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


Advancing 5G towards 6G

Date and Time

14 November 2023, 11:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 15:30, and 16:00 -17:30
Eastern Standard Time (EST)


  • Pamela Kumar, Chief Strategic Advisor, IUDX and Co-Chair – World Industry Forum, IEEE FNWF 2023
  • Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, Ubiquity Consulting and Co-Chair – World Industry Forum, IEEE FNWF 2023


The World 5G/6G Industry Forum (WiF) is bringing together experts from Industry Associations, Global Standards Development organizations, Government agencies, Telecom Service Providers, and the Research Community to do a reality check on 5G and demystify 6G. 

Over 3 sessions of 90 minutes each, these experts would:

  • Share the experiences with early 5G and current 5G Standalone (SA) deployments leading to the driving factors and framework for 5G Advanced
  • Deliberate over the use cases and technology trends that are driving the emerging vision of 6G
  • Address the pros and cons of a single, globally harmonized 6G 


Session 1: Status of 5G deployments and expectations from 5G Advanced

Moderator: Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, Ubiquity Consulting and Co-Chair – World Industry Forum, IEEE FNWF 2023

Time: 11:00 - 12:30 (All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST))

Keynote Speakers 

  • Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas
  • Yoshinuri Ohmura, Secretary General of 5GMF (The 5th Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum), Japan
  • Kumar Sivarajan, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tejas Networks, India
  • Philippe J. Lefebvre, Head of Sector – 5G Deployment Strategy, DG CONNECT, European Commission


  • Adam Loddeke, Director of RAN Engineering,  AT&T
  • Wen Ku, Chairman of the Board of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
  • Manish Mangal, Global Business Head, 5G & Network Services, Tech Mahindra

100+ countries/250 operators have already launched 5G at the end of June 2023, with around 1.2 billion subscribers.

This session will do a reality check on 5G, addressing the following questions:

  • What have been the success and failures of 5G Deployments?
  • What are the gaps 5G Advanced is trying to address?
  • What are the gaps 5G Advanced will not be able to address?


Session 2: Key drivers for 6G: Use cases, technologies, and other imperatives 

Moderator: Eric Burger, Research Professor of NextG Security, Virginia Tech

Time: 14:00 - 15:30 (All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST))

Keynote Speakers 

  • Tingfang Ji, Technology WG Chair, NextG Alliance (VP of Engineering, Qualcomm)
  • Konstantinos Trichias, Senior Researcher & Project Manager, 6G Industry Association (6G-IA)
  • R. K. Pathak, Director General  Bharat 6G Alliance 


  • Wen Ku, Chairman of the Board of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
  • Ramesh Singh, Chairman, VVDN Technologies
  • Ashutosh Dutta, Senior Wireless Research Scientist, JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL)

Since 2017, several 6G initiatives have been launched, 6G white papers published, and 6G research is being driven. All of these have directly or indirectly influenced the ITU-R WP5D Recommendation - “Framework and overall objectives of the future development of IMT for 2030 and beyond”.

In this session, we are bringing together the experts who are driving these initiatives to address the following questions:

  • What are the technology trends driving 6G?
  • What Usage Scenarios and policy imperatives are expected to be addressed by 6G?
  • What are envisioned as the differentiating features and capabilities of 6G? 
  • How will it impact our lives? What is the alignment with UN SDGs?
  • How are different geographies contributing to the research & development of 6G technologies and solutions? 
  • Are they doing anything different from what was done for 5G?


