IEEE Future Networks World Forum
13–15 November 2023 // Baltimore, MD, USA
Imagining the Network of the Future

Women in Engineering (WiE)

Women in Engineering (WiE) ORGANIZERS

  • Pamela Kumar, Advisor, TSDSI, India
  • Celia Shahnaz, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh and 2023-24 Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee
  • Laxmi Mukund, Principle Engineer, Cisco
  • Monisha Ghosh, University of Notre Dame, USA

Co-organized by

IEEE WIE and WICE, Standing Committees of APS, CAS, EPS, ITSS, MTTS, IEEE RS, SSCS, and VTS


Game Changers for Sustainable Future Networks: Collaborative Research, Open Innovation, & Open Source


The 2023 IEEE Future Networks World Forum (FNWF'23) will continue the path set in 2018 by the IEEE 5G World Forum in bringing together experts from industry, academia, and research to exchange their vision as well as their achieved advances in the continuing evolution of network technology, including 5G, 6G, and other innovative cross-domain breakthroughs. This IEEE WIE Summit in FNWF'23, with the theme "Game Changers for Sustainable Future Networks: Collaborative Research, Open Innovation, & Open Source" in particular, looks forward to deliberating on the role of Open Forums in Future Networks, Sustainability as the core of future networks and the barriers and challenges for Collaborative Innovation and Research. We will have invited keynotes, call for proposals for "Pecha-Kucha" talks, and curated panel discussions. There will be a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Call For Papers/Proposals for the Pecha Kucha Talks

The summit solicits proposals for ideas, thoughts or discussions in the following areas:

  • Collaborative Innovation and Research
  • Open Innovation
  • Open Source

for a more sustainable, energy-efficient futuristic network design and architecture. The presentations should be in Pecha Kucha style. We invite proposals for short talks (about 7 min) in this format that explain concepts, open-source work, technologies, solutions, and research that are in line with the theme of this summit. The papers here will not be published in IEEE Xplore; one of the authors should be a woman, and the presenter has to be a woman.

About Pecha Kucha

This presentation is a format that uses 20 slides or images that are displayed for 20 seconds each. More information can be found here:


  • All papers/proposals should be submitted via EDAS.
  • Each author of the accepted proposal will be presented with a certificate from the conference. 
  • The authors of the accepted authors at the main conference will be invited to present the same in this session as well in the suggested format.
  • There will be no need for a camera-ready version of the submission. The presenter will need to upload an abstract and the Pecha Kucha-styled presentation in PDF format not exceeding 50MB. Submission Deadline is 29th September 2023, and the acceptance notification will be on a rolling basis. 

If any questions regarding Pecha Kucha submissions, feel free to email Laxmi Mukund, Principle Engineer, Cisco. 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 29th September 2023
  • Acceptance notification: Rolling basis

Short Bio of Organizers

Ms Pamela Kumar, former Director General - Telecommunications Standards Development Society (TSDSI), is currently serving as Advisor, TSDSI. She is also the Bharti Chair Visiting Professor at UIET Panjab University. She joined TSDSI as Director General (DG) in early 2017. During her tenure, TSDSI made a mark in the global standards arena – with its contribution of the Low Mobility Large Cell (LMLC) requirement for 5G Rural broadband in ITU and later approval of its Radio Interface Technology (RIT) - 5Gi as an IMT2020 technology standard by the ITU and its subsequent merger with 3GPP 5G Standard. Other notable accomplishments are adoption of oneM2M as a national standard and formation of 5G High Level Forum. Pamela has worked at AT&T, Bell Labs, C-DOT, and held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint with 2 startups, setting up the R&D centres of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 90+ Local and Global forums. Pamela has held various honorary positions - Vice Chair of 3GPP PCG, member of the IEEE-SA Nominations & Appointments Committee, Member at large- IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee, General Chair of IEEE ANTS Conference & COMSNETS Conference, Coordinator Industry Relations for IEEE Region 10, Chair for IEEE Computer Society Chapter, Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section, Founding Chair & President of CCICI etc.

