Confirmed Speakers

one6G Summit 2024 will gather nearly 30 international experts from industry, policy, and academia who will come together to discuss the key drivers and technological pillars that will shape 6G. Meet the speakers and moderators of the 2024 edition!

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Nancy Alonistioti

Chair, one6G Association; Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nancy Alonistioti is the chair of one6G Association and an associate professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She holds a BSc and a PhD in Informatics and Telecommunications. She has over 20 years of experience in numerous national and European projects, including project/technical management experience. She currently leads the SCAN group activities at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is also a member of the ETSI Experts group and the Greek standardization group ELOT (5G, smart city autonomic communications). Nancy is a highly cited author. She authored over 200 publications in mobile networks, IoT, NGI, SDN/NFV, autonomic communications, and reconfigurable mobile systems. She also co-authored 4 WO Patents.
Narcís Cardona

Director of iTEAM, Technical University of Valencia (UPV)

Narcís Cardona is the Director of the Research Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) at the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). In 1990, he received his MSc in Communications Engineering from ETSI Telecommunications, Technical University of Catalonia, and in 1995, a PhD in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Valencia. Narcís authored several research books and more than 200 publications in the most relevant international journals and conferences in the field of communications. He holds ten patents. His research interests include mobile channel characterization, broadcast cellular hybrid networks, and body area networks.
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Konstantinos Chalkiotis

Vice President of Access Technologies and Spectrum, Deutsche Telekom

Konstantinos Chalkiotis has over 20 years of work experience in telecommunications. He is currently a Vice President for Access Technologies and Spectrum at Deutsche Telekom, bringing experience from his previous roles at Deutsche Telekom. He is also an Alternate Board Member for Deutsche Telekom in NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks). Konstantinos holds a Ph.D. in Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He participated in the development of IEEE C95.1/2005 and published 2 books and over 30 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
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Luca de Nardis

Associate Professor, Sapienza University of Rome

Luca De Nardis is an associate professor at the DIET Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. He was previously an assistant professor at the same institution and a postdoctoral fellow at the EECS Department of the University of California at Berkeley. Luca De Nardis authored over 130 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences on topics including UWB radio technology, indoor and outdoor positioning and cognitive wireless networks. He held several editor positions for international journals published by Hindawi, Springer, and MDPI, and he is currently an editor for the IEEE Journal of Indoor and Seamless Positioning and Navigation. He was recently a General Co-Chair of the CROWNCOM 2020 conference and a Technical Co-Chair of the 5G-MeMU 2023 workshop at ACM SigComm. Since 2002, he has been participating in EU-funded projects focusing on Ultra Wide Band communication systems, cognitive radio and networks, and indoor and outdoor positioning. He has been an IEEE member since 1998.
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Albena Dimitrova Mihovska

Chief Technology Officer, SmartAvatar

Albena Mihovska has a PhD degree in EEng (2008) from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. She has a strong academic research track record as an associate professor at Aalborg University (2008-2017) and Aarhus University (2017-2023), Denmark. She is a Senior Research Expert at the Research, Innovation & Development Consortium (RDIC), Sofia, Bulgaria. Furthermore, she holds positions of the CTO, SmartAvatar BV, The Netherlands; and Research Director at CTIF Global Capsule (CGC) Foundation, Skagen, Denmark. She is the one6G WG3 Vice-Chair and a Board Member of EUROMERSIVE. Her research interests lie in 6G connectivity for applications across vertical market segments. She is an ITU-T Focus Group on Metaverse (FGMV) Expert, and has been active within the ITU-T standardization since 2011. She serves on the committees of several prominent IEEE events and has more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications, including several books on 6G.
Sergi Figuerola

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, i2CAT Foundation; Chief Technology Officer, 5GBarcelona