Session 3: Towards a single, globally harmonized 6G standard: challenges, risks, and opportunities 

Moderator: Pamela Kumar, Chief Strategic Advisor, IUDX and Co-Chair – World Industry Forum, IEEE FNWF 2023

Time: 16:00 -17:30 (All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST))

Keynote Speakers 

  • Brian K. Daly, AT&T Fellow and Assistant Vice President for Standards & Industry Alliances, AT&T
  • Wen Ku, Chairman of the Board of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
  • Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI


  • Christina Chaccour, Network Solutions Manager, Ericsson Inc. 
  • A. K. Mittal, Advisor, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI)
  • Purva Rajkotia, Connectivity and Telecom Practice Lead at IEEE SA

As 6G-related research and development is gaining momentum, Global SDOs have announced the roadmaps they intend to follow for developing 6G Standards. 
In this session, we are bringing together the experts from the Global SDOs to address the following:

  • Is 6G going to be a single, globally harmonized standard? What are the factors driving toward fragmented Standards? What initiatives are needed for global harmonization?
  • Is the legacy water-fall model of developing Standards sustainable for 6G? Do we need a more agile model? What are the improvements needed in the Standards development process?
  • Can we initiate pre-standardization collaborations toward consensus building? 
  • What could such collaborations be - research collaborations, Global SDO collaborations, etc.?


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.


Jean-Pierre Bienaimé is currently Chairman of Ubiquity Consulting, with consulting and conferences activities in the fields of telecommunications/5G, digital technology and international relations. He is also Senior Advisor International Relations at Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). He has been Secretary General of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), representing the digital & telecommunications industry (operators, manufacturers, research and academic institutes, verticals, SMEs) in the Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, from 2016 until 2019, where he was also Chairman of the 5G PPP Steering Board. Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of IREST (Economic and Social Research Institute on Telecommunications), a think tank of influence based in Paris, from 2015 until 2020. Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum from 2003 until 2015, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G UMTS and 4G LTE and evolutions, and to ensure their worldwide commercial success. Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, Bienaimé has had responsibilities including Director Planning Department at FT, Advisor to the Director General of Moroccan Telecommunications in Rabat, Director of Marketing and Product Development for International Networks & Services at FT, Chief Executive Officer of Nexus International, and Vice-President Group Mobile Support at Orange. From 2010 until 2016, Jean-Pierre has been Senior Vice-President at Orange Wholesale.


Eric W. Burger is Research Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and Research Professor of NextG Security, with courtesy appointments as Research Professor of ECE and Research Professor of Public Policy at Virginia Tech. He is also affiliated with Wireless@VT, the National Security Institute, and the Department of Computer Science. He currently also serves as the Technical Program Director of the Next G Alliance. Prior to Virginia Tech, he served as the Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Cybersecurity of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission. He also was Research Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, where he started the Security and Software Engineering Research Center and Cyber SMART, two NSF-sponsored IUCRCs. Prior to academia, he started or turned around several network equipment companies, serving as CTO and SVP Engineering, from venture-backed startups through large private equity, NASD-listed, and NYSE-listed companies. Dr. Burger has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Life Distinguished Member of the ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Life Member of AFCEA.


Kumar Sivarajan is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Tejas Networks, with nearly three decades of experience in the field of telecommunications. He is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and also a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, awarded to outstanding young scientists to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology. Kumar has co-authored the bestselling book titled “Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective” which is currently in its third edition. He is also a recipient of the prestigious IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award in 1997 which is presented for the most outstanding paper reporting original work in the Transactions, Journals, and Magazines of the Societies or in the Proceedings of the IEEE. Kumar is the former chairperson of the governing council of the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) which is an organizational partner of 3GPP, the global standards body responsible for formulating 5G standards. Prior to joining Tejas, he was an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York.

Kumar holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an M.S and PhD from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA (Caltech). At Caltech he was selected for the IEEE Charles Legeyt Fortescue Scholarship, an annual award given to only one first year graduate student of Electrical Engineering studying in the U.S.A. Kumar received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras in 2013 and won the “CTO of the Year” award from ET Telecom in 2022.


