IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking
8–11 July 2024 // Madrid, Spain

WICE & YP

Women in Engineering (WIE) / Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) Session

Wednesday 10th July, 14:00 - 15:30

Plenary Room

This WiSC workshop will include Technical Talks delivered by female speakers from Academia and Industry whose expertise fall in the broad area of smart wireless communications networks.

The event will also host a women empowerment Panel Discussion on “Women Advancing Smart Communications: Building Reliable Systems and Empowering Behavioral Change”, the panel will discuss how to empower youth in network design and modelling and pave their way for innovation.

This workshop is co-organised by the IEEE WIE UK&I, IEEE ComSoc UK&I, IEEE WIE and ComSoc Spain, and IEEE WICE.

PROGRAM

  1. Technical Talks, 14.00 - 15.00
  2. Pannel Discussion, 15.00 - 15.30

WiSC Chair and MODERATOR

INVITED SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS:

  • Prof. Sinem Coleri
  • Dr. Francesca Marcello
  • Dr. Marta Orduna
  • Dr. M. Julia Fernández-Getino García

REGISTRATION

  • Open to IEEE MeditCom 2024 attendees.
  • IEEE ComSoc UK and Ireland members can attend online for free. Link

Lina Monjazi, University of Glasgow

Bio: Dr. Lina Mohjazi is an Assistant Professor in autonomous systems and connectivity with the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K. Her academic journey includes earning a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the esteemed 6G/5GIC Centre at the University of Surrey, UK, in 2018. She has co-authored more than 70 research papers in international high-impact journals and highly-rated conferences as well as book chapters and a book. Her research interests include green and sustainable wireless communications, IoT’s, machine learning, Big Data analytics, energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, and beyond 5G and its applications. Dr. Mohjazi is a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society, and a Senior member of the IEEE Women in Engineering. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS where she received the Exemplary Editor award. Dr. Mohjazi was a technical program committee member and a session chair of several IEEE flagship conferences. Due to her contributions in the field of future wireless communications, Dr. Mohjazi was endorsed as ”Global Talent” by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK in 2020, and as a “High Level Foreign Talent” by the Chinese Government in 2023, and listed amongst the ”100 Brilliant and Inspiring Women in 6G” by Women in 6G. She was also the recipient of multiple teaching awards, the IEEE GPECOM 2022 best paper presentation award, and the IEEE Women in Engineering UK&I Engineering Excellence award. She is an Affiliate Member of Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists, UAE.

Sinem Coleri, Koc University

Talk title: AI Based Ultra-Reliable Wireless Networked Control Systems in 6G

Abstract: Unlike previous generations of networks, which were primarily designed to meet the requirements of human communications, 5G networks enable the collection of data from the machines as well. As per the Ericsson Mobility Report, the estimated number of connected devices is projected to reach 26 billion in 2026. Looking forward to 6G systems, the focus shifts towards leveraging this data for a new spectrum of control applications, including extended reality, remote surgery and autonomous vehicle platoons. Designing communication systems for these control applications poses unique challenges. It requires meeting stringent requirements for delay and reliability, addressing the semantics of control systems and ensuring robust resource management. In the first part of this talk, we delve into ultra-reliable channel modeling and communication techniques based on extreme value theory and generative artificial intelligence (AI). Generative AI enables predicting the channel parameters with higher accuracy while incorporating various system inputs and providing adaptivity to dynamic scenarios. In the second part of the talk, we explore the benefits of employing optimization theory based, explainable and safe AI in radio resource management for the joint design of control and communication systems in 6G networks. These approaches offer a systematic methodology to enhance robustness and interpret decisions made by black-box AI models. 

Bio: Sinem Coleri is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Koc University. She is also the founding director of Wireless Networks Laboratory (WNL) and director of Ford Otosan Automotive Technologies Laboratory.

She received the BS degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University in 2000, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California Berkeley in 2002 and 2005. She worked as a research scientist in Wireless Sensor Networks Berkeley Lab under sponsorship of Pirelli and Telecom Italia from 2006 to 2009. Since September 2009, she has been a faculty member in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Koc University.