Sergi Figuerola is the CTIO of the i2CAT Foundation and the founding member and CTO of 5GBarcelona. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the Theory and Signal Communications Department of the UPC, PDG-2019 from IESE, and an MSc in Project Management from La Salle (URL). He is also a Board Member of the Spanish Digital Association AMETIC and the Catalan Telecom Association Telecos.cat. At i2CAT, he leads different strategic transversal roles and supervises different areas, such as Innovation Business Development for the Public and Private sectors, Knowledge and Technology Marketing, Digital Innovation Management Office, and the different R&D areas (5G/6G/SNS, IA, CyberSecurity, SpaceComm, MediaNetworks, IoT). In the last 20 years, he has acted as Project Coordinator, (i.e. 5GCity 5GPPP H2020), Technical Manager (FP7 GEYSERS), and Work Package Leader in several EC-funded projects. His main research interests are related to 5G/6G, Next Generation Internet, New Space, and Open Innovation.
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Matti Latva-aho

Director of the 6G Flagship, University of Oulu

Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a research engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland, after which he joined the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Matti was the director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and the head of the Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently, he is a professor of wireless communications at the University of Oulu and the director of the National 6G Flagship Program. He is also a Global Fellow at Tokyo University. Matti has published over 500 conference and journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received the Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research. Matti is also an IEEE Fellow.
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Pietro Michiardi

Head of the Data Science Department, EURECOM

Pietro Michiardi is a full professor and the head of the Data Science Department at EURECOM. In his work, he focuses on methodological advances in machine learning, Bayesian Inference, generative modeling, and representation learning. Pietro is interested in developing a theoretical understanding of methods that learn from data in methodological aspects of computationally efficient inference approaches and their application to industrial domains, such as automotive, telecommunications, and financial industries. In the past, Pietro worked on a wide range of research topics, including computer networks and their performance evaluation, applied cryptography, applied game theory, distributed systems, and data management systems. Pietro holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin and an M.S. in Computer Science from EURECOM. He also holds a PhD in Computer Science from Telecom ParisTech and an HDR (Habilitation) from UCA. He has published over 170 research papers to date.
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Andreas Mueller

Chief Expert and Project Director, Bosch; General Chair, 5G-ACIA

Andreas Mueller is a renowned expert at the forefront of connectivity research and 5G/6G innovation. As the leader of Bosch's strategic 6G activities across diverse business units and sites, he spearheads holistic transformative endeavors aligned with business imperatives. With his profound expertise in communication technologies for the IoT, he also serves as the chief expert in this field. Andreas has held the position of General Chair of 5G-ACIA, a leading organization driving and shaping industrial 5G, since its establishment in 2018. Andreas’ pivotal contributions also include coordinating and advancing Bosch's Industrial 5G undertakings over the last couple of years, focusing on key areas, such as private networks, Open RAN, AI/ML, and edge computing. Equipped with a robust background in telecommunications and vertical industry applications, Andreas is uniquely positioned to drive the transformative 5G/6G-enabled revolution across various sectors.
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Robert Mueller

Technical Manager, DENSO

Robert Mueller is a Technical Manager at DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH. He served in several standardization groups, namely IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15, and 3GPP RAN1. He is also the co-founder of a successful startup. As the leader of the 6G connectivity research at DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland, he brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the realm of IEEE and 3GPP wireless communication systems. With over 10 years of experience in Broadband HF- Technology and mmWave/THz Channel Modeling, he has been pursuing differently integrated sensing and communication approaches for several years. His journey into the world of connectivity began with the Dipl. Ing degree in Electrical Engineering from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg 2007 and a Master of Science degree from TU Berlin 2009. His professional research career started with a position at the Technical University of Ilmenau for mmWave channel measurements and modelling. Later, he headed the mmWave and Broadband Technology Team at Fraunhofer IIS for several years. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of PHY-Layer and Mac-Layer standardization for wireless communication systems, Robert's current research focuses on broadband joint and integrated sensing and communication systems, with the main focus on the requirements of ISAC systems in dynamic environments, such as V2X communication.
Ana Pérez-Neira

Professor, Technical University of Catalonia; Director, CTTC

Ana Pérez-Neira is a full professor at the Technical University of Catalonia and the Director of CTTC (Technological Center of Telecommunications of Catalonia). Between 2010 and 2014, Ana served as vice-rector for research at the Technical University of Catalonia. Her research is in signal processing for communications, focused on satellite communications. She has been an associate editor of the IEEE TSP and OJSP journals. She has been a member of the EURASIP Board of Governors (BoG), IEEE SPS Director-at-large for R8, member of the IEEE SPS BoG, and Vice-President for conferences. She is an IEEE and EURASIP fellow and a member of the Real Academy of Science and Arts of Barcelona, and the Real Academy of Engineering. She was also the General Chair of ICASSP 2020 and 2026. Ana has received the ICREA Academia Award and the Narcis Monturiol Medal.
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Hans Schotten

Professor, University of Kaiserslautern; Scientific Director, DFKI

Hans Schotten is a full professor and the director of the Institute for Wireless Communication and Navigation at the University of Kaiserslautern. He is also a scientific director and a member of the management board of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he heads the department for intelligent networks. Before joining academia, he has held industry positions in Ericsson and Qualcomm. Since 2018, Hans has been the chairman of the German Information Technology Society ITG and a member of the supervisory board of the VDE. His research interests are in mobile and industrial communications, network security, and AI. Hans received his Diploma and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University in 1990 and 1997, respectively.
Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei

Professor, King’s College London

Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei has been engaged in research in the area of wireless communications for 27 years, both in academic and industrial organizations. He has worked for start-up companies on statistical signal processing for interference cancellation, network planning, and optimization of wireless networks. In 2000, he joined National Semiconductor Corp. (NSC), CA, USA (now part of Texas Instruments) and has worked within a team on the design of 3rd generation handsets based on UMTS standards, for which he has been awarded three US patents as inventor and co-inventor, respectively. He returned to the UK in March 2002 as a Lecturer at King’s College London and is now a full Professor of Telecommunications in the Department of Engineering. He is the chair of one6G Association’s Working Group 1 and its representative in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a Fellow of IET, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Senior Member of IEEE.
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Slawomir Stańczak

Professor, TU Berlin; Head of Wireless Communications and Networks, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications

Sławomir Stańczak is a Professor of Network Information Theory at the Technical University of Berlin and the Head of the Wireless Communications and Networks Department at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI). He co-authored two books and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers in the fields of information theory, wireless communications, signal processing, and machine learning. Sławomir received research grants from the German Research Foundation and the Best Paper Award from the German Society for Telecommunications in 2014. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2012 to 2015 and the chair of the ITU-T Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks, including 5G, from 2017 to 2020. Since 2020, he has served as the chairman of the 5G Berlin Association, and since 2021, he has been the coordinator of the projects 6G-RIC (Research & Innovation Cluster) and CampusOS.
Rahim Tafazolli
Rahim Tafazolli

Professor and Founder of the 5G/6G Innovation Center, University of Surrey

Rahim Tafazolli is a Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering, Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS), and a Director and Founder of the 5G/6G Innovation Center at the University of Surrey. He has been active in research for over 30 years. Rahim has been a technical and strategic advisor to many mobile companies; he has recently served as a member of DCMS Task Force on “Diversification of Telecom equipment providers ecosystem”. He is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), IET (FIET), and WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).
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Itsuma Tanaka

President and CEO, DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe

Itsuma has 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, particularly in R&D, international telecommunication business, and HR domains. At DOCOMO R&D, he led 4G and 5G core network standardisation in 3GPP and GSMA. In GSMA, he was the chairman of IREG Packet WG and served as editor of various technical guidelines and specifications that are the basis of today’s telecom services. He holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and an MEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London.
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Christoph Thuemmler

