Keynote Speakers

MICC2015 is featuring three experts speakers as follows:


Prof Sonia Aissa

Name: Prof Sonia Aissa,
Affiliation: Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), University of Québec, Montreal), Canada
Title: Wireless Power: Progress Made and Path Ahead

Dr Mazlan Abbas

Dr Mazlan Abbas

Name: Dr Mazlan Abbas

Affiliation: Redtone IoT Sdn Bhd, MALAYSIA

Title: Sensing-as-a-Service for Smart Cities


Prof. Tarik Taleb

Name: Prof Dr Tarik Taleb

Affiliation: Aalto University, Finland

Title: : Carrier-Grade Programmable Virtual Mobile Networks


Details Biography:

1. Prof Sonia Aissa

SONIA AISSA [S’93-M’00-SM’03] received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Energy, Materials and Telecommunications (INRS-EMT), University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada, where she is a Full Professor.

From 1996 to 1997, she was a Researcher with the Department of Electronics and Communications of Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, and with the Wireless Systems Laboratories of NTT, Kanagawa, Japan. From 1998 to 2000, she was a Research Associate at INRS-EMT, Montreal. From 2000 to 2002, while she was an Assistant Professor, she was a Principal Investigator in the major program of personal and mobile communications of the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research, leading research in radio resource management for wireless networks. From 2004 to 2007, she was an Adjunct Professor with Concordia University, Montreal. In 2006, she was Visiting Invited Professor with the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan.
Professor Aissa’s research interests are in the modeling, design and performance analysis of wireless communication systems and networks, and include radio resource management, cross-layer design and optimization, MIMO, cognitive and cooperative transmission techniques, and energy efficiency, with a current focus on cognitive radio and green communications.
Dr. Aїssa is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal, 2004-2007; acted as Technical Program Leading Chair or Cochair of the Wireless Communications Symposium at IEEE ICC in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012; PHY/MAC Program Chair of the 2007 IEEE WCNC; Technical Program Committee Cochair of the 2013 IEEE VTC-spring; and Symposia Chair of the 2014 IEEE Globecom. Her main editorial activities include: Editor, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, 2004-2012; Associate Editor, IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 2004-2009; Technical Editor, IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 2006-2010; and Associate Editor, Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal, 2007-2012. She currently serves as Area Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS and as Technical Editor for the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE.
Awards to her credit include the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) University Faculty Award in 1999; the Quebec Government FQRNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship in 2001-2006; the INRS-EMT Performance Award multiple times since 2004, for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and service; and the Technical Community Service Award from the FQRNT Centre for Advanced Systems and Technologies in Communications, in 2007. She is corecipient of five IEEE Best Paper Awards and of the 2012 IEICE Best Paper Award; and recipient of NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and an Elected Member of the Board of Governors of ComSoc. Professor Aissa is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Abstract :

Title: Wireless Power: Progress Made and Path Ahead 

With the evolution towards 5G and its emerging vertical applications, we are entering a new wave of wireless connectivity – a world where billions of flexibly deployed, information-powered, environmentally-aware smart devices are capable of interfacing and interacting together in meaningful ways. While it is obvious that a dramatic increase in capacity will be required for this evolution, power is one of the great stumbling blocks. This talk   explores the evolution of wireless power as a discipline, discusses RF wireless power and energy harvesting technologies and their applicability in the development of self-sustaining wireless platforms, moving towards a vision on how the technology may evolve until 2020.

2. Dr Mazlan Abbas


Dr. Mazlan is the CEO of REDtone IOT Sdn Bhd that provides Smart City Solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience and accomplishments in a senior management capacity primarily accountable for R&D, Product Development Innovation & Solutions, Technology Management, Network Operations and Academia. Before joining REDtone, he spent 8 years in MIMOS Berhad as the Senior Director Wireless Communications Cluster where is responsible to lead, strategise and manage the Applied R&D activities in Wireless Communications technology. He also spent 13 years in Celcom handling many senior management positions (including R&D, Billing Operations, Technology & Technical Management, Network Administration & Management, Mobile Data, Integrated Business Solutions and Mobility Solutions). Rich experience and knowledge with IT and Telecommunications operation and transformation. Prior to Celcom, he spent 10 years as a lecturer and Assoc. Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Dr. Mazlan is a frequent speaker in many major & established ICT conferences locally and globally. He has served as MOSTI’s Technofund and Science Fund (ICT Cluster) Technical & Commercial Evaluation Committee, Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) for several local universities. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor with UTHM. Dr. Mazlan graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a BEE (1984), University of Essex (UK) with MSc. in Telematics (1986) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a PhD in Telecommunications (1993).


