IEEE International Conference on Communications
28 May – 01 June 2023 // Rome, Italy
Sustainable Communications for Renaissance

Executive Forums

List of Executive Forums

Executive Forum 1: Do We Really Need 6G?

Executive Forum 2: Reality Check on Industry Digitalization

Executive Forum 3: The Virtual World of the Future

Executive Forum 1: Do We Really Need 6G?

Date/Time: Monday, 29 May // 14:30 - 16:00
Location: Auditorium

Abstract:  The requirements for IT infrastructure are changing from high-performance focused to additional consideration of decarbonization and sustainability. IOWN is a next-generation communication and computing infrastructure for both high-performance and sustainability. It is also expected to be an infrastructure for 6G platform. IOWN Global Forum was established in January 2020 in order to develop IOWN technologies and IOWN use cases. Its approximately 120 members would try to make innovations through cross-industry collaborative activities. This presentation illustrates IOWN and activities of IOWN Global Forum.

Chair: Xinhui Wang, ZTE

Xinhui Wang is currently the General Manager of Standardization and Industrial Relations in charge of technology innovation, standardization, strategy and industrial relations building, Vice President of ZTE Corporation. He received Bachelor and Master Degrees from Northeastern University of China. He joined ZTE working on software development and system design of wireless communication system in 2000. Since 2006, he has been focusing on advanced radio access technology research and standardization with over 20 published papers and 50 granted patents held globally. The team under his leadership works in 100+ international/regional/domestic Standardization Organizations, Industrial Alliances/Fora/Consortia and Open Source Communities of significant prominence. He has been elected Vice Chairman of 3GPP GERAN TSG for three consecutive terms since 2011. He serves as Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2020(5G) Promotion Group, Member of Advisory Committee of IMT-2030(6G) Promotion Group and CCSA TC5 vice chairman. He has been the Keynote Speaker of IEEE ICC and IEEE WCNC along with Industrial Speaker of China Delegation for 7 continuous Global 5G Summits.

Giampaolo Tardioli, Keysight
Wen Tong, Huawei
Y. Aragane, IOWN/NTT
I. Elliot, Kyrio


Giampaolo Tardioli, Keysight is responsible for 6G strategy, wireless operators and enterprise solutions, and strategic growth opportunities such as Quantum Computing. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of the Network Infrastructure segment in CSG. He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1998 as a test engineer and served  over the last 20 years in a variety of management roles in Planning, R&D, and operations both at the division and business unit levels.

Giampaolo’s focus is to establish Keysight as an undeniable leader in 6G, shifting from enabling standards implementation to defining what the standards can and will be.

Giampaolo Tardioli holds an M.Sc., in Electrical Engineering from the Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, and a Ph.D. in Computational Electromagnetics from the University of Victoria, Canada.


Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless and a Huawei Fellow. He is the head of Huawei wireless research, and the Huawei 5G chief scientist and led Huawei’s 10-year-long 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Dr. Tong is the industry recognized leader in invention of advanced wireless technologies, Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 6G wireless.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.

Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada.


Dr. Yosuke Aragane is Vice President and Head of IOWN development office, NTT. His responsibilities are managing IOWN R&D in NTT Labs and leading IOWN Global Forum operations with diverse partners. Since his joining NTT in 1997, his major research area was Cyber Security especially in CSIRT operations. Since 2008, he had managed various R&D organizations in NTT Group where he had developed R&D strategies. Since 2016, he became the head of Cyber Security R&D Promotion in NTT R&D Planning Dept. In 2019, he became a Vice President of IOWN development office. He is an Alternate Director, Leader of Recruitment Taskforce, and Co-Leader of Officer team in the IOWN Global Forum.


Ike Elliott is President & CEO of Kyrio, a growing provider of services for the broadband industry, including software, systems integration and testing services. Ike joined Kyrio in 2020 after leading the CableLabs Strategy team for a decade. Before joining CableLabs and during his 38 years in the communications industry, Ike held senior executive operating, strategy, and technology roles at Level 3 Communications, Unity Business Networks, and MCI. Ike holds 36 patents and and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science.