Chief Medical Officer, 6G Health Institute

Christoph Thuemmler is a professor of eHealth and a consultant physician and specialist for the care of the elderly. He studied medicine, political science, and education and gained his PhD in neurology from Heidelberg University. Upon obtaining his specialist training in general medicine in Germany, he worked in the NHS in Scotland where he completed specialist training in general internal medicine. He spent 15 years in the United Kingdom, where he became professor of eHealth at Edinburgh Napier University. Christoph’s research interests revolve around mobile radio connectivity and signal processing in the healthcare and MedTec contexts. During his tenure, he was an advisor to the EC at the EU-China Round table on the Internet of Things and convener of the eHealth vertical in the EC’s 5G PPP initiative. After relocating back to Germany he took up a clinical post as Head of the Clinic for Care of the Elderly at Helios Park-Klinikum Leipzig, Germany, a teaching hospital for the medical faculty of Leipzig University. In 2019, Christoph also became the director of one of the five national centers for care for the elderly and is one of the two directors of the certified Old Age Trauma Centre at Helios Park Klinikum Leipzig. After successfully implementing a private 5G Network at Helios Park-Klinikum Leipzig he took over the lead of the 6G Health Institute in Leipzig. In his clinical capacity he is the clinical lead for care of the elderly at Erzgebirgsklinikum, Saxony. Christoph published around 100 papers and reports and several books on the topic of eHealth and in particular the application of mobile radio technology in the health domain and in the eHealth vertical. Christoph has also been a longstanding IEEE Senior Member.
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Patrick Waldemar

Vice President, Telenor Research & Innovation

Patrick Waldemar is the vice president of Telenor Research. He has over 20 years of management and education experience in strategic management, strategic marketing, and information technology. He holds a PhD in Telecommunications from the NTNU and an MSc in Management from the BI Norwegian Business School. He has experience in research and development, software development, and strategic management gained in the telecommunications and oil industries. Patrick joined Telenor in 2002, and over the last decade, he has been leading Telenor's research on next-generation network technologies focusing on 5G and 6G. Previously he was the head of development at Canal Digital.

Moderators

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Ana García Armada

Professor, Carlos III University of Madrid

Ana García Armada is a Professor at the Charles III University of Madrid, Spain, where she leads the Communications Research Group. Ana has served in a variety of management positions including Head of Signal Theory and Communications Department, Vice-Dean of Electrical Engineering, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of International Relations, among others. She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Bell Labs and the University of Southampton. She has coordinated a large number of national and international research projects in wireless communications, as well as contracts with the industry. Ana has published more than 250 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and she holds six granted patents. She is an IEEE Fellow. She was awarded the third place Bell Labs Prize 2014 for shaping the future of information and communications technology. She also received the IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award in 2022.
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Monique Calisti

CEO, Martel Innovate;
President, Digital for Planet

Monique Calisti is the CEO of Martel Innovate and the president of Digital for Planet. She is a passionate entrepreneur and ICT expert with consolidated experience in research and innovation funding, strategic consulting, training, communication, social media marketing, and business development of sustainable and innovative software solutions across several industry segments. She is a member of the board of directors of the European AI, Data and Robotics Association, a director of the European Next Generation Internet Outreach Office, and the coordinator of the European Next Generation Internet of Things Coordination and Support Action. Monique holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne and a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Bologna.
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Walter Weigel

Honorary Professor, Technical University of Munich

Walter Weigel is an honorary professor at the School of Computation, Information and Technology at the Technical University of Munich and a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich, Germany with a Master's degree in electrical engineering in 1984 and a PhD degree (thesis about speech recognition) in 1990. From 1984 to 1991 he was an assistant at the Institute for Data Processing at the Technical University of Munich. Between 1991 and 2015, he held several positions within Siemens AG, including VP of external cooperations and head of standardization in corporate technology, VP of the research & concepts department of the mobile networks business unit as well as head of the business segment video processing for the semiconductor business unit (today, Infineon). From 2006 to 2011, Walter was the general director of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute ETSI. From 2015 to 2022 he was a VP and CSO of the European Research Institute of Huawei with headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. He has been a consultant for Huawei Technologies since 1. September 2023. He was a member of Innovationsdialog of the German Government, the Big Data Value Association Board of Directors, the Senate of Acatech (German Academy of Technical Sciences), the Board of the 5G Automotive Association, the Digital Manufacturing Executive Council of Digital Europe, and the Advisory Committee of CTIF Global Capsule (CGC) of Aarhus University.

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