A.K. Mittal is associated with TSDSI as Advisor with special focus on standardization in wireless and wireline systems and handles standards related activities of TSDSI in 3GPP and ITU-R. He did his graduation in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1976 from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He also holds a Diploma in Management. He has a career spanning over 47+ years in the field of Telecommunications.
He began his career in the industry in R&D in digital communications. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Government of India where he worked in a variety of telecom domains like satellite communications, OFC, microwave, mobile networks, switching systems, network management, licensing, regulation, standards, testing and certification etc. He has been the head of Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), the technology arm of DoT dealing, inter-alia, with the development of specifications and contributions to global standards bodies, especially ITU. He has also headed the National Telecom Institute of Policy Research, Innovation and Training, DoT. He has represented the Government of India in standards bodies and various bilateral as well as multilateral international meetings.


Philippe Lefebvre is responsible for the Commission’s 5G deployment strategy including policy development and actions to achieve the connectivity targets of the EU Digital Decade Programme. Before his current position, he was responsible for the broadcasting sector as well as for the general secretariat of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group in the EU spectrum policy unit. He also worked in several other Commission's departments between 1996 and 2003 including electronic commerce and financial technologies. Prior to joining the European Commission, Philippe Lefebvre started his career in the Belgian’s Generale Bank, now Fortis (1983-1986) and then held middle management positions, as Vice President for MasterCard Europe (1987-1991), and as Director Debit Products with Visa International in the US (1992-1995).  Philippe Lefebvre was born in Luxembourg. He graduated in electrical & mechanical engineering (MS) from the Brussels University and in economics (MBA) from the same university. 


Purva Rajkotia is the Connectivity and Telecom Practice Lead at IEEE SA. Prior to IEEE SA, Purva held leadership positions with Qualcomm, Samsung, and Disney in various capacities. Purva also held leadership positions in various standards organizations such ITU, 3GPP, 3GPP2, CENELEC, etc. He has authored more than 100 patents granted by the USPTO (US Patent Office) and other worldwide patent organizations.




Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, has 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. At ETSI he has initiated a global standardization partnership for IoT communications, oneM2M. He has overseen the rapid development of ETSI’s Industry Specification Groups accelerating market penetration of new technologies and has enabled the first Open Source group in ETSI, leading to the new Software Development Groups initiated in 2022.

Luis Jorge has also successfully positioned the institute to take a leading role in 5G standardization through the 3GPP global partnership project and through initiatives such as ETSI’s Multi-access Edge Computing, Network Functions Virtualization or Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces groups. He is driving the implementation of the ETSI Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future.

Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefonica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefonica's participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA). Before joining ETSI in July 2011, he held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of the Madrid-based Innology Ventures.


R. K. Pathak is recognized for his exceptional contributions to indigenous manufacturing, technological innovation, and global collaboration. Instrumental in setting up of the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), driving technology standards and innovation. Mr. Pathak's strategic insight extends to nurturing Indian start-ups and the "Make In India" campaign, fostering innovation. Leading the Bharat 6G Vision and Mission with his forward-looking approach, he continues shaping India's telecom landscape, inspiring innovation, collaboration, and progress.


Manish Mangal is an accomplished telecom industry veteran with 20+ years of professional experience. He held various leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies leading technology initiatives from incubation to operationalization that transformed businesses and increased enterprise value. He has driven corporate-wide technology initiatives through cross functional leadership, robust planning and astute execution. He is also an expert in leading large and global teams, developing end to end technology solutions, and creating / managing strategic partnerships that directly improve enterprise value. His excellent  leadership and management abilities have been acknowledged and awarded to deliver superior results in the midst of fast moving changes. He is skilled in analyzing industry trends, assessing threats & opportunities and developing fact-based actionable plans targeted towards business owners and CEOs to increase enterprise value and fulfill company's business missions. He is also inventor of 60 patents issued by the US patent office.