Executive Forum 2: Reality Check on Industry Digitalization

Date/Time: Tuesday, 30 May // 14:30 - 16:00
Location: Auditorium

Chair: Geng Wu, Intel

Dr. Geng Wu is an Intel Fellow and the head of Next Generation and Standards at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility for Intel’s 5G/6G, Wi-Fi and IoT standards development, including the global standardization of radio access technologies, RAN/core network architecture and interfaces, edge computing systems, and reference solution development for industrial IoT and automotive use cases. As part of his effort in developing next generation cloud-native/AI-native system and infrastructure, Wu works extensively with industry and academic partners. He currently serves as a director of the board at IOWN Global Forum and MFA (The Alliance for Private Networks).



Paolo Foglio, Iveco Group
Massimo Notargiacomo (JMA)
Francisco Martín Pignatelli, Head of OpenRAN at Vodafone
Peter Thorngren, Fellow Technology and Strategy Leader, Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Paolo Foglio, Iveco Group

Paolo has a degree as electronic engineer from Politecnico di Torino and is an expert in Production Processes and Automation Systems in the automotive field. He has been working for IVECO since 1989. Initially in the Product Development area. Later he moved to Manufacturing area where he is currently responsible for the integration of processes, methods and systems of the manufacturing of IVECO Commercial Vehicles with related company counterpart. Nowadays, his professional interests are mainly dedicated to the digitalization of processes and the opportunities, both technical and business, offered by a modern digital transformation strategy. In 2021 has won the Manufacturing Leadership Awards for the Artificial Intelligence category. Member of EUCAR (European Council for Automotive Research) in the Expert group of Manufacturing and Material.


Massimo Notargiacomo, Chief Technical Officer of JMA Wireless, is responsible for Research and Development for Active Wireless Systems both in USA and Italy and has been in JMA since 2006.  He previously worked at Andrew Corporation (now Commscope) since 1999 as System Architect after an experience in Pirelli Cables and Systems in Milan as Hardware Developer.  In 1996 he graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.  Massimo has actively contributed to the development of JMA's Distribute Antenna System and XRAN™, a 2G, 4G and 5G Baseband Software solution running on x86 processors without the need for HW accelerators, defining architecture and main functions.  His innovation is recognized by several international patents.



Francisco Martín Pignatelli
Head of OpenRAN at Vodafone

Francisco (Paco) Martín Pignatelli is a Vodafone Executive +24 years of Experience in Mobile. He´s worked internationally in  various Global positions in US and UK and has great breadth of experience in all Network domains as well as some customer facing positions. He´s more recently focused in OPEN RAN, an activity he leads in Vodafone as Head of OPEN RAN, an effort he pioneered in 2016 that´s grown to become the most relevant trend in mobile today, with Vodafone as one of the leading promoters. Paco is Alternate Board Member of the ORAN Alliance.

Peter Thorngren
Fellow Technology and Strategy Leader
Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Peter Thorngren has the the ability to combine customer demands with technical possibilities and limitations to create working commercial solutions. Peter has also had personal experience in running a successful business in the management/system development area.

Peter works especially well in projects with a combination of technical, organizational, and commercial challenges. With his technical understanding and experience in larger projects, he can perform well in the areas of technology and business development.
Specialties: Peter Thorngren also has extensive professional experience in the areas of finance, marketing, automotive, government, industry, and telecom sectors.

Executive Forum 3: The Virtual World of the Future

Date/Time: Wednesday, 31 May // 14:30 - 16:00
Location: Auditorium

Chair: Stefano Giordano, University of Pisa

Stefano Giordano is full professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa where he is the responsible of the Telecommunication Networks Laboratories giving lectures both at the University of Pisa and the Italian Navy Academy. He is senior member of the IEEE Comsoc  and was Chair of the Communication Systems Integration and Modelling (CSIM) Technical Committee. He is member of IFIP WG 6.3 (Performance Evaluation of Communication Systems) and of the ISOC (Internet Society) since its foundation in 1992. He is member of CNIT (the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications) and of the GTTI (Group for Telecommunications and Information Theory). He was member of the board of governors of the italian Chapter of ISOC and of the CQR and TACTILE INTERNET TC. He founded with Juniper Networks the first European Juniper Networks Higher Learning Center. He is author of more that 300 papers on peer reviewed international conferences and journals on the practical and theoretical aspect of modern networking including SDN, NFV and IoT. He was the responsible for the participation of the University of Pisa to the Euro-NGI (Next Generation Internet in Europe) Network of Excellence. From the research activities of his group two spin-off companies (Nextworks and Netresults) were created. He was co-founder of the CUBIT consortium where he is now President of the board.