Pamela earned her B.E in Electronics and Electrical Communication from Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh, Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, USA and Executive MBA from IIM Bangalore. She is passionate about the role of technology in driving quality of life and socio-economic development.  She firmly believes that national and international collaborations between Industry, Academia and Government are key enablers for sustainable development.


Celia Shahnaz, SMIEEE, Fellow IEB, received Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada and is currently a professor at, Department of EEE, BUET, Bangladesh since 2015. She was the winner of  Canadian Common Scholarship for pursuing her Ph.D study in Canada and recipient of Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal for her contributions in science and technology. The World Academy of Science (TWAS) members have elected her  as a Fellow of TWAS for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2023. Recently, her nomination  has been approved and she has been inducted into IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu as a Professional Member into the Eta Chapter of the Board of Governors. She has been elected as 2022 IEEE WIE Committee Chair-Elect and she is serving as the 2023-2024 IEEE WIE Committee Chair.  She has been appointed as 2022-23 Member, IEEE New Initiative Committee, 2021-23 Member, IEEE History Committee, Liaison between IEEE History Committee and IEEE WIE. She has served as 2021-23 Chair, IEEE SPS Women in Signal Processing, 2021-23 Liaison between IEEE SPS and IEEE WIE, 2021-22 Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board Faculty Resource Committee, 2022 Member, IEEE WIE Strategic planning Committee, 2021 Chair, IEEE WIE History Subcommittee, 2020-21 Member, IEEE WIE Senior Member Elevation Drive and 2019-2022 Member, IEEE WIE WePower Subcommittee. She has served as an  Editorial board member, IET Signal Processing From 2018 to date. She is the immediate past Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Co-founder & Chair, IEEE EMBS, IAS, RAS, SSIT Bangladesh Chapters, Co-founder  & Vice-Chair, IEEE SPS Bangladesh Chapter, Founder and Advisor, WIE  AG, and founder and Chair of SIGHT group FLASH,  IEEE Bangladesh Section. She is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE MGA Achievement Award, 2021 Inspiring Women in Academia Award from Bangladesh brand forum, 2019 R10 Humanitarian Activities Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2016 MGA Leadership Award 2015 WIE Inspiring Member Award, 2013 R10 WIE Professional Volunteer Award. She has more than 22 years of experience (22 years as an IEEE volunteer) in leading impactful Technical, Professional, Educational, Industrial, Women Empowerment, Humanitarian Technology, Power and Energy-related Projects at national/international levels.


Laxmi Mukund is a Principle Engineer at Cisco with a master's in computer science and networking and about 22 years of industry experience. She has worked on various routing, switching and security products across Enterprise, Service Provider and Data center. Her main contributions have been in the architecture, design and development of features in the areas of core routing and switching, prefix convergence, Netflow, access control, quality of service, secure policy access and LISP (Locator Identity Separation Protocol). She is currently working on security with privacy as an important component. Understanding customer key requirements and translating them into usable features, reviewing network topology designs and troubleshooting complex customer network topologies has been part of her journey through out. She has a Cisco pioneer award and patents in the area of networking. She was the co-founder of a startup that used autonomous drones to collect aerial images and processed these images for various applications like agriculture, city planning and windmill blade crack detection.


Monisha Ghosh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Notre Dame Wireless Institute. She is also the Policy Outreach Director for SpectrumX, the first NSF Center for Spectrum Innovation and the co-chair of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) Working Group on Advanced Spectrum Sharing. Her research interests are in the development of next generation wireless systems: cellular, Wi-Fi and IoT, with an emphasis on spectrum sharing and coexistence and applications of machine learning to improve network performance. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame in 2022, she was the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, Research Professor at the University of Chicago and spent 24 years in industry research at Bell Labs, Philips Research and Interdigital working on a wide variety of wireless systems: HDTV, Wi-Fi, TV White Spaces and cellular. She obtained her B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 1986 and Ph.D. from USC in 1991. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.


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