Her research interests are in 6G wireless communications and networking, machine learning for wireless networks, machine-to-machine communications, wireless networked control systems and vehicular networks. Dr. Coleri has more than 150 publications with citations over 10700 (Google scholar profile). She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications in 2022; TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Incentive Award and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Neal Shepherd Memorial Best Propagation Paper Award in 2020.

She currently holds the position of Editor-in-Chief at the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. Dr. Coleri is an IEEE Fellow and IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.

Francesca Marcello, University of Cagliari, Italy

Talk title: Empowering Wellness: Human Behaviour Recognition for Well-being and Sustainability

Abstract: In our modern era of ubiquitous technology, the fusion of sensors, wearables, and human behavior analysis holds promise for improving individuals' quality of life. Indeed, it has been largely demonstrated how human behaviour can affect, on different levels, individuals' life, not only considering their psycho-physical health state but also as a result of the big impact that human behaviour can have on the environment and the surrounding. People often keep on carrying on these harmful habits simply because they are not fully aware of them or because they do not know which would be a better alternative. Therefore monitoring, learning and understanding human habits and how they influence one person's life, is very important and useful in order to provide users with tools that can make them aware of wrong behaviours and give them some kind of suggestions to discourage these habits and consolidate virtuous ones. Drawing upon research in Building Energy and Comfort Management (BECM) Systems and healthcare, it is important to explore how human behavior profoundly impacts personal well-being and environmental sustainability. Through activity recognition and behavior analysis, the potential of sensor networks and wearable devices is explored to monitor, understand, and influence user habits. This talk delves into the fusion of these technologies and aspects to empower users with insights into their habits and behaviors, both at home and in their daily activities.

Bio: Francesca Marcello is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of the University of Cagliari. In 2019 she received the Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering magna cum laude.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Cagliari in February 2023. Additionally, she holds the title of Doctor Europaeus for her research stint abroad at the University of Siegen, in Germany (November 2021-April 2022). Her doctoral thesis received the “Digital Sustainability Award” for the Best “ICT Women” Doctoral Thesis, sponsored by Fondazione per la Sostenibilità Digitale – Digital Transformation Institute ETS, in collaboration with EHT S.C.p.A.  Her main research interests are on the Internet of Things (IoT), along with user habit and activity recognition and prediction within the realm of Smart Buildings. Her endeavors are dedicated to optimize energy and comfort management systems to enhance user well-being and quality of life.

Marta Orduna, Nokia, Spain

Talk title: INCLUVERSO 5G – Inclusive Immersive Communication Experiences Over 5G Networks

Abstract:Extended Reality technology shows an extraordinary potential to improve the inclusion of people in situation of psychosocial vulnerability, such as people with intellectual disability, dependency or neurocognitive impairment. In the project INCLUVERSO 5G, we are exploring three experimental use cases aimed at developing, adapting, and validating Extended Reality (XR) technology for users of the occupational training center for opportunities and labor integration of Fundación Juan XXIII. First, we are developing a cognitive therapy XR application to address the fear of some users of the center of ascending or descending stairs. By a controlled exposure of the patients to an immersive environment showing the anxiety-evoking situation (e.g. the stairs), they learn relaxation techniques that help them address this situation in real life. In the second use case, we use immersive telepresence to provide remote assistance to users of a supervised apartment. This allows complementing in-person assistance of professionals with a higher-quality remote support, increasing the autonomy of the users. Finally, the third use case addresses remote learning of vocational training courses, such as pastry operations, using XR to replace some in-person lessons by remote ones. This allows students to follow lessons if they cannot temporarily attend the training center in person due to personal issues. The project explores the required combination of technology to provide these use cases, both from the XR systems and from the underlying communication network. To that extent, a private 5G network has been deployed in the premises of the Foundation to support the execution of the use cases. The ultimate goal of the project, which is now at the midpoint of its implementation, is to move towards the development of a fully inclusive metaverse or Incluverse.

