FNTC Distinguished Lecturer Program

IEEE Future Directions launched the IEEE 5G Initiative in December 2016. To better reflect the IEEE contribution to current and future generations of networking, the initiative was re-branded to IEEE Future Networks, with the tagline Enabling 5G and Beyond, in August 2018.

The IEEE Future Networks Techncial Community (FNTC) will help pave a clear path through development and deployment of 5G and the great potential it enables, while envisioning the landscape of connectivity and applications beyond 5G. Recognizing that networking is larger than a single technology, standard, organization, or region, IEEE Future Networks is gathering the world’s researchers, scientists, engineers, and policymakers from industry, academia, and governments to solve the challenges and reveal the opportunities associated with current and future networks.

The experts participating in IEEE Future Networks draw upon practical knowledge gained working with previous generations of networking and consider current trends of technology evolution to foresee the meaningful shifts coming our way.

The Future Networks Technical Community is actively pursuing the following goals:

  • Providing practical, timely technical content in tutorials, webinars, podcasts, published articles, workshops, and conferences.
  • Establishing a 5G and Beyond Technology Roadmap, which identifies short- (~3 years), mid- (~5 years) and long-term (~10 years) research, innovation, and technology trends in the communications ecosystem for the purpose of maintaining and continually enhancing a living document with a clear set of recommendations.
  • Launching a Distinguished Lecturer Program (FNTC-DLP) to disseminate and share information about the technology, roadmap and application delivered by rebound experts from various societies of IEEE.


  • Q: How is the FNTC DL program offered?
    A: FNTC DL program was previously only offered as a Virtual DL program. Now, both Virtual and In-person DL programs are offered.
  • Q: What is the Virtual DL program? A: Is it the same as an on-line webinar?
    A: Virtual DL is a DL who is willing to participate in offering DL talks virtually to various society chapter(s) and / or community of interests.
  • Q: For Chapter meetings, what is the difference between getting a guest speaker versus having a DLP?
    A: A DL speaking at a DLP event is meeting the program and guidelines of the DLP. This is different than inviting a guest speaker for the meeting.

  • Q: If a DL is joining a non DL into an event, can the event be called a DLP event?
    A: No, a DL can be a presenter along with a non-DL for virtual events. This can’t be called a DLP but rather a virtual webinar, virtual workshop, virtual summit, virtual conference, etc. but it is left to the organizing committee to acknowledge the speaker who is a DL. Thus, non-VDL events that may include a mix of DL and non-DL speakers is organized by the host Chapters and supported by their Regional Board.

  • Q: Is copyright required for DLP?
    A: Regarding the copyright issues, there will be no copyright protection as it will be delivered without restrictions.

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Distinguished Lecturers

 Name   Bio    Lecture Date 

Jeffrey H. Reed

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Professor Jeffrey Reed is the Willis G. Worcester Professor of ECE. Professor Reed’s research interests are wireless communications, wireless security, cognitive radio, software radio, telecommunications policy, and spectrum access. Reed has co-authored more than 500 articles and books. In addition, Reed co-founded several commercial companies, including PFP Cybersecurity, which provides security solutions for IoT devices, and Federated Wireless, which commercializes spectrum sharing. Reed is the Founding Director of Wireless@Virginia Tech, a university research center, and co-founder of Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology, where he served as the Interim Director. He also served as the Interim Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and is currently its CTO. Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the IEEE For contributions to software radio and communications signal processing and for leadership in engineering education.

29 November 2023

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Rajeev Shorey

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Rajeev Shorey is the former CEO of the University of Queensland – IIT Delhi Academy of Research (UQIDAR) at IIT Delhi, India. He received his Ph.D. and MS (Engg) in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. He received his B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc. Dr. Shorey’s work has resulted in more than 75 publications in international journals and conferences and 13 US patents in the area of wireless, wired networks, including wireless security.
Dr. Shorey has served on the Editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and is currently serving on the Editorial boards of IEEE IoT Journal and WINET journal.  He is the editor of the book titled “Mobile, Wireless and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications and Future Directions” published by John Wiley, US in March 2006. Dr. Shorey is the founding member of the Communication Systems & Networks (COMSNETS) and AIMLSystems conferences in India. For his contributions in the area of Communication Networks, Dr. Shorey was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of
Engineering in 2007. Dr. Shorey was recognized by ACM as a Distinguished Scientist in December 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India, Fellow of IET, UK and a Senior Member of IEEE.

21 November 2023

Lecture at IIT Chicago

20 November 2023

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Sumit Roy

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Sumit Roy received the B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) in 1983, and the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of California (Santa Barbara), all in Electrical & Comp. Engineering respectively, as well as an M. A. in Statistics and Applied Probability. He was appointed to Integrated Systems Professor (2014-19) of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of Washington-Seattle where his research and technology transition interests have included design and evaluation of wireless communication and sensor network systems with an emphasis on 5G & beyond technologies, multi-standard inter-networking and coexistence using software-defined networking approaches. He spent 2001-03 at Intel Wireless Technology Lab as a Senior Researcher engaged in systems architecture and standards development for ultra-wideband systems (Wireless PANs) and next generation high-speed wireless LANs. He has been active in IEEE Communications Society in various roles (journal editor and Distinguished Lecturer) and was elevated to IEEE Fellow (2007) for ``contributions to multi-user communications theory and cross-layer design of wireless networking standards”. He served 2 terms as (elected) member of Executive Committee, National Spectrum Consortium dedicated to efficient spectrum sharing between Federal and commercial networks and is the co-author of IEEE TAES 2016 Best paper award for work on Radar-Comm coexistence. He recently served as Program Lead for Innovate Beyond 5G for OUSD R&E within the 5G-to-xG initiative https://www.cto.mil/5g/ where he helped define and execute a research and prototyping agenda as part of US DoD’s evaluation and adoption of beyond 5G for national defense applications.

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12 October

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9 October 2023

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4 October 2023

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Prof Mischa Dohler

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Mischa DohlerMischa Dohler is now VP Emerging Technologies at Ericsson Inc. in Silicon Valley, working on cutting-edge topics of 6G, Metaverse, XR, Quantum and Blockchain. He serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the FCC and on the Spectrum Advisory Board of Ofcom.

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 with 5 companies; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in several languages. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media, and is featured on Amazon Prime.
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 300 highly-cited publications, and authored several books. He is a Top-1% Cited Innovator across all science fields globally.
He was Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London and Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research from 2013-2021, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Cofounder and former CTO of the IoT-pioneering company Worldsensing; cofounder and former CTO of the AI-driven satellite company SiriusInsight.AI, and cofounder of the sustainability company Movingbeans. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.

13 September 2023

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Kumar Vijay Mishra 

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Kumar Vijay Mishra (S’08-M’15-SM’18) obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and M.S. in mathematics from The University of Iowa in 2015, and M.S. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University in 2012, while working on NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission Ground Validation (GPM-GV) weather radars. He received his B. Tech. summa cum laude (Gold Medal, Honors) in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (NITH), India in 2003. He is currently Senior Fellow at the United States DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi; Technical Adviser to Singapore-based automotive radar start-up Hertzwell and Boston-based imaging radar startup Aura Intelligent Systems; and honorary Research Fellow at SnT - Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg.

 20 December 2022

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Ashutosh Dutta 

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Ashutosh Dutta is currently Chief 5G Strategist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh is author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh is IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and as an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2020-2022). Ashutosh currently serves as the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative and Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the IEEE STEM conference for the last 10 years. Ashutosh served as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society from 2014-2019. He was recipient of 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh currently serves as Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society for 2020-2022. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 75 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE and Distinguished member ACM.

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Fawzi Behmann 




Fawzi is the founder and president of TelNet Management Consulting Inc., offering professional services in the areas of technology trends, positioning, and building smart networking solutions. Fawzi is a distinguished Lecturer, co-author of a book on Collaborative Internet of Things, and a Co-founder of the "IoT in Healthcare Consortium." Fawzi held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networking in Canada and US. He championed the development of Telecom Network Management systems, led efforts in rolling out product releases for network edge and core and marketed SoC product line and roadmap. As a senior member and volunteer with IEEE, Fawzi is serving as the North America Director for Communications Society and BOG member. He is a voting member of IEEE Conference Committee, Future Networks Technical Community Chair elect, Co-Chair of Future Network Education working group, Co-Chair of IEEE Transdisciplinary Framework working group and contributor to Future Network Roadmap’s security, applications & services working groups. Fawzi chaired several conferences, summits, and panels. Among the most recent is the General Chair of IEEE WCNC 2022. Among other positions held, Fawzi was the IEEE Region 5 Conference Committee Chair, IEEE Central Texas Section Chair, and chair of multiple joint chapters in Communications, Signal Processing, Computer, EMBS and Consumer Technology. Fawzi has received multiple awards for his leadership, including the IEEE USA professional leadership award and IEEE Communications Society NAB Exceptional Service Award. He holds an MBA, Master's in Computer Science, and Bachelor's in Science with Honors in Mathematics with Distinction. 

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Periklis Chatzimisios

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Periklis Chatzimisios serves as Professor in the Department of Information and Electronic Engineering at the International Hellenic University (Greece). Moreover, he has been awarded the title of Researcher Professor by the University of New Mexico (USA). He is also a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University (UK). Dr. Chatzimisios is/has been involved in several standardization and IEEE activities under the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc). He is currently the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals Standing Committee, Chair of the Communications Chapter & Professional Activities for the IEEE Greece Section and an active member of the IEEE Future Networks Initiative. His research interests include performance evaluation and standardization of mobile/wireless communications, Internet of Things, 5G/6G, Industry 4.0, Public Safety, Smart Cities and vehicle networking. 

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Dr Saba Al-Rubaye

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Saba Al-Rubaye (IEEE Life Member), Reader and Head of Advanced Connectivity & System Integration research group in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, United Kingdom. Dr Al-Rubaye has more than 20 years of professional experience in the industry and academia with demonstrated track record of launching innovative solutions in design, testing, consultation, leadership, and program development. Dr Al-Rubaye has been involved in several projects sponsored by Innovation UK, Research England, EPSRC, Department for Transport, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and USA Government. Dr Al-Rubaye is participating in developing industry standards by being an active research group member of IEEE P1932.1 standard of License/unlicensed Interoperability and IEEE P1920.2, Standard for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Dr Al-Rubaye has published many papers in IEEE journals and conferences and a recipient of the best technical paper award twice published in IEEE Vehicular Technology in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Dr Saba Al-Rubaye is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), MIET, Life Senior member IEEE, and she is holding commercial certificate of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot in the UK. 

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Prof. Danda B. Rawat

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Dr. Danda B. Rawat is the Executive Director, Research Institute for Tactical Autonomy (RITA) - a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Founding Director of the Howard University Data Science & Cybersecurity Center, Founding Director of DoD Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (CoE-AIML), Director of Cyber-security and Wireless Networking Innovations (CWiNs) Research Lab, Graduate Program Director of Howard CS Graduate Programs and Director of Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate Program at Howard University, Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Rawat is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of cybersecurity, machine learning, big data analytics and wireless networking for emerging networked systems including cyber-physical systems (eHealth, energy, transportation), Internet-of-Things, multi domain operations, smart cities, software defined systems and vehicular networks. He has secured over $110 million as a PI and over $18 million as a Co-PI in research funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Institute of Health (NIH), DoD and DoD Research Labs, Industry (Microsoft, Intel, VMware, PayPal, Mastercard, Meta, BAE, Raytheon etc.) and private Foundations. Dr. Rawat is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award in 2016, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scientific Leadership Award in 2017, Provost's Distinguished Service Award 2021, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Summer Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2017, the Best Paper Awards (IEEE CCNC, IEEE ICII, IEEE DroneCom and BWCA) among others. Dr. Rawat has published over 300 scientific/technical articles and 11 books. He has been serving as an Editor/Guest Editor for over 100 international journals including the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Service Computing, Editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Network Science and Engineering and Technical Editors of IEEE Network. He has been in Organizing Committees for several IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE CNS, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM and so on. He served as a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Savannah Section from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Rawat is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, a member of ASEE and AAAS, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021- 2023). 

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Julia Urbina-Pineda



Julia, was born in Information Security from the elaboration of her thesis Intrusion Detection Systems to obtain the degree of Electronic and Communications Engineering by the UDLAP. She went on to study for a Master of Science with a specialty in Telecommunications and Predictive Algorithms in Handover Trigger for IEEE 802.16e at the TEC Monterrey campus, where she was awarded as an honorary member by the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu in 2013. Since 2017, Julia is co-founder of the company called CYBERIIoT, specialized in Industrial Cybersecurity (ICS/SCADA) and belongs to the Working Group 5G Security by IEEE Future Networks since 2018. In 2020 she became Cybersecurity Policy Expert by the Global Foundation for Cybersecurity Studies and Research - USA she is Executive Director 5G and Industry 4.0 for Mexico and LATAM by the IoT Security Institute - Australia This 2021 she was named Chapter Chair of the Communications Society for IEEE Puebla, to date. She was also elected as Vice President Liason for the Association IEEE P2994TM standard - Standard for Security Assessment Framework for IoT and Planning Section Chief Volunteer for ICS4ICS (Incident Command System for Industrial Control Systems), ISA-GCA (International Society of Automation & Global Cybersecurity Alliance) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) This 2022 she serves as Leader of the 5G Cybersecurity Risk Group within work table 5, for the national deployment of 5G in Mexico by the IFT (Federal Institute of Telecommunications). 

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