Sensing-as-a-Service for Smart Cities

Smart cities require technology and citizens to make it more liveable, sustainable and safer place to live. With the ability to acquire local knowledge through sensor-enhanced mobile devices – e.g., location, personal and surrounding context, noise level, traffic conditions, noise pollution, it opens up to many possibilities to share this knowledge within the social sphere, practitioners, health care providers, urban planners and utility providers such as local councils.

As we moved our sensor data to the IOT cloud, we can manipulate the data for useful applications. In many countries, the government is initiating smart cities projects. However, solely dependent on the government alone can be a slow and at times faced with many bureaucratic challenges Thus, the need for a third-party such as IOT service providers to take the lead. These are business entities who deploy and manage sensors by themselves by keeping ownership. They earn by publishing the sensors and sensor data they own through sensor publishers. We will be able to use the term “Sensing-as-a-Service”meaning that they are able to provide a free or chargeable service to any person who wishes to view or manipulate the data. Its also possible to combine different multiple sensor data sources and create many innovative applications such as combining between parking sensor data and public transport data, between environmental data and flood detection data, between river quality data and fertility of soil data. An IOT service provider can provide such services and thus, it will help to open up many other opportunities to generate new ways of monitoring and managing our valuable assets. A new business model can be created by the way of monetising the new cloud service called “Sensing-as-a-Service”.

3. Prof Tarik Taleb


Prof. Tarik Taleb is an IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer and a senior member of IEEE. He is currently a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. Prior to his current academic position, he was working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standards Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He was then leading the NEC Europe Labs Team working on R&D projects on carrier cloud platforms, an important vision of 5G systems. He was also serving as technical leader of the main work package, Mobile Core Network Cloud, in EU FP7 Mobile Cloud Networking project, coordinating among 9 partners including NEC, France Telecom, British Telecom, Telecom Italia, and Portugal Telecom. Before joining NEC and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI, the second largest network operator in Japan. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he worked as research fellow at the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B. E degree in Information Engineering with distinction, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Sciences from GSIS, Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively. Prof. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP’s), mobile cloud networking, network function virtualization, software defined networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. Prof. Taleb has been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP’s System Architecture working group. Prof. Taleb is a member of the IEEE Communications Society Standardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Prof. Taleb founded the “IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards”, a successful event that got awarded “best workshop award” by IEEE Communication Society (ComSoC). Based on the success of this workshop, Prof. Taleb has also founded and has been the steering committee chair of the IEEE Conf. on Standards for Communications and Networking.

Prof. Taleb is the general chair of the 2019 edition of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC’19) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco. He is/was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of Wiley journals. He is serving as chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006 – 2010). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia. Prof. Taleb is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (Mar. 2008), the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher’s Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Some of Prof. Taleb’s research work have been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious conferences.

Title: Towards 5G: Carrier-Grade Programmable Virtual Mobile Networks


The telecom industry keeps reinventing itself. Soon, the world will be experiencing the 5th generation mobile networks (5G), also referred to as beyond 2020 mobile communication systems. Major obstacles to overcome in 5G systems are principally the highly centralized architecture of mobile networks along with the static provisioning and configuration of network nodes built on dedicated hardware components. This has resulted in lack of elasticity and flexibility in deployment of mobile networks; rendering their run-time management costly, cumbersome and time-consuming. Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and Cloud Computing, along with the principles of the latter in terms of service elasticity, on-demand features, and pay-per-use, could be important enablers for various mobile network enhancements, to specifically virtualize and decentralize mobile networks using general-purpose COTS (commercial of the shelf) hardware. For this purpose, different requirements have to be met and numerous associated challenges have to be subsequently tackled. This talk will touch upon the recent trends the mobile telecommunications market is experiencing and discuss the challenges these trends are representing to mobile network operators. To cope with these trends, the talk will then showcase the feasibility of on-demand creation of cloud-based elastic mobile networks, along with their lifecycle management. The talk will introduce a set of technologies and key architectural elements to realize such vision, turning end-to-end mobile networking into software engineering.

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