Keynote Speakers


SENNUR ULUKUS (University of Maryland, USA)

Sennur Ulukus is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR). Prior to joining UMD, she was a Senior Technical Staff Member at AT&T Labs-Research. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), Rutgers University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University. Her research interests are in wireless communications, information theory, signal processing, networking, information theoretic physical layer security, and energy harvesting communications.

Dr. Ulukus received the 2003 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, an 2005 NSF CAREER Award, the 2010-2011 ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, and the 2012 George Corcoran Education Award. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2007-2010) and IEEE Transactions on Communications (2003-2007). She served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications for the special issue on wireless communications powered by energy harvesting and wireless energy transfer (2015), Journal of Communications and Networks for the special issue on energy harvesting in wireless networks(2012), IEEE Transactions on Information Theory for the special issue on interference networks (2011), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications for the special issue on multiuser detection for advanced communication systems and networks (2008). She served as the TPC co-chair of the 2014 IEEE PIMRC, Communication Theory Symposium at 2014 IEEE Globecom, Communication Theory Symposium at 2013 IEEE ICC, Physical-Layer Security Workshop at 2011 IEEE Globecom, Physical-Layer Security Workshop at 2011 IEEE ICC, 2011 Communication Theory Workshop (IEEE CTW), Wireless Communications Symposium at 2010 IEEE ICC, Medium Access Control Track at 2008 IEEE WCNC, and Communication Theory Symposium at 2007 IEEE Globecom. She was the Secretary of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) in 2007-2009. She is a Fellow of IEEE.




STEFANO BUZZI (University of Cassino and Lazio, Italy)



Stefano Buzzi (SM’07) received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. He is the author or coauthor of about 60 journal papers and 90 conference papers. His research interests include statistical signal processing and resource allocation for communications, with emphasis on wireless communications, energy-efficient
communications, and 5G cellular networks.

He is a former Associate Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, a former guest editor of two JSAC special issues on 5G networks, while he is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.




MARKUS GRUBER (Nokia Bell Labs, Germany) - (Sponsored by The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) - IET )

Markus Gruber received a diploma degree in electrical engineering and information technology from the University of Stuttgart and a diploma degree in telecommunications from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris, in 2002. He then joined the Max Planck Society and received a PhD in computer science from the University of Tübingen in 2006. Since 2006 he has been with Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia as a research engineer in Bell Labs’ wireless branch with a focus on self-organizing networks. He has been co-organizer of the IWSON workshop series. Regarding energy efficiency, Markus contributed to the design of the award-winning project EARTH and worked on cell dimensioning for energy minimization.