The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Hong Kong SAR
Biography: Dr. Letaief received the BS degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, in December 1984. He received the MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, in August 1986, and May 1990, respectively.
From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has been with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology since 1993 where he is known as one of HKUST’s most distinguished professors. While at HKUST, he has held numerous administrative positions, including Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering department, Director of Huawei Innovation Laboratory, and Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology.
While at HKUST he has also served as Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering. Under his leadership, the School has also dazzled in international rankings (rising from # 26 in 2009 to # 14 in the world in 2015 according to QS World University Rankings.) From September 2015, he joined HBKU as Provost to help establish a research-intensive university in Qatar.
Dr. Letaief is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications with research interest in Green communications, Internet of Things, Cloud-RANs, and 5G systems. In these areas, he has over 560 journal and conference papers and given keynote talks as well as courses all over the world. He also has 15 patents, including 11 US patents.
Dr. Letaief served as consultants for different organizations including Huawei, ASTRI, ZTE, Nortel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Motorola. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and has served on the editorial board of other prestigious journals.
In addition to his active research and professional activities, Professor Letaief has been a dedicated teacher committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. He received the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award and only one recipient/year is honored for his/her contributions).
He is also the recipient of many other distinguished awards and honors including the 2007 IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award, 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, 2011 IEEE Harold Sobol Award, 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, and over 10 IEEE Best Paper Awards.
Dr. Letaief is recognized as a long time volunteer with dedicated service to professional societies and in particular IEEE where he has served in many leadership positions. These include Treasurer, Vice-President for Conferences and Vice-President for Technical Activities of IEEE Communications Society.
Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of HKIE. He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (which places him among the top 250 preeminent individual researchers in the field of Computer Science and Engineering ) and will be the President of IEEE Communications Society in 2018.
Research Organization of Electrical Communication
Tohoku University, Japan
Biography: Fumiyuki Adachi received the B.S. and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1973 and 1984, respectively. In April 1973, he joined the Electrical Communications Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (now NTT) and conducted various researches on digital cellular mobile communications. From July 1992 to December 1999, he was with NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (now NTT DoCoMo, Inc.), where he led a research group on Wideband CDMA for 3G systems. Since January 2000, he has been with Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. His research interest is in the area of wireless signal processing (multi-access, equalization, antenna diversity, adaptive transmission, channel coding, etc.) and networking.
He is an IEICE Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He is a recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Avant Garde Award 2000, IEICE Achievement Award 2002, Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2004, Ericsson Telecommunications Award 2008, Telecom System Technology Award 2009, Prime Minister Invention Award 2010, British Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship 2011, KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award 2012, VTS Conference Chair Award 2014, C&C Prize 2014, and Rintaro Shida Award 2016. He is listed in Highly Cited Researchers 2001 (http://hcr.stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com/page/archives).
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo, Canada
Biography: Xuemin (Sherman) Shen (IEEE M’97-SM’02-F09) received the B.Sc.(1982) degree from Dalian Maritime University (China) and the M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. degrees (1990) from Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA), all in electrical engineering. He is a Professor and University Research Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Dr. Shen’s research focuses on resource management in interconnected wireless/wired networks, wireless network security, social networks, smart grid, and vehicular ad hoc and sensor networks. He is an elected member of IEEE ComSoc Board of Governor, and the Chair of Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee. Dr. Shen served as the Technical Program Committee Chair/Co-Chair for IEEE Globecom’16, Infocom’14, IEEE VTC’10 Fall, and Globecom’07, the Symposia Chair for IEEE ICC’10, the Tutorial Chair for IEEE VTC'11 Spring and IEEE ICC’08, the General Co-Chair for ACM Mobihoc’15, Chinacom’07 and QShine’06, the Chair for IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Communications, and P2P Communications and Networking. He also serves/served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Network, Peer-to-Peer Networking and Application, and IET Communications; an Associate Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Internet of Things Journal, a Founding Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications; an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Computer Networks, and ACM/Wireless Networks, etc.; and the Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM Mobile Networks and Applications, etc. Dr. Shen received the Excellent Graduate Supervision Award in 2006, and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2014 from the University of Waterloo, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) in 2003 from the Province of Ontario, Canada, and the Distinguished Performance Award in 2002 and 2007 from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Shen is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, Canada, an IEEE Fellow, an Engineering Institute of Canada Fellow, a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow, a Royal Society of Canada Fellow, and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Communications Society.
Biography: Jianmin Lu received the B.S. and M.S degrees in electrical engineering from SouthEast University, Nanjing, China, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Since graduation, he joined the Huawei Technologies and conducted various researches on digital wireless communications, including UMTS, CDMA2000, EVDO, WiMAX, WiFi, LTE and 5G. He received more than 50 patents and chaired multiple physical and MAC layer sessions in standard, and is now leading the research team in wireless department of wireless product line. His current research interest is in the area of wireless signal processing, protocol and networking.