Ramesh Singh is the Chairman of the Board at VVDN Technologies. As an executive chairman, Ramesh’s key areas of responsibility include focusing on building relationships with shareholders, with government and business leaders, and with board members. He advises VVDN on the company’s strategy, customer advocacy, relationships, and strategic partnerships, among other areas. With over 40 years’ experience in directing business, product and engineering strategies, his passion for innovation continues to drive him to be involved with both corporate and early-stage company strategies. Ramesh has vast experience as an entrepreneur as well as helping companies with positions as an advisor and a board member. He currently serves on several company boards, helping drive products and business strategies. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager at Imagination Technologies since June 2012, when Imagination acquired Nethra Imaging. At Imagination, Ramesh’s role was to primarily drive business strategies for the Nethra business, and strategic customer silicon engagements, leveraging Imagination’s vast portfolio of IP. IMG Solutions, a new business within Imagination, was formed and led by Ramesh to work with key Imagination partners looking for complete platform solutions, which required deployment of total product solutions. Ramesh co-founded Nethra in late 2003, where he served as CEO and President, and a member of the board of directors. Prior to co-founding Nethra, he was the Vice President Sales of the mobility business at NVIDIA in 2003, a GPU and digital media processor company. He joined NVIDIA through the acquisition of MediaQ, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1997 and where he served as board member, President and CEO. Ramesh’s long career includes general management, sales and engineering roles at S3, Chips' Technologies and Rockwell. He began his career in August 1981 with Rockwell in Dallas as an engineer and held multiple management roles.


Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas.  In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. With more than 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, 5G World North America, and The Big 5G Event.


Adam Loddeke leads the forward-looking RAN Architecture team within AT&T.  His focus is the enhancement of RAN roadmap to support RAN transformation on 3 domains – management, control, and user plane entities.  He is responsible for defining the Cloud RAN solution and new technology introduction pipelines for RAN solutions with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) enablement, leveraging innovation from Open RAN for evolution of the RICs and other network elements.  Adam has over twenty years of experience working various RAN architecture and engineering roles.  He is based out of Dallas, TX.


Yoshinori Ohmura joined KDD Co. Ltd. (currently KDDI Corporation) and was primarily engaged in the applied technology planning and standardization of network in ITU-T and APT etc. and management of overseas joint venture businesses for mobile phone and mobile contents/application services. With more than 40 years of experience in the network operator,  he is currently engaged in the promoting to support the deployment on the 5G and Local 5G mobile systems in ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses). He also served as Deputy Secretary General of 5GMF (The 5th Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum) in Japan from 2015, and he is currently serving as Secretary General from 2019.


 Tingfang Ji joined Qualcomm in 2003 and is currently a Vice President of engineering in Wireless R&D. From 2003 to 2014, he made instrumental technical contributions toward the development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technology and served as a vice chairman of the radio working group (RAN4) of 3GPP. Since 2014 he has been responsible for the flagship Qualcomm 5G/6G research project, driving Qualcomm's 5G NR air interface design/standardization efforts, sub6 GHz multi-vendor pre-commercial 5G NR IODT/trials, experimental macro network developments, and pre-6G research. Since 2022, Tingfang has been chairing the technology working group of NextG Alliance to promote North American 6G technologies. Before joining Qualcomm, Tingfang was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs. As an inventor, he has more than 600 granted US patents. Tingfang received his Ph.D. in E.E. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2001 and a B.Sc. from Tsinghua University, Beijing. 


Brian K. Daly is an AT&T Fellow and Assistant Vice President for Standards & Industry Alliances for AT&T. He oversees AT&T’s strategy and leadership in global industry standards. He is a technology visionary and thought leader with knowledge of the global standards industry landscape/leadership. He has a broad technology perspective including 5 to 10-year trends, with focus on emerging technologies for 5G and beyond including public safety/mission critical services for FirstNet; wireless emergency alerts and earthquake early warning; C-V2X and UAS/UAVs; cybersecurity, NSEP, and critical infrastructure protection. He is engaged in programs with the DHS, DISA, and DoD, and is a leading contributor to the Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions (ATIS) Board, TOPS Council and Standards Committee initiatives, resulting in the implementation of key industry standards. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium and holds appointments to the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) and Communications Reliability, Security, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). He is also a member of the FBI’s Infragard partnership. Brian holds Board positions on the National Public Safety Communications Council (NPSTC) and the IEEE International Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Brian’s industry leadership roles include Co-chair of the Next G Alliance Steering Group, co-chair of the O-Ran Alliance Standards Development Focus Group, Chair of the GSM Association’s North American Fraud Forum and Security Group, and former co-chair of the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative Critical Infrastructure; Environment working group.

