Keynote Speakers

Yuguang Fang,  IEEE Fellow & AAAS Fellow

Professor. Dr.,
University of Florida, USA

Yuguang Fang (F'08) received an MS degree from Qufu Normal University, Shandong, China in 1987, a PhD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1994, and a PhD degree from Boston University in 1997. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2000 as an assistant professor, then was promoted to an associate professor in 2003 and a full professor in 2005, and has been a distinguished professor since 2019.  He holds a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship (2017-2020, 2006-2009), University of Florida Term Professorship (2017-2019, 2019-2021), a Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship (Xidian University, Xi’an, China, 2008-2011; Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China, 2015-present), Overseas Adviser, School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest Jiao Tong University, Chengdu, China (2014-present), and Overseas Academic Master (Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, 2016-2018).

Dr. Fang received the US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2001, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002, the 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Outstanding Service Award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society CISTC Technical Recognition Award, the 2014 IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award, and the Best Paper Award from IEEE ICNP (2006). He has also received a 2010-2011 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, a 2011 Florida Blue Key/UF Homecoming Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2009 UF College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2013-2017), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications (2009-2012), and serves/served on several editorial boards of journals including Proceedings of the IEEE (2018-present), ACM Computing Surveys (2017-present), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2003-2008, 2011-2016), IEEE Transactions on Communications (2000-2011), and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002-2009). He has been actively participating in conference organizations such as serving as the Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM’2014 and the Technical Program Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'2005. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Xianbin Wang,  IEEE Fellow & Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering

Professor. Dr.,
Western University, Canada

Dr. Xianbin Wang (S’98-M’99-SM’06-F’17) is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at Western University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from National University of Singapore in 2001.

Prior to joining Western, he was with Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) as a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist between July 2002 and Dec. 2007. From Jan. 2001 to July 2002, he was a system designer at STMicroelectronics.  His current research interests include 5G and beyond, Internet-of-Things, communications security, machine learning and intelligent communications. Dr. Wang has over 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, in addition to 30 granted and pending patents and several standard contributions.

Dr. Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has received many awards and recognitions, including Canada Research Chair, CRC President’s Excellence Award,
Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, Ontario Early Researcher Award and six IEEE Best Paper Awards. He currently serves as an Editor/Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and He was also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications between 2007 and 2011, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters between 2011 and 2016. He was involved in many IEEE conferences including GLOBECOM, ICC, VTC, PIMRC, WCNC and CWIT, in different roles such as symposium chair, tutorial instructor, track chair, session chair and TPC co-chair. Dr. Wang is currently serving as a member of IEEE Fellow Committee.

Muhammad Imran, Professor of Communication Systems / Vice Dean Glasgow

Professor. Dr.,
University of Glasgow, UK

Professor Muhammad Ali Imran (M'03, SM'12) received his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, UK, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is a Professor in Communication Systems in University of Glasgow, Vice Dean of Glasgow College UESTC and Director of Communications Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group. He is an affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation centre, University of Surrey, UK, where he has worked previously from June 2007 to Aug 2016.

He has led a number of multimillion-funded international research projects encompassing the areas of energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks and self-organising cellular networks. He also led the new physical layer work area for 5G innovation centre at Surrey. He has a global collaborative research network spanning both academia and key industrial players in the field of wireless communications. He has supervised 40+ successful PhD graduates and published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers including more than 50 IEEE Transaction papers. He secured first rank in his B.Sc. and a distinction in his M.Sc. degree along with an award of excellence in recognition of his academic achievements conferred by the President of Pakistan. He has been awarded IEEE Comsoc’s Fred Ellersick award 2014, TAO’s best paper award in IEEE ICC 2019, FEPS Learning and Teaching award 2014, Sentinel of Science Award 2016, and twice nominated for Tony Jean’s Inspirational Teaching award. He has won more than 7 best paper awards in international conferences. He is a shortlisted finalist for The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 for innovative teaching and VC’s learning and teaching award in University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of IET, a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK.

He has given an invited TEDx talk (2015) and more than 50 plenary talks, tutorials and seminars in international conferences, events and other institutions. He has taught on international short courses in USA and China. He is the co-founder of IEEE Workshop BackNets 2015 and chaired several tracks/workshops of international conferences. He is the UK&RI Chair for the 
Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives (ETI-BNC) of IEEE ComSoc. 

He has been an associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters and IET Communications Journal and currently serving as an associate editor of IEEE TCOM and IEEE Access. He has served as guest editor for many prestigious international journals including IEEE JSAC.

Zaichen Zhang, Executive Dean of School of Information Science and Engineering

Professor. Dr., Southeast University, China

Professor Zaichen Zhang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and information engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2002.  From 2002 to 2004, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National mobile Communications Research Laboratory (NCRL), Southeast University.  He is currently the executive Dean of School of Information Science and Engineering, Southeast University.  He has authored over 200 papers and issued over 40 patents.  He is senior member of the IEEE.  He served as IEEE ICC 2015 Keynote Chair, IEEE ICNC 2015 and PIMRC Symposium Chairs, and IEEE ICC 2019 Operation Chair.  He was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, 2017 and the invited speaker of IEEE ICCC 2017.  His current research interests include 6G mobile information systems, optical wireless communications, and quantum information technologies.