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5G - the Advent

The 6th Annual 5G conference bringing together key players in the 5G world

30 January 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place

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About the speakers

Mischa Dohler  

Mischa Dohler

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in 6 languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.

He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 2014-2018. He is the Cofounder of the Smart Cities pioneering company Worldsensing, where he was the CTO from 2008-2014. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.

Tony Sceales  

Tony Sceales

Tony Sceales is the Programme Development Lead on the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.

Tony has spent over 25 years in the telecoms and technology industries, working on major projects at global firms including BT, IBM, Telstra, KPN, Swisscom, Prudential and China Gas, as well as with growth startup innovators.

He is an Ambassador and former Executive Committee member of the TM Forum, and collaborated in producing some of the key thinking around partnership business models and B2B2X trading.

His role at DCMS is to drive engagement with key players across industry sectors to encourage successful 5G investment and adoption in the UK.

Dimitra Simeonidou  

Dimitra Simeonidou

Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab and Head of the High-Performance Networks group (HPN). Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks,  programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence and smart city infrastructures. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading Bristol’s 5G urban pilots.
She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards.

She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks.

Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar.

Andy Sutton  

Andy Sutton

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Technology, he has responsibility for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture.

Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry.

Andy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Salford, a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Liverpool and an industrial research partner of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.

Andy is a chartered engineer and holds Fellowships from the BCS, IET and ITP.

Yue Wang  

Dr Yue Wang

Yue Wang is a Principal 5G Researcher at Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK.

Over the past 10 years in her career, she has held various roles in the US and the UK and has worked on research and standards across a wide range of technical subjects in communication networks and systems. Her current interest is on the strategy and innovation of applying AI in communication networks, where she leads and works on internal and collaborative research on AI in 5G and beyond.

She is the Samsung delegate of ETSI ISG ENI (Experiential Networked Intelligence), and the Secretary and Rapporteur of ENI. She also sits in the Industry Advisory Board of King’s College of London, and is the industry supervisor of a 5-year research program in AI for 5G with University of Sussex.

Reza Karimi  

Dr Reza Karimi

Dr. Karimi is Director at Huawei Technologies’ Corporate Strategy Department, with focus on technology standards and spectrum regulation.

Until recently, he was Technical Policy Director at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, with responsibilities in a range of spectrum management initiatives, including a review of the UK’s licence exemption framework, the auction of spectrum for 4G mobile communications at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz, and database-assisted access to TV white space spectrum.

Previously, Mr. Karimi was with Bell Laboratories at Lucent Technologies, and Motorola GSM Products Division.

He is the author of over sixty publications in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, and is co-inventor in over thirty patents. He is also a visiting professor at Imperial College, London.

Kostas Katasaros  

Kostas Katsaros

Kostis a 5G Technologist at Digital Catapult. He provides oversight and guidance on specific 5G system architecture and subsystem implementations to Digital Catapult projects, especially around new architectures using virtualization and edge computing.

Prior to that, he was a research fellow at Institute for Communication Systems / 5G Innovation Centre (ICS/5GIC) at the University of Surrey. His research was focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and how Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) could assist autonomous driving.

Konstantinos has extensive experience on vehicular/mobile networks, where he investigated networking and transport protocols. Further, he is interested in how these networks are used to improve society and the novel business opportunities that arise from them.

He has participated in several european and national projects and has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed technical articles and conference papers. He also holds 2 patents on hybrid vehicular networking architectures.

Maziar Nekovee  

Maziar Nekovee

Maziar Nekovee is Professor of 5G Mobile Communications and Head of Department of Engineering and Product Design at University of Sussex, UK, where he also heads research in 5G and AI.

He is an academic member of the EU's 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), which is responsible for the advancement of 5G in Europe and helping to build a global consensus on 5G.

From 2013-2017 he was Head of European 5G Research and Collaborations at Samsung, where his focus was on creating core technologies for 5G NR access, backhaul and fronthaul, leading a number of large H2020 consortia in 5G and working with Samsung's Network Business. From 2001-20013 he was with British Telecom (BT) where he established and led research at BT in cognitive radio (the marriage of AI and wireless communications) and spectrum sharing technologies as well as advising BT's business units on 4G radio spectrum auctions and mobile strategy.

Prof. Nekovee is a sought-after speaker at high level industry events, C-level meetings with operators, policy makers and top international conferences and is a technology advisor to tech investors in mobile and telecom sectors.

Professor Nekovee is the author of over 100 highly cited papers, 14 patents and a best-selling book "Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks: Principle and Practice".

His current research is focusing on Artificial Intelligence for Management of 5G Networks, Terahertz Communications for 6G and 5G for Automotive, Industrial Automation and Connected Robotics.

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Philip Christian

Philip Christian is a Principal Security Advisor within BT Security and has responsibility for mobile network security for BT and EE networks.

Philip has 23 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry including 16 years in mobile networking and 14 years in security.

Philip is a chartered engineer and member of the IET, and holds a BEng in Electronics, Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

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Nick Reed

Nick Reed is head of mobility R&D at Bosch having worked at TRL for many years where he led many human factors studies and led their work on automated vehicles, including the GATEway project in Greenwich and the creation of the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab.

His background is in psychology and the understanding of driver behaviour and he holds a visiting professorship at the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre. Nick’s role at Bosch is around the research needs to improve mobility in cities with a focus on connected and automated vehicles.

This includes setting up the London Connectory mobility co-innovation space with TfL and setting up a connected vehicle data exchange facility, funded by Innovate UK.



Member - £60

Non-member - £90

Student - £40


09.30 - Registration

16.00 - Close