He received his B.S.E and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Arizona State University with a focus on communication systems and advanced electromagnetic engineering. He holds an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certification. He is the AT&T coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio Program, and an Army Auxiliarist. Brian received the ATIS President’s Award and the ANSI Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his career creating standards across the communications spectrum including 3GPP, and the NG911 Institute Industry/Private Sector Award for his leadership in emergency communications. He holds over 180 issued patents in telecommunications, public safety, and cybersecurity.


Konstantinos Trichias received a Dipl.-Ing degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2008 and his M.Sc. degree in Electrical/Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 2011. Since 2011, he has been working as a Research Scientist and Project/Technical Manager in various organizations (RTO, SME, Academia) and has served as the Project Coordinator and Technical Manager of several EU funded Research and Innovation projects (incl. FP7/H2020/HE/CEF). He specializes on next-generation heterogeneous wireless and mobile networks (B5G/6G), as well as the integration and smooth interoperability of these technologies with novel networking paradigms such as ITS/V2X and IoT, targeting the successful integration of multiple vertical industries (smart energy/cities/industry 4.0, automotive, etc.) into the B5G/6G ecosystem. He is actively contributing to the design, development and evaluation of (B)5G/6G & V2X systems via a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific publications, while he has also served as a 3GPP RAN1 & RAN2 delegate. He is currently working as a Senior Researcher & project manager at the 6G Industry Association (6G-IA) while he is pursuing in parallel his PhD degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).


Wen Ku is  Chairman of the Board of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), Professor of Engineering, Doctor of Business Administration. He used to take positions in succession as Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Director General of the Telecommunications Administration, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Information Industry, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Director General of the Department of Information and Communication Development of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


Christina Chaccour, a professional research scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, currently serves as a Network Solutions Manager at Ericsson Inc. In her role, Dr. Chaccour seamlessly bridges product solutions and research, spearheading developments in 5G Advanced, 6G networks, and AI-integrated solutions. Her responsibilities also encompass ensuring the responsible and innovative use of AI, addressing both the policy and technical dimensions. Dr. Chaccour actively represents Ericsson as a delegate in prominent industrial bodies, including 5G Americas, Next G Alliance, and WinnForum. Her academic journey led her to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she made significant contributions during her doctoral studies, particularly in the realm of 6G systems at THz
frequencies. Her work addressed perceptual and haptic requirements for next-gen XR and holographic systems and laid the foundation for pioneering research in AI-native networks and semantic communications.

Her impactful contributions have earned notable recognition, including the Best Paper Award at the 10th IFIP Conference on New Technologies, Mobility, and Security (NTMS) in 2019. Furthermore, her paper in IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials was recognized in the Top Access article listing from June 2022 to November 2022. Dr. Chaccour's dedication to her community is evident through her editorial services, which were recognized with the Exemplary Reviewer Award (fewer than 2%) from IEEE Transactions on Communications in 2021. Additionally, Dr. Chaccour co-founded the startup “Internet of Trees,” which has received numerous local and international awards.


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. Ashutosh is recipient of IEEE-USA’s 2010 Professional Leadership Award, 2022 IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor. He also received 2022 IEEE North American Region Exceptional Service Award. Ashutosh served as Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society for 2020-2022. Ashutosh has served as the founding Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 85 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities and IPv6. 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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