G and Beyond: Applications, Challenges, and Scope
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Massive Internet of Things (mIoT)
  • Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) Enhanced Wireless Networks
  • Communication Technologies for Industrial IoT
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Technologies for 5G and beyond wireless networks
  • Molecular Communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Massive Internet of Things (mIoT)
  • Communication Technologies for Industrial IoT
  • Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) Enhanced Wireless Networks
UK
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Network Protocols: Myths, Missteps, and Mysteries
  • How to Build an Insecure System out of Perfectly Good Cryptography
  • Distributed Trust: Is “Blockchain” the best approach?
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • What is distributed trust, and is blockchain the best solution?
  • How to build an insecure system out of perfectly good cryptography
  • Network Protocols: Myths, Missteps, and Mysteries
Washington
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • 5G wireless networks
  • Spectrum and energy efficient wireless network design
  • Wireless network modeling and simulations
  • Wireless security and network security
  • Cyber security
  • Vehicular networks
  • Smart grid communication infrastructures
  • Big data and cloud computing
Nebraska
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • AI: A Networking and Communication Perspective
  • Modelling, Learning, and Control in Future Wireless Networks
  • Towards Massive, Ultra-Reliable, and Low-Latency Communications
  • Machine Learning for Future Wireless Systems
  • Start thinking about 6G
Singapore
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Machine Learning in Digital Medicine
  • Big Health Data with Wearables: Sensing, Processing and Outcomes
  • Device-to-Device Communication in 5G
  • Cellular and Device-to-Device Networks: towards Non-orthogonal Coexistence
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • DETECT: Wearable Sensor Data to Predict COVID-19 and Viral Illnesses
  • Machine Learning in Digital Medicine
  • Big Health Data with Wearables: Sensing, Processing and Outcomes
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Networks
  • e-Health and Mobile Health Technologies
  • Vehicular Networks
Brazil
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Machine Learning for Wireless Networks with Artificial Intelligence (AI) 
  • Wireless Communications and Networking with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Virtual Reality over Wireless Networks: Modeling and Optimization
  • Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC): Learning, Networking, and Control
  • Wireless Communications for Autonomous Vehicular Systems
  • The Internet of Things: Enablers, Technologies, and Applications
  • Wireless Networking with Human-in-the-Loop
  • Towards Resilient Smart Cities
  • Security of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems
  • Security of the Internet of Things
  • Context-Aware Wireless Networks
  • Online Optimization for Fog Computing
  • Game Theory for Wireless Networks
  • Resource Management in Millimeter Wave Networks
  • Social Network-Aware Wireless Communication
  • Prospect Theory for Wireless and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Caching in Wireless Networks
  • Smart Grid Energy Management and Security
  • Wireless Physical Layer Security
  • Modeling and Optimization of Cyber-Physical Systems
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Autonomy and Multi-Agent Communications
  • Physical Layer Fingerprinting By Design: Authentication and Security
  • A New Perspective on Lower-VHF 
  • Driverless Cars: Alice or Bob?  (For general audiences)
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Physical Layer Fingerprinting By Design: Authentication and Security
  • A New Perspective on Lower-VHF Communications
  • Driverless Cars: Alice or Bob?  
Maryland
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • The Digital Transformation
  • Smart Cities
  • Symbiotic Autonomous Systems
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Use of Personal Digital Twin to monitor and contain epidemics
  • The Digital Transformation
  • Augmented Machines and Augmenting Humans
Italy
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Data center networking
  • Elastic/flex-grid optical networks
  • Performance optimization in cloud computing
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • The evolution of data center network architectures
  • Elastic optical networks
  • Straggler mitigation in cloud computing
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Energy Harvesting IoTs and Context awareness
  • Use of Constructive Interference in Energy Harvesting IoTs
  • Virtual Sensing and Approximate services in Future IoTs - A perspective
  • Millimeter wave communications for small cell networks
  • Sensor Assisted Beam steering for 60GHz small cell networks
  • Energy Disaggregation in smart homes
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Murphy Loves Constructive Interference
  • Internet of Things, Approximate Services and Virtual Sensing
  • LOCI: Privacy-aware, Device-free, Low-power Localization of Multiple Persons using IR Sensors
Netherlands
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • General Non-Stationary Wireless Channel Models for 5G and Beyond
  • High-Speed Train Wireless Channel Measurements and Models
  • Massive MIMO Wireless Channel Measurements and Models
  • Spectral -Energy Efficiency Trade-off of 5G Wireless Communication Systems
China
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Smart and Connected health, eHealth and wireless health
  • Security, privacy and trust for connected Health services/applications
  • Body area networks
  • Integration of medical devices with wireless health
  • IoT for Smart and Connected Health
  • Internet of Things: Sensor and Devices, Communication and Networking, Applications
  • Communication System or Decision Support System design for connected health
  • Wearables & Bioelectronics
  • Communication/network infrastructures, and protocols
  • Software, systems and performance engineering for Connected Health
  • Multimedia E-health
  • Multimedia streaming over Wireless Networks, QoS and Multimedia applications
  • Cloud-based Video Processing and Content Sharing
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • IoT for Smart and Connected Health
  • Body Area Networks
  • Integration of medical devices with wireless health
Massachusetts
United States
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-type communications
  • Fog computing and mobile edge computing
  • Smart grid communications and networking
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Throughput Optimization for Grant-Free Multiple Access with Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in 5G Wireless Networks
  • Demand Response Programs for Workload Scheduling in Data Centers
Canada
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Mobile edge computing, data and energy integrated networks
  • Internet of Things, UAV-enabled communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Mobile Edge Computing and Communications from the Sky
  • Flexible IoT Gateways Supporting RF Energy Transfer
  • UAV-based Wireless Communications, Computing and Charging
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy: State-of-Art, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • Networking for Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Big Data Privacy from Networking and AI Perspective
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy: State-of-Art, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • Networking for Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Big Data Privacy from Networking and AI Perspective
Australia
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Learning to Optimize in Information and Communications Systems
  • Randomized Message Passing in Ultra Dense Wireless Networks
  • Stochastic Optimization and Learning in Smart Grids
Hong Kong
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • UAV communications for 5G and beyond
  • Intelligent reflecting surface aided wireless communication
  • Wireless powered communication: theory and practice
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Wireless Information and Power Transfer
  • UAV Communications
  • Intelligent Reflecting Surface for Smart Environment  
Singapore
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2020
Lecture Topics
  • Cloud computing, fog/edge computing, IoT
  • Machine learning based Cognitive radio/networks
  • 5G and beyond
  • Dynamic spectrum allocation
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) based on Delay Tolerant Networks (DTN)
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Fog computing overview
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Service scheduling and Resource Management for future wireless communication networks
  • Dynamic mobile edge caching: applications and theories
  • Channel allocation for Vehicular ad-hoc Networks
  • Energy efficiency maximization with multi-channel communications
Virtual Lecture Topics
  • Collaborative task offloading and scheduling with mobile edge computing
  • Service Scheduling and Resource Management for Future Wireless Communication Networks
  • Dynamic Mobile Edge Caching: Applications and Theories 
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021
Lecture Topics
  • Network function virtualization (NFV) in optical networks
  • Network softwarization in 5G
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) with Protocol Oblivious Forwarding (POF)
  • Service provisioning in elastic optical networks (EONs)
  • Knowledge-defined multilayer optical networks
China
DL Term: Term effective through 31 Dec 2021