Speakers & Abstracts

Wout Joseph was born in Ostend, Belgium on October 21, 1977. He received the M. Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University (Belgium), in July 2000. From September 2000 to March 2005 he was a research assistant at the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of the same university. During this period, his scientific work was focused on electromagnetic exposure assessment. His research work dealt with measuring and modelling of electromagnetic fields around base stations for mobile communications related to the health effects of the exposure to electromagnetic radiation. This work led to a Ph. D. degree in March 2005. Since April 2005, he is postdoctoral researcher for iMinds-UGent/INTEC. From October 2007 to October 2013, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the FWO-V (Research Foundation – Flanders). Since October 2009, he is professor in the domain of Experimental Characterization of wireless communication systems. His professional interests are electromagnetic field exposure assessment, in-body electromagnetic field modelling, electromagnetic medical applications, propagation for wireless communication systems, antennas and calibration. Furthermore, he specializes in wireless performance analysis and Quality of Experience.


Pablo Angueira received the M.S. and PhD in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 1997 and 2002 respectively. He joined the Communications Engineering Department of the University of the Basque Country in 1998. He has led several research projects concerning digital broadcasting (DVB-T, DRM, T-DAB, DVB-T2, NGH). He is coauthor of an extensive list of papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and a large number of conference presentations in digital broadcasting. He has supervised several PhD dissertations and coauthored several contributions to the ITU-R working groups WP6 and WP3. His main research interests are network planning and spectrum management applied to digital terrestrial broadcast technologies. He is currently involved in the ATSC 3.0 process physical layer technical groups leading one of the research teams behind Layered Division Multiplex technology. Dr. Angueira is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

Gabriel-Miro Muntean is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2003 for research on quality oriented adaptive multimedia streaming over wired networks. Dr. Muntean is co-Director of the DCU Performance Engineering Laboratory and Consultant Professor with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China. His research interests include quality-oriented and performance-related issues of adaptive multimedia delivery, performance of wired and wireless communications, energy-aware networking and performance of large scale networking systems. Dr. Muntean has published over 250 papers in prestigious international journals and conferences, has authored three books and sixteen book chapters and has edited seven other books and conference proceedings. Dr. Muntean is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, Editor for the IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials and reviewer for other important international journals, conferences and funding agencies. He is a member of IEEE and IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. He is the Coordinator of the EU project NEWTON http://newtonproject.eu

George Ghinea is a Reader in Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University in the United Kingdom. . His research activities lie at the confluence of Computer Science, Media and Psychology. In particular, his work focuses on the area of perceptual multimedia quality and the end-to-end communication systems incorporating user perceptual requirements. His area of expertise involves eye-tracking, telemedicine, multi-modal interaction, ubiquitous and mobile computing. He has authored over 250 publications and co-edited two books on Digital Multimedia Perception and Design, and Multiple Sensorial Media Advance and Applications. He consults regularly for both public and private institutions within his research area and is currently the lead Brunel investigator of NEWTON – Networked Labs for Training in Sciences and Technologies for Information and Communication, an H2020 project.

Marco Breiling was born in Birkenfeld/Nahe, Germany, in 1970. After conducting studies at the Universität Karlsruhe/Germany (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT), the Norges Tekniske Høgskole (NTH) in Trondheim/Norway (now Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet – NTNU), the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (ESIEE) in Paris, and the University of Southampton/England, he graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. (equivalent to master’s) degree from KIT in 1997. He earned his PhD degree (with highest honors) for a thesis about turbo codes from Universität Erlangen/Germany in 2002. Since 2001, he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen in the field of digital communications. His special interests are channel coding, iterative processing and virtual MIMO. He currently holds the chief scientist position of the broadband & broadcast department.

Peter Quax obtained his MSc from the Transnationale Universiteit Limburg in 2007 and his PhD from Hasselt University in 2007 on the topic of scalable architectures for networked Virtual Environments. He is a member of the Expertise Center for Digital Media, a research institute of Hasselt University since 2000, where he holds a position as assistant professor with focus on courses in computer networking and security. He has been and is currently (co-) advising around 7 PhD students on topics ranging from on-line gaming, web performance optimization and network security. He is also a project manager for a number of national and international projects – mainly with large industrial partners on topics such as medical imaging and web performance optimization.

Dong Fang received double B.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China and Queen Mary University of London, UK, in 2010, both with the first class honours. He received Ph.D. degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of York, in 2014. He was a research associate at the same university. He has been a research engineer at Bell labs Dublin since 2015. His current research includes small cell coordination; 5G waveform; multiple access;high speed mobility; free space optical etc. He served as technical program committee members in various conferences and workshops, including IEEE PIMRC, IEEE GLOBECOM, etc. He received the best paper award in the 18th European Wireless Conference (EW 2012).

Sebastian Robitzsch is with InterDigital Europe working in the area of next-generation networks for 5G. He had been a postdoctoral researcher at Dublin City University, Ireland, for two years where he was the technical lead of E-Stream, a national funded collaborative project with Ericsson Ireland in the area of real-time data   mining OSS solutions in mobile networks. In the past he has been with T-Systems, Germany; Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany; and Nokia Research Centre, Finland, working on research issues spanning from interference and self-configuration techniques in 802.11-based multi-antenna mesh networks, heterogeneous radio access networks to system architecture design for trace analytics and recommender systems for next-generation OSSs. His recent research efforts focus on the softwarisation of network functions following SDN and NFV paradigms in order to allow a decoupling of infrastructure, service and content providers for a more versatile communication network. He received his Ph.D. from University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2013 and an M.Sc. equivalent (Dipl.-Ing. (FH)) from the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg, Germany

Maurizio Murroni (M’01) (SM’13) is Assistant Professor of Communication at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of the University of Cagliari. He graduated (M.Sc.) with honors (Summa cum Laude) in Electronic Engineering in 1998 at the University of Cagliari. In 2001 he received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering and Computers, from the University of Cagliari. Since the 1998, he contributes to the research and teaching activities of the Multimedia Communication Laboratory (MCLab) at DIEE. He was graduate visiting scholar at CVSSP Group, School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology and Mathematics, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. in 1998 and a visiting Ph.D. scholar at the Image Processing Group, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, USA, in 2000. In 2006 he was visiting lecturer at the Dept. of Electronics and Computers at the Transilvania University of Brasov in Romania and in 2011 visiting professor at the Dept. Electronics and Telecommunications, Bilbao Faculty of Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain. Since October 2010 he is coordinator of the research unit of the Italian University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) at the University of Cagliari. Dr. Murroni is author of more than 60 journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers. He received the best paper award at IWCMC 2013 and the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society 2016 best student paper award at BMSB 2016. He served as a technical program chair for various international conferences and workshops and as a reviewer and panelist for several funding agencies, including Italian MIUR and EU Regional funding agency. His research has been funded by European, national, regional and industrial grants and currently focuses on Broadcasting, Cognitive Radio system, signal processing for radio communications, multimedia data transmission and processing. Dr. Murroni is a Senior member of IEEE, IEEE BTS, IEEE Com Soc, IEEE VTS, IEEE 1900.6 WG.