Keynote Speakers

Abstract: Over the past fifteen years, my research interests have gradually transitioned from wireless networks to distributed algorithms, with a recent emphasis on distributed optimization/learning. In this talk, I will discuss how I ended up making this transition between apparently disconnected and disparate areas, and provide an overview of some of the new problems (and solutions) we were able to define along the way, including resilient consensus and fault-tolerant optimization.

Bio: Nitin H. Vaidya is the McDevitt Chair of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served as a Professor and Associate Head in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences, including 2023 ICDCN, 2015 SSS, 2007 ACM MobiHoc and 1998 ACM MobiCom. He is a fellow of the IEEE. He has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R.

Abstract: In this talk, I will first go over the timeline of 3GPP standardization of 5G advanced, which paves the road towards 6G. I will highlight the main features of NR Release 18 that sets off the 5G advanced evolution. I will next discuss the key market trends and technology drivers of 6G with the emphasis that 6G will be a smart platform of new capabilities beyond communications. I will then discuss key longer-term research vectors. Finally, I will point out early regional efforts of 6G collaboration of government, industry, and academia.

Bio: Junyi Li is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm. He was a key inventor of Flash-OFDM, arguably the first commercially deployed OFDMA-based mobile broadband wireless communications system. He holds over 1000 granted U.S. patents. He was a co-founder of Flarion Technologies, a startup acquired by QUALCOMM in 2006. Prior to that, he was with Bell-Labs research in Lucent Technologies. He has a Ph.D. degree in E.E. from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a co-author of the book “OFDMA Mobile Broadband Communications” published by Cambridge University Press. He received the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineers award from Purdue University in 2012.