Juho Lee, Samsung Research
Doru Calin, MediaTek
Ian Wheelock, CommScope
Sheryl M. Genco, Ericsson


Juho Lee is currently a Fellow (EVP of Technology) at Samsung Research, Samsung Electronics and is working on the research and standardization for mobile communications. He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on multiple generations of mobile communications, i.e., WCDMA and HSPA in 3G, LTE, LTE-Advanced, and LTE-Advanced Pro in 4G, and 5G NR technologies. His current research focus is on preparation of future technologies such as 5G evolution, e.g., 5G-Advanced in 3GPP, and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 2000, respectively. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE.


Doru Calin is AVP, Head of the U.S. 6G Wireless Research Center and the Lead Research Scientist, 6G at MediaTek USA.

He started his career as a Senior Research Engineer with Motorola Research Labs, Paris, France, before joining Bell Labs in New Jersey. He led the creation and incubation of novel technologies from inception stage to field trials in customer networks and market adoption, and became a Bell Labs Fellow, being recognized ‘for bridging the gap between theory and practice with key innovations at the foundation of the first metro cell products, commercial wireless capacity planning services and network protocols optimization solutions’.

He held a variety of senior leadership positions in research, applied research, and management of research. He was a Sr. Director and the Edge Cloud Innovation Domain Leader at Nokia Mobile Networks’ CTO, with responsibilities for accelerating innovations in 5G, mobile network virtualization, mobile cloud computing, IoT, and verticals for adding business value to networks. He also spearheaded one of the fastest growing businesses with Nokia Enterprise, as the Head of private wireless networks for digital industries in North America.

He holds 37 independent patents awarded in multiple countries and over 100 peer-reviewed publications/tutorials/keynotes. He is the recipient of several awards, including two Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards, four Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, IEEE WCNC 2015 Best Paper Award, and Motorola 3GPP Standard Award.

Doru is an Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Wireless Communications and served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Letters and as an Editorial Board Member of Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal. He has been also serving as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in New York City for over a decade.

He received a M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, and a PhD (High Hons.) in computer systems networking and telecommunications from the Universitė de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.


Ian Wheelock is European CTO in CommScope's Home Networks division, has helped shape the company’s broadband and video solutions for over 20 years. His expertise in broadband, Wi-Fi, IoT, virtualization, and cloud integration guides internal business units and service providers. He's also involved in multiple industry standards groups, was elected to the prpl Foundation Board of Directors and holds 10 patents with more pending.




Sheryl M. Genco is Vice President of Advanced Technology Group within Ericsson’s CTO’s office in Santa Clara, CA, and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Genco was also a member of the Senior Executive Service for the Department of Commerce where she was the laboratory director for NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Her contributions have been at the forefront of critical technology areas impacting federal and commercial programs including spectrum efficiency, sharing, and auctions, 5G and broadband, satellite communications, unmanned aviation systems, and radio sciences.

Dr. Genco has over 30 years of experience in engineering and management at a wide range of organizations spanning large industrial, entrepreneurial ventures and the Government sector (NTIA, NIST). As Vice President for Ericsson, she spearheads activities with industry and the U.S. government, innovating and collaborating, to exploit 5G and ultimately 6G for increased security and economic benefits. Her career has focused on the development of new technologies with emphasis on transforming state-of-the[1]possible ideas into commercial reality. While at NIST and NTIA, Dr. Genco was a strong advocate for spectrum policy guided by rigorous data analysis. Prior to joining NTIA, she was the engineering director at Honeywell Quantum Solutions, where she led an organization developing trapped ion quantum computers. At NIST, she led the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network, managing programs in the areas of wireless communications (LTE), 3.5GHz, GPS, and AWS-3. Dr. Genco is an IEEE Senior Member and received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering. She delivers exceptional results through collaboration and technology. An example of this is the 5G Challenge she developed between NTIA and DoD. While at NIST, Dr. Genco and her team won the prestigious Department of Commerce Gold Medal after a program to measure and analyze GPS out-of-band effects in the presence of LTE.

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