Bio: Marta Orduna is a Telecommunication Engineer, Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication Technologies and Services in 2016 and Master in Telecommunication Engineering (accredited by ABET) in 2018 (Master Graduation Award), both from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). In 2023, she received her PhD from UPM entitled "Understanding and Assessing Quality of Experience in Immersive Communications”. In 2023, she joined Nokia Extended Reality Lab team in Spain, where she continues her research line of the PhD in the area of quality of experience in extended reality. She enjoys engaging in outreach activities to promote scientific careers among young people, specifically among underrepresented groups.

M. Julia Fernández-Getino García, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Talk title: Challenges in Pilot Transmission for Multicarrier-based Communications Towards 6G

Abstract:The transmission of pilot symbols jointly with data in multicarrier waveforms has been widely explored. The need of efficient signaling to carry out several tasks as channel estimation, synchronization and peak-to-average power reduction has led to a variety of pilot patterns through different communication standards. The main objective of these pilots is to estimate and track channel variations across different domains. However, this pilot transmission implies a sacrifice in data rate that may become prohibitive in the upcoming communications networks. Indeed, new wireless services are being deployed in the current 5G and next 6G of mobile communication systems. All these new applications not only demand an increased data rate, that may require both a huge bandwidth and massive multi-antenna deployments, but they also need a negligible latency to provide a true seamless experience. Moreover, the deployment of these services implies facing new challenging scenarios, e.g. high-mobility cases for vehicles, long-distance links for satellites and energy-efficient systems for sensors. In this context, many challenges arise and regular pilots may not be feasible while superimposed pilots could be an alternative. Some insights will be offered since it is envisaged that many research efforts will be focused on this issue.

Bio: M. Julia Fernández-Getino García received the M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She is currently with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, as a Professor. From 1996 to 2001, she held a research position with the Department of Signals, Systems and Radiocommunications, Polytechnic University of Madrid. She visited Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA,  in 1998; visited Lund University, Sweden, during two periods in 1999 and 2000; visited Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2003 and 2004; and visited Aveiro University, Portugal, in 2009 and 2010. Her research interests include multicarrier communications and signal processing for wireless systems. She is co-author of 7 book chapters and she has published more than 90 papers in international journals and conferences. She has received several awards and recognitions, including the best "Master Thesis" and "Ph.D. Thesis" awards from the Professional Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Spain in 1998 and 2003, respectively; the "Student Paper Award" at the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) in 1999; the "Certificate of Appreciation" at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) in 2000; the "Ph.D. Extraordinary Award" from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2004; the "Juan de la Cierva National Award" from AENA Foundation in 2004; and the "Excellence Award" from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2012 to her research career. Also, she has received several awards for individual research, lecturing and publications merits from Carlos III University of Madrid. She has occupied some management positions at Carlos III University of Madrid, as Academic Secretary and Vice-Head of Signal Theory and Communications Department. During 2013-2020, she was the Dean of the Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunication Technologies Engineering and the Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Systems Engineering.

 

Young Professionals (YP) Session

Wednesday 10th July, 16:00 - 17:30

Plenary Room

"Role of Young Professionals after Graduation, opportunities through Communication Society"

This panel discussion will delve into the array of opportunities available to Young Professionals (YPs) after graduation, specifically focusing on their involvement in the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc). The session aims to provide valuable insights into the goals and initiatives of ComSoc, illuminating the diverse career pathways and opportunities it offers to YPs, spanning both academic and industrial realms. Panelists will share their personal experiences and insights on the skills and knowledge YPs can gain through active participation in ComSoc, highlighting the impact of mentorship programs in this context. Moreover, the discussion will explore innovative approaches through which ComSoc can nurture creativity and innovation among its young members, paving the way for their professional growth and success.

This program is free for any MeditCom participant: your MeditCom registration will provide you access to the YP sessions, but we ask that you fill out this form to indicate which sessions you plan to attend: Link.

MODERATOR:

PANELISTS:

  • Francesc Wilhelmi
  • Mona Ghassemian
  • Victor P. Gil Jiménez
  • Walid Saad

Virginia Piloni, University of Cagliari, Italy

Bio: Virginia Pilloni is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari, Italy. In 2013, she received a PhD degree in Information Engineering at the same University. She was a Research Fellow (2013-2015 and 2020-2021), and an Assistant Professor (2015-2020) at the same University. Her main research interests are on the Internet of Things, particularly in context-aware resource-efficient task allocation among connected devices, and user-aware efficient scheduling of appliances in Smart Building scenarios. Virginia participated in several regional, national, and international research projects. She is an expert evaluator for European H2020 and BELSPO projects. She was a co-founder of the academic spin-off GreenShare Srl. Virginia is an Editor of Elsevier Computer Networks and Frontiers in Communications and Networks. She has served as organization chair and program committee member of several international conferences. Virginia currently is an IEEE Senior Member. She is the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals (YP) Standing Committee. She is also the YP representative for the IEEE ComSoc EMEA region, and a member of the IEEE ComSoc Strategic Planning Standing Committee.

Francesc Wilhelmi, Nokia Bell Labs

Bio: Francesc Wilhelmi is a research engineer at Nokia Bell Labs. He holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies (2020) and an M.Sc. in Intelligent and Interactive Systems (2016) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Previously, he was a researcher at Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC). His main research interests are in Wi-Fi technologies and their evolution, network simulators and network digital twinning, machine learning, decentralized learning, and distributed ledger technologies. In the past, he was also involved in standardization activities within the ITU-T, where he was one of the main editors of recommendation Y.3181 “Architectural framework for Machine Learning Sandbox in future networks including IMT-2020”. In addition, he has organized three problem statements in the ITU AI/ML in 5G Challenge.

Mona Ghassemian, Huawei

Bio: Mona Ghassemian has over 20 years of experience in the wireless and telecom research in industry and academia. She currently works at Huawei Advanced Wireless Technology Lab as 6G principal expert on industry vertical, working on strategic R&D road map of key technologies relevant for next generation mobile communication system design. Prior to her current role, in her senior manager role at InterDigital Inc, she led a research team on the next generation networking. She worked as a principal research scientist at British Telecom (BT) Research and Technology with a focus on future networks and security. Prior to her industry roles, she worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at KCL, Greenwich and SBU supervising over a 100 postdocs, PhD and MSc researchers. She has published over 70 papers, 13 patents, 2 book chapters and several contributions to 3GPP, IEEE and IETF standard organisations. She is a member of IEEE SA 1918.1 (Tactile Internet), the IEEE UK & Ireland section nominations and elections committee chair and IEEE region 8 Standardisation chair. She received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from King’s College London (KCL), UK.

Victor P. Gil Jiménez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Bio: Víctor P. Gil Jiménez received the M.S in Telecommunication degree and the PhD. from University Carlos III of Madrid, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, all of them with Honors. He is with the department of Signal Theory and Communications at the University Carlos III of Madrid as Associate Professor. He has led several national and international projects. His interests are in the field of the advanced multicarrier systems for wireless radio mobile, satellite and visible light communications. At IEEE, he was one of the founders of the IEEE UC3M Student Branch in 2001, vice-chair and treasure. He has held the IEEE Spanish Signal Processing and Communications joint chapter chair 2015 – 2023. His team was awarded in 2022 with the second price at the IEEE ComSoc Pre-STEM hands-on contest.

Walid Saad, Viriginia Tech

Bio: received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo, Norway in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks (5G/6G/beyond), machine learning, game theory, quantum communications/learning, security, UAVs, semantic communications, cyber-physical systems, and network science. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the (co-)author of twelve conference best paper awards at IEEE WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM (2018 and 2020), IFIP NTMS in 2019, IEEE ICC (2020 and 2022), and IEEE QCE in 2023. He is the recipient of the 2015 and 2022 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society,  of the IEEE Communications Society Marconi Prize Award in 2023, and of the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2023. He was also a co-author of the papers that received the IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper award in 2019, 2021, and 2023. Other recognitions include the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee Early Achievement Award. From 2015-2017, Dr. Saad was named the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech and, in 2017, he was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. He received the Dean's award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019. He was also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2019-2020.  He has been annually listed in the Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher List since 2019. He currently serves as an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Machine Learning in  Communications and Networking.

 

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