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Panel Discussion on Wireless Challenges for 2020 and Beyond 

The panel discussion will take place on Sunday June, 2nd at 13.30 and will be led by the moderator Dr. Afif Osseiran.


Dr. Afif Osseiran

Dr. Afif Osseiran received a DEA (B.Sc.E.E) degree in Electrical Engineering from Université de Rennes I and INSA Rennes in 1997, and a M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical and Communication Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, in 1999. In 2006, he defended successfully his Ph.D thesis at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1999 he has been with Ericsson, Sweden.

From April 2008 to June 2010, he was the technical manager of the Eureka Celtic project WINNER+. Since 2011, he is responsible to coordinate Beyond 2020 mobile and wireless communications activities toward EU research programs. He is currently the coordinator of the EU project METIS.

His research interests include many aspects of wireless communications with a special emphasis on advanced antenna systems, on relaying, on radio resource management, network coding and cooperative communications.

Dr. Osseiran is listed in the Who’s Who in the World, the Who’s Who in Science & Engineering.

Dr. Osseiran has published over 50 technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has co-authored two books on IMT-Advanced: “Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced” and “Mobile and Wireless Communications for IMT-Advanced and Beyond”, published in 2009 and 2011, respectively with John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Osseiran is a senior member of IEEE.


The following panelists will participate in the discussion:


Erik Dahlman

Dr. Erik Dahlman

Erik Dahlman received the Master of Science degree and Doctor of Technology degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 1987 and 1992 respectively.

He is currently the Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. Erik Dahlman was deeply involved in the development and standardization of 3G radio access technologies (WCDMA and HSPA), first in Japan and later within the global 3GPP standardization body. More recently he has been involved in the standardization/development of
the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) and its continued evolution.

He is currently part of the Ericsson Research management team working with long-term strategiesin the area of radio-access technologies.

Erik Dahlman is the co-author of the book 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband and its follow-up 4G – LTE and LTE-Advanced for mobile broadband. He has also participated in three other books within the area of radio communication, as well as numerous journal papers and conference contributions. In 1998 he received the IEEE Jack Neubauer Best System Paper award for the paper WCDMA – The Radio Interface for Future Mobile Multimedia.

Erik Dahlman holds more than 80 patents in the area of mobile-radio communication and has been named the Inventor of The Year within Ericsson. In October 2009, Erik Dahlman received the Major Technical Award, an award handed out by the Swedish Government, for his contributions to the technical and commercial success of the HSPA radio-access technology.



Philippe J Lefebvre

Mr. Philippe Lefebvre

Philippe Lefebvre is head of sector in the Network Technologies unit of the European Commission (“Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology”), responsible for research and innovation funding in wireless technology.

Before moving to his current unit in 2012, Mr. Lefebvre worked in the EU spectrum policy field where he was in charge of the digital dividend policy and of spectrum policy for terrestrial broadcasting. Mr Lefebvre also worked in several other Commission departments related to research and innovation including in the area of electronic commerce and as head of sector for the development of advanced financial systems & technologies.

Prior to joining the European Commission, Philippe Lefebvre held several technical and marketing positions in the banking industry, with the Belgian’s Generale Bank – now BNP Paribas Fortis (1983-1986), Eurocard International – now MasterCard Europe – as vice-president Southern Europe (1987-1991), and with Visa International in the US (1992-1995).

Philippe Lefebvre is graduated in electrical & mechanical engineering (MS) from the University of Brussels (ULB) and graduated in economics (MBA) from the same university.




Prof. Dr. Hans SchottenUniversity of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Hans D. Schotten received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Aachen University of Technology RWTH, Germany in 1990 and 1997, respectively.

He held positions as senior researcher, project manager, and head of research groups at the Aachen University of Technology, Ericsson Corporate Research, and Qualcomm Corporate R&D. At Qualcomm he was Director for Technical Standards and research coordinator for Qualcomm’s participation in national and European research programs.
He was company representative at WWRF, EICTA, bmco forum and European technology platforms. Since August 2007, he has been full professor and head of the Chair for Wireless Communication and Navigation at the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2012, he has additionally been Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence heading the “Intelligent Networks” department.

Hans Schotten published more than 150 technical papers, filed 14 patents, and contributed to the organization of various international conferences. He was participating in and partly responsible for the management of 17 German and EU research projects dealing with the design and analysis of communication and multimedia systems as well the specification and implementation of context management systems.



Dr. Gerhard Wunder (5GNOW)

Gerhard Wunder (M’05, Editor IEEE TWC) studied electrical engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany, and the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany, and received his graduate degree in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) with highest honors in 1999 and the PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.) in communication engineering on the peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) problem in OFDM with distinction (summa cum laude) in 2003 from TU Berlin. In 2007, he also received the habilitation degree (venia legendi) and became a Privatdozent at the TU Berlin in the field of detection/estimation theory, stochastic processes and information theory.

Since 2003 he is heading a research group at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut in Berlin working in close collaboration with industry on theoretical and practical problems in wireless communication networks particularly in the field of LTE-A systems. He is a recipient of research fellowships from the German national research foundation (DFG). Current, Dr. Wunder is coordinator and principal investigator both in the FP7 Call 8 project 5GNOW ( supported by the European Commission as well as PROPHYLAXE ( the largest IoT physical layer security project supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

In 2000 and 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Prof. Jayant) in Atlanta (USA, GA), and the Stanford University (Prof. Paulraj) in Palo Alto/USA (CA). In 2009 he was a consultant at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (USA, NJ), in Murray Hill (S. Stolyar) and Crawford Hill (R. Valenzuela). He was a general co-chair of the 2009 International ITG Workshop on Smart Antennas (WSA 2009) and a lead guest editor in 2011 for a special issue of the Journal of Advances on Signal Processing regarding the PAPR problem of the European Association for Signal Processing.

Since 2011, he is also an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWireless) in the area of Wireless Communications Theory and Systems (WCTS). In 2011 Dr. Wunder received the 2011 award for outstanding scientific publication in the field of communication engineering by the German communication engineering society (ITG Award 2011). For more information please visit: