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Geoffrey Ye Li (Editor-in-Chief) is a Professor with Georgia Tech. His general research is in signal processing for wireless communications. In these areas, he has published around 400 articles with around 28,000 citations. He has been listed as a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2006. He won the 2010 Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award and the 2017 Award for Advances in Communication from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2013 James Evans Avant Garde Award and the 2014 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and the 2015 Distinguished ECE Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia Tech


Amine Maaref (Managing Editor) [SM’12] received the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from INRS-EMT, University of Que­bec, in 2007. He is a senior staff researcher and LTE/NR standardization expert with the Canada Research center (CRC), of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, focusing on 5G radio access design. Prior to joining Huawei, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), the North American arm of the Corporate R&D organization of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, in Cambridge, MA, USA, as a Research Scientist, where he conducted advanced research in broadband mobile communications. During his time at MERL, he was actively involved in the 3GPP LTE/LTE-Advanced and WiMAX IEEE 802.16m radio access network standardization bodies, co-authoring several contributions and standard proposals in those forums.  Over the last 15 years, he has co-authored more than 100 international peer-reviewed publications and standard contributions in the relevant areas, holds more than 50 United States awarded patents and pending patent applications, and received numerous prestigious awards for his outstanding research and scholarly achievements. He was the Guest Editor for several special issues of IEEE journals and magazines and currently serves as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and a Managing Editor of IEEE 5G Tech Focus.


Siming Zhang (Associate Managing Editor) received the dual BEng degrees with the highest Hons. from the University of Liverpool (UK) and Xi’an JiaoTong and Liverpool University (XJTLU, China) respectively in 2011. She obtained her M.Sc with distinction and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2012 and 2016. She then joined China Mobile Research Institute and currently works on research areas ranging from Massive MIMO and mmWave, channel measurements and modeling, conductive testing and prototype development. She has been an active member of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Young Professionals. She serves as the Associate Managing Editor of the IEEE 5G Tech Focus. She is the co-lead on the PoC project in the NGMN Trial and Testing Initiative. She is the TPC for IEEE ISCC2017. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding achievements during her study and her career.


Anwer Al-Dulaimi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Brunel University, London, U.K., in 2012 after receiving M.Sc. and B.Sc. honours degrees in communication engineering. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is a Senior Systems Engineer in the R&D department at EXFO Inc., Toronto, Canada. Dr. Al-Dulaimi is a member of the IEEE 5G Standards Rapid Action and Networld2020 working groups. He was the recipient of the 2013 Worldwide Universities Network Cognitive Communications Consortium best paper for outstanding research in cognitive communications for his edited book entitled “Self-Organization and Green Applications in Cognitive Radio Networks”.


Imran Shafique Ansari is a Postdoc with TAMUQ. He is affiliated with IEEE since 2007 and has served in various capacities. He is serving on the IEEE ComSoc YP Board since April 2016. He is an active reviewer for various IEEE Transactions. He has served as TPC for various IEEE conferences. His current research interests include FSO, physical layer secrecy issues, and full duplex systems.



Stefano Buzzi (SM’07) received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. He is the author or coauthor of about 60 journal papers and 90 conference papers. His research interests include statistical signal processing and resource allocation for communications, with emphasis on wireless communications, energy-efficient communications, and 5G cellular networks.


Yunlong Cai received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of York. He has been with the Zhejiang University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include transceiver design for multiple-antenna systems, adaptive filtering, full-duplex communications, cooperative communications, and wireless information and energy transfer. He is an IEEE senior member.



Zhi Ning Chen received his BEng, MEng, and PhD degrees all in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Communications Engineering (ICE), China and his second PhD degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, respectively. Since1988 he has worked several universities, research organizations and industry research centers as a professor, researcher and manager. In 2012, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore as a tenured Full Professor. Professor Chen is the founding General Chairs of four international events. Currently Dr Chen is interested in electromagnetic engineering and antennas/sensors for communication, radar, imaging and sensing systems. He has published more than 580 academic papers and five books including Handbook of Antenna Technologies with 76 chapters (by Springer References in 2016 as an Editor-in-Chief). He is holding 28 granted/ filed patents with 35 licensed deals with industry. He is the recipient of many international best paper and outstanding engineering awards. Dr Chen elevated a Fellow of the IEEE for the contribution to small and broadband antennas for wireless applications in 2007. He has served IEEE Council on RFID as a Vice President and a Distinguished Lecturer since 2015. He severed IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation as an Associate Editor and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society as a Distinguished Lecturer.


Panagiotis Demestichas received the Diploma and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is full Professor (since April 2012) and has been the Chairman (September 2011 – September 2015) of the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus. From October 2015 to September 2016 he was on Sabbatical, collaborating with the University of Surrey and in particular its 5G Innovation Center. He has over 25 years of experience in R&D in the fields of wireless/mobile broadband networks, fixed-mobile broadband convergence, Internet technologies, network planning and management, smart utilities, smart cities and environment management.

Recent interests include 5G aspects, and especially, the exploitation of spectrum beyond 6 GHz, overall spectrum management, 5G architectures, artificial-intelligence-based and predictive management, virtualization technologies based on SDN and NFV. He has several publications in these areas in international journals and refereed conferences. At the European level, he is coordinating and contributing to a number of international research and development programs. He has shaped several development collaborations with international and national industrial entities, as well as public-sector organizations. He has organized the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EUCNC 2016), which took place in Athens, Greece in June 2016, and was focused on technologies and use cases signalling “The Dawn of 5G”. In terms of standardization, he has contributed to various standardization bodies such as ETSI and IEEE. He was also chairing Working Groups of WWRF related to next-generation networking and advanced management technologies. He is a senior member of the IEEE, member of ACM and the Technical Chamber of Greece.


Gerard Hayes has nearly three decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design.  Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications.  At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr.Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization.  At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications.  The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards).  With over 70 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry.


Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

James Irvine
is chair of the IEEE 5G Web Portal and Content Development Working Group and co-chair of the IEEE 5G Community Development Working Group. He is also Secretary of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, a past president of the Society and founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. Dr. Irvine is a Reader in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he leads the Mobile Communications Group. In this interview, Dr. Irvine discusses the implications of 5G mobile technology for connected cars, and related topics.



Meng Lu is Strategic Innovation Manager at Dynniq Nederland B.V., which is an engineering company in the domains of ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) and energy. In 2009-2010 she was Visiting Professor at the National Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, P.R. China. Since 2002 she is active in the areas of ICT-based ITS and logistics. She has participated in European projects and initiatives since 2005., as  Coordinator, WP Leader and/or Partner. Her main R&D area is cooperative, connected and automated transport, including 5G for ITS applications. Dr. Lu is the Co-Chair of WG Industry Engagement, IEEE 5G Initiative and VP of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS).


W. Ross Stone is located in San Diego, California. He has over 45 years of industry, consulting, and research experience in antennas, propagation, cellular and wireless communications, cell phones, networking, computational electromagnetics, and HF through optical technologies. He currently works as an expert witness, provides technical consulting to legal and industrial firms on patents, and provides research, design, and engineering services. He is an Adjunct Full Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and its predecessor publication for over 30 years. He is Editor of the Radio Science Bulletin of URSI (the International Union of Radio Science), a position he has held for more than 17 years. It is estimated he has edited over 10,000,000 peer-reviewed words in print. He is Assistant Secretary General (Publications) of URSI. Among other positions, he was Chief Scientist of McDonnell Technologies, Research Advisor of IRT Corp., and Executive Director of an international scholarship fund in telecommunications. He has been President of his own consulting firm for over 40 years, a Director and/or principal of five companies, and an investor in and/or active part of 16 startup companies. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of URSI, a Fellow of the Chinese Institute of Electronics, a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, and author/editor of six books and over 100 journal and conference papers. He is an Honorary Life Member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) AdCom, received the AP-S Outstanding Service Award, the URSI President’s Award, the EurAAP (European Association on Antennas and Propagation) Antenna Award, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He has been General Co-Chair of more than a dozen international scientific symposia in China, and on the Technical Program and Organizing Committees of over 40 other international scientific symposia.


Rod Waterhouse received his BEng, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987, 1989 and 1994, respectively. In 1994 he joined RMIT University as a lecturer, became a Senior Lecturer in 1997 and an Associate Professor in 2002.  From 2001 – 2003 Dr Waterhouse was with the venture-backed Dorsal Networks which was later acquired by Corvis Corporation. In 2004 he co-founded Pharad, an antenna and high performance RF-over-fiber technologies company of which he is the Chief Technology Officer.  From 2003 he was also appointed as a Senior Fellow within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.  Dr Waterhouse’s research interests include antennas, electromagnetics and microwave photonics engineering.  He has over 290 publications in these fields, including 2 books and 4 book chapters. Dr Waterhouse received the grade of IEEE Fellow for his work on printed antenna and microwave photonic technologies.  Dr Waterhouse was an Associate Editor for IEEE AP Transactions during 2003 – 2009 and he is the Member at Large for IEEE Int. Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics since 2016.  Dr Waterhouse has been on the IEEE Photonics Society Fellow Evaluation Committee since 2013 and was a Representative of the IEEE Photonics Society for the National Photonics Initiative in 2015.  In 2000, IEEE Third Millennium Medal for ‘Outstanding Achievements and Contributions’.    

Shugong Xu is a full professor at Shanghai University, an IEEE Fellow, head of the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Communication and Data Science (SICS). In his 20+ years career in research (over 15 years in industrial research labs, including Sharp Labs of America, Huawei 2012 Labs and Intel Labs ), he had over 40 issued US/WO/CN patents and published more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers. His work was among the major triggers to the research and standardization of IEEE 802.11S. He founded and directed the green radio project GREAT at Huawei,  led the China national 863 theme project on green networks as PI, and served as co-chair of the Technical Committee of Green Touch Consortium. He was awarded "National Innovation Leadership Talent" by China government in 2013. Shugong received his BS degree from Wuhan University, ME and PhD degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).  His current research interests includes 5G systems and big data.      

Haijun Zhang is currently a Full Professor in University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Beijing University of Posts Telecommunications (BUPT). From 2011 to 2012, he visited Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College London, London, UK, as a Visiting Research Associate. Dr. Zhang has published more than 80 papers and authored 2 books. He serves as Editor of Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Wireless Networks, Telecommunication Systems, and KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, and serves/served as a leading Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and ACM/Springer Mobile Networks & Applications. He serves/served as General Co-Chair of 5GWN'17 and 6th International Conference on Game Theory for Networks (GameNets'16), Track Chair of 15th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications (ScalCom2015), Symposium Chair of the GameNets'14, and Co-Chair of Workshop on 5G Ultra Dense Networks in ICC 2017. His current research interests include 5G, Small Cells, Ultra-Dense Networks, LTE-U and Network Slicing.

Anding Zhu received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 2004. He is currently a Professor at UCD. His research interests include high efficiency power amplifier design, wireless transmitter architectures, and digital signal processing techniques applied to RF/microwave circuits and systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and received research funding from various sources including awards from Science Foundation Ireland and European Space Agency. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Microwave Magazine and a Member of IEEE MTT-S “Microwave High-Power Techniques” Committee.





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IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus Editorial Board

Geoffrey Li, Editor-in-Chief
Amine Maaref, Managing Editor
Siming Zhang, Assoc. Managing Editor
Imran Shafique Ansari
Anwer Al-Dulaimi
Stefano Buzzi
Yunlong Cai
Zhi Ning Chen
Panagiotis Demestichas
Gerry Hayes
Chih-Lin I
James Irvine
Meng Lu
Ross Stone 
Rod Waterhouse
Shugong Xu
Haijun Zhang
